Diary Entries: 1820
25th November 2018
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: 6/12
Surf / Sea State: smooth
Air Temperature: 8
Weather: cloudy and cool
Max Speed: 19.80 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 3.42 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Sunday 25th November – windsurf * Bradfield – cloudy and cold.
Walk **** Furze Hill, Mistley.
F2 Xantos 310 with Tushingham Lightning 8.5 and 44 fin.
F2 Xantos 295 with Tushingham Lightning 7.8 and 38 fin.
19.80 knot max., 12.61 knot ave ., 3.40 knot hour, 9.04 knot mile, 6.30
km., 6.69 knot alpha.
It was always going to be risky on todays marginal forecast but decided to
take a chance and meet up with Jason at Bradfeild at eleven. While Mag
cooked her porridge there was enough wind for me to rig 7.8 for the 295 but
by the time, I was zipped into my winter suit the wind had dropped:( As I
headed off the beach I went to hook in and discovered I hadn’t put my
harness on!!! Old age is creeping up and the brain cell are disappearing
fast! I put my harness on but then decided to go bigger and rig 8.5 for the
310. I wobbled off the beach setting off on a diagonal course across the
river towards Mistley but only planed for a 100m :( I had another run which
was no better as Jason headed out slowly on his 7.5, I did manage to see a
large seal heading upriver:) I came ashore to warm my hands and then the
breeze picked up and I had one decent run across the river before the wind
disappeared shame really as this is a great direction for the Stour. On
landing I managed to put a large hole in my sail which was too damp to
tape, I put the 7.8 on the big board but the wind had gone we decided to
call it a day. I wanted to leave the carpark with Jason because I had a job
to get in because of the mud but managed to get out OK. We then followed
Jason to Furze Hill where we parked up and walked over to see ‘Big Knobley’
a 1000 year old Oak tree where sadly the local oafs had made a fire in the
middle of it:( Jason then went home while Mag and I walked around the small
lake with a heron and then back through the pretty woods still full of
Autumn colours:) Loads of wind coming later this week and milder too so
hope to get out again this month!
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