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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 04/10/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Iffy forecast today however the wind rather unexpectedly appeared and we wobbled out. Firstly on my Skate, and that was a real battle to get through the white water. It took 3 attempts to get out the back and then when I did I managed to catapult on flat water and split the nose of my board.. not a good start..
However I switched to my tri wave which was easier to get through the white water (narrower nose) although it was still a challenge - it felt like you either had to wait for a break in the sets of a gust of wind, but waiting for both was being too greedy!
However once out the back, there were great waves to be caught. My selection was poor on a couple of occasions however on the right wave there were plenty of turns to be had. Wind switched off at lunchtime, so good job we got out early!

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 01/10/18

Gowlanes beach scene
01/10/18
Gowlanes beach
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Surfed in the morning and then headed to Gowlane. Westerly wind was cross-off and getting out was a real challenge. I reckon I had 2-3 attempts for every successful one. But once out you were rewarded with fantastic rides back in. Down the line, perfect wind angle, clean but slightly choppy faces. I certainly did more turns on a wave than I have before. In the end I had to pull off as my arms lost their strength.

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...

Brandon Bay on 29/09/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:8.6

So that didn't turn out quite how I was expecting. First go at foiling with tuition and kit curtesy of Guy Cribb. Wind very light at Scraggane and no one else was really getting going so my expectations were pretty low especially as being a beginner I was advised to take nothing more than a 7m
I borrowed someone else's kit and as I headed out I discovered the sail was a 8.6m which was hard work for a first go, however I got flight time on my first run and indeed on subsequent runs although I have to say I tired pretty quickly out of the harness and holding the biggest sail I have ever used.
In summary - probably not the ideal set-up but it was certainly effective. However I have a lot to learn..

Brandon Bay on 29/09/16

On the beach...
29/09/16
on the beach somewhere between Fermoyle and Kilcummin in Brandon Bay
Rating:3 star rating
Board:94 litres
Sail:5.3

Morning session at Fermoyle. Wind pretty fickle despite our careful choice of venue to ensure cross-off.
Got some waves but also let a few slip, either due to poor wave choice or wind dropping at the crucial moment. Tried the JP Radical Quad of Guy's. Nicer in the turn than my triwave but notably slower to plane and nowhere near as good across white water.
Unfortunately an afternoon session never materialised as the wind dropped away.

Brandon Bay on 27/09/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Fantastic afternoon session. 5.3 and tri wave perfect tools. Got couple of good jumps and plenty of wave rides, really starting to get the feel of what makes them work (and what doesn't!) now - generally staying high to generate more board speed is what is required.
Only downside was my best wave getting dropped in on by a kitesurfer 😟
Most of the afternoon action captured by Guy's new drone with some fantastic images to review over a Guiness in the evening.

Brandon Bay on 25/09/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

A very fickle day, alternating between driving rain and sunshine, rainbows galore - typical Ireland. Got some decent rides then wind dropped and I got taken out in a lull on the way in, cue long (or so it seemed to me) swim.
Next squall, it went very onshore and I found myself riding backside, returned for more, caught in a lull, taken out and another swim. The combined effect of both swims did unsettle me a little so as the wind backed off further i didn't take much persuasion to call it a day.

Brandon Bay on 24/09/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Gowlane today. Nice clean swell and wind that picked up throughout the day - but was always quite gusty.
To begin with I found it difficult to get on the wave simply because the wind either dropped to nothing or pulled me out of shape. However as the gusts became more sustained it was much easier to catch the waves and get some decent rides. A lower boom definitely helped my bottom turn. I did manage to hit the beach at full speed at one point much to the amusement of all, but fortunately no damage to body or board. It became quite a mammoth session in the end, indicative of how much fun it was - toasted with a pint of Guinness on the way back.

Brandon Bay on 23/09/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

Due to the forecast I left for Guy Cribb's trip to Ireland a day early, electing to take the Liverpool-Dublin route to try and get a decent sleep. This almost backfired when the ship's door seized in Dublin and we eventually got off 2 hours late plus the best part of an hour to negotiate Dublin traffic.
Finally got to Castle Gregory just after 5 however happily west coast Ireland gets an extra hour of daylight so we launched at Dumps in gusty winds. Quite a brief session but good to be back in Brandon Bay.

 
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