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Jennie Roberts - Foiling 25th June

Words and photos by John Lymer (next time I'll bring the better camera!)

It was close to 30C, so great to be on the water in just a rash vest and board shorts. Not crowded either - just me and Jennie. I was going nicely with an 8.5m sail and a wide board, but fairly pedestrian compared to Jennie who gave a very impressive demonstration of foiling. This was the first time I'd seen it done at Watergrove. Jennie has been racing the Olympic class RS:X board until this year, but foilboarding will replace RS:X at the 2024/5 Olympics so it's a time of transition for many athletes. Jennie only started foiling in January and just before lockdown spent 3 months training in Portugal with the British Team being formed for this emerging sport. In normal times she also trains at Weymouth with the rest of the team. She already looks very experienced as she kept the board 'flying' for most gybes. It was made to look easy, but I'm sure it's not!

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John L - 05/08/2020 - 21:30

Felt like the Duracell bunny today - kept going on and on and on! Continuous planing & gybing with end to end runs. 6.5m & 100 litre board. Hope Sunday is same!

Stephen Treasure - 02/08/2020 - 08:33

Wind has dropped off this afternoon, I'm giving it a miss

davemonks - 27/07/2020 - 21:10

Come on Mike we need a leader!

davem - 27/07/2020 - 19:40

I'm good to go. I've got a spare 4.2 you can borrow Mike :-)

davemonks - 27/07/2020 - 16:47

I'm good to go

MikeS - 27/07/2020 - 14:59

Forecast for tomorrow is beyond my ability. I'm crying off!

John L - 27/07/2020 - 14:05

I’m still up for Fleetwood tomorrow if others are? Could be a bit wild.

davemonks - 24/07/2020 - 00:10

Yes looks good at the moment John.

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