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Hayling Island 10-11 May

Carl at Hayling
Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 10/05/14
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Well, we got the wind pretty much as forecasted - but without the forecasted rain - which was a huge bonus! I got down the beach at 11.00ish Saturday morning, but despite the sunshine the conditions looked decidedly unfriendly. By midday though the shore dump was receding and I decided to rig - my smallest sail - 4.2sqm. I'm not sure that you can describe what followed as a sail - more of a mullering really! Still, both I and my kit survived so I put that down as a win! Jonathan coped rather better but even when he changed down to his 3.7sqm he was still finding it a battle. Various others, who shall go nameless, didn't get further that the comfort of their vans! Sunday dawned just as windy but due to the shore dump I left it until about mid-day to get down the beach only to find the sea was dead calm and no one was out! We all sat somewhat bemused and watched what would happen - but the answer was not a lot. After a while people started rigging up 5.5-6.0.sqm sails but were not doing a lot with them. But then it just started to build - and continued all afternoon. For those who could be bothered it was an afternoon of derigging and rerigging but I just stuck with my 5.7sqm - and got blown away!

Last updated: 12/05/14 23:55 By: Haylingmike
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Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 10/05/14

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres

I'm not normally a fan of 'survival' sailing - largely because it generally takes place in the middle of winter, in the rain with nobody else on the beach.
Today was different - warm water, loads of sun and good company on the beach. But make no mistake - it was survival sailing. Although the water state was a little lumpy, it was by no means bad. What made it 'survival' was the strength of the wind and the gustiness of it.
I started on my 4.7, after a few runs changed to 4.2 and then finally to my never-before-used 3.7. The 3.7 gave me a little more control but it was still planing straight off the beach and waterstarting out the back was still a challenge due to the sail just getting ripped out of my hands.
So all-in-all an interesting day. Not much to be done other than to hang on so not the most rewarding session: but at least there was no damage to self or kit...

Diary for BeachAddict at Christchurch on 10/05/14

Avon BEach
Avon Beach, 4.2 Day
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres

The forecast was for manic wind and heavy rain, fortunately the rain never came. It was just sunny, really windy, cross off and with a small swell coming through. 4.2m was really too big, but I left my smaller sails back in the shop waiting to be sold, stupid mistake, thought I wouldn't need them at this time of year.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 10/05/14

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:1 star rating
Board:98 litres

This was a matter of survival sailing if indeed you could call it sailing - F7 Gusting Gale Force 8! I rigged my smallest sail (my 4.2sqm) on my Free Wave 98 and got thoroughly mullered! Still I was host and someone had to set an example - not that many followed - they had more sense!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 11/05/14

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

After days/hours of sitting in the van, finally got on the water for a very enjoyable but short sail.

Yesterday (Saturday) was just manic, so spend the whole day sitting in various vans suppin tea, with John, Mike & Nick.

Today started off wild and woolly again. Then the wind dropped altogether, after a while it came back as a reasonabel F5. So went out and had a great time, but then the wind started building, and building, and building, so decided to calll it a day.

Diary for BeachAddict at Christchurch on 11/05/14

Avon BEach
Avon Beach, 4.2 Day
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Westerly wind and being too lazy to venture far meant it was harbour time. Most were out on 5.0's but I rigged bigger as it looked to be dropping. Big mistake as it just picked up so I ended up overpowered again. It was pretty choppy in the harbour and the wind was really funnelling down the back of the headland but I was getting more used to being overpowered all the time by now and even had a go at a few flat water loops in the river channel, without any success of course, but at least it gave the passing dog walkers something to laugh at.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 11/05/14

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

Well after yesterdays efforts it looked as if today was going to be a bit of a contrast - but looks can be deceptive! After the ballistic winds of Saturday and even Sunday morning they had all but disappeared by Sunday afternoon so I rigged my 5.7sqm and started of with it on my Free Diamond 70 (140L) but the wind was rapidly building again. Dropped on to my Freestyle Wave 98 which solved the problem for a bit but when it became too much I couldn't be bother rerigging so retired to the beach and a hot mug of tea!