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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)

Yannis

Poole on 13/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

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.

Whitstable on 03/07/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:8.4

Evening session in Whitstable.

FOMO can make men (and women, I guess) do strange and dangerous things. FOMO, in case you don't know, stands for Fear Of Missing Out.

So, I knew that the wind was meant to drop in the evening and that the tide was going out. So FOMO on a gentle evening's sail made me get my biggest kit out and hang on tight until the wind dropped. Unfortunately, the wind didn't drop (until a lot later) and the 20 knot gusts were as forecasted. Results: cramps on both calves, elbow injury, knee pain and shredded sail. Yet, sailing into the sunset made it all worth the pain!

Whitstable on 30/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

Another slow session with Lucas. I have officially forgotten how to plane. But as I will be joining SAGA next year, it might not be such a bag thing!

A tiny bit lumpy for Lucas, who suffered when turning. But despite his wobbly Kode 123, he managed some amazingly swift tacks and gybes. At some point I suggested we swap boards and he found my 138 much easier to ride. On the flipside, sailing his board was a bloody nightmare!

Whitstable delivered once more, with oysters and fish and chips while watching the sun go down.

Added by johng on 02/07/18

Saga?! Sounds great to me - chuck the kit in the huge below-seat coach locker, be driven somewhere nice - what's not to like?

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 16/06/18

Rating:1 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

Another quick visit to Mercer's lake.

Lucas had a great time practising his stuff (no clue what he practices any more. He knows more theory than I do!)

I however, had one of the worst days in the water in living memory:
- Onshore wind kept pushing me towards the narrow bay in front of the club house.
- 120 lt. board buoyancy is fine in the sea, but sadly the lake's fresh water turned it into a sinker making it impossible to stand on it (forget water starts in small lakes). Struggled for 30 mins before I swapped the board
- Gust-galore finished me off




Added by johng on 18/06/18

Excellent work!! Someone has to take this punishment in aid of research, so we don?t have to!

And yes, small lakes are rubbish.

Whitstable on 10/06/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

Another no planing session with Lucas again.

Lucas had a great time on his 2.5m.

I scored a 100% success rate on no-planing gybes and fast-tacks!

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 09/05/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

First sail of the year at Mercers Lake.

This one was for the kids as well. Lucas was happily sailing on his Kode 123/2.5m and I practised my low speed tacks.

Lake water was surprisingly not freezing. Had my summer suit on and it was ok.

Looking forward to some salty water though.

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 11/09/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

I don't like small lakes. They smell mouldy, on a cloudy day the water looks black (not just grey, black!), the wind is patchy and very gusty and everything is covered in moss.

Nevertheless, Mercers lake is 30 mins drive from our house and has a nice sailing club, so a nice place to take the kids windsurfing to.

It was Lucas's turn this time. I realised yesterday that gusts can be good for the kids to practice sailing in stronger winds in small bursts without getting too overwhelmed. Kids are pretty self-reliant now, so all I did was keep my distance and stepped in just once to untangle him from some tree branches that had fallen in the water. Other than that, I did my usual non-planing stuff.

Weymouth on 27/08/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

With the club on the Billy Winters beach for the weekend.

Accompanied Lucas in his morning and afternoon sail. Not much wind to get anyone going, so we focused on some turning and sail flipping action. First, we caught the early morning on-shore breeze. Then, back out in the afternoon in off-shore wind this time. As current kept pushing us further and further out, Lucas got a bit scared, but committed to some serious zig-zagging action to get him back to the shore. I wasn't as lucky as my small sail proved woefully inadequate and I had to walk the last 100m.

On Monday, both Eva and Lucas went out doing their practice, but I just watched from the beach.

Whitstable on 19/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.0

I am having second thoughts about Whitstable as a good venue for the kids to practice. Even on low tide and cross-shore winds it gets quite choppy, something I never really noticed when sailing by myself, but trying to get the kids to uphaul and get going is proving a hefty task.

I had all the wrong kit for planing action: small sail, large free-ride board, short square fin; and yet the breeze was strong enough I had to try very hard not to plane and stay close to Eva. Eva tried her best, but the strong wind required harness and footstrap use and she is not there yet. And then was the relentless chop. I did manage a lot of fast tacks in strong wind though which was a first - next I got to try on a smaller board. Maybe next weekend in Weymouth.

Whitstable on 12/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

In the water with Lucas again. Elements against us. Barely any wind, and waves moving faster than we could manage, so a challenge for Lucas to feel comfortable and for me to practice any moves with ease. Yet, the boy did really well, recovered from a couple of minor mishaps and, to top it all, tried his first oysters at the breach restaurant - and liked them! Lovely sunny skies before and after our session, but miserably overcast whilst in the water.

 
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