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By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Camber Sands    1          1
Cornwall    2  6       8
Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey       1 3     4
Weymouth       1 1     2
fuerteventura 2 2 11      1 7
Poole1   4  9 2     16
Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia        1 31   5
Lepe & Calshot       6 2  1  9
Hayling Island  1 3  7 1     12
La Torche, France    1  1 1    14
Whitstable    5  6 6     17
Tankerton Bay, Kent    1  3       4
Southend on Sea       1       1

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Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 09/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:145 litres

Wind picked up today, but stuck with the 7.5m as I wanted to sail with Eva and stay close. Eva did amazingly well. She graduated to the next level of windsurfing (almost planed!)

Later on I practised fast-tacks on lumpy waters. That head-turn got me out of trouble most times. I even planed for a bit. What a treat!

Kids practised more with the Laser Picos. I found out that they will get RYA certificates on Friday. Awesome!

Also, reading Jonathan's adventures in Lanzarote. None of that 5m nonsense happening here!

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

Rating:3 star rating
Board:145 litres

Same conditions. Sailed with Lucas in the afternoon which was most excellent!

Realised how important is the exaggerated head turn when exiting fast-tacks. It literally transformed the move!

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 07/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:135 litres

Same conditions. Decided to learn heli-tacks. Landed on my ear in my second attempt and almost burst my ear-drum. Maybe not this year.

Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia on 06/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:145 litres

Sames conditions today. A bit more wind to get the lighter guys going, but a largish fella like myself needed that extra push that never realised.

Practised more of the usual.

Kids started sailing Laser Picos for the first time.

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.

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