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

29-31 May Weymouth

Carolyn (apparently out of practice)
Host Host: Lawrence
Date Date: 29/05/10
Venue Venue: Weymouth
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 30/05/10 06:27
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Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 29/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Started off with the RRD FSW 95L ltd & a Naish 5.75m Nalu. Initially nicely powered up, but then it started to drop & it ventured into marginal planing. Southwesterly & a bit gusty.

So I rigged up 6.5m Tushie Tbird & took out the isonic 111 wood - just to have one last sail on it to decide if I am right in thinking of trying to sell it. Portland harbour was pretty flat, small 1ft chop, so was the 'perfect' place to give the board one last shot.

I did a number of runs with it, all planing, but then decided to put the 6.5m on the RRD FSW 95L......& spent the rest of the day on that.....so this is the sail I am decalring for my diary for the day as it was the on eI was on the most today.

A heavily downhauled 6.5m & the RRD FSW 95L were spot on for this afternoon. It gybe beautifully, when I execute a poor gybe, I know its down to me.

Nuala tried her 100L RRD FSW ltd out for the first time today, using my 5.75m that I rigged in the morning. I got a quick go on it, & this must be one of the best boards to learn to carve gybe on right now - I could feel the bit of extra volume & width over my 95L - it just felt a tad more floaty in the gybe, & therefore a bit more forgiving using extra width & volume to help keep you planing through the gybe when you got it less than spot on. I would like some more time comparing the 95 & 100 back to back in a range of conditions.......this is only the start of this story I think, & this will go on all year.

So today started windy & rainy with poor visibility/low cloud - it was miserable, but the rain went late morning & the wind stayed.

So far the event is very much in the positive - seen many OMers today, Duncan, Clare, Steve & Liz, Nick & Sarah so far (sorry if I missed anyone!), so not a bad showing for what started out as such a miserable day.

Tomorrow promises better weather but maybe a little less wind, but still some wind at least, so the promise of planing with larger sails & maybe boards.......& maybe some more OMers turning up.

Diary for Bernie at Lepe & Calshot on 29/05/10

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

Helen and I couldn't get to Weymouth due to being overwhelmed with wedding stuff to organise, but we were able to nip down the road for a good afternoon session at Calshot. The weather was overcast and drizzly but that did not dampen our enjoyment of the day. I had a 95l Mistral Flow, celebrating it's 10th year with me since a I bought it new, and I had a 5.5m Tushy Storm. Helen was on a 4.5 Storm. Spring tides meant a lot of the wet stuff and we had a good 3 hours blasting until the water disappeared in the general direction of the Isle of Wight.


Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 29/05/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres

Couldn't make Weymouth due to other commitments over the weekend but was desperate to get out. So much so that I sat in the rain in Hillhead car park waiting for the weather to clear slightly. In the end I decided to put on my wetsuit and rigged up anyway. Went for a 5m which was ok at the time but was rather underpowered later on. One other dedicated person also rigged up in the rain, put on his wetsuit and then discovered he had left his harness at home. An expensive trip to Andy Biggs in his wetsuit for him...
Dead southerly made it very onshore - so much so that I sailed straight over the groynes getting out taking plenty of paint off my board. Once out it was ok, but I could have done with a size bigger sail as the afternoon wore on.

Diary for Carl at Weymouth on 29/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres

As we pulled into the car park at 8.45 the wind was howling but the rain was near torrential and it felt cold. We opted for coffee instead. A bit later the rain seemed to be easing and a few people were out, someone on a 4.2m was still going well, so I quickly rigged 5.0m and 90l freestyle board and headed out. Had a good hour or two before the wind died and the water started to get a bit shallow. At one point I sailed out past someone standing waist deep, went another 200 yards or so, into what I thought was deeper water, launched into a vulcan attempt and somehow thumped my arse on the sea bed. Also by then a couple of my batten ends had come off and were sticking 4 inches out of the sail, time for a break. After more coffee, some lunch and much lazing around chatting with the by now large group of OMWCers I eventually rigged a 5.4m and went out for another couple of hours in the afternmoon.

Diary for nuporter at Weymouth on 29/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:100 litres

First outing on new RRD board- really like it- although getting used to 15l less than old board. Using Lawrences sail - had some great blasts along Portland harbour. Attempted to carve gybe but not getting anywhere (need further lesson about how to carve gybe - thanks Duncan). Best part was not getting out of depth at any point- so falling in didnt matter as much. Wind picked up towards the end of my sail- so I struggled a little- then decided to finish.
Great to see so many friends at the beach- and huge thanks for the food and childcare from my parents!!

Added by Lawrence on 29/05/10

.......Saturday evening now, we have had a good start to the event. Clare, Duncan, Liz & Steve, Nick & Sarah turning up so far (sorry if I missed anyone!). The day started off miserable - wind but also rain & poor visibility / low cloud, but the rain stopped late morning, & Duncan, Carl, Nuala, Steve, Clare & I got out - & I think every one was planing comfortably with 5.5m-6.5m sails. My arms are telling me it was a good day.

Sunday looks like the weather maybe nicer, but with a little less wind, so it may be 8m rigs tomorrow & floatier boards, but I still expect planing conditions with the right kit. There maybe some more OMers joining us tomorrow......where ever you are, I hope you had a good sail today, & are lookin forward to getting out tomorrow.

Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 30/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Sunny start, but less wind in morning. felt tired after prior days sailing & not a great nights sleep. wind looked a little on off - some people planing with 6.5 in gusts, others not planing with 8m+ at times. Decided to wait for afternoon session after lunch before venturing out.

eventually got out at about 3pm & planed well most of the time with the 8.5 & 120 RRD x-fire. I love this board. Planned fast while many (not all) around wallowed. Eventually heade in around 5.30pm

Good session.

Diary for Andrew at Weymouth on 30/05/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:130 litres

After a break of almost two years it was fantastic to get back on the water again. Not a great deal of wind, but enough for me to get going on my 6.6, sunny as well. Just really nice to be out again.

I had a classic Weymouth weekend, Good blast across the harbour, Turks Head in the evening, good walking and really great company. Thanks to Nuala and Lawrence for hosting.

Diary for Carl at Weymouth on 30/05/10

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

Much less wind than the previous day, I waited all day for it to pick up, but in the end gave in late afternoon and went out on the 102 freestyle wave and 5.8m. There was the occasional gust to get planing now and then, even enough for the odd aerial gybe, but mostly it was a case of blobbing about practising light wind freestyle. Still the sun was shining, there were quite a few of us out and besides, I was still pretty knackered from the previous days anyway. In the evening we all headed for the Turks Head for an excellent meal (as usual) and a few beers. It was great to catch up with everyone and special thanks are due to Lawrence and Nuala for organising the wind to coincide with a bank holiday event.

Diary for nuporter at Weymouth on 30/05/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:100 litres

Ummmm- not as good a sail as yesterday- also- struggled with waterstarting the 8 with a board that was a little small!! Planed at first- but then wind dropped so struggled to sail upwind back to beach. Uphauling was fun - with the board underwater!!
However- had a great day- nice to see the sun and chat to friends. Great to meet new members (Hi Graham and Lisa), and all topped up with an excellent meal at the Turks Head.
Thanks to everyone who made it to Weymouth this weekend- it was a great event and Lol and I really enjoyed hosting it.

Added by Lawrence on 31/05/10

Monday - sun, but the wind had all but disappeared. We walked the boys down to the windsurf beach in the morning & sat there fore a couple of hours.....all the other OMers had gone with the wind!

We then headed back to Nu's parents for Lunch & a walk along the coastal pathway to the ruined castle.

In the afternoon Nu dragged me out for a bike ride around the coastal path of Portland Bill - we pulled into the windsurf beach to see if any OMers had turned up & wanting to join us for the ride, but there were none. I don't think the wind got close to 10knts today, so understandable that no one was around.

Nu & I spent 3 hours cycling round the Bill - the climb up is a bit of a killer on the thighs for future reference - wish I'd left earlier now too ;)

Overall, a good event I think.

Added by Lawrence on 31/05/10

PS. I was very tempted to just go & drift on a board for a bit today, just to 'claim' another entry in the diary in my weak attempts to catch up Carl.......but it really would not have been worth the effort for the sailing alone.


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