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Old 7th October 2009, 08:07 PM   #21
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You just have to love the frogs dont you ?
They stick the middle finger up at all the EU crap, protect their farmers, cars, mushroom farms and fisherman. Then say you need a cert to race an old piece of plastic in the Med.
Brilliant..
A few years ago Clarkson was in Paris telling us they dont even have an HSE dept. Unlike our 5000 bloated pigs on 100k a year in Canary Wharf or wherever they stick them these days, telling us not to climb ladders or knock conkers off trees.
Just have a look at theese two informations...

https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2102rank.html

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/edi...thcare_system/

Not so bad, for a so dangerous country



For the cert......
We learned from US that lawyers can do a lot with very little things
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Old 7th October 2009, 08:25 PM   #22
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Hey people,

quit the politics.

Le Defi is a great sport event, it is a nice experience, a lot of people sharing the same passion live music at night, video sessions, material testing, grill party on the beach, free beer from 6pm...

It is everything worth...certificate, registration fee, even the almost 2 days I usually spent in the car.

Tramontane is a hell of a wind and for the possibility to be there when it comes down to the beach I am grateful for. And I will try to be there next year as well.

See you down there in 7 months!
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Old 8th October 2009, 04:29 AM   #23
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As I said.......you just have to love the French.
I just wish that when I go into a tourist office and say bonnejewer they would'nt say good morning to me !!
Its BONJOUR tu stupide rosbif bstd would be preferable......
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Old 8th October 2009, 04:32 AM   #24
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Pretty sure it would be vous ,not tu !!!

You rosbif bstd

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Old 8th October 2009, 02:28 PM   #25
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Why you're still digging, unregistered? (I do not love french, but as long as I don't need to talk to them in french I do not care) and yes, I found some people that did not understand english (I need to manage something)...but it allways sorted out somehow.

I found a friends there among rosbifs and frog-eaters as well. They were all windsurfers, and if you were there you would see that the whole Gruissan is living with that event!

Stop the bullshit!
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Old 8th October 2009, 06:05 PM   #26
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Tramontane is a hell of a wind and for the possibility to be there when it comes down to the beach I am grateful for. And I will try to be there next year as well.

See you down there in 7 months!
Ciao Michal.
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Old 8th October 2009, 09:53 PM   #27
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Pictures are great. !!
Which beach were they taken from.Thought I`d sailed most of them down there but dont recognise that one. (Normally at Canet/Leucate/St Cyp)
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Old 8th October 2009, 10:46 PM   #28
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The beach is between Gruissan "plage des chalets" and Port la nouvelle
Just here : http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&om=1&...,0.003449&z=18

But you have to take this way from Gruissan "village" to go :
http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&om=1&...,0.003449&z=18

You dont need a 4X4 but be carrefull, off road.

Or in pict :

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Old 9th October 2009, 01:31 AM   #29
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Hey Papounet,

do you actually have to go through the camping or is there another way to go...I saw that there is a kiting school on the right side of the channel but I did not realised howto get there...so I always started from Plage de Challets.

Yep, the last defi I was there for two weeks and only one day there was a tramontane...on challets gusts up to 50 lnots...those pictures reminds me that.

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Old 9th October 2009, 08:43 PM   #30
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Thanks for info.
Must give it a try; going back for "winter" soon.
Reckon Tromantane(Summer months) tends to blow for 3 to 4 days. Gusty on first. Blows like mad 2nd and 3rd. Moderates for really nice sailing 4th.(Generally)
Having said that was down there March 08 and it blew solid for 3 weeks; averaging I`d guess 40 knots. !!! (Too much for me)
Down there last March and Marin blew often aswell (Nearly opposite direction to Trom) Marin tends to be steadier and puts up good swell all along coast.(Colliore upto Le Franqui)

Locals tell me if its southerly go south and if its northerly go north. Was sceptical at first but on a real iffy day(12 knots) at St Cyprien drove north to Leucate and it was a steady 30 knots. No idea why and suppose Gruisan could be even windier ????

The whole region has great sailing pretty much any time of year. Autumn and Spring seem to be most reliable and sailing down at Canet/ St Cyp/ Leucate with snow capped Canigou in background really is special.

Must get upto Gruisan next spring..
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