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North Devon Long Weekend 24/05/08

Blooming marvellous
The sun sets on a nice BBQ by the surf
Host Host: Nigel
Date Date: 24/05/08
Venue Venue: North Devon
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Not sure how they got on in N Devon, looks like Roger and Nick got out on Saturday. There were a few of us at Avon on Saturday and looks like others made the most of it at various other spots. Best of all, Juan and Genevieve both sailed at the same time !! See the diaries.


Last updated: 28/05/08 22:59 By: Andrew
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Diary for rogerta at North Devon on 24/05/08

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Arrived at Westward Ho! at 9.30am to find Nick had already driven to Heathrow to drop Cora off, then driven all the way down to North Devon, rigged up and had been sailing for an hour! (Note to self: I think we need to increase Mr McKay's medication to double strength as he seems to becoming immune to current levels.)

Another sunny windy day with a few small waves. Swell had dropped off since mid week but a lot windier today - cross-off. Nick was already making the most of what waves there were. In fact we had a ball for about a couple of hours. I was slowly getting pushed further and further down the beach with all the bottom turns you could do, so decided to go for a mega long run out to get back upwind. By this time it was really gusting strongly and just as I got way out, my mast decided it had had enough and went from being a two piece to a three piece. All very useful for transporting inside the car but not much use when you are a half a mile offshore in offshore winds. After dumping the bits of masts and rolling the sail, I began the long swim home. Although I was making progress it was still hard work with all the gear on top of the board and I was starting to consider dumping the sail and surf paddling back in. However about half way back to the beach, a kindly lifeguard came out on a paddle board and offered a hand which I gladly took.

All in all a good week, however, I must stop being a cheapskate and buying second hand masts!

Diary for Genevieve at Hayling Island on 24/05/08

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres

ok - this was sunny and windy and both juan and I could sail as all the grannies were over from oz and spain minding the babies with a ratio 1:1, so this was AMAZING! We picked mum up at Gatwick from her flight from Oz, and couldn't help watching the wind in the trees all the way back. Luckily, all the oldies thought it was a great idea and so we ran off to the van after we got mum inside and raced to the beach (yep, abandoned after a 24hour flight to see us, but she was very understanding). Our hearts sank a tiny little as we realised crossing the bridge to Hayling that the wind must be NE not E, as there were people sailing across from the old windsurfing shop to the pub - no-one bothers with that slimey ride unless they are desperate. BUT, we thought - hey, no problem, it's pretty windy, cross off, gusty and sunny - just a lot like our favourite fuerte, (only cooler, gustier and not quite as windy). So let's get on with it and enjoy our only day sailing together this year!!! So we rigged in a frenzy. I kissed my lovely 78L, last sailed at Gwithian, well before all the babies arrived, and the 4.4 looked in great shape. Unlike me. However, it felt great to feel the wind in the sail and it really was windy!!! some of the gusts knocked me over, but I loved trying a chop hop - which seems so exciting ! - and a speed run down in one of the big gusts felt really crazily fast. Lots of adrenaline flowed and it was lovely and warm in the water. I made a few gybes and tacks were tried but the nose seemed so little and I was too slow.

A fellow sailor we ran into was also back on the water and doing some practice on the quiet after years off - Mark, son of Alan!! Welcome back mr cornish! We knew it must be you on a 7.5 in this weather!!! Great to see you riding the waves again and we hope to see you again soon. Nice new gear you have! Alan is due back from the real fuerte this week, so enjoy his tales of derring do from this, yet another, holiday of windsurfing.

We wish we were in Nth Debn, and we hope to get there next time. Looks like Nick and Roger had a cracking good time (yes, speaking of cracks in masts that is! ) and we can imagine just how great the waves were.