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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)

jonathan

Brandon Bay on 02/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Wind a bit lighter today and didn?t bring much swell with it so spent the morning foiling at Scragganes on a slightly more wieldy 6.7m sail this time. Learned a valuable lesson: if you fly into the beach you are in a world of trouble as the only way you slow down is to ?land? which of course needs an extra 50cm of depth - doh!
In the afternoon I thought i?d enjoy the sunset on my freestyle set up. Interesting that despite the foils generally having 7m + sails I could enjoy my 5.9m at the same time - and sail back to the beach with my 17cm fin! A good day rounded off by some swift Guinness in the Green Room.

Brandon Bay on 30/09/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

So today we sailed the legendary break of Mossies, twice. Once in the morning until rocks started to appear and then late evening when the tide came back in. Apparently it wasn?t a big day, but the waves were logo to mast high, and the break is probably 500m from the beach so not a great place to break kit. Winds were light but the wave was mega clean and once on it you got plenty of speed. The morning was somewhat chilly in the northerly wind so in the afternoon I resorted to my winter suit - a first for September for me... However the beauty of sailing this spot is that we could launch from the back garden of our house and then change out of our wetsuits in the shower - not since the old OMWC megabashes at the Avonmouth Hotel have I done that!

Added by johng on 01/10/18

Loving the diary, J! Keep it up... most inspiring!!

Last time I showered off a wetsuit was Tiree 2005...

Hayling Island on 16/09/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Nice to see Andrew and Clare (and Heather from the distance) but there the excitement ended. The wind never picked up (other than for a period of approximately 7 minutes 37 seconds - where at least I got planning consistently and a few little jumps). Still the sun shone, and my new wetsuit fitted.. so mustn't grumble

Hayling Island on 19/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Was hoping for more wind but mustn?t grumble. Nicely powered for the first two hours then after lunch the wind dropped off. Had another on-off 2 hours and then rather frustratingly the wind picked up the second that I derigged. Pretty flat so mostly a freestyle session. Still trying to get more consistent with upwind 360s in chop; some progress made...

Lanzarote on 09/08/18

Costa Teguise low tide from beach 
08/08/18
Costa Teguise
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.3

Boo Hoo, last day in Costa Teguise.
Wind a little gusty but 5.3m did the job. That said, I should have taken a Freewave rather than Skate. Some big curling waves made for big jumps and landing on a big board was a little scary - it got me thinking back to Robbie Naish in RIP landing 40 ft jumps on his slalom board. Unfortunately I didn't have the same technique to soften the landings so had to suffer the bumps. Likewise I had to back out of a few waves as it was clear that the Skate wasn't the right tool for the job and would have dug its nose at the bottom of the wave - I didn't fancy having to own up to yet more nose damage..
Great session though

Lanzarote on 08/08/18

Costa Teguise from beach at low tide
08/08/18
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.6

Another great day in the sun. Wind a bit lighter so took the 5.6 Hero. More waves today although frustratingly the best ones for jumping were in the wind shadow so it was very difficult to built up speed to them although on a big freestyle board I did land a couple of jumps with a clatter.
Frustrating progress with loops - I suspect the answer is higher and harder. Although ironically my biggest wipeout, with resultant damage to the front of the board, was going too steep down a waveface, digging in and being hauled over the front.. I was then given helpful loop advice by someone who then admitted to perforating his ear drum looping yesterday.. so maybe I should take that with a pinch of salt..

Lanzarote on 07/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.0

Thought i?d missed the wind, went out on a 5m and the wind dropped. However after floating around for 30 min the wind kicked back in and 5m was fine. Even the waves started to appear albeit still pretty small but some reasonable ramps. Good 4 hr session - worth missing lunch for!

Lanzarote on 06/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.6

So today the wind switched on. I hung on to my 5.6 and big board but could have been on a 5m. The lack of waves meant that everyone was out making the most of the wind - which was great to see and there was plenty of space. However there was some evil wind chop in the flat water in front of the rocks which was a real test of gybing commitment. You had to sheet in hard to force through it. Release the pressure and you generally either exploded or the fin would spin out resulting in that horrible phenomenon where the board stalls and you land on the sail mid gybe. Excellent session and hopefully more tomorrow maybe even with some waves

Lanzarote on 05/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.7

Old faithful 110 Skate and 5.7m. Perfect for 45mins until the wind dropped and a bit of a slog back in, in next to no wind. But at least I wasn?t as far out as I was on Friday when the same thing happened.

Lanzarote on 03/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

No wind really forecast today but there seemed to be a bit of breeze on the beach so gave it a bash. Had a brief period of planing before the wind completely switched off and then turned dead offshore. I was a long way out at this time and spent the last hour slogging back upwind. Good tacking practice...

 
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