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20th September 2020
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: 8kts - 10kts
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Max Speed: 12.3 kts (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 8.7nm (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Good turn out again at Bradfield in glorious sunshine on the River Stour.
Strange because on arrival at 12.00 the wind was up and some were rigging
very small sails, whilst the proís were rigging 10m+!
My 9.3 cam sail is being repaired so used a lightweight rotational sail,
which was pretty useless today. By the time I set up the Slingshot 84 wing,
the wind had dropped and people were coming back to change up.
I had a washer under the stab to gain even more lift, which did lift but
crazy lift in the gust which I couldnít control as the mast foot was right
at the back. Although I move it forward later the lifts was wierd, straight
up then slam down. The washer was way too thick so removed it and reverted
to the standard set up. Some lightweights were going well and the good guys
went up to Wrabness as usual. One of the fast slalom guys borrowed a
formula board / fin with 11m sail and was running foilers ragged! He was
definitely quick in very little wind
I had a few flights but nothing much. Strange as itís the first time I have
used the big wing in a while and I found it very awkward. My 76 wing strap
setup didnít work at all and I could get in any of them. The lift was ver
igh when I did fly, so uncontrollable for me out of straps.
Shame really I needed another couple of knots. After 2hrs only covered 8nm
and max spd 12knots, so not a good day. Canít complain, as the weather was
great and burnt a few more calories.
Couldnít be bothered o pump, so probable missed a few rides on gusts.
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