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25-26 Oct, Hayling

In the cold November rain (well, october, but felt like Nov) 
Wow the shorebreak waves look really big from here. The warm tea in Mike's van smells good. Hey - these pebbles are great.
Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 25/10/08
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Well the forecast didnt quite live up to expectations but twenty odd members had a great time on Saturday at least. Alan and Mark, Adrian and Matt were the early birds as usual - but didnt catch any worms unfortunatley. In fact having borrowed a bit of his Dads kit, which proceeded to break on him out at sea, Mark had a long swim home - and was probably the only member who didn't enjoy himself- to put it mildly!!
Otherwise most people, too numerous to mention, rigged 5.5s. As Helen however, retuning to the fold after a three year absence, was rigging a 5.9 I decided to go for my 7.4 but when I eventually got out, after rather a lot of chatting to eveyone, I was thankfull I'd gone big as the wind rather than building as forecast, slowly dropped off all afternoon. Still I had a great sail although I didnt enjoy having to resort to the winter wetsuit.

It was good to see several new or potential new members - Rob, Steve and Caroline in particular. Caroline joined us for the evening - at The Maypole eventually as the Yew Tree had a function on. We've only been to the Maypole once before but as per last time the food was excellent and they were very accommodating. I hope you found your way off the island and back home Caroline after your exploits tracking us down! Hope you manage to find us again before too long!

Sunday as per the forecast started off very windy but as the tide began to turn at 10.00 the wind just disappeared to leave a very wet miserable day. Even the boot fair was a bit of a damp squib. John G and Duncan got a bit of a sail in at Esso beach before the wind dropped and Rob managed to pick up some bits at the boot sale but otherwise there wasn't much happening. Juan and Genevieve were down but had to make do with just having a walk, and Adam had to make do with a coffee in my van!

It was great to see everyone else - even those that didn't sail. Hope the leg is soon sorted Julie and that we see you back on the water before the end of the year! Talking of invalids I called in on Andrew on Friday and it was good to see him back home and hobbling around on a single crutch. And as for Jonathon - I hope the loss of that toe nail doesnt leave you hobbling around for too long!

Anyhow that might be the end of the formal season but as Adrian says there will hopefully be lots of opportunities over the next eight weekends leading up to Xmas when the water temperature is still going to be acceptably warm and the winds could be howling! Keep an eye out on the weather forecast and if you feel like sailing and no one has posted a notice on the site get proactive and start a thread. Heather Bill Steve Beth Mike and I will always be up for a sail at Hayling and similarly the Christchurch and Solent mafias will be itching to get out. Look forward to seeing you on the water. Otherwise hope to see you at the Simon Bornhoft "Boards and Bands" weekend at Hayling Island Sailing Club on 29th November - book your ticket now before they all go! Have a great autumn!


Last updated: 03/11/08 10:41 By: Andrew
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Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 25/10/08

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

Got there early and found Mark & Alan already there.
Wind a little light but rigged small knowing the wind will increase and it did.
Matt sailed on brand new 5M which worked well for him, just started planing but not confident to use harness (has arms touching the ground now).
Good days sail with warm SW wind. Plenty of people on the water.
At least another month of sailing before the temperature drops. Roll on next week.
Adrian & Matt

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 25/10/08

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

Had a great sail on Saturday on my Free Diamond Seventy and 7.4 whilst most people were on 5.5s - apart from the Army lads who were all racing on their formula boards and 10m sails!

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 25/10/08

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres

Well the wind was rather lighter than expected but still had a pleasant sail in amongst the Forces' formula racing. Didn't envy them on their formula kit - especially as most of us were overtaking most of them downwind (upwind of course was another matter).
The wind was somewhat fickle, but the 5.5 kept me going most of the time.
My session did come to a bit of an abrupt end when my front foot slipped on the non-stick. I had switched boards and had forgotten to put a toe protector on the base. Consequently I managed to rip my toenail out and turn my toe into a bloody mess. Ah well, the price we pay...

3 weeks later: just been told by the doc that my toe is probably broken too. Maybe the boots will have to come out soon...

Added by Genevieve on 26/10/08

Sunday we drove down to Hayling and were hopeful of an hour of sailing. But found just some drizzle and high tide was uneventful. At the bootfair, we had a nice chat with Nick Baker's dad and Ant, (who has recently parted from his ozzie lady and is now superkeen to sail again), at the bootfair, but we aren't in the market for more gear right now. We would prefer to use the gear we have!. Sebastian, Rafael and Andreas enjoyed testing their new waterproofs out while picking pebbles near Mike Tate's van. And they thought the high tide waves were very interesting. We would have come on saturday and are really sorry we couldn't- next time we will skip the one year old's birthday party.


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