messing about in boats

A Sad Lack of Windsurfing

Posted in Windsurfing by Joseph Moore on October 19, 2009

I love windsurfing. I love that feeling of going faster than you thought possible, inches from the water, wondering when you’re inevitably going to crash.

I got reasonably good at it last year. Being a featherweight 8.5 stone (No, really… I’m tiny) helps a lot and although I didn’t quite crack waterstarting I can beach start in waist deep water reliably, which is progress I guess.

The thing is, I haven’t been windsurfing at all this year as the Land Rover’s been off the road for a while leaving me with no means of transporting my board. Now the weather’s getting colder again so it doesn’t look like I’m going to get any windsurfing at all in this year. I’m a complete wuss – I just can’t stand being chilly.

Maybe next year…

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Autumn’s Here

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 2, 2009

This is a screenshot of the weather forecast at Grafham Water tomorrow courtesy of windguru.cz – the chilly temperatures and lovely pink colours in the wind boxes mean autumn is well and truly here. Guess who’s going sailing! Looking at the 35 knot gusts I wonder if the lake’s even going to be open for dinghies. Better dig out a warmer wetsuit and take the windsurfing gear just in case.

Windy weather forecast at Grafham Water

Windy weather forecast at Grafham Water

How I Float (At The Moment)

Posted in General Boating Stuff by Joseph Moore on September 23, 2009

As I mentioned briefly, I do a lot of sailing, windsurfing and kayaking which I guess is a bit vague really, so here’s a bit more about each one.

Sailing

Pretty much every weekend sees some sailing, usually at Grafham Water. This summer my crew and I decided we were feeling lazy so bought an old Nacra Inter18 and put the Cherub up for sale. She’s a pretty awesome bit of kit and I’m sure there will be plenty more posts as we get to grips with racing her this autumn.

Before that was the Cherub which has been a serious laugh. Any lightweights out there wanting some really hands on sailing and the most friendly class on the planet should get involved.

Also lurking around is a Fireball in need of fitting out after getting a new mast and a fat International Moth (Magnum 6) after some new paint and a repair on the daggerboard case. Eyes peeled for photos and how tos when I get round to tackling those jobs.

Windsurfing

Great fun when it’s too breezy for dinghy sailing. I’m using an F2 Axxis at the moment after trashing my BiC Rumba and somewhat outgrowing my fabulous retro BiC Star – nothing gets the looks like that baby.

Kayaking

I should do more of this really. I used to play polo for my local club (St Albans) when I was a bit younger. Now my paddling consists of the odd trip to Wales or up and down the local canal on a sunny evening in my trusty (if battered) Perception SuperSport. Anyone wanting to donate a playboat not from the stone age please get in touch!

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