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

12-13 June Hillhead

Mark C practicing light winds
Date Date: 13/06/10
Venue Venue: Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Super Sunday. Forecast all looked a bit dodgy a few days ago, but we had an excellent Sunday afternoon. Good turn out as well.

We had Lawrence 'lets grind a fin into the shingle bank', John 'I've only got a 4.7 but I'm going out anyway', Jonathan 'how many booms can I break today' and Clare 'my mast foots broken but I'm still sailing'.

Last updated: 13/06/10 22:04 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 12/06/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Good because it was such a pleasant surprise. rigged expecting to blob about at Esso Beach but had a good couple of hours planing instead. Bonus!

Diary for Andrew at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/06/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

Third Sunday in a row for me. Went down to Hillhead on the offchance, but it turned into a classic summer afternoon on the Solent.

When the wind first came up around 2pm, I rigged the 6.6 thinking I may be overpowered, which I was to begin with, but then the wind dropped a tad and I was just right. It picked up again by around 5pm, but by then I was too tired.

Diary for Lawrence at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/06/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

Having looked at the forecast on Friday, I thought our only chance for a half way decent sail was Sunday afternoon.

So Sunday 2.30-ish we headed off to Hill Head - on arrival it did not look as windy as I had hoped. Out with the big kit again. Had Nu, the boys & my father in tow, so knew it would just be a quick sail.....just to get another diary entry ;)

After rigging I spotted the OMWC members just up the beach from me - Nick & Sarah, Claire, Jonathon, Andrew & then John G turned up parking right next to me. Good to see so many - almost becoming the regulars now!

Luckily, with a light wide short 120L board plus 10.3m sail I got comfortably plaining. Spent about an hour blasting back & forth, before grounding out on the sandbank with my large fin. No major damage, just the leading edge wrecked on a new-ish fin ;-(

Got to try out my new GoPro HD waterproof video camera for the first time. Reviewed results on PC when I got home (there is no LCD on the GoPro camera) & the results are pretty good. I can see with a bit of practice this videoing on the water could be rather fun. Hopefully I will find some time over the coming week(s) to edit this down a bit & put some clips up.

Added by jonathan on 14/06/10

whilst I was in Morocco Guy got some great footage on one of those. He used a broken boom to make an extra arm to mount the camera on. Shame I put a broken boom in the dustbin last night or your could have had mine! He also mounted the camera on the nose of the board (looking back) which also worked very well

Added by Lawrence on 14/06/10

.......I'm sure I have some 'spare' booms or other kit to use!

.......I also got the surf board mount which 'sticks' to the nose of the board for those backward facing shots......have yet to pluck up courage to stick it to my board & give it a go.

I've also got a motorsport 'roll cage' mount coming which is a larger diameter clamp......I was thinking of boom or mast clamping.

.......really what I need is 3 or 4 of these cameras & have them all recording at the same time located all around the kit ;)

Diary for johng at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/06/10

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

Ah, the comedy value of a 4.7 on a 6.5 day.

After a fairly packed weekend schedule, it was almost a relief to head off to the beach in excellent sunshine, with Chimet ringing the F4/5 bell... The only drawback, only partly compensated for by the excellent sound system in the car, was the lack of Van.

Van, poor Van!! Languishing in the wilds of the Berkshire downs, waiting for his injector pump to be overhauled... So I had only the kit I'd "selected" (careful choice of words here) to stick in the back of the car, and it didn't include a 6.5. It didn't include a 5.5 either, because that was in the fix-it shop along with the bent board...

So, out with the 4.7 and the Playmate, to skip playfully in the gusty winds on the shrinking Solent swell. Not. Swell, check. Very annoying too, since it made slow-speed manoeuvres very hard. Shrinking - well the tide was heading out, which made the walk home considerably more painful on the unhardened feet. Gusty - absolutely! But... swell, gust, board (magic, magic Playmate!), conspired to achieve planing status a number of times, and all the better for its rarity. I'd never have believed it - but believe, brothers and sisters!! It CAN happen!

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/06/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres

What was almost a complete disaster turned into a very good sail.
Arrived late due to car boot duties in the morning. Rigged my biggest sail and once on the water found my boom very wobbly. After breaking one last month (which involved a lot of swimming) I was pretty nervous about this and got back to the beach to find I had left my only appropriate spare in the garage. Tried using my wave boom but even at full extension my sail was too baggy and with a 25cm fin all I did was spin out. In desperation I revisited my first boom and satisified myself that whilst wobbly, it was not about to disintegrate - the clamp was moving independently of the arms.
After all this faffing about just about everyone else had given up. But with perfect timing the wind picked up when I hit the water for the third time. Had a great session that lasted until 6:30pm - by now I was consistently planing and there was only about 3 of us out.
Almost made a couple of downwind 360s - I will get them one day! Afterward someone commented on the progress I was making with my willy skippers. Not sure if this was good or bad given that I wasn't trying any - just trying to improve my aerial gybes.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 13/06/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres

Sun was shining, wind came up. Great!

Added by Carl on 14/06/10

You on a 4.7m with Lawrence on his 10.3m? That would have been a good picture. I was intending to come but did my back in last week, so spent a fair bit of time lying on floors etc instead. Sounds like another good weekend for anyone that made the trip though.

Added by Andrew on 14/06/10

Carl - Thought you were a bit quite, hope you are ok

Lawrence - This is your chance ;) afterwork sail every day this week ?? Looks like it would have to be Calshot spit though.