hit 4 knots once , nearly spilt my rum
That's me about to take my hundered and something wave to the face. We went into the back of one wave at 23 knots accelerated to over 24 knots with the gooseneck under water.
Either - if you were onboard it counts.While at the helm, or as crew?
True. A boat is not really surfing if the transducer is in the water.17 knots plus on an X119, the transducer would be out of the water on the waves over 17, no one had a gps track capturing and even then in those days the sample rate to was too infrequent to get an accurate speed
its possible I went faster once on a Hobie 18 in an around Treasure Island race, sure seemed pretty fast.
That's when you know it's blowing some, love those stories, "we finally got the chute down and were still hitting 20's with just a triple reefed main"on the night in question we were overtaking smaller swells but the highest speeds were when we were on the face of larger swells, we set the record for round ups that night, it got totally out of hand and was pitch dark and we finally got to where we were either flying with bow waves back to the helm or on our side trying to coax the thing back up to go again, after hours of this with all hands at battle stations it became unsafe with the fatigue levels and conditions
we finally dropped the chute and with the #3 and one reef we were consistently still doing long surfs at 13-15 knots until the wind machine stopped at dawn in Gaviota