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Christchurch 9-10 October

Rory & Dad
15/10/10
Christchurch Harbour on a 161 litre Mistral Explosion
Host Host: Carl
Date Date: 09/10/10
Venue Venue: Christchurch
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Christchurch 9-10 October (1)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Windy both days, a few went out on the sea, most sailed in the harbour. In all 22 members made it to Christchurch with a further contingent at Pagham enjoying the hot sunshine and wind, it felt more like July than October. It was so good some even stayed on to sail on Monday as well.

Last updated: 15/10/10 14:42 By: Andrew
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Diary for Bill at Pagham on 09/10/10

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:1 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:7.5

Wind died as we went out so spent some time blobbing about in a fairly big sea, not very nice. Then got caught in the current from the harbour and ended up miles downwind. Bit of a bummer. A least it was warm and sunny.

Diary for tc at Christchurch on 09/10/10

TC
22/08/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:6.7

A good day down at the harbour. I got there early, because the tide tables said the harbour was going to start emptying at 2pm. As a result I was one of the first to arrive and get out on the water. Had a good couple of hours blasting and headed in about 1.30pm fearing the supposed exodus of water - it actually never happened and people were sailing for most of the afternoon. The water at Christchurch seems incredibly flat compared to Poole, so it was a great opportunity to practice the carve gybes. Sadly couldn't keep planing all the way round - felt like I was overtaking the wind as I headed downwind - hopefully I can get there with a bit more wind.

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

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:7.5

Started easterly but soon turned NNE. Very gusty and underpowered with big wind shadow near shore. Beautiful sunny day made up for it.

Diary for jonathan at Pagham on 10/10/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

I was determined to get out today as other commitments mean I probably won't get out for the next couple of weeks. Almost didn't try Pagham having read Bill and Heather's reports yesterday but thought I would give it a whirl. Halfway there the wind dropped so diverted to Andy Biggs and bought a new mast (expensive diversion). Just as I was about to head home clutching my new mast I noticed the wind had picked up so I continued to Pagham but by now I was a couple of hours after high tide. The wind was pretty patchy but I decided to give it a go anyway. To be honest, it wasn't as bad as the locals were making out (they must be spoiled) although the current coming out from the lagoon was pretty fast. It was against wind, so great for getting planing off the beach. But coming in, even on the plane you just felt yourself moving sideways to the beach - very disorientating! Jumping was a bit strange too. Not the fact that it was port tack, but with the wind blowing almost offshore, it had a tendancy to push the nose down midflight making for some scary landings. Broke a harness line which I tried to bodge a repair to with limited success - didn't have time to go in and change the lines. All, in all, and interesting sail - just wish I had a bit more time.
I should add that it was great (if a little surprising) to be back in my summer suit.

Added by rogerta on 11/10/10

10 out of 10 for perseverance Jonathan! We were down before high tide ie. wind with tide. I didn't go out as the currents into the harbour were running like a river (could have gone white water rafting). A couple of guys and a kiter managed to get swallowed up by it, trying to get back to the beach. As soon as they hit the current they lost the wind and ended up getting washed all the way round into the harbour - very amusing. We'd walked round the nature reserve twice and so couldn't wait any longer for the outgoing tide. Ended up sitting in the Walnut Tree garden having Sunday lunch. What a weekend though - amazing.

Added by nickscott on 11/10/10

Where is the launch site? Went down a few weeks ago near the sailing club but nobody could tell me where the windsurfers were.
A map would be good please. Cheers nick
Ch

Added by rogerta on 11/10/10

Nick

www.omwc.org/article/85

Added by jonathan on 12/10/10

yes, even with wind against current I watched one poor bloke get dragged all the way along the sea front. Fortunately he had been showing his sons how to windsurf so they eventually helped get him out! I think he was a little embarassed though... certainly I've never seen a current like it on the sea.

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 10/10/10

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

Went out early afternoon but the wind died, but it was pleasant enough in the sunshine and with quite a few club members to sail with.

Wind picked up later (4pm), so decided to give it another try. Big mistake really, ok I got planing, but the wind was very up and down and the water was emptying out of the harbour at an alarming rate, so had a long walk back.

Diary for tc at Christchurch on 10/10/10

TC
22/08/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:6.7

A little bit more wind and today would had have been 5-star. Lots of club members out on the water and enjoying the sun. Think I should buy a lottery ticket this week, given how lucky I was with the wind today! Headed out about midday just as the wind picked up and caught about 45 minutes of planing, before it dropped again. Amused myself in the lulls with a few push and heli tacks, then went back in for some lunch and a bit of sunbathing. Headed out again at 3pm. Not long after I got out the wind picked up and before I knew it I was blasting around again. Unfortunately just as the wind was really starting to build the harbour emptied of water and with my 40cm fin stuck in the mud I was left with a long walk to the shore.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 10/10/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.8

Spent most of the morning generally lazing about in the sun and catching up with old friends. Meanwhile, people were blasting about across the other side of the harbour, so we eventually rigged up and went out too - just in time for the wind to die off. Mucked about for an hour or two learning new light wind freestyle moves, whilst waiting for the wind to come back, but eventually we got hungry and came in. Of course the wind picked up again shortly after.

Diary for Bernie at Christchurch on 10/10/10

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:6.5

What a lovely summer's day! Helen and I turned up on Saturday night at the Cat and Fiddle and enjoyed a meal and a few beers with about another 7 Ocean Motioners, then crashed out in the camper van in the car park.

The wind on Sunday was not quite as forecast, but the sun and warmth more than made up for it. Had an hour of decent blasting before lunch, then the wind died for a bit, then picked up again towards the end of the day, and died again as the tide was going out. Got in some half decent gybes and helitacks, and all in all, not a bad day.

Bernie

Diary for Shef at Christchurch on 10/10/10

Rory & Dad
15/10/10
Christchurch Harbour on a 161 litre Mistral Explosion
Rating:3 star rating
Board:161 litres
Sail:6.5

Managed to get out on my Dad's 161 Mistral Explosion. First taking Rory on a cruise in the shallows before the wind increased enough for me to get planing.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 11/10/10

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.4

Quite a bit windier today with a completely clear sky and still plenty warm enough for the summer suit even though the wind was coming from North/North East. Despite the fact that it was Monday, Nigel, John W, Helen and James were all still around to make the most of the weather along with a few of the locals.

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