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Member#: 1874
Registered: 03-05-2006
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6th September 2009
Windsurfing: Hayling Island - NWF
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Stength: F2-F4
Surf / Sea State: Flat
Air Temperature: Warm
Sea Temperature: Warm
Weather: Fine
Max Speed:
Distance Covered:

National Windsurfing Festival weekend, and a good result!

Fairly light winds, but the formula boards were going well. I'd come armed with an old Fanatic Ultra Cat (longboard), so at least I had something that wouldn't sink in the lulls!

1st race the board took a little getting used to, but despite a comic begginer's catapult at the start as the board started railing I came back in one piece around 40th place (from 200-odd). Not very good realy!

2nd race was better, but I think these raceboards take a lot more skill to sail fast than I'd realised. 29th place though was a little better (definitely NOT taking it seriously!)

Then my name was randomly called out for the Pro Tag-Team race, organised by Louise Emmery), and suddenly I was racing for the RRD team (on their own excellent) against the other teams wih Nick Baker etc... and things were now rather more serious! We used an RRD 115 Crossfire(?) with an 8.5m sail. No time for practise, but everything fell into place and I didn't make them loose! In fact our team did rather well and won, and as the 'public' member I won a shiney new ION wetsuit from Nick :-)

I have to say that the RRD board was a joy to sail, and I'm seriously thinking of buying something like that now... (no I wasn't paid to say that).

Third race was a bit more relaxed again, this time on my slalom set-up Bee. Not quite enough wind, so only managed a low result again.

Fantastic day - still can't believe so many people don't go, there are SO many people there that you'd think every windsurfer in the country must be there. Allen Cross really does do a superb job.

Best fun all year for me. 5* for the fun, not the conditions!
Toys Used:
Fanatic Bee 267 (90ltr)
Gaasta Remedy 6.4m



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