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North Devon August Bank Holiday 23/08/08

Johny G at Westward Ho
Johny G About to do Battle with the onshore Westward Ho conditions
Host Host: Nigel
Date Date: 23/08/08
Venue Venue: North Devon
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for North Devon August Bank Holiday 23/08/08 (11)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
The good forecast for the weekend brought 16 members and a number of friends out for the Bank Holiday.

Sunday & Monday were the windy days giving us force 4 winds, on & cross-on shore with small but consistent waves on the inside, up to logo high on the outside. After having a fairly restful day on Saturday everyone was ready to go out on Sunday, conditions being quite tough to break out with the relentless barrage of surf coming in, but everybody managed to get where they wanted to go, some looking to find the biggest waves on the outside while others played in the small waves & surf on the inside. One or two of those larger waves have teeth, as the Cornish wrecking crew of Alan & Mark found out (I think this place has trashed more of their kit than anywhere else)! Mark manage to get taken out by a large wave which broke the mast in two, good job he is fit as this meant a long swim back in & Alan, never one to be outdone, put a hole in his sail. Both got back to the beach ok, the only other casulty was John G who managed to put a small hole in his foot, but a mere cut & blood was not going to stop him( good job no sharks have been seen this year, yet!)

Another great weekend at Westward Ho & thanks to everybody who came down to make it so.


Last updated: 30/08/08 12:03 By: johng
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Diary for johng at North Devon on 24/08/08

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

Well, there ya go, you never can tell... there I was, in Newton Abbot Homebase, get a call from the Later-than-expected Mike T in respect of VW LT points and suchlike, rush off to Westward Ho!, and... there's no wind t speak of. Oh well. Had a barbecue with Steve back at the campsite, glass of something, and a welcome sleep. Goodie.

And then it's windy on Sunday - onshore, but hey. Take what you can. Mike P showed the way, others followed. Quite hard to get out against the waves, but worth it, tooled around in swell and waves for a couple of hours or so, stopped for lunch and that was it. Alright.

Diary for Carl at North Devon on 24/08/08

Carl at Westward Ho
Carl heading into the dead onshore mushy conditions, wondering where the wind went.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

When I waded out away from the shingle bank the anemometer was reading a steady force 4 gusting 5, it was dead onshore though with some pretty mushy waves. Rigged a 5.8 and big floaty board, but the anemometer must have been lying because it was only just enough to get planing and then you needed to pump the whole time to keep going. Still it was fun going up and down weaving in and out of the kitesurfers and all the white water. After a couple of hours, much of it out of the harness, I finally gave up and retired to the van for a 10 minute sleep to recover that somehow turned into 2 hours.

Diary for markc at North Devon on 24/08/08

Mark C
Rating:4 star rating
Board:127 litres

Got to the beach early Sat morning, tide was coming in fast and the wind was light, so went for a walk, then settled down with a book and a cup of coffee until the tide started dropping early in the afternoon. As soon as some hard sand appeared I rigged a 4.7 and went out for a test on my new tow....a turf dog. The idea was to learn spocks ,vulcans and gecko`s on it, good plan, but in reality could not even sail it in a straight line let alone turn it with any confidence, and within half an hour had a puncture. Good job I also brought the speedsail, and soon got into the groove, had some company on the sand from ChrisM for a while, and sailed on until the sun went down.
Too late for a meal, but met the others at the Beaver Inn, sat outside eating their food under umbrella`s, had to chuckle. Rounded the evening off with a pool challenge organized by Heather, turned out to be a 5 star day exept I never got wet.
Got to the beach early Sunday morning to be greeted with wind, rigged a 6.3m and went out on my 90ltr board. Wind dropped and turned onshore as soon as I got out there, ( it was cross shore when I rigged), so came in and got the big board, wind dropped even more and was now directly onshore, ah well. An hour or so later MikeP rigged up and had a go, once through the breaking water he was planning, so quickly put the wetsuit back on and went out to join him. Getting through the breakers with a light completely onshore wind was a challenge, but once out there had great fun blasting around in the swell. Rounded the day off with a fish and chip supper, a few pints and some good company.

Diary for Haylingmike at North Devon on 25/08/08

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres

Arrived midmorning Saturday but not enough wind to sail. Sunday started wet but picked up and we got out early afternoon. Trouble was the wind was not that strong and straight on shore. I rigged big - 7.4 - not ideal in waves! The big board and big sail combo just worked though and I was able to get out through the wasvws and had a great sail - until the wind dropped a bit and made water starting in the waves difficult - soon decided it was time to call it a day! Monday started off poor and by 2.00pm it was improving but still looking marginal. I decided to hit the road back home and had a brilliant journey back - no traffic at all - whilst some the the others were rigging. I'll await their reports with interest! There were 16 or so of us down for the weekend at what is just a superb venue. Just a shame the weather wasnt a bit kinder - it certainly wasn't BBQ weather - it was more like autumn than August bank holiday!!

Diary for johng at North Devon on 25/08/08

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

My 5.5 is beginning to get withdrawal symptoms! And I do like it more, but the 6.5 provided enough power to get out. Slightly more cross today, so much easier, but much bigger too out the back, scared myself after following Mark the Cornish Duracell bunny - what does that family run on?? Had a good splash around in the beach break, good practice for rig recovery, rapid waterstarts, all that stuff... even caught a few waves which was handy!

Diary for markc at North Devon on 25/08/08

Mark C
Rating:5 star rating
Board:127 litres

The wind felt a bit lighter today, but was more cross on, so rigged a 7m and had a go. Found it much easier to get out today, though the waves seemed bigger, and had some great runs, in fact was overpowered on the 7m, so came in for some more down and outhaul. Couldnt manage any real snappy turns with the 7m, but had good fun racing in on the waves regardless. Dad came out to join me and we went out to sea in search of more wind, in fact the opposite happened, and during a lull, had a good chat while bobbing about in the large swell comming through.
I reckon the wind swung more onshore and dropped some, as I began finding it harder to get out through the breaking waves, and after a particularly heavy rinse cycle found my mast had snapped, took some swimming to get to the beach, and was pleased to find no damage to the sail. Just sailing along and looking down the wave face, seeing the white water glinting in the sunlight, as it curled over and tumbled into the beach made it a 5 star day for me. Despite breaking my mast, it was a fantastic day, and nicely rounded off with a few pints in a bar where everyone was singing sea shantys all night.
Sadly, not much action on Tuesday, went for a long walk, a chat in the pebble nook with Adam, then headed home late afternoon.

Diary for steve d at Christchurch on 25/08/08

THe Eiger
Rating:1 star rating
Board:99 litres

August Bank Holiday Monday.... Couldn't make Devon so made for that notorious venue - Avon Beach !!! Could this be the same place that had so meanly trashed our Andrew ? Dead calm due to lack of wind and what there was had some west in it. Went round to the harbour and blobbled around a bit with the occasional "in the straps" moment. Gave it up as a bad job just as the the wind picked up - Hey Oh!
P.S. Get well soon Andrew


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