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13th August 2019
Windsurfing: Bradfield
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: F2-3
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: Sunny
Max Speed: 19.8kts (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 13.4 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Short session with Andy M and Steven on foils. Again I arrived 9am instead of 8am with only 2hrs left of tide and wind swinging off sometimes, it was important to leave the water when it turned.
Wind was lightish but decent gusts were coming thru so the other 2 guys went 7m and me 8.5.
Andy and Steve were flying early on gusts as they are much lighter. Another poxy sport where 100+ kg dont work in light winds.
Rigged the RRD foil - 85 mast 800 Fwing and 35 rear wing on a 147 Starboard Ultrasonic. The wind dropped as soon as stepped on the board! so first 20 mins was pumping to achieve flight. Never flew the first 20 mins, but the wind kicked in brilliant and its so much easier when powered up. First flight achieved without pumping, and now have it off to a tee. Bear off, pumped once to release the board whilst foot in the strap, kick down on mast and up she comes! First run downwind long way, with a couple of touch downs. The sessh was all about going up wind and sustaining flight. Watched several UT vids and was trying to put them in action. Steve and Andy were now flying all over the place and the sun was out so great day.
First upwind attempt wiped out straight over the top when I tried to use the back strap, so decided to stay out of that. As I was in flight a huge cargo ship came into the river honking his hooter, so I had to land and stall whilst it carried on. Poor old Stevie has several blasts as he didn't see it and was on a collision course! Lucky he heard it and tacked asap avoid the inevitable carnage! Brilliant!
Started flight again just in front strap, hooked in and heel up nicely into wind. Frekking brilliant first close reach going really high. Bombed off downwind again, repeating the runs till I could say I can now foil.
I still wipe out massively, so not really relaxed like on fin, and am still kangarooing down wind like a amateur.
Av ordered a large rear wing to stabilise the flight as its ultra sensitive with my weight. The one thing I know and as all the experts have said, learners def have to be fully powered up to succeed as its very difficult to take off in light airs. Am still using large sails cos small ones are pointless for learning - especially for heavy weights.
Toys Used:
Starboard Ultrasonic 147
GOYA MARK PRO R 8.5
North Platinum 490 (imcs 28)
Chinook Race 180_246
RRD WH-FLIGHT ALU 85 HYDROFOIL 85M x 800 Fr wing
NORTH RATCHET STD PIN 42
DAKINE XT SEAT XL
ONeil reactor 3mm long sl XXL

 

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