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Gwithian again

Bit late this latest news, but went to Cornwall again on the 21st/22nd October..

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Not anything like as epic as the last visit, but still had 2 full days sailing.
5m port tack saturday and 5.7m starboard tack sunday.

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Tried the 07 gear down the line..
Had a mega sail in Mid Wales yesterday with Crazy Horse.

Used the new Pocket 72 and  4m Manic.
It got better as the day went on; the tide got higher and the waves bigger and more punchy.

The new kit felt spot on, although it was hard to truly judge it in the gusty offshore conditions.

The sails feel pretty similar to last years, with perhaps a bit more shape locked in and slightly more manuevrable with a shorter boom.

The board was sweet, bit of a mix between 'grippy' and 'loose'. The bottom shape is actually quite V'd at the back going into concaves. Did whatever I asked of it, perfect for the small board. I've not tried the 84, but hopefully being a bigger board it will be a little more skatey.
The fin box has been made much shorter again, I don't know what they were thinking last year. The pads have also improved.

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More pics at STINK NUGGET PRODUCTIONS.

Sotavento speed championship 2006

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ISA SPEEDSAILING CHAMPIONSHIP 2006
July 21st-29th.

After last years disaster I was super keen to get a good result this year.

Rather than scrounge all the kit off Whitey and Ross Williams
(thanks again), I decided it was time to fully commit to the speed (which appears to be firmly establishing itself back on the windsurfing scene) and buy my own gear.

I gave the 6.5m vapour and Manta 49 a try out at Rutland and was blown away by how good the new kit is. Particularly the 'wide luff' sails which are fanastic, they just accelerate in the gusts without wrenching your arms off, super stable and really quick.

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I travelled out with John Smalley and Kim, a friend from school who's just got the windsurfing bug.
We booked all-inclusive
(free beer) in the Gorriones Hotel on the beach.

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The view from the Gorriones out to the speed strip.

The PWA Freestyle and Slalom 42 were also being held at Sotavento. This meant lots to watch while chilling out and a huge marquee on the beach with all night parties! Top stuff.

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Freestyle winner Golito.

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We arrived 3 days early to get some practice in. It was great to see a good crowd of Brits had also turned up for the speed event; Farrel Oshea, Bob Cunningham, Simon (1st to 30knts on a Tiga) Stonehouse, Pete and Zara Davis, Dan Ellis, Si Cofield and Si Petifer (we all used to race BWA back in the day) and the 'Speed Challenge' winners Tony and Nigel. Unfortunately no Whitey as he'd had some knee trouble.

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to be continued...


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Fuerte 06

My Fuerteventura pics.
By Noel Thorp.

Getting dialed in..

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The first round was a bit wavey..

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On my 5.5 again

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Locked out for once..

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Hard work in the lulls

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The finish line

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Gybing out

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PLAY TIME!

In the ankle biters..

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The old spock

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Sailing 'til dusk

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When it was windiest..

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That's the lot, shame we lost a full card of all the best pics...





Fuerte speed results.

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Just a quick one to let you all know how well I got on in Fuerteventura at the ISA speed championships:

Fastest Brit at 36.02 Knots and highest placed Brit with 10th position in the Professional Fleet against the worlds best.

So gotta be pretty happy with that having only spent one day on race kit in the last 12 months!

Official results HERE
Full report and some great pics of the race and freestyle to follow shortly...

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pic courtesy of www.tillmanns.com




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