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9th May 2023
Windsurfing: The Dip-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: 18/22
Surf / Sea State: lumpy
Air Temperature: 18
Sea Temperature:
Weather: sunny and warm
Max Speed: 27.25 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 44.25 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Friday 9th June - Windsurf ***** The Dip at Felixstowe - sunny and warm.

Fin - 27.25 knot max (31.36 mph), 25.57 knot ave (year PB), 15.51 knot hour, 19.17 knot mile, 71.00 km., 15.17 knot alpha.

F2 282 Ride with Tushingham Thunderbird 6.5m and 36 fin.

The wind Gods have been smiling on the East Coast with a constant breeze from the NE for the 22 consecutive days and I have made the most of the conditions with six sessions on the foil and six on the fin with most session being on my favourite 6.5 Thunderbird which is definitely on its last legs, would love some Duotone E ? pace HD but have you seen the price of new sails!!! With low water at 9.40 the plan was to get to The Dip early but a lorry accident on the dreadful A 14 held up a couple of sailors, being local I had no such problems arriving at the beach at 8.30 in wall to wall sunshine but the 20 knot wind was a fraction off. It was another fin day for me, once again the 6.5 on my much loved and well battered F2 Ride 282 at 115 lt. which once again proved perfect! I got on the water just before nine with the water fairly smooth close in but as usual it got big the further you went out. I went for 10 long runs out to sea approx. one and a half miles although finding to gybe on out to sea was challenging, even close to the beach it was pretty bumpy but I had a much better success rate turning there! I was out for at least an hour before I was joined on the water by the delayed sailors, in the end there were 7 on fins, 1 winger and a solo kitesurfer braving the conditions, he is a nice American called Greg who loves the rougher water! I was out for an hour and a half covering 25 miles, nothing overly fast, there was an area of smoother water a couple of hundred yards out you could bear off before heading back up wind! The day was so lovely and everyone was having a great time I decided to head out again despite being knackered getting close to 35 miles covered. The tide had now turned so you had wind with tide but I was well powered so staying upwind was easy, some came it to change down a sail size but I was fine. I was not so close to breaking 40 miles I ventured out for two more long runs before calling it a day absolutely dead on my feet! Pack up and home to spend the afternoon with the Granddaughter, the lovely Maeva, we are looking after her tomorrow for Dan and Jay as the temperatures are set to rise for the whole of next week with the wind easing too!
So a great spell of windsurfing, we are lucky to get decent spells of NE winds here on the East Coast, so with over 44 miles sailed today on a bumpy North sea, not bad for an old boy, even managed a PB average today too - top day:)



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Toys Used:
F2 Ride - Limited Edition 282
Tushingham Thunderbird lll 6.5
MK CPX carbon 150/210
Gull Vortex large

 

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