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Summer Bash July 10-11

Rory's first windsurf lesson from Mummy with help from Becca
04/07/09
Host Host: beth
Date Date: 10/07/10
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Summer Bash July 10-11 (14)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
It was great to see so many happy faces at this event as well as the millions of children we've all produced.

Many people sailed the windier sea side, which was a good call for the wind I think. I chose to sail with Lucy on the lagoon side until the water disappeared at which time I turned the boat into a windsurfer and sailed on the Southampton side.

The children's teaparty went well with children eating mainly crisps and strawberries. Adults continued to sail on both the Soton side and the Isle of Wight side. Finally daddy and Rebecca showed up from Paulton's Park.

Dinner time was a bit of a scene with the catering slightly shambolic. Hopefully everyone got some dinner. I hear the delivered pizza was quite good. The curry was excellent.

Moving into the dining room and watching the Barbie Queen of the Waves and Scooby Doo in Hawaii videos followed with more drinks consumed and lots of talk. The security kicked us out at 11:00.

Hearing rain and winds during the night, I was kicking myself for not bringing any small kit, but we all awoke to sunshine and light winds again. Many headed off to sail windier conditions. They missed the great bull riding, treasure hunt, helicopters, zap cats, carousel, hamburgers offered by the RNLI but they probably got better wind. It was great of the RNLI to show up to entertain the children while daddy sailed. Also had some good runs with various children on the Aquaglider, rigged as a boat.

Got a few blasts on my 8.2 and race board. Going really fast in very flat water. Then feeling a little wearied by the sun most headed home by 4:30.

A low key, commencement to the summer holiday season. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

Last updated: 12/07/10 14:43 By: beth
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Diary for jonathan at Lepe & Calshot on 09/07/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.9

We decided to join Andrew at Lepe before pitching our tent at Calshot. It was a glorious afternoon and the wind eventually tempted me out for a very short 45min session. There was enough wind to plane and my shorty saw the light of day for the first time in a couple of years.

Diary for Lawrence at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:8.5

Arrived at Calshot early afternoon & had lunch. By the time I started to think of windsurfing & rigging, the tide had already significantly turned & was heading out. We had also been put up right at the tip of Calshot near the Sopworth hanger, so launching on the sea side of Calshot spit was not such a great option (as vehs were already nicely parked up). The lagoon was nearly bare of water, BUT unknown to me previously, it is possible to launch at the tip & sail up Southampton water. The wind was coming off the land & the powerstation was partially blocking it, so the wind was a bit 'holey' ......but speaking to those that went out on the sea front, where it was side shore, it was also holey there too.

Not the greatest of days sailing, but kit was spot on & it was flat water - none of the solent chop that you get off the sea side of Calshot, the flat water making for some nice gybes as I learn more about the RRD X-fire's handling. We sailed at the very bottom of the tide from this location with no sandbars to worry about too.

An okay sail.

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Having parked up in our camping spot ar Calshot activity center, it seemed obvious to launch from the beach right beside us. Rally nice to b able to rig in the campsite and sail straight off. But the wind was just a bit too light and flukey for me, still it was great to be out with the crowd.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:6.5

The Summerbash... Boy, was I glad to see J2 of the M27 on Saturday, not to speak of the leafy lanes and huddled hamlets leading to Calshot Spit, having arrived there via Cheam to rescue the repaired JP - a 4 hour drive before we got even close.

But the Summerbash is becoming a tradition, almost - lots of people there, and almost some wind! I can't believe how much I used to rely on using a 6.5, it feels kinda big now, but I was glad I had it. Pootled out on the main sea side, not wanting to try the gusty winds on the inside up by the remote camping site we had this year, and took the precaution of wearing my flipflops out across the gravel, tying them to the mast for the trip home. Juan and I were watched by Gen/Jen and the micro-Hierros, at least until the reality of the "infinity spit" took hold of their brains, and they bottled out, screaming for something less daunting.

And it was good to be out in the sun, got planing a couple of times, felt great to be bouncing around on the corrugated iron of Solent chop again :-p. The wind dropped, I walked home - the infinity spit had been reduced by the incoming tide, pretty impressive that Juan and I had seen the nadir come, survived it, and made it back on the other side!

And then we all had a great evening - thanks, Mike and Beth, and I'll get the Beccapix up one of these days.

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

After a lot of lazing about in the sun, we finally decided to rig up from the far end of the spit, where we were all camped and sail across the pond to join some of the others on the sea where the wind looked a bit stronger. Unfortunately, by the time we had rigged up, the pond was just a shallow bowl of dark grey mud. We tried sailing the other side instead, up Southampton Water, which seemed a lot deeper, until I crashed into a couple of sandbanks that later appeared once the tide was fully out. The wind was a bit flukey, not helped by the enourmous power station just upwind, but there was enough wind for freestyle kit now and then. I even attempted a couple of vulcans, but didn't really enjoy the taste of the water that got forced up my nose as a result so decided best to forget that. I've heard this venue is good when the wind is Northerly, so may have a look if that happens and I'm in the area.

Diary for steve d at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

THe Eiger
15/11/07
Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Managed to get planing twice out on the sea side, out and back in again, and was thinking that the sea breeze was filling in for the Megabash crowds but, alas, 'twas not to be. Still, had a great time catching up with old friends and did, at least get a sail in - second one this year !!

Diary for Haylingmike at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:9.5

Arrived at Calshot middayish to gorgeous sunshine and quite a gathering already looking very relaxed. Sailed out in Southampton Water alongside a series of the great cruise liners setting off for foreign shores! My 9.5 sqm sail was great in the gusts - which was 75% of the time - but hard work in the lulls! Still, had a very enjoyable and relaxed sail with a great bunch of old friends - and nice to see new members Kevin and Alison aswell. By the time we went for dinner the numbers had swelled to close on 60 - a pretty impressive turn out - and a most enjoyable evening.

Diary for jonathan at Lepe & Calshot on 10/07/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.6

A surprisingly good sail considering the fickle wind and the deep mud off Calshot. It was a shame there wasn't a bit more wind as the completely flat water would have been great for making more progress on my 360s.
Plenty of sun and great company made up for this.

Diary for Lawrence at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:100 litres
Sail:7.8

Day 2 of the summer bash - camped overnight at Calshot & had my usual poor nights sleep in the back of the van (I'm too old for this camping out lark.....especailly having forgotten our airbeds!).

In the morning we took the kids round the castle (commissioned by Henry VIII in the early 1500's to defend England against attack from the European strong nations who he had upset by setting up the Church of England just so he could get a divorce!). By chance the RNLI also had an 'event' on this day with lots of stalls & the air ambulance flying in & landing, later the coast guard helicopter flew in & they had water cannons squirting water from boats. It was a good event......but windsurfing was calling......

......Nuala headed off with the kids early afternoon (boys had a birthday party to attend & Nuala's Thursday biking club had a BBQ she wanted to attend). So having spent the morning with family, I was off the hook for the afternoon. It was high tide, but I decided to drive round to the sea-side & launch there & join Andrew, Carl, Adam & Juan & I think JohnG too......but some had packed up by the time I got out.

Went out on Nu's RRD 100l fsw with a 7.8m - it was choppy, not in a nice way, but by the shore it flattened off so if you got lucky & picked up a gust coming in you coudl get some nice planing gybes in.

Gorgous weather all weekend helped - summer suit both days - great weekend, even if the sailing was 'just' good & not ballistic!

Special thanks must go out to Beth & Mike for handling most if not all the arrangements - congratulations to you both & many thanks - a great event once again!




Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Went round to the sea front at Calshot this time, much better.

Started off a bit light. Then the wind filled in nicely but the sea was very choppy, after a while the sea flattened off a bit. Then finally the tide went out and it was just too much like hard work.

Great day though, and a superb weekend.

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

Last day of the summerbash and I was feeling a bit the worse for wear after the previous night's party / barbecues. We eventually made it over to the sea side of the spit where the wind looked almost enough from the beach. It was a bit marginal on the water and there was some horrendous chop, but it was good fun anyway. The water eventually flattened off, as the tide went out, but it became really busy at that point and for some reason, memories of a previous Calshot "catapult into shingle bank" incident from years gone by started to haunt me so I decided it was a good time to stop. All in all a great weekend, a good party, 3 days sailing out of 3, some of it a bit marginal for me with my freestyle oriented kit but it's July so getting out at all was a real bonus.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:6.5

Emerged blinking into the rainlight at about 7.30, surprised to find a changed and damper world, with Jon L investigating the wind over the rapidly filling Calshot lagoon. However, the sun came through for another hot day, lots of sun cream required!

After a hearty breakfast, drove the 1/2 mile round to the sea side, and joined Juan & Gen, Adam and others rigging up. Gen was already out, zooming in and out, although the wind seemed to come and go a bit. And so it was - high tide made the water handy anyway! Corrugated chop, made a couple of half-hearted hops, but at least it was sunny, warm and wet. Juan replaced Gen, but had a very hard time with the same kit, only getting planing a few times. I tooled into various sub-prime gybes, had one excellent crash out the back involving sticking the nose into a piece of chop and going out the front door, probably could have looped it if I hadn't just taken my back foot out of the strap to turn it ;). Otherwise, lots of good input, and great to be sailing with Adam, Carl, Juan and Gen on such a nice day.

Two things struck me, one was the rate at which the water was flowing out of the Solent as the tide ebbed, having drifted downwind when waterstarting on the inside, I was amazed to be carried UPWIND past a buoy when on the outside! The other surprising thing was the wash of the big cruise liners (actually noticed this yesterday), which when combined with various factors, actually caused a mini-swell, which you could almost have ridden. Wow.

Stopped as the tide lowered, since walking back wasn't attractive, then had lunch in the cafe, watching the extremely impressing helicopter and lifeboat display, as did Lawrence I see. Not sure about the "dangle me from a string below a Magimix" thing as a sporting alternative though...

Diary for rogerta at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Calshot - scenic views
10/07/10
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:7.5

A great weekend, and what a turn out. Great having so many families there as it really made for a great weekend that everyone could enjoy.

As regards the windsurfing, had a good hour on the lagoon as the wind filled in - really enjoyable on the lovely flat water. The sailing on the sea side was just the crap - solent chop sucks.

However not sure about Chris's comments that the water around there is as clean as bath water - I guess it depends how dirty you are. Even less sure how clean it was now - its currently 1730 and I've only just got out of bed due to horrendous dizzy spells (couldn't stand up), nausea and diarrhea - and thats not the result of a heavy session!!

Great weekend though - well done for organising it Beth.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 11/07/10

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:7.5

Following the summer bash wandered over to Lepe to see how the wind was shaping up there. It was looking promising for an afternoon see breeze but unfortunately got a message to say my Dad had been rushed into hospital so I headed for home. Anyhow it turned out he was OK and there was nothing I could do - so I decided somewhat belatedly to go for a sail! Unfortunately I missed the sea breeze. Would probably have been OK if I had rigged my 9.5 sq m again but went with my 7.5 which proved to be a bit too small. Still, apart from that, an excellent weekend all in all - many thanks to Beth for all the organising. Just thinking forward to next year - we have in the passed hired the velodrome at Calshot for a couple of hours - complete with bikes and instructor - for a very reasonable fee. If anyone would be interested in seeing if we could organise that again for next year let me know. Mike

Diary for Shef at Lepe & Calshot on 11/07/10

Rory on parents kit
10/07/10
Mum, Dad! Waterstarting is so old school, try uphauling!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:0 litres
Sail:0.0

Although I didn't get out for a sail, we all had a great time. Children enjoyed themselves, ate and slept well. Sheena sneaked a sail with the others at the Spit end of Calshot on Saturday and made the best of the conditions before getting Rory to have a go at standing on a windsurfer. Great to see everybody, and hope to do more weekends with OMWC this summer.
This weekend is definitely becoming an institution - long may it continue.

Added by Andrew on 12/07/10

An excellent weekend, good sailing good company and great weather.
Thanks Beth and Nuala for organising everything.

Added by Lawrence on 12/07/10

Beth, being one of the people who sailed the Isle of Wight side on Sunday, I did not get to say bye to you & Mike & persoanlly thank you for another superb event.

Many thanks!!!

PS.....your fast runs on your 8.2m & slalom board sound like a gauntlet has been thrown down at my feet.....can't wait to face you at the next flat water, big sail, slalom boards aty dawn event ;)

Added by Lawrence on 12/07/10

Question for Andrew........Nuala organised anything for this event???? Think it was all Beth & Mike!!!

Added by jonathan on 13/07/10

I would just like to add mine, Jane and Nayra's thanks for a great weekend - whoever cares to take the credit!! It was especially good to see all the kids together (the small ones running around playing games as opposed to the big ones playing with their toys on the water).

Added by Wylliewoolf on 13/07/10

Our thanks to Beth, Nuala and Genevieve who organised a great summer bash. It was so nice to catch up with so many OMWC friends. The weather was fantastic, location great and even an RNLI event added in for free! Really enjoyable.

Thanks to all who organised
Sarah, Nick and Ella

 
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