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Lepe 21-22 August

Carl doing a 'Peter Hart'
Host Host: Clare D
Date Date: 21/08/10
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Arrive to find Gary, Andrew Jonathan, TC, Nick B and John G out blasting across the water, even Late Tate was already rigging up. It was a grey day, but the wind was good if a little up and down. I finally managed to get out for about an hour after a long lunch chatting to Carolyn.

Evening spent at Forest Home where we were joined by Kev and Alison and JP who had a good day sailing at Calshot .

Sunday was a complete wash out with no wind and lots of rain.

Last updated: 22/08/10 17:48 By: Clare D
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Diary for Donson at Christchurch on 21/08/10

Jono beginners lesson in Poole
12/06/10
Rating:4 star rating
Board:185 litres
Sail:4.7

Great hour and a quarter on the water if a little exhausting. Force 4/5 and lots of chop. Five or six planning runs (out of the harness). One perfect run. Locked out body and arms, body low and forward, sail raked back - AMAZING.

Need to work on gybes and sailing down wind in strong winds.

Also one great water start.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 21/08/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.0

Much more wind at Avon today, when I arrived a couple of guys were just changing down from 5.4's. I rigged a 5.0m which was just perfect for a couple of hours or so. I managed to find a relatively windless spot, just behind a groyne and I decided to go back to non-planing chucking myself round the mast type antics today to see if I could shake off the bad habits learned yesterday. This seemed to be going OK so I had three goes at the real thing. Two were a complete waste of time but on one attempt I did actually manage to throw the rig far enough forwards and sheet in hard enough that I spun a large part of the way round, landing softly on my back. OK, so I had to swim the last part round and waterstart back up, but it felt like some sort of progress.

In the evening we met up with everyone at the Forest Home for a few beers and some excellent food.

Diary for jonathan at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

A pretty grey day which didn't really brighten up at any point, however there was plenty of wind! 5.5m was a bit much at times - my 5m would have been a bit more appropriate.
Still it was nice to have good, well-powered up sailing. And nice to see a good turnout. Given the weather, Jane and Nayra opted for the cinema rather than the beach so I headed back for bathtime.

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.5

Overall, another really good session. Wind was up and down a bit, overpowered at times, sitting on the beach at others, but most of the time it was just right.

Great to be out at Lepe with so many familiar faces.

Diary for Haylingmike at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.7

Arrived around midday to find a host of members already on the water. Forecast was for 13knts gusting 23 and it was about right! Ended up on my 5.7 which I could cope with in the gusts but my 125L board which got me through the lulls. Not the best of sails but certainly rated it as good. Retired to the Forest Home's usual hospitality - enjoyed by 16 of us despite quite a few people having had to go home. Sunday was windless wet and miserable so went home after breakfast!

Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.7

Well that was interesting... Arrived to find a number of OMWCers on the water or nearly, Andrew having just stopped for a break and Mike considering his options... I was determined to use a small sail, so rigged the 4.7 on my old 91, probably a triumph of enthusiasm over sense. But the gusts were pretty strong and the lulls usefully challenging! I do like windsurfing... Tore about with everyone else for quite a time, with a handy tea and flapjack bite break thanks Andrew. Tried some more jumps with moderate success, it's as much about the hole as the lump, but I really like that heyoop feeling when it works. Wind dropped off a bit, tide had taken the water away, so stopped, trudging back in handy flip-flops. Oh yeah, lines broke, so had to change them:)

Diary for garibaldi at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Garibaldi & Andrew @ Hillhead (Pic taken by Peter)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:103 litres
Sail:5.8

We arrived at e on Saturday at about 11 & suprisingly were some of the first OMWC'ers there.
At that time there was only one person on the water & he kept disappearing ointo the mist...needless to say, I wasn't inspired.
Then Andrew & Jonathan appeared (& so did the IOW for the first time that morning), so I thought that I may as well rig my 5.8.
It was high tide, pretty lumpy & gusty. To say that I was struggling was an understatement but I kept persevering & when the tide dropped a tad & the wind settled, had an almost in-control sail.
Then the wind dropped & I decided to get a bite & a drink. Tim was the only one out at that time & not doing miuch but soon enough he started planing again & I rushed down the beach to join him.
We had an excellent half an hour or so, blasting & in control for once.
The tide dropped away some more & the wind got up & I was once again holding on to the 5.8 for dear life, my trusty v.old 5.0 would have been better.
I tried a couple of jumps(?) but forgot to unhock & catapulted into the mast & board resulting in blood & bruises.
All in all actuallly a good sail for me, although my body still doesn't agree.
I'm really out of practice or maybe getting too old for this game !
We enjoyed the 'social' in the evening with friends & probably made the right choice leaving on Saturday night, even if I had trouble holding it together on the drive home.
Thanks to Clare for organising & Carolyn for putting up with the horrid 'summer' weather in order to let me play.

Added by Carl on 23/08/10

If I'd known you were giving looping demonstrations I'd have come over much earlier.

Diary for tc at Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

TC
22/08/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:5.5

Arrived at Lepe to find pretty intimidating conditions for my first time sailing at Lepe - the wind was gusting, the swell was rolling in and the Isle of Wight was no where to be seen because of the mist. However soon the mist cleared, OMWCers began to fill the car park and the whole place felt a lot more friendly.

After a disappointing sail the day before I was keen to get on the water and as a result I was one of the first people out. With most people in the car park watching, I then proceeded to catapult within about 3 seconds of getting on the board. Normally I try and get out-of-sight before doing that;)

The sail before lunch was fun but very hard work. I was comfortably powered up, but the gusts and swell meant I was regularly getting dunked. It wasn't long before frequent waterstarting took its toll and my arms were really aching. For some reason though its really hard to take a break whilst other people are in the water having fun. I sailed until the wind got stronger and then I headed in for some lunch.

After lunch was a completely different story. The wind dropped a little, the swell died down and I had an amazing hour of planing in footstraps and under-control:) This was the most fun I've had on a windsurfer in a while. Eventually I got tired and started making a few mistakes so I thought it best to head in before I damaged myself or the kit. Unfortunately couldn't stay for the social in the evening.

I think I need to experiment with the outhaul on my sail. I might be over-tightening it and as a result its making the sail a bit gutless. My reasoning is that unbeknown to me the outhaul had actually come undone after lunch and the sail felt much nicer.