Diary Entries: 374
31st May 2020
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: F4/5+
Surf / Sea State: bumpy
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Max Speed: 26.2kts (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 15.4 nm (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
First session in almost a year on fin, after spending last summer learning
foiling till Oct/ Nov.
Wind was howling thru and was debating 7.8 or 7.2, 2 vastly different sails
power wise. No chance of foiling - all I wanted to do was get on a fin and
blast. Loads out maybe 12 with 1 foiler for this late evening 5pm sail, due
to late tide. Water was away out at 5pm but most had turned up early and
waded out to the superb sunny conditions.
2 Slalom racers on the circuit were chasing each other around with a go
pro, with one hitting 29kts on his GW60, very quick. The other guys were
having a good time, with some coming in to change down, as the middle was
very windy around F5+
Rigged 7.8 / JP132 Super ride, first time on the water since purchase from
a fella in Bournemouth.
I flew off the beach but wiped out instantly as couldn't get in the foot
straps which seemed OK on land. Decided to persevere to see if it loosened
up and had some stonking runs. Fin is definitely more exciting than foil,
screaming off the swell in the middle, then heeling back up in the troughs
to gain speed.
Unfortunately the foot straps were a pain in the butt, as I fumbled getting
in or out so my foot was stuck in the gybes. Sailed back to make the
necessary adjustments which involved also moving the screws, so lost 30
mins of even more wind. The 7.8 was well over in the middle so had to
resist sheeting in till the far side.
The JP Superide 132L went like a dream. It was a gamble selling my nice
Severne Fox 120 for this board. The 120 did need a lot of wind to get me up
planing but would stay OK in a F5 if water flat, but my 7.8 Goya Mark felt
big for the Fox due to my heavy weight, so it seems the Fox was only happy
from 7.2 down for me, which is no good to me.
The JP 132 and the 7.8 is a match in heaven as the board seems very thick,
and a good weight carrier. In the lulls its even better because when the
Fox dropped off plane, this board just glide thru, yet stayed OK at the top
of a F5 in choppy waters. Designs have gone full circle as the back end is
now almost pin tail, hence the nice handling in high winds compare to a
Bolt 135 I also owned. That was burning out in F4 rough seas, although very
quick on flattish water. Yep the JP 132L Super ride is a nice board, and
will be my go to board for sure.
Still didn't make any gybes, even after adjusting the straps. I moved the
straps in slightly, sacrificing speed for comfort. The water was bumpy and
I was a bit clumsy on fin, after spending months on foil. After 2hrs 30
mins on the water I was absolutely knackered and was very glad to see the
beach just after 8pm when the tide turned. Had a few burn ups with James on
his Fox 120 and was well happy the JP stayed with him, as he is very
The only sad thing was I forgot to do some speed runs downwind! Again due
to foiling where speed dont matter, I totally lost concentration and just
spent the time reaching and trying to get a decent gybe in. James pulled
off a spectacular tack at full speed in front of me. Cooky had the better
of Simon on the day - Cooky was burning up the Stour - although both had to
Nice evening sail for sure and met up with a few guys I haven't seen in
No chance of a sail Monday as bones ache! Fin in high winds is definitely
harder work than foiling on the body. I forgot to put my HR watch on, but I
think the heart was pumping hard.
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