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13th January 2019
Windsurfing: Wrabness
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Stength: 15/35
Surf / Sea State: river chop
Air Temperature: 11
Sea Temperature:
Weather: Mainly cloudy
Max Speed: 30.82 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 17.10 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Sunday 13th January Ė windsurf **** Wrabness - mainly cloudy and windy.


F2 Ride 282 with Tushingham X - 15 5.8 and 30 F - hot fin.


30.82 knot max (spot PB)., 28.15 knot ave ., 13.72 knot hour, 25.22 knot mile (Spot Record & Spot PB), 31.70 km., 16.60 knot alpha.


What a month January has been so far with this being my fourth session and am going faster and faster:) After yesterdays gybing feast on the River Orwell I decided to drive 26 miles around into Essex and sail Wrabness for the second time this year. With low water at 9.45 I was in no hurry to get there and with most of my mates who were sailing today were going to the ĎPondí so I stood a good chance of being out alone yet again:( Arrived just before midday as local windsurfer Jason Powell was parking, he has recently had an operation on his mouth and cant sail but had come to take a few pics and to keep an eye on me, top man! Jason and I then walked over the sea wall and the wind hit you gusting well over 30 knots and with the tide low the water looked nice and flat, you could definitely sail here at all stats of the tide, as with Levington the less water you have in the river the flatter the water. With my 6.5 freshly tapped up, yet another hole in the worn out monofilm but I didnít need it as I went for the X-15 5.8 and used the smallest board so far this year my F2 Ride 282 with a small 30 cm F Ė Hot fin I got from Neil Hurrell for my 65th:) With no other windsurfers in sight I started to walk to the sea, helped by Jason and soon found water deep enough to sail, no mud just sand:). I set off towards Holbrook School and the strongest wind was in the middle and got a but fluky as you passed the point, shame really as that this the flattest section. The swell picks up big as usual in the main channel making going fast challenging to say the least, but they say do something thatís scares you every day and I certainly did that today! There were sections of smoother water where you could bear off and I managed to break 30 knots three times today but couldnít hang on for ten seconds! Spinout was a problem in the river chop and small fin. With more water now in the river I went for some mile runs and was lucky to keep the wind all the way across and was pleased when I got home and checked the GPS to discover I had done 25.22 a spot record, not bad as it was lumpy in the middle but great fun! I did 9 runs across the river, even stopping at Holbrook school to take some pics and with some big gusts of 35 knots making sailing in the chop hard I decided to call it a day and headed back to the beach. Mag and Jason were on the beach to welcome me ashore after having spent a nice hour in our warm van putting the world to right. Again, Jason helped me carry my kit back to the small grassy rigging area and after a quick chat he headed for home. Mag then made delicious scrambled egg and I warmed my feet up with the diesel heater but it was not cold again today, great for January:) Itís always pleasing to break 30 knots, a rarity down this way and a top mile, might be some wind in the week but our van might be in the garage yet again and after a local garage fitted two leisure batteries for use he then caught the very wheel arch I hit and have only just had repaired!!!


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MK Booms here

Toys Used:
F2 Ride - Limited Edition 282
Tushingham x-15 5.8
MK CPX carbon 150/210
Gull Delta L

 

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