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Last updated: 04/09/09 13:36 By: Andrew
Westward Ho - onshore and very marginal but good to be out in some waves and sunshine.
Ah, the traditional Aug BH DEvon trip! Nice to see all the faces there, too many to mention in a simple diary entry, but notably Leuda, newly returned from Brasil, and Ed with his new wife too - what is it with OMWC and Brasilians?? Should we all get one?
Tried going out with the 6.5 and 102 FSW, straight into the teeth of an onshore non-gale and lots of fairly heavy surf. Dream on John!! No amount of will power was going to make that happen, and I was strangely exhausted before I even started. So I compensated by going surfing instead, initially on my own, but later with Juan - good style mah man! Nice relaxed evening around the fire finished the day off properly.
Westward Ho - can hardly claim this as it lasted no more than 15 minutes. Combination of surf session immediately beforehand and lack of sleep for two nights left me with no energy to enjoy the wind when it did eventually pick up late afternoon. Juan, the Kiwi and Nick all out to make the most of the wind as it filled in.
Good weekend and great to see everyone.
Great fun riding the waves with Nick again at westward ho! a little underpowered, but nicely shaped waves. Poor john G got washed up and rescued this morning when the tide was pushing in the waves. That will make Baja feel more exciting next weekend- especially with that hurricane ! but the wind was now lighter and the waves more comfy.
Added by Andrew on 04/09/09
Back on the water already, well done.
Added by Genevieve on 06/09/09
no, just hadn't had the op - had it on thurs and the sling is a fetching light blue, that colour co-ordinates well with my trakkie pants...
Added by Genevieve on 18/09/09
All healed now, and the official advice is to use it or lose it, so maybe next weekend we might get to go sailing!
What an interesting day... Got back tot he beach from the campsite about 9 or so, not a lot of wind but it had switched to sideshore. Nick was there, rigging up just about everything he had in order to match kit to konditions as required, so I started with 102 and 6.5m. Hard work, but easier than yesterday with non-planing winds as sideshore. I ended up a long way downwind having played about with a few waves, so walked back up - the wind appeared to be picking up...
Rigged the 5.5 - again, I felt very tired and lacking in energy, but couldn't miss the chance of a session. Wobbled out ok, had a couple of runs, using the patented Nick Mckay "out, waves to the beach, walk upwind for a rest" approach to DTL sailing in a beach break. Caught a great wave, just beginning to get the hang of it... then fell off being a silly a*se just outside the impact zone, I could probably have caught it but didn't try hard enough.
And then of course I couldn't waterstart!! Very light wind, lots of waves (5sec period or less)... nearly made it once but not quite... then got hit by a big wave and stupidly let go of my kit, and couldn't reach it in the break. Kept swimming but totally knackered and confused in the waves, starting to make gurgling noises with all the water in my head... Nick sailed up and I told him I was in bad shape, so he headed off to get the RNLI guys. Never was I so glad to see a barechested hero arrive on the surf whale! Moments later we were surfing the best ever wave of my life to the beach, where I lay like a stranded whale for a few minutes before getting some oxygen in the truck. That stuff is addictive...
So why the best ever? Because I'm still here, and I'm writing this after the Baja trip! I'll be better next time...
Great to sail with RICK, who has dropped in from Gwithian. There is real swell today, with some big sets. The first go was a mess, as the wind dropped as we entered the water and we had to retreat, But not too long and we were setting out again, still a lttle flukey as it was cross-off and hence a little gusty, compared to yesterdays nice clean sideshore. Wave riding where possible, but a little difficult as I keep losing the wind in the bottom of the wave. The kiwi joined in and was smiling so he must have been enjoying it! I exited before a trashing, so we could get back to civilisation for the end of the summer.