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Bramblebush 25-26 July 2015

Rigging at Bramblebush
Host Host: Gabi-PeteD
Date Date: 25/07/15
Venue Venue: Poole
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bramblebush 25-26 July 2015 (3)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
A weekend of two halves. Saturday sunny windless with fun on the beach and evening BBQ. Sunday wet n wild n wooly. Some of us managed to sail.

Last updated: 26/07/15 20:46 By: Andrew
Views: 1217

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 25/07/15

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

A very pleasant evening sail at Bramblebush Bay.

So it took me all day to get there. I knew the traffic would be bad, so took various cross-country routes, even stopping in at Hillhead mid-afternoon (no wind). Finally arriving at that famous pleasingly shaped bay around 5:30, to find that mosty people had already moved on to the campsite, just Yannis de-rigging.

But there was a tiny bit of wind, so rigged the big kit, expecting to blob around, but no, there was just enough for me, planing most of the time.

Ok, so not the most exciting sail, but a really nice evening sail.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 25/07/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

Apparently there was wind before I rigged up and there was definitely wind following my departure (as Andrew noted). However whilst I was out there the wind was patchier than an American quilt. Managed a bit of planing and some gybes (trying to dodge the boats) but overall an unremarkable sail.

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 26/07/15

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

A wild and manic sail in Poole Harbour (Sandbanks).

Sunday dawned wet wet wet. Most people wisely decided to call it a day. But Nigel and I had a look at Bramblebush - dead offshore, then the harbour/sandbanks - still dead offshore, now raining as well, then harbour/evening hill - cross shore but raing hard, yuk.

I waited and waited, finally the rain stopped and the wind came round a bit, so around 4pm rigged 5.5 and tried my luck at the harbour/sandbanks. A really odd sail, each run seemed to be a totally different direction as the wind switched SW-NW, gusty as hell with extra gusts caused by wind shadows. Then it all got just a bit too strong for 5.5. Ah well, at least I got out and it was fun in a way.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 26/07/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Left the camp site early in the morning and headed for the ferry. We stopped at Bramblebush to check the conditions but wind was off shore so we took the ferry and headed for the harbour. Although people were planing in the horizon. low tide was approaching so I decided against going out to avoid the long walk to sailable waters. We decided to visit the Sandbanks cafe for a snack before heading out and that's when the plans changed.

Whilst munching on a piece of banana cake I noticed people sailing on the Sandbanks side so I went out to check the conditions. I hadn't sailed in anything higher than 1m waves for years (if ever) so I had to pause and carefully consider my options. I spoke to a couple of guys rigging 4.2m and 4.5m and decided to have a go. Rigged my 4.7m and went out. Unfortunately by then both waves and wind had picked up even more, so my session focused more on staying in one piece instead of whatever wave sailing I could muster. I had to call it a day when it became impossible to sail the gusts and when I realised that most of the jumps I managed were of the catapult kind! It was a great experience though and I will start chasing the waves a lot more!

Added by Gabi-PeteD on 28/07/15

Kids having a great time

A great Saturday on the beach, 3 families: the Darcy's, Nuala and the crew along with Yannis and family.
Yannis of course having a good time on the water. Good to see Nigel with Zag the dog and Andrew taking the role of "Late Tate".
Good evening at the Primrose campsite (very nice), plenty of food, a little alcohol and a Bubble Extravaganza for the children, even the big ones (Nigel).
Alas Sunday was a wash out. Hey everyone had a good time

Last updated: 29/07/15 22:47 By: Gabi-PeteD


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