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5-6 June Lepe

Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 05/06/10
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Well, we had a bit of everything for Lepe - some glorious weather, a most enjoyable bike ride, a stunning visit to Exbury Gardens, a most pleasant social evening at the Forest Home and on Sunday some great windsurfing by the sounds of things! I say by the sounds of thing as Mo and I left late morning with the wind just building - so sorry to have missed you Nuala & Lawrence - but glad you all had a good sail. Must admit though I managed to fit in a great sail as well late afternoon when I got back to Hayling - but I'll do a separate diary entry for that!

Last updated: 08/06/10 06:10 By: johng
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Diary for Lawrence at Lepe & Calshot on 06/06/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Well, we missed out on Saturday - for a number of reasons:- forecast, Xavier having B'day party invites from school & us having jobs around the house to do following a 4 day weekend away last weekend due to the Weymouth event....

....BUT we made it down for Sunday afternoon - Andrew was there rigged up, sadly Mike, our host, had headed off giving up on the arrival of wind following no wind Saturday or Sunday morning/early afternoon......big mistake Mike, the wind arrived!!!

Aaahhhaaaa - no Carl I thought - I can sneak an extra entry into my diary & pull one back.

I waited for Andrew to head out with his 6.5m before I decided what to rig - I could see he was overpowered, so I opted for the 5.75m & the RRD FSW 95L......and before I had finished rigging Andrew was back on shore changing down to 5.5m (thx Andrew I owe you one!).

It was a bit of a lumpy sea & you were seemingly forever pointing upwind to make it back to shore due to wind & tide conditions, but it was a pretty good session - a few ramps presented themselves & I managed to get the board (intentionally) airbourne a few times, I was never overpowered, & towards the end I was struggling to keep it planing - maybe I could have got away with the 6.5m heavily downhauled after all.

Had Nuala & the kids not been 'stuck' in the van as they felt cold due to the wind I would have stayed out longer, but I'd had a good hour or so, & the wind had started to drop so I headed in.....to find Baron von Carl had turned up & was rigging to go out in his little red ride......I was not going to pull a diary entry back after all.....plus he spotted me trying to run off with his red RRD in a failed attempt to slow his diary entries up.....curses!!!

Mike, sorry if we missed you this weekend!

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 06/06/10

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres

Left Lepe late morning to drop Mo back off in Salisbury but when I got back to Hayling it was looking pretty promising. Shot off down to the beach to find everyone blobbing - but the mass of 5-6sq m sails all over the beach suggested I'd missed something! Brewed up and promptly nodded off in the sunshine only to wake up and find everyone blasting around again. Frantically rigged but missed it! Still went out and fortunately it picked up again and I had a good hour or so blasting around on my 7.5. Eventually came in when I was the only person left on the water - sacrilege - it was one of those perfect windy summers evenings, still I was my first sail this year - indeed since October last year and my arms were that knackered that I had difficulty getting my mug of tea to my lips! A good session - hopefully with many more to follow!

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 06/06/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres

What a super Sunday. The Lepe effect really worked. Wind came up around 1pm and we had a solid F5 until 7pm, sunshine as well.

Two runs on the 6.6 proved that it was much windier than it looked. Changed down to 5.5 and I had a fantastic afternonn (best sail this year). Could have gone smaller, but tide with wind meant I needed that bit extra to stay upwind.

Good to see a few others there (Nuala, Lawrence and Roger T), but where was everyone else on such a classic day ?

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 06/06/10

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

After a good meal and banter in the Forest Home we headed back to Lepe on Sunday quite late in order to catch the evening high tide. Unfortunately the tide was still running with the wind so despite it being quite windy you needed a 5.8m or so in order to stay upwind. As the tide effect started to slow some of the locals went out on smaller sails and were pulling off some nice vulcans and spocks. Unfortunately, at this point I had to watch this from the beach as my kit had just been picked up by the wind and cartwheeled along the beach putting a hole in my board. A bit of doctor ding and half an hour later I was back falling off with the rest of them. Even managed to get round one vulcan myself, although my body was in completely the wrong position for the landing so I just ended up in the water in a twisted heap. (Uncle) Duncan reckons I'm too old for this malarkey and after that one I was begining to think he might even be right.

P.S. Message to Lawrence, none of the above happened, I think it was a dream I had whilst dozing in the van in the sunshine.

Added by Lawrence on 11/06/10

.......except for the bit about Unkie Dunkie rekoning your too old for the freestyle malarkey ;)

.......I also enjoyed the continuous 'upwind sailing training' off Lepe on this day......

Diary for rogerta at Lepe & Calshot on 06/06/10

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

I am now windsurfing by prescription. Being a bit of an insomniac, I had a consultation with the doctor where he prescribed more windsurfing. Beatrice was there as well so there are no arguments. Its in black and white, actually in the doctors notes "the patient needs to do more windsurfing".

How many other people out there are windsurfing on prescription!!!

Anyway, needing some medication, I headed down to Lepe to catch the tide. What a beautiful evening. Well powered up on a 6.3, I headed west to Needs Ore Point at the entrance to the Beaulieu. Sun was still out - fantastic evening. The run back to Lepe was superb. Andrew and Carl were out. Carl doing those willy flipper skippy spinny things. The boy still thinks he's 16 years old - oh my god, its wicked, innit. Nice van though.

Didn't sleep at all Sunday night though so obviously need stronger dose next time.

Added by johng on 07/06/10

Sounds marv. I would have made it, seeing as it was forecast ;) and I really like Lepe, but a) my van is still in the garage, having its non-starting fixed, and also playing its usual role of my shed, thereby holding all my windsurfing gear, 8) I was rehearsing for the gig on 26 June with my old musician mates. Pants. Can't do everything - one of the lessons of life!

Added by Andrew on 07/06/10

John, glad to hear your putting the band back together :)

Last updated: 08/06/10 06:09 By: johng

Added by johng on 08/06/10

Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.

Added by Carl on 08/06/10

Carl: Its up the road to the beach, we got a van full of kit, half a pack of oatmeal cookies, its windy, and I've lost my sunglases.
Monty: Woof.