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Bramblebush 11/12 August

Ah, Bramblebush!!
A lovely sunny day - can't wait to get out, even if there isn't a lot of wind...
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 11/08/07
Venue Venue: Poole
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Somehow this place reminds me of the Caribbean, maybe it's the sand and blue water :) and the bohemian atmosphere parked by the road, with the strange coaches and camper homes. And of course the ramshackle houseboats...

The plan was:

- Roll up at a sensible time on Sat
Er, not even close - I got there about 1, to find the road totally parked up

- Have lots of fun sailing
Er again... not a breath, went to Kimmeridge with Beth, Michael and girls, had a great time but no sailing; others not so fortunate, especially Kathy De B who arrived late and went to the pub... and nobody there

- Head for Swanage for fish and chips
Result!! At least this happened, albeit disturbed by raucous covers band

- Drinks at the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers
Where Chris Martin jumped on a dangerously self-involved lady, thereby saving us from hours of suffering - cheers Chris!

- Repeat Sunday if possible
Ah yes!! Back to Bramblebush, wind came up, 6.5m on 102, Adam and Andrew and I planed across idyllic blue water in crisp sunshine from a sandy beach, stopped only by a raincloud

And so home...

Thanks to all who turned up, Mark + Jude, Robert and Nadia, Michael and Beth, Andrew, Adam, Chris M and of course Kathy De B, who got to Bramblebush late, went straight to the pub, found nobody, went home? Sorry Kathy, phone reception pants, got all your messages, hope you got mine! Better luck next event, please don't be discouraged, herding cats is easier!

If you get this as an email, then Andrew's cunning "Notify" feature works. Enjoy, and wish you were there!

Last updated: 12/08/07 21:03 By: johng
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Diary for johng at Poole on 11/08/07

Bramblebush runs
Bird's-eye view of Poole harbour and Bramblebush, with a couple of runs recorded on GPS superimposed - note final squiggly bit where wind dropped, I fell in, splashed about and finally blobbed back...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

Sat pants for sailing, went swimming, and much impressed by Beth and Michael's energetic trips to the buoys.
Sun, got to Bramblebush 10-ish, played guitar until wind came up. Beautiful classic Bramblebush session in easy 6.5 weather, sunny, people on the beach on Brownsea watching my occasionally successful gybes - lovely!

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 11/08/07

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

A pleasant morning doing sail repairs, then the wind came up and we had a classic Bramblebush day, with long runs across to Brownsea Island in glorious sunshine. As John says, a classic 6.5 day, shame I was on 8.0, but it was still great fun.

Diary for kdebeer at Poole on 11/08/07

Rating:2 star rating
Board:0 litres

Hmmm. Weekend spent in failed search for elusive OMWC species. Still, I had an interesting time driving around the Purbecks and watching shooting stars on Sat night.
I (curiously?) failed to find OMWC for a third time midday Sunday at Bramblebush, and finally picked up a message from John at about 5pm when I was back home!