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17th November 2020
Windsurfing: Levington
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 5/20
Surf / Sea State: smooth
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Weather: sunny periods and mild:)
Max Speed: 16.95 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 23.25 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Tuesday 17th November - Windsurf *** - River Orwell at Levington Marina Ė sunny periods and mild

Foil Ė 16.95 knot max, 15.81 knot ave ., 8.32 knot hour , 12.93 knot mile , 37.23 km ., 11.43 knot alpha.

Exocet RF AST 91 with Slingshot Hover Glide 76 with Tushingham Lightning 7.8m.


With an unseasonable 15 degrees today and a nice SW breeze forecast it meant another trip over to Levington Marina, my 19th since we had to pay to sail there, so certainly great value for money:) So after breakfast I struggle into my wetsuit, nearly dry from yesterday, Mag was glad to see the back of it as it was stinking out the house! Agreeing that Mag was going to bike over for lunch I set off arriving at the Orwell by 10 with Andy and Michael already there! Andy was keen to sail around to the Stour but was a little optimistic with his sail choice and the 6.6 was never bigger enough so quickly came back and rigged his 7.8 the same as me. Robert and Phillip had arrived as I set off with plenty of water and was soon up and flying but it was short lived and there didnít seem much wind to the left so started sailing up river. The wind was very patchy, up and down, one minute flying the next slogging but it was still nice to be out on the river especially when the sun made an appearance:) I was slowly making my way down towards Pin Mill with Andy practising my gybes, I can get most of the way around but loss it when it is time to flip the rig but the river is an ideal place to practice. Then the wind really picked up and I was sailing straight down the middle of the river in 20 knot winds so I thought I would try to make the Orwell Bridge. I have windsurfed there several time on my long board but never on a foil! Andy saw me disappear up the river and followed, overtaking me at Woolverstone when the wind went patchy, I was a little nervous as it can get shallow up this way but we were fine and didnít hit the bottom once helped by a pretty high tide today! Andy was first to sail under the huge bridge, always exciting and I stopped short to get some pics but sadly the quality of my little camera I take on my windsurfing adventures leaves a lot to be desired and Andy got much better pics with his mobile phone, cheers for that much appreciated, I even look like I know what I am doing as I foiled under the bridge only to be back winded by the massive columns and fall in like I do nearly every time I sail under it!!!! Still once in the water under the bridge the camera came out again, then all I had to do was sail back, always easier said than done with the wind all over the place! I manage to get away from the bridge, fly for a couple of short runs before the wind goes light. Lucky, I have the tide with me as I slog the 5 miles back on a run only flying in short bursts. I make it OK as there is more wind down by the marina but it is very up and down so decide to call it a day, lucky I did as Mag had already been there an hour, she had her phone so entertained herself by ringing a couple of friend/relations. I have a quick shower then have some yummy homemade soup before packing up and heading home via Tesco to get a local paper as I have a pic in today along with windsurfing mate Peter Cutts:) Looks like one more windy/mild day tomorrow before it turns colder, might even be able to get out on a fin board for a change:)



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MK booms here

77 Sports (Exocet) Here


Toys Used:
Exocet RF Foil AST 230 x 91
Tushingham Lightning 7.8
MK CPS carbon 180/240
Slingshot Hover Glide F Wind Foil Infinity 76
Slingshot Hover Glide Mast 90 cm
Gull Delta L

 

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