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9/10 August midweek sailing at Hayling

Date Date: 09/08/10
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Forecast was exceptional for August. Quite a few club members made that extra effort for an after work sail, plus, of course, the usual no-work layabouts.

Monday evening at Hayling was good, with a steady F4. It was good to see Juan, Gen, Lawrence & Helen Mac. As well as me (Andrew), Heather & Bill.

Tuesday evening at Hayling was windy, windy, windy. We were joined by Lawrence, Helen Mac, Nick & Sarah (Special outing because Ella was with Grandparents ) and Clare. Along with Late Tate (a whole day late this time), me, Bill & Heather. Most of us retired to The Ship for a very enjoyable post-sail drink.

Finally, a big thanks to Heather for encouraging us all to get out there on Tuesday, it may have been windy, but the weather was grim.

Lets hope for more unexpected weaher like this.

Last updated: 11/08/10 16:19 By: Andrew
Views: 2150

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 09/08/10

Bill (1)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres

Hoping to use smaller board, but wind decided otherwise, nice sail though.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 09/08/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:92 litres

My grading would have been higher had I not had such high expectations, trashed a sail and had to get off the water early. It was also good to see lots of people down for an evening sail.

Added by Lawrence on 10/08/10

.......just trying to hang onto your coat tails during your school summer hols as we chase Carl on the '2010 times out' league table ;)

Diary for Lawrence at Hayling Island on 09/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

.....down to Hayling afterwork, got to beach at 5.30pm (stopped off at Port Solent on way).

It was like a formal 'hosted' OMWC event! There was Andrew, Bill, Heather, Helen, Juan & Gen (sorry if I missed anyone!).

Initially I tried out Duncan's AND MaxxRide DT70 - I wanted to try it in planing conditions after recently trying it in non-planing & actually quite liked it. Sadly the honeymoon is now over & the offending lump of plastic has been removed from the van (it's ok Duncan, it is safely in the garage). Admittably it might not have been that fair a test as it is not the sort of board that you would normally want to stick a twin-cammed 7.8m on (but it was heavily downhauled!). I had trouble keeping it upwind - the sail was not well balanced for the small fin, so felt prone to spin out......which was aided all evening by long stringy bits of seaweed that have surfaced at Hayling recently. It also felt a little heavy, 'dead' & slow compared to both my RRD's.

So after a few runs I swopped to the x-fire & spent most of the session on this which was spot on.

The wind was up & down a little, so at times I was very well powered up - not overpowered, but not far from it either in the strongest of the gusts, but equally there were periods where you were struggling to keep it planing. The relativley flat sea state (very small chop - no more than 2ft peak to trough) helped things stay controllable, had several enjoyable fast-ish blasts. Got talking to a fellow sailor (Dan) who was out on an Exocet black slalom board SL76 - which I was looking at vs the x-fire - I ended up with the x-fire just because a deal came up on the x-fire at the right time. We could not conclude much between the boards on the water as I was carrying half a square meter more sail - the x-fire being a bit quicker.

We compared the boards on the beach - the x-fire 'appears' to have more nose rocker than the Exocet SL76 (one of the criticisms I had on my iSonic 111, which is so flat it feels like it may dig into the chop at any moment), but when you put them side by side the amount of nose lift is about the same - the x-fire is 18cm shorter & with the scolloped out deck in the nose area makes it seem that the nose rocker is greater. The x-fire looks the more extreme design, purely due to it's length difference, it's only 230cm long x 75cm wide. The SL76 being 76cm wide surprisingly enough (& 248cm long for those too lazy to do the maths). The bottom & tail shapes were very similar.....but I think the x-fire may have more rocker throughout its length, as it did not sit as flat on the board bag as the SL76 - I had to hold the tail down on the x-fire to better compare the nose lift betwene the too - but it could have just been the pebbles under the board bag!

Overall, it was a good sail.


Personal note added for future reference-
CHIMET archive for 09/08/2010 for the period sailed which stores readings every 5mins:-
Max avg: 18.6knts
Max gust: 20.4knts
Min avg: 15.1knts
Min gust: 18knts
Total session avg: 16.8knts
Total session gust avg: 19.2knts

NB 7.8m was very well powered up in the strongest gusts, but not overpowered, but can't handle much more.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 09/08/10

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

Met up with Bill and Heather for a late afternoon sail. An excellent session.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 10/08/10

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:78 litres

August is looking pretty good so far, today was the eigth consecutive day of wind here. There has been someone out on a 5.8m or smaller at some point every day for over a week. Unfortunately for the last few days I hadn't been able to join in myself due to a bad back, but by this morning it was feeling 90% better so as soon as the wind came up I hit the beach. There was no swell at all today, just a confused wind blown chop, about a metre high on the outside. The wind was pretty gusty, a 5.0m was about right sometimes, overpowered at others. Everyone was out on their waveboards, but there were no waves. Despite all this I still had a really great time in what was a good old bump n jump day.

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

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

ANOTHER after work session......& another unofficial OMWC 'chase the wind' event.......what's the world coming too?

.......the wind was light-ish during the main part of the day, but with a forecast of enough wind around 4-7pm for some slalom racing in the UKWA Hayling regional on big slalom kit. As it got closer to leaving work time (4pm) the low cloud got lower & thicker blanketing us & then it started drizzling so it was almost misty & miserable. Not exactly inspiring to drive down to the beach let alone go out.

When I got to the beach the wind was stronger than forecast, the tide was a low neap so it was not that rough. Bill, Heather, Andrew & Mike were already there & rigging in the 4.5-5m range. I decided that I'd probably be better off doing the slalom on my FSW 95L ltd as I have always thought that it is pretty quick anyway & the control, comfort & confidence that this board gives in these conditions would be of greater benefit to me vs the last bit of straight line speed from my slalom boards - I had the 120L x-fire or 'old school' AHD 280 pro slalom from the mid 90's vintage that I last sailed about 10+ years ago! I went for my 5m but 1 run on it, I concluded that I was not powered up sufficiently for a slalom race, so came in & rigged up the 5.75m too - leaving the 5m on the beach attached to the land anchor, AKA AHD 280.

I was now very well powered up (I had been planing with the 5m) & chased after groups of sailors trying to locate the slalom group amoungst the freeriders. It then became apparent that the slalom racing had not got underway (I had been rushing my rigging to get out as the racing was due to start at 5pm & I only started rigging at 5pm!). I then had a series of kit tuning runs & lots of tweaking to get as comfy with the kit as possible ahead of any racing starting. As it turned out, the slalom event never happened - the conditions were just too good for freeriding for anyone to be thinking about slalom, although there were a few slalom-ists out on race kit going very well on 'silly' kit for such conditions......I recall those days from my past, being out on 7.5m race sails & big course racing boards with big fins while the free-riders were out on wave boards & sub 5m sails ;) ......I did not miss the full on race kit today.

Spent the rest of the time on the water chasing around on the FSW 95L as fast as I could get it to go. The waves were not big enough to ride or jump most of the time, just enough to give you a bumpy ride at high speed which made things slightly exciting at times, I do recall hitting one of the larger waves when i was pretty much flat out, I did not go high, but it felt like a surprisingly long flight in distance which was a new experience with little loss of speed on landing.....yes, I landed it, just for a change.

Eventually I went through a harness line (I've been expecting this since my roller harness failed a few weeks back & I've gone back to solid hook), but it was getting dark so I was ready to pack up.......but I came in & decided to swop the booms over from teh 5m to the 5.75m & take out the old AHD 280 for a run - boy did it feel odd sailing such a long narrow board, but I was so much quicker, more comfortable & confident on the FSW. I quickly returned to the beach to pack up.

During the session more OMers had joined the party, inaddition to myself, Andrew, Mike, Bill & Heather, we now had Nick & Sarah, Claire & Helen (sorry if I missed anyone).

........Maybe OM events based upon a 'chase the wind' principle could work........I feel another heated debate at the next AGM coming on........


Personal note added for future reference-
CHIMET archive for 10/08/2010 for the period sailed which stores readings every 5mins:-
Max avg: 26knts
Max gust: 30.7knts
Min avg: 21knts
Min gust: 24.8knts
Total session avg: 23.5knts
Total session gust avg: 27.8knts

NB 5.75m was okay, but probably would not want to handle much more.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 10/08/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres

Grizzly day but what a sail! First sail in UK this year with small kit and 4.5m was ample. Would have used the wave board if I'd had it with me. Was good to see loads of people out and resulted in an impromptu OMWC evening meal in the Ship. Perfect.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 10/08/10

Bill (1)
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Great sail using smaller kit at last. Lots of OMWCers out, met up at the Ship afterwards, brilliant!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 10/08/10

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

A really enjoyable sail on small kit. Didn't look at all inviting when we arrived at the beach, but well worth the effort.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 10/08/10

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Was this really summer? It was cold wet and miserable! Heather and I had just had our first real tennis lesson so hit the beach in eurphoric mood but whilst Heather rigged up, I put the kettle on! Anyhow it wasn't going to improve any and with a great mid week turnout it had to be done. Rigged my 5.0 which turned out to be a tadge too small - well there has to be a first time when I rig too small by choice! Rerigged my 5.7 and it was perf. Had a great sail - only logged as good due to the sail change and the weather - very glad I'd gone for the winter wetsuit - at least I was warm and toasty inside. Great to see so many OMites midweek and a most enjoyable session in The Ship afterwards!

Diary for Clare D at Hayling Island on 10/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:104 litres

After work sail, fun but short. It was scary going out as I don't like taking off but good fun in the swell coming in. Nice to see so many people on the water, the weather was grim so I needed encouragement from others to go out. A nice meal at the Ship made this into a great after work event.