Rhosneigr 19th to 25th September 2007
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Wednesday: I arrived before everyone else, to find strong winds, logo high waves and alot of people on the water. I had a great sail, slightly overpowerd on 5.5
Thursday: Wind had dropped slightly and swell was much smaller, a good session.
Friday: No wind
Saturday: Adam and John had a good sail, joined by Carl for a late afternoon session.
Sunday: A great day, windy and sunny, we all had a good days sailing. Big smiles all round.
Monday: Very windy, with huge swell and breaking waves out across the whole bay. Adam had a good sail on 5m, very impressive to watch.
Tuesday: Still windy, but it had swung round to the North. We attempted a sail but it was gusty and unpleasant, so we packed up after an hour. We decided to check out Benlech on the north coast, again Adam sailed while we watched.
North Wales is very popular for walking. We managed a few good walks. We climbed Snowdon on Saturday, the weather wasn't great (mist and rain) and it was very very busy, but at least we can say we did it. We also did some excellent walks on Anglesey and around Festiniog.
The village is superb. It's like a mini Tarifa, in that the whole place lives and breathes windsurfing/kitesurfing. The main street has 3 or 4 cafes, a couple of pubs and various surf shops, not your typical North Wales village.
We stayed in a cottage a mile or so outside the town, an excellent choice as it gave us somewhere to dry out and shelter from the worst of the welsh rain.
All in all an excellent trip, good windsurfing, good company and good fun. Same again next year please.
Last updated: 28/09/07 13:35 By: Andrew
Started off alright, had a few good runs in very large swell. Unfortunately I got separated from my kit, I ended up being rescued by a kite surfer, while my kit was washed up on the beach. No damage though.
Had good fun in the swell, but a fairly short session (still recovering from the previous days episode).
A good sail on big board/sail in the sunshine with a Southwesterly, a great introduction to my first sail at Rhosneigr. A nice easy launch without any shorebreak due to the protection of some rocks a short way upwind. Southwesterly is cross on from the left. As you sail out into the middle of the bay the swell becomes progressively larger, enabling you to just turn back if it becomes too big. Tried a few jumps but on port tack it all felt wrong.
I really like this place - another pleasingly-shaped bay (© JDG Enterprises), and I don't think Andrew is waxing lyrical enough. I had a great time over the 4 days I was there, and have even recovered sufficiently from my close shave with the rocks on Tuesday to want to take up windsurfing again
Same kit, different day. Smaller waves than previously, tried a few rides but the kit was too big to get any snappy turns (might just be rider error?). Feeling quite tired on the water as I had climbed a very wet Snowdon in the morning.
An excellent sail, the 5.5 was just right.
Still on the same kit, getting more used to this jumping on port tack now. Another good session although it would be nice to use some smaller kit.
At last, waveboard weather. The wind had swung Northerly, making for Starboard tack conditions. The wind was a bit gusty close in coming over the sand dunes and the waves mostly only 3 or 4 foot high but the middle of the bay offered perfect cross off down the line wave riding. A couple of times I managed 3 bottom turns off a wave before bottling out as the rocks got too close. On the way back out there were some good opportunities for airtime off near vertical ramps.