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Whitstable on 03/07/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

Evening session in Whitstable.

FOMO can make men (and women, I guess) do strange and dangerous things. FOMO, in case you don't know, stands for Fear Of Missing Out.

So, I knew that the wind was meant to drop in the evening and that the tide was going out. So FOMO on a gentle evening's sail made me get my biggest kit out and hang on tight until the wind dropped. Unfortunately, the wind didn't drop (until a lot later) and the 20 knot gusts were as forecasted. Results: cramps on both calves, elbow injury, knee pain and shredded sail. Yet, sailing into the sunset made it all worth the pain!

Whitstable on 30/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Another slow session with Lucas. I have officially forgotten how to plane. But as I will be joining SAGA next year, it might not be such a bag thing!

A tiny bit lumpy for Lucas, who suffered when turning. But despite his wobbly Kode 123, he managed some amazingly swift tacks and gybes. At some point I suggested we swap boards and he found my 138 much easier to ride. On the flipside, sailing his board was a bloody nightmare!

Whitstable delivered once more, with oysters and fish and chips while watching the sun go down.

Added by johng on 02/07/18

Saga?! Sounds great to me - chuck the kit in the huge below-seat coach locker, be driven somewhere nice - what's not to like?

Whitstable on 10/06/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

Another no planing session with Lucas again.

Lucas had a great time on his 2.5m.

I scored a 100% success rate on no-planing gybes and fast-tacks!

Whitstable on 19/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

I am having second thoughts about Whitstable as a good venue for the kids to practice. Even on low tide and cross-shore winds it gets quite choppy, something I never really noticed when sailing by myself, but trying to get the kids to uphaul and get going is proving a hefty task.

I had all the wrong kit for planing action: small sail, large free-ride board, short square fin; and yet the breeze was strong enough I had to try very hard not to plane and stay close to Eva. Eva tried her best, but the strong wind required harness and footstrap use and she is not there yet. And then was the relentless chop. I did manage a lot of fast tacks in strong wind though which was a first - next I got to try on a smaller board. Maybe next weekend in Weymouth.

Whitstable on 12/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

In the water with Lucas again. Elements against us. Barely any wind, and waves moving faster than we could manage, so a challenge for Lucas to feel comfortable and for me to practice any moves with ease. Yet, the boy did really well, recovered from a couple of minor mishaps and, to top it all, tried his first oysters at the breach restaurant - and liked them! Lovely sunny skies before and after our session, but miserably overcast whilst in the water.

Whitstable on 10/06/17

First sail in Whitstable
Rating:5 star rating
Board:138 litres

The eagle eyed amongst the club members might notice the odd board/sail combo. Add to that the 5 stars rating and this seems to be a peculiar diary entry. Let me explain...

The 5 stars rating is because for the first time ever, and after 4 years of agonising coaching and paying for courses, Lucas has become competent enough to windsurf unaided, so he and I windsurfed together for 45 minutes. This also explains my big board and small sail. Lucas was on a 123lt. Kode Tufskin and a 1.5m sail - it was windy!

Eva and Lucas just completed the RYA Stage 3 windsurfing course and know enough now to manage sailing on flat water, tacking, gybing and using a harness and footstraps. So the plan is that whenever the weather and our schedule allow it, I will be taking one child at a time to Whitstable to sail together - Lucas was first.

The sail was great for me as well, as I practiced some much needed low speed gybing and tacking, clew-first sailing etc.

Next is Eva's turn.

Rory, watch out!

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