looks like I need to start making sacrifices to the sea

Took the day of work today and used up one of my valuable days in lieu and headed out on Erstaviken, the wind forecast was predicting 12kts so i headed out from Trinnerstorpsbadet, got out to the middle if the channel and the wind just disappeared 😦 suck. Then on the way in after many dunkings notice an inch long crack in the board on the upper port rail, I can’t imagine how this damage occurrIed, I’ve treated the board like it’s made of glass 😦 surf spot now have it in their A&E for a quick and dirty fix. Neil

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Halmstad super sports weekend

I’ve been spending the day on Tylösand beach amongst other things watching the windsurfing championships across the bay, the wind here is excellent, blowing at least 14knots the racers were ripping across the horizon, very fast racing. made me a bit jealous, i definitely want to bring my great over to this side of the country! Neil

Red-raw at Dalarö

Maximum effort yesterday, 6 hours sailing so much so that 12 hours later my fingers are still shredded and wrinkled from grappling with the boom.
it was an interesting session at Dalarö yesterday, forecasted winds of 10mps or greater had me hoping I would finally get my board planing. I bought an exocet Nano 125L in September and I had yet to see it do anything other than plough through the water. it is very frustrating as I can feel there is enormous power but I just can’t get the board to leave the water, rigged up a 5.5 sail which was plenty for Andys board and spent a few hours trying to get the board to perform with no joy, I played with the mast foot position, the height of the boom, even on the same tack as other surfers I was so much slower by as much as a half I would estimate! The wind dropped a tad and I went out to rig up a 7m sail, no excuses for not planing for lack of power anymore! headed out again and spent 2 hours dodging the kite surfers and getting utterly frustrated with the lack of progress I was making when Andy spotted another surfer with almost exactly the same setup as me! He had a 7.5m cross sail and a 115L exocet original board so a slightly larger sail on a slightly smaller board. I had to know if it is me or the board that was the problem so I asked him to try out my board and give his honest opinion which he kindly did. He attached his sail to my board and spent the first few minutes falling off of it, and then suddenly he flew off across the bay it took maybe 30m for him to get it up on to the plane, tried to to jibe and fell in. Then spent a time getting back on the board, the swell and waves were not insignificant and then skimmed back again. His verdict is that even though it’s a more buoyant board than his it is much more unstable but once up on the plane stays there very easily, it behaves very differently to his. So I guess that part of the problem is my inexperience compounded by a board that due to it’s lesser stability is not very forgiving to bad technique and hinders progress because it doesn’t allow you to explore where your going wrong before you get thrown off. This needs some thought, do I get another board or invest in tuition, if I spend as much on lessons as another board would I get to the level of skill that’s required to sail the board I have? Neil

Internet giveaway

Saw on the internet this morning that someone was giving away a windsurfing board hoped that there was a knats whisker of a chance it might be still there, so I took a ride over there, unfortunately it was gone but I did find this one on the side of the road. it would be fun to give it a try, ancient technology!

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A tandem windsurfer!

My father rang me up and told me that he’d seen somthing fun, I wasnt sure if this was gonna be cool or embarrassing I think i have come down on the side of cool, it certainly goes fast enough!

Here is them gybing it /Neil

Equipment test; neoprene gloves as emergency footware

My wetsuit boots disapeared on the way to the beach today, had to improvise, the good news is that neoprene gloves make a pretty good emergency pair of boots, a snug fit, over the front portion of the foot the toes find a cosy fit in the fingers and the major part of the foot is protected, however because hands do not resemble feet the heels are exposed but it was not a problem in the water. Maneuverability on the board is restriced slightly as sometimes the fingers which and long and are only supported by the toes are susceptible to getting folded under the ball of the foot which means when jibing the foot can slip. Otherwise it is a great solution, far better than freezing my feet off. /Neil Smith
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Land ahoy! oh bouy

Gave the landboard an outing, immediately the wind dropped 😦 however there were some gusts and I can tell its going to be fast, just I little wind got it wheeling along, good thing I got something with adjustable shocks, I can feel that it would be easy to get in to a speed wobble, the rolling resistance us a bit high, the tyres need more air. /Neil