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    Senior Member TwoFish's Avatar
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    And it seems he spent a 'night' outside, under his sail.

    http://windsurfroundeurope.eu/blog/vardo
    Eeeh 'tis grim dahn Sarf.

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    Jono writes with that classic British understated, dry, witty, Palin-esque (Michael, not Sarah!) style. For instance, cf his description of the 'night' camping outside in -2c + windchill (-15 maybe?) and the sail plus board blowing away! That would have been enough to put most people into a strop I think.
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    Jono is bleeding mad and I certainly doff my cap to him, what an adventure and he must have b***s of steel, we were saying the water in Sardinia today were a tad fresh even for those wearing a wetsuit and then you read his blog, absolutely amazing and best wishes for a sucssfull journey.
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    "heavy snow this morning" but still peel off, layer on, and vamoose. Such is the way of a wild man, they say stuff every cranny with socks but in that ol'barrel wouldn't fit a four seasons sleeping bag for -20dgr comfort but leg warmers have never sounded so appealing. I love the idea that any gust,knotch or storm that pops up it's a 9.5..An that's decided! Good travels.

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    Jono doing good Progress, having sailed yesterday to cover 28nm from the last tracker position.
    Tracker was not refreshing on the webpage.

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    I looked on the tracker - thought he was stuck there!

    The one thing with his kit that stands out to me is the 9.2m sail. That is big. I guess it doesn't take much to get too hairy especially with a loaded board dragging in the water.

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    That sail size on a longboard is comfortable to use possibly up to 18kt.
    In my experience 12 to 14 kt is the ideal cruising wind speed, for me I say. Even though most of the time i have been quite happy with a 10kt steady breeze and a good swell amplitud. Chop is a killer. Also winds from the aft quarter are a pain as it is very wobbly specially with loads on board.
    However 20kts is manageable if one has a contingency stop plan and one does not need to go too far.

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