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4th September 2020
Wind Direction: W
Wind Stength: 8 - 20KTS
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: Sunny / cloud
Max Speed: 19.6kts (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 18.7 nm (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Another 5 star day for me at my favourite windsurf site Bradfield on the
River Stour. On arrival Newbie foiler Keith was fitting a bicycle tube full
of air attached to his mast to avoid nose damage! hmmm! He went straight to
the top buying Slingshot 160L Levitator board and 76 wing foil, looks very
Wind was variable in direction West backing SW / NW as well as strength
gusting 20 kts. Neil went 6.9 which was worrying as I rigged my 9.3 North S
type 3 cam sail. This is a fantastic sail which will def take a lot of wind
and is very stable. Neil was overpowered so stayed with the 9.3 hook to the
Exocet RF91 board. Switch the 84cm front wing to the 76 on the Slingshot
foil to calm things down in the gusts. Colsey went 9+.
Flew straight off the beach and wallop - over the front door in big gusts.
This kept happening for 30 mins and couldn't figure out what was wrong as I
couldn't keep the nose down when over powered! Then I noticed the North
mast base had slipped yet again to the back of the track. I really have to
come up with a solution to stop it.
Even after landing it took 10 minutes to move the jammed base.
After moving base forward, it was business as usual - nice beat to Mistley,
flying all the way then down to Wrabness. The wind would swing a lot, and
sometimes drop but the 9.3 is a powerful sail, that soon picked up again
after the lulls. Didn't go on any long journeys and stayed within sight of
everyone. As always practised the different phases of foiling - upwind down
etc. Given up on sailing in both straps downwind, as I cant seem to apply
enough mast pressure to keep the nose down as the board increased speed, so
did the stand upright thing sail not sheeted in to get the long down
winders run stable. Gybes attempts didn't go well - always tripping at the
flip stage. No probs as flare gybes OK.
Another nice day on the Stour, with the 5 other sailors. Although DC said
it was too gusty, and his worst sail lately, he was flying all over the
place, Sir James def got the hang of it along with Neil. Keith has just
started so didn't see him much. Did 19.6kts but cant really get excited at
those low numbers compared to fin sailing!
Now looking for a 7.8 North S type as they are so good and stable, then I
only really need to rig 2
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