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18th September 2023
Windsurfing: The Manor-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 14/22
Surf / Sea State: Fairly smooth
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Weather: sunny periods
Max Speed: 25.80 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 30 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Monday 18th August – Windsurf **** The Manor at Felixstowe – sunny start then cloudy.

Fin – 25.80 knot max, 23.80 knot ave, 16.09 knot hour, 19.82 knot mile, 48.29 km., 16,41 knot alpha.

F2 282 Ride with Tushingham Bolt 5.5m and 36 fin.

After a fanastic weekend celebrating my wife Maggies 63rd Birthday which involved both the Grandchildren Maeav and Arlo:) I was keen to make the most of todays breeze, in fact its looking very windy on Tues/Weds! With low water around 8 this morning I was hoping to get out on the fin and go for a good hour hoping it was not too windy as it was looking like I would be by myself as most other local sailors were heading for the Stour or Orwell. It was gusting to around 20 knots fromn the SW so after a quick breakfast I headed down to Squiz Lane at The Manor taking Mag with me for her daily walk arriving and parking easily at 9.10 in lovely sunshine. Mag headed for home with a tail wind and things looked good for a fin, it was a tad offshore it was hard to judge the strength but rigged my new Tushingham Bolt 5.5 partnered with my F2 Ride Ride which proved pretty much ideal for most of the session although it might have been a fraction faster with my 6.5 but I am loving the 5.5:) I usually sail to Wadgate post at least 8 times non-stop for my hour but as I was sailing alone, I do have a vhf radio and the coastwatch Martello are keeping an eye open so you fell fairly safe, I stayed a little closer to shore turning about a mile out in the flatter water on the Wadgate break which was working well:) In fact it was a really good session for gybing and got some crackers, mainly out to sea. The session was best with the sun out but then it clouded over, only a few drops of rain but it messed the wind up a little:( I had been out for an hour and a half when the wind eased back and Ihad to wobble in, back to the van for a quick snack and I was going to pack up but the wind filled in so I had one more go hoping to sail 30 miles. I had my fastest mile and my longest run gybing way past Wadgate Post, I was going for another long run when the wind eased once more, this time I had trouble watersrtarting so headed back and called it a day, the end of a great session, would have been 5 stars if the wind had stayed up and I even managed to get home before the heavy rain arrived! Then a quick shower, lunch and then a trip to Lidl, not sure about windsurfing the next couple of days will wait and see how windy it gets?

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Toys Used:
F2 Ride - Limited Edition 282
Tushingham Bolt 5.5
MK CPX carbon 150/210
Gull Vortex Shorty large

 

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