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


La Torche, France on 04/08/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Today, after the kids lesson, we visited another spot further down Plage du Ster to check out the small sailing club. After days of miserable weather, the sky finally cleared and it ended up being an amazing afternoon on the sandy beach with a gentle off/cross-shore breeze. The sea was completely flat, blue and clear and I could not resist the temptation to hit the water. It would have been a crime not to. There was just enough wind to get me moving and practice some light wind moves, but just being out there was epic. My hands though were still in a bad shape and any boom change, or uphauling were agonising.

Last sail in France. Next, muddy Kent!

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.

La Torche, France on 02/08/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Back on the Plage du Ster.

Finally, the wind picked up. But I could have easily been on Hayling beach: overcast, cold, messy waves with not a ramp in sight, gusty. The long walk from the Yelloh campsite demanded that I got the sail right the first time around and, lo and behold, I did! That 5.6m fitted like a glove for the most part.

Hadn't sailed on wavy conditions for a year, so it took a while to get warmed up. Even managed a few jumps, but need to work on softer landings. Finished when my hands got all blistery. Gotta wear gloves tomorrow.

Sailing club was closed today due to the weather, but hopefully will be sailing with the kids tomorrow in milder conditions. 16 knots tomorrow and then that's it for the holidays.

La Torche, France on 01/08/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:180 litres

Not exactly on the La Torche beach, although the day before I was there paddle boarding, but on Plage du Ster, on the south side of the peninsula. Kids had a windsurfing lesson at the local sailing club and I joined in using the club's hire kit. Very light wind, so I spend the whole time practising the basics. Kids had a blast though.

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