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Bramblebush 20-21 Aug 2016

Date Date: 20/08/16
Venue Venue: Poole
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
an excellent Bramblebush weekend. Not quite the weekend-away-in-the-sun that it was supposed to be, but a fantastic weekend all the same.

Saturday wind was off the scale, but bizarrely it was also blue sky, hot and sunny, find a sheltered spot and it was really pleasant. Yannis and myself (Andrew) got out on the water, but it was really really hard work. Also full marks to Eva and Lucas for getting out in 35 knots plus.

Saturday evening was fun, we managed to arrange vans to shelter us, then an excellent bbq for 6 adults and 5 kids.

Sunday was calmer than forecast. A great day at the beach with some gentle windsurfing.

Last updated: 22/08/16 08:25 By: Andrew
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Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 19/08/16

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:101 litres

Super evening sail at Hayling Island.

Manic dash to the beach through the friday night traffic thinking why??, then after 30 seconds on the water thinking - thats why.

Didn't get to the beach until 7pm, but conditions were perfect, nice steady wind and tide just starting to come in. The 5.8 was spot on. I managed to make my way up wind to my favourite patch, between the wave heads on the sand bar and the downbwind groove riders, perfect waves/swell evenly spaced with flat water in between.

Stopped when it started to get to dark. Quick de-rig, then on my way to Bramblebush.

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 20/08/16

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:1 star rating
Board:75 litres

Bramblebush Bay in F7+

Well I got out, and I got back in again and nothing broken, so I spose I acheived something. Not one of my better days. Wind was ferocious in the harbour, I started on 4.7 but that was way to much, changed down to 4.2 but that was still too much. Wind was also gusty (predictable in a harbour) and there was some horriible chop.

Others seemed to fair a bit better than me, but no one lasted long, by around 2pm there was no one on the water at all.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 20/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Whole family went down to Poole along with some non-windsurfing friends. Spent Friday night on Hayling but I didn't plan things properly and missed out on an early Saturday morning sail (people were out from 7am). Headed to Poole expecting wind in the teens as forecasted, but found gails in the deep twenties and beyond once we got there. Kids were first to hit the water on a 1.5m but the session was short due to the strong current pushing them against the barges. I went out on a 4.7m and despite the outlandish gusts it was not that bad for a while. There were hardly any holes, a refreshing experience after Fuerte's constant extreme ups and downs. Club presence was rather thin with only Andrew around. But in the evening we found David C and his sons at the campsite so the kids were busy playing until late. Our friend's VW's awning provided a handy shelter from the rain when the time came to cook and eat.

Diary for Nigel at Datchet Reservoir, Windsor on 21/08/16

Nigel & Buddy at Westward Ho!
Our dedicated hosts for the weekend.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

A Datchet day of surprises & humbugs forecast was for 16 mph sunny & warm. I arrived at lunchtime that seems to be the time of changes if they are going to happen & they did. 106 board & 7.0 m sail looked right then after 30 mins it just blew it socks off & me off the water, changed down to 6.0 m but left my 7.0 rigged tied down under my van, 20 mins later it dropped right off, 130 board & 7.0 m sail was perfect for the rest of the day.
A fun sail & met up with some of the regulars who were all saying should of been here yesterday!! Ok I bottled the 40mph wind forecast.

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 21/08/16

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres

Fun in the sun at Bramblebush.

Wind was a bit light, could have changed up but it was just great fun catching the gusts and having a nice gentle conrtrolled sail after yesterdays mayhem. Also good to be sailing with a few others.

Diary for Yannis at Poole on 21/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

On Sunday the wind dropped and changed to almost on-shore which made it kinda tricky to go out. Wind was very light at first so going heavily upwind was not an option. At some point I had a narrow escape after my sail scraped the nose of a moored sailboat towards the ferry-end of the beach. Soon enough the wind picked up though and I sailed out towards Brownsea were I managed about an hour's worth of planing in semi flat water. Frequent holes kept the frustration levels slightly close to the red. Sarah shot a great video of me not planing. Nice posture though!