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Owner: Basher

Member#: 165
Registered: 09-03-2003
Diary Entries: 18

25th October 2003
Windsurfing: Brighton, between piers
Wind Direction: WSW
Wind Stength: F4-5
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OK I'm a bit smug, but I'm proud of having forecast Saturday
afternoon's wind accurately. I'm even more
pleased that I had a great sail. Onshore winds, and from
the right, at last!
The wind was due to increase as the front came in
and it arrived bang on time in Brighton. The sun
had shone earlier in the morning and the offshore wind
slowly backed to an onshore westerly direction – just as the
isobar charts had suggested. As the sky began to
cloud over the wind backed further to WSW and, by
3pm, we had a good force 4 gusting 5.
All the text messages I sent drew no response
because my windsurfing mates had all watched
the BBC and other TV forecasts which had merely
offered 12mph NW as an average. I think they were
already in IKEA.
Rather than rig a 7m sail I waited a bit. Eventually I
went afloat just before 4pm and had nearly two
hours of being maxed on a 6m sail. Surprisingly,
there were very few others out. One kite and a
couple of boards off Hove lagoon.
Maybe some were put off by the cold? But the wind
on the beach is chilly yes, but the wind over the
sea is warmer – because the sea was today
warmer than the land. I was sailing in a summer
wetsuit and was sweating by the end. Not even
cold hands.
With the big tide we had untypical low water
conditions in Brighton like they get at Shoreham –
or at Worthing at mid-tide. The water was so
shallow that the cute waves were well spread out
and with just two foot faces. Lots of flat bits to
plane right through the gybes and out the other
side. By 5.30 it was getting too dark to see where
you were going but just then, at dusk, the clouds
broke to set up a brilliant sunset.
Hope you got out too,
Toys Used:
JP Freestyle 101
Tushingham Storm 6.0m



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