Behövs inte alltid foils för att flyga

Det behövs inte alltid moderniteter som foils för att flyga... Titta bara på de här bilderna tagna av Bradley Sissins och ni förstår vad vi menar. 

Sommaren 2020 blåste en storm in över Australiens östkust och skapade stora vågor i Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Viken, som normalt är helt stilla hade vågor upp mot sex meter och Mick Butler var inte sen att sjösätta sin Hobie Cat 14.  

Efter fyra timmar på havet och flera hoppförsök senare tog Hobie Caten fart till nya höjder. Bildbevisen ser ni nedan tagna av Bradley Sissins. 

Och ja, båten överlevde även landningen. 

Följande text är skriven av fotografen Bradley Sissins om den speciella fotodagen: 

"Back in July 2020, the east coast of Australia was battered for a few days with a massive southerly storm that created huge swells. Jervis Bay on the south coast of New South Wales was one of the unfortunate places where 6 metre swells smashed the normally quiet calm bay. Unfortunate for some but fortunate for others as, Hobie Asia Pacific’s resident Hobie sailor Mick Butler took on the swell in his Hobie Cat 14.

The 6-metre swell ran along Point Perpendicular and was accompanied by single digit temperatures, 45 – 60 knot winds and horizontal rain, wild weather to be out on a Hobie 14 but Mick is a one of the most experienced sailors in the Hobie scene. For the four hours that Mick was out on the water that day, he had only one successful jump. Many jumps were attempted but, on all occasions, just as he approached each wave the wind would drop out or change direction, thus flattening the sails and momentum. Finally, the perfect wave and wind allowed him jump and as you can see in the images the height of the jump and landing (considering the mast on a 14 is 6.8 metres) compared to the wave, the little cat really sored to new heights.

And yes the 14 survived that day and is still racing in many Hobie events across Australia today.

His little cat that was built in Europe during the early part of the 1970’s soured above the waves, almost recreating the iconic “Flying Cat” scene and photo was taken July 1969 by R. Paul Allen with a Nikonos (Nikon) Camera. Leap forward 51 years to 15th July 2020 and these images were captured by Bradley Sissins on, yes a Nikon camera."

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