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Bramblebush 16-17 August

Action on land & sea
15/06/13
Host Host: Clare D
Date Date: 16/08/14
Venue Venue: Poole
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 18/08/14 21:37 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 16/08/14

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:6.6

No wind first thing in the morning so went for a swim. Went back to the beach later and went out on 6.6m and 138l board. Did a few runs but was rather overpowered so switched to the 92l board. Still a bit overpowered but stuck with it and enjoyed it.

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 16/08/14

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:4.7

A manic sail at Lepe on 4.7

I was delayed leaving home and the traffic was awful, finallly got to the M27 and decided I'd had enough, so temporarily abandoned Bramblebush and headed to Lepe. Arrived to find people changing down from 5.5s.

Opted for the 4.7 and 99l. I considered the wave board but thought surely it wasn't that windy - it was! but it was high tide and the sea state was horrid. So after 45 minutes of fun but very challenging sailing I called it a day, along with most others there.

Interesting to see that Bramblebush and Hayling sailors were all on 6+, whereas I was overpowered on 4.7

Diary for BeachAddict at Poole on 16/08/14

Avon BEach
18/11/15
Avon Beach, 4.2 Day
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:6.2

Was a bit late leaving so had to endure a long ferry queue but fortunately, it wasn't windy so no stress and once we finally made it across we were just setting up for a day's lazing in the sun when the wind came up. Had a great afternoon in the flat waters of Bramblebush with good friends. Finally packed up at 7.00 and headed off to find the camp site.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 17/08/14

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.0

Had a great sail. Lots of people out including a number from OMWC.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 17/08/14

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

A lovely day. 5.3m on my freewave. Not sure whether it was the conditions or just the fact that I was nicely powered on my middle board - not the squirrelly freestyle board or the skittish quad. Wind a bit more northerly than forecast so made it a little gusty but good jumps were to be had out towards the sandbar. There was a torrential downpour mid session but the wind came back, albeit a bit more flakey and difficult to exploit the ramps near the beach as the tide came in.
Goes without saying that Bill and Heather were there: but also Audrey and Helen - felt like a reunion!

Diary for steve d at Poole on 17/08/14

THe Eiger
15/11/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.0

Arrived at Bramblebush by 10:30 on Sunday to find no one parked up and no one out. The sky was grey and uninviting and the wind gusting from the west. Decided on a 6mtr and wobbled out. The wind was up and down but did manage a few runs in the straps. That seemed to be the theme for the day - no matter what people rigged (when eventually the OMWC posse turned up ! ) you were either overpowered or underpowered.

Not the best session I've had at B'bush but good to see some old faces and at least the sun came out eventually, and the queue for the ferry wasn't too bad.

ps The last view I had of the bay as I boarded the ferry seemed to suggest that the wind had picked up as I left - typical !!!

Diary for Jackie at Weymouth on 17/08/14

After today, I can die happy
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:6.3

Classic day on the flat at Weymouth in a Westerly! Put on the GPS and clocked myself at 25.05kts; slightly slower than the boyz (Bernie 27.something and Mark 28.89) but quite pleasing on me fat board. I also invented a new manouevre. Went for a jibe and trampled all over my rails to come back upwind, so did a tack. I think I shall call it a Jack!

It was a bit grey when we got there and a few squalls came through, but when the sun came out, it was truly beautiful! It was hard work, though. My back is definitely feeling it.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 17/08/14

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:4.7

I had intended to go to Bramblebush, but the westerly wind, and sloth, found me driving to Hayling...
Nicely windy! Not too little, not too much. Some crazy people rigging 6m, but I went with 4.7 on a board I haven't used for a while, the 102l, which proved to be a good combo, I expect the 80l would have worked, but felt lazy. Went up towards the sandbar, and that was fun - as JL said, little jumpy wave-ettes which had just the right angle and height. Did that lots until hunger, thirst and hydraulic pressure forced me back to the beach. Made tea and distributed cake for H&B, then went for lunch, cricket, PC evaluation and then home for a roast cooked by camping kids. Hurrah. Nice.

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 17/08/14

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Another enjoyable sail at Bramblebush

Wind was very up and down and dead onshore. As usual could have been on smaller kit, but went for 130l and 6.6 and just hung on, great fun.

Yet another super weekend at Bramblebush, good fun and a great crowd.

Diary for BeachAddict at Poole on 17/08/14

Avon BEach
18/11/15
Avon Beach, 4.2 Day
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:6.2

Same kit different day, and even more friends to share it with. Probably could have rigged smaller as someone on 5.2m and 89l board was making Vulcans and grubbies right in front of me at one point, but then again he was a lot better sailor than me.

Diary for Yannis at Whitstable on 18/08/14

Yannis
Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.4

I have a master plan: to spend a few good sessions practising light-wind turns and sail control. And yesterday was the day I was going turn the master plan into action. Alas nature had different plans.

Low tide was very late, so I had to hit the water while the tide was still quite high, so the lumps of water hitting my non-planing board made the whole effort rather futile. And when the wind dropped I was left standing idle and blocking the romantic sunset numerous couples were trying to enjoy. I was booed off and headed home wishing I had rigged the 8.4m and enjoy some decent planing.

Nevertheless, it gets two stars as I did manage to pull off 1/3 of a heli tack!