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

May 15, 16 Pagham

Host Host: beth
Date Date: 16/05/10
Venue Venue: Pagham
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating

Last updated: 17/05/10 08:16 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 15/05/10

Rating:1 star rating
Board:138 litres

first sail of the season in UK. not an epic but good to be finally on the water!

Diary for Lawrence at Southend on Sea on 16/05/10

Rating:1 star rating
Board:120 litres

Well, I could not actually make the Pagham event on the grounds of working in Essex on Monday AND having to help my mum out with cleaning/tidying/DIYing.

......However in between jobs I did manage to sneak in a sail off Thorpe Bay (suburb of Southend-on-sea) on the noth shore of the River Thames Estuary.

Its very tidal at this spot, hi tide was 2pm-ish, by the time I got out, the tide was on its way out too. My father, who also windsurfs, advised that the wind often picks up at this spot (its his local spot being about 100 yards from his house) as the tide turns suggested I go for the 8.5m instead of the 10.3m which I was leaning toward as the wind was light. I stupidly took his advice & went small & regretted it. After nearly getting on the plane in the odd gust, I decided to head back to shore & get the 10.3m up.

By the time I had rigged the big gun up, the wind had dropped further - I could see large gray storm cluds in London's direction which I figured where drawing in air from surroundings, which would have been cancelling out the prevailing SW'ly. I went out anyway - & still did not plane.

Now there are a couple of 'features' about sailing from this spot that make it 'fun'.

1) is the number of smallish boats moored up around the 100-200 yard mark from the beach
2) is the strong current on ebbing tides

......basically it took an advanced course in geometry to navigate through the boats in sub-planing conditions on a short board, factoring in the strong current plus allowing for the windshadow as you past astern of the moored boats, & also allow the the mooring ropes that where pulled taught by the current & the boats pinned to them straining to escape the shackles. Somehow I managed to get through the maze several times without incident, but it was close a few times & took the boredom off what would otherwise have been a dull sail. I used to sail this location years ago when I was a kid getting into the sport, back then the moored boats seemed to have bigger magnets as you more often than not came into contact with them.

The RRD x-fire 120, has once again proved to be a good light wind alternative to my RRD FSW 95L - feeling manageable with both 8.5m & 10.3m rigs in non-planing conditions.......thanks to Weymouth a few weeks ago, I know what the x-fire is like comfortably powered up with an 'ideal' sail size of 7.8M (it was brilliant!) & I also know what its like in overpowered 6.5m weather too (scarey!)......BUT I never expected to sail it in 6.5m overpowered conditions - I'd normally be having too much fun on the FSW 95 to contemplate doing battle with the x-fire in such conditions.

......to end the story, I came in & started to de-rig both sails & just finished loading van up as the heavens opened - the rain storm had come our way - & boy, did it rain!

Hope you all had a better time at the event location & the wind god was better to you than he was to me.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 16/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Great fun.

Added by Andrew on 17/05/10

Thought it would be, nearly joined you.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 16/05/10

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Not that windy today, most people were planing although I seemed to be having a struggle to get going a lot of the time. Eventually realised my sail was covered in creases lower down, came back to the beach to find the bottom two battens had worn through the front pockets and were poking out the other side. So that's two 5.8's we've managed to destroy this month, time for another trip to the sail mender, he's had a quiet Winter so someone's got to keep him in business, unfortunately this year it appears to be me.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 16/05/10

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Arrived at the Island to find Evva and Bill packing up, after a lengthy sesh. Wind was dropping a bit, so reluctantly rigged my 6.5. Turned out to be a good choice, Adam was out there still enjoying himself but as the wind dropped in and out, the assembled Haylingites came and went! It was a surprisingly flat sea, with very little chop, probably a combination of the wind direction and strength and the tide, which was going out. In short, had a good blast up and down, with some micro-jumps just to show I can do it without a huge wave to launch off :) Eventually, came in for a drink, but after going out again the wind had dropped too far, so called it a day. Not bad for a quickie. Went home quite happy!