two sessions in Dorum

Dorum harbour at night
Dorum harbour at night

Over the last week I have discovered a new spot for myself, where I can train with the small speedboards and the best part is the spot is less than a one hour drive from where I live. Last Thursday I tried Dorum for the first time with stronger winds. On this spot you have a chance to sail approximately 2 hours before and after low water, but at low water the water level is to low and it is dangerous.

Speedsurfing Dorum
Speedsurfing Dorum

So on Thursday the low tide was forecasted for 10am, so I planned to go out at first light. But unfortunately the water level was already quite low at 8am when the sun came up, so all I could do was wait until the water came back a little bit. While rigging 6,2 with the 44 and a 23cm fin the wind stabilized around 20-30 knots, but unfortunately the angle was really broad. I got out on the water around 11am but couldn’t get going in the long straight part of the creek as the angle was way to broad with the windangle being ~190°. Instead I went out further where the creek changes direction a bit and I found a part that worked ok, but was really short. I got peaks of over 40 knots on every run but because it was so short my 10s runs were only around 36-37 knots. In the end I could only do 4 runs on Thursday as I also had to leave early, so I coudn’t get a decent average speed…

Luckily yesterday on Monday I got another shot at it. The wind was a bit lighter, but the angle was forecasted to be better. I did still make my runs on the way out with my left foot in front, but the angle was not as deep with ~210°. Now it was possible to sail the entire length of the creek. The wind was not super strong with 18-25 knots, but I had a great time training on the clinically flat water! I peaked ~37 knots every time and achieved an average speed of 35,7 knots in the end.

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