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Monday, 23 October 2017
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Roa Island

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Awesome spot. Think Southend without the mud and the walk. Mostly sand, virtually no muscle beds or rocks. Fin deep very close to the bank and works for a wide tide window. Best on the drop as the water is flatter (pretty damn flat anyway!). Flat out reaches of nearly 4km are possible! Bank is pretty straight, slight curve at the island end which is useful for bare off.

Park on Roa Island, either at the Lifeboat station  or next to the sailing club. 

UPDATE: My first trip to Roa had neap tides and SW winds. This gave a very square course with mirror flat water, and a very good quality course with few obstacles which worked for much of the day. My return visit was during a spring tide and with a W to WSW wind. This angle seemed perfect on paper, but in reality was way too broad (despite xc showing W or WSW at various times the actual angle was around 150 degree!). Also the springs meant that low tide gave large areas of very shallow water and in places a very high bank which reduced the wind and possibly also led to the angle changing to broader. The tide then rushed past the ideal level and became too high very quickly (this is a usual problem with springs -mid tide is short lived)

 

FAST WIND DIRECTIONS:  WSW and S.

PERFECT WIND DIRECTION: WSW-SW

TIDE:  MID to LOW. Bank shows below 6M. Neaps are best.

 

FASTEST PEAK:  46.7knots Anthony Todd


FASTEST 10SEC: 44.7Knots Ant

FASTEST 500M: 42.7Knots Ant

Nautical Mile: 35.4knots Steve Thorp (in 23 knots!)

 http://www.sportstracklive.com/track/map#stevethorp/Windsurfing/Roa/gps/983079/full

 video   http://vimeo.com/64546846


WALNEY WINDSURFING


Roa road. Looks ok in the pic, but possibly never deep enough for windsurfing..

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