Diary Entries: 1943
9th September 2010
Windsurfing: La Franqui-France
Wind Direction: nw
Surf / Sea State: flat and chop
Air Temperature: 25
Sea Temperature: 19
Max Speed: 37.31 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
What a great night by the lake near Peyriac de Mer ans woke to fantastic
sunrise :) So after breakfast Mag and I had a great walk in the nature
reserve seeing a rainbow and getting close to 30 flamingos !!!! Just
arrived at the supermarket when Rob rings to say he has broken three bones
in his foot playing football :( and another from Pete saying he is on the
beach and lonely !!!!
Again we park on the beach the Port la Nouvelle side but abit nearer the
pier as the beach has dried out a little. There are several already out on
the speedstrip the other side of the pier and as the wind is abit gusty
this side I rig the 6.4 and take the Falcon 90 to check the conditions but
after struggling abit to make the pier the wind is much better the other
side so after a hairy 33 kt run return to the van to change to my 5.8 and
speedboard !!! Sadly my £43 ebay bargin let me done as the top battern
could not be tensioned as the webbing was broken !!! but tried it
anyway.Again struggled the make the pier but once there had several hours
of fun blasting toward La Franqui,the wind was very up and down and I might
have been better sticking with the fully working 6.4 as usual had problems
getting back upwind and was still only making 34 kts !!!
It was great to met up with Ben and Hans who were flying Ė they were going
faster upwind than I was going down !!!! but they were ready to give advice
and I up my peak to 37.3 a personal best but again disappointed not to make
40 kts again but am getting closer !!!! As usual I am several kts off the
pace but I am still new to this speedsailing and itís fun trying !!!
Mag made the walk down to take some pics and sadly I made one run too many
and had to walk back miles as the wind dropped :( it did pick up again
allowing me to sail round the pier but walked back to the van not wanting
to end up out to sea being knackered !!!
So could be more wind tomorrow and we will park on the right beach this
time but shame I haveínt got a fully working 5.8 !!!
Parked up with loads of windsurfer campervans at a free spot Etang de
Leucate had tea while watching the sunset !!!!
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