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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

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.

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 28/10/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.4

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.

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.

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