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Member#: 6644
Registered: 27-05-2007
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11th May 2024
Windsurfing: The Manor-Felixstowe
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: 15/18
Surf / Sea State: lumpy
Air Temperature:
Sea Temperature:
Weather: Foggy
Max Speed: 16.39 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 21.25 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Saturday 11th May – Windsurf *** The Manor at Felixstowe – Foggy.

Foil – 16.39 knot max , 15.24 knot ave, 10.01 knot hour, 14.52 knot mile, 34.67 km., 10.38 knot alpha.

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

I haven’t been windsurfing since 13th April, nearly a month so have got right out of the swing and after last night where we got the most amazing display of the Northern Lights where I got some cracking photos I didn’t get to bed until 1.30 which is not good for an old boy:) Then as I lost my glasses in the River Deben while taking pics I headed down to the Felixstowe Ferry around 6.30 to catch low water to look for them, sadly I did not find them, so that’s a trip to Specsavers! To be honest I was feeling knackered and hadn’t even looked at the forecast but after breakfast when I was just about to start my exercises I the suny back garden it seemed breezy so I decided to hitch the trailer and head down to Squiz Lane at The Manor end in Felixstowe to check it out. I was not expecting to park being a Saturday but got I right by the flood gate and things looked promising with 15/20 mph from the NE, the only problem being it was wind with tide with high water not being until around 3.30! There was someone fishing in the first bay so set up in the second. I was going to rig 6.5 but I had just had a 20 mph gust so went with my 5.5 which was OK and I did fly on every run but was really under trying to sail upwind against the tide:( By the time I had set up and was launching the sun had been replaced by fog making it quite spooky especially when turning a mile out to sea and you could not see the beach! I made the mistake of heading downwind on the first run and sent most of the session trying to beat back, making progress was very slow going! I was joined on the water by Al Wiz finning with 7.5, no wonder I was under with 5.5 and Luke B out winging but he was not enjoying the bumpy condition with poor visabiltiy so only stayed out an hour! After sailing 21 miles I finially made it back to where I started and had a nnice chat with Al on the beach as the tide turned and the sun came out. Al went out again fining and I should have joined him but was knackered and we were seeing the Granddaughter later so decided to head for home! After a nnice family visit Mag and I headed down to Felixstowe to see if the Aurora was present again, in fact half of Felixstowe had had the same idea and it was absolutely heaving with a job to park:( Although it was a lovely clear night with a fantastic moon and great display of stars there was no hint of colour in the sky tonight:(

Photo Album here

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



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