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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Lepe & Calshot

Gary at Lepe
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Lepe

Windsurfing
This is another one of those venues where Jo Public windsurfer rarely ventures and we usually have the entire place to ourselves (plus a few day trippers but it is rarely crowded). If there is wind in The Solent, it is usually one Beaufort stronger here because of the prominent position, being the closest point to The Isle of Wight. A trip across is not out of the question but be aware of the many, many risks involved, which include strong currents and tides, wind against tide chop which can be 10 feet high in the middle whilst the water is almost flat near the beach, massive ocean going ships travelling at 30 knots and the need to take some cash with you should you need to catch the ferry back (mentioning no names!). Still, despite the risks, it is a great trip and the action close to shore is good too in most wind directions, with large areas of shallow flat water at low tide. Protection by the Isle of Wight means there are usually no waves. If the wind is northerly, conditions are much better around the corner at Calshot, so check the club-line for any last minute change of plans.
Parking
Hampshire County Council pay and display - make sure you do as they are hot! No tarmac so dusty and dirty.
Facilities
Very good, being a Country Park. Small grassy rigging area, fresh water tap (sometimes has a hose), nice cafe and clean toilets all right there. Solent Rescue usually have a manned look-out post on the cliff top and a rescue boat available. There are 2 windsurfing shops near by; Specialised Sailing (Give OMWC a discount) in Fawley and Solent Sailboards in Calshot.

Calshot

Windsurfing
At high tide, this effectively becomes a dual option venue because the lagoon behind the Calshot Spit fills with water, providing a relatively safe haven for beginners and improvers should the conditions on the more exposed ocean side become a little manic. Make sure you come ashore before the tide falls, otherwise you'll be wading through very deep sludgy mud. Also when the tide is falling, avoid the two piers at the entrance to the lagoon - else the tide could drag you around the corner and out into the shipping lane, if you do not get crushed against the piers first!
Sailing on the sea is usually much less frenetic than at neighbouring Lepe because Calshot is particularly sheltered from the waves and also, sometimes, the wind. Check the club-line on the day of the event to see if we have moved around to Lepe for the wind. When sailing on the sea, apart from making sure you keep out of the shipping lane, the main thing to be aware of is a sand bar about 200m offshore, perfectly placed for most new visitors to be nicely sheeted in, hooked in, in the foot-straps and fine tuning their kit for speed, then SPLAT! The spit is just below the surface at mid tide and visible at low tide. No problem at high tide.
Parking
Lots of it, next to the water, pay and display, not too expensive.
Facilities
Loads of space for rigging. Toilets close by but it is a bit of a walk from where we usually park to the activity centre for the cafe. In addition to the accommodation listed in www.upmystreet.com, we are sometimes able to arrange for camping, overnight van parking at the Calshot Activity Centre. Solent Sailboards are based in a hut just off the beach and Specialised Sailing (OMWC discounts) are close by in Fawley.

Last updated: 12/07/07 17:47 By: Carl
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Added by Genevieve on 01/04/08

Web:www.cowesharbourweather.com

A useful Solent webcam found by Steve D. It seems to be up on the building next to Solent Sailboards or the Sailing club. It is very clear and you can get a good idea of the wind conditions.

Added by Genevieve on 03/02/09

CHILDFRIENDLINESS
Each of the sites is pretty childfriendly - there are toilets and cafe's. Ease of swimming access can be limited for children however.

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