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Hayling Island 4-5 Sept

Beth launching at fatface 2008
Beth tackling the Hayling shorebreak, Fatface 2008.
Date Date: 04/09/10
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Web linkWeb:http://www.nationalwindsurfingfestival.com/home.php
This was probably the best National Windsurfing Festival yet - thanks to Allan Cross's hard work and almost the entire windsurfing industry backing.

The event actually started Friday night with at least fifty vans and mobile homes scattered around the parking lot. Only wish we could have spent the night there as it looked like a lot of fun.

The next morning started bright and early with beautiful sunshine, but a very light wind. I can't believe they started registration at 7:30. Of course I didn't get there until 8:30, but already everything was in action and the energy was great.

The first race was good if a little light and so I used my huge stuff. For that race I got a Starboard shirt for the first pre-millenium woman. Old git with old kit. I realized at that point I probably should've done some training for the event.

Rick and Gen then showed up and entered as well. As Gen said the start line almost reached West Wittering as everyone was trying to get the upwind advantage. Making it to the buoy was a bit difficult at the wind had changed direction and some of us actually had to walk around the buoy on the sand bar - a bit strange as we were almost a mile out. Then on the inside the race up the shingle was torture on barefeet. I learned my lesson the first couple of festivals and wore booties this time, but poor Gen and Rick had to do the sprint barefoot.

Rick was sailing very well placing in the top twenty mosst of the races, but more importantly getting a real charge out of it and wanting more. Gen did quite well in one of the races and received second master lady. For that she got a woolly hat, but more importantly a kiss from Nick Baker!!!! I received second in another race and got a hat, but no kiss from Nick :(

Ian entered as well and actually was interviewed by Peter Hart and got some great tips from Peter.
The wind stayed around 3.5 for most of the day with everyone out on huge kit - 11.0 is that really a windsurfing sail?

Then they put up the list for making the night windsurfing - Rick and I made it, but because of lack of wind and desire to survive the evening didn't sail. However the display by the juniors, heading out into the dark night certainly put us to shame. I was glad when I saw the general drifting on the tide that ensued that I hadn't entered and by that time we all had some beer and started the party.

The party of the decade without a doubt, actually it was of another decade as much of the music was as Gen said - pre Simon Cowell where music did the talking not the dance and hairdo. Clash, Sex pistols and so on. I was in heaven reliving University years - actually got blisters on my feet from dancing in high heeled boots. Great moves Bill, Heather, Mike, Rick, Leuda, Steve and Gen's sister Lots of moshing, pogoing, and ska...

Sunday - the wind came in. The first race was a fast one and everyone a bit hungover so there was a bit of carnage. For the second race they doubled the distance hence and everyone was a bit more spread out and it was a bit easier to make it on to the beach. The pros then showed us an endless array of freestye tricks and crashing - alot of applause. The second day more OMWCers showed up - Nick Bending and his humungous van, Claire D., Nuala and Lawrenceand grandpa, Becky, mike Tate and mo, Cory and Olivier.

We want to thank the organisers and all the windsurfing brands for supporting this event - it is amazing and friendly and being surrounded by hundreds of windsurfing colleagues is great fun. We can't wait for next year, we want it next week.

Beth and Genevieve

Last updated: 06/09/10 09:49 By: beth
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 04/09/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

Light winds, got the 2 stars because of the fun of the National Event rather than the sailing. Great party in the evening.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 04/09/10

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

Light wind but fun sail.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 05/09/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres

Great fun. Wind, swell, sunshine and lots of friends around. Only reason it is not 5 stars was the number of people on the water due to the festival.

Added by Lawrence on 07/09/10

You can't please some people can you?

On the Saturday you give it extra stars due to the national event 'got 2 stars because of the fun of the National event, rather than the sailing' (as the wind was very light), Then on the Sunday you deduct 1 star due to number of people on the water due to the festival ;)

I agree, when we first turned up it was very busy on the water, it seemed less busy as the afternoon went on & I think the conditions actually improved too.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 05/09/10

Bill (1)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Mayhem on the front with so many sailing. Got hit head-on which damaged my board and spent ages trying to get a boat to rescue the other guy (his boom broke in several places) only to find he had walked back on the sand bar. Other than that a really nice sail, Hayling always good in an easterly.

Diary for Lawrence at Hayling Island on 05/09/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

.....another year passes & another year that I have not entered the racing at the big event of the year at Hayling, sigh......(Note to self - do it next year!).

I 'woke up' the the national windsurf festival at hayling (formally FatFace event) being on the weekend of the 4th & 5th on the Tuesday when Nuala made a comment to me. I checked the forecast for the weekend on the Wednesday & it looked poor & with my big boom broken & no replacement sort out yet, I thought that there would be no point entering this year.

Sure enough, Saturday was light winds, & as I had my father visiting we stayed at home chatted & played with the kids......I don't think I played Top Trumps so much even when I was a kid myself! So Saturday passed with no sailing.

Sunday looked surprisingly good, so we headed off with kids & grandpa down to Hayling. Hayling was packed both in the car park & on the water. A quick bite to eat for lunch on the beach then a quick walk round the tents to see the latest kit/deals, then the debate on sail size - it did not look so windy but it was lowest point of tide - my initial thoughts were 8.5m, & this quickly dropped to 7.8m.....then I talked to a few sailors & decided 6.5m would be best as my father could then try my board out more comfortably. As it turned out, the beach was a little protected due to the unusual Easterly winds, & 6.5m was spot on.

I had a few short runs while Nuala was also out while my father (Richard) looked after the kids & got into his wetsuit. It felt very odd sailing off the beach on the opposite tack to normal, & the waves were coming in at a shallow angle to the length of the board which made jumping slightly harder too, I have not been aware until today how used to starboard tack jumping I had become. As it was low tide & due to the wind direction runs were straight out to the sandbar, where even if you fluffed a gybe you could you were only in knee deep water, & if you suffered equipment failure, the wind & waves woudl push you into the safe arms of the sandbar & beach. I came in & handed the reins over to him & took over child minding duties.

Richard had a couple of runs & handed reins back saying he could not see Nu - i went out looking for her - she was not out on the sandbar & not sailing. I ditched board back on beach & walked downwind towards the kitesurfers. Eventually I spotted Nu in the shallows with her board - boom clamp failure, but another friendly helpful sailor had lashed her boom up to the mast, so I sailed it upwind back to base while Nu walked back.

I had a few more runs on my kit with the tide & waves coming up, it was getting good, but I knew I had to pack up, Richard need to get back to our house inorder to pick his car up for the drive home & Xavier was back to school the next morning & Fini back to child minders, & Nu back to school too, so early starts alround.

Well done to those OM'ers who made the effort & raced!

Diary for nuporter at Hayling Island on 05/09/10

Rating:1 star rating
Board:100 litres

Ok initially- although a little overpowered and over 'waved' (Im so used to flat water at Portland Harbour)- did about 6 runs then my boom clamp broke. Tried to fix/tie it on but couldnt- so sat on board and waited for Lawrence to sail past and help me. Waited and waited and waited- after about an hour and having drifted towards sand bar- another helpful sailor helped me (he couldnt tie it out at water either- so he managed to get it to shore where he strapped it up and sailed it back to me. By this time I was able to touch the floor and saw Lol looking for me- plus needed loo- so walked back whilst Lol sailed kit back. Need to get a new boom now as the broken one was my mk boom that fitted all my sails.

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 06/09/10

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:3 star rating
Board:69 litres

Force 7 easterlies generates great messy waves at Hayling at midtide and there were a few leftover expert sailors from the weekend event showing what they could do. A whole lot of fun with endless jumping and lots of backside waves. But the star of the show was a seal popping up every so often in the waves. First time I've seen that.

Added by Genevieve on 06/09/10

Beth and Rick and I all joined in the racing. Rick and I had a major setback when we missed the first race and lost 248 points! It was amazing - that start line nearly reached to West Wittering, as everyone tried to get upwind as East wind and tide were all heading in the same direction towards southsea and the buoy you had to reach was not quite reachable without some effort upwind. The wind looked promising for the first 2 races, big gear but threatening to pick up to a decent slalom level. But it stayed more or less Force 3.5 all Saturday. The Le Mans start and finish shredded feet and gear. But it was great fun. Rick did really well, in the top 20 in every race. Beth and Genevieve also did ok, and certainly shone in the womens class, but then this is a male oriented sport, at the moment. Gen won a woolly hat for a second in a race and a kiss from Nick Baker, which meant that she almost traded the woolly hat for another one...Beth also won a hat but no kiss from Nick. Ian also entered, but set his boom too high, so had some issues and ended up dropping out of the first race. But Peter Hart interviewed him about it, so he got some good tips on what to do. The party was great, the triplets enjoyed the nightsailing and so did all the rest of us. Then the band kept the party rocking to greats, such as Turning Japanese - Great moves Bill!, and some of those rock favourites from the Clash, Sex Pistols and other emotive postings from the post-seventies-pre-Simon-Cowell musical era when the music did the talking, not the dance and hairdo. Sunday the sailing had other challenges such as dehydration to deal with, but also the wind had picked up.

Sunday - the wind came in to visit! The first race was a fast one and lots of carnage as the wind picked up and the short course meant everyone was crashing with little room to spare. In the final race, they doubled the distance to the buoy to spread everyone out and it was a little easier to get through some gaps. The tricks by the experts were shown off to great applause in the growing wind, and it was all brilliant to watch - trick or crash!

We want to thank the organisers and all the windsurfing brands for supporting this event - it is amazing and friendly and being surrounded by hundreds of windsurfing colleagues is great fun. We can't wait for next year, we want it next week!