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Worthing 7-8 August

Bill and Heather paddle it out at Worthing
Host Host: Heather
Date Date: 07/08/10
Venue Venue: Worthing
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Worthing 7-8 August (6)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
A fantastic weekend. Arrived about 11.30 to find Andrew already there and Kev and Alison parked up. Sheena, Dave and the kids arrived raring to go! Windy Worthing did it again!! Rigged a 5.5m and on to the 92L board - the size sail was more than enough!! Andrew was first on the water followed by Bill and Sheena by which time Audrey had arrived and was madly rigging!! The Gouk arrived and got rigging as well because it looked so good! Stayed on the water for hours and hours!! Juan and Genevieve arrived and Juan was blasting around with a grin from ear to ear! Kev and Alison did really well - not having experienced sea sailing very much. Clare arrived closely followed by late Tate and Mo!

The cloud built up all round Worthing but the rain stayed away until we were all heading off the water completely cream crackered! Cake was consumed to give us the energy to de-rig. The rain then cleared for a lovely evening. Steve and Leuda arrived to socialize (unfortunately Steve's leg has not yet recovered enough to sail) Wolfgang and Rosangela arrived just as we were all heading off to shower/attack the ibruprofen or chill ready for the evening in the pub. The George did us proud with the food and, true to form, we were the last to leave the pub!

Sunday the wind swung northerly but it turned in to a beautifully sunny day. The wind did swing to SW and the sea breeze picked up but not quite enough to tempt us on to the water, However, Sheena and I took her kids in for a swim and then went for a swim ourselves - glorious! Audrey also ventured in for a swim later. Those that then remained cycled along to the Bluebird cafe in Ferring for ice cream - any excuse.

Thanks everyone for coming down. It made it a really enjoyable weekend.

Last updated: 08/08/10 22:50 By: Heather
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Diary for Heather at Worthing on 07/08/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres

Wonderfull, windy Worthing has done it again! Best sail this year, sailed for hours! Also good to have so many OMWC members at the event! At least 16 members - all had fab sails except Andrew was moaning about the weed - no-one else had a problem, was it an excuse for errors?! Wolfgang was too late and Genevieve was looking after the kids.

Diary for Lawrence at Hayling Island on 07/08/10

Rating:1 star rating
Board:109 litres

After doing the child care thing in the morning/early afternoon & saying my goodbye's to the family, as they go to visit an old friend of Nu's for a few days, I nipped off down to Hayling seafront late afternoon - forecast was promising 15-20knts & the webcam footage from inn on the beach looked good too. Drove through a big rainstorm before I got to Hayling.

.....When I arrived teh rain storm was just clearing......but disaster! It had gone off with all the wind!

Having driven down there I thought I'd best get wet - just so I could put another notch in the OMWC diary bedpost.

Sail choice was tough - people had been out with 6.5m & even 5.5m rigs & said they had been planing well, one guy said his friend was out on a 7.5m & he had tried it during the strongest of the winds & had been maxed out......would the wind return, or was it gone for the evening????

I rigged the 7.8m figuring that if the wind returned I'd over downhaul it & cope......plus I can use the 7.8m on the RRD FSW 95L or the x-fire 120 happily enough. As I rigged I could see the wind dropping further - even the guy with the 7.5m was not planing now. No one was.

Having still got Duncan's kit in our van with his board (AHD Maxx ride DT70) loose in the back with fin in & no board bag that I have to clamber over to unstrap my boards from the roof & get out of bag & hunt for fin & screw driver etc. I thought I'd just try Unkie Dunkies board instead - been wanting to give it a go for ages.

It was all sub-planing anyway so didn't really matter what I was on provided it just about floated with me & rig on it.

Surprisingly enough, I actually liked Duncan's board - it was pretty stable being 69cm wide (I checked the specs - it is not 70cm!) & floaty enough to have fun on sub planing, I'll be interested in trying it out in planing conditions.

Anyway, the 'session' if you can call it that, was all sub planing so I was just playing about with heli-tacks & duck gybes, until I fell off & hit my knee hard (boards ok) when I decided to limp back to shore & sort out a few things in the back of the van while waiting to see if wind was going to return. It didn't. so I packed up & went home.

Thx Duncan for the unknown loan of the board - glad I did not bother getting my boards out.

Added by Carl on 08/08/10

Some people seem to keep their kit in pristine condition by driving all the way to the beach and then not going out sailing. I think your idea is much better though, of just using someone else's kit instead to practise on ;)

Added by Lawrence on 08/08/10

........just wish they'd rig it for me as well before I take it out......

Diary for Andrew at Worthing on 07/08/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres

Fantastic day. Sunny, windy, a great crowd and just so nice to be out on small kit at last.

Would have given it 5 stars, but I did have alot of problems with seaweed, slowing me down, usually to a complete stop on each run (ok I know, I'm being grumpy).

Diary for johng at Worthing on 07/08/10

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

Finally, a day where it didn't start off with the comedy 6.5 and the Playmate...

Hardly anything to add to Heather's effusive report - just like she said! Surprised to find the car park no longer visible behind a new development, albeit free (no doubt in exchange for the lack of toilets), arrived in time to help Audrey struggle with her new-fangled North XTR thingy - God those are pants!! Dump it girl, get some dyneema and an old harness hook - you know it'll work!

Walked about 6km to the water, tossed the kit in and we were off. Excellent. And Andrew - you're just dog slow mate, nothing to do with the weed!! Or did you overtake me? I can't recall... I know I overtook Late Tate (Late cos he's slow), but then fell off spectacularly 30msec later when I gybed into a wave and fell off the back.

Great to sail with Juan, he's always great fun :) and a good time was had by all. And thanks for the ginger cake, Heather, it was lovely! Sorry I had to dash - good to see the guys though. See you all again soon!

p.s. did a couple of ok jumps, and at least one storming gybe...

Diary for Haylingmike at Worthing on 07/08/10

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres

As the forecast was for decent wind all day had a round of golf with Mo in the morning before setting off for Worthing. Got there about 3.00pm to find the car park full of OMWC vehicles but no one to be seen - they were all out on the water! It was low tide and hence looked very flat - no white horses - decided to go with my 7.4 having no one to debate the matter with! Could probably have managed with my 5.7 but still had a brilliant sail until a front came through about an hour and a half later and I realised I was the only OMWCite left out so decided to call it a day

Diary for Clare D at Worthing on 07/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:104 litres

Arrived late but had a good couple of hours on the water. Seaweed effected me a little. I managed to do a few carve gybes- well I stayed on the board so that is good enough for me.

Diary for Shef at Worthing on 07/08/10

Shef carving in Vass
July 2012, Vassiliki, Greece
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres

Top weekend all round. Sheena and I went for our usual routine - I did ice creams with Rory and Iona while Sheena went out first, the wind gradually built up until my better half was overpowered and then I adjusted the boom height and harness lines and away I went. By this time the seaweed wasn't a problem. Sunday morning was spent at Heather's folks beach hut (thanks for the tea) before we set off to Hove to see bro and sis-in-law. Good to see and catch up with new and old OMWC'ers... Bill & Heather, Team Hierro, Andrew C, Kev & Aly, Steve & Leuda, Clare D, John G, Audrey and Mike T.

Looking forward to next weekend...


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