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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

Lanzarote on 01/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:5.7

Gusty offshore wind but there were some decent sized waves in the middle of the bay. Took a large freestylewave but it was hard work to get planing and then not particularly loose on the wave so at times was a little frustrating although the conditions were definitely a little tricky

Morocco on 13/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:5.7

The wind today was very light and dead onshore - a waste of time for waveriding so the day was devoted to beach-based practice of bottom turns etc. However towards the end of the day a squall came through. With kit on the beach it was just a case of grabbing what you had and making the most of it. As it happened, I just about had the perfect kit to hand so had a totally unexpected half hour of nicely powered up blasting and backside waves. Not long, but the unexpected sails are often the best.

Morocco on 11/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:5.9

A little bit more wind today. With some determined pumping it was just about possible to get planing on the way out. The extra power, even off the plane, made getting through the impact zone somewhat easier and a rather less scary prospect.

Wind dropped off in the afternoon so the longboards came out for a surf session. As the tide went out, the waves started to dump heavily into shallow water - so time to call it a day.

Morocco on 10/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:6.4

Today the swell was bigger and the wind lighter - a somewhat intimidating prospect! Any mistakes in the impact zone were heavily punished as waterstarting was impossible. The only hope was to get washed back in the whitewater. Funny how we were the only ones out on the water today..

Morocco on 09/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:6.4

First day on Guy's intro to wavesailing course in Essaouira (what a place!). Decent swell but light winds made for a slow start to the proceedings. A 6.4 was nowhere near enough to plane anywhere except the face of a wave - which made getting out through the impact zone a major challenge.
This wavesailing lark is very different to blasting.....

Dahab on 10/09/08

Rating:4 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:6.5

Raceday at Neilson so swapped the Flare for an S-Type. Didn't feel much faster than the Flare but as I won all my races I guess it couldn't have been that slow.

So overall reflection on Dahab - we've been plenty of times but this was the first time with Neilson and the first time with a 7-month old baby.

Conclusions:
1) Neilson creche was great - Nayra was the only baby so it was basically like having our own Nanny! Nayra had a great holiday, wasn't overcome by the heat and happily took to Egyptian (bottled) water.
2) Neilson not the greatest location on the beach - requires a long upwind slog to get home (which we knew) - but the only centre with a creche so beggars can't be choosers!
3) Yes, I know it was windier in the UK - but we had wall-to-wall sunshine and nice flat water for improving moves
4) This year we didn't fly with XL - phew! (we left the night they went bust)

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