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31st May 2021
Windsurfing: Bradfield
Wind Direction: ENE
Wind Stength: 6-10kts
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: Sunny
Max Speed: 6 mph (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 9.2 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

First time out on water since Sept/Oct in brilliant summer weather for foiling. Loads of the regulars at Bradders. Now swopped kit from Slingshot to Starboard race foil - I was hoping to get some flights. The wind did look very light. Rigged the North 9.3 S type with one cam removed but the wind didn't play ball for my weight. It was very close 2 or 3 times on the gusts, almost out of the water. I saw most others flying a fair bit so came in and did a few tweaks. Set up the 115+ fuse and swopped the race 900 front wing with an 1100 Freeride wing, then swopped the 255 stab with the 330 wing, despite the misgivings of the pro's who frowned on the setup as not ideal due to the drag of such large wings. My mast track was 3/4's back, so moved it to the end of the box.
Unfortunately I fitted the high wind - 1.5 spacer instead of +1 on the stab, but as the tide was about to turn, there wasn't much time to change it.
The setup was much better for the light winds, as I pumped on good gusts off small swell the board would just lift then drop like a stone. Spent the whole afternoon burning calories slogging, but have a good idea about the kit limitations now. Having used the Slingshot for a year, the 76 wing would not have flown, but the 84 wing might have had a couple, although am heavier this year.
Definitely no comparison between the Slingshot poor quality fuse, which I bent twice, not hitting anything, and the Starboard fuse which is a monster thing. It has so many screws to keep the parts together. Think you get what you pay for. Next upgrade will be the board, and hoping to change to a 200L + volume board instead of my current 160 Exocet RF-91 to help with the lighter stuff.
Nice day out at an excellent location, catching up with everyone and watching DC and Nick pushing each other flying every inch of the estuary.



Toys Used:
EXOCET RF-91 155L - 230 X 91cm
NORTH S TYPE_ SL 9.3
DUOTONE PLATINUM 100% 490
Chinook Race 180_246
STARBOARD FOIL RACETEAM CARBON SET 95
NORTH RATCHET STD PIN 42
STARBOARD FOIL RACETEAM CARBON SET 95
DAKINE XT SEAT XL
Prolimit 5_3 S.ARM FUSION FTM  XXL
Prolimit 5_3 S.ARM FUSION FTM  XXL
Prolimit 5_3 S.ARM FUSION FTM  XXL

 

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