Way to easy...


Last Amstelmeer session I was amazed a few times...

  1. I rigged my RS:Slalom MKIII 5.5, in Den Helder (5km westerly) there were gusts near 40kn. But on the speedspot I would have been lucky with 28kn for about 2 sec into 10kn and a few sec later into 20kn... Does the good wind fly over the speedspot???
  2. I was quite early, but Tim and Marco arrived later. Immidiately Tim did a faster run than all my runs... What has Tim been eating???
  3. Sooo I went back to rig my 6.2 RS:Racing evo1 (same sail as Tim), but the speed was about the same as the 5.5 on the speedspot??? This one I really couldn't get the picture WHY?
  4. On the open water the 6.2 speed seemed to be unlimited. That Falcon 79 RULEZZZ. I could cross way to big chop/waves on highspeed. In fact I did went faster on open water than behind the dam on flat water????
Very intresting session with a lot intresting information. From now on I will focus open water speed on the Amstelmeer unless the wind is above 30kn... I guess it will be a exciting ride near 40kn in chop that is between 0,2-0,6m. I sailed 120 degrees, and every run was @ least 35kn...

You wouldn't believe but on my fastest run on open water a helicopter flew right above me to check the action out. As it flew on the westerly side it felt like the wind increased! I don't know how close that helicopter was, but I could hear it quite good. The Fanatic Falcon 79 was really hammering on the waves/chop, normally you can't hear a thing beside hammering.



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. Interesting stuff, is it allowed to have helicopter generated gusts ;-)

    The explenation could be that in the middle of the lake the wind is more powerfull (not stronger) lower to the water surface? I noticed the same effect on Strand Horst.

  2. How did you generate that nice animated gif?

  3. Hi Mark,

    It is true, the wind was in fact stronger in the middle of the lake. On the Amstelmeer in 2007 we had a few dams of 10cm height, very fast spots...

    Since 2008 those dams are in he winter 1.2m ( rocks to protect the birds...), in the summer 1.6m (rocks + plants)

    Still I would like to beat my Amstelmeer PR. And in summer, the best place is the middle of he lake unless the wind is above 30kn.

    The gif was generated wih Easy GIF Animator:

    Just by playing my fastest 500m in GPSAR and print screen every second. Whole picture took 30min. Let me know if someone has a better way!