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Hayling Island, 26-27 October

Avon
Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 26/10/13
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Hayling Island, 26-27 October (17)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
We were down the beach mid morning Saturday - Andrew and I decided to rig whilst Nick decided to go home! John soon joined us - all rigging 5.5ish. John and Andrew were soon back in rigging down whilst I changed down boards and had an OK sail - challenging is perhaps a good description. After several hours of post sail chewing the cud in my van we retired to The Yew Tree where Clare joined us for the evening. Sunday was a gear more challenging and whilst Mike P and John were having a good session Andrew contented himself with ticking the box whilst Steve G and I contented ourselves with watching!

Last updated: 27/10/13 20:21 By: Haylingmike
Views: 1858

Diary for rogerta at Christchurch on 26/10/13

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:4 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:5.5

Great day down at Avon. Took my RRD Quad out for its first run and had my RRD single along for some compare and contrast. The single is 80 and the quad is 83.
Things I like about Quads
1. Ability to stay connected with the wave and carve really tight turns without losing speed - singles tend to outrun the wave
2. Incredible upwind ability when you play about with the fin configuration
3. Doesn't get banged about by chop as its much more bedded into the water - singles sit higher and therefore get slapped much more by the chop

Things I don't like about Quads
1. Planted feel when blasting - single fins are soooo much better (and exciting) when sailing out through the break, more lively and you can get air far easier
2. Miss that feeling of driving off the fin - you cannot sail a quad like a single or you'll end up going backwards
3. The fact you have to faff about with FOUR fins when you want to change the setup - you do need to change the fin setup to get the best out of the board in any given set of conditions

Conclusion
Maybe I'm just too old skool but there is a lot of hype about multi fins which I'm not convinced is warranted. Singles definitely have a lot of advantages. If you lived in Cornwall, or go on expeditions every time there is a hint of swell, fine, quads would make sense. If you sail bump and jump mainly, there is a lot to be said for singles. That said, I'm keeping both!

Added by Genevieve on 28/10/13

Hi dude nothing compared to wave like down under see seabreeze SA look like a bit of wind the next few days talk to soon
Juanito
Down Under

Added by rogerta on 28/10/13

Hey dude, good to hear from you. Hope you are all well. Where are your photo's?

Added by Genevieve on 28/10/13

Send you soon no computer at home yet will try and get Gen to put some on.all ok here miss you all

Added by rogerta on 28/10/13

The south coast may not have got the full impact of the swell but check these piccies out of elsewhere in western Europe magicseaweed.com/news/The-Big-Numbers-from-the-Eur

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 26/10/13

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.7

Arrived at Hayling to find Mike T and Andrew already there, along with 000s of other windsurfers - the place was rammed!! TBH, I was probably a bit late in respect of tide and so on, but hey. Rigged a 5.5 initially, but after one run decided it was ridiculous and rigged the 4.7 instead. Result. Whizzed up wind to the wavey bit, caught some waves, got shouted at by a shouty wave owner, a learning experience if nothing else. Came ashore at one point and met Stevie G on a walk. Stopped when I got tired of the bangy chop concealing the swell. Had tea and cake with M & A, ended up staying over for pub food and beer. Marv.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 26/10/13

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:5.7

Started off on my AHD Freestyle 70 and my 5.7 but it was just too bumpy. Switched down to my JP 98 Free Style Wave and had a pretty good sail. Trouble was it was pretty up and down - and in the lulls I needed the bigger board - but not in the gusts! You couldn't win really so didn't spend more than a couple of hours out and then retired to my van where Andrew and John came and joined me :)

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 26/10/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:1 star rating
Board:101 litres
Sail:5.5

Not the best of sails. I had a few good runs on my 101 and 5.5, but I felt way overpowered, came in, change down, generally faffed around for far too long, the looked at the shorebreak - and thought - no. Still, at least I got out.

Spend most of the day sitting in Mike T van supping tea and watching the action, very pleasant.

Diary for flyingspudd at Poole on 26/10/13

Poole Harbour
26/10/13
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.4

Got down to the Harbour nice and early on Saturday morning.
It was going to get windy... Right?
There was a storm coming in from the West.
Things started slow, not a windy as I hoped with my 5.4 just about getting me going.
Picked up a bit after a while and got a few runs in... in between the torrents of rain.
Wind seemed to come and go after that so headed home about 2ish.
Never really got that windy.
On a plus the water was warmer this week for some reason.

Couldn't make Sunday...or should that be BIG Sunday?
From what I hear it was Ballistic!

Diary for Yannis at Whitstable on 27/10/13

Yannis
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

I gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
and gybed
etc. etc.

Next task, learn tacking!


Added by Lawrence on 28/10/13

that sounds great Yanis.......bet you are glad you didn't drive all the way down to the south coast to sample the challenging conditions we faced, having read everyones diaries that went out at Hayling yesterday........I'm assuming you didn't have such a confused sea state off Whitstable or winds going from 35 knots to 50knots in the gusts.

Added by Yannis on 28/10/13

Indeed. None of the hullabaloo I read in Sunday's reports.

It was typical Whitstable cross-shore breeze. My (new) anemometer showed 20-22 mph with gusts up to 30. I hit the water at low tide so only had to cope with minor chop. My (also new) winter wetsuit over-delivered as I pretty much boiled for two hours. Biggest challenge for the morning was not to wee in the new suit. It was tough, but I did it!

Still, I really wanted to sail on Hayling on Sunday. Haven't been out on anything smaller than a 4.5m for years and years. But unfortunately we had some family stuff going on so I couldn't disappear.



Diary for Lawrence at Hayling Island on 27/10/13

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:3.75

Arrived at Hayling seafront around midday. Drove around car park looking for OM'ers, didn't recognise any vans.

Decided to rig up at the far end - wow the beach has changed, that is so much better!!! No sea wall & rocks to battle with, just a sloping beach into the sea! Top marks, I used to hate that bit about Hayling.

Well, I decided to put the 3.75m up that I purchased several years ago now for 'emergency use' - think this might have been its first outing.

Anyway, the tide had started coming up well by now, most sailers were coming of the water. There was a bit of a swell, but large confused chop overlaid the swell, it made sailing hard, certainly for someone like me who can count the number of times he's been out over the past 3 years on the fingers of two hands. Boy, do I need a big red 'L' on my sail now ;)

Wind was up & down, one minute I was off the plane, next I was just about holding onto the sail. Coming off the plane in the lulls when the gusts were so strong was not much fun really.

After only a few runs, & with only one other sailor out, I decided to call it a day, I didn't feel comfy. I did manage to get around on one carve gybe, not the prettiest carve gybe, but I stayed on the board at least! I packe dup around 2.30

Got home & checked Chimet. Between 12.30 to 2.30 the average wind strength was mostly around 35 knots, one gust hit 50 knots, with a number of gusts exceeding 45 knots. The gust average was probably around 45 knots. This info might come in useful later on to me when deciding what sail to use. The 3.75m was probably the right sail for me to be on today I think.



Added by Andrew on 27/10/13

Hi Lawrence, sorry we missed you. We had all sailed and gone by the time you arrived - basically because we had exactly the same experience yesterday!!

Added by Lawrence on 27/10/13

No worries Andrew - I figured that the wise ones had arrived early & left early before the tide started coming up. I was later than I wanted to be, but at least I got wet!

Diary for rogerta at Christchurch on 27/10/13

Avon
27/10/13
Rating:2 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:4.0

No messing about today, straight out on the quad. It was windy windy windy. Felt more like a fight than a sail. Some of the gusts coming through were wiping out the entire contingent who were out. Swell built during the day and by the time I packed up there were some really nice swell lines appearing stretching down towards Highcliffe.

Diary for Bill at fuerteventura on 27/10/13

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:106 litres
Sail:6.1

Heathers first day and she brought the wind! Lovely sunshine and a good north easterly although slightly gusty if I'm going to be really picky. Lovely swells out in the channel to play on. A great sail.

Added by Lawrence on 28/10/13

ahhhhh - that is why you were not in on Sunday - I popped in to say a quick 'hi' as I left Hayling after a 'tick the box - I got wet' sail in the challenging conditions here that you are missing.

Added by Bill on 29/10/13

Sorry to have missed you but it's 25degs and sunny here with a nice cross shore 21mph. Not a bad option!

Diary for Heather at fuerteventura on 27/10/13

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:96 litres
Sail:5.7

It is a long time since I've had a sail out in the channel from Corralejo Bay and I'd forgotten how beautiful the water is - most definitely azure blue. Stunning plus good wind and nice swells topped off with only needing to wear a shorty. Can't be bad. I really loved the board I was given too - Tabou 96 3Style or something like that - really easy to get planing, pretty quick and easily manoeuvrable. Loved it.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 27/10/13

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.0

The big advantage of sleeping over in the pub car park is being able to be on the case early, especially when the clocks just went back. The rain on the van roof wasn't even too noisy...

So it was bright and early that, fortified by a bowl of Andrew's muesli, I headed out into the scrum, along with Mikey P and Andrew. It was quite nice to be using the 4.0 in the conditions, it did really well for a 9yr old sail, it's usually much hairier when I switch to it, so it gets associated with trying experiences, never a good thing. Caught some waves, almost down the line at Hayling with the wind more westerly than Sat, clever how those waves curve around. Stopped when I couldn't think fast enough any more, just after a mega-squall pinned lots of people on the beach!

Good day - nice to see Mike P. A total result of a weekend. Might treat myself to another board.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 27/10/13

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:1 star rating
Board:75 litres
Sail:4.2

After yesterdays experience we decided to get out early. Wind was much stronger, but it was a glorious sunny morning.

Managed about 4 runs today, but I just didn't feel comfortable. Wind was incredibly up and down. Decided to quit before soemthing went wrong.

So, two days sailing where I just about 'ticked the box'. Maybe I'll re-read this on a cold winters night and think 'should have made more effort', but I'm concious of the fact that I haven't had an accident since 2008 - an all time record for me - and I'd like to keep it that way.

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