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Bramblebush, 27-28 July

Yannis on the gybe
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 27/07/13
Venue Venue: Poole
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bramblebush, 27-28 July (1)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 31/07/13 06:14 By: Andrew
Views: 1238

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 28/07/13

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

A really good session at Bramblebush Bay.

Looked promising when we arrived around 11am. Rigged up in gentle winds expecting it to be really strong and gusty in the middle - but it wasn't, so a very pleasant morning just cruising across the harbour.

Stopped for lunch, then went out to find !!?? About what I was expecting earlier, but much much stronger. Came in, had a general moan, then decided to get out there and enjoy it, blasting all the way to some distant corner of Poole harbour, often totalling overpowered, sometimes becalmed, but always good fun.

Saturday was a strange day for me, I did a really nice, but slightly dangerous coast path walk in the morning, sat around at BBB until the predicted rain arrived, which was horrid, so scuttled off to non-windsurfing friend for the evening.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 28/07/13

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:99 litres

Had quite a shock on getting to Hayling to find the car park and beach completely remodeled. Better for launching (no need to negotiate the steps) but not so much parking - which I guess will only be an issue on those windy summer days and for the NWF.

Was a bit ambitious trying my new 17inch freestyle fin with my 6.4m - but managed to sail in a straightish line most of the time. The wind was very flukey. I packed up when it seemed to have dropped right off and when it looked like rain, but of course then the wind picked up so I suspect I will be told I missed the best part of the day :(

Added by rogerta on 29/07/13

You missed the best part of the day...

Diary for johng at Poole on 28/07/13

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

I have to say that I am extremely glad that most people don't know about this location, because if they did, it would be packed!

Southerly wind, pretty gusty, started light, passed through windy, back to light. Rigged 6.5/116l and have a good time, then had my arms stretched a bit, so switched to 102l, then back to 116l when it fell off a bit. A lovely sunny day, indulging in a bit of harmless (armless?!) blasting and occasional mild competition with my fellow sailors. Then a bit of a wait for the ferry, an easy drive home, a pint at the local, some steak for tea... Loverly!

Diary for rogerta at Hayling Island on 28/07/13

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

Directly onshore so headed along to West Wittering for a bit of exploring. Major rip on the eastern end of Hayling meant I lost the wind and landed at western end of Witts. Coming back out was slightly more tricky as I struggled to make enough headway upwind so ended up landing right in front of HHSC. Had to walk around to the point - the rip just off HHSC was immense. Launched out between the HUGE boulders which are currently being dumped and headed back to Hayling beachfront to find everyone had packed up and gone home - it was sunny and F5 - what more do you need. Back to OMWC club house for a nice bottle of red and pizza's in the sun - what a great afternoon.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 28/07/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Oh happy days! It was a marginal-ish forecast and we had to get there very, very early to park, as it was 1. sunny and 2. the Lifeboat Fun Day. This added insult to injury to Mark, who had to sit out a classic, but was happy enough reading his book - or would have been if he could have found an inch of coast not populated by screeching infants!
Ran into Dudley and for the first hour or so, Helen, Dudley and I had the bay to ourselves! Naturally, I was the only one planing all the time (I keep telling them to treat themselves to a Firemove! It is only me who is not complaining that it has been a miserable year for wind - I have had more planing days than not!)
It was absolutely glorious and flat and I was really pleased with my gybes. I was given a verbal warning from The Boss for sacrificing a day off on Wednesday to do housework, but watching Dasher's 12 Step Gybe Program while doing the ironing did pay dividends. I bent my knees like I was 'kneeling down to pray for a good gybe'! Still nowhere near frickin' planing out though. Can't seem to sort out catching the boom on a broad reach.
Later, ran into fellow Dorset Diva accompanied by someone whom I thought looked strikingly like Andy 'Bubble' Chambers. There was a good reason for this, for it was indeed the Freestyle phenomenon, fresh from Fuerte. Maybe I should have asked him about catching my boom after a rig flip on a broad reach!

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 28/07/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

We were meant to drive down Saturday, but due to the nasty forecast we ended up leaving Sunday morning.

After a short stop at Poole Harbour Watersports to get myself a new winter wetsuit (when I bought my current one Princess Diana was still alive!) we arrived at Bramblebush to find the place generally deserted bar John, Andrew and a few more souls. Bramblebush delivered in its usual fashion: sunny spells, gusty off shore wind, chop. After struggling with sudden drops of wind between howling gusts, I spotted a bunch of sails continuously cruising up and down that small bay on the left so I headed there. Wise move as down there the wind was much more stable so I spend an hour blasting and gybing.

In the evening we headed to Corfe Castle camping site for our 3 day outing.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 29/07/13

Yannis on the gybe
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Officially the Bramblebush event had ended on the 29th, but we were still in the area, so I count this as another entry!

Being Monday, the only people sailing were a couple of pensioners, an Austrian ski instructor and myself.

Monday was a much more lively day than Sunday with stronger winds and decent size chop. I got my gear spot on first time around (I figured that if an osteoporotic septuagenarian can sail a 5.7m then a 6.4m should be perfect for me. And it was!). When it blew it rocked, but when it dropped it really sucked. My 95 lt board wasn't an easy one to keep afloat so in-between moments of planing ecstasy, there was a lot of cursing.

Another great day overall.

On Tuesday morning, Dorset waved us good bye with a massive downpour, so now I am drying a tent and 7 sails downstairs.


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