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January 14/15/16

some mast high waves coming in at Gwithian
Date Date: 15/01/11
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for January 14/15/16 (1)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Windy and mild, an excellent start to the year...

Last updated: 18/01/11 08:26 By: Andrew
Views: 1811

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 14/01/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:93 litres

Cross shore wind, some decent swell and a 10 second wave period - awesome. The only problem was a bit of a strong downwind rip and also riding the best waves all the way in and downwind left you perilously close to the "Groyne of Death". Did my fair share of walks of shame back upwind due to the rip but some incredible rides down the line certainly made up for it. Adam had the best walk of shame, coming in somewhere towards Steamer Point, I couldn't compete with that.

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 14/01/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:80 litres

Wondrous wind and waves and warmth. Two days of sailing waves. One day with one other person and one day with every windsurfer and kiter in UK.

First wave I snaked someone - sorry whoever you were. Friday was 5.7 with shoulder to head high, Saturday - waist to shoulder high. But down the line and good fun...

Where have all my windsurfing muscles gone?

I'm insatiable - I only want more.

Diary for Jimbo_13 at Weymouth on 15/01/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:86 litres

Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 15/01/11

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:3 star rating
Board:72 litres

Got there early for the wind and waves. Good session on the outside. Could have done with a 5.5 sail.
After lunch the wind decreased and the waves went with it. Could'nt be bothered to change up so called it a day. Did the wind come back up as seemed windy again late afternoon?

Added by jonathan on 15/01/11

Hi Adrian
the wind came back up - but quite late - about 3.30. Pleased I had the 5.9 for most of the afternoon.
Sorry I missed you, see you soon

Added by adrian on 17/01/11

Cant make this weekend but hopefully catch up following week. Glad you had a good session. The water did seem alot warmer than last week. Funny that......

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 15/01/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres

Good wind and waves, could have done with the 4.0m but had already rigged the 5.0m and just went out hoping it would drop a bit. It didn't, just got stronger. After about 2 or 3 hours my arms couldn't take anymore. With the tide on the push the waves were getting better as the day progressed. There was looping carnage everywhere. Saw somebody pull off a really nice goiter on the wave coming in shortly followed by a credible double forward attempt on the way out. Sadly I'd sapped the last of my energy by then on too big a sail while guys over 4 stone heavier were ripping it up on smaller kit than me. Wish I'd changed down now like everyone else instead of being such a lazy git.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 15/01/11

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres

Got down to Hayling just as the wind appeared to have dropped, so made the wise decision to rig big. 5.9m proved to be about right until about 3.30pm when the wind came back up again, but by then I had been out 3.5 hours so decided to call it a day.

Warm air, nice waves and the water was much warmer than last Saturday (must have been that castor oil warming it up!). A great sail. Just a shame I seemed to miss everyone else out although did see Adrian's van from a distance - it is hard to miss now!!

Diary for Bernie at Poole on 15/01/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Being as it was my first outing of the year, I decided to play safe and go to Poole Harbour, which is just as well cos I got caught in the cold. The first hour and a half were great, with lots of gybing and farting around, and then I came in for lunch with Helen in the moty-home. Then I went out again and as I was gybing at the far end of the harbour, my mast base broke in two. I had a half hour swim back to the shore, and I was knackered, and my right foot had gone numb. So I called it a day.

A very welcome return to the water, but I did not expect to be getting so close-up and personal with the waves and water for so long; nevermind, at least I lived to sail another day.

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 16/01/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:93 litres

Was really aching after yesterday's session, but I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go out and there's no more wind for ages. A bit lighter and more onshore than yesterday, but still a great end to a good few days wind.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 16/01/11

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Having skipped Saturday's obviously marvellous conditions (although apparently very up and down, confirmed by Will (new mate) and Jon's diary), due to, well, dunno really, decided that since silly ol' Bramblemet was showing a hurricane, or at least F6 gusting 7 SSW, with even Sotonmet doing 5-6, I'd head for Hayling.

Arrived about 11 - a few vans around, people hanging around in a desultory fashion, and not very windy. Nobody out!! Checked the wind - 10-15kt on the beach. Go or not go?? Then Will arrived and we had a chat about housing, heat and Hayling, and when he realised I had come from Reading, declared I HAD to go out!! Quite right too, Will, thanks mate.

Rigged the 102 JP and 6.5m, but by the time I got out, it seemed to have dropped a bit more. Anyway, scudded about, caught some waves, planed a surprising amount. Hands got cold, came in for 10 mins and went through the pain barrier, then they weren't cold again. Otherwise, really warm. A good start to the year, and impressed that I remembered how to windsurf! Wind dropped some more, so I stopped after 1.5 hours, but of course as I was driving away it had picked up again...

Roll on Cabo!


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