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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Christchurch 9-10 August

Date Date: 09/08/14
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 10/08/14 21:39 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 09/08/14

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.6

Quite a nice sail in the sunshine. Wind a bit marginal after the first hour or so. Water still lovely and warm.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 09/08/14

After today, I can die happy
Rating:5 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:6.3

It was a repeat of last Saturday! Can it be possible to get two such perfect days a week apart?! It was WAY too much fun ripping accross the sun kissed water in beautiful, consistent wind and getting knackered because I made every transition. It was perfection. Sigh!

It was great to hook up with the full complement of the Rickmansworth Massif! Had a lovely post session cuppa in the sun with David and Hels Bels. We are out with Andy and Julie tonight. Hope we don't embarrass ourselves by falling asleep...!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 09/08/14

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Another excellent afternoon at Hayling.

Got out as soon as the tide dropped below the sandbar, and I think I got the best of the wind, with fairly strong SW. Then after an hour it went Southerly and a bit gusty, but stilll really nice.

Then joined Late Tate for a late afternoon sail, but the wind wasn't playing, so gave up after 10 minutes - big mistake, but I'd had a great afternoon.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 09/08/14

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:8.0

Didn't get down the beach until late - by design I have to say - having done all my chores to coincide with low tide! H B & A had all come off the water having had good sails but Clare was rigged and dithering as the wind had dropped. It was such a glorious afternoon that I decided to rig big and go and have a pootle. After 10 mins of being out there the wind picked cup and I had the most enjoyable hours blasting of the year :) I was a very happy bunny with a smile from ear to ear!

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 09/08/14

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:7.5

Nice onshore breeze. Had lots of fun sailing up and down the front.

Added by Robert W-S on 10/08/14

Sorry managed Saturday only! No energy left for Sunday, due to v. busy car park and need to park miles away in side streets and the long drag back due to fast receding water level. 6.5 then 8.0 then mud.

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 10/08/14

After today, I can die happy
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.0

We are Gladiators! We took on the tail end of Hurricane Bertha and although I wouldn't say we won, we survived and shall windsurf another day. I even enjoyed some bits of it; like when the sun came out and I was ripping across glittering waves. Other bits were character building, like being blown off the water (literally!), flung over the nose when water-starting and hit on the head. And getting downwind in 40 knots... Well, I did it and I am proud! It was, in equal measure, terrifying and exhilerating!

I think my kit would have been more appropriate for Mark, but it was the smallest I have. He overcooked it on a 5.2! The wind switched 90 degrees and went westerly. Ran into Ken on the shore and he said that it have caught out the guys at Avon. Apparently the lifeboat had to launch to rescue a kitesurfer.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 10/08/14

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:75 litres
Sail:4.7

A manic afternoon at Hayling.

I got out and had a few good runs, but that's about the best I can say for it. Wind was very up down, etc, and to be honest I was overpowered.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 10/08/14

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.0

Great To be on small kit but the sail was not as good as I had hoped. The waves / chop were all over the place which made sailing rather hard work. Still - good to be out in the sunshine.

Diary for Yannis at Whitstable on 10/08/14

Yannis
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

Did I just windsurf hurricane Bertha?!?! Unlikely, but the kids will be impressed.

You know the drill... you get on the beach, assess the situation, you hear the words 5.5m a couple of times and think 'I'm on the heavy side, so I will stick a 6m on'. How wrong was I?!? It was a 5m weather so I got a thorough battering, hoping it would drop like the forecast said (well, it did drop, 15 mins after I finished). At some point I threw my arms up in the air and begged the almighty, NO MORE GUSTS!

Despite my vertiginous speed and annoying, super-closely-timed chop, I did manage to do 2/3 of my gybes. Woohoo!



Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 10/08/14

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.0

Yes well... Hurricane Bertha eh? Arrived at the beach to find A, B, H and M all leaving the water, looking a bit tired. However, since I'd just driven down, seemed a pity not to go out, in the unusually sunny and very windy conditions. How many times do you get to sail in a F6-7 in the sun? Exactly...

Like H says, bangy super-chop, nascent swell, gusty - hard work! But I quite enjoyed it actually, just getting the hang of it when it seemed to pick up a load more, and since everyone else had left the water (this was about 7 pm), I decided discretion was the better part of valour (whatever that means) and retired for tea & cake, followed by fish and chips. A good session, in that a) I quite enjoyed it 8) nothing got broken c) always good to test yourself and learn in those conditions. Gybes? Almost made one. See? Need practice!

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 10/08/14

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:1 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:4.2

Well Saturday I used my biggest sail and Sunday I used my smallest - might have been something to do with Hurricane Bertha! Unfortunately during rigging my boom clamp snapped :( I cobbled a solution together and went out but neither the boom - nor the mast or myself were happy so as I was finding it all a bit of a struggle and not really enjoying it I decided to call it a day and put the kettle on - a much better idea! I enjoyed that. Still nice to be out in the sunshine as, despite Bertha, it was really very pleasant just sitting on the beach :)

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 10/08/14

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:82 litres
Sail:4.5

Very gusty which made things hard enough but the sea state was truly horrible with big chop appearing from all directions. Very hard work and not a great deal of fun.