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16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

October 24/25 2009

Carl at Highcliffe
25/10/09
Date Date: 24/10/09
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for October 24/25 2009 (6)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Another weekend with no official event but plenty of sailing action. Most people went to Pagham on Saturday, then Hayling on Sunday. Plus of course the usual crowd at Christchurch, who actually ventured further than Avon beach.

Last updated: 26/10/09 08:02 By: Andrew
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Diary for johng at Pagham on 24/10/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:4.7

Having had teasers all week, all we had to do was decide on a venue...

So Pagham it was! Arranged to meet Juan, who was a bit late (if you can be late for anything to do with windsurfing :^) ). Cross-on, I opted for a 4.7, even though it wasn't too windy on the beach. This was a good move... the wind came up, and I was well powered up. Managed a few rubbish jumps and a couple of good ones once I decided to do the curl up thing instead of flapping around... Also performed the fastest gybe of my windsurfing career, horrifying speed, pulled it off in the reasonably sized swell coming in with the tide onto the sandbar. Wowser!

Since Pagham is a wavy spot, allegedly, I also played around trying to get some DTL action, but kept out-running the waves and into the back of the next one - bl**dy Baha, totally spoilt me! Time to move perhaps... Good fun practising bottom turns and then falling off on the cutback when the wave wasn't there... And then, creme de la creme, executed a miracle tack on the inside, edge of the beach, people watching - marv!

All-in-all, a good time had by all - Juan came off the water hours after me, Kiwi Stephen slightly before, Stevie G arriving "late" and getting out there, Beth, Justin (first sail since Jan - been sh*tesurfing up until now!!) - we were finally chucked out by the gate-locker, who kindly reminded us it was time to go. Almost like yer favourite pub!

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 24/10/09

Carl at Avon Beach
24/10/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:5.4

Met up with Adam down at Avon, which was pretty busy due to a looping clinic which Roger T was attending. Also in the clinic was Kyle, haven't seen him in years so was great for us all to catch up. The morning had been a bit wet but the sun finally came out at lunch time. There was some small swell to muck about on in the cross to cross off wind. The wind eventually strengthened and I could have done with changing down but by then couldn't be arsed so just stayed with the 5.4 and eventually came in about 5.00pm totally knackered. The loop clinic was still going strong when I left having started at 8:30 in the morning. I was only out 6 hours - what a lightweight!

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 24/10/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:5.2

I sailed Pagham and Michael sailed Hayling on Saturday. We both sailed Bracklesham on Sunday. Waves were nonexistent at Pagham, but Bracklesham showed some nice shoulder high rides with lots of backside stuff. Pulled a vertical backside aerial and somehow sailed outof it. Funny how one move can make the whole session. Lots of floaters. Girls raced their bikes and scooters and had lots of icecream.

Diary for tc at Poole on 24/10/09

TC
22/08/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:5.5

Headed to Poole Harbour, thinking that anywhere else would be a bit too wavey for my big board. Probably a good decision because even the harbour had 2 to 3 foot of chop in places. Reluctantly I rigged my 5.5 wishing for a 5.0 and headed out. It was pretty fast and furious and I had plenty of good wipe outs trying to use the footstraps. Not a problem as it gave me opportunity to practice my waterstarts, which are coming on well.

Wind was a bit gusty as it often is in the harbour, but it was great fun. Have a big blister on my hand, probably from clinging on to the boom for dear life!

Diary for rogerta at Christchurch on 24/10/09

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Received an e-mail during the week asking if I was interested in doing a looping clinic. I've never had any windsurfing instruction so thought it might be interesting to go along - it was!

Guy Cribb certainly knows how to make the most of day light hours. Sunday morning I realised just how much I had wrecked myself - even the ibuprofen didn't seem to take the edge of it.

Arrived down at 8am at Avon, spent the morning on the beach breaking the loop down - in the pouring rain. This was enormously helpful and instantly made you realise what you were doing wrong all those years ago - 20 in my case. After lunch it was onto the water to start a series of exercises to build up to the point where you were ready to go for it. I realised why I stopped trying loops very quickly - its the total and utter commitment you have to have combined with the letting go of all control to the forces of nature. Intense isn't the word. Far more intense than I ever remember it but then they do say you lose your bottle as you get older. My first one was off a small Avon wave and I made it all the way round. I came up on the correct side of the sail shouting my head off. However I did the worst thing possible - started thinking about it - and that was it, my attempts from there on, got more and more feeble to the point I was trying to loop before I'd actually got any air!! At 6pm we were allowed off the water.

A great day though (I think) and good to see Kyle after so many years - sailing very impressively. Also down were F1 Kev and Adam. Sunday we were supposed to down to K-Bay but I could barely get out of bed, so thought better of it. Had a family walk at Bracklesham which looked fantastic - sun, wind waves - what more could you ask for - some back bone maybe...

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 24/10/09

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

Only managed to get as far as Hillhead. I timed it nicely as when I got there people were still deliberating about whether to go for 6.5m or 5.5m. I opted for 5.5m which was plenty - and later changed down to 5.0m.
Disappointed in myself for not doing any loop attempts. One excuse would be that it was quite onshore and therefore difficult to take off downwind - but of course there is never a shortage of excuses when it comes to loops.....

Diary for Juanito at Pagham on 24/10/09

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.4

Epic day down at Pagham x to x off nice powered up done the bigges jump ever with out a wipe out nice to catch up with BT Trevor and all my other budies John Steve Steven W Beth. Had a good laugh walking down the beach with Beths dog Jakar and this other windsurfer come up to me and said is that your dog no sorry it's my friends it just because he ate my sandwiches should have left on the beach with Jakar around just quickly run up the beach laughing. Thanks to Leuda and Gen for tea and letting me have the afternoon of.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 25/10/09

Carl at Highcliffe
25/10/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.4

The wind was a bit too offshore at Avon, so me, Adam and John V went to Highcliffe instead. Now I can't believe I've never sailed there before. Had walked down there plenty of times in the past and watched people surfing when it wasn't windy, so I knew the waves were good, but somehow every time it was windy I've always sailed somewhere else. A good bit of swell there today with lines of peeling waves up to around head high. Good jumping on the way out and some nice rides back in. I will definately be going back.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 25/10/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:77 litres
Sail:4.7

I wasn't going to go out today, but it was windy and sunny... so I did.

Arrived just as Gen was leaving the water, rigged 77/4.7 - yay!! Sunny!! The comfortable slipper that is the 77 FSW was as fun as I remembered. Note to self: Use it more often. Tide "on the push" as I believe the hip would have it, wind WSW maybe F5-6, so good conditions.

Dashed about, upwind a lot initially to investigate the wavey bits, but they were very hard work. Did some more gybes faster than ever before - this is getting to be fun! Executed a jump which actually involved leaving the water, and landing properly including planing out. Blimey. Tried some tacks but fell in - good planning involved this being near the beach, so only the beachbreak to deal with, which was significantly more impressive the longer I stayed in :-s !

Eventually stopped just before body gave out, had lunch aka afternoon tea, went home via Pete's house, where we compared notes on electric guitar vibrato techniques - nice.

Diary for Genevieve at Hayling Island on 25/10/09

my favourite board at the time
flash that logo
Rating:4 star rating
Board:77 litres
Sail:3.7

Yes, the wind was only a week late. Well, Saturday a bunch went to Pagham but today we went to Hayling. Windy and sunny - lovely. Not as much swell as hoped but had a great time getting to the sandbar and playing around. Also used the 100l waveboard and 5m, so variable windspeed. tried a backie when I saw the kiwi, as a welcome, but was surprised by tjhe 50cm depth so steered clear after that. Tried some donkey kicks etc Great fun. Saw Justin, and longlost Trevor, and Steve and Leuda. And the grommets loved it with their girlfriend Aurora joining them on the beach.

Diary for steve d at Christchurch on 25/10/09

THe Eiger
15/11/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:6.0

Cross off at Avon made for a wobbly sail out to meet the wind but once out great for blasting if a little over powered at times. A dirty black cloud killed the wind for a while and bent the wind a a bit more westerly which was great except made getting back to shore a nightmare.

But hey, the sun was shining and I was still in a summer suit so who's complaining. Met up with Adrian over at Highcliff to review the weekends sailing. Thanks for the tea Adrian.

Added by Andrew on 26/10/09

Was that Adrian or Adam ?

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 25/10/09

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

Nayra was no respecter of the clocks going back so instead of a lie-in we headed down to Hillhead. Nursing a rather twisted knee today after my front foot came out of the strap mid-jump but didn't manage to get the back one out - ouch!

Diary for Bernie at Lepe & Calshot on 25/10/09

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:1 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

Went to Calshot with Helen and my kids, and Helen's nephew James, who we are teaching to windsurf. The weather was great for the time of year and all was set for a lovely day's windsurfing....except for the fact that my two-piece mast decided to become a three-piece, and this little event took place about 500 metres offshore.

So instead of a great day windsurfing, I had a great half an hour swim back to the beach. It was a 430cm mast and without it I was stuffed, my other mast being a 490, which was much too big for the 6m sail. So I spent the rest of the day borrowing Helen's rig when she wasn't using it, and I was totally under-powered.

So, all in all, a nice day at the beach, but a pretty crappy windsurfy day.

If anyone has got the bottom half of a mast that they don't want, doesn't need to be a 430, let me know cos I have a lonely top half languishing in the garage and looking for a mate.

Bernie

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