16, 17 May Hayling Island
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The early shift saw Genevieve, Lawrence, Michael H., Rick, Emma, Mike T. with Kiwi friend (kitesurfing lesson), Heather and Bill (Simon lesson), Jonathan, Riccardo and probably a few others blasting and slogging with some pretty good waves, but changeable wind. Juan and I were on childcare duty.
The late shift saw Juan and I, Emma and a few other die hards seeing in the high tide. The shore pound wasn't too bad, but the waves had disappeared.
That night a crew of seven stayed at the Yew tree until last call at the bar.
Sunday saw smaller waves, less but more consistent wind with most people on 5.5...(and a few hang overs) and then it got windy and everyone rigged down. I had to go do Lucy's birthday party, but I guess the afternoon was pretty good with a few having a cuppa at our house afterwards.
Now the bit you don't want to hear about - you should have seen Monday. Maxed out on 3.5 with everyone skyving off work including a camera crew. Max air time - waves were pretty rideable if a bit small. The ramps were pretty perfect for huge jumps.
Last updated: 19/05/09 02:24 By: beth
This was amazing - not raining, but almost howling winds, not too cold and the sandbar working the lumpier bits into nice wavy shapes. YES, Hayling does it again! Hayling was absolutely packed back to the eyeteeth with windsurfers grabbing a bit of the weekend action. A bit of a complicated childcare package, with a rush to get onto the water while Juan babysits until 1pm, then drive them home to nap while Juan sails through the afternoon and then gets back to help me for bathtime. Rushed onto the water, the adrenaline was pumping and it took a bit to stop rushing everything. But there were some nice lumps and cross-on for a while, a few attempts to backloop off of way too small but enticing pockets. ever so lucky that the gear was pretty much just right, as no time to change over. Then it dropped down ever so slightly and became more onshore and the JP can only handle superspeedy wind and heading downwind and definately can't do upwind, so I had to give up trying to reach the sandbar, but it was still great planing magic but a bit gustier for me. lots of ladies out on the water. lots and lots of windsurfers generally, thinking ''finally, 2009 has pulled out the cork...about time...''. I finally stopped rushing and did some nice tight gybes. Then all of a sudden my childcare coins ran out. Sunday? North Devon? I hope Beth got some good sailing in the afternoon.
4.5 was possibly a bit small given the holes in the wind.
Loads of people out, nice jumping waves and even some sunshine made for great conditions. Would have been even better had the wind not been quite so gusty.
Finished a bit early due to putting a hole in my (very old) 4.5. But got a bargain from Andy Biggs on the way home so a good result all round...
Added by johng on 17/05/09
Obviously 4.5 slightly too small because of the holes in the sail - forget the holes in the wind!
Added by Genevieve on 18/05/09
Swiss cheese still floats, just not as fast as cheddar
Ok session at Hayling on Saturday. Some more consistency in the wind
would have made it a good one (and of course the sun). Finally managed to try
my new 95ltr board in the right conditions.
First part in the morning with the 5.4m was good, until I really started to
get overpowered. Changed to 4.7m but it was downhill from there - planning
only at the beginning, the rest was a struggle to stay upwind.
It was good to catch up with some of the crowd
good early afternoon with wind slightly across the shore allowing use of what ramps there were.becoming the usual chop and mush at high tide.but on 83 litres and 5.4 by then.
Not as windy today but far more consistent.
6m possibly slightly big but in the very onshore conditions it made for great acceleration off the beach and meant you could hit the waves on the inside powered up for some decent jumps.
Respect to the coastguard pilot who managed to land his helicopter on the beach to pick up an injured kitesurfer.
Added by Genevieve on 18/05/09
Impressive - we hope the kitesurfer is ok. When Juan arrived, the beach was pretty much empty except for ambulances, so it obviously gave everyone a bit of a fright. But Juan being Juan, he had a great sail with the only 2 others left on the water in the higher tide.
Added by jonathan on 18/05/09
Chimet archive makes interesting reading for yesterday.
Pretty steady 20knots of wind all day until 2pm. On the dot of 2pm it picked up to about 30knots where it stayed for the rest of the day. Brilliant timing by Juan!
Added by Wylliewoolf on 20/05/09
Kitesurfer ended up in ITU at QA hospital. I saw him on Monday but he was doing ok.
wind picked up nice from around 10ish and by 12 had to change down to 5.4. Wind more onshore so jumping a bit muted, though water flat in between waves for those all important gybes. Overall good weekend nice and social. see you all again soon!
Ventured over to the dark side! Booked beginners kite surfing lessons for Mo and myself for the weekend of 16th/17th May in preparation for a forthcoming kitesurfing holiday in Morocco. Thought it would be a typical OMWC weekend with lots of sitting on the beach. Didnt really expect to be out there doing it for real - but we were in for a rude awakening - particularly at 8.30am on Sunday morning when we were being buffeted by force 7 winds, horizontal lashing rain and hail. Anyhow it was only a passing front and we actually had a great weekend. It was good to see everyone else down and catch up with them in The Yew tree on Saturday night.