NorthEast wind = t Kuitje Den Helder

That is me on the photo, it is a bit far away and taken with my Nokia N95. Not very sharp but it gives an idea. Last couple of days the winddirection is NE, that means Amstelmeer is a bit gusty&choppy. I chose yesterday and the day before to surf on " t Kuitje", this is near the dutch Navy on sea in Den Helder.

Both days the windstrenght was average 16-18kn and we got gusts up till 25kn. I just got my own RS:Slalom mkIII 5.5, I used it both days to get a good feeling about the tuning& lowwind performance.

On 'tKuitje there are different places to go. I chose both days to surf near the parking area. This means 200m sandbank sailing 90 degrees (crosswind), waiting for a good gust to shoot 100m downwind and hope to make a good run. (after those 100m your have to break hard otherwise you are sitting on the next sandbank)

I hope my sail has settled, I have found THE settings again yesterday. About the fins, I was sailing the Fanatic Falcon 79:
  • Caspar 27, was a bit small
  • Select Caspar 29, perfect size
  • Select S07 28, I wish I tried this one longer...
  • CL 26S, fastest fin (CL stands for Chris Lockwood)
I don;t know if I will be sailing today, yesterday my body was tired and I felt like this was one of the reasons I could not accelerate over chaotic chop...

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.


  1. More pictures of 't Kuitje friday 29-05-2009

  2. Very nice pictures! Chris when will you be back on the water together with the rest of the Amstelmeer crew???