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30th December 2017
Windsurfing: Alton Water
Wind Direction: W
Wind Stength: 15/25
Surf / Sea State: flatish
Air Temperature: 12
Sea Temperature: 3
Weather: sunny periods and mild
Max Speed: 26.68 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 9 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Saturday 30th December windsurfing * Alton Water sunny periods and mild
26.68 kt. max, 24.56 kt. ave., 5.04 kt. hr., 00.00 kt mile, 14.60 km.,
14.07 kt. alpha.
Back form some wild weather on the South coast but had the most fantastic
Christmas break including 7 nights in the van which makes 128 nights for
the year our second-best year since getting this van:) With the wind in the
west, mild too and poor tides for the local Rivers when Neil messaged to
say he was going to Alton Water I bit the bullet and headed there. I
arrived early and the centre was still closed, then Neil arrived and the
wind looked gusty light so we rigged big. I went with 8.5 on the 310 and
the wind was as usual horrendously gusty with the water freezing:( This
venue makes you feel like a complete novice and is no fun at all. Its
difficult to go fast and gybing is challenging as the winds disappears near
the edge:( The 8.5 was getting a handful in the big gusts so rigged 7m for
the 295 but was only marginally better. It was nice to catch up with some
mates and enjoy the sunshine but with stick to Levington in future even if
the tides are not great and I only really went to get my 80th session for
Its that time of year to run through the stats for 2017 and what a good
windsurfing year its been:) Like I said 80 sessions for the year much
better than last year and windsurfing at 16 different venues with my
favourite set-up of the year my F2 Ride 282 (1150 and 6.5, spuriously small
Boards used: -
Fanatic Cat 14 times.
F2 Xantos 310 20 times.
F2 Xantos 295 20 times.
F2 Ride 282 36 times.
Fanatic Falcon Speed 1 time.
Tushingham Lightning 9.4 8 times.
Tushingham Lightning 8.5 25 times.
Tushingham Lightning 7.8 17 times.
Tushingham Lightning 6.5 26 times.
Tushingham X-15 7 7 times.
Tushingham X-15 5.8 5 times.
Tushingham Vulcan 6 6 times.
Naish Evolution 5.6 1 time.
Highlights of the year:-
I made 30 knots 11 time at 7 different spots with a 37kt max at Southend
but was most pleased with a 30 kt max at Bradfield on the Stour.
I remember 3 top days on the Mar Menor in Spain, several top days at Point
Clear, some nice days at Hamworthy, Portland and Fraisthorp. Plus an epic
111 km. session at Levington and two longboard session, one up the Deben to
Woodbridge and another across to round Horsey Island in Essex:) Apparently
I covered 2966 km doing 2024 gybes which is amazing considering how crap I
am at them !
I hope you all enjoyed your windsurfing year too and wish you all a windy
and sunny 2018!
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