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Sunday, 22 October 2017
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HUNSTANTON SLALOM BSA ROUND 6

Saturday was a gorgeous hot sunny day with no competition. The pics from that are at the end as I want to get straight onto the windsurfing so as hopefully not to bore you all to death..

BSA and UKWA for the season so far.

I missed round 5 at Hove where they had 14 rounds of slalom (14 rounds!! is that a record?). I thought it would just cost me a result, but it seems like all that practice has upped everybody's game too (except maybe Cofield!..) and it's me who could do with the practice..


We had an early start to catch the best wind and the tide, first race was about 9am on Sunday I think?


RACE 1: Used the 95ltr, 35fin and 7m. Had an amazing start (I honestly thought I was over way early), but soon realised I wasn't very quick. I've used this set-up before on flattish water and seemed to be going quick on my own, but in big chop and with fast sailors around me I soon realised it wasn't. Bigger board better I think.


RACE 2: Changed down to the 6.2m whilst everyone else changed up! (most on 7.5-8.0) Got my start sequence wrong and thought we had another minute.. gybed across the start as everyone else disappeared down the first reach. Kit was working well though and I was catching up!

Repeat to self; heat board - 3 minutes, red flag - 2 minutes, yellow flag - 1 minute, green flag - GO...


RACE 3: Had an amazing start again, but there was a general recall. The next start counted and mine was rubbish again..


RACE 4: Got my act together a little better and finished 4th.


All this can be seen on my HEADCAM FOOTAGE . Minus all the long reaches... so start, 3 gybes, finish.


The wind then started to drop and the tide was leaving everywhere pretty shallow, but with much flatter water..

They called 2 more races. I rushed around like a lunatic rigging my big kit, swapping fin bolts, etc, ran through the crowds with my kit, ran down the half mile of sand, splashed the half mile out to knee deep water, sailed fin first for the next half mile... and misssed the start by 30 seconds..  30 bloody seconds...  arse.


RACE 6: My best result of the weekend -a 3rd. I think everyone else had given up caring by now though! the wind was super light and they probably had discards to spare..


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Pro Fleet results.


So yet again Matt Pearch thrashed everyone. If he doesn't slow down I think he'll be the only one turning up before too long! Simon Cofield has given him a run for his money before but had bit of a shocker this time.

Rich Jones was on fire though! Sailing ten times better than he did back at Tenby and finishing 2nd with 2 bullets in the light winds. James Dinsmore also seems to have found his form and was only just pushed back to 3rd.

I finished in 6th. I'm starting to realise I need to seriously up my game if I'm going to get anywhere near the front. Time to decide what I'm playing at..  (get the missing slalom boards, buy some decent fins, start doing some tuning with someone quick, practice my starts, rig all my kit every race day regardless of forecast, put on some weight.. go to the gym.. eerrww, I draw the line at that one.)


Another great event though, sponsored this time by the guys at Quayside Windsurfers. Thanks as usual to all the race team in the boats and the organisors, much appreciated. And special thanks to Alistair for rescuing my kit when the tide came back in a bit quicker than expected.


Unfortunately I missed all the Freestyle, guess they were out whilst we were racing and must have had a good time.



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One for the speedies! That's the strip out back, it's a long walk!



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Faces West Hunstanton!



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Skills


These kids were well impressive, respect!..


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Izzy cooling off



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Finally in case you've missed it check out all the latest event footage from the legendary Pozo which didn't fail to disappoint yet again. Massive respect to Proffitt for taking down Kauli and almost the wonder kid Koster too.


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