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14th February 2020
Windsurfing: Levington
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 10/20
Surf / Sea State: smooth
Air Temperature: 9
Sea Temperature:
Weather: Mainly cloudy
Max Speed: 18.56 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 16.40 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Friday 14th February – Windsurf **** - River Orwell – Levington - cloudy.


Starboard Foil Freeride 150 and Slingshot Hover Glide F/Wind with Tushingham Lightning 7.8.


Foil – 18.56 knot max., 16.56 knot ave., 10.31 knot hour (PB), 15.26 knot mile (PB), 30.40 km., 8.89 knot Alpha.


After two poor sessions this week I was keen to get a good session in before we head to the mountains and when Andy Mexome messaged, he was hoping to foil at Levington this afternoon as the breeze was supposed to increase by then it was looking good. The day started lovely in Felixstowe really sunny and as I was in no hurry to head to the Marina I did my exercises including some lower back ones by Coach Kosak on Youtube who is really good. The wind was building slowly so I backed a sandwich and headed off but made a small detour to the beach to sea if there had been any coal washed up. We collect it for our open fire and pickings have been poor of late but the recent Storm Ciara has stirred things up and I couldn’t believe it there was coal everywhere and I got two bags and with the coal Mag also got this after we managed 35k, that will keep the fire going for several nights:) It was then onto the Marina where Michael Galbraith had his new JP 135 foil board on the beach and with the onshore wind looking fairly light was rigging 7.5. As I had borrowed Andy’s lovely new Starboard foil board but I was glad to hand it back today as I have never been on a board that expensive and it scared me too death but a BIG thank you for being brave enough to lend it to me! It looked a bit marginal for me to foil and with the wind forecast to increase I didn’t want to rig 8.5 so took a chance with my 7.8. Michael was out and flying straight away as the wind filled in and, in the end, my 7.8 was good for most of the session. There was now loads of water in the river as I headed out and was soon up and flying with some big gusts especially on the corner. I found I could fly better up river with the tide and got some lovely long flights, not up to the standard of Michael and Andy but pleasing none the less:) It was now cloudy and a balmy 9 degrees but you needed gloves but the only time I feel in during the two hour session was when attempting a gybe to try and match Andy! In the end there were four foilers out having a good session on the Orwell and I ended up getting my best mile and hour on a foil and am getting on well with my old Starboard Formula board so am in no hurry to upgrade to a dedicated foil board, especially as there are not many yet at an affordable price!
Storm Denis is hitting the UK this weekend but we have the Grandson visiting :) but might try for a session at Levington on Monday or Tuesday before going searching for some snow!


PS – I am looking for a reasonably priced second-hand GT-31, can anyone help?


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Toys Used:
Starboard Formula 155
Tushingham Lightning 7.8
Slingshot Hover Glide F Wind Foil Infinity 76
Slingshot Hover Glide Mast 90 cm
Gull Delta L

 

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