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Camber Sands, 19/20 May

Host Host: Kiwi Steve
Date Date: 19/05/07
Venue Venue: Camber Sands
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Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating
Camber Sands was the venue for the weekend of the 19th/20th. OMWC has been to Camber Sands a couple of time over the last two years we have scored some good conditions and this year proved no exception.

The forecast was a Force 5 from the South West and after a week or so of no wind, it sounded pretty good! But what we got was another story! I sneaked off to Camber Sands on Friday afternoon for a bit of a 'reccie'. As I was driving down the M20 from London, I was thinking maybe it will be 6.4 weather and if I was lucky maybe 5.7. The closer I got to Camber the more the van got buffeted and I thought hmmm?.might be on 5.7 or 5.0! I was pretty happy to be greeted by Force 6-7 - 4.5 and 74L waveboard - and a nice swell on a dropping tide Needless to say I had a great sail and Saturday's forecast was looking similar to Friday's so I was looking forward to that.

On Saturday there were 9 of us who rocked up to the beach and everyone was really keen to get out there in the F6-7 breeze! - except one..While everyone rushed to get out there, I was in full Phaff mode and it took me two hours to get on the water - much to the amusement of everyone else. But what I was actually doing was saving my energy and waiting for the tide to drop and the swell to improve in the afternoon.

The sailing was so much fun. I took out a 4.5 and 85L freestyle-wave board into a waist-boom high cross-onshore wind swell. The inside was a bit light so needed a bit of float and early planning but out the back was fully powered up in a nice rolling swells with chunky peaks being thrown up! There was some good jumping, great backside riding to be had and it was loads of fun to carve high speed turns off the rolling swell out to sea. So it was a classic south coast cross-on shore wave session and very enjoyable in the warm sunshine.

Saturday evening we decamped to Rye and the Ypres Castle Inn: The Ypres Castle Inn, known locally as 'The Wipers' has been providing hospitality to visitors and residents of Rye for centuries. Built originally in 1640, and added to in Victorian times, the Inn has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and is built in the local weather boarded style, with colourful and interesting art and furnishings inside - which about pretty much sums it up.

The crew were all bit knackered from the sailing but managed a few drinks and a nice meal with some good chat.

Sunday dawned windless and sunny - perfect day to trawl around the antiques, galleries and curiosity shops of Rye.

All in all a great session at camber with loads of wind and nice ramps and good company.

Last updated: 27/05/07 01:17 By: Kiwi Steve
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Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 20/05/07

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres

Forecast was for good winds on the Saturday and nothing on the Sunday. Arranged with H&B to sail on Saturday but high tide was 2.00pm. Got down to Inn on the Beach at 11.30 and it was looking good - but was it 98l or 125l weather and 5.7 or 7.4m2? Well I ended up with both boards and both sails on the beach trying - somewhat unsuccessfully - to find a combination that worked. Eventually had an OK sail on the big board and small sail but only after having had my deck plate and UJ separate in the shore dump - very lucky that it didnt happen out at sea!!