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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)



Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Cornwall    2  6       8
Weymouth    1  3 1     5
Southend on Sea       1       1
Tankerton Bay, Kent    1  3       4
Camber Sands    1          1
Poole1   4  9 3     17
Whitstable    5  7 6     18
Lepe & Calshot       6 2  1  9
Hayling Island  1 3  8 1     13
Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia        1 31   5
La Torche, France    1  1 1    14
fuerteventura 2 2 11      1 7
Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey       1 3     4

Each cell shows number of sessions, click on a cell for more details.

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 05/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:155 litres

First day out. It's so hot and humid in Sardinia this week that the sea offers the only sanctuary around here.

Not enough wind to get going, so sailed gently back and forth across the bay practising the usual. Fast-tacking a big sail was a first!

Wind offshore, so needed to fast-tack my way in within the narrow permitted area between swimmers and Lasers.

Whitstable on 28/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

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.

Lepe & Calshot on 15/07/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:120 litres

Here are the ratings:

- Lagoon water full of floating, green, organic matter sticking to both humans and gear: 1
- Brownish foam everywhere: 1
- Brown jelly fish spotted in lagoon: 1
- Lagoon muddy seabed: 1
- Scorching sun: 3
- Being out before sea breezes hit: 2
- Warm sea: 5
- Marcou clan (well, the thrill seeking part of it at least) sailing together for the first time ever: 100

Do the quick math... final rating 5/5!

Other than that, an awesome weekend amongst the clubs finest!

We even bumped into Heather and Bill on Hayling during our overnight stay.

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?

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 16/06/18

Rating:1 star rating
Board:138 litres

Another quick visit to Mercer's lake.

Lucas had a great time practising his stuff (no clue what he practices any more. He knows more theory than I do!)

I however, had one of the worst days in the water in living memory:
- Onshore wind kept pushing me towards the narrow bay in front of the club house.
- 120 lt. board buoyancy is fine in the sea, but sadly the lake's fresh water turned it into a sinker making it impossible to stand on it (forget water starts in small lakes). Struggled for 30 mins before I swapped the board
- Gust-galore finished me off

Added by johng on 18/06/18

Excellent work!! Someone has to take this punishment in aid of research, so we don?t have to!

And yes, small lakes are rubbish.

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!

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 09/05/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

First sail of the year at Mercers Lake.

This one was for the kids as well. Lucas was happily sailing on his Kode 123/2.5m and I practised my low speed tacks.

Lake water was surprisingly not freezing. Had my summer suit on and it was ok.

Looking forward to some salty water though.

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 28/10/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Another session in Mercers lake in Surrey. The promised 15+ knots never realised, and Lucas reported that he stayed within his comfort zone throughout. He is trying to do some harness practice, but today the wind never picked up enough.

Another non-planing session for me. My goal today though was to advance my fast-tacking to the next level so I sized down to my 120lt board. To my astonishment I pulled it off and probably achieved a 70% success rate - mind you, until today, I had never fast-tacked on this board before! All that summer practice is paying off! Fast-tacking aside, it was a tiring session, as this board is a nightmare to manage when not planing.

Great afternoon though, sunny and not very cold.

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey on 11/09/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

I don't like small lakes. They smell mouldy, on a cloudy day the water looks black (not just grey, black!), the wind is patchy and very gusty and everything is covered in moss.

Nevertheless, Mercers lake is 30 mins drive from our house and has a nice sailing club, so a nice place to take the kids windsurfing to.

It was Lucas's turn this time. I realised yesterday that gusts can be good for the kids to practice sailing in stronger winds in small bursts without getting too overwhelmed. Kids are pretty self-reliant now, so all I did was keep my distance and stepped in just once to untangle him from some tree branches that had fallen in the water. Other than that, I did my usual non-planing stuff.

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