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Owner: mas

Member#: 7693
Registered: 29-06-2008
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26th May 2019
Windsurfing: West Mersea
Wind Direction: W
Wind Stength: F3/5
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: Sunny / cloud
Max Speed: 27.21 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 26.8 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

3rd session out in wind and it was brilliant. Arrive early 9.30 (poss had to leave) but tide was very low, so it had to be a long wait. Had a great carpark space for the motorhome and trailer on the green which is a whopping 32ft. Sea was flat wind around 10kts and felt to be building. After brekky went for a ride and gave the other whats apper's some duff info, thinking the tide was coming in! Rode all round old Mersea then on return Chippy Andy M Pete Stuart, saw Pete Rowe and another couple of old Mersea mates. Faffed around sail choice 7.8 set light or 8.5 set flat. Andy had 2 sails out 7.3 / 7.8 but both Peter and Andy went 7.3 and I made a bad choice on 8.5. Had 4/5 nice runs on the Bolt 135 now set up de-tuned straps in and much more comfortable.
The broad reach was towards Point Clear and the beat towards the power st. Water was flat either side with nice swells in the middle, perfect. Fast sailors were near the club house end so went there, had great reaches, then the wind really kicked in after an hour and so was well over. Had to beach and re-rig the sail flat to get back, and so lost 30 minutes. Even the flat sail was too much, so rigged 7.8, but really 7.3 would have been ideal.
Now in control had good 26 kts run for what seemed miles towards PC, brilliant. Used a Goya Mk 7.8 set to manufacturers markings and it was brilliant. The Goya Bolt 135 was lit up in flat bits, -singing 46 fin though - so prob dropping speed.
Went back up to Andy Mex Bolt 125 or 115 not sure and Peter on his new Fox 120. Mex flew past me as my wind dropped to a crawl, but as I built up again, chased down the Fox for an almighty reach towards PC with neither of us backing off. Nothing in it side by side the crafty Peter saw my intentions to kill his wind and bore off even more, to definitely pull away from the Bolt and the very broad reaches. I couldn't gain anymore so we gybed. Pete and Andy went up to old Mersea, saw Chippy but decide to slow beat towards them. Loads of sailors out and saw one guy on a kite foil board blasting around one hand on kite the other hanging out for some extreme beats. He went past me in the light bits easily clocking 20kts. Looks difficult but easy for him! Wind dropped close to high so switched back to 8.5. Tried to find Pete and Andy at old Mersea - Chippy had packed. Couldn't them so blasted back as the wind freshened. had a couple of rain squalls for 10 mins but great fun day - finishing off with a seafood platter from the old West Mersea Oyster Co.
Still tweaking kit - and not happy with 28cm/30cm harness lines, as too long. After years on 28's I must be shrinking as I accidentally unhooked several times, so shorter lines now.
Toys Used:
NORTH 460 GOLD 460
North Platinum 490 (imcs 28)
MK Carbon CP2 160 - 220
Chinook Race 180_246



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