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

Christchurch 14-15 August

Steamer Point Rigging Area
Host Host: Bernie
Date Date: 14/08/10
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating
Saturday came and went with a combination of sunshine and showers and zilch wind, so the day was spent socialising, catching up with people and drinking copious coffee and tea, followed by a delightful meal in the Cat and Fiddle in the evening. Mike Tate popped by for the afternoon, as did new member John.

In the evening there was John Wiffen and Pat, me, Helen (brand new wife, I've still got the receipt) and her nephew James, Adam, and Robert W/S, and the food was very good.

Sunday was drier, with a Force 2, maybe 3, occassional gust to a 4. Helen, James, Carl, John and I had a pleasant afternoon in the harbour, sometimes on the plane but mostly off, but time to catch up on some basic skills. Carl and I were trying helitacks and Helen was doing non-planing duck gybes. John and James were focussed on beach starting and enjoying that buzz when you get on the plane for first time ever.

All in all a pleasant weekend, not a classic by any means, but better than staying at home and doing the decorating.


Last updated: 16/08/10 22:47 By: Bernie
Views: 1558

Diary for Donson at Christchurch on 14/08/10

Jono beginners lesson in Poole
Rating:1 star rating
Board:185 litres

Very little wind, but still got out fr an hour and a half or so. Nice to meet Bernie,Helen and Nigel. Lets hope there is more wind tomorrow.

Diary for Donson at Christchurch on 15/08/10

Jono beginners lesson in Poole
Rating:3 star rating
Board:185 litres

Fun hour and 3/4's out with Bernie, helen and James. Up on the plane a coule of times but think I need a bigger sail.

Diary for tc at Christchurch on 15/08/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:148 litres

Many of you would have thought it would be a stupid idea to head out into the open sea, on your own, with an off-shore wind, at 8am on a Sunday morning, with only marginal winds forecast... and well, you'd be right! Still it was pleasant enough, despite not planing. Spent an hour and a half practising non-planing gybes, ready for when we get some wind and I can give carve gybes a go.

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 15/08/10

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

Decided to go to Calshot after Tim C called me back as I neared the critical M27/J2 point - he reckoned no wind worth a f*rt, even though he'd had the best of it at 8am (see his diary...). And it's closer to home.

Didn't look spectacular, especially after I managed to collect a parking fine whilst taking a walk up the end. However, it seemed to pick up, so rigged the trusty Playmate and the 6.5, and bashed around in marginal conditions - it would have been better but the corrugated-iron chop caused by the passing container ships and nutters on SeaDoos made it very hard to keep my momentum. Eventually, the wind dropped and I grew tired of lugging a 6.5 around, so stopped for a cuppa and some cake.

And then of course the tide filled out the lagoon, and since the wind was pretty directly N (very slightly Westish maybe), there seemed to be wind across the lagoon, people planing etc. So I decamped to the lagoon, enthusiastically rigged the 102/5.5, only to have the wind drop by the time I'd got back from a leak break up at the hangar. Darn. Still, always sail the kit you've got is my motto, and I did, learning a lot about planing, balance, the relative twitchiness of my 102 vs. 116 (it felt like a skateboard on castors, especially as I'd rigged a 23cm fin for a laugh...) - quite fun actually! And amazingly, managed some tacks - I think it's the flat water John, don't go thinking Riccardo C has any competition on that basis ;)

Can't wait for the next time. I love windsurfing! You can tell - I pretty much NEVER rate any session below Good... What a tart.

Diary for Bernie at Christchurch on 15/08/10

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres

See event report. Got on the plane a few times and exploded into a carve gybe each time, but spent most of my time practising helitacks. An enjoyable day by the seaside

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 15/08/10

Carl and Heather
Rating:2 star rating
Board:102 litres

Not much wind on Saturday, but a good meal with friends at the pub made up for it. Sunday looked a bit more promising, enough to entice me to rig up, but not quite as much as it looked. It was enough to plane every now and then, but the lulls between went on far too long, so in the end we just spent most of the time practising light wind freestyle.