Jan Sleigh

Jan Sleigh

In all honesty I was pretty careful and stayed on the shoulder.

It was my first time windsurfing The Cribbar – I have SUPed a smaller day and also been towed in – but I have been worked so I know what that is like – and I didn’t fancy a long swim in December.

Jan Sleigh. Image credit http://jnpevents.co.uk/index.html
Jan Sleigh. Image credit http://jnpevents.co.uk/index.html

Thorpy and Ross took it much deeper and were killing it. So were Neal and Lee on their kites. I got one small ok wave and one real big one that Neal called me into, it’s difficult to call the size when you are travelling so fast and trying to get to the bottom and make a turn. The waves had a lot of chop on them and on a couple of waves it felt like I was bouncing down stairs, which was not helped by me taking my bigger board! The size was definitely¬† a mistake for the wave but helped me get home safe. All in all it was pretty epic and I am still buzzing!

Equipment

I was on my 2014 Naish Wave 95 with a 2014 Naish Force R1.

The Wind

The wind was pretty solid, and a bit gusty, but I was on the perfect size sail.

There are a lot of things that have to happen at once to make it sailable. It needs a big swell with a big period for it to break – the tide has to be right as well – and the wind needs to be side or side off at the right angle – the prevailing wind is too onshore most of the time.

Launching

The launch was relatively easy. Jump in off the old lifeboat slip way swim out to the wind line. Then make a wobbly, gusty, non planing line out to sea past the headland to clean wind, and hope you have the right size sail.

Wipeouts

I think Thorpy might have taken a couple of wipe outs – but I didn’t see them. I’ve had a good kicking there before on my SUP and tow in as well, but both times were with much smaller waves.

Safety

It’s not exactly “safe” to sail … but I played safe. If something went wrong you are pretty much on your own. There was no stress going out. It’s December and cold – no one is around!

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