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29th July 2018
Windsurfing: Point Clear
Wind Direction: ssw
Wind Stength: 30/40
Surf / Sea State: Big!
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Weather: cloudy
Max Speed: 24.60 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 5.07 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Sunday 29th July – windsurf ** Point Clear – windy and wild - cloudy

F2 Wave 264 with Naish Nalu 4.25 and 24 cm. fin.

24.60 knot max., 21.81 knot ave., 0.00 knot hour, 0.00 knot mile, 9.40 km., 7.88 knot alpha.

We decided against staying the night in our van on Point Clear seafront as a bit breezy so went to a sheltered spot we have been before and had a walk to the River Colne. A lovely quiet night but woke to grey skies with rain so not in any hurry to get back to the beach. After relaxing breakfast, we drove the ten miles back to Point Clear being first to arrive. We parked at the far carpark to start with and it was miserable, raining with 30/40 mph onshore winds (SSW) so was not looking good for a sail. Ian Clarke arrived and we agreed it would be better to park on the Green so moved there. This is a nice direction here dead onshore but with no huge shore break but still didn’t look very inviting, I hate sailing in the rain but Ian was brave enough to give it a try going for 4m on his wave board. Nobody else seemed very keen to go out. Ian was way overpowered making it next to impossible to gybe so after a couple of runs he came ashore debating whether to pack up! A few more arrived and the rain stopped so I decided to rig my 4.25, a sail I have only used once before! The trouble is it is an old sail and an even older boom so I am not keen to go out when its wild, perhaps I will have to treat myself to some small kit but very really use it! I left the beach at 1.15 on a wave board, will I couldn’t believe it either! It would have been fun if I could actually sheet the sail in! You could sail along the wave which in places were nice but gybing was next to impossible so overpowdered. I had a nice chat with Shaun Cook had one more run and decided to call it a day while I was still in one piece!
Still a good weekend and was pleased with yesterday when I was sailing with several good slalom/speedsailers in attendance but I acquitted myself quite well getting the top speed I think and only being beaten by a knot on the average considering they are all on top of the range 2018 kit!
So a great weekend and perhaps even more wind tomorrow but thankfully a more manageable strength:)


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F2 Wave 264
Naish Nalu 4.25
Mystic Yourizoon Shortie xl

 

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