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

Westward Ho! 24-26 August

Based at westward Ho! beach, just follow the signs for Northam Burrows. This is a fun place for windsurfing, surfing, speedsailing, sup's mounting bikes, & dune surfing. We will be staying at Knapp House campsite just out side of Appledore, last time we were there they were installing a new shower & toilet block so I expect the fees to increase, no need to book, just turn up.
Some of us often stay on for a few extra days.

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Host Host: Nigel
Date Date: 24/08/13
Venue Venue: North Devon
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Westward Ho! 24-26 August (4)
Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating

It was time to blow the cobwebs off from the surfboards as we had 3 foot waves gently breaking in the hot sunshine, blue skies ,warm Atlantic Ocean and light winds. Chris, Kerry and Sam L. , George Chris and Maggie F. , and myself all had a good day playing in the surf . Chris M. decided to go speedsailing and was persuaded to lend his speedsail out to Pete D. , this was going well for a while until Pete lost control at speed just before the rocks on the beach side of the car park, after travelling broadside through a puddle of water he then got flipped and catapulted landing on his back on the rocks. There is no harder place to land in the two square mile stretch of the beach ! As Pete didnt move much people started to gather around including Gabbie his wife , who promptly told him off for hanging on to the car keys for too long . So much for sympathy from the missus Pete ! Although bruised Pete had a lucky escape with no serious injury. The evening was spent chilling out drinking round the fire and eating heated marsh mallows . We also had a toast to Alan Cornish.


Conditions were very much the same, most people took to the waves for a surf , Chris M. was back on his speedsail , Yannis , Sarah and family , Pete Gabbie and family went to Instow hoping for a chance of a sail but it wasn`t to be, this was followed by another evening spent around the fire having a good chin wag.


A number of people went off on cycle rides , a few were recovering , Chris M. Chris L. and George tried out a pump up canoe on the river , Yannis took his children for a surfing lesson.

Another splendid weekend in the West Country was had by all with plenty to do and good company. Thanks to everyone who made the journey, ( it seems to be getting further away as I get older ! )

Those of you who have known me host this event with my faithful dog Buddy, who has been with me for the last 15 years , died of old age shortly before the weekend. He had a great life and loved meeting everyone.


Last updated: 02/09/13 14:04 By: Andrew
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Diary for Andrew at Cornwall on 25/08/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:101 litres

A very brief sail at Daymer Bay. Nice while it lasted, but the wind died about 15 minutes after we got out - shouldn't have spent so long dithering/eating pasties/checking forecasts.

Added by Yannis on 31/08/13

Mili, Eva and Lucas
Sunset in Instow

First of all, there was no windsurfing! What I didn't know then, but I know now (thank you Nigel!) is that to windsurf on Westward Ho! or Appledore numerous cosmic forces have to be in alignment. Alas, last weekend they were not.

We did however have an amazing time with the D'Arcys, Chris, Nigel and "gate-crusher" George. This involved:

- Body boarding (kids loved it!)
- Speed sailing (Peter's lower spine needed re-alignment after a dive)
- Camp fires (thank you Chris for the fire bowl)
- Canoeing with the kids down river Torridge (thank you George for the inflatable canoe)
- Walks, kite flying, etc. etc.

It was our first time in Westward Ho!, but we shall be returning next year!

And the most important thing of all is that Sarah said in many occasions "we have to get a campervan"!

This was our last group outing with the club this year. I plan to carry on sailing, but it is likely to be in North Kent. If I head south at all I will drop a note.

Also, if anyone is heading to the Motorhome and Caravan show in Birmingham in October give me a shout.


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