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Registered: 27-05-2007
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15th April 2019
Windsurfing: The Dip-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: E
Wind Stength: 10/15
Surf / Sea State: smooth and lumpy
Air Temperature: 8
Sea Temperature:
Weather: sunny but chilly
Max Speed: 22.99 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 20.50 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Monday 15th windsurf *** The Dip - Felixstowe sunny but chilly.

F2 Xantos 310 and 44 cm fin with Tushingham Lightning 8.5.

22.99 knot max, 21.43 knot ave ., 10.71 knot hour, 18.78 knot mile, 38 km., 0.00 knot alpha.

I was keen to get out today as we are away in our van for a few days in Surrey visiting the Grandson:) It was always going to be a marginal day, sunny but still chilly with it warming up later in the week. The wind was ESE which is dead onshore at The Dip which would make it good for some cruising along the coast if the wind plays ball? Arrived at the beach at about mid-tide with the wind gusting to about 13 mph so rigged my 8.5 to go with my light wind shortboard the Xantos 310 which I have put back on the trailer now groaning under the strain of 7 old boards! It was to lumpy for me to think about foiling and with a nice shore break making it difficult to get off the beach as the groynes are cross together here:( I found another prom walker to zip me in my winter suit and did try a couple of times to get off the beach but the wind was very light in the shore break so gave up! I must have sat on the beach for well over an hour as the tide dropped waiting for the wind to fill in. Then the wind swung a little to the East and picked up a fraction so I managed to get off the beach easily just as Andy Mexome arrived. My first run out was two miles down the coast towards the Wadgate post what I call slow planing which was good fun despite the chilly feel and I was glad of my hat and gloves! I was then joined on the water by Andy with his 8.2 and 135 lt. Goya which does get going nicely in marginal conditions. I then spent an hour or so sailing from kite beach a mile down the coast in a OK breeze. The sea was nice and smooth up by the golf course but became a lumpy mess further down and I had a terrible day for gybing not completing a single out, the old style 310 board is a pig of a board to turn being so long it catches the water and you end up in the cold water! Local windsurfer/foiler Michael Galbraith on child care duty came down for a chat and we were joined on the water by three Swains, Mark, Nick and Ed but the wind went even more patchy so I decided to call it a day. I had a quick chat with Neil Hurrell down on his bike, not sailing because of a dodgy knee and then heading home for a warming shower and load the bikes on the van for our trip away. Its been a good month for wind so far with this being my 6th session and up to 20 degrees by the weekend:)

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Toys Used:
F2 Xantos CS 310 147
Tushingham Lightning 8.5
Gull Delta L



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