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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

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Poole on 02/10/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

Was intending to go out on the foil, but launching from a new spot for me. evening hill, so was unfamiliar with the terrain underfoot and wanted to check it out before putting a big dent in my foil. High tide was not that high so could be better closer to spring tides, decided not to foil here today as fell off in the middle of the harbour, near the shipping lane and it was barely chest deep. Was underpowered on the 6.3 but had gusts occasionally that got me planning, mainly practiced tacking and had fun,

Poole on 17/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:160 litres
Sail:4.7

Nice day floating about in the harbour, went out early on the SUP for a freestyle session but ran out of energy just when the wind picked up, could have been planning on a 9m but am still on the fat side. Nigel was going on a 7m and Paul got planning with a 5.4......oh well!! Lovely day in the sun and warm water.

Poole on 06/06/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:4.7

Good blow and nice to meet up with Carl and Nigel. Did not manage much sailing as the chop was to much for my ankle, but had to have a go. Rigging a 4.0m might have helped!!!

Poole on 19/03/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:111 litres
Sail:5.8

On the water ny 10:30 and sailed until just past 3, cold hungry and worn out....guess it was a good day. Wind seemed all over the place with lots of holes but probably me still trying to get to grips with the freestyle board, its gets onto the plane early, very manoverable and flies downwind but thats the only good things I have to say about it, everything else is a struggle. Had a chat on the water with Carl and Andrew, their advice..endevour to persevere!

Poole on 18/03/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

Nice to be on the water again after my winter hibernation. Arranged to meet up with Nigel and my brother, but also got to see Carl and Andrew which was great, also had a chat with Marion and Claire, been a long time since I had seen them! Gusty day, on and off the plane with a few windy spells which was great to get the body used to the idea again, only managed about 3 hrs but good start.

Poole on 28/07/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:5.2

Met up with Nigel at Poole, not much wind or water to begin with so got the sup out for a while. wind picked up so rigged my 5.2 for some lightwind windsup, really happy with the board and well worth fitting a mast track onto it. Wind gradually built and finally got the sup planning though fairly draggy so switched to 127lt Aero and had a great couple of hours to finish the session off. Excellent day as got to use my toys and the wind came to me for a change rather than chasing it with lots of sail changing.

Poole on 18/05/16

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:9.0

Have been out with injuries for several months but looking forward to North Devon next weekend and thought I had better have a gentle intro session before then, so met up with Nigel at Sandbanks for a sail in the harbour. Got there for 7:00am (dont like busy traffic much) and there was already one intrepid soul out on the water....not Nigel, someone getting in a sail before work. Struggled for motivation to rig up as it was hammering it down but quite windy, finally got onto the water at 8 as the rain was lighter, but so was the wind. An on and off day for wind, sunshine and rain but great to be on the board again and good to catch up with Nigel.
The session has given me the motivation to push on with my mast insert project on a Slingshot Rant 9` SUP I picked up last year, hopefully have it ready for next weekend!

Poole on 21/07/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:5.8

My nephew Dean is moving away, so we had our last sail together for a while today. Was not expecting much wind to be honest so stuck a smallish sail on my biggest board and had a tricky flicky day. While nessing about in the shallow water, spotted a white camper van that looked familiar so sailed closer to investigate. Yep, it was Nigel, so stopped for a chat and a catch up. He assured me the wind would pick up and about an hour or so later it did. Great conditions for practicing getting into the footstraps for Dean and an enjoyable days sailing.

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