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Hayling Island 30-31 October

Still doesn't look that windy...
Super Saturday...
Host Host: Haylingmike
Date Date: 30/10/10
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Hayling Island 30-31 October (1)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
There was very little sign of any wind early Saturday morning but despite that I headed off down the beach late morning and as there were no other members around, that I could see, I started rigging a 7.4m sail. By the time Heather and Bill, Juan, Genevieve and the boys and Yoli had turned up so had the wind!

I was first out on the water and had the best part of an hours blasting up and down the beach front in a due southerly. The 7.4 had been a perfect choice. Unfortunately a squall came over, bringing a heavy shower with it and killing the wind. Still, it was a good opportunity for a gossip on the beach as John G and Jenny had arrived as had Jonathan. Adrian and Matt were also there - and I suspect they were out before I arrived - and according to Tim's diary he was there as well - sorry I didn't see you Tim - I was flying the flag for once! Apologies if I missed/have forgotten anyone else! The wind built back up again but didn't reach its former strength and everyone packed up mid afternoon.

Heather and Bill and Mo and myself had a very pleasant evening in Spice Island - I can thoroughly recommend it if you are ever looking for somewhere to eat on Hayling. Unfortunately Sunday morning was pretty grim and never improved much - at least not enough to entice me away from my roaring log fire - so apologies if anyone was expecting to see me on the beach! That's it now for the programmed events for this year - but roll on chase the wind - the best bit of the year has still to come!


Last updated: 03/11/10 08:00 By: Andrew
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Diary for rogerta at The Witterings and Bracklesham on 30/10/10

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

Had a few runs on a 6.3 but it was hard work squeezing out through all the white water in the onshore wind. Swapped to surfing but that was equally hard work with so much white water about. Rounded off with a walk along the coast to East Witts with Béa and Amélie in the sunshine.

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

Rating:4 star rating
Board:138 litres

Wind picked up just as we got to the beach. A positive omen!? Had a lovely sail mostly in the sunshine. Great to see loads of OMWC people on the beach. Host, Mike, even provided my lunch with a cup of tea - fab.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

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

Wind picked up a notch after we went out, so really well powered up but good fun and warp factor speeds.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres

OK, so I rigged more in hope than expectation and consequently didn't really get planing much. On my 5.9 whilst everyone else was on 6.5m+. At least the sun came out and the water was still warm.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

Wow, it seems like a long time since I've actually attended a proper event...

Drove down through some stonking rain, to see sunshine and, well, kind of wind. The 6.5 seemed like a good bet, with something I wouldn't mind getting skunked on, hence the 116l. By the time I'd rigged and donned the rubber, it was raining, and I joined Gen and some others in the onshore mid-tide micro-waves. However, a brief run out, and then wind dropped - boo. Plonked back, joining Gen, Jen and Juan and the bobsleigh team for a chat. Jon L had showed too, rigging an enthusiastic (hopeful?) 5.9...

After the sun came back out, the wind came back up and I spent 1.5 hours tooling up and down. The best bit were the waves, not big or swelly or anything, but fun to ride. At one point I got planing really well by riding one with a few pumps, and kept it going ride up the far end. It wasn't too hard to get going though, to be honest, with the sail and board choice. Gen and I had a good time, gybing on waves, and riding a few when they looked good. I managed a few turns, and really enjoyed it however it looked!

The wind dropped a bit and I started to get tired - both Gen and I had colds last week, and still emptying the old head :(. A nice session. Windsurfing? Love it! Thanks the tea Mike, great hosting! and where was Tim C? He'd texted me but i didn't see him. Ah well.

Added by tc on 01/11/10

I was there! You must have been at the "other" Hayling Island;)

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

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

Despite there being no wind got down the beach early (in my capacity as host) and for a change when the wind kicked in I was first out on the water on my Free Diamond 70 with a 7.5sqm sail. Had a great hour blasting up and down the beach in a due southerly before a squall came over - perfect timing for lunch! Unfortunately the wind never really came back to the same extent and despite another two sessions in the afternoon I couldn't emulate the morning session. Great to see so many people out for the last formal event of the season.

Diary for Genevieve at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

my favourite board at the time
flash that logo
Rating:2 star rating
Board:100 litres

We had great fun in the last of the BST trying to inch offshore with swelly wavy bits in an onshore breeze. Yoli had another go and enjoyed uphauling - quite challenging in the white water bits. A bit showery and the wind came and went, but mostly sunny. The boys loved it. Nice to see Mike Tate, John Gouk, Heather and Bill, Jonathon, Adrian, Trevor and quite a few others - but we didn't see Ian?

Added by johng on 01/11/10

Yeah, top marks to Yoli! I'm amazed at the tenacity of beginners! Windsurfing must be really addictive or something...

Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:3 star rating
Board:114 litres

What a day. Warm, windy and plenty of Ocean surfers there. Good blasting on my slalom kit with 7.2 sail up and down on the onshore winds. Came in for my wave slalom & 6.9 kit mid afternoon hoping for some wave fun, but the wind let us down. Roll on next week. Good to see so many faces from the club. I feel its going to be a good chase the wind session this year.

Diary for tc at Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:148 litres

Was keen to check out Hayling for the first time, so got down the beach bright and early at 10.30am. When I arrived there wasn't much wind, so I chatted to a few guys on the beach to get some beta, until the wind began to build. Got a text from John saying everyone would be in the other car park, so I drove round to the other side to rig up.

The wind was very deceptive on the shore, it felt very strong in the car park, but people seemed to be rigging big so I followed suit. Had a good blast for an hour. Tried chop hopping for the first time, resulting in some spectacular crashes. About 1pm the rain came in, so I decided that was a good time for lunch. The sun returned in the afternoon and the wind remained fairly strong so I headed out again.

Throughout the day the swell seemed to pick up quite considerably which made tacking and gybing very tricky. Although I found the waves pretty challenging, it was great fun riding down and along them.

Sadly my sailing for the day came to an end when I sailed in for a rest and ended up between two closely spaced groynes. With the onshore winds I was unable to get back out past the waves - unbelievably frustrating! After a little sulk I packed up and headed home about 4pm.

Added by johng on 01/11/10

Well, sounds like the Hayling I was at... Where were you?! I was even on the beach at 1, because of the rain and subsequent lull! Those groynes are a bit of a problem aren't they, when you need to almost go parallel to the beach...

Added by tc on 02/11/10

I think the groynes were punishing me for being a wimp and having a rest! I did have a look for you and I think I saw your van, although there were a few white VWs in the car park. Nevermind, at least we both got a good sail in! My weekend's this month are looking fairly quiet so will hopefully be sailing quite a bit, wind allowing.

Diary for Bernie at Poole on 30/10/10

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:2 star rating
Board:135 litres

Helen and I ventured down to Poole to take advantage of the Force 4/5 that was promised by Mr BBC, but he was a lying sod, and we only got planing for half the time, but at least we got some planing for half the time!

Lovely day for the end of October, so can't complain.....all in all it was an enjoyable day in the harbour.

Added by Andrew on 01/11/10

I agree, I went to Hamworthy around 3pm, no wind so I didn't hang around. Where were you sailing ?

Added by Bernie on 02/11/10

Hi Andrew, we were at the usual spot at Sandbanks on the harbour side, in with the kite-surfers. We thought about Hamworthy but decided the coffee is better at Sandbanks.


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