19-20 July Lepe/Calshot
|Venue:||Lepe & Calshot|
|Forthcoming event||See the build up|
Saturday, arrived about 10.30 narrowly preceded by Andrew, to find our own Duracell bunny Adrian zooming around on a 6.4, or at least, attempting to. Faced with a WSW, I rigged a 5.5, a popular choice, to be joined on the water by loadsa folk as the day progressed - Mike T, Chris and Liane (hi guys!), new boy Riccardo (fresh from Italy via Datchet), Jonathan (and Jane and Nayra), Nuala and Lawrence (kids with g-parents hehe), Duncan "Huh?? this isn't Egypt" Sinclair and Adam. Carl and Marion were there too, and Monty the Dog, but none of them sailed! If there's anyone I've forgotten, I apologise - fill in a diary entry and we'll soon know!
A great morning and afternoon sailing, wind up and down a bit, keeping one honest, followed by a fine repast at the trusty Forest Home. Yay!! More please!
Sunday - a slower start, with not much wind in evidence initially, and only 5 of us on the beach with the wind at NW. Hmm. C&L&Mike T sloped off, but Mike reported the presence of wind at Calshot, so I joined him over there for 1.5 hours of moderate wind on flat water in the lagoony bit. Nice end to the weekend.
Thanks to all who turned up and the Forest Home for making room for us!
Last updated: 20/07/08 23:33 By: johng
Excellent day at Lepe. Good crowd and sunny. Wind very up and down though.
Arrived at 9am with plenty of wind. sailed for a couple of hours but then the wind dropped. Duncan persuaded me there was wind coming and it did. Back out for another couple of hours, but at times maxed out. Managed to twist the bottom of my foot somehow and had to call it a day. Today it is very swallon & I cannot even walk on it.
Just my luck when I'm off to Spain this Tuesday for 8 days windsurfing.
GREAT TO SEE A GOOD TURN OUT OF MEMBERS.............
The wind was pretty gusty due to there being quite a bit of North in it but this made it very flat on the inside - great for a bit of freestyle practice.
Spent a bit of time off the plane in the lulls, but the 5.5m was perfect when the wind was up.
Made good progress on both upwind and downwind 360s - finally figured out what I had been doing wrong on the downwinders.
Nicely rounded off with a good meal at the Forest Home.
Arrived late morning to find a strong OMWC contingent already on the beach enjoying some great conditions - trouble was it was rather up and down! I rigged two boards and sails but spent most of the day on the bigger kit - 7.4 sail - maxed out in the gusts! Went to The Forest Home where we also had a good turnout in the evening.
Lovely time! Lots of people down, got there in good time (10.30 - arrived as Andrew did!). Adrian zooming around on a 6.4 or similar, slightly put out by having to wear a wetsuit in July. Must have done 4 hours sailing, gusty but fine. Managed one duck gybe, which promises well, since that would be a first!
My first event with OMWC. Arrived around 11ish and already many prople around. I was very impressed by the warm welcome by everybody. Even got help from John in rigging my new 5.4 (help much needed in fact).
First round of sailing saw me swimming more than sailing as I fought big chop - not really used to it. Went allright afterwards, some more consistency in the wind would have made it perfect.
Overall good day of windsurfing and really great to have met so many people.
Had trouble with my kit (think mast foot in wrong place!!)- tried Lawrences 95l board and 5.75 sail and it was great. Wind very up and down, and had a few near misses with other boats- but just great to get out on water (no kids for weekend- yipee!!). Now want to buy a new board (like lols). Lovely weather in eve.
As the wind swung round more northerly on Sunday ended up at Calshot, on the samec kit as Saturday, sailing in Southampton water and the lagoon at high tide - great practice for the carve gybes - note to self again - must focus on more flat water venues - great fun! With the RNLI having an open day, water canon, mock helicopter rescues and T15 doing their trials it was certainly all happening!!
Now this 5.5. thing is getting to be a habit... After a morning sitting on the beach at Lepe, went round to Calshot cuz Mikey T reckoned it was windy. It was, so went out on the lagoon at high tide, and had a fine time on the flat water, usually planing but occasionally not, practising stuff. No duck gybes this time, poo, not for want of trying - must remember to pull sail down when reaching forwards. Lovely. Went home tired after a good weekend of sailing. And I was the host! Cool.
Saturday - a great day once I'd got the right sail up. Not too lumpy for Lepe either. Good to see so many club members out having a good time.