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10th July 2008
Windsurfing: HIHO British Virgin Islands
Wind Direction: E-NE
Wind Stength: 11-20knts
Surf / Sea State: small chop to 5ft swell
Air Temperature: 30c
Sea Temperature: 26c
Weather: Sunny
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Distance Covered: Around 100


Just come back from a weeks racing at the HiHo event in the British Virgin Islands.
Unfortunately because of the credit crunch there were only 25 competitiors this year compared to last years 40 odd. This didn't matter too much as it made it a bit more personal.
Picking up my kit the day before the competition was like all my christmases coming at once! Picking up brand new Neilpryde 9m, 7.5m V8s and 6.2 Hellcat from a large shipping container full of Kit.
First days sailing I played it a little too cautious and went for my 7.5 and came in 15th in both races that day.

The next day was the classic 14mile blast to Anegada which I opted for my 9m and 51cm upright fin in around 18knts of wind, and managed to come in 9th after 40mins of non stop blasting with the odd flying fish to keep me company!

Third days racing was a downwind race in the lee of Virgin Gorda so the conditions were gusty to say the least but still managed a ninth another place on the 9m.

Fourht days racing was probably the hardest for me it was a 23 mile slalom course down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. At the start of the race it was blowinf around 13nkts but by the end of the race it was blowing a near constant 20knts and I was holding on for dear life in 5ft seas, and this was the 3rd time I had ever used a 9.0m sail. Just finishing felt great with nearly half the fleet dropping out. That day I managed to get 11th place.

After 6 days of racing I managed to get 11th overall and 3rd in the mens fleet.
It was the most amazing windsurfing week I have ever had and the parties at night were pretty crazy too! I cant wait to next years event. Also it is 25 years of the Hiho so should be a big event.

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