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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)

markc

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 07/06/08

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:7.0

A lovely sunny day, not much wind forcast though so was not expecting to meet so many old friends. Keen-ness is still upon me so I rigged up and went sailing with a 6.3 and had fun messing about for a while. The wind was stronger than it looked from the beach, so people were planing on big sails before long. Once the wind picked up enough for my Dad to get planing with his 7.5, I found myself acting as a "gybe mark". Enough of that, into the beach and rigged a 7.0m, probably not big enough but it will have to do. Took a while, lots of pumping, a couple of closely spaced gusts and a little help from a few inches of swell, but I did get planing a few times, and once, actually managed a planing gybe...whoppie. Just about got hooked in and back foot in the straps before coming off the plane, so Im ticking the box for another skill re-learnt, as I reckon they will come good when the wind blows a bit harder.
Couldnt help but notice how much Carls sailing has improved during my gap years, nice 360s, duck gybes and helis.....well done.

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