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Pagham 17/05/08

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Host Host: Kiwi Steve
Date Date: 17/05/08
Venue Venue: Pagham
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Adrian got out on Saturday morning, quite a few sailed on Sunday aftenoon. Just don't mention the walk back up the beach........

Last updated: 19/05/08 10:32 By: Andrew
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Diary for adrian at Pagham on 17/05/08

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:2 star rating
Board:114 litres

Arrived early, no one there. Wind about 12-14knots NE. rigged big kit and sailed out to sea. After 1 hour wind varied from 8 - 15knots approx. More wind on inside. 2 more boards joined me, but not fom club. Sailed till after lunch, but kept thinking about jobs I should be doing at home. Thats when you realise that its not that good a session. Decided to call it a day.
Maybe tomorrow will bring wind.

ps After reading the reports, so glad I called it a day before the tide went out. I always sail bear footed, but carrying big kit, it sounds like I would'nt have had any toes left.........
Could'nt make Sunday, but sounds like I did not miss too much.
Catch up next week

Diary for johng at Pagham on 18/05/08

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

You will notice that I rarely rate a session as less than "Good". That's because every session has its own unique charm, its special attraction which can only be found by looking past the superficial... Much like people, even the session from Hell can teach us something, whether it's the importance of enough downhaul or just staying out of that rip! Or is that me being too politically correct?

So what did I learn today? ALWAYS WEAR BOOTS WHEN YOU"RE GONNA COME BACK IN AT LOW TIDE AT PAGHAM!! That was one of the most painful experiences of my life. Thank heaven I was reunited with my wondrous Crocs and their padded soles, as I was expecting to be carted off in search of padded cells! Still, no real harm done, the scars will be inside.

Other than that, and wind that went up and down like the proverbial toilet seat at a mixed party, the sun was lovely (except it killed the wind) the sea was warm, and generally a good-ish time was had by all. But I'll let them speak of their lessons for themselves :)

Diary for Kiwi Steve at Pagham on 18/05/08

Go sailing - Get pissed
Rating:2 star rating
Board:98 litres

Made an appearance for the afternoon session with Juan and John. Bill and Heather were there already. Rigged 6.5 and 98L and the wind was ok-to-marginal. Good to get out and sail port tack for a change. Sunny and mild.

Forgot my booties and had to endure a low tide walk back at low tide. Ouch!

Diary for Haylingmike at Pagham on 18/05/08

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres

Well, looking at my diary entries it is over 6 months since I was last on the water! And was I rusty - well the zips certainly were - thank goodness for the WD40. I blame Heather, but whilst trying to remember how to rig, and chat at the same time, I couldn't understand why my sail didn't look right. I started off with the recommended 36mm on my mast extension - then 38 - then 40 - then 42 - then 44 - then 46 ie the maximum - and it still needed more downhaul! Heather helpfully suggested it didn't look right and that something was wrong! I confirmed that I had the right mast - at least the bottom half with the length etc written on it on it was right! I checked the head was connected and the two halves connected! Just thought I'd check the van to make sure I wasn't cracking up - only to find that whislt the bottom half was right - the top half wasn't !! Struck me as strange that I'd never managed to do that before in over 24 years of windsurfing!!

Anyhow once I eventually got out it was good to be on the water again. I had some great runs but the wind was pretty inconsistent and after an hour or so had to face the long trek back in - and I found the stones pretty painfull even with booties! Mental note to self - get some new ones!

It was good to see Juan, Kiwi Steve, Heather, Bill and John all out.

Diary for Juanito at Pagham on 18/05/08

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

A bit rough on the feet with the low tide, and it wasn't excellent, but it was just good to get out sailing. Had to go really - Adrian had been out already...Great to see Heather and Bill and Mike T, who were not too excited by the stony exit, and I felt sorry for the kiwi Stephen and John G for not having boots- I have to admit that there wasn't any amount of money they could offer me for one of my boots! First time in the shortie!