Log in

Remember me


password reminder...

Most popular

National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

Bigbury, May day bank holiday

Bigbury, May day bank holiday
Host Host: stevieg
Date Date: 05/05/07
Venue Venue: South Devon (Bigbury)
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bigbury, May day bank holiday (41)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
After a late night dash down from London & overnight stop just outside Bigbury, arrived down at the outrageously priced Bigbury-on-Sea car park (6.00 per day!) early a.m. Chris Martin arrived shortly afterwards, followed by Julie.

After a bit of brekkie we set off to Burgh Island, no need of the famed tractor as the tide was out, and had a gentle wander around, taking in tours of the vacant real estate whilst there. By the time we reached the Pilchard Inn, Nick was all ready sat on the deck with his parents, and like father like son, they were well on their way with a couple of pints of the real stuff. Rejoining the mainland we met up with the rest of the crew and after enjoying the rest of the pleasant sunny afternoon headed off en-masse to the campsite.

Joining us at the camp site were Mike, Beth, Rebecca & Lucy, Adam, Mark, Jude & friend Caitie, John G, Justin (newly escaped from Minster to more salubrious surroundings) and new members Alan (aka Wolfie) & Suzanne. With stunning views over Burgh Island, Mount Folly Farm turned out to be a fantastic if somewhat chilly spot for a barbecue. A few of the die-hards headed off the local pub to finish the evening off, but I surprised myself by turning in early for the night.

Sunday dawned sunny and everybody headed off to spend their hard earned cash feeding the parking meter down at the beach car park. A few us managed to squeeze in a couple of walks along the estuary and up on the surrounding hills before pulling out the windsurfing gear from the vans and enjoying a great afternoon out on the water. It really is a beautiful spot to sail and after repacking the gear, and a quick trip back to the campsite to pick up a few people we all headed off to the Royal Oak in Bigbury for some nosh and liquid refreshments.

By this time the wind was blowing a hoolly outside, the rain was slanting down and I felt sorry for the campers who headed back to the campsite. A few of us had craftily parked our vans in the big car park at the rear of the pub, and needless to say closing time at the pub didn't mean closing time in the vans. The previous week I had been getting up at 4 a.m. to start the early shift at work, but this time it was the time that I was getting into bed instead, a much better option.

Windy the next day was a slight understatement, and the bay was full of windsurfers & kites, Beth being the first one out on the water, followed by Adam & Nick, looking & feeling rather the worse for wear, I'm sure that Cora won't let him out anymore & that this time next year he'll be at the Badminton horse trials instead.

The sight of the day must go to the twin Gemini board riding out through the waves, tacking out at sea and then catching the waves on the way back in. Awesome.

After hanging around and putting off the moment finally had to point the van into the wind and head back towards London. It was a great weekend and thanks to everyone who showed up & made it such fun, Steve G

Last updated: 13/05/07 16:54 By: johng
Views: 2185

Diary for johng at South Devon (Bigbury) on 06/05/07

Welcome to Bigbury-on-Sea...
the place that only appears once every hundred years, emerging from the mist... oh, that's Brigadoon! No sign of Bernie's kilt.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Blobbed out in the afternoon, but the wind came up and it got better before fading again. Nice start to the official season - no boots!!

Diary for johng at South Devon (Bigbury) on 07/05/07

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres

Bigger swell than I've seen for a long time, wind gusty. Blobbed out thru surf ok, fell off, struggle to waterstart. Came back, had good talking to self, then enjoyed the session going in and out, surfing in, trying to get planing out up the swell. Seemed hard work. And it rained. But good to be out for another day!


Go back to the previous picture Pause the slide show Start the slide show Go to the next picture