|Stephen Squirrell (17430km): |
Saturday 10th June – windsurf **** The Dip – Felixstowe, Sunny and warm.
F2 Xantos 147 + 8.5. Tushingham Lightning - 44 cm fin
F2 Xantos 133 + 7.8 Tushingham Lightning - 42 cm fin
F2 Ride 282 + 6.5 Tushingham Lightning - 29 cm fin
26.43kt max, 23.95kt ave., 20.80kt mile, 81.80km., 12.47 alpha, 7 hours at the beach.
Nice sunny day so headed down to The Dip at Eleven, no one there and 20 mph ssw on the gauge so took a chance with 6.5 on the 282. Roger Vickers had turned up so I was the Guinee pig. Sadly, I was way underpowered so came ashore and rigged 7.8 for the 133. Neil and Linda Hurrell arrived fresh from a great break surfing in Devon so had a good moan with them and some delicious cake Linda had baked. I then headed out on the bigger kit but the wind was up and down so i came ashore and swopped to the 147 with the 7.8 but I was still under and was struggling to get up wind against the current so came ashore and rigged my third sail of the day my 8.5. This was much better and several sailors had arrived plus six kiters, the sea was the usual Felixstowe chop but interesting in the white water in the river mouth.
Later in the afternoon the wind increased so I beat to the other side of the pier going out two miles to cut down on the gybes and had a great three and a half mile broad reach back but a little under so not flat out. It hadn’t been a fast day only making just under 23 kts while Mark Smalling racing Swainy had made nearly 25kts! So, with the tide low now, the wind up and the sea a little flatter I had one last go and had three good runs including my best at 26.43 kts :) I was on the beach over seven hours covering 81.80km :) Just four stars as the last hour with better wind made the day especially with wall to wall sunshine!