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Weymouth Whit Weekend 24-26 May

Andrew in the harbour
Sunny Saturday in Portland Harbour (Andrew trying out a new trick in his freestyle repertoire, bouncing a ball on your head whilst sailing.)
Host Host: nuporter
Date Date: 24/05/14
Venue Venue: Weymouth
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 26/05/14 20:59 By: Andrew
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Diary for Andrew at Weymouth on 23/05/14

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

Arrived at Weymouth 5pm friday afternoon to find a perfect summers evening and just a little bit of wind. Too good an opportunity to miss, so went out on biggest kit.

Predictably the wind didn't stay for long but really enjoyable while it lasted.

Diary for BeachAddict at Christchurch on 25/05/14

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

A chilled out harbour blasting session in the sun.

Diary for Andrew at Weymouth on 25/05/14

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:130 litres

Absolutely classic Weymouth day. Great fun crusin across the harbour.
Best sail this year, good conditions and a great crowd.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 25/05/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Sunny day, nice breeze, bearable temperatures; Bramblebush delivered again.

I knew this would be the last chance to sail for the whole week so I tried to make the most out of it.


- Followed my list of golden gybing rules and hit a 95% success rate (I wish I had reviewed them before I hit the water at Marazion as well!).
- Finally managed to rig my 8.4m without breaking battens (read the manual!)
- After a great 2 hours of sailing I ended up stranded in the middle of the bay on low tide. Managed to come in by blending sailing with my weight at the front to lift the fin off the mud, waking on the mud, sinking in the mud and paddling.

Will be back on the 7th. Hoping for more sunny and breezy days!

Diary for jonathan at Lanzarote on 26/05/14

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:100 litres

So a somewhat overcast bank holiday in the harbour, it must be Weymouth right? No, Costa Teguise actually. 5.6 was perfect, could have been a little less actually. The funny thing about this place is every now and again an oversize wave comes through - not life threatening as they don't close out, but they certainly wake you up. Plenty of people out (including the Frans brothers) but plenty of room for everyone.
The nice thing about a point break such as here is you can play in the waves but then try a bit of freestyle at each end - without feeling you might get a stray wave on the head. Only downside was one big crash where I thought I had broken my finger - that's going to be bruised in the morning!

Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 26/05/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Saturday was pretty damp, not inspiring for first sail of the year, so wimped out. Nu & I met up with Andrew and Audrey at the Turks head in the evening for a meal, they had both arrived early enough on the Friday to get out for a nice evening sail in sunshine. Nu and I didn't, opting to travel late in the hope of avoiding the worst of the bank holiday/start of half term traffic.

Sunday looked the best forecast anyway, sunshine and around 18mph wind, so I like to think I was saving myself for that!

Sunday arrived and we had sun, and wind! Portland harbour wind site was reading 16-21knots, which I looked up, was force 5, and slightly unusual for Portland, side-off shore wind, so sailing out into harbour rather than racing the cars on the road for a change.

Equipment choice was tricky, largely due to a general lack of sailing over the past few years and not being so in tune with ability (lack of) and my own kit. Most were out with 6-6.5m on floaty ish boards, after a bit of indecision, I opted for the 95l and as this is a pretty much a sinker for me, I decided to go for a larger sail, as I could see people on & off the plane with their 6.5s. I also went for my smaller fin, 29cm, hoping for more control from the board as I expected to be fighting the rig in the gusts and didn't want to be fighting the board too.

As it turned out, the sail was perfect, hardly dropping off the plane and not being over powered in the gusts. The sea state was pretty mild too, even when away from the shore, so board control was not a problem either, the fear of pairing the 29cm with the 7.8m on the 95l in chop is one of spin out, but I could lean pretty heavy on the fin without in breaking away in those conditions, and even then it was easy to pull the board back under you, and I almost had to intentionally push the fin to spin out. So all in all, the kit selection was spot in for me.

Got round all gibes attempted, many on the plane which was a surprise after lack of sailing.

All in all perfect conditions for a rusty sailor.

Audrey and Andrew came over to Nuala's parents place on Sunday night and we all had a Chinese take away with was nice.

Forecast for the bank holiday Monday was poor, no wind and no sun. Sure enough, that is what happened and we didn't bother launching.

So two duff days and one perfect day, so good over all.

Added by Audrey on 27/05/14

Weymouth was at its best on Sunday - sun and wind - well worth the trip down! Also christened my new 6.5 on a lovely warm Friday evening.

Thanks again to Nuala, Laurence and family for the excellent hospitality. Audrey

Added by alison on 28/05/14

We miss you guys... and windsurfing. We have just got back from a week in Lesvos though, but there was onshore wind all week, which meant it was too rough for windsurfing and wakeboarding. Kev and I got out for about an hour each all week. Maybe we will come down to Calshot, not sure about windsurfing though.. Any tips for how to windsurf and camp with two 15 monthers in tow, who like to eat stones?!!