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Owner: mas

Member#: 7693
Registered: 29-06-2008
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20th July 2019
Windsurfing: Bradfield
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Stength: F2 - F4
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: Sunny / cloud/hailstones
Max Speed: 18.3 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 14.1 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Forecast was ideal foil day, and most regulars split up today. Several on the River Stour (Bradfield and 2 at Wrabness whilst other stayed at Felixstowe. After yesterday Bradfield was the no brainer and as it turned out I had a brilliant day on the foil, my 7th session ever foiling.
Prob 8 guys at Bradders, . Wind was light on arrival at 1.30 and tide was still coming in but yet again I started doubting so big a sail, as big gusts were coming thru and the pros on foil were rigging 5.x and 6.x!
Decided leave the half rigged 8.5 and rig the 7.8, but the wind dropped badly so went back to rigging 8.5, when an almighty thunderstorm came thru firing 10mm hailstones for 10 minutes, unbelievable on a sunny day in July! Joe was on the water foiling said he had to hide under the sail, and we all ran for shelter in our vehicles.
What a poxy sport windsurfing is! Almost miraculously the wind and sun came back and the guys were flying. Graham went for 7.8 race sail. me 8.5 and the others stayed small. My first few flights were nervy but getting up on gusts continuously now by pumping back foot down more.
Had some great flights on port tack heading away from the beach but also had many slam downs. As the wind increased the waist harness became useless not giving me enough leverage or power on the mast foot. I couldn’t be bothered to ditch it - but wont make that mistake again. All the sailors our today were like pro's flying all over the place, and some even went up to Manningtree upwind then blasted downwind the fastest av ever seen a foil go! Spectacular, and shame he had no GPS. I started following them around to pick up more tips as I can only really fly downwind, and have to waste time low reaching back upwind, even more so when tide turned near 3pm.
Went overpowered several times which was pretty interesting! Then it was all about stopping the foil flying!
Graham who started foiling last year popped his first foiling gybe - brilliant for him. Can see the point of the wide back dedicated boards truly today with the pro's on foil board. I appear to have not enough leverage on the back foot to really pull the sail back and over my head to tank up wind. When I am on a good upwind line after 20 meters I lose it and the board luffs up badly, bouncing all over the place.

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Starboard Ultrasonic 147
North Platinum 490 (imcs 28)
Chinook Race 180_246



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