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Registered: 29-06-2008
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11th September 2018
Windsurfing: Point Clear
Wind Direction: WSW
Wind Stength: F3/4
Surf / Sea State: flat / swell
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: sunny cloudy
Max Speed: 23.67 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 15.3nm (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

The forecast of F5 never turned up at Point Clear today unfortunately. a few Felixstowe wahoo's made the trip, Mark S Squiz Neil Pete , Mike G along with Simon Chip', Keith F and a few others. I arrive late 11.30 and the others had just gone out again, the wind about F3/4. Looked OK with Swainey still deciding which sail to rig.
I tried 8.5 Goya Mark pro / Bolt 135 and did have a couple of nice runs, but a lot of wallowing. The pond was dead, although a few were trying their luck in it. The early boys had a bit more wind I think. Simon C was on a foil going OK in the pond.
Stayed outside in the sea and had to either pump up on the plane or use the swell to keep going. It was hard work.
Switched to my 145 Patrik freeride which faired a bit better and had a few runs down to Brightlingsea . Squiz went up the river, but I stayed out as the wind was too light for me. Played with Neil and Swainey. Neil switched to his mini formula and planed a lot.
Sailed down to the sanctuary at the Clacton end and all the way to Brightlingsea so nice runs, when the wind stayed and you caught the gusts.
The Patrik is not going to be my light wind option as it struggled in a F3 with 8.5. Normally I would av used my 9.2 Phantom, but was too lazy to rig it as it was now high tide. Def need a slightly wider dedicated light wind board probably a 92cm, then switch to 135 Bolt.
More kit tweaking over the winter I think, but it was a good day. Speed was poor, but it was a great 3 hours work out - burning 2266 calories with heart rate peaking at 152, so did get a bit excited.
Now using 52cm fin on the Patrik 145 and 50cm on the 135 Bolt in Lightwinds. It has made a difference staying upwind and if you pump the boards react. Once on the plane, both boards stayed on it longer so good investments.

Toys Used:
North Platinum 490 (imcs 28)
MK Carbon CP3 178 -228
JP 52 Freeride 52cm
MFC MFC H1 Slalom 50
ONeil reactor 3mm long sl XXL



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