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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.

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 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!

Whitstable on 28/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

20 knots proved a bit too much for Eva, so I sent her back to the van and headed out solo.

Perfect kit for Whitstable's cross/off shot flat water. Very rusty though, despite my many no-planing sessions with the kids.

Lepe & Calshot on 15/07/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:120 litres

Here are the ratings:

- Lagoon water full of floating, green, organic matter sticking to both humans and gear: 1
- Brownish foam everywhere: 1
- Brown jelly fish spotted in lagoon: 1
- Lagoon muddy seabed: 1
- Scorching sun: 3
- Being out before sea breezes hit: 2
- Warm sea: 5
- Marcou clan (well, the thrill seeking part of it at least) sailing together for the first time ever: 100

Do the quick math... final rating 5/5!

Other than that, an awesome weekend amongst the clubs finest!

We even bumped into Heather and Bill on Hayling during our overnight stay.

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 28/10/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Another session in Mercers lake in Surrey. The promised 15+ knots never realised, and Lucas reported that he stayed within his comfort zone throughout. He is trying to do some harness practice, but today the wind never picked up enough.

Another non-planing session for me. My goal today though was to advance my fast-tacking to the next level so I sized down to my 120lt board. To my astonishment I pulled it off and probably achieved a 70% success rate - mind you, until today, I had never fast-tacked on this board before! All that summer practice is paying off! Fast-tacking aside, it was a tiring session, as this board is a nightmare to manage when not planing.

Great afternoon though, sunny and not very cold.

La Torche, France on 03/08/17

Rating:1 star rating
Board:120 litres

Once more at Plage du Ster.

It sure felt windy when standing on the sand dunes. But out on the water it was a different story. The 7.5m proved insufficient to get me going, and the relentless lumps added insult to injury. The 8.4m might have been ok, but the rough sea would have made water-starting a challenge. Everyone was under-powered so that felt a bit better (apart from that token guy who is on every beach and always manages to plane when everyone else does not). Also, my blistery hands were killing me and since they were doing all the work it ended up being a short session.

Lepe & Calshot on 15/07/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

Overcast, full of holes. Managed to plane for a while, but the on and off action made the whole thing tiring.

The plan to get Lucas out there failed due to the cold/wave/wind combo. After a few failed attempts packed up and got back to the campsite for marshmallow smores.

Cornwall on 30/05/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

First sail of the year! After 4 days of overcast misery, cold, rain, fog and no wind, Daymer bay decided we deserved a break and gave us 3 hours of amazing sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. I only caught the end of it though, so planing was a bit patchy. Nevertheless, the bay was as awesome as ever. I also tried my new summer wetsuit, a vast improvement to my previous one, bought in 1997! Like Ned Flanders said: "feels like I'm wearing, nothing at all..."

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