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25th March 2021
Windsurfing: The Manor-Felixstowe
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Surf / Sea State: big and smooth
Air Temperature: 12
Sea Temperature: 6
Weather: sunshine and showers
Max Speed: 17.84 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 22.75 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Thursday 25th March - Windsurf **** - The Manor, Felixstowe – sunshine and showers.

Walk **** early morning prom stroll – sunny.

Woke at 6 this morning and Mag was already gone so although I had missed the sunrise I got dressed and headed to the clifftop meting Mag at the end of the road. She decided to join me again as we strolled along the cliff top to get a few pics to send to the local TV for their weather reports. It was a beautiful morning, light winds with hardly a cloud in the sky. Then down onto the prom before returning home with fingers crossed the wind will build for some foiling?

Thursday 25th March - Windsurf **** - The Manor, Felixstowe – sunshine and showers.


Foil – 17.84 knot max, 16.23 knot ave., 9.72 knot hour, 14.34 knot mile, 36.73 km.,11.83 knot alpha.

Exocet RF AST 91 with Slingshot Hover Glide 76 with Tushingham Lightning 7m.

After breakfast I managed to do my exercises in the back garden while Mag continues her garden alterations with the wind slowly building. Around 11.30 I struggle into my wetsuit, message the local windsurfing group and head down to The Manor managing to park in the free dead-end at the end of the prom:) There is 15 mph winds from the SW and sunny so I set up my foil and take a chance with my favourite foil sail the 7m with no sign of the few sailors who said they were coming down. The only trouble here is the flood gate is still closed but it is no problem getting your kit on the beach, luckily there was no fishermen in the closest groyne! It was an easy launch, quickly into deep water and up and flying quickly bearing off broad heading to The Dip. I gybed as I didn’t want to get too far off shore even through we are watched here by the coastwatch from the Martello tower and I am now carrying my new vhf marina radio, fastfind gps beacon and a small rucksack of spares! The wind inshore was much lighter and it took awhile to get going. Then played with the swell which gets bigger as you head up the coast, with the best sea condition’s being back at The Manor. I got as far as the red and white bouy and headed inshore right through the rough water as the Deben enters the sea! I then started the beat back which was good, with the sea big and well powered up most of the time and had been joined by fellow foiler Andy Mexome. The sun sadly disappeared and we had some showers too which knocked the temperature down a little and the sea is still very cold. After the fun beat I had a few runs out to Wadgate Post in lovely sea conditions, really smooth, I did try pushing it a couple of ties but only ended up in the cold water! The wind was a little up and down and with some dark clouds bringing some light rain I decided to call it a day. So an OK session, would have been nice to have more sunshine and a little warmer but using a big foil board means you can keep out of the water, well most of the time! Robert, Ian and Al were also out so a good turn out with some good breezes coming there will hopefully be some more windsurfing this month!


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77 Sports (Exocet) Here

Toys Used:
Exocet RF Foil AST 230 x 91
Tushingham Lightning 7.0
MK CPS carbon 180/240
Slingshot Hover Glide F Wind Foil Infinity 76
Slingshot Hover Glide Mast 90 cm
Gull Vortex large

 

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