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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Bigbury, Mayday 2011

oh what a beautiful morning
Basking
Date Date: 29/04/11
Venue Venue: South Devon (Bigbury)
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bigbury, Mayday 2011 (8)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Plenty of people made the most of the easterlies (and sun) both at Bigbury and at various spots along the south coast. See the diary entries. We had an amazing time. Lots of wind. Too much on the monday for most people, as they didn't have any handkerchiefs to put up. Bill and Heather, Steve & Leuda, Kev, Roger, Audrey, Oliver, Yoli, Juan & the boys all enjoyed the Burgh castle walks. Yoli did high wind beginner windsurfing with Oliver in the Blow-up kayak to keep company. Roger toyed with the ankle height waves in the river mouth, and fondly recalled bigger times here. The pub had a great band to celebrate the royal wedding, and the tractor kept coming to the beach in the morning and drawing an enormous heart with the royal couples initials in the sand. We couldn't quite figure out if that meant that they were supposed to be flying over? Maybe in that rescue helicopter??? A glorious weekend, not quite as sunny as Cornwall but definitely windier. And great fun.

Last updated: 22/05/11 21:46 By: Genevieve
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Diary for Heather at South Devon (Bigbury) on 29/04/11

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.6

Lovely afternoon sail in the sunshine. Gusty wind so sometimes underpowered.

Diary for rogerta at South Devon (Bigbury) on 29/04/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.2

Light winds but a nice little peak to play on at the estuary mouth

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 30/04/11

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:2 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

Rubbish wind, it teased but was never quite enough. Only went out because it was the first time in 3 weeks and was desperate to get on the water at least once before the second rollover for my looping clinic.

Diary for Heather at South Devon (Bigbury) on 30/04/11

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:4.5

Weather pretty wet to start with so delayed going on the water. Then the sun came out and the afternoon was enjoyably spent on the water. The wind was very gusty so sometimes overpowered, sometimes under but lovely to be sailing in such a beautiful venue with friendly locals as well as the OMWC crowd.

Diary for rogerta at South Devon (Bigbury) on 30/04/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.5

More wind today - played up at the estuary mouth again. Gusty though hence the big board.

Diary for adrian at Lepe & Calshot on 01/05/11

Arenal - Javea
10/01/07
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:4 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:6.9

Goods day sailing off the edge of calshot across to Hambledon with Matt. A little maxed out at times but good speeds to be had. Slalom day today, resting the knees from Snowboarding injury.

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 01/05/11

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:6.6

First sail of the year, so I went for the easy option of Christchurch Harbour. Plenty of wind once I got into the middle, so well powered up on 6.5, probably could have gone much smaller.

I realised I'd made a rather silly mistake with my winter board repairs - should have used non-slip on the deck repair, not hi-gloss paint, doh!!


Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 01/05/11

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Met a friend and his family down at Hayling. His local is Gwithian so Hayling had a lot to live up to! The beach was packed due to the W4CR sunrise to sunset event - I have to say given the pretty variable wind I was glad I wasn't doing it all day! Good to see so many people supporting and participating in it.
On my advice we rigged big - 6.9m and 9m. Not sure whether the wind picked up when we hit the water or we had just been complete muppets. However a quick change to 5.9m did the trick and we had a great few hours on pretty much matching boards.
Nice to get on the water again

Diary for Carl at Pagham on 01/05/11

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.4

Day 1 of my one day SB looping course was moved to Pagham because of an East Northeast forecast. My first trip to shingleshire in ages, on the downside it was a much longer journey than I thought and the wind and ramps never quite got up to enough for any proper attempts. On the plus side I picked up loads of tips of where I'm going wrong and now have plenty to practice before day 2 of the one day course takes place later in the year. Despite the conditions, I can't rate the tuition of mr Bornhoft highly enough. I wish I'd booked on a course much sooner, I would recomend anyone thinking of learning forwards getting proper tuition, I could have saved plenty of bruising and broken kit by doing it sooner. Unfortunately it looked like today must have been a top quality day at home as evidenced by the tree across the lawn when we got back.

Diary for Bernie at Weymouth on 01/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.5

Helen and I went to Cornwall for the weekend with the intention of sailing at Daymer Bay, but the only direction it doesn't work in is Easterlies....and guess what, brilliant winds from the Wicked Witch of the East! So after some pleasant walking and cycling in Cornwall, we headed to Weymouth on Sunday and had a very pleasant afternoon in a cross-onshore wind.

Met Nuala too, who had come down to the beach with her dad and son, but wasn't sailing

Diary for Timo at Hayling Island on 01/05/11

Me
19/11/04
Rating:1 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.5

Very patchy, Overpowered in the gusts and nothing in-between. Only out for an hour then thought best to give up and hope tomorrow will be better. Good decision..

Diary for Martin at Hayling Island on 01/05/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:150 litres
Sail:4.2

First time for ages - quick traverse on Heathers board with mega heavy rig. Hard to waterstart a 4.2 in F3 and never really learned to uphaul.

Diary for tc at Poole on 01/05/11

TC
22/08/09
Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:6.7

Got down to Hamworthy about 3pm. Probably arrived a little late to catch the best of the wind - there were about 30 windsurfers de-rigging when I arrived. Wind was still Force 4 gusting 5 so headed out and had the whole harbour to myself. It was very pleasant sailing in the sun. Wind continued to drop and became pretty marginal. However I had two things in my favour - the tide was flowing against the wind and my awesome new Tabou Rocket which is very quick on to the plane. Couple of good hours sailing, before the tide turned and I started to get swept down wind. New boom was great too, it's much lighter so using my 6.7 is much less of a chore.

Diary for Heather at South Devon (Bigbury) on 01/05/11

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:4.5

Started on my 92L board but quickly found that this was far too bouncy!! Wind very gusty - such that even with 78L & 4.5m sail I was often overpowered. Still - good fun but certainly not comfortable sailing.

Diary for rogerta at South Devon (Bigbury) on 01/05/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Wind really building today and changed sails 3 times. Great fun at the estuary mouth with Juan. Wind was really accelerating down the valley. Huge gusts coming through.

Diary for Timo at Hayling Island on 02/05/11

Me
19/11/04
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.0

Started of with 80L evo and 5.m sail. Not the best decision.

Came back in after an hour and changed up to my 95L board. Much better, far easier to stay up wind and also to float through the inside patches in the wind.

Was also thinking of changing up to 5.8m but decided not to. The outside wind was very good and sticking with the 5m was nice and manageable.

All in all a great day out and it was sunny..Happy days..

Diary for tc at Lepe & Calshot on 02/05/11

TC
22/08/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.5

Calshot lagoon was a sea of carnage when I arrived at 11am The gusty wind was making sailing hard work for everyone. My anemometer read Force 3/4 gusting 6! How do you rig for that? I went with a 6.3, but quickly realised the wind was much stronger once you got away from the shore. Headed back and rigged a 5.5 after seeing what other people were using. The gusty winds, seaweed and random lumps of mud all detracted from what I was hoping would be a good sail. The wind was slightly better away from the buildings, but it seemed that whenever I got going I hit a shallow patch of mud or got weeds round my fin. Finished about 1.30pm. Would have given this session a 1-star had I not seen a guy with a broken boom return after swimming back to the shore from the other side - now that's a 1-star day!

Diary for Bernie at Christchurch on 02/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.0

Helen and I plus some other friends went to Steamer Point for the first time, just to see what it was like. In an easterly it was very lumpy water, and the shore dump was a bit unpleasant too. But all in all a couple of decent hours on the water was good for the soul.

But I think in future, Avon Beach is preferable , especially when the wind is in its more usual South-Westerly direction.

Also the car park has a height restriction, so no good for most vans. But if you get there early, there are three slots next to the Christchurch Sailing Clubhouse in which high-sided vehicles can park.

Bernie

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 02/05/11

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:93 litres
Sail:5.0

Strong Easterly with fairly confused chop. The beach was packed with danglers although most of them stayed on the beach just watching. Had a good sail despite the chop and the water being quite busy. Met up with Bernie & Helen later who had sailed at Steamer and Clare who had been out on the pond.

Diary for Kev Falck at Christchurch on 02/05/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:94 litres
Sail:5.8

Took a chance on Avon beach in an Easterly and it was pretty good. I heard from others that the previous day had been very difficult to get going. But I got down fairly early, got out and straight on the plane for mmost of the session. Good to get back on the water after a long break.

 
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