Fatface Festival Fantastic
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But luckily the wind gods favoured Hayling Island and the event saw big winds and big waves.
The parking lot was jammed with windsurfing vans from all over the nation with a strong south coast contingency. Ocean Motion made a good showing with approximately eighteen people...lets see if I can remember everyone's name...Claire, Audrey, Julie, Heather, Bill, Kiwi Steve, Hayling Steve, Hayling Mike, Ed, Ed's girlfriend (Sally?), Mike and Beth, Rebecca and Lucy, Alan, Chris. I guess Riccardo and Helen were there, but I didn't see them. Hopefully I didn't forget anyone.
Sadly enough we were not able to put together an OMWC team...the prize would've been 500 £ for a Nielson windsurf holiday! The only OMWC racers were Kiwi Steve and Beth Hawdon. However, quite a few others sailed away from the race.
Steve did so well he placed for the night windsurfing, but decided it was better to sit on the beach with a beer and a bag of crisps. Congratulations for the success Steve. - I have a head injury proving it wasn't easy.
I managed to sail a couple of races before getting worked by someone elses equipment in massive shore dump.
A huge party with band, jaggermeister, and Fosters beer ensued and many awoke with sore heads.
Sunday had light wind and no waves so the races went off easily without the excitement of gale force wind and logo high shore dump. Much easier racing.
All in all the event was pretty awesome - hopefully next year we'll have an OMWC team and some more members at the Festival - there were some excellent prizes and a great general atmosphere. You'll read about it in the mags undoubtedly.
Last updated: 08/09/08 08:39 By: Andrew
The day started out really well with Michael rigging three sails for me - what an angel. Me completely stressed out. I was on my 1994 NewZealand speed needle for the first race with 4.7. I actually jybed it at the mark, which was waaay too close this year. Some how I pulled a first place for that one.
The second race had Force seven wind, and someone had put their fin through my 4.7, I mistakenly used the 5.2. At the start I was taken out by two separate rigs tumbling in through the head high shore pound. I tried sailing the 5.2 and made it to the mark, but failed to jybe as I was so completely overpowered. Got back up quickly and managed to pull a third place.
The third race again had Force 7 winds and now a ridiculous evil looking shore pound. This time I waited until I thought it was safe, but was mistaken. I was tumbled nastily with someone elses kit hitting my head and leg. That was it for me that day.
see next day for further races
Completely different world. Easy race to a much further marker. Managed to pull a first the first race.
Second race was pretty funny. I had an excellent start shooting in front of everybody - first around the marker. Never having experienced that before I thought I must have done something wrong and would be disqualified. So I just took my time coming in - suddenly I realize the race was on - I could have gotten first place - even beating the men - but instead got a second.
What a wonderful weekend. Next time I'll wear a helmet if there is shore pound.
Saturday morning was a mad dash from London to get to the event and get registered. Missed the first race sorting out the registration.
Second race was 5.0 and 80. Good start but tripped up gybing at the mark as it was really choppy.
Went free sailing for an hour and there were some good stunt ramps and wave rides to be had.
Wind picked up loads so changed down to 4.5 and 70L for race 3. There was a serious shore dump happening and when the flag dropped there were three big set waves looming. I thought it might be wise to let them go through before launching. Good move as the guys who charged out were soon dispatched and being sent back up the shingle in a pile of carbon fibre and flayed mono-film I sneaked out sweet and had a good race. (Weird racing on a 70L waveboard)
Third race the wind dropped so quickly changed boards and went for 5.0 and 98L FSW. Had a terrible start - in fact I was probably the last off the beach. But I got a gust and clean wind and took off after the rest of the fleet. Ended up overtaking most of them making the mark and seeing Harry grovelling in the water at the mark . Had a good run back and made 9th.
Apparently I'd qualified for the night race but after 6 hours in a wetsuit all I wanted was a beer and a hot shower.
The night race was excellent. The sight of a dozen racers all forward looping in the flood lights is brilliant!
At the partythere was a good band and DJ so partyed till 2am.
Sunday dawned and I wasn't feeling like an athlete Thought I'd get organised to race but with 10 minutes to race 1 - I was still rigging and the wind was sh*te. I reckoned bobbing around with a hangover would lead to a sense of humour failure....so flagged it and didn't make the last race either. Wind still sh*te and still hungover.
Good to see the pros out supporting their brands and being so friendly and approachable.
Great event! Thanks to the organisers and Fat Face
Once again I came to the event but somehow failed to find everybody else. Too many blue vans, I guess.
Anyway, went out around 12 and had fun for some time with my smallest sail (5.4) and only board (113), until I felt totally overpowered and went back to the beach. My next attempt to go out was humbling, with the waves dumping me back to shore with the kit on top of me. Luckily managed to get back to London with entire kit and not too much bruises.
Got out early and had a great sail on the sandbar until dinner time. Wind was very gusty and was really overpowered one minute and not planing the next. Was going to change down and go out again, but saw some masts getting crunched in the shore dump, decided to just watch instead. The afternoon and evening was great entertainment.
Having just bought a "tricktionary 2" book, was very dismayed to discover that my skills on a board are covered in 6 pages, and the book has about 300.....oh dear. So light winds today, but rather than spend all day pumping a 9m, went out with a small sail to learn some stuff.
Just realised I didnt record my last sail in the diary! Had my parents down to stay and so missed getting in a sail on the Saturday afternoon of the Fat Face event and had to content myself with watching all the pros getting munched in the shoredump - including Cribby giving up and Simon Bornhoft unable to waterstart! It was yet again another hugely successful event and I did at least manage to get a sail in on the Sunday - albeit that the strong winds had passed and it was very much tamer than the day before!