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3-4 july

Date Date: 03/07/10
Venue Venue: Poole
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

Last updated: 05/07/10 11:22 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 04/07/10

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.5

Best sail so far this year in UK

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 04/07/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

Welcome back Van!! Van is happy again, choosing to start when requested to do so. Unfortunately, Van has been hanging around with some of Oliver Twist's colleagues, and has relieved my wallt of substantial sums of cash for this recovery. Hey ho.

But this should be called Hey Hey Hayling - rolled up after a stop at Andy Biggs' new shop to collect my new 5.5 Rock (yeah, Juan, I thought about lots of other brands, but they were lots more beer tokens and have very different characteristics - at least I bought the wave sail!), to see Jon, H&B and, well, that was all the OMWCers I could see at that point. But Juan and Gen called to say they were on their way from the zoo, and I rigged up the new 5.5 and stuck it on my old 91l JP FSW, which I haven't used for ages, because the 102l is at the menders still.

Hey Hey Hayling! Sail worked well, board goes round corners like it's on rails, enough chop to make jumps interesting, or even possible for me - I love Hayling! Sun out, lots of sailors, brilliant. And Juan and Gen rolled up and came out too! Plus Stevie G on the gammy leg and video, and Roger on another video - can we do 3D guys?? Where are the scarey shots of gybes, or attempts thereby, then? And in fact not late, the early Mike Tate, out for his second time this year. Thanks for the tea Mike, very welcome.

And the wind came up, not down, all the part-timers left, and then there was only me, J & G out. So I stopped before I got too tired, and went home. Gen introduced Ian and Harald, two potential new members, and Mike came up with the free string and card as a giveaway. Marvellous. So thanks guys - see you next week!! Just need to work out how to get the "new" board in the van now...

Added by jonathan on 04/07/10

I was also on my "old faithful" FSW91. The 100l freestyle boards are all very well in flat(ish) water but for carving moves or when there is a bit of chop/swell give me my JP anytime!

Added by johng on 04/07/10

Yeah, the 2003 board is much skinnier, and really seems to cut through the chop, apart from being 11l smaller anyway. Nice.

Added by rogerta on 06/07/10

John - check the video - look at where your weight is when you gybe - board trim rules dude... :)

Added by johng on 06/07/10

Damn right, and thanks... I'll be focussing on shifting it lots more forward! Horrible!! Ok to be bending my knees, but squatting on the tail?! More upright and weight on front leg would help?

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 04/07/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

Another great sail. Amazing the difference a new mast has made to my 5.9 (sorry Carl, it's an SDM). Hayling was absolutely packed with windsurfers today although the water never felt excessively busy. 5.9m was spot on for me although as I came off the water I think the wind was picking up a notch or two. Great to see so many people from OMWC around.

Diary for Lawrence at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 04/07/10

Lawrence taken with nose cam just before it was lost
04/07/10
used the elasticated headband to attach GoPro camera to nose of board.......but a buckle broke & fired it off the board into the murky waters & promptly sunk. Luckily I went back at low water & found it!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.75

Went down to Hill head with Duncan mid afternoon.

I've never seen the car park so full there - people parking on every grass verge & end of line (where the is no real parking space) - it was packed. Wasn't much better out on the water, loads of kiters & boarders out.

Rigged 5.75m & headed out on the RRD FSW 95 Ltd.......it was nice to get onto a smaller sail & board for a change.

Typical Hill head lumpy confused seas in a SW'ly with the waves coming at you a little bit too side on to be able to jump them comfortably - the occasional one obliged by presenting a reasonable ramp.

Still great fun until I decided to put the goPro head cam on the front of the board, relying on the head mount strap to hold it onto the nose of the board - second run & the camera & head band 'pinged' off never to be seen again.......or so I thought.

Scoured the beach for ages with no joy - it was high tide, so we packed up & went home for dinner.

Nuala encouraged me to return at about 8.30pm (low water about 9pm, low light at about 9.30pm due to weather!). After 10mins searching around the low water mark i found the camera (much to my surprise).....& it had survived its journey......the footage I'd shot during the day was not great however as I had the camera pointing too far down......I'm learning this camera day by day, as you have to 'guess' the angle to position it as there is no viewfinder or LCD viewer........but it lives to fight another day.

Added by jonathan on 04/07/10

what a find! When I was with Guy in Morocco he sanded a bit of the nose of his board (for better purchase) and then used copious amounds of ducktape (which would also soften the blow if anything did land on the camera). Worked fine - but I guess would be a pain if you found the camera was angled badly...

Added by Lawrence on 05/07/10

........I could not believe my luck Jonathan - I figured I had about a 1 or 2% chance of finding a lost camera......what was not promising is that the housing is clear & the head strap is black, so it could easily be mistaken as a bit of seaweed.

I've got a proper nose mount, but have not bonded it to the board yet......I don't like the idea of sanding the board down for it to be honest....I need to come up with something mind.

The duck tape bumpers not a bad idea though!

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 04/07/10

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.7

I was away for the weekend but when I saw the wind this morning I mumbled my apologies and something about wind to my host and made a rapid exit! Didnt get back to Hayling until mid afternoon, with high tide threatening to make things difficult around 5.00pm, but it couldn't have been better - well not much anyhow. Great sail albeit only for about 1.5 hours and good to see so many other Ocean Motionites out enjoying themselves.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 04/07/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.0

Being a Sunday and a good forecast we got to the beach car park early to make sure we could get in, which was a good choice as it quickly filled with vans. Started on a 5.4m and 102l board but that quickly became too big so changed down the board and the sail to something smaller for the rest of the day. Andrew, Adam, John V and uncle Brian were also out enjoying the conditions. Unfortunately, we all enjoyed it a bit too much and didn't want to come in, but I eventually had to after about 6 hours or so. Haven't seen it so busy with windsurfers here since last Autumn, same was true of the local pub too. Last night's liquid painkillers have worn off now, I probably should have stopped sailing quite a bit earlier.

Diary for tc at Poole on 04/07/10

TC
22/08/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:5.5

First full days sailing this year and I'm feeling it this morning - can barely type. Got on the water about 12.30pm. Wind was gusty, but good. Sailed until I was absolutely knackered and headed back in for some lunch. Had a nice lunch at the Beach Cafe on Sandbanks Beach and then back out for a few hours more. Wind had dropped to marginal by my second session, but it was still fun. It was 7.30pm when I finally got off the water.

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 04/07/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.5

Forecast actually came true for a change. Had a really good mornings sail on 99l and 5.5.

Wind came up a bit more in the afternoon, so I changed down to 4.7, Ok, but I never quiet settled in to the afternoon session. Great day though and great crowd.

Diary for Clare D at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 04/07/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:112 litres
Sail:4.5


After faffing and then going to Andy Biggs to buy a new mast extention, I managed to get out for a couple of hours at Hillhead, My board was probably too big for the conditions and kept wanting to take off but it was good to be back on the water. I now own a red Toyota Hiace Van which is great for carrying my kit and made a fab changing room. No more changing beside my car while attempting to keep the towel wrapped around me!
It was nice to see Duncan, Neula and Lawrence, it's great news about your camera Lawrence.

Added by Clare D on 05/07/10

This entry should say Hillhead!

Added by Andrew on 05/07/10

It does now

Added by johng on 05/07/10

Yet another OMWCer been Biggs-ing this weekend... Jon, me and now Clare all spending copiously at the local emporium. Perhaps we should have been more co-ordinated and shopped as a group!

Added by Carl on 06/07/10

4.5m on 112 litres!!!!!! You should get yourself a proper waveboard Clare, I had a spare one knocking about you could have used but unfortunately I already lent it to someone ;)

Diary for Genevieve at Hayling Island on 04/07/10

my favourite board at the time
flash that logo
Rating:2 star rating
Board:77 litres
Sail:5.0

After a visit to Marwell zoo for the gang's birthday, we rock up to Hayling a little late and for the incoming high tide. A messy but breezy day, nice and sunny but with no swell and no sandbar. But you can't have everything all of the time, otherwise you won't appreciate it when you do have it. A big turnout - some earlier and some later.

Great to sail with John G, Mike T, Juan (!), Jonathon briefly packing up when we arrived. We met some great new ocean going sailors- Ian; and Harald - hopefully they will join us again.

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