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July 4th Summer Bash

Johnny & Nayra
Enjoying the picnic at the Summer Bash
Host Host: beth
Date Date: 04/07/09
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
What a great weekend even if the wind showed its face a little late. The girls and I showed up around 11:30 and were met by a few OMWCers already there and sailing.

Because the water was quickly disappearing I got Becca out on my old race board and a 1.0. She had her first all important down wind run requiring a rescue as the current was stronger than the force put out by the tiny sail. But she got hooked.

While more and more faces appeared and set up camp we rode bikes, set up camp, and set up our new slack line. Everyone had a go only to be beaten by a seven year old Rebecca.

Beautifully warm evening with dinner for the kiddies on a grassy knoll while a few OMWCers went for a bike ride.

We all met in the cafe for an excellent Thai curry - highly recommended (choose the medium, not spicy). More food and drink was consumed on the porch of the cafe over looking the shipping lane with huge ships and lovely sail boats sailing by.

When it got a little cold we all moved into a room to watch a Scoobie Doo surf video and Surfs Up! put on to distract the sprogs. The competition between talk and Scoobie Doo got pretty hot and loud and an occasional stroll out into the cool, dark climbing wall area was necessary. The temptation to do a little climbing was difficult to resist and I think a few of our members may have given into the temptation and done a bit of bouldering. We had to end the evening a bit early...which made Sunday a better day for sailing.

Sunday showed promise for wind, but Becca was dead set on rock climbing so we all had an excellent session although my climbing shoes are a bit small now and so it was a little painful. Finally got Becca back out sailing and again she had some great runs before the water disappeared and we all went over to the other side. I had forgotten how badly I sail my race board, but it was good to see everyone out dodging ships in the shipping lane.

Great to see so many people - Bill, Heather, Beth, Mike, John G, Shena and Dave, Nuala, Lawrence, Pete Darcy, Mark and Jude, Matt, Adrian, Audrey, Juan, Genevieve, Adam, Gary and Caroline, Nick Bending and Sally, Chris M., Andrew C., Bernie and Helen, Jonathan and Jane, Steve Donnelly, Roger and Beatrice and lots of sprogs and dogs.

Last updated: 07/07/09 07:58 By: beth
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Diary for adrian at Lepe & Calshot on 04/07/09

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:3 star rating
Board:114 litres

WHAT A WEEKEND, wind, sun & plenty of OMWC faces.
Spent Saturday with Matt on the sea front, blasting up and down as the wind was so so.
Followed by a great night in the centre,
great food,
even better videos
rock climbing
snowboarding followed by
american football

Sunday spent in the lagoon, had to be home mid afternoon just as the wind increased.
I am sure you all took advantage of that.

Big thanks to Beth for at last returning us to Calshot.
I hope for the same thing next year.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 04/07/09

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

Well, that was a nice day. The SummerBash lived up to its name! Lots of faces - couldn't believe the turnout - everyone happy to see the sun. I did dawdle around rigging up compared to Adrian, but then, so did everyone else! Gen and Juan did a testdrive of the big Naish, whilst I stood around talking and procrastinating, but eventually I rigged up and ventured out in the light winds to join them. Not a great planing experience, but good fun, just messing about. The highlight was probably the group hug under the Solent sailboards shower - they were insisting on saving water!

And thanks to Beth for a great day and evening - Calshot, good call! I even discovered a possible mystery about my dad's RAF service - how did he serve on Supermarine Southamptons in the 39-45 war when they were pensioned off in 37? Interesting...

Diary for jonathan at Lepe & Calshot on 04/07/09

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:1 star rating
Board:112 litres

never really got planing, and spent most of the time dodging the sandbars. I should stress that the rating only refers to the quality of the sailing rather than the assembled company on the beach!

Diary for Bernie at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:140 litres

Lovely weather but not too windy on Sunday morning, so decided to play about in the pond for an hour or two. Wind picked up in the afternoon, and it got even sunnier and warmer, so went for a blast on the open side with everyone else. Best windsurfing day for a long time, but shame the tide went out when it did (note to self: write strongly worded letter of complaint to Man in the Moon)

Diary for steve d at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

THe Eiger
Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Couldn't make the megabash but turned up for the Sunday to find Calshot bathed in sunshine and littered with many faces old and new.

Rigged big and had some good runs on a fickle sea breeze - then the water disappeared. Great to be on a sunny beach with good company. It was a wrench to pack up and head home.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

After a good sleep, and a relaxed porridge-based breakfast overlooking the picturesque post-industrial landscape characterised by the Fawley power station and oil refinery, I was moved by the increasing wind to rig up the trusty Playmate and a 6.5. It felt good, and as the wind built it got more frantic, but nothing too strenuous. I even got the GPS out - 19.7kn the top speed. Other OMWCers came out to play as well, but we all seemed to stop for lunch about the same time.

More wind greeted the post-lunch session - the 6.5 was looking a bit large towards the end, as I was just practising gybes inside the sandbar, and of course the traditional duckgybeduckheadbangheadakawaka. And then the water went down the plughole and that was it for the day. Lots of tea, snacks, chat, then headed home. Thanks guys, a great day, let's do it again!

Diary for rogerta at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

Beautiful afternoon and good to see so many people down but was too busy dodging sand banks to really enjoy it. Didn't fancy taking the back of my board off so called it a day after 20 minutes. Amelie, Beatrice and myself went for a family beer in the sunshine instead!

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

Women Drivers?
Robert and Iona discuss the merits of women drivers at the OMWC summerbash.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

What an excellent weekend. Meeting up with old friends, camping on the beach, a multitude of picnics, a great party and even some windsurfing thrown in too, what more could you want?

Thanks Beth for organising a really great weekend.

Diary for nuporter at Lepe & Calshot on 05/07/09

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Great to be on water- first time this year in the UK. Used Lols kit (as usual- this will now be common due to us swapping with childcare). Nearly got round carve gybes!!(getting closer). Found the small board and big rig quite hard to control at times- particularly on outward runs. Only sailed a short time as tide was dropping, didnt want to damage lols fin- or walk too far at end!!
Great weekend away!!

Added by Bernie on 06/07/09

Beth, it was a great weekend, with perfect conditions for windsurfing and socialising, so thanks again for putting all the hard work into the day, especially for arranging that lovely Force 4 south-westerly on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately Helen and I had to make a quick getaway (family issues cropped up), so couldn't stick around on Sunday afternoon, so here's a belated cheerio to everyone, and looking forward to seeing you on a beach sometime soon.

Helen and I are now living on the Southern Riviera near Romsey, so anyone is welcome to pop by at any time.

Bernie and Helen

Added by garibaldi on 06/07/09

What a great weekend.
It was good to be back at the beach & meeting up with so many 'old' faces.

I even got out on the water on Sunday afternoon & am glad that it went seaside having had a go in the smelly lagoon (not advisable). RIP my 20 year old Open Ocean Harness but a small price to pay, that's unless Adam can get his sewing machine working.

It was great to camp on the water's edge even if the refinery was a bit on the noisy!

Many thanks to Beth for organising our much overdue (official) return to Calshot.

Hope to catch up with you all again soon (family sporting commitments permitting).
Gary, Carolyn, Peter & Robert

Added by windsurfmad on 06/07/09

Had a great weekend. First time in years that Suzy camped and she enjoyed it. Saved me a fortune on the alternative of a Travel Lodge. Big kit weekend but what the heck! Nice to be blasting in the sunshine.
Alan Stevens

Diary for Shef at Lepe & Calshot on 06/07/09

Shef carving in Vass
July 2012, Vassiliki, Greece
Rating:4 star rating
Board:103 litres

Arrived on Friday night and pitched next to Alan & Suzanne Stevens - hope the children didn't wake you too early! Saturday didn't sail but had a great time catching up with friends and seeing the children have a great time - children's picnic seemed to be a big success. Thanks to Beth and Becca for letting Rory have a go on a windsurfer for the first time. Sunday turned out to be a great day for windsurfing (probably the best I've had at Calshot). Thanks Beth.

Added by jonathan on 07/07/09

We only made it on Saturday but had a great day - the children's picnic was a great idea and was certainly a huge hit with Nayra. Good to catch up with so many old (and not-so-old) faces. And the best part of all... after all her running around in the bar (thanks for looking after her Lucy!) and refusing to go to sleep on the way home, Nayra gave us our first lie-in for 17 months on Sunday!!!

Added by Genevieve on 10/08/09

Hi Beth - not the last word on this great event, I am sure, but almost...We had a fabulous time, sans-trips, and testing out the family gear really was great fun - we may end up with a naish family board to add to our spectrum of gear. We had the luxury of grandparent-power but, assuming we try this again due to the emornous success and good-feelings, then next time we are definitely camping!!! Thanks to Beth and Nuala and John for making this a truly awesome family fun experience!


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