How many windy days on the South coast?

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sijandy
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How many kitable days from say MAR-NOV do you reckon you get down the South coast on av? I've only had 20 or so sessions this year so far and it's not as if i missed many decent wind days just always seems to be bloody SW which isn't much good on the North Kent coast, do able but usually gusty as f*** and not great for progression.
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sijandy wrote:I've only had 20 or so sessions this year so far.
20?! Count yourself lucky. If I manage half that I'm doing well.
sijandy wrote:just always seems to be bloody SW
Given that is the prevailing wind direction for most of England (frontal low depressions hitting us from the Atlantic), best get used to it!
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rakeem15 wrote:
sijandy wrote:I've only had 20 or so sessions this year so far.
20?! Count yourself lucky. If I manage half that I'm doing well.
sijandy wrote:just always seems to be bloody SW
Given that is the prevailing wind direction for most of England (frontal low depressions hitting us from the Atlantic), best get used to it!
Yeah i know but it won't stop me bloody moaning about it! Fair enough, i seem to recall there being a similar thread before and people were throwing out numbers like 50/60/70 plus. Just really frustrating not getting out enough, spent a month on Boracay last winter and rekon i got more hours on the water in 4weeks there than a whole year at home. Need to move some where windy i think!
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sijandy wrote:How many kitable days from say MAR-NOV do you reckon you get down the South coast on av? I've only had 20 or so sessions this year so far and it's not as if i missed many decent wind days just always seems to be bloody SW which isn't much good on the North Kent coast, do able but usually gusty as f*** and not great for progression.
That depends on what you view as 'kiteable' and the range of kite sizes available to you I guess. This year just gone has been exceptional for North Easterlies so I would have thought the North Kent coast has done better than most, although that depends which bit of it you ride. Minnis Bay does OK in S-westerly, a bit flat but perfectly kite able.

We've not had that good a year for *SW so our session count is way down but if you live on the coast once or twice a week should be do able and that would put your session rate up to the 40's or 50's but they wont all be classic conditions and you'll need a big kite same as you'll need a small one if the name of your game is getting out as much as possible.


*I'd go as far to say that this year has had more NE than any year I can ever remember since I've been chasing windy days and that's back to the seventies..
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Clearly it depends on the sea breezes and the wind. When its working though i can easily get 10-12 hours kiting over the weekend and its not unusal to have times when i get out every day in 14. You tend to stop counting after a while.

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GRF wrote: That depends on what you view as 'kiteable' and the range of kite sizes available to you I guess. This year just gone has been exceptional for North Easterlies so I would have thought the North Kent coast has done better than most, although that depends which bit of it you ride. Minnis Bay does OK in S-westerly, a bit flat but perfectly kite able.

We've not had that good a year for *SW so our session count is way down but if you live on the coast once or twice a week should be do able and that would put your session rate up to the 40's or 50's but they wont all be classic conditions and you'll need a big kite same as you'll need a small one if the name of your game is getting out as much as possible.

*I'd go as far to say that this year has had more NE than any year I can ever remember since I've been chasing windy days and that's back to the seventies..
Yeah i spose any direction above 10mph is technically kiteable. You know what i mean tho...decent worth putting the suit on wind. The tides screw it up quite a bit down whits, theres defo been a few NE's howling all day long too then dissapear for the evening low. Seems to be the way for the breezes as well, always at high. Maybe i'm too much of a flat water snob these days.
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Too Much Wind wrote:Clearly it depends on the sea breezes and the wind. When its working though i can easily get 10-12 hours kiting over the weekend and its not unusal to have times when i get out every day in 14. You tend to stop counting after a while.
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sijandy wrote: Maybe i'm too much of a flat water snob these days.
Ah whitstable, that explains everything, don't they and their sister/wives go up to wankers point at Tankerton when the tide's wrong? Some of them come over here, in a SW, stand on the beach looking at the shore dump, wet themselves and go home to get mummy to wash their suits. Others that do get launched then bow tie their Norths and disappear off down wind..

Flat water? Minnis bay is your friend..(And lots of them have six fingers as well so you'll feel right at home :wink: )
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If your north Kent why not just head to Hythe or camber for a session?
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it's not been very good this year I have to agree with alot of the comments.

Lets hope the winter brings some decent winds. I am hopefull it does.
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I would say at least 90 this calendar year so far, but there has been 2 stretches of a month without usable wind.
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At Camber a lot, although you need to be free to get them. I retired early last year, but I get a lot during the week and I only use a 9,7,5m. Although Graham is right the NE wind was stuck with us Jan to Early May! I got about 40-50 sessions in very cold conditions, But since then a lot of days at Camber, particularly with seabreeze, but a lot does happen during the week.

I've had 2 months off with pneumonia (due to all that cold!), and currently sitting out with a Achilles tear from jumping, but recon I could still get 100+ and that is with not kiting every windy day either.

You have to give up work, I worked like an idiot in the City for 30yrs and really suffered on weather for Windsurfing, paragliding, skydiving and kitesurfing until I got free a year ago last april, doesn't help you much, but sure makes me smile :-D

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GRF wrote:
sijandy wrote: Maybe i'm too much of a flat water snob these days.
Ah whitstable, that explains everything, don't they and their sister/wives go up to wankers point at Tankerton when the tide's wrong? Some of them come over here, in a SW, stand on the beach looking at the shore dump, wet themselves and go home to get mummy to wash their suits. Others that do get launched then bow tie their Norths and disappear off down wind..

Flat water? Minnis bay is your friend..(And lots of them have six fingers as well so you'll feel right at home :wink: )
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