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5th February 2024
Wind Direction: WSW
Wind Stength: 15/30
Surf / Sea State: river chop
Weather: sunny periods and mild
Max Speed: 20.47 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 22.25 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Monday 5th February – Windsurf **** River Orwell at Levington Marina
– sunny periods and mild.
Foil – 20.47 knot max, 18.09 knot ave, 14.16 knot hour (year PB), 15.34
knot mile, 36.16 km., 15.49 knot alpha.
Starboard Freeride 150 and a Tushingham Bolt 5.5m.
Walk *** Sunnrise along Felixstowe prom.
Awake the usual time around 6.30, made hard work of Wordle this morning
then checked the sunrise out of the back, bedroom window and with a hint of
red I decided to head down to Felixstowe seafront to catch it. Made it to
the end of our road at 7.10 and the sky was pretty clear with a new moon
showing well and a touch of red on the horzien. There was a good breeze but
it was a fraction offshore so I walked to Cobbolds point as the sun, a big
red ball appeared getting a few pics to send to the local TV weather, none
onn during the day but an old one of mine made it onto BBC’s Look East of
light snow on our patio as there might be some snow inland on Thursday!
Then back along the clifftop to have breakfast and sort out my pics.
With the breezy and mild wsw blowing over 20 knots I decided to head over
to Levingtonn for the second day running with Maggie coming down for lunch
later, she loves that walk:) Arriving at 10.15 with the tide dropping, in
fact I sailed the session with the tide going out but that was not problem
with the wind gusting to 30 knots at times! Foil board by the marina
entrance and I went for 5.5 again but could probably used my 5.2 or even
the 4.7 especially as the River Orwell was pretty choppy on the corner!
Launching easily at 10.45 and sailing straight out of the marina entrance
channel I went for my usual fast first hour and with more wind today I was
able to stay on the foil for most of the time. As it was tide with wind it
was a bit of a beat both ways and nothing fast just just fairly short runs
in the chop across the corner, it turned into another gybe feast doing
around 50 today in a little under two hours and was pleased to get a 14
knot hour:) So no long runs down the river today and it was interesting at
times with bigh gusts coming through but the 5.5 was fine, highlight today
was more sun than yesterday and a seal popped its head up! Getting
knackered I decided to call it a day and landed with the tide pretty low
now but I whizzed up the channel getting my fastest speed of the session! I
was packing up as the wind really picked up, now constanly over 30 knots
and was packing up as Mag arrived. She had taken the bus to the bridge on
the road leading to Levington village and walked through the old Fisons to
say hello to a friends donkey and spotted 40 deer in several spots and
really enjoyed her breezy walk in the sunshine! I have a quick shower and
join Mag for lunch in the van before packing up and heading for home.
Another breezy mild day tomorrow so might give it another go but am pretty
knackered but you have to make the most of the mild weather!
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