Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Living on Guernsey has a lot of advantages and I wouldn't live anywhere else however getting off the rock isn't easy.

There are ships to St Malo France and Portsmouth England but when you have to fly out of Gatwick to any destination with windsurf gear the trouble starts.

If I catch the boat then you have to allow even more time away fro the family travelling, then you have the problem of parking the car somewhere at the airport.

Flying off the island obviously tackles the time away problem however more problem creep out.

I booked my flight from Guernsey to Gatwick, checked if the plane could take windsurf boards, they could it was under a winter sports section £ 25.00 per board. To double check I went to the airport and was told it would probably be £ 25.00 per bag, OK I have 5 sail bags and board bags but at least I will be able to fly.

After all this I thought I might as well email the airline and ask if there was any chance of a discount on the excess baggage since I am flying out to represent Guernsey and GB in the world champs.

Their reply was,

Setting aside the question of cost, we are somewhat concerned at the practicality of carrying 3 surfboards and 4 rigs on a busy summer flight. Additional baggage is only accepted on a 'subject to space' basis.


I have to advise you that our Station Manager in Guernsey is of the opinion that we would be unable to accommodate all the equipment that you need to take with you. I have therefore been instructed to offer you a full refund of your flight ticket. Please let me know if you wish to cancel your flights with us and I will authorise the refund of your ticket.

Good of them to offer a refund I guess.

Next step. I phoned the Beachcomber Hot Tub importer, one of my sponsors, to ask if I can ship the equipment to their Gatwick stores and then have them deliver it to the airport. A bit cheeky to say the least but if you don't ask you don't get. They said no problem.

On to TNT to ship it, next problem Guernsey is VAT exempt, any goods sent to England are liable to VAT. Hopefully we have got over that by putting a low value on the gear.

Next problem, the cost of shipping the gear should be priced on volume not weight which will come to approx £ 400.00 one way! TNT did a deal and only charged me £ 160.00.

The gear has now left and should be in Gatwick on Friday. I wanted to make sure there was a bit of time to get things sorted if it goes pear shaped.

My flight is on Wednesday the 29th fro Guernsey to Gatwick then out to Rhodes with Easyjet. the gear is booked on Easyjet so hopefully there won't be any more problems however it is never easy travelling with windsurf equipment.

My good friend Pierre Bisson is travelling with me to take photos of the event. You'll be able to view the pics on

I'll keep you posted.

No wonder my hair has fallen out!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July update

I have been a bit slack with the updates.

I have received confirmation that I have a spot in the world championships in Karpathos Greece. It's a big relief to get in and I've booked the flights.

July 29th Guernsey to Gatwick 8.40 arrive 9.40
July 29th Gatwick to Rhodes 13.55 arrive 20.00
July 30th Rhodes to Karpathos ferry 7.00 arrive 14.00

July 31st Registration
August 1st - 5th Competition

Augsut 6th Karpathos to Rhodes ferry 14.00 arrive 19.15
August 6th Rhodes to Gatwick 21.40 arrives 23.45
August 7th Gatwick to Guernsey 8.40 arrives 9.40

I have had some good light wind training in the few weeks, a session on the 7.4m sail yesterday which was very productive. The sea was rough however I still clocked up 32.96 knots, the nice thing is the sails are accelerating with every gust and the boards and fins are so stable you can push them through the chop with no spin out at all.

From what I can make out Karpathos is a broad 250m choppy course with wind blowing force 5-8. If that is the case then I will be using 6.6, 7.3, 8.0 sails on the Staboard Isonic 94 and W53. I will take a 6.0 square meter sail just in case.

In the past I was always very competitive on broad courses like Tarifa and Fuerteventura. 6.0 and 6.6 square meter sails were always my best sails. I am still not as sail fit as I used to be but I working on that as much as mother nature allows. On Monday I ran 8 miles which tells me I am in good a shape. Greece should be good, I am really looking forward to it.

I'll keep you posted.