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Oct 31 Hayling

James and the Hayling cauldron
High tide and almost storm force gale - midday and no-one out for another hour yet - tea time
Host Host: Genevieve
Date Date: 31/10/09
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Oct 31 Hayling (4)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Sunday was stormy to start off with, with driving rain - the sort that is not nice to drive in. The morning was spent sheltering and drinking tea, watching the high tide and wind create a cauldron that noone could be bothered with until after lunch.

At 1pm, fairly precisely, the first crash test dummy rushed into the water, and a frenzy of rigging and sailing started. The storm force gales receded slightly and after the first hour, a 5m was just about right for the bigger guys, 4m for the lighterweight members and ladies. Waveboards were useful as the swell out at the sandbar was looking nice, but was quite difficult to manage in practice as it was coming from several directions with a fairly messy undertow. A slightly more bouyant board was better by this later stage. Still, a small jump-city area was formed and everyone made the most of it. Busy on the water with warmer than usual for a November 1, and an unusually reliable forecast combining to get the sort of crowd that makes a great day. No rain in the afternoon made the rigging and sailing a real joy. Beth's Michael made the comment of the day 'no matter what gear you are on today, it will not feel right at some point' - summing up the slightly gusty winds, which on the smaller sail and board sizes can mean that the lulls are a period of pause.

But everyone made the most of the good conditions, so much so that we forgot to get off the water in time for the nanny, and were 2 hours late and it was pitch dark. But with the cash in hand, she has forgiven us, thank goodness - because this is something we definately want the logistics for another time!!!

Richie was around, getting back into sailing after a whole year off - and he doesn't even have maternity leave to blame. He loved maui and fiji but it was a while back now! Great to see you again Richie - might need more than a shortie soon though. We also met James who is one of the newer London members that normally sails at Weymouth - see the pics. We hope he had a good time testing the seashore!!! Roger enjoyed his new longer line sailing (another product of training to loop). Bernie is still looking for another half of a 430 mast, bu you definitely know that he thinks his glass is half full and Helen had a nice time battening down the hatches parked up at the wild and windy Inn overnight. There were also quite a few others but I will have to add them later as I have run out of time for now. Here's hoping for a repeat next weekend, but with a little more consistent wind :)

Last updated: 02/11/09 10:02 By: Genevieve
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Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 01/11/09

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

Saturday night a few of us met up at the Inn on the Beach. Heather back from Fuerto, Steve and Leuda, and Helen and Bernie, Michael and myself. The food is quite good now at the Inn and the place so much nicer with a better clientele. The highlight of the night (besides Bernie's excellent story about his and Helen's first date) was the fireworks at the funfair. Sitting in the conservatory with a glass of wine, with great company watching some really excellent fireworks is a great way to say hello to the windy season. The evening ended fairly early with Helen and Bernie spending the night in their camper right there.

Next morning we had to take the girls for a swim and didn't get down until 1:30. We rigged big because the forecast said it would die. Hence the first two runs were a bit maxed out. Major jumps until I hit the current. Then it all went wrong and dI couldn't figure out which way was up. Finally made it out to the outer break and the current was better there. It should be -you're about two miles out by that time.

The waves were the best I've seen at Hayling this year... they would break, mush out, break again - for almost the entire ride in. That's alot of bottom turns. By the time I got off the wave my left arm was so tired I could hardly hold on. On one of these long rides I almost took out one of the kitesurfers - luckily I know him and he also windsurfs.

I think I passed by Gen and Steve out there and Michael said he saw a few OMWCers.

Diary for tc at Poole on 01/11/09

Rating:5 star rating
Board:148 litres

Decided to give the morning gales and rain a miss and headed down to Poole Harbour after lunch. Conditions were brilliant (Force 4-5 according to windfinder) - 3 hours of constant planing in the sun without feeling overpowered. Water was fairly flat which allowed me to get some real speed up. Was having so much fun I even attempted some planning gybes. Didn't really have much success, but it was fun trying. The tide was right out, so the water was waist deep pretty much everywhere making it easy to get back on the board. One of the best times I've had windsurfing. I even met a friendly kitesurfer (they do exist!), who helped me get my kit out the water.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 01/11/09

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres

Spent the first hour or two watching from the van. (The anemometer was reading gusts of 55 knots just after 9:00am.) It was wet and I still didn't feel like I had woken up so I sat watching some really good guys getting trashed on 4.0's and some big swims after their kit. I also watched some get in really awesome wave rides when they got it right. The wind dropped later just as the sun came out so I made it out of the van for about an hour on a 5.4m until it died even more so I packed up. Had a quick look later and the wind had come back again and even more guys out although the waves were a lot smaller by then.

Diary for Eduardo at Poole on 01/11/09

Ouch... where's my helmet?
Don't leave your helmet in the van!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:103 litres

I too had a great afternoon in Poole harbour - sunny and well powered up on a 6m.

I learnt the painful lesson that if you have a helmet, it's not much use in the van!

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 01/11/09

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres

I am afraid I was one of those who wussed out on Sunday morning. Didn't fancy the driving rain only to find that my 4.2m would be too big for the conditions. Unfortunately as I had to be back in Basingstoke by 5pm, and didn't leave home until 1pm, Hayling wasn't an option and I headed (as usual) to Hillhead.
I was amazed to find blue skies and a pretty benign water state. The wind had of course dropped but swung almost due West so the ramps were pretty good to begin with and the 5.5m was the perfect size.
Just as I was reluctantly heading in after a pretty short session the wind dropped, making me feel much better about packing up so soon.

Diary for Bernie at Hayling Island on 01/11/09

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Cor Blimey, they don't get much better than that!

Helen and I arrived at Hayling on Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of the day walking along the beach and enjoying the warmth of the sun, it was more like August than the last day of October. Then we went to the beautifully re-vamped Inn on the Beach; they have done a fanastic job and we had a lovely evening and a meal with everyone before crashing out in the Motorhome in the car park.

We were woken up early on Sunday morning by the rocking of the van as it was battered by a Force God-Knows-What wind, horizontal rain and then the sight of a foaming sea, pummelling the concrete wall of the pub. I turned over in bed and asked Helen to go and rig me a 3.7m, but her response was a well aimed knee to the groin.

An hour later, we got up and had breakfast whilst watching a 6-foot shore dump just 20m from the van. We then drove up to where the Hayling Boot Fair should have been, but the deluge had put everyone off, so we headed back to the pub for a Cappacino and watched the sea pulsating in all directions.

By 1pm the first person went out and immediately disappeared under the shore break, to be spat out a few seconds later. He persevered and then led the cavalry charge to the waves a mile out to sea.

By the time I had rigged up and got on the water at 2pm there must have been approaching 100 windsurfers and 50 kite-surfers, all enjoying the best that Hayling has to offer. It was the best sailing I have had for a long time, and whilst enjoying a bit of wave-riding and gybing on the wave face, my most memorable moment was when I was just water-starting in between two sets, when I looked up and 20 foot above my head was a windsurfer on a Kamakaze dive coming out of the sun, and on a collision course with me....he landed his jump right next to me but it was closer than close can be....Note to self: buy a frigging helmet...!!

My next jump ended with my boom becoming an ex-boom and I had to head to shore to change it. I had another half an hour until 4'ish, then came in, thoroughly exhausted and smiling from ear-to-ear.

I finished the day where it all started when I asked Helen to de-rig my kit and got....yup you guessed it.....a well-aimed knee to the groin.


Diary for rogerta at Hayling Island on 01/11/09

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Got the call from me ol' mucker Juanito to say everyone was sailing at Hayling. Given it was so west, Avon wasn't on, although reading Carl's write up sounds like there was some swell, Bracklesham would have been very onshore, so Hayling seemed like a good call. Couldn't quite believe the sight when I arrived at 1.30pm - break extending all the way to east and even some small swell right by the beach. Never seen Hayling like this before - real swell!!

Juanito was rigging and Gen already out - straight into a backie - definitely not lost her bottle!! Steve and Leuda arrived later.

Hayling really defies logic. I would love for someone to explain to me why this is such a freaky wave. Went out on my 80 litre wave board and a 4.7. After blasting to the break, completely lost the wind and ended up bobbing around with waves hitting me from both sides. After feeling a bit dizzy, came in and changed board to a 95 litre. This felt much better and started getting some reasonable rides even though you never knew when you looked down the line if the wave was going to die or rear up. Hell, just drop in and hope for the best - which worked and was great fun.

Towards the end of the day I came right in close to the sand bar where the wind was much cleaner as it was coming straight off the sand bar. This was completely bizarre as although the wave was smaller it was refracting around the head of the bar and subsequently you could ride the waves in both directions which was the ultimate lazy man's wave sailing - brilliant. There was no-one else up there either so you had the wave all to yourself. I came in when I nearly managed to take out the one and only person who did join me, by going for some air off a nice meaty lip only to completely under estimate the wind and get blown clean off the back straight into the path of the other guy going the opposite way - luckily we didn't collide but not sure how.

All in all a top afternoon!

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 01/11/09

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

Got to Hayling with Gen for the first time as me managed to get nanny Abi to look after boys for the afternoon got down to hayling to find a very high tide still so we decided to go Brasilian Cafe Leuda and Steve for a cupa for 45minutes when we got back tide was perfect nice swell hugh wives on sand bar and only 6 people out by the time we rig up and where out saling seem to be 100 sails out at the same time. Cought some time wave on sandbar and some nice jump again good to catch up with forward loop Roger T. and Steve and Leuda nice afertnoon but where late back for nanny hope she was ok about it and do it another time.


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