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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

Whitstable on 19/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.0

Windy!

One more for Lucas. He used my 138lt with a 2.5m sail and did really well.

I stayed close, but did manage to escape a few times and enjoy the breeze.

Come on kids... get your planing/gybing/tacking/waterstarting act together, so that we can kick some ass!

Whitstable on 28/07/18

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

20 knots proved a bit too much for Eva, so I sent her back to the van and headed out solo.

Perfect kit for Whitstable's cross/off shot flat water. Very rusty though, despite my many no-planing sessions with the kids.

Whitstable on 20/12/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Typical Whitstable SW breeze. Flat water, gusty and only a handful of people out. I was almost constantly planing, did lots of gybes, etc. Rained on the way there and on the way back, but very mild and pleasant whilst in the water.

Whitstable on 13/07/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Report from your OMWC rep in Kent: Typical Whitstable cross shore breeze, overcast, lovely brown coloured sea. My choice of kit was on the large side, so I ended up overpowered for the whole session and when the chop appeared as the tide started coming in I ended up hopping about like a monster truck. I couldn't be asked to downsize so I decided to brave it. All was going well until my boom decided that after 15 loyal years it was time to retire so it snapped leaving me in the mercy of currents, tides, etc. (not very far from the shore fortunately). I tried various tricks to avoid swimming back to the shore, or worse, waving my arms towards the local RNLI station, but nothing worked. So I did end up swimming in which took about 20 minutes. Had a well-deserved nap in the van and headed back as the rain started the fall. Summer? What summer?

Whitstable on 18/08/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.4

I have a master plan: to spend a few good sessions practising light-wind turns and sail control. And yesterday was the day I was going turn the master plan into action. Alas nature had different plans.

Low tide was very late, so I had to hit the water while the tide was still quite high, so the lumps of water hitting my non-planing board made the whole effort rather futile. And when the wind dropped I was left standing idle and blocking the romantic sunset numerous couples were trying to enjoy. I was booed off and headed home wishing I had rigged the 8.4m and enjoy some decent planing.

Nevertheless, it gets two stars as I did manage to pull off 1/3 of a heli tack!

Whitstable on 03/08/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

True English summer day yesterday. Sunny, low 20s and a SW breeze that lasted all day - but went up and down like a roller-coaster!

Started on my free-ride board and a 7.5m which was the wrong choice as it was too choppy and the wind picked up quite quickly. Came in, played with the kids for a bit and then went back out on my 95lt and a 6.0m but after a splendid round the wind dropped. Good thing I left the other kit on the beach ready to go so in 10 minutes I was back out and this time the sea was flat and the 7.5m was the perfect choice.

Alas, there was trouble ahead. I rigged my long boom with the long lines, but forgot to use my seat harness and went for my waist one. Surely, after a while my lower back started to feel twisted like a Twister (the ice lolly). I swapped harnesses and finally, the rest of the afternoon was as good as it could get.

Whitstable on 18/07/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Excellent evening sail. SW cross-shore winds and low tide meant the sea was completely flat, perfect for me to practice some of Jem Hall's tips and tricks.

Whitstable can be a very dramatic evening backdrop when low hanging black clouds fly past while the horizon above Southend clears just as the sun sets, showering the village with horizontal orange light. Sadly, such romantic moments are counter-balanced by Whitstable's ankle-deep sticky mud-fest and the seaweed that surfaces on low tide and creepily gets tangled around the fin just as the board starts planing.

Still, it's only an hour away from home, so the only option for an after work session.

Added by garibaldi on 20/07/12

Aaah...the memories of when I lived in Sidcup & could nip down there (or Minnis Bay) for an evening session !
Back in the distant days, the club used to sometimes visit the area. I know a few 'old hands' remember playing rounders at Minnis Bay.... & of course, the depressing B & B in Margate.

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