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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


Hayling Island on 20/12/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

A bit rusty due to 4 months of inactivity. Didn't have any gloves, so fingers suffered a bit. Other than that, a nice breezy day that started brilliantly sunny but got grey and ominous as soon as I arrived on the beach. Blasted back and forth for a while, until the wind started to drop and then picked up again and then dropped and then picked up and then I got annoyed and cold and packed up.

Surprised to see that half the beach huts have disappeared.

Now off to buy some winter gloves.

Poole on 13/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

A beautiful summer day in the middle of October.

Out in the harbour with Lucas. He had a great time blasting back and forth, despite the relentless gusts. I was watching from a distance, as I picked a completely inappropriate fin, and had no grip and no lift to plane. Now, I could have changed the fin, but the one I needed was on Lucas's board. Oh well... I got a tan to make up for it.

Weymouth on 27/08/18

Miss E, Portland Harbour
Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

Back into 'support boat' mode. Wind dropped to 15 knots today, so went out with the kids again.

Years of coughing it up is finally paying off as things have started to drop into place: harness, footstraps, speed, kids managed it all! I was left in their dust!

Weymouth on 26/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

A few people went out on 5m in the morning before the forecasted afternoon mayhem. Given the general weather misery (and recovering from a rib injury), I was in no mood of changing sails and waited for a bit until the rain turned completely horizontal. The 4.2m proved to be the right choice, although when the 40 knot gusts hit it all went a bit mental. The chop was immense especially towards the sailing centre. My old 95lt Fanatic was a bit too bouncy, but managed to keep it tamed. A few people attempted jumps and various tricks, but most ended up crashing - made me feel a bit better for chickening out. After a long while, my ribs decided they've had enough so called it a day. Soon after the chop disappeared completely and the sailing crowd tripled within 30 mins. WTF!?!?! Local knowledge is gold!

Kids spent the day in the van. Spent the night at the Top Field, Eweleaze Farm campsite. 51 for one night. Stay clear!!!

Weymouth on 25/08/18

Billy Winters, Portland Harbour
Proof that the club was there (need a flag though)
Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

What a weekend!

Started on Friday, when the kids had their second day of the RYA Youth Windsurfing Stage 4 in Poole. Awesome breeze, but beats me why they were given large boards with dagger-boards when they were meant to practice footstraps and harness use.

Kids had some dinghy sailing practice at the Andrew Simpson sailing place in the morning. Luckily they had lots of energy reserves left to windsurf in the afternoon. We had an awesome session in the harbour. Nice breeze, flat water, sunny, warm. I mainly stayed close to the kids, but realised that I am not needed anymore :(

Unfortunately, we were the only OMWC delegates in the area (that I am aware off).

Saturday morning, I found out that the overnight parking restriction is now enforced as the note on the van's windscreen mentioned. So both of my only two beach spots for overnight staying, Hayling and Bill Winters, are now gone! We had to find a campsite for Saturday and Sunday nights. Spent Saturday night at the White Horse Farm campsite. 10 total. Bargain!

Whitstable on 19/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres


One more for Lucas. He used my 138lt with a 2.5m sail and did really well.

I stayed close, but did manage to escape a few times and enjoy the breeze.

Come on kids... get your planing/gybing/tacking/waterstarting act together, so that we can kick some ass!

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 09/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:145 litres

Wind picked up today, but stuck with the 7.5m as I wanted to sail with Eva and stay close. Eva did amazingly well. She graduated to the next level of windsurfing (almost planed!)

Later on I practised fast-tacks on lumpy waters. That head-turn got me out of trouble most times. I even planed for a bit. What a treat!

Kids practised more with the Laser Picos. I found out that they will get RYA certificates on Friday. Awesome!

Also, reading Jonathan's adventures in Lanzarote. None of that 5m nonsense happening here!

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 08/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:145 litres

Same conditions. Sailed with Lucas in the afternoon which was most excellent!

Realised how important is the exaggerated head turn when exiting fast-tacks. It literally transformed the move!

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 07/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:135 litres

Same conditions. Decided to learn heli-tacks. Landed on my ear in my second attempt and almost burst my ear-drum. Maybe not this year.

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 06/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:145 litres

Sames conditions today. A bit more wind to get the lighter guys going, but a largish fella like myself needed that extra push that never realised.

Practised more of the usual.

Kids started sailing Laser Picos for the first time.

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