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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

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 27/05/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Another fickle day at Hillhead. I was advised to rig 4.7 but as I felt it was dropping I took the 5.3 but should have paired it with my freestyle board. I managed to stay planing most of the time but it took a bit of pumping and was always a little marginal.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 06/06/15

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

Left it too late to get to Bramblebush and with it being high tide I headed to Hillhead. Perfect timing! The wind had picked up just as I got there and all the folks on 5.7 and 5.3 were coming in to change down. I suspect the Hillhead sea breeze was adding to the 20knots along the rest of the coast. So I took my 4.7m and tri fin.
The first hour was certainly fast and furious - very well powered up with a few big lumps to jump off. Really impressed with the versatility of my new(ish) board. Great in the hectic conditions but also on occasion I joined Chris Audsley in the 'freestyle' area where it was much flatter.
An hour in, the wind dropped so it became a bit more marginal on the 4.7m, although I was generally still planing and from time to time it really picked up for a spell. So 4.7m was definitely the best choice.
Very pleasant afternoon, and good to put my board through its paces.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 03/05/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

Hillhead was the busiest I had seen in ages, on the other hand it seemed like ages since I sailed at Hillhead - other than an extremely cold session in January when I went to look for the Hoegh Osaka (actually come to think of it, it was pretty busy then - but not with windsurfers).
It was May so those boots had to come off - which was very pleasant until i switched from my Skate to my new board - with rather aggressive non-slip and the hardest footstraps in the world - hopefully they will soften!!
5.9m was about right given the gusty wind, it got a bit of a handful on a couple of occasions but then dropped again.
The new board performed well - Simmer Tri-Fin. Not really ideal conditions for it as confused chop with no swell to speak of but gybed nicely. I am looking forward to its next outing...

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