Peter Hart has just returned from a trip to Rhodes, we catch up with him to find out the latest from the road.
Following my recent trip to Ialysos in the north of Rhodes for an Intermediate clinic, I have written up a quick summary of the location and the equipment available as a guide for anyone else wishing to travel to this great little spot.
Exact Location: RHODES GREECE. Ialysos in the north of the island near Rhodes town
Duration: One week
Purpose: Running an intermediate windsurf clinic
Companions: 10 intrepid applicants from as far afield as Estonia, New Zealand, England and Scotland.
Kit taken: Kode 103 plus 6.2 Storm and 5.7 Rock
About the place: The north coast of Rhodes is strangely unpopulated by UK windsurfers who tend to flock to Prasonisi in the south. But it’s a real gem of a coastline with a great wind record and, with a lot more going on for families and non-windy partners.
I counted 5 centres between Ialysos and the town of Rhodes, all of them flourishing.
We based ourselves at the Blue Horizon hotel which is clean, classy and friendly and is right next to the PRO CENTRE, which is run with Swiss efficiency.
Conditions: My chubby chum Dave White, who did many dealer trips to Ialysos, described the conditions as ‘Clacton with bluer water and a lot more sun!” He wasn’t actually being rude (he LOVES Clacton) but was just describing classic sideshore bump and jump conditions - wind from the left typically around 20 knots with lovely swells and jumping ramps.
It was one of those civilised winds that didn’t get up too early, let you have breakfast in peace and then built gradually from 9 am onwards. And then dropped in the early evening to allow you to drink your first beer without getting froth in your face.
So what happened… Find out at http://www.tushingham.com/windsurfing/team/peterhart