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28th September 2018
Wind Direction: NNW
Wind Stength: F2-4
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: OK
Sea Temperature: OK
Max Speed: 21.53 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 12.4 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Forecast didn't arrive early morning but kept watching whats app forum for
positive news. Went to gym with trailer just in case but couldn't find a
poxy parking space after going round 3 x. Then great news wind at
Bradfield, so hammered the 30mls or so. Thankfully the farmers field is now
accessible by car and on arrival there was wind with 2 going out slightly
under. Rigged my flat water sail GA Phantom 9.2 hooked to Patrik 145
Freeride. That's my go to gear in light winds. Everyone turned up rigging
Water was flat - sun out wind prob F4 launched off and was in footstraps
on first runs. The Patrik always need pumping up on the plane which is a
pain in the rear. Had a great day buzzing up and down. Andy M done me a
couple of times planning thru lulls but the Patrik does carry heavy me
quite well in light winds albeit pretty slow. Had 3 or 4 runs down to
Wrabness and back towards Mistley.
We were heavily reliant on gusts, pumping to keep planning. Colsey was
going great on his foil - but still not tempted. He had a big rig and I
think there is only 3 knots or so when he starts and we do.
Had to set the gaastra with very little downhaul to make it work making it
very heavy. Ran aground and smashed yet another North shoxs I Tendon
bracket. Come on North or Duo whatever, you must make them stronger. We do
catapult in windsurfing! The kit should be strong enough.
Still thinking about a JP Super Light Weight 165 for lightwind and flat
water at Bradfield, but the 145 Patrik does a good job with the Phantom.
Great time, with plenty of wind to come.
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