Last weekend the first race of the season took place at the Steinhuder Meer. With 8 full-fleet Slalom eliminations in 4-6 bft SE wind it was a very successful start to the racing-season.
I wake up. I get up and walk past the window. I look out onto the lake and the view sets me off into a mood of melancholy. The lake is still almost completly frozen. Only a small strip of water is showing some little waves. A light breeze of easterly winds is blowing over the frozen lake. Thoughts of grabbing the biggest Formula kit and surfing in the strip of open water come to my mind. I walk out onto the balcony with my morning coffee and walk back in after a couple of seconds. Off course it is still far to cold to think about going out on the water. Another night with -5°C. Another day without Windsurfing. It has been almost two months since the last session. With two weeks left of vacation the hope for warmer weather and the first sessions after a long abstinence fade.
It has been a while since my last post and I have neglected this blog for the last couple month. This has a simple reason: As part of my studies in the Nautical field I am currently working at sea on a merchant vessel as a Trainee, so my Windsurfing activities have been on hold for the last four month.
Last weekend my regatta-season kicked off at Grömitz, and we were very lucky with the wind, as we finished 7 Formula-racings and 2 complete Slalom eliminations. Despite some Ups and Downs I managed to finish in 18th place overall out of 54 contenders.
Today I did my first session in 2016. Unlike december, now in january the winter has arrived. I used my Tabou Manta 85 with 9,5 Vapor and 49cm Sonntag fin again. It is great to cruise around for awhile in winter when no one else is on the lake and I have it all to myself. With 3 degrees it has been my coldest session this year and I do not go out when it’s freezing. Here are a couple things I can recommend to keep warmer and safer in winter:
Since my last posting I have been pretty busy. Having warm temperatures with wind almost every day right before christmas makes for some busy days. I got two more very nice sessions on the Möhnesee on my 85 Manta with 9,5, ending up with a topspeed of 31,08 knots. This is an improvement of 1,7 knots for this kit ( previously 29,28 knots). Continue reading “more Slalom / improved topspeeds”
I’m very happy to be able to still get out on the water, despite it being a couple days before christmas now. With the strange weather we are having these last few days I was able to get out on the water three days in a row now. Continue reading “Slalom testing (Sonntag fins/Tabou Manta)”