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Owner: mas

Member#: 7693
Registered: 29-06-2008
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12th August 2017
Windsurfing: Bradfield
Wind Direction: W
Wind Stength: 10-17kts
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: sunny
Max Speed: 26.49 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 23.64 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Another great 5 star session at Bradfield . Arrived 1 and to be honest there didn't seem much wind, but Ian, and the others were planning in the middle of the river. Rigged 8.5 Phantom to the Patrik 145 with sail 3cm less downhaul. Shot off the beach, even though I couldn't feel any wind, guess it funnels in gusts. Nice run all the way across at 24kts. Several sailors out Craig and Andy M on longbd, Colsey Graham and Mark on Formula's. Mark was on his new (used) Fanatic formula with aggressive looking cut out and others were on freerides. We all split up in different parts of the river. Saw the longbd's heading up to Manningtree and Formula's to Wrabness. Stayed reaching from Bradfield as experimenting with fins and mast foot positions to improve the performance of the 145 Patrik. Distributor stays the stock fin (freeride fin) is best and he is right. My old 50cm upright race fin killed the board handling, railing up way too much at speed with no gain in speed. So def sticking with the 48cm standard, which is a dream, ride in comparison. Moved mast track back 2 inches from back and yep even better ride. The sail refused to rotate with so little downhaul, but planing so much, couldn't be bothered to adjust. Runs stayed at around the 24kts marker with the 10-15kts wind sometimes gusting 17kts, then Craig on a longbd strayed into my territory on the same tack heading out and both of us pumped. Got to be done, he became prey as the chase began. Caught him but by then we were way downwind as he was desperate to avoid the pass. Way past Wrabness I was now in the pooh and he has a daggerboard. Luckily a few gusts got me back up 1/2 then met up with Andy Mex and yep another burn up downwind. Lost so much ground now and the wind dropped, so the walk of shame was on! Tide running out, lightwind is not a good combo at Bradfield..took ages to get to within 200 mtrs then started the walk. Def worth it though as the board inched over the 26kts mark with some coaxing. Great day at Bradfield. Def prefer there to most places. Looked at Mark P formula but not tempted, had bad memories going downwind on mine!
Toys Used:
GAASTRA 75% HARD TOP SDM 490 (imcs 29)
Chinook Carbon Race carbon 195- 261
MFC RC2 RACE  50cm
CHOCO f_ride 48
Rip Curl E Bomb 4/3/2



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