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Hayling Island 2-3 August

Ah Hayling!
Date Date: 02/08/14
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Hayling Island 2-3 August (1)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Another excellent summer weekend at Hayling. Summer 2014 just gets better and better. Huge thanks to Heather and Bill for stand in hosts, another super bbq.

Saturday was sunny and windy, Jonathan & Lawro had a great sail before anyone else arrived. The rest of OMWC crowd all took the Late Tate challenge, arriving mid afternoon, just as wind dropped and high tide made sailing difficult. But the wind picked up again and one by one we all got out there and had a great time (except Late Tate who was even later).

Saturday evening and a few of us went round to Bill and Heather for a great bbq and entertaining evening, oh, and lots and lots of wine.

Sunday was another super sunny day, with wind as well. Most of us got there early, while the tide was still low, so an excellent days sailing

Lateness awards go to:
- Bill, for forgetting to light the bbq. Still, it was worth the wait
- Steve, for sleeping on the beach, leading us all to believe he'd been swept out to sea
- Yannis, for coming off the water at 9pm and de-rigging in the dark
- Late Tate, of course

Last updated: 03/08/14 21:14 By: Andrew
Views: 984

Diary for 1awro at Hayling Island on 02/08/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:180 litres

In water at mid tide strong onshore gusts and chop. found it tricky getting going in the waves. Bigger sail may have helped me water start.. Nice chat to Andrew and Jonathan. sorry to miss you Yannis - home duties were calling!

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 02/08/14

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:99 litres

My first time out for 2 months and it turned put to be a funny old sail. Not been on my 6.4 since last year so a bit of faffing with that. Then a new harness that I didn't manage to tighten properly - which was a bit of a shame because the first hour or so was well powered, I was never off the plane. However just before the rest of the gang arrived it dropped off meaning Roger was fine on his 7.5 but I was struggling. Still, at least the sun came out... Eventually. Unbelievable to see Hayling so quiet on a sunny, windy(ish) weekend in August...

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 02/08/14

After today, I can die happy
Rating:5 star rating
Board:102 litres

SW 14-20kt

Scored an EPIC session - and I can't believe that we nearly didn't go! We were diverted for 3 hours by a friend in need and then ordering my new bike, but decided at 3 o'clock that we could sneak one in before we went to a photographic talk by David Bailey.

Full sun, warm water, properly powered up (Mark was quite glad that he decided to take the 7.0 instead of the 8.5. The other Mark was hanging on rather on a 7.8, having insisted that it wasn't really that windy!) At 6pm, I wasn't even cold in my shortie!

I made nearly every gybe and every tack, which I was pleased with as it was first time in ages on something that feels quite small after the 110. I was howling like a banshee at the exhileration!

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 02/08/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Lovely sail for a couple of hours then got rather overpowered. Went out again as the tide dropped and had another really nice sail. Good to see lots of omwc people around.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 02/08/14

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

High tide and not much wind when I arrived, so decided to sit it out, under the pretence that it would be much better later. By around 5:30 I realised I might be the only one not to get a sail, so went out on big kit - to find the wind had indeed picked up. Massively overpowered and high tide swell made it a horrid sail. But then sat on the beach until around 7pm and yes it did get much better, so had a really nice evening sail.

Diary for Yannis at Hayling Island on 02/08/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

What a day!

- Drove down in the rain, with Sarah giving me 'that' look.
- Kids windsurfing lesson at Wittering
- Arrived on Hayling beach at 2:30
- Discovered that kids favourite rocks have been completely covered by shingle
- Went out but wind was on and off
- Said hello to the club crowd, played with the kids, etc.
- Later on went out again and this time things were better. More stable wind and the water got less lumpy
- Drove mother and kids to the camping site
- Returned to the beach at 8pm
- Clocked another hour of picturesque windsurfing, first during sunset and then under the moonlight. There is something metaphysical about sailing in the dusk. Makes you feel connected with the universe. Anyhow...
- Returned to the camp site after 10pm
- Neighbouring drunks stopped yelling at about midnight when things got quiet and we got some much needed sleep.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Morning sail was lovely in the sunshine despite feeling a bit jaded from the night before. Went out again closer to high tide but wind was a bit more up and down at that point - so came back in after a few runs and went for a swim. Lovely day on the beach.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

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

Got to the beach early (for me) out on the water by 11pm and had a really really nice sail, just summer crusin. Wind was up and down a bit, but good fun. A great sail but a bit short, which had nothing to do with a hangover, honest.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

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

Didn't get down to the beach until mid-afternoon (nothing to do with a hangover following H&B's BBQ the night before honest) which meant it was pretty close on high tide, but following everyone's advice rigged my 8.0 sqm and had a great sail - a bit overpowered in the gusts and a bit underpowered in the lulls but a pretty good compromise. What a glorious day!

Diary for Yannis at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

One of those days when after you are the only one in the sea not planing you realise that you are the wrong weight, your board is the wrong volume and your sail is the wrong size.

Basically, throughout the day I went out 4 times, but only during the last run the wind picked up enough to lift my sorry ass off the water.

I could't up-size to my 8.4m and kick some butt because after 15 years of loyal service my large, 1990s boom broke and I was left without a large sail.

Anyhow, lovely day, saw everyone from the club, kids had a great time and everyone got home happy.

Diary for Bill_W at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:158 litres

Great day, learning beach starts. Nice calm water with the sand bar acting as a break. Later in the day the wind eased down, to disappoint most kite sailors, but just fine for me :)

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 03/08/14

After today, I can die happy
Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres

Dragged our aching bones out of bed after dinner at 22.30 because we only got home in time to have a quick shower last night before going to see a wildlife photography thing by David Bailey.

Had a SUPERLATIVE big breakfast in the sunshine at George's. What a way to set up for some strenuous sailing! Met up with Mr C, Ian and Weedy and had a great sail! I tried the 102 but couldn't quite get going (maybe it was the breakfast!), so changed to 110 and was FLYING! Mr C was on a 6, so it would have been a worry if I wasn't...! Mark was on an 8.5 and at one point, I was worried about him as he was too exhausted to waterstart. There were some quite big waves and he managed to 1. jump 2. tombstone 3. catapult! It was really fun riding the troughs, but b****** hard work! Even caught the sun with high factor on.

After 3 days on the trot of sailing, I feel like I have been bulldozed...

Monday at work, checked the forecast and it was 3mph. Relief!

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

Hey, I made it to an event! More of the same as Friday really, but maybe not such hard work. All good.


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