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26th August 2021
Wind Direction: N
Wind Stength: 10-20kts
Surf / Sea State: bumpy
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Max Speed: 21.14kts (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 19.59nm (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Just the sun missing for a top day at Bradfield. Last to arrive and plenty
of water, loads of fins and foils in the field. Saw a P7 black sail tanking
down the middle on fin and though that used to be me on fin! Wind was gusty
as normal here, but seemed to max at around 20/25kts with white water in
the far bay. Having sailed with Colsey Nick and Graham a fair bit at
Bradfield sail choice was easy. If its white water I go 8.3 if itís
anything less its 9.3 and for them its 9 or 10! My natural instinct was 7.8
but as its river sailing rigged the 8.3 North "S" type with 2 cams, and
bottom cam removed for easy life, but less speed.
The next choice was foil, stick with 1100 front or drop to 900 on the SB
race kit (set for freeride not race). My only error today was trying the
500 light wind rear wing instead of using the correct 330 stab. Am learning
from the pro boys but sometimes too lazy to change things.
Most sailors today were on 7M down and going OK and the wind was up so was
a bit worried.
Foilers went towards the oil refinery whilst fins played towards Wrabness.
Conditions were spot on at launch - no pumping required! After crawling
from the beach I hit the wind belt pretty hard and felt the full 25kts! The
500 stab was too much although I thought I had tamed it with the -1 spacer,
wrong again! Today was the 330 day, but released the back hand when I was
overpowered. Although I would have rigged smaller on the sea - in the river
the boys are correct going big, because I only felt out of control in the
major gusts. Big runs to Holbrook bay and round the corner towards the
refinery - but it was pretty windy there so turned back just in case and
continued to run the river length. I didn't sail near other sailors and
continued to experiment. Using the old Slingshot 76cm I had to keep the
mast foot at the back, even in big winds to keep it flying, where as the MF
is now in the middle and all the straps are now forward, which is much more
comfortable. I now use the rear straps for much longer runs as I find it
more comfortable. Wipe out a few times, twice trying to gybe and 3 times
trying Colesy instructions to sheet in hard and go deeper downwind for more
speed, rather than my usual stand up and release the back hand with no
power, killing the speed of the foil.
Fortunately I did sheet in a couple of times, long enough to know what am
supposed to do, to stop breaching. My weight was too far back, not loading
the MF. Will practice that Saturday as similar forecast. Decided not to try
gybing any more as too windy, but pretty much all the others are doing
flying gybes, so am falling behind in that department. Unfortunately I need
to perfect my downwind speed so gybing is on the backburner.
Today continues to prove I donít need my fin boards, but am loathed to sell
them, just in case. The 8.3 North S type is a fantastic sail not back
handing once in the 20/25 knots gusts.
After an hour or so I went in to hydrate and changed the stab for the 330
and whoa a huge difference in comfort level! The set up was 1100 FR / 95+
Fuse and the 330 rear stab on -1. That will definitely be my high wind set
up, with the mast foot in the middle. Shame I didnít launch with that as
tide had turned and the water was leaving fast.
So far have only used 2 sails regularly for foiling 8.3 / 9.3, so I would
also get shot of all the others, (just keeping the 7.8) if the fin boards
went. Thatís a lot of dosh not being used and just devaluing. Great day
covering 19.59nm - max speed 21.14 (Slingshot would have been 18.xas I
haven't improved - SS would have been 18.x) HR was high averaging 108 for
the session which is worrying. Max HR 165 was also high for me, but guess
it was the big gusts requiring more effort.
Top day - more Saturday hopefully.
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