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20th September 2020
Windsurfing: The Dip-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: ENE
Wind Stength: 15/20
Surf / Sea State: lumpy
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Sea Temperature:
Weather: sunny and warm
Max Speed: 24.57 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 16 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)


Sunday 20th September - Windsurf *** - The Dip at Felixstowe Ė sunny and warm.

Fin Ė 24.57 knot max, 21.41 knot ave ., 13.25 knot hour, 15.80 knot mile, 25.12 km ., 12.75 knot alpha.

F2 282 Ride with Tushingham Lightning 7m and 38 fin.


Woke up knackered from four days of solid NE winds with wall to wall sunshine and was hoping for a day off as our son Rob, with partner Hannah and the wonderful Grandson Arlo are sadly heading for home today but the wind continues to blow and Rob was keen to have one last kite as he does not have much opportunity at home in Surrey:) So after breakfast I hitch the trailer and Rob and I head to The Dip even though we have missed the best as it is about half tide with wind and tide together so not a great combination but we had no choice. I dropped Rob at the cliff top car park with six kiters out and headed the short distance back to our parking spot with youngster Ed Swain about to head out with 5.7 with the sea sparkling diamonds bathed in warm sunshine and actually looking good:) Again I quickly rigged my 7m with the 115 again, shortie on I headed out going broad for a fast run being wary not to go too far downwind so beat up and gybed by the red and white bouy in a big sea again! I had just over an hour mainly by myself as Ed didnít stay out long, I think he was a little underpowered and sadly work called. As soon as Rob launched the other kiters called it a day so just the two off us:) I tried to beat up to him at kite beach by the golf course but was a little underpowered also and struggled to make against the tide. I had fun entertaining a couple watching from our launch beach and hardly dropped a gybe inshore, sadly it was a different story out to sea as it was confused again making finding a wave to gybe on challenging! Still I enjoyed the quick session and when Robís green kite disappeared I was a little concerned as I couldnít see it on the beach so decided to call it a day just in time for Tom Alexander, who we saw windsurfing at Waldringfield yesterday, to take my pic:) Rob was safe and sound and walked back to The Dip while I packed up. What a great few days we have had, thatís 5 consecutive windsurfing with speeds in excess of 24 knots, the only downside being that NE used to be the best direction for flat water with a nice rolling swell, but with a change in the River Deben exit into the sea it has slightly messed that up, still shouldnít complain as we get a week of NE a few times a year and end up the only part of the UK with any wind so you have to make the most of it. Fantastic weather too, sunny and warm with shorties all the way and fantastic to see Rob out on the water too:)
Home in time for lunch, then a walk down to the crowded prom for an ice cream on the pier with the family, watching the waves roll in, the young gulls on the look out for chips and a huge container ship heading into Felixstowe. Arlo whizzes along the prom on his balance bike, then we have a great time sitting on the beach for an hour while Rob and Hannah go for a swim in the big sea. Sadly, home for them to pack the car and say our goodbye. Always a sad time as Arlo does not want to go:( So a few tears were shed but they got away, Arlo was soon asleep and we were relieved when we got the message they were home safely. Canít wait to see them all again very soon, fingers crossed we can avoid a second lockdown although sadly I think that is coming closer day by day:(


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Tushingham Lightning 7.0
Mystic Yourizoon Shortie xl

 

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