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Bramblebush, 15-16 June - The Summer Begins!

Picnic at Bramblebush
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 15/06/13
Venue Venue: Poole
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bramblebush, 15-16 June - The Summer Begins! (48)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
So often Bramblebush has been compared to a Caribbean location - lovely bay, mysterious islands, ramshackle houseboats contrasting with gleaming white gin palaces, boatloads of tourist-laden pleasure boats chugging across the water...

Be careful what you wish for!! A large crowd of OMWCers were forced to nailgun their children to the dunes, whilst themselves seeking shelter in the hollows and mounds to ensure that they were not blown away in the Caribbean-style hurricane that ripped through the usually mild-mannered and hedonistic venue. Menacing clouds were promising torrential rain as a few brave souls rigged their smallest kit and took to the water, offering themselves to the mercy of the unseasonable weather. This is June!!

But it didn't rain... the clouds were eventually blown away, and the sun brought smiles to people's faces - as long as you kept your face leeward, you were not going to get a free facial dermabrasion from the wind-whipped sand. Bonus. More people ventured out, including Roger, our #1 Dodger, taking his first tentative runs after a long injury recovery - mmm, some pretty speculative dismounts there, Rog! Who was that sailing along, punctuated by white water explosions? Must be Steve... Happy birthday, Nick, Roger and Carol! Big L meanwhile bashed his ribs in yet another trick get-off, meanwhile Yannis changed, and changed, and changed... and then stopped, only to rig up again and go out some more! Happy days. Juan however gets the Chop Charger of the Event award - his unrelenting hammering in the earliest, most windy stages of the session were awesome. And points for Carol and Clare - good try, come back please! Carl - Smoothest Dude of the Day, I think.

Sat evening kicked off with a session at the Square and Compass for the ale- and scrumpy-addicted - good call. Tales of various out-of-the-body experiences at the venue were exchanged... Finally consciences kicked in, and the kids were whisked off to the campsite for burger, sausages, and lots of marshmallows toasted over the now-classic firebowl, fuelled by the efforts of Chris, Yoli and assorted offspring. Eventually we all went to bed, waking to a rainy, dull Sunday, and a warming fire rekindled from the ashes of the previous evening. More burgers for breakfast - the p'tit dejeuner of heroes!

Thanks to all the OMWCers who turned up - great to see everyone having a good time, let's do it again - July anyone?? And hopefully, with a bit less of the Hurricane Hamworthy effect.

Last updated: 17/06/13 09:58 By: johng
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Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 15/06/13

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres

What is it about June in the UK. I reckon over the last few years I have used my smallest board and sail more in June than any other month - no doubt something about the 'Great British Summer'. Anyway, unfortunately I didn't make Bramblebush having had kitchen stuff to sort out (finally got running water in our kitchen for the first time in 3 weeks - but that is another story).
Got down to Hayling to find it windy, but underestimated quite how windy it was. Went out on my 85l freewave and 4.7 and almost got blown off the water. With the tide heading in I decided it was no time to mess about and changed to my super narrow 74l waveboard and 4.2m. This was much better - this board might be looking a bit old fashioned now (for goodness sake, it only has one fin :)) but when you need control it has it in bucketloads. However by the time I was heading in, even this combo was getting a bit of a handful. Checking on Chimet it was a pretty solid 35-40 knots and the water was certainly lumpy. How Bill had been hanging onto a 5m I will never know.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 15/06/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres

Well it was certainly windy! Rigged a 4.5m initially but was ridiculously overpowered. Changed to a 4m and that was more than enough. It was pretty lumpy and hard work but had to give it 3 star rating because I was actually on my smallest kit and the sun was shining! Good to see other OMWC people on the beach; Jonathan, Mike and Beth, Nick B.

Diary for johng at Poole on 15/06/13

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres

Wow, that was windy. Arrived to find some non-OMWCers packing and leaving, it looked innocuous enough, as you'd expect for a pleasingly shaped bay. The clue was in the small number of windsurfers in the concrete paddling pool at Sandbanks proper... At least the wind was pretty much cross/slightly on on the Bramblebush beach, with clouds threatening rain.

On advice, rigged 4.0 and the smallest board in the van, the 80l Evo. Initial take - yuck. very hard work, some wicked (in the original sense) chop and some very short period waves at a crap angle. Came back, a bit discouraged.


After lunch, the sun came out, the wind dropped marginally, I downhauled the nuts off the sail, and lo and behold!! It was fun - challenging yes, but totally exhilarating. At times, the board was barely in the water, but holding it down and flying it was lots of fun. Rinse and repeat - managed a few strap-to-strap gybes, thanks to the relative flatness, and at one point the usual B'bush flat zone enabling what felt like blistering speed. Brilliant! I'd do that again.

Good to see Juan killing it - not being the lightest club member pays off sometimes ;), great to see Carol and other rare birds. Excellent firebowl! Marshmallows, mmmm. Thanks guys :)

Diary for Haylingmike at Poole on 15/06/13

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Well, I've classed this sail as "Good" I think that may have partly been influenced by the great turn out rather than the sailing itself! Having stared off with my little used 5.0m sail I soon dropped down to my never previously used 4.2m - and it was still too much! There are lots of words that fail to describe it - Challenging, Epic, Mega are a few that come to mind - but it was great to see so many regular - and not so regular faces. Roll on Calshot - 13th July and a repeat of Bramblebush on 27th July :)

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 15/06/13

Meat eating fest at Acton Fields camp site 
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Textbook case of mismatched expectation and reality - or rather flawed observation!

Rigged 6m - when in the water found 5.5m conditions
Rigged 5.6m - when in the water found 4.5m conditions
Rigged 4.6 - when in the water found 4m conditions

Then I got sick of changing sails so I stuck with the 4.6m.

In hindsight I should have sized down to my wave-board, but all those wipe-outs severely impaired my judgement.

As John said, bit of a nasty morning, but when the sun came out later on it turned out to be a glorious afternoon.

First time at Acton Fields. Very basic as described but very clean and quiet, so a very good experience.

Great to see everyone and to meet some new people. Looking forward to Calshot.

Added by johng on 17/06/13

"all those wipe-outs severely impaired my judgement" - Yeah, that repeated head- or other parts of the anatomy-banging together with the desperate struggle to recalibrate the brain to the massive gusts and bonkers speed has that effect! Still, at least you had breaks while you were re-rigging ;)

Diary for Lawrence at Poole on 15/06/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

15/06/2013 - Bramblebush. 5m & 4.25m RRD 95L 28cm fin. V.Windy side-side-on 18"-2' chop of v short period.

After very little sailing since 2010, I struggled. Eventually I was put out of my misery by winding myself & realising that I'd banged my ribs so much it hurt too much to continue.

Was good to see so many OMWC'ers at an event.

Poole Harbour weather site recorded 40knt gust 1.19pm on Saturday.

Added by Yannis on 17/06/13

It was probably you exhaling as your ribs hit the water

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 15/06/13

Bill (1)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres

Got down to the beach just after low tide. It was obviously small board weather (hooray) but sail choice was a bit tricky as it was rather gusty. On the principle that you don't want to be underpowered on a small board (grunt grunt) I rigged a 5m with loads of downhaul. This turned out to be a bit optimistic but managed to hang on ok. There wasn't much swell running but the water was quite lumpy making for some pretty hectic runs on the way out.

Diary for rogerta at Poole on 15/06/13

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

My favourite south coast venue - just a beautiful spot. Made even better this weekend by being practically devoid of grockles - one of the advantages of a crap summer - puts the grockles off.

A bit manic for the first day in 12 months but fantastic sailing. Gybing conditions on the inside were to say the least challenging. Great weekend with the sailing, couple of pints in the Square and Compass, barbie and fire at the campsite. Thanks to everyone for making it such a cool weekend especially with the group childcare - and thanks to Leuda for slaving over a hot stove whilst we were out sailing making Nick and my birthday cake!!! ;)

Added by Lawrence on 17/06/13

BBQ Spare ribs anyone????


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