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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


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Whitstable is a beautiful town on the north coast of Kent. It is worth a visit for the fish food, ice cream, traditional high street, and stylish cafes and restaurants. Whitstable's picturesque seafront makes a beautiful backdrop for your windsurfing.

Getting there:
Coming from the West follow M2 until it turns into A299 and take the Whitstable exit. Then follow B2205 which will take you through the High Street and eventually to the seafront.

Launching, parking and amenities
There are two main areas to launch from. The first is the NW facing stretch in front of the RNLI and the yachting club to the west of the harbour. The second is the North facing East Quay to the east of the harbour. Windsurfing on both beaches if free and open to anyone but parking is not. To launch from the west site you must park at the harbour car park where you need to feed the meter every two hours. Parking spots are limited, but if you wait for a bit you will definitely find one. Parking at the East Quay is cheaper and not as time-restrictive. There are public toilets by the harbour, accessible from both beaches. There are tons of cafes and restaurants in the area and the Boardworx windsurfing shop is just down the road.

Whitstable is a safe place to sail as it is located in the Thames estuary and also has its own RNLI station. Best wind directions for bumps and waves are N and NE. For flat water blasting, W and SW winds deliver but they travel across the bay from the Isle of Sheppey, so although not officially off shore, they are usually as patchy and gusty. S and SE winds are off shore and best avoided.

Things to watch out for
In low tide you will need to walk on sticky mud and stones to reach the sea.
In very low tide you will have to deal with seaweed that surface close to the shore and tends to get wrapped around the fin. It makes planing harder but usually slips off once you get going.
High tide sailing is safe but the harbour can get in the way. It can block easterly winds, and is a barrier to be reckoned with if you don't sail out quickly on westerly winds. In low tide you launch past the harbour so you don't have to worry about it.
In the winter the sea is usually a couple of degrees colder than the English Channel.

Last updated: 04/09/12 09:43 By: Andrew
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Added by Yannis on 12/08/12

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