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12th May 2016
Windsurfing: The Dip-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: ne
Wind Stength: 12/20
Surf / Sea State: flatish and rough
Air Temperature: 19
Sea Temperature:
Weather: sunny and warm
Max Speed: 25.75 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 32.91 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Funny old day !!! wall to wall sunshine and warm so after getting up at 7:20 for a 6 mile bike ride around Felixstowe I was at The Dip by 9 to make the most of the low water. With winds gusting to 20 Mph I took a chance with my 7m on the 133 but although I managed to plan away from the beach I was way under powered and the wind band was very narrow and you sailed into light airs out by the red and white bouy. Getting back was also a struggle with the tide now coming in so it was wind with tide and it was hard top get the board going which was a shame as this was the sea flatist ! This seemed the story of most of the session as it was not high water until 4! After a couple of runs I came ashore and rigged 8.5 on the 147 which was a little better but this set up is way slower than the smaller kit and it's a pig of a board to gybe :( Speed buddy Peter Cutts arrived and was going better with his 7.8 and was faster too !!! After a break for snacks and a catch up with Pete the wind filled in a little so I took the smaller kit out again and but a couple of knots on my speeds but this was short lived and I was soon back on the big kit. The sea was very lumpy now with the the tide approaching high but I had some fun trying for some mile runs even if getting back was a bit on the slow side! So not too bad a session on the plus side sunny and warm, my face slows the signs of over 7 hours on the beach , on the minus side it could have been a little windier and the incoming tide certainly didn't help. The Dip is not the best place to sail at high water with very little beach and a bit of a dump so I packed knackered with more wind forecast for tomorrow :) Not a bad turn out for a Thursday with 7 windsurfers but only a couple of kiters as they don't like high water, nice to catch up with Peter and Mark Smalling who I haven't seen for months.
Toys Used:
F2 Xantos 295 133
F2 Xantos CS 310 147
Tushingham x-15 7m
Tushingham Lightning 8.5
Mystic  Majestic xl

 

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