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20th October 2017
Wind Direction: WSW
Wind Stength: 10/20
Surf / Sea State: river chop
Air Temperature: 14
Max Speed: 26.26 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 17.53 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Friday 20th October Ė windsurfing ** Levington Ė cloudy
26.26 kt. max, 24.08 kt. ave., 9.59 kt. hr., 18.77 kt mile, 32.50 km.,
17.36 kt. alpha.
With the wind in the west and a good tide Levington was the only option,
itís lucky I didnít want to go to Point Clear because of a fatal accident
on the A14 the Orwell Bridge was closed most of the day :( With high tide
around midday I was hoping to get to the marina by ten but it was a
miserable morning with rain falling! In the end I got there by about 10.30
and with wind gusting over 20 mph I went with 6.5 on the 292 but the wind
was all over the place, very up and down only planning in patches:( I
surprisingly got a 24kt max but a couple more windsurfers came down
including Simon Rees but they were not tempted to rig and left. I came
ashore to pack up as Tom Alexander arrived and started to rig so I decided
to have another go and had my best hour but still very gusty! I increased
my max to 26kts and got enough runs for a 24 kt ave but it was hard going.
I had some OK runs across the bay and then Tom seemed to be going well
further down the Orwell towards the docks so sailed down there to see but
was not keen as the tide had turned and if anything went wrong you would
end up in the middle of the docks! The wind dropped and it was a struggle
to sail the two miles back by which time we had had enough so we backed up.
Storm Brian is arriving for tomorrow with forecast winds of 30 to 50 mph
which is helpful so not sure whether to bother with a trip to Point Clear
or just save myself for a trip to Bradfield on Sunday ????
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