The need for speed was there once again 🙂 After my La Franqui sessions in February in medium wind I knew I was capable of going much faster still. Last weekend offered a perfect forecast for the best spot for Speedwindsurfing in Europe: La Franqui.
As the DWC in Grömitz finished with 9 races last weekend (review), I needed a couple days rest to get back my strength. By Wednesday however there was a nice NNE forecast for the Ijsselmeer. I wanted to give the sandbank to the SE of Kornwerderzand a try as I saw some 70km/h speeds being posted there.
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.
I have not been so busy working on my blog lately, but I managed to get out on the water quite a few times in the last two weeks and make some progress in my windsurfing.
Today I finally found some time to get back to writing a bit on this blog. A lot has happened for me this past month. Starting nautical science in Elsfleth I finally moved to the north of Germany and I’m really excited to live close to so many nice spots now, e.g. Lauwersmeer, Dorum, Zwischenahner Meer, Großes Meer, etc. I can’t wait to try out some of these spots soon and hopefully continue my speedquest in the Netherlands and the German mud flats…
Monday we’ve had the strongest wind in a while at Strand Horst. With 30-42 kts of wind everyone rigged 5,5m sails and 44-50cm speedboards. I was on my 5,5m KA Race/HTS SR 49/21cm C3 Slingshot again which is a combination I feel very comfortable on.
Winter is the perfect season for speedsailing in northern Europe. We have had some good winds in January and February and also some manageable temperatures. The result is a new Personal Best for me.
The last time I broke my PB was in February 2015, so I’m very happy to have beaten myself 11 months later in worse conditions, showing I did improve my sailing a bit this past year.
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: