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24,25 April Hayling Island

Ah Hayling!
24/04/08
Host Host: Bill
Date Date: 24/04/10
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
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Last updated: 18/06/11 15:10 By: Bill
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Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 24/04/10

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:999 litres
Sail:8.2

Sailed Sunday with Jonathan. Took out my huge sail and race board. Got out with the wind dying. Was just starting to derig when it picked up again so I attempted to down haul the huge sail and sailed with it rigged completely wrong. I actually made most of my outside gybes, which is amazing for me with that big kit.

Completely knackered as I had also swam 40 laps and run 7 kms before the wind picked up.

Sorry to hear about your kit Jonathan. I actually did wonder when I was leaving about you being out since the wind had really dropped. Next time I'll check to make sure the lone sailor is ok.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 25/04/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.5

Chose Lepe because the wind looked a bit iffy on WGuru and Chimet - didn't want a 3hr round trip to get skunked, and Lepe always has a better wind profile for SW, thanks to the channelling effect of the Isle of Wight (where presumably Wight and his mates live). Sunny, windy enough, with a slight chill in the air. The water was much warmer than I expected though! Lepe car park was busy, but only a couple of windsurfers out.

So I tooled off out into the Solent - excellent!! I can gybe! This is good. I can jump!! This is better!! Did a couple of great jumps, really well-timed, and it is all about timing... Basically, kept on blasting about, practising various useful skills until I got tired. Had a drink and a snack, then did some more. Finally gave up when the board didn't seem to be doing what I wanted any more... the usual sign of tiredness!

Great session, and all the better for its rarity in the current prevailing weather conditions. Go, 2010!!

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 25/04/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:6.9

Not mega windy but it was nice to get out in the sun and without boots for the first time this year. Fortunately had Jane's board with me, don't think mine would have been much fun in the light winds. Did a bit of sail twirling etc until the wind filled in a bit. Was starting to think about calling it a day when right out the back my boom snapped in two places which wasn't ideal. I lost the arm and the back end. Tried swimming for a bit but wasn't making much progress. Then had another attempt to apply my rather poor DIY skills - manged to salvage some outhaul to tie the clew of the sail to the end of the remaining boom arm which was just about enough to struggle back in, trying to stay as sheeted out as possible to avoid too much stress on the sail and boom. After that it definitely was time to call it a day!

Added by Andrew on 26/04/10

Missed you again Jonathan, I was there in the morning (didn't sail though)

Added by jonathan on 27/04/10

Hopefully catch up with you soon Andrew.

I should also add that the offending boom WASN'T the one purchased from Duncan recently!!

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 25/04/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

At last, a sea breeze strong enough to create decent planing conditions just like the ones they made years ago. The tide was pretty low so mostly a flat water freestyle session, with the occasional bit of bump and jump from the odd freak moster double foot high atlantic swell. I seem to have forgotten how to sail a bit and was falling in a lot, but it was so warm I didn't care.

Added by Heather on 25/04/10

Really sorry Bill and I were not there for the event despite saying we would be there regardless. We were two of the thousands stranded abroad. Hope you all had a good time. Now back in the country so see you all at Bigbury!!
Heather