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16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

Lepe changed to Hayling, 3-4 August

`new beach at Hayling!
31/03/12
Beach defences removed at Hayling, no more climbing down the steps with your kit!!
Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 03/08/13
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Lepe changed to Hayling, 3-4 August (3)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Well, after what looked as if it might have been shaping up for a pretty disastrous weekend, when my van was off the road mid week, it turned out to be excellent. Firstly the garage fixed the van and then we had some great conditions! .....

The high tide mid-day Saturday looked pretty lumpy so we sat it out but it soon settled down into pretty epic conditions. Great fun was had by all - well most anyhow!

We went to the Yew Tree Saturday night but they were so busy they couldn't serve us so we went to Spice Island, where Heather and Bill joined us on their return from their coast to coast bike expedition. Spice Island does some great food - I can thoroughly recommend it!

I for one - and I'm sure I wasn't alone - was feeling a little delicate Sunday morning so I got down the beach a couple of hours after high tide where the usual debate of what to rig was in progress. The wind was a notch or two lighter than Saturday and it had swung around to straight in shore. We got out and had a good blast for an hour or so before the wind dropped and it clouded over - signalling time to pack up and go home. Still, we had a good dozen or so members out over the weekend - we just need some more like that please!

Mike

Last updated: 05/08/13 07:40 By: Andrew
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Diary for Jackie at Poole on 03/08/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:6.3

A beautiful, sunny, early morning session, sneaked in before Grainne's 40th up in Ealing this afternoon. I was on the water by 9.30 and had the harbour more or less to myself. It was beautiful.
The wind was light and I had to work to keep planing, but I don't think I had a non-planing reach. I was very pleased with my gybes.
I did 2h on the water and was amazed that David, Bob and Spiky Dave, whom I had been chatting to while I was rigging, were still not out on the water when I came in!!!
Mind you, the wind was filling in, and with the sun out, it had the makings of a classic!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 03/08/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres
Sail:6.6

Super session at Hayling. Nice bit of swell and just enough wind for my 6.6 and FSW

Diary for Yannis at Whitstable on 03/08/13

Yannis
Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

True English summer day yesterday. Sunny, low 20s and a SW breeze that lasted all day - but went up and down like a roller-coaster!

Started on my free-ride board and a 7.5m which was the wrong choice as it was too choppy and the wind picked up quite quickly. Came in, played with the kids for a bit and then went back out on my 95lt and a 6.0m but after a splendid round the wind dropped. Good thing I left the other kit on the beach ready to go so in 10 minutes I was back out and this time the sea was flat and the 7.5m was the perfect choice.

Alas, there was trouble ahead. I rigged my long boom with the long lines, but forgot to use my seat harness and went for my waist one. Surely, after a while my lower back started to feel twisted like a Twister (the ice lolly). I swapped harnesses and finally, the rest of the afternoon was as good as it could get.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 03/08/13

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:7.4

Got down the beach at high tide with it looking pretty lumpy and with quite a shore dump - so put the kettle on! Two hours later it was flattening off and looking pretty good so rigged my 7.4 and had several hours of great sailing, broken by a break for lunch. Best sail for a couple of years - not that that is saying a lot.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 03/08/13

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.5

A single hour - that was all I had after a day full of things like breakfast with the shortly to depart g-kids, and curtailed by a long-planned dinner with friends. But that was all it took - sunny, windy, what's not to like? Maybe I'm easily pleased, but then I'm immensely grateful for that, because it means I'm often happy!

Drove past the phalanx of OMWC vans in the Hayling car park, and parked up at the far end. With only a little time, regretfully I was forced to skip the usual pleasantries - I wasted no time and rigged the 102/5.5 combination, not forgetting to renew the duct tape on the nose, to stop it falling open and catching on the beach - must get that fixed one of these days. No regrets, just headed out into the sunny windiness, grinning from ear to 'ere.

45 minutes later, the wind was dropping, which was a Good Thing really - if it had kept up for another hour I'd still have been there, and... As luck would have it, after packing up in record quick time, my friend called while I was driving home and we agreed a later time for dinner - not sure how I felt about that - wind/no wind, dinner/no dinner, how life turns out, as one least expects. Great, though :)

Diary for rogerta at The Witterings and Bracklesham on 03/08/13

Classic Bracklesham
03/08/13
Sunny, cross-on, small waves - classic Brackers
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.3

Started the day off at Bracklesham. It was a beautiful sunny and windy day. Classic Bracklesham conditions. Small waves, lots of white water and plenty of small faces to hit - thats waves, not kids! Plenty of surfers out enjoying the high tide beach break just in front of the car park which always throws up a wave even in summer.

Diary for rogerta at Hayling Island on 03/08/13

Sunny Hayling afternoon
03/08/13
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:7.6

Since the tide was heading out, decided to pack up and head to Hayling for low tide. Played around the bouys that the racers we using and then getting bored of that, headed up the the end of the sand bar and found a tiny patch of sand with water all around and just chilled for a while before heading back downwind to the beach - a great day rounded off with beers on the beach and shooting the breeze.

Steve, Yannis has sussed the benefits of seat harness as well:

"Alas, there was trouble ahead. I rigged my long boom with the long lines, but forgot to use my seat harness and went for my waist one. Surely, after a while my lower back started to feel twisted like a Twister (the ice lolly). I swapped harnesses and finally, the rest of the afternoon was as good as it could get. "

I thought it was me just getting old, but glad some one else is suffering sailing big sails with a waist harness.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 04/08/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:5 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:6.3

About as much fun as it is possible to have on a board on the water! It was worth the 7am start after a 2am finish and drive back from Ealing last night.
There was a little more than the 14-17mph forecast and I had to add some outhaul to keep in control and my arse was about 6" from the water, but it was perfect burn and turn, ripping along with 100% hit rate on tacks and some very nice gybes, if I do say so myself! Nearly planed out of one, but need to work on the starboard side. I seem to pull the sail back on to myself, but suspect that this is because I am coming too far back into wind.
I had to come in as I was completely shattered, but I think I only wasted about half an hour of water.
It was lovely then chilling out watching some good bands at Mudeford Arts Festival with Graham and Elaine.
An absolute classic but I am GUTTED that Mark had to sit this one out.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 04/08/13

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.6

What a pleasure to be back on the water. Planing most of the time and as the wind dropped Jonathan encouraged me to sail switch stance for a change. Managed it after a few false starts! Good to see other omwc people out.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 04/08/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Another day at Hayling, fun in the sun.

Totally different to yesterday, wind was light and dead on shore, water was dead flat. Just about planing for an hour, then the wind dropped a bit. Fun while it lasted.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 04/08/13

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.4

Not as windy as I had hoped for but nice to get out in the sun and meet up with quite a few people. Decided to go out on the Skate rather than Jane's board, possibly not the greatest decision but good tacking practice all the same

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 04/08/13

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:7.4

After Saturdays experience I didn't get down to the beach until a couple of hours after high tide. As per the forecast it was a couple of notches off Saturdays wind strength but it had also swung around to dead on shore. I rigged the same kit as Saturday and had a most enjoyable half an hour or so before the wind dropped. Hung around for a while to see if it was going to pick up again. I've given this a "Good" rating not so much for the sail itself as for the general chilled relaxing pleasant afternoon.

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