When I arrived at Benone the wind was reading 13-16mph, but it was steady so I rigged up the 12 and went out. It was pretty difficult to stay upwind, especially as the wind was quite onshore.
I persevered for about an hour, and then decided to give up, it was working, but only just - very disappointing. On the way home I called into Castlerock when the wind was reading around 20mph! So I set up and went out for about another hour and a half. This was a much better session, staying upwind was no problem, and I got a bit of toeside riding in on the flat water too.
The combination of wind and wave direction made it a little tricky, but it was all good practice.
On both beaches there were only a few people, sometimes none, just the occasional walker out with a dog.
It certainly was a pleasant evening, should have went to Castlerock first!