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19/20 October

Date Date: 19/10/13
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 20/10/13 22:17 By: Andrew
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Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 19/10/13

Bill (1)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres

After a grisly morning of rain and gloom things started to improve early afternoon. At the beach the wind was light with everyone standing about waiting for something to happen. As is normal in these situations Heather was sent out as guinea pig. The signs weren't promising but as I followed the wind picked up and we had a really nice sail until we had to pack up to go to Heather's mum's.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 19/10/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Decided to head to the beach as the weather brightened up. Didn't look that promising but headed out anyway and was rewarded with a lovely sail. Good to see a number of familiar faces also heading on to the water.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 19/10/13

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

SO MUCH FUN! We did the 'Marginal, let's go fu'coffee' and it not only filled in after a short shower killed the wind, but the sun came out and it was about 15 degrees! NOt bad for October. Had to drop in the water to cool down!
It was springs, so a high high - the water was beautifully flat. The wind was quite southerly, so we were sailing towards The Run. We got a whistle from the quay when Mark, Bernie and I ripped in and did a formation carve gybe! Though I say so myself, we deserved it. :)
We had to work a bit, but were on the plane the whole time. It was great to catch up with Christchurch locals too.
Now just looking forward to tomorrow, which is supposed to be WINDIER! Woop Woop!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 19/10/13

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

Really nice late afternoon sail at Hayling.

Not alot of wind, but just enough to get going on my 6.6. Dead onshore, so just cruising for miles along the beach. Sunshine and mild, it felt like a summers day - until it started getting dark at 6pm.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 19/10/13

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

Popped down to the beach "just to have a look" and came back 5 hours later after having had a delightful sail! Started off with the obligatory cup of tea and lots of talking whilst waiting for the shore dump to drop - but after Heather obligingly filled the role of guinea pig and proved it to be planing conditions everyone soon followed suit. Andrew and I got out about 4.00pm and sailed into the sunset. I was on my 8.0 and needed every bit of it but it was just one of these lovely easy enjoyable sails :)

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 20/10/13

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres

Went down to Hayling on 'Tornado Sunday'. Hoped to sail off the front but I had to be home by 3pm and although the shorebreak wasn't massive, the wind was dead onshore so clearly getting out was going to be a bit of a challenge - hence everyone else had packed up and decamped to Esso Beach which is where I reluctantly headed as I am not a huge fan. I grabbed the last space in the road leading to the car park and before long windsurfers were parked the other side of the main road and beyond the garage - I've never seen it so busy.
The wind was very up and down however my freestyle board and 5.9m proved ideal and indeed completely changed my opinion of Esso Beach as it proved to be freestyle heaven. I have to say my efforts weren't rewarded by many successful moves however I cannot blame the conditions - miles of flat water and plenty of space, and very picturesque too...

Diary for Andrew at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 20/10/13

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

A good sail at Hillhead.

I looked at Hayling beach front (aka tornado alley) around 9:30, even then the tide looked too high, a quick look at Esso Beach, then on to Hillhead. Arrived at Hillhead in torential rain, then sat and watched as more showers came through, with very little wind. Finally around 4pm the rain cleared and the wind kicked in.

It was a very up/down afternoon. I spent quite a bit of time completely overpowered on 6.6 and big board, then it seemed that whenever I swapped to small kit the wind dropped. But overall it was a great afternoon. Sunny and very mild again.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 20/10/13

After today, I can die happy
Rating:1 star rating
Board:94 litres

"That was the worst sail I've had in 6 months." so said a fellow sailor and that pretty much summed up the consensus on the beach. We had all had high hopes for a repeat of yesterday but with more wind. There was certainly more wind than yesterday. Then there wasn't. Then there was...

Everyone was coming in and changing down. "I'm underpowered on a 5.6" "Overpowered on a 3.5" "Changing down from a 5.0" - ooooh the decisions. I opted for the 5.2 cranked down. I went out and had to land almost immediately to let off all the outhaul to get going! It was the antithesis of yesterday - huge gusts, massive lulls and horrible, messed up chop. And the rain... I had to sail with one eye shut and my chin tucked into my chest as the rain was so painful. The lulls were such fun on a small board in the chop. Still, I made all of my tacks, which bodes well for Hawaii. I thought I had forgotten how to sail a small board!

Mark nearly got swept out of The Run on a 102 (sinker for him - with not enough wind to get going.) Thankfully he managed to catch the last 2 feet of harbour wall and pull himself back in and up the slipway. The Run would normally just result in a walk of shame, but today, huge waves were crashing over into the car park. That would not have been pretty.

Mark changed up to the 110, then the rain started again. I ended up alongside a chap bogging along in a lull in the rain and asked him The Question; "This is fun, isn't it? Tell me it is." They say a good day on the water is better than a bad day at work. I was supposed to be at work for a training course that was cancelled. Even though it was horrible, I did prefer being on the water!

We had a look over on to the sea side of Hengistbury Head, which looked revolting (huge shore break onto the groynes and a complete lull inshore) and decided to call it a day. We sailed back in (well away from The Run!), de-rigged in the p***ing rain and soaked the van. Then we went and dripped in Helen and Bernie's motorhome over tea and a cake. Then the frikkin' sun came out! H&B had had the sense to go out and come straight back in again and have lunch, although they were toying with going out again, what with the sun making an appearance. We had to text them on the way back home "We're driving through what is coming your way..."

At least we didn't have a tornado like Hayling Island!

Diary for flyingspudd at Poole on 20/10/13

Waiting for the promised wind
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres

Busy down at the Harbour, lots of people made the effort as the forecast was looking good.
Didn't quite live up to the S/SW 20+knots forecast with lulls and heavy rain showers reducing visibility to about twenty feet - great when you're flat out!
Still enjoyed myself for a few hours until my fingers and lips went numb!
The water felt a lot colder this week... must be getting old.