It's time for the wave kit to go back on standby and tune up for slalom and speed.
From November to mid March I find it very difficult to get on a slalom or speed board over here in Guernsey. When it's 8 degrees air temp or less the thought of sailing up and down the coast on big slalom kit doesn't do much for me. Even the odd good speed day in those temps isn't great.
Wave sailing definitely takes over when its that cold. Wave sailing in 8 degrees for a couple of hours is no problem.
The weather is changing however and it was time to unload the wave kit, put it on standby for any exceptional conditions and tune up the slalom kit.
I have finned up my PD 110 with a Black Project Fins 37.7 for big sails. Usually I like the BPF 35 in this board but my new Evo 6's should be here soon and I have gone big this year, right up to 9.5 sq m. My PD speed 53 has been finned up with a BPF RS 28. More for 7 and 7.8 sailing in tight conditions. With the first speed contest of the year at the Mondial du Vent is just around the corner I have a feeling I will be using this fin / board combo a lot.
Speed contests are a different beast to free sailing or record attempts. You have to sail as many runs as possible so that you don't miss the best conditions, this means sailing back up wind needs to be quick and easy. That's when the RS will come into it's own compared to a asymmetric record fin.
Sails ready to come out of storage and into the van.
Just going through some old bits and pieces for a project that's in the pipeline. Found my old event bibs.
Great memories from back then, Brest speed week and my first podium finish in 1993.
Fuerteventura 1993 and having the Great Britain flag and name on the bib, top 10 only had that. It didn't go down well with a fellow competitor who will remain nameless who couldn't believe I had a named bib and he didn't. He even complained to the organisers but it was down to year ranking and I was placed higher than him.
The wind has taken a back step and we have a couple of weeks forecast of very light winds. Hopefully the swell may pick up and we'll get a few SUP sessions in.
In the meantime it's flat out at the gym most days. The main aim is to lighten up a bit but also tone up. Finally it seems to be working, still a way to go yet. I started seriously in the gym at the end of November, since then 3 kg have gone.
Very excited about a new partnership that is about to happen. Can't say what exactly just yet until papers have been signed but it all helps towards reaching my goals.
My first speed board, Lightwave 16". Shaped early 1990 for St Marie de la Mer speed qualifying event. Came 3rd then went on to place 10th in the main event, beating the two who qualified ahead of me. It all kicked off after that. Ended the ...year ranked 10th in the World.
Jimmy Lewis 15.75" speed board built November 1990 ready for the 1991 world tour. Ended the year ranked 7th in the world.
Being dusted down for an exciting new project. More details later.
WINDSURFING SPEED SAILOR
Weight 245 pounds
Started windsurfing 1979
Competed 1990 - 2000, 2009-2013
Married to Catherine
Two sons Jacques 16, Luke 14
Sponsored by: Neil Pryde Sails, Chinook, Patrik Diethelm Boards, Black Project Fins, Billabong
Top ranking 2010 2nd