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12th October 2021
Windsurfing: Bradfield
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Stength: 5/15
Surf / Sea State: smooth
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Weather: Mainly cloudy and showers
Max Speed: 17.63 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 20.75 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Tuesday 12th October - Windsurf ** River Stour at Bradfield – mainly cloudy with showers and rainbows.

Foil – 17.63 knot max, 16.83 knot ave ., 5.75 knot hour, 13.41 knot mile, 32.62 km., 12.47 knot alpha.

Exocet RF AST 91 with Slingshot Hover Glide 76 with Tushingham Lightning 8.5m.

Today’s forecast was always a little on the marginal side but as I had not been sailing for a few days I was keen to take a chance. So, after a morning at home, I made lunch, hitched the trailer then Mag and I headed over to the River Stour at Bradfield as the wind was from the NW. First to arrive around one so had plenty of time for lunch with great views with Finches again in the sun flowers, egrets flying past and a noisy Buzzard overhead:) The wind cross on from the left with gusts strong enough to foil so set up my foil board and my Tushingham Lightning 8.5 as Shaun, James, Keith and Paul arrived to foil! First out on the water and I had to wade to the yellow bouy to get deep enough water and was soon up and flying but it soon turned into a flounder about waiting for a gust and very gusty it was too; I am thinking perhaps a NW is not the best direction here. It was not helped by the large banks of cloud passing over with showers and rainbows really messing with the wind. It was hard to think that 5 grown men would wallow about in the showers waiting for a gust that only lasted a short while, still at least we got out on the water and it was not too chilly, my new 5mm boots were mega:) From absolutely loving my Tushingham Lightnings I now think that are actually holding my foiling back as they are just so heavy and would love some lighter foil/fin light rotational sails but I am afraid the poor old pension won’t stretch that far:( As for gybing, still struggling with the foot change but definitely not helped by the gusty wind and big sail:( With the tide turned and the wind disappearing it was time to call it a day and warm up in the van with a cuppa:) No wind tomorrow but maybe Thursday?

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Toys Used:
Exocet RF Foil AST 230 x 91
Tushingham Lightning 8.5
Slingshot Hover Glide F Wind Foil Infinity 76
Slingshot Hover Glide Mast 90 cm
Gull Vortex large

 

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