Saturday, 30 August 2014


This has not been a great year on the water for me, the first 4 months I rested my shoulder which is now good with no recurring pain. Just as I was settling back into full on downwind runs and really going for it while overpowered I tested the theory that taking Warfarin causes Osteoporosis. I am glad to say there is no evidence for this in my case, but I am surprised my foot didnt snap off. 

Coming to the end of a run out over the chop yesterday I was aiming to go behind someone who was sailing across the wind on starboard. He had right of way, I respected that and aimed behind him, and should have been well clear, when I was about 20m away he decided to crank upwind and drop in the water, in a split second I was nearly on top of him so cranked upwind myself and crashed, front foot trapped in the strap. Luckily a few people helped me back to shore, and also today getting to and from the hospital for X rays. 

Onto some great news. Kat and I have bought a house, this particular house is 150m from the waters edge, and specifically the big salty lake I sail in.  The rear bedroom window has a view over the famous Chesil Beach, if white horses can be seen over there then I can walk to the front bedroom to check out and see who is out on the water. There has not been much wind this summer, and often the seabreeze has not been quite enough to go out, but kites have been out. Luckily for them a crossbow does not have the range from my front bedroom to reach them ;)
We are settling in well, although the summer holiday is already over and its back to work on Monday. I have a new (to me) board on its way soon and need to order some new sails for next year. A boom may be on the cards as well. Some of my kit is looking a little worn, my 111l 69cm Exocet RS4 is very spongey in between the back straps from gybing. This is going in for repair and an RS3 is coming to give me a wider range of boards, or rather spread the load as the RS4 is by far my most used board.

Every morning now I get up to my childhood dream, a sea view. I get to walk here with our dog every morning, although some are not quite as nice as this photo, its a great place to live.

Good speeds and winds
The Bus

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Jim Crossley starts his own blog.

One of the UK and Worlds fastest windsurfers Jim Crossley has started his own blog. Already in a couple of days he has written some brief but very useful articles. Its well worth a look.


Friday, 28 February 2014


After about 6 months of reduced movement in my shoulder it appears to be a lot better. Following my last post I have rested my left shoulder since Christmas, and now can exercise without pain the next day. I can still feel a slight twinge when I raise it straight out to my side but it has definitely improved a lot. This seemed to happen almost overnight as well. I went through a couple of days where it ached like a broken bone aches, not particularly painful but uncomfortable then all of a sudden I was able to move it fully without a sharp pain. Now I am up to 60 pressups a day and think I should venture back onto the water very soon.

Windsurfing was not that bad with it, even recovering from a waterstart there was no real noticeable pain, it was the following day that the pain came. The rest has hopefully allowed it to repair, only use will now confirm that.

I am still waiting for confirmation that my dream house will be mine, with views over Portland Harbour and access to get on the water at a minutes notice my heart is set on it. I am just waiting for the vendor to sort things out, all is signed and waiting from my end. I hope to post a pic from it next time I write, showing just how lucky I am :D

My shoulder is now ready to carry all my shit down from my flat when moving as well!

Good speeds and winds.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Quick post, realised its been months now since my last post.

Hi all,

Life has been very busy, work has been getting better and better. Because of this I finally put an offer in for a house locally. It is within 50m of Portland Harbour, so I cannot wait to move in and be able to get on the water after work every day with ease.

Windsurfing of late has been poor, I beat my PB top speed just before Christmas with a max of 37.69 on Portland Harbour but have not been on the water since. In the summer I foolishly tried holding down a board in chest high shoredump in Cornwall. I somehow injured my left shoulder and it never got better. At Christmas I started packing my flat up and really pulled it again, to the point where I could not lift my arm out by my side without a fair bit of pain. The pain is not the problem as I can ignore it, but it loses all strength as well.

I decided to rest it, knowing the Doctor would just put me on painkillers for a while I opted to consult a few friends who had similar problems. One is a sports teacher and physio, he gave me a resistance band to use once I had rested it for at least a month (which is harder said that done without strapping my arm up). The month was up a couple of weeks ago, it does feel a hell of a lot better. I am now just building strength back into it gradually. If I am moving next to the water I want to be able to paddle when its not windy and want to be fixed before I move.

Will post again more regularly again soon.

Good speeds and winds
The bus

Friday, 22 November 2013

Google Teacher Academy

This is far from a windsurf related post. This is a Google Blog and I have a feeling that the success of this has helped my application to Google to go on their prestigious Teacher Academy. I have been told only 100 educators across the world per year are invited, I was asked to apply by my school as we are the first school to issue Chromebooks to every student. Google visited and I think they liked what they saw in my classroom.

Only 3 of us at school were asked to apply, one of which teaches Business and IT, the other is classed as the 'Digital Innovation Leader' (I think) and is much higher up the chain of command than I. Their application videos I think were much more polished than mine so something swung the decision my way, it must have been all my work on here, and all your time for reading it (of course they have access to all the analytics as they own them!).

This could well mean big things, I will be with some of the most creative educators the world has to offer, along with everything Googly at their head office in London. 

After years of being in the doldrums career wise things are certainly looking up, I will work very hard while the wind doesnt blow (or only blows from the North, which is far too cold right now!). Some of you have followed and supported me through my ups and mainly downs at work. Now under new management things are going from better to even better, the whole ethos at the school is changing. I tried to change it this way within maths years ago when I joined the school but was fought every step of the way by external advisers. For the first time since I left my old school I found myself going in early (always go in early.....but) with a big smile.

Good speeds and winds
The Bus
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