Category: Water Based

Sailing and Kitesurfing…

Kiteboard Repair

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On Saturday I managed to split a fin and the corner of my CrazyFly kiteboard after getting a little too close to the shoreline and running out of water. The front screw split the fin but caused no board damage but sadly the rear screw held on more, pulling almost all the way through, and […]

Kiteboarding at Saunton.

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This post is a bit of an experiment to see if my feedburner rss feed will now pull through images from this blog. It must require great patience to sit on the beach waiting for someone to do something exciting (or mildly good). Just seems like the perfect excuse for a POV camera. Same the […]

Two little videos.

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A little video from kitesurfing this weekend and one from last weekend at the Chew Solo Open.  The former is filmed using a W60 and the latter my iPhone4s. Given the quality of the iPhone I am starting to think that carrying just the iPhone and a GoPro for sports trips away is good enough […]

Deck Camera Mount

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How to build a T-Piece fitting from an Ikea chopping board so I can film sailing with a camera mounted to the foredeck bow plate of the Solo.

JaDeD or Solo 4060

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She may not be fast but they tell me I’m in for some close racing. I just don’t want to be last (again)

Contender Setup

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Having just bought an old Contender I thought it would be useful to collate together all the tips and hints I gather in terms of rigging. So here goes

New Boat

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So after much deliberation, procrastination and general indecision I have bought a new boat. I’m now the proud owner of Contender GB478. I decided that the only way to truly decide whether I would enjoy trapeze helming and cope with the gusty nature of westerlies and easterlies on Chew was to try. At £650 minus […]

Project Cam Rig

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There is a current craze for recording yourself doing stuff and posting it to YouTube, Vimeo at al. While some of these videos are quite amazing and/or so obviously being used as commercial promotions I am not sure that all the ego-enhancing content produced is that good. That said, I cannot deny that it doesn’t […]

Saunton Kite Video Experiment.

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With 12 months off the water we expected very little from this session. However, never to be lacking in enthusiasm Bertie came armed with his new camera and couldn’t wait to get trigger happy recording video. Our different approaches were clear to see from the offset and it was easy to see which one of […]

What Boat?

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There are so many possible sailing boats that one might want to own/sail.  The major decisions are: number of crew; number of hulls; club rules and fleets; and budget.     Once those major decisions are decided you can start to look at classes. Laser: this boat is almost without fail the most popular performance single hander […]

Sailing Roots

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So, I’ve decided to start exploring my water-based roots and return to sailing, a sport I first tried in 1984/5 aged 13.   Why you might ask? Well sometimes, when you don’t live on the coast Kitesurfing is just too much bloody trouble.    First you need wind and it really needs to be above 12 knots […]