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July18, 19 Christchurch

Carl at Avon Beach
Host Host: tc
Date Date: 18/07/09
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for July18, 19 Christchurch (4)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Web linkWeb:Download Gybe Video
Once again as host I didn't disappoint. There was a good turn out to enjoy the strong winds which are customary when I host an event at Avon Beach. Saturday stayed about Force 5/6 all day and it was a lot of fun blasting over the chop with my 5.5. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, trying carve gybes and pulling jumps off the swell. Thanks to John's tuition I'm getting closer to pulling off an illusive waterstart.

The evenings entertainment was provided by the Nelson Tavern. We had some nice and spicy Thai food and listened to slightly dodgy Coldplay covers.

Sunday the wind picked up to Force 7 and was probably gusting much stronger. Feeling the winds were probably a bit much for my 148L board I decided to play spectator and help John and Carl by filming their gybes (see link above). I think everyone must have re-rigged at least three times as they raided their quivers searching for increasingly smaller sails as the winds grew throughout the afternoon.

All-in-all a great weekend. This was my first OMWC event in a little while so it was great to see everyone again and meet members I hadn't met before.

Last updated: 31/07/09 19:20 By: tc
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Diary for adrian at Christchurch on 18/07/09

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:2 star rating
Board:93 litres

Turned up at Mudeford early, rigged Matts kit and then discovered we forgot our harnesses. Managed to borrow one for Matt whilst I watched... How FUSTRATING as I watched the wind increase.....

Went home early afternoon and took the scrub board to our local sports field, carving up and down through the cricketers.

Must pack van better next week.....

Diary for johng at Christchurch on 18/07/09

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

Arrived midday-ish, not spectacularly windy, so went big - did I? Can't remember exactly - think it was a 6.5 but could have been a 5.5. Anyway, the wind came up a bit and I was well powered up in lovely sunny conditions. Very pleasant. Like Carl said, then the rain came through and the wind dropped off. Now I'm getting fussy on the gybe front, how do I plane out?! There's always something to chase...

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 18/07/09

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Flat water and a lightish wind made for some good blasting in the sun and practise at transitions. We struggled on for a bit until the rain got really heavy and the wind died completely. A few beers and a decent Thai meal at The Nelson finished off a good day.

Diary for Haylingmike at Christchurch on 18/07/09

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:114 litres

How did I miss entering my best sail of the year! Mid July's trip to Christchurch produced some excellent conditions - fully powered up on my 7.4, I had a great couple of hours before I had to leave early - just as the rain set in!

Diary for johng at Christchurch on 19/07/09

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

Having stayed over, arrived 11 ish to find the wind deceptively strong on the water, compared with the beach. Rigged a 5.5 on the 77 FSW, and that was good. Great to be out on that little board, which is much easier to jump with - made a few good floaty feeling jumps, no idea about altitude, but it's the feel that counts, right? Then the wind came up and people started changing down... so I switched to a 4.7. Amazingly light in the hands compared with the 5.5... but then the wind got up more, and ended up on the 4.0, big downhaul etc, and struggling to maneouvre - everything happening too fast! But it was a good session, limited only by my arms getting stressed following an earlier ridiculous weight training exercise last week... Stick to the windsurfing is my motto from now on.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 19/07/09

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

Started on a 5.0m but that soon became too much, so changed down to a 4.0m. No waves, just horrible chop but it was possible to get a decent jump off it now and then. Even had a go at a back loop, but although the take off was OK I forgot to look over at the top so only made it 2/3rds round. Hopefully we'll get some strong wind and decent ramps at the same time and I can have a concerted effort to actually land one in the right conditions. Trying the odd one here and there every few months doesn't seem the best way to learn. I seem to remember the waves came a bit early in August last year so not long to go now.


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