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Pagham 25-26 September

Instructor Juan, ready to take the next lesson
17/07/10
Host Host: Juanito
Date Date: 25/09/10
Venue Venue: Pagham
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
ok, so it wasn't Pagham, it was too Northerly so Langstone. RICHIE sailed for the first time in about 8 months. Bill and Heather, John, me it was fun. A bit gusty on the saturday.

Last updated: 28/09/10 17:15 By: Genevieve
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Diary for Donson at Christchurch on 25/09/10

Jono beginners lesson in Poole
12/06/10
Rating:3 star rating
Board:185 litres
Sail:5.3

First sail with my new 5.3 Naish Session sail. Really noticed the difference and how much easier it was to get planing. Water not too cold either

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 25/09/10

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

Beautiful sunny day but frustrating wind! All or nothing was the order of the day but was pleasant because of the sunshine.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 25/09/10

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:8.5

Northerly wind so sailed at Esso. Fairly gusty and choppy but some nice sunshine.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 25/09/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:6.5

NW, so Paggers out of the question really. Joined Juan, Heather and Bill and a few other people at Esso Beach - if only it were a more evocative name, like Echo Beach (which song I heard on the way back today...but check tomorrow's diary entry for that!), because maybe that would make me love it more... Nah.

Wind greatly up and down, but still plenty of blasting to be done. Did a few hops (can't call them jumps), but quite tricky in the wind and proto-waves/corrugated iron chop. Reasonably jumpy bits seem to come in pairs, so you either hop the first and crash the next, or slow down horribly on the first and screw up the next... Bah. Anyway, sailed for a couple of hours, got tired, then shared fruit juice and a sandwich with Juanito. Good to see the host in action!

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 26/09/10

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.0

At Esso beach again due to NW wind. Didn't expect to have a great sail but really enjoyed it. Fun runs chasing after Juan and good to see other members out enjoying themselves.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 26/09/10

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

Chop to knock your teeth out but otherwise a nice sail in the sunshine.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 26/09/10

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.5

Today I discovered that everyone is faster than me - what's going on here?? Juanito, sure, he's demented, and I wish I knew how he does it. Heather, yes, often. Andrew?? Check. Think I've gotta get me one of those Lawrence-ratified crossslalomfireblasterriptidewhatever doodads - oh, but then he didn't ackcherly turn up at NWF (says your diarist in an inflammatory gesture...)!

Anyway, Esso/Echo Beach (Echo** - yeah, a repeat of yesterday with more wind, smaller gear, more chop, hop, op, p...) with gusty NW. Went much further west than yesterday, largely cos the wind seemed more reliable than yesterday, and following that Juanito guy again. Did a couple of storming gybes, but note to self - flip sail earlier, and SHEET IN!!! Wuss. Mind you, some of those gusts had me hanging on a bit on my 5.5. My hands, like yesterday, were incredibly cold in the wind, maybe it's the tight sleeves of the wetsuit, my forearms being hugely pumped and well-muscled as they are. Maybe I should stop before this drifts into more outrageous and less family-acceptable fantasy (both then and now).

So I got cold and hungry, came in, all that. Shared juice and elderly muffins with said Juanito and Andrew. Good to see people :) but forgive me Lord for wanting to exterminate the dull-witted losers who park in horrible ways when everyone KNOWS it's a windy day and will be packed. Sigh.



** Echo Beach - hit for Martha and the Muffins I think; strangely, heard it on the way home in the Scotney Services; why strangely? Well, it was referenced in a newspaper article I read on Friday, if only I could recall where, maybe G2? Haven't heard or thought about it for years, and there you go! Coincidence? Yup.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 26/09/10

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

Still blowing northerly, so back to Esso Beach (far away in time) for another blast across Langstone Harbour. Quite a few out on the water when I arrived, but people went long before the water disappeared.