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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Lepe, 22-23 June

Carl & John
13/08/11
Host Host: Clare D
Date Date: 22/06/13
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Andrew also made it to Lepe, so I wasn't completely Billy no mates!. Conditions were a bit manic on Saturday so we opted for a walk but we both had a great sail on Sunday. Perfect conditions for 5.5m and it wasn't too lumpy. Roll on next weekend, it looks like it might be quite warm so maybe a sea breeze will kick in at Hayling.

Last updated: 23/06/13 22:04 By: Clare D
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Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 22/06/13

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

Surely today couldn't have been windier than last week? Wrong!
I headed to Hillhead in the hope that the waves would be a bit better defined than at Lepe. Rigged a 4.7 and my small board.. which was perfect for a while but then I needed to go to the 4.2. However it wasn't long before this was too much and without a smaller sail I decided to call it a day.
I have sailed at Hillhead plenty of times but this was the first time I purposely sailed westwards towards the Osbourne View which is where quite a lot of people seemed to be headed today. I found out why as the waves breaking over the spit were refracted to be more side on to the wind, much better for jumping!

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 22/06/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:3 star rating
Board:94 litres
Sail:4.5

The first meet of the Dorset Divas was definitely not a dry hair day! It was about 17 gusting 30mph with quite a disturbed water state. I thought that I had overcooked it at first, but it was a lot more manageable than last Saturday and I was on the right kit. I needed the 94 for the lulls and actually had to power up my sail by letting off downhaul and outhaul. (For a change, I was the only one not planing!) The sun came out and it was a great sail. Managed some dry transitions, which was pleasing, as it was scary bearing away. Getting back in downwind was a laugh as it really got up! Philippa had made us some homemade choc brownie bites as a treat.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 22/06/13

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.0

Interesting summer weather. Was getting blasted off the water despite the small kit. Certainly not dull but hard work with the chop. Good to see lots of people out.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 22/06/13

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.5

Plenty of wind again this weekend and loads of people on the water. Good to see Juan and Mike P. 4.5 weather this time but pretty lumpy.

Diary for Yannis at Whitstable on 22/06/13

Yannis
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.6

After a hard day's parenting work I got to Whitstable at 6pm for an evening sail.

Strong cross-shore breeze and low tide meant a long walk to the sea in mud and stones, but a vast area of chest-deep water to sail in.

I was the only one out for a while, so I had to take a wild guess as to what size sail to use. To my astonishment I got it right first time. Divine intervention? Pure chance? Superb mental powers? You choose!

I was determined to improve my gybes and by golly I did it! Next stop, planing exits!

I would give it five stars, if it wasn't for the:

- Dark overcast skies
- Ungodly temperatures
- Mud
- Rain
- Stones
- Expensive parking

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 23/06/13

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.0

Went to Esso because I couldn't sail later. Less choppy than the front yesterday but really up and down with the wind. Combination wasn't great. Decided to change boards rather than sails (92l). This was better but not an epic sail apart from a bit of surfing on the way in.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 23/06/13

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.5

Sailed at Esso today as the wind had a bit of north in it. Pretty gusty conditions and a confused sea state so not a particularly good sail but nice to be out.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 23/06/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

Today, I are mostly been doing dry gybes! I thought it was going to be like yesterday, what with the forecast being much the same (16-30mph) although it was westerly, which is always a classic direction at Mudeford. I had a fantastic time - for the 3rd day on the trot, I was out on exactly the right kit! How often does that happen? I was trying to bear away a bit more before my gybes and certainly felt like I was being whipped into the gybe, which is progress. No problem getting back in downwind today!

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 23/06/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:101 litres
Sail:5.5

First proper sail of the season for me (very late), but today was well worth the wait.

An excellet time at Lepe. 5.5 was just right. Wind was a bit up and down, but not gusty, and not too much of the solent chop.

I got to Lepe on Saturday afternoon, but it all looked just a bit too manic for me. People were out on 4-4.2, with reports of 'very lumpy'. Todays enjoyable sail made up for it.