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9-10 August, Christchurch

Monday at Avon
14/01/08
Heading out at Avon
Host Host: tc
Date Date: 09/08/08
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Definitely a weekend for the more experienced sailors. There was no water in the harbour until the afternoon so everyone headed to Avon beach for some wave blasting. The wind started at about force 6 and built throughout the day. Sadly, the steady Force 4 and flat sea-state I'd hoped for in order to learn how to hook in never came ;)

Everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun flying out and back from Avon beach so I thought I'd give it ago. I rigged my smallest sail - 5.7m, but unsurprisingly was totally overpowered. John very kindly lent me his 4m sail which made a lot of difference. I really enjoyed sailing in waves for the first time. Despite my best attempt to head up wind I quickly drifted down the beach and after a breif bit of planing I was well on my way to Lymington. My arms eventually died so I headed in and began the inevitable walk of shame.

After an awesome baguette and chips in the cafe, I headed to harbour, but the wind seemed even stronger there and was blowing onshore. The wind and my 5.7m sail was too much for my already knackered arms so I headed home for an early shower.

Enjoyed meeting everyone in the pub afterwards, with some entertaining discussion topics including prostates and weeing on train tracks.

And lest we forget, there was a good OMWC showing, including Mark, Jude and Oliver (yay!! Baby!), Duncan for food post-Calshot flatness, Julie sleeping with her new Goya, Carl, Andrew and Adam.

Decided not to bother sailing on Sunday, but judging by everyone's diaries the conditions were pretty much the same as the day before and a good time was had by all who went out.

P.S. from John: Sunday - great. And a different cast - Steve D, and Lawrence, who rescued Dave Shefford just before the coastguard arrived, trying to swim ashore with a broken mast. Result!

Last updated: 11/08/08 14:04 By: johng
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Diary for johng at Christchurch on 09/08/08

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:77 litres
Sail:4.7

Wow, that was a pretty full-on weekend! Started at the harbour with Tim - nothing much happening, no water being the main difficulty, so repaired to Avon beach. Honking! Rigged 4.7 on 77l, did a few runs, then came back and rigged 4.0 for Tim to borrow, so he stood a chance instead of using his 5.7 (!). Seemed to work, we met him later so he made it back to the beach!

And then someone turned the knob to 11, and it was time for the 4.0 and hanging in there. Very choppy, not swelly, starting to get the idea of jumps but hard in the very random water. Sailed for yonks.

Tea and cake finished off the day (well, a flapjack and some ginger biscuits from the cafe) and then to the pub, via a slightly roundabout route, owing to a carnival and my being lost, to the extent that Julie overtook me somehow. Good evening in pub, then sleeeeeeeeeeep....

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 09/08/08

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.2

Fantastic day's sailing
Session 1: Went out early on 99l and 5.5. Really nice to be out at Avon Beach again, stopped when I got completely overpowered.
Session 2: Wave board and 4.2. Great fun and well powered up, but choppy and busy.
Session 3: Went out later, still on wave board and 4.2. Best sail of the day. wind had eased a bit, but still well powered up. Not so busy.
Three sessions implies alot ofsailing, but I actually spent quite a bit of time in the van sheltering from the rain. Summer, what summer ?

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 09/08/08

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:4.5

Great day with loads of people out and still windy when we left to go to the pub at 7:15. Was particularly impressed with Tim who despite not yet using the harness was out on the sea and planing in the quieter waters downwind.

Diary for Shef at Christchurch on 09/08/08

Shef carving in Vass
July 2012, Vassiliki, Greece
Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.5

Sailed in the harbour this afternoon with Sheena going first and me following. Not over-exciting, but little did I know what Sunday would bring...

Diary for rogerta at Christchurch on 10/08/08

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Got the nod from Carl (local surf bum at Avon Beach) just before lunch that it was looking good. Headed down to a vista you hope to see every time you go windsurfing - sunshine and lots of white caps. If there had been swell this would have been a definite 5 star session.

Carl, Adam, Andrew and John were already out amongst others. Went with the 4.7 and even this proved a handful at times - this is August for goodness sake - what a summer!

Had a good couple of hours in the sunshine with a bit of chop on the sand bar. Great afternoon - good call Carl.

Diary for steve d at Christchurch on 10/08/08

THe Eiger
15/11/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:4.5

Sunday 10th August - a great day at Avon Beach. It would be churlish to mention the lumpiness of the ride out when the blast back in was more than worth it. Add in blue skies, a cafe on the beach and this had to be England at its best. Good to see the Sheffs " en famee" ( including windbreak! ) camped on the beach. I am sure he will tell us all about his near miss with the inshore rescue in his own time.

Diary for johng at Christchurch on 10/08/08

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:77 litres
Sail:4.7

And then awake again, down to Avon for 9 or so, almost the first person there. Brekkie, as Andrew and others arrived, but the conditions more offshore, so cunningly concealing another honker. Rigged 4.7 and 102, and I stuck with those for most of the day, madly, until later on got out the 77. Still a bit tired from yesterday, but worked at it hard. More jumps. Fewer dry gybes - thinking about my feet too much. Finally stopped about 5.30, leaving the other guys having a moderate last run. Tea, 1/2 sandwich, home, and now sleeeeeeeeeeeeeppppp!

Oh yes, a certain amount of excitement caused by Dave Shefford's mast breaking and me calling out the Coastguard, only to have Lawrence spoil their show by towing him in downwind by the George cafe. Cool. I have pictures!!!

Thanks folks, great weekend. Good to see all those people!

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 10/08/08

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Completely different to Saturday, still very windy but hot and sunny. Had a great sail, finally gave up when my arms said enough, around 6:30.

Wind varied from cross shore to slightly offshore, strange to see so many grockles on the beach yet it was still 4.5M weather.

Diary for Shef at Christchurch on 10/08/08

Shef carving in Vass
July 2012, Vassiliki, Greece
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.5

Was having a brilliant afternoon when I unfortunately broke my mast. Because it broke just above the boom it was more or less impossible to sail back. I resigned myself to having to swim/float back to the beach, possibly finishing up somewhere past George's Cafe.

Luckily for me John Gouk spotted me and called the Coastguard. Before they could get to me though, Lawrence had arrived with a roof rack strap to tow me back in. The guys on the RNLI rib looked almost disappointed to see Lawrence and I give them the thumbs up.

So, big thanks to John and Lawrence for helping me out. I'd have been in the water a good deal longer if it wasn't for you two.

Fortunately, no helicopter was required this time out!

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 10/08/08

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:4.5

An even better day than yesterday, same conditions but with sunshine too and a few more OMWC folks.

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