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21st June 2018
Windsurfing: Alton ressy
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Stength: F2-4
Surf / Sea State: flat
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: warm
Weather: sunny
Max Speed: 23.56 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 12.3 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Access to Alton Reservoir was restricted to unloading only, due to contractors preparing for the Great East swim. The place was very busy with stands marquees etc @ 9.30 am
Met up with Neil Mike Brian and a few Alton regulars. Wind was good top F4 coming from the top end of the water which is normally a good direction. Neil and I went big him 9.5 / mini formula me 9.2 145 Patrick F-ride. Neil shot off the beach and planed all day mainly whilst I did struggle in the lulls.Wind was up/down but had enough gusts to make it a nice sail. Mike started on 6m but switch to 7.5 as the wind eased quite a bit from time to time. Fell in quite a lot when the holes appeared. The Patrick def is not suitable in fluky winds and the wider mini formula boards are far better on inland waters. Fell in quite a lot in the lulls and the dam end as the wind was blocked at that end.
Neil and Mike never stopped planeing! Whilst all the others struggled on small 6.5 kit. Gusts were OK for them though.
Had a good sail (freeby) but was well happy when wife phoned to say my 5 win world cup accumulator picks and Franky Dettori had won Stradivarius - which will pay for my upcoming trip to Yarmouth Friday evening horse racing staying on the race course 4 nights.
Guy was out on his new foil with a 5m sail in little wind and was flying all over the place but he had to pump hard to get the initial lift. He said foiling is in 2 camps. Small sail which must be pumped to fly but is easy to handle when flying 3ft up, whilst large sails lift easy but is hard to control flight when up. Hard decision as normal, cos his pumping was vigorous and regular so fitness is key.
Finished off at the spa for spa / meal - so another hard day in the office, but wind died as forecast a little too quick.

Toys Used:
PATRIK F_RIDE 145 145L
GAASTRA PHANTOM 9.2
GAASTRA 75% HARD TOP SDM 490 (imcs 29)
Chinook Carbon Race carbon 195- 261
CHOCO f_ride 48
NORTH SHOXS XTR SHOXS XTR 42
DAKINE XT SEAT XL
Prolimit 5_3 S.ARM FUSION FTM  XXL

 

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