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Weymouth, 28-31 August

Nuala 2
03/06/10
Host Host: Lawrence
Date Date: 28/08/10
Venue Venue: Weymouth
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Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Im sure that Lawrence will add more/correct me here- but just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came- it was a great event. Sorry about recommending camping at Sailing Acadamy- turned out to be naff as didnt include launching. Think the boat yard was much preferred and will stick with that in future. Liked the combination of meal out one night and indian takeaway the next. Will definitely offer to host next May bank holiday again in Weymouth if anyone is interested.....
Quick summary...
Sat- cloudy, cold and light winds- some got out with biggish kit (eg 8m) and had an ok time. Meal out at Little Ship
Sun- more wind, sunny and cloudy (plus one downpour)- most sailed with around 6.5-7.5m in morning- then changed to smaller kit as wind increased- then returned to bigger kit after rainstorm until wind died. Takeaway at my parents place.
Mon- no wind but hot sunny day (went to Abbotsbury Childrens Farm thanks to Mike and Mo (cheers)) and chilled late afternoon on beach.
Nuala x

Last updated: 01/09/10 00:00 By: nuporter
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 28/08/10

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:8.0

A very pleasant sail in the sunshine from Esso Beach.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 28/08/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

Met up with Bernie and Helen amongst others for a harbour session. The wind was a bit up and down, but it was sunny and warm. Managed to complete a new move about three times that I've not even tried before, the tail first upwind 360. When the wind blew properly it was strong enough to try a few vulcans, but as usual I had less success with those.

Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 28/08/10

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

.....having spotted a crack on the head of my largest boom, I am now limited to the 8.5m being my biggest rig.

I'm writing this entry on the Sunday......I recall planing, but it can't have been exactly mind blowing as I am struggling to remember anything about yesterday's sail!

I recall having to walk out a long way due to low tide, & being nervous at having a sudden stop with a relatively large fin (44cm).......so I must have gone out midday-mid afternoon as that was low tide.

Gusty conditions, sometimes going very well, sometimes not planing. Due to slightly unusual wind direction, & teh on-off wind & the risk of grounding, it was quite hard sailing back upwind to the launch beach (the old boat yard) as it was off shore wind.

Diary for jonathan at Weymouth on 28/08/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:140 litres
Sail:6.9

All looked a bit marginal by the time we arrived on the beach but decided it would be rude not to go out. Used Jane's 140l board with a 25cm freestyle fin in it as the tide was on the way out.
The good news is that on the way out I got planing before all the formula boys, however it was fair to say that once the water got deeper than their fins then they probably had the last laugh...
I was pleasantly surprised how relatively easy it was to plane on my set-up, but once planing then going in a straight line was a real challenge, especially as I had left the straps in their outboard positions. As for then trying to hack upwind whilst on the plane: the only thing I could think of was to try and make the inevitable spin out into some sort of tack entry to make it all look deliberate... It was all quite good fun.

Diary for Bernie at Christchurch on 28/08/10

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:7.5

Not a bad day at Mudeford considering the forecast was pants. North Westerley and sunny, with planing conditions for 75% of the time. I was on a 7.5 North which is a sail I hate and will put on e-bay minutes after writing this report. It is camber-induced and not worth the pain of rigging it and then it is like wrestling with a guerilla.

Cracked some cracking gybes.

Helen was out on a 6.5 and 108 board and looking good in rubber, as always.

Carl was out trying some freestyle stuff, and I am sure Marian thinks he looks good in rubber.

Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 29/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.5

AM - first session of the day.

.......many boards blatting back & forth across the bay a max speed......it looked great.

Initially I went out with the 6.5m & 95L - getting off the shore was a challenge as the off-shore winds where very gusty close to the shore, but got slightly cleaner the further out you went.

Where most sailors where, it was still quite holey - & on a sinker its was not always fun. I the gusts it was great - spot on, in the holes I was struggling & up to my knees.

After a few frustrating runs, I headed back to the shore (still a challenge due to the wind direction).

I then took out the x-fire 120L so I could better float through the holes. I had half a dozen or so great runs across the bay, pretty maxed on the x-fire (used smaller 34cm fin). It felt like the holes were filling in, so I headed back in & swopped back to the 95L. Had a few runs with that before heading in for lunch.

Put boards away, gave Duncan my 6.5m, got out of wetsuit & went back to Nu's folkes for lunch.



Diary for Lawrence at Weymouth on 29/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.5

PM - returned to the beach at 5pm with Nuala, I was cold & was not planning to go back out, but Nuala suddenly said she was going back out & Duncan had finished with my sail........so, I dug out the 95L - as it looked like it had filled in.

Initial few runs were great - very flat water & the wind had swung round slightly & it seemed slightly less holey.......but then after 45mins or so the wind had veered maybe 60 degrees compared to the morning & then it started dropping.....& getting more holey again. As I crossed Nuala's path she called out she was heading in - it was now easy to get to shore as you could practically point high & go perdendicular to the shore.

Had a few very nice planing gybes all the way round in the flat water before it started to drop.......& it was a lovely evening with the sun coming out & blue skies......

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 29/08/10

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:1 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.5

Promised so much but waited for the tide and was not good timing. A missed opportunity but got wet and was in the sunshine. Have had better sails!

Diary for jonathan at Weymouth on 29/08/10

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

The NW came in somewhat stronger today so I could use my own board today. I actually would have been far better off my 5.9m or even 5.5m today, although the heavily downhauled 6.6m wasn't a disaster. The problem was really the squalls which kept blowing through and I didn't want to change down for fear that they would take the wind with them.
Great opportunity for a bit of freestyle: got my first upwind 360s outside of Dahab (I think flat water is the key to carving upwind enough to back the sail) and even managed to spin the board around some downwind 360s although didn't actually manage to remain on the board on these.
Nice to see more people turn up at Weymouth today. Sorry we didn't hang around, wanted to get home for tea!

Diary for Carl at Weymouth on 29/08/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

A day of two halves as they say. First session, the tide was in, but the wind was light and flukey due to being a bit too North of West which is not so great a direction for Weymouth. By the second session, the spring tide had started to rush out a fair bit but the wind was turning, picking up nicely and looking much better. The deeper water by the bridge still had flukey wind but there was much cleaner wind across the rest of the harbour, so I went down the other end to try a few Vulcans. After a few rubbish ones, I had one really good attempt, initiated flying downwind, got the board fully round and even grabbed the boom on the other side. Unfortunately as is often the case on my 102 FSW the fin caught, refusing to slide and it just chucked me backwards out of the straps. Mistake no.1 - being far too lazy to make the trek in to get a freestyle board once the wind came up. Mistake 2 - was thinking I was a long enough way out to be in deep water, which I wasn't. Mistake 3 - was going into a ball as I was thrown backwards, on landing there was a heavy thud, which was my right buttock hitting the sea bed and a sudden realisation that I was in only knee deep water. I trudged in, (ironically through deeper water and in between other people trying vulcans for part of the way) to have a rest but decided to pack up. Anyway, it could have been worse, just a bit of bruising and after a long walk into town, I was ready to sit long enough for the drive home. Only reason this is rated average was my incident happening only 20 minutes or so after the wind actually started to blow. There was a good crowd and it would probably have been a different story otherwise.

Diary for Bernie at Weymouth on 29/08/10

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:5 star rating
Board:108 litres
Sail:6.5

First time at Weymouth for many years, and what a fantastic place it is. Stayed in the Boatyard at the waters edge in the Motorhome on both nights and had some lovely socialising with fellow Ocean Motioners, and thanks to Nuala's parents for putting up with us in their penthouse suite overlooking the Bay.

Sailing was fantabulastic and weather and tide made for stunningly good blasting conditions. Wind was North Westerly and very uppy-downy, but the water was flat and allowed for fine-tuning of the carvy-gyby and coli-hopter tricky thingies.


Diary for Haylingmike at Weymouth on 29/08/10

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:7.4

Got down to Weymouth early on Saturday (well 10.30am which is very early for me - Mo's influence!) but as there wasn't a lot of wind we went to the Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens in Abbotsbury - the latter as always being well worth the entrance fee - the former less well so! As hoped for the wind was a lot stronger on Sunday - albeit North Westerly so not ideal for Weymouth as it left a windshadow up to a 100m out, right over to the sailing school, and some gusty conditions beyond that. Rigged my 7.4 on my AHD Free Diamond 70 to cater for the lulls and had a blast! Three blasts in fact totalling getting on for 5 hours of maxed out fulling planing sailing, practicing or should I say attempting carve gybes at either end. The best sail I have had since god knows when - last time I was in Weymouth probably. Many thanks to Nuala and Lawrence for hosting and for some great hospitality. I took the opportunity to book into the campervan facility available in the sailing academy on Portland - but wouldn't recommend it! It cost 12 per night - excluding the 9 launch fee if you wanted to sail from there. For your 12 you get a very nice paved parking lot in a secure fenced compound in the middle of an industrial estate type area - about 100m from the showers and toilets. You do get an electic hook up thrown in for free and a waste disposal point but that's about it. Despite having paid my 12 the second night we gave it a miss and stayed in the boat yard for 2 instead! Monday was a glorious day but with no wind so we headed for home late morning having had an excellent weekend - for the most part!

Diary for nuporter at Weymouth on 29/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:100 litres
Sail:6.5

Ok sail in morning till overpowered. Managed 1 carve gybe- but messed rest up. Better sail in afternoon- did another carve gybe .. then wind started to die. Nice to be sailing in favourite venue, plus great takeaway with everyone. Thanks to parents for childcare!!

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 30/08/10

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:1 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:8.0

5 stars for beautiful sunshine and sparkly sea. Only one star for sailing as I rarely got planing. A lovely day.