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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 10/08/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

Did I just windsurf hurricane Bertha?!?! Unlikely, but the kids will be impressed.

You know the drill... you get on the beach, assess the situation, you hear the words 5.5m a couple of times and think 'I'm on the heavy side, so I will stick a 6m on'. How wrong was I?!? It was a 5m weather so I got a thorough battering, hoping it would drop like the forecast said (well, it did drop, 15 mins after I finished). At some point I threw my arms up in the air and begged the almighty, NO MORE GUSTS!

Despite my vertiginous speed and annoying, super-closely-timed chop, I did manage to do 2/3 of my gybes. Woohoo!



Whitstable on 27/10/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

I gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
etc. etc.

Next task, learn tacking!


Added by Lawrence on 28/10/13

that sounds great Yanis.......bet you are glad you didn't drive all the way down to the south coast to sample the challenging conditions we faced, having read everyones diaries that went out at Hayling yesterday........I'm assuming you didn't have such a confused sea state off Whitstable or winds going from 35 knots to 50knots in the gusts.

Added by Yannis on 28/10/13

Indeed. None of the hullabaloo I read in Sunday's reports.

It was typical Whitstable cross-shore breeze. My (new) anemometer showed 20-22 mph with gusts up to 30. I hit the water at low tide so only had to cope with minor chop. My (also new) winter wetsuit over-delivered as I pretty much boiled for two hours. Biggest challenge for the morning was not to wee in the new suit. It was tough, but I did it!

Still, I really wanted to sail on Hayling on Sunday. Haven't been out on anything smaller than a 4.5m for years and years. But unfortunately we had some family stuff going on so I couldn't disappear.



Whitstable on 15/09/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

The perfect English autumn sail. Ominous black skies, howling wind, horizontal rain. It looked pretty nasty from the beach, but actually in the water it wasn't that bad. I survived in my summer suit (and a vest) without much trouble.

Spent the morning taking the kids to their Sunday sports clubs, and at around 1pm I loaded the car up and headed out. First stop was Bough Beech Lake to check out the sailing club as I want to sign the kids up next spring.

I got to Whitstable at 4pm, took a wild guess at the wind (some guys where out, but no one accessible for kit inspection) and was out in a jiffy. The 4.7m proved to be the perfect choice. My only problem was the occasional horizontal rain. It was like someone was nailing my eye ball repeatedly with a nail gun. Also met a local guy, Andy, who left his 3 kids and wife at home and popped down the beach for a quick sail. Sounds familiar!

Once more, I practised my gybes and I did manage to impress myself - though no chance of impressing some local free-riding teenagers pulling 360s and Vulcans and god knows what else.

Whitstable on 22/06/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.6

After a hard day's parenting work I got to Whitstable at 6pm for an evening sail.

Strong cross-shore breeze and low tide meant a long walk to the sea in mud and stones, but a vast area of chest-deep water to sail in.

I was the only one out for a while, so I had to take a wild guess as to what size sail to use. To my astonishment I got it right first time. Divine intervention? Pure chance? Superb mental powers? You choose!

I was determined to improve my gybes and by golly I did it! Next stop, planing exits!

I would give it five stars, if it wasn't for the:

- Dark overcast skies
- Ungodly temperatures
- Mud
- Rain
- Stones
- Expensive parking

Whitstable on 29/08/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.6

Could it ever be possible that, during the same 2-hour sailing session, one gets stranded a mile out to sea twice; because of a massive wind surge due to a storm the first time, and because of a total wind drop an hour later?

Well, it did happen to me! In the first instance I clutched onto my kit and patiently waited for the storm to pass (due to poor visibility no arm waving would have mobilise the local RLNI!). In the second instance I had to perform a 30 minute swim of shame, as I could neither waterstart nor stand on the board (followed by the walk of shame, as the current pushed me downwind whilst swimming).

A day to remember!

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