Right! If you’re out there reading this and have never entered the NWF before because you don’t think you’re good enough, read on this blog is for you.
I was in your position in 2008. I could just about sail in a straight line in powered up conditions, but was a million miles away from the elusive gybe and I thought a Tack was used to hold two bits of wood together. However in 2008 I took the plunge and registered.
2008 saw strong winds pushing me to my limit. This was the most unbelievable fun!! And friendships were forged in those first 5 minutes alone. I managed to get off the beach and completed the race by swimming around the gybe mark. The next day was calmer and perfect for my ability. I competed in all the races without completing a single Gybe.
I have entered every year since then and have competed in the free ride, pre 85, and wind-sup fleets; on equipment ranging from normal free ride gear to an ex-Olympic eBay special costing 99p! I have also raced at night by getting into the top 50 on a SUP board last year, and taken part in the tag team challenge twice with pro riders such as Ben Proffitt, Bougima guilloma and Marcillo Browne; not forgetting attending the ‘awesome’ parties!
The National Windsurfing Festival is organized for the ordinary sailor like you and me, and what you get out of it is directly related to what you put in. I would encourage you to sign up and give it a go. As long as you can sail in a straight line you’ll be fine, and the smiles on the way home are guaranteed!
See you on the water Phil Plume.