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


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!

Weymouth on 27/08/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

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.

Weymouth on 28/08/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

Marcou family spent the long weekend en masse in Weymouth. Friday night we stayed on Hayling and headed west on Saturday morning. Most of our weekend was spent on the Billy Winters car park where we also joined forces with Dave S. and family.

Saturday was uneventful with almost non-existent wind. Fortunately, Sunday was windy for most of the day. It was my first time out in Portland Harbour since 1997! Despite the grey skies, the rain, my sprained right hand and the near-decapitation by a kite?s lines, I had a great long session practising gybes, fully powered on flat water. I actually counted, and during my first hour out I only missed 10% of my gybe attempts! For the rest of the session complacency kicked in and while quality went up the success rate went down. Sarah filmed someone who looked like me, but she is not sure as she forgot her glasses. Will have to check the videos to confirm. Sunday afternoon was spent in the sunshine watching through the binoculars two kite-surfers being rescued after the wind dropped.

Missed a great SUP opportunity on Monday morning but we had to leave early to avoid the traffic back to London.

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