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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

4-5 Oct, Christchurch

Avon Beach at the event last year
Back Loop
Host Host: Bernie
Date Date: 04/10/08
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
I am sat at my laptop in my van in the car park of the Globe at Highcliffe on Sunday morning after a very wild day at Christchurch yesterday. I haven't sailed much this year so took the soft option, whilst the more adventerous went to Avon Beach.

Starting on a 5.2m, I was extremely well-powered up and after an hour came in for lunch and down-sized to a 4.5m. But that was still way too big and it was like fighting a gorilla for an hour. After 2 hours of sailing I was literally blown away and gave in to the Wind Gods. I measured the gusts with my anomome...windmeasuringthingy, and it gave 50mph, and an average of 35mph.

Also in the harbour were Duncan, Justin, Alan Stevens and Robert, and over at Avon Beach were John G, Juan and Carl.

Julie was down but couldn't sail due to injury, and supped tea with my good lady, Helen, Shareen (Justin's babe), Marian and Susanne (Alan's partner), in my motorhome....I think they were the sensible ones.

In the evening there were 9 of us at the Globe (me, Helen, Julie, Justin, Shareen, Marian, Carl, Robert and John).

I am writing this on Sunday morning because the chance of anyone sailing today must be negligible because it is honking down with rain.....but good luck if you did!


Last updated: 05/10/08 10:02 By: Bernie
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Diary for Kev Falck at Christchurch on 04/10/08

Rating:5 star rating
Board:72 litres

Best wave sailing this year!!

Diary for johng at Christchurch on 04/10/08

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:77 litres

Defo the first of the autumn sessions after a long break with no wind. Rigged 4.0 on Carl's advice - absolutely honking (F7, gusting F9 if 40kn is F9). After a footstrap came undone on the first run, adopted the policy of zooming out, jumping (some good ones, apparently easier if overpowered!), falling in, very very carefully waterstarting and zooming back. Chicken? Yeah, but it worked. Juan enjoyed himself, as did lots of others, especially earlier when it was more like F5, in the harbour!

Diary for rogerta at Christchurch on 04/10/08

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres

Great afternoon's sail. Some pretty powerful gusts coming through at times. Shame there wasn't more swell but great sail never the less. Juanito was out (saw him pull off a couple of lovely tweaked jumps), John G having fun, as well as Carl and F1 Kev (the man with the most impractical windsurfing vehicle ever - a mini clubman!)

Felt very crowded after two weeks in La Torche though.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 04/10/08

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres

Was quite overpowered on the 4.5m at Avon on the outside which was interesting given that there were 50 or so people out. Had one or two really good rides plus plenty of others aborted early to avoid collision. Really could have done with a smaller sail, must get myself a 4.0. Good to see Roger T, John G and Juanito, who unfortunately turned up just as I was packing up. Had some good grub later in the Globe along with the harbour contingent.

Diary for adrian at Christchurch on 04/10/08

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:3 star rating
Board:93 litres

Sailed only saturday. Matt & I got there early as we had to leave mid afternoon. Only saw Duncan.