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19th August 2023
Windsurfing: The Manor-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 15/22
Surf / Sea State: Big
Air Temperature: 25
Sea Temperature:
Weather: Sunny and hot :)
Max Speed: 23.44 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 38 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Saturday 19th August - Windsurf **** The Manor at Felixstowe – sunny and hot.

Fin – 23.44 knot max, 22.25 knot ave, 12.44 knot hour, 19.13 knot mile, 31.25 km., 13.78 knot alpha.

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

Foil – 16.89 knot max, 15.80 knot ave, 9.50 knot hour, 14.21 knot mile, 29.54 km., 11.21 knot alpha.

Starboard Freeride 150 and a Evolution Freeride foil with a Tushingham Storm 6.5.

As the wind did not play ball yesterday, I wanted to sail out to see the last days racing in the Firefly National Championship where 62 boats were racing off Felixstowe but we did not waste the day as Mag and I had a lovely bike ride around Felixstowe including a picnic by the lovely River Orwell near Levington I was keen to get out today to make the most of the wall-to-wall sunshine with a good 15/20 knot breeze from the SW. The wind was picking up nicely and as it was a nice day at the weekend, I wanted to get down early to make sure I could park in Squiz Lane at The Manor end in Felixstowe especially as campervans have discovered the spot! Mag came down so she could have her daily walk and I parked easily despite there being 3 campervans there, Mag set off for home at 9.15 and there looked enough wind for the fin although it was a fraction off at this point. I soon had my F2 Ride 282 at 115 lt. on the beach and rigged my favourite sail the Tushingham Storm 6.5 the biggest sail I fin with these days. I launched around 10, I had to wobble off the beach as there was a wind shadow close to the shore and to be honest it was only marginal finning conditions and I would probably been better off on the foil to start with, but I stuck with the fin for an hour and a half having some good long runs out, it did get really lumpy out to sea but there was a nice smooth section just short of Wadgate Post. I did have a little floundering when the wind dropped but it was good fun none the less. I came ashore for a drink and snack and decided to give the foil a try as I already had it set up on the beach and was soon flying downwind in a fairly big sea passing several yachts out enjoying some challenging sailing conditions! I passed a winger by the new Ferris wheel and made it as far as Jacobs Ladder but with the wind increasing and the sea getting larger, I decided to head back and had a really nice beat. I then had a few nice long runs in front of The Manor but the wind was now well over 20 knots and approaching high water so I decided to call it a day after another hour and a half covering 60km for the session in the sun! Pack up and home for a well deserved cuppa and some of Mags freshly made cheese muffins followed by some chocolate cake, we know how to live:)

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Toys Used:
F2 Ride - Limited Edition 282
Starboard  Freeride Foil 150
Tushingham Storm 6.5
MK CPX carbon 150/210
Starboard  Evolution Freeride 95-1100-500-95
Gull Vortex Shorty large

 

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