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Registered: 27-05-2007
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13th August 2023
Windsurfing: The Dip-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: SSW
Wind Stength: 15/20
Surf / Sea State: Big
Air Temperature: 23
Sea Temperature:
Weather: sunny periods and warm
Max Speed: 19.42 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 21.75 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Sunday 13th August - Windsurf ***** The Dip at Felixstowe – sunny periods and warm.

Foil – 18.34 knot max, 17.13 knot ave, 11.29 knot hour, 16.99 knot mile, 34.28 km., 11.29 knot alpha.

Starboard Freeride 150 and a Evolution Freeride foil with a Tushingham Bolt 5.5.

After two hectic windsurfing session we got to have a bit of a lay-in before doing my exercises mainly in the back garden although we did get some brief spells of light rain! I then checked the Felixstowe coastwatch webcam and noticed loads of dinghies heading out of the River Deben to race, I later learned it is the Firefly National Championships which are on for a week, the wind from the SSW was up to around 17 knots so I decided to head down to The Dip to get a close look at the dinghy racing about a mile and a half off Bawdsey beach, the sun had come out too, really warming up:) I arrived at The Dip at 1 with enough beach to launch and wind to 20 knots although it did look pretty lumpy but I quickly set up the foil board and for the first time rigged my new Tushingham Bolt 5.5 which proved absolutely perfect for almost the entire session with the wind only easing down at the end! I got off the beach OK despite the waves and headed downwind for two miles to see the racing dinghies, there must have been at least 50/60 boats lining up for the start of a race in somewhat challenging conditions, the sea really was big, I sailed around the boats keeping out of the way, gybed near Bawdsey and headed back with the dinghies now racing. Most had made the windward mark by the time I got there, I then passed through them on the reach, fantastic to sea and followed them to the second mark before heading upwind then 7 beats in a big sea got me to the pier with the 5.5 being brilliant. I gybed by the pier and then had the most amazing two run back to the red and white bouy closely following the beach for a good part of it:) Gybing I beat to Jacobs Ladder to do it again but with the wind easing down I headed back to end a top session. There was now a couple of kitesurfers out along with Robert foiling and Steve Biggs on the fin but sadly the wind was too light now:(

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Toys Used:
Starboard  Freeride Foil 150
Tushingham Bolt 5.5
MK CPX carbon 150/210
Starboard  Evolution Freeride 95-1100-500-95
Gull Vortex Shorty large



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