thanks for the replies.
I'll mainly be sailing on the east coast of Ireland, but hopefully with regular trips to the west coast (Brandon etc) when I get a bit better (ie water starts nailed). It will really be a case of have board, will travel. Mainly Irish east coast though.
Sailing from beaches, pretty much exclusively, and a full range of wind conditions, from pretty light breeze to full on nuking (again when I get a bit better). Realistically I doubt I'd bother going out in less than 8 knots or so once I've gotten a bit better. RIght now it's fine for practising but I think I'd be more likely to do something else in light air once I've got the basics polished.