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Wednesday, 23 August 2017
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FAST WIND DIRECTIONS:   SW to SE (possibly N on a very high tide)
PERFECT WIND DIRECTION: SW

TIDE: 2HRS EITHER SIDE OF HIGH

FASTEST PEAK:   36Knots WILL TROSSELL
FASTEST 10SEC:  34.39Knots WILL TROSSELL
FASTEST 500M:    32.94Knots WILL TROSSELL


WILL TROSSELL:

''As you enter Brancaster village take the turning towards the beach/golf club and follow the road to a large car park (spring high tides can flood this road). There is a grassy rigging area just on the opposite side of the road. Conditions for Brancaster to work for speedsailing are high tide (2hrs either side) and wind from SW to SE. Although the wind is offshore there is roughly a mile of flat marsh before the beach and the sand dunes are low giving a surprisingly clean wind. Launch in the gap between the golf clubhouse and the sand dunes, the area of sailing is to the left/west of the clubhouse because the dunes to the east are too high and block all the wind. With a strong wind its a great day's sailing as you can broad reach for 2 miles just yards from the beach and I think it has potential for 40kt+ peaks but is definitely a good place to break your nautical mile PB. The day I tried it was 25kt SW and clocked 36kt peak and 34.39 10 sec on my first run, sadly the wind died shortly afterwards:

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Brancaster doesn't have the potential of the Ray or WK for peak speeds but its not far behind them with pretty flat water and decent wind flow. It was also one of the most enjoyable days sailing I've had in the last 2 years. One word of warning - I'd never sail there on my own as its an offshore wind and the beach is deserted so nobody would notice you floating out to sea!''


INFO FROM TRISTAN HASKINS:

''Brancaster can work on a Northerly at high tide. This is where Simon Sanderson did loads of testing in the 80's with Eric Beale but it is VERY dependent on getting tide AND wind spot on...
The creeks are quite tidal (and narrow) -it needs to be a FLOOD tide and a Northerly.
Think you rig on the car park by the sailing club - as long as there isn't anyone else down there to remind you that you're not a member..''



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