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Weymouth, 26/27/28 May

Stuck in the Mud
Andrew takes hosting duties to extreme, here hitching a tow rope to pull Mike's van out of the mud while Jonathon directs operations.
Host Host: Andrew
Date Date: 26/05/07
Venue Venue: Weymouth
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Weymouth, 26/27/28 May (9)
Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating
Saturday was glorious and sunny, with a light North Westerly. We had a very sociable morning, sitting around chatting. Then Alison rigged up, with armchair support from myself and Jonathan. By about mid afternoon there looked like sufficient wind, so a few of us went out on big kit. It was classic Weymouth stuff, blasting right across the harbour. Saturday night there was 7 of us at the Turks Head. An excelllent pub.

Sunday was cold and wet. I admit to failing as host, because I spent the entire day hibernating in the van with a good book. Others went out and had a good sail in the onshore conditions, mostly on 5m. Sunday evening we went to the Lugger Inn. By this point the weather was foul, foul, foul. Mike very kindly volunteered to drive us all to the pub. Returning to the campsite was when things started to go wrong. By this point the lovely green campsite field was becoming a complete mud bath. Mike drove in and promptly got stuck in the mud. We then found that Jonothan and Janes tent had collapsed in the wind, but luckily it was still dry inside.

Leaving the campsite on Monday morning was a game and a half. I tried to tow Mikes van, then got stuck myself. we finally managed to get each vehicle out (although Mike almost collided with an Ambulance !) and retired to the Lugger Inn for an excellent breakfast.

Last updated: 12/06/07 10:12 By: Andrew
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Diary for Andrew at Weymouth on 26/05/07

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

Good fun, blasting right the way across the harbour.

Diary for jonathan at Weymouth on 26/05/07

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:140 litres

Rigged Jane's kit on the pretext of testing it for her and then had an hour or so of blasting. 140 litres and 7m was about the smallest I could have got away with. I think the Weymouth speed record was safe!

Diary for Carl at Weymouth on 27/05/07

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres

A nice onshore wind - unusual for Portland harbour - unfortunately accompanied by frequent heavy rain. Evening spent at the Lugger, after which we returned to the camp site to tent carnage and mud.

Diary for jonathan at Weymouth on 27/05/07

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres

It took a bit of motivation to get into a wet wetsuit in driving rain and very cool air temperatures (for May!). Was eventually persuaded to and had an hour in on-shore wind. Not what one would normally associate with Weymouth...

Diary for Carl at Weymouth on 28/05/07

Carl and Heather
Rating:2 star rating
Board:101 litres

A quick visit to Bramblebush on the way home, to find a very gusty wind and not much water. It was OK but cold, plenty of Gybe practice (necessary to avoid catapults on the the sand banks).

Diary for Andrew at Weymouth on 28/05/07

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:1 star rating
Board:99 litres

A quick sail at Bramblebush on the way home. Very gusty and a bit too brief.

Diary for Haylingmike at Weymouth on 28/05/07

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

Saturday was a pleasant day - rigged up my 9.0m2 on the 125L and had a pretty good sail blasting across the harbour - over to the wall a couple of times. During this session the wind turned from Westerly to Northerly.
Sunday was a different story though - lashing it down with rain most of the day and strong northerlies - and cold! During one bright spell I rigged my 5.7m2 on the 98l which turned out to be the perfect combination - had a great sail. Unfortunately on Bank Holiday Monday it stayed Northerly and cold - it didnt tempt me out although we went over to Bramblebush and Andrew and Carl both went out

Diary for steve d at Weymouth on 28/05/07

Steve D at Hayling
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres

A wet and windy Bank Holiday Sunday as promised by the Weather Forecasters. A south-easterly wind meant it was on shore at Weymouth for a change with the occasional wavelets for added interest.

Great fun blasting the full width of the harbour but a bit lonely at first as several muddy campers were loath to brave the, at times, torrential rain and grey skies.

Had a blast down to the new Olympic sailing academy to get a cup of tea in the wet bar. Very nice and well worth a visit. Question- how come the boatpark car park at Weymouth can put on such crap fascilities at one of the UK's best sailing venues - beats me.

A good day in spite of the weather and one good thing - the roads were quiet for a change.


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