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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 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 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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