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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)

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Mark C
07/06/08

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Poole on 02/10/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

Was intending to go out on the foil, but launching from a new spot for me. evening hill, so was unfamiliar with the terrain underfoot and wanted to check it out before putting a big dent in my foil. High tide was not that high so could be better closer to spring tides, decided not to foil here today as fell off in the middle of the harbour, near the shipping lane and it was barely chest deep. Was underpowered on the 6.3 but had gusts occasionally that got me planning, mainly practiced tacking and had fun,

Weymouth on 09/09/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:7.0

Lack of water as spring tide double low from 1-3pm so a long long walk, but did a sneaky and launched into the shipping channel and headed down wind to deeper water, once out there realized had made a poor sail choice, needed the 9m but was not comming back in to change so made the best of it but not that much fun slogging around. Got planning a few times in the larger gusts but fairly short runs and soon back to slogging again.

Weymouth on 08/09/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

Out practicing on the foil today, good fun and planing in quite light winds. Still a bit reluctant to stamp on the back and get up in the air, tried once and came back down with a splash so going gentle with it. Back foot is now right back where the back strap is when going along powered up, so just as well screw them back on the board now and get used to getting the back foot in there, might give me a bit more leverage to get everything up out of the water, thats the plan for the next session anyway. Was out about 3 hours, had to wait for some water to appear in the harbour and came in as the wind was dropping, the foil tanks up wind!!!!

Hayling Island on 31/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:160 litres
Sail:4.7

Nice light winds and sunshine, so messed about on the SUP and small sail for a couple of hours, with maybe the chance of another foil session if the wind picked up a bit, but didnt happen, so had lunch and headed homemid afternoon. Nice relaxing day on the beach.

Hayling Island on 30/07/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

First proper sail on the foil, its a Zeekofoil and bolts straight into my Starboard Aero standard tuttle box with a spreader plate underneath to take most of the load. Goal for today was ground control, its easy to get up on the foil, drive all your weight through the back foot and it takes off, quickly followed by coming back down again as the foil breaches the surface and dramaticly looses all lift, not great when you are a meter up in the air, so thats too gunng ho for me, am using the gradual approach. Get the board planning, then inch the weight back, and get used to the angles the board flies at when flat and level, just skimming over the water, much like the lift you get from a standard fin, and balancing on the wing, which was great fun. Proper magic carpet ride mode will come in time, and I can learn safely without too many crashes.....I hope, worked today anyway. One lesson I can share is Hayling shore dump and foils do not seem to be compatable, learnt that one the hard way. Changed to standard fin and went out with the same kit later in the afternoon as the tide was dropping, then back to Bill and Heathers for coffee and a catch up, brilliant day.

Weymouth on 28/07/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:4.7

Fishing off Chesil Beach on Friday, then went to the boatyard carpark early Saterday morning and could not get it....full up...crazy. My unique idea of sailing this morning as first decent wind for ages was not that unique, lots of people had the same idea, lots and lots. Dont thing I have ever seen Portland Harbour so busy, it was just crazy. Parked in the big car park and carried my kit across the road, but was all worth it because it was windy, and just got stronger the longer I stayed out. Went down wind to the middle of the harbour and blasted back and forth until my arms gave out, so powered up it was easy getting back up wind.....a proper windsurf session Yeaaaah

Poole on 17/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:160 litres
Sail:4.7

Nice day floating about in the harbour, went out early on the SUP for a freestyle session but ran out of energy just when the wind picked up, could have been planning on a 9m but am still on the fat side. Nigel was going on a 7m and Paul got planning with a 5.4......oh well!! Lovely day in the sun and warm water.

Weymouth on 30/06/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

The wind did not really happen on Friday but the next three or four days looked promising. Plenty of sun but the boat yard car park was heaving and partys and music through most of the night, so hard to get to sleep. Wind blew first thing in the morning but by 8am was dropping, went out for my first try on a foil but no lift off as underpowered and wind continued to drop untill was left marooned in the middle of the harbour with barely a puff to get any forward momentum, damn. Hitched a lift back to the beach and asked around to see what had happened to the forcast, apparently East wind south west sea breeze = no wind all day, and with a similar forcast for the next several days decided to head home. Hardly counts as a first foil attempt though did learn a bit I guess.

Borth on 17/06/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:6.3

Lightish wind but had a go, wind soon dropped, tried the sup for a while and wind dropped more. Carried kit back up the beach and de-rigged, then wind picked up and blew, Damn!!! Great week in Borth with lots of activities, but not quite enough wind , everyone enjoyed it though and suspect we will be back again next year!

Weymouth on 11/05/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:127 litres
Sail:7.0

Sat in the van and watched one person out on the water at 8:00am, havent quite got the enthusiasm that early in the morning but should of as by the time I got round to rigging it had dropped, so instead of 5ish meter sail I went for a 7m, even then it was a struggle to get going. Wind filled in a bit later on and became good fun. Nigel and my brother came out to play too so good day overall.

 
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