Christchurch 21-22 May
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Last updated: 22/05/11 22:36 By: Andrew
Who'd of thought - 4.0 weather in May. Great session down at Bracklesham in glorious sunshine with a few waves to play backside on. Quite a few out (someone pulling huge forwards) so headed upwind to avoid the crowds. Sailed until high tide when the waves shortened up and became a bit messy as per usual. Great sail.
Not often that the 74l waveboard sees the light of day...
I started off on my 91 and with a 4.7m - largely because I have had it since February and this was the first opportunity to try it! Also it was the first chance to use my skinny 400cm mast (purchased in October!). Both worked very well - although it quickly became obvious that the 4.7m was a bit out of its range, so changed down to my small board and 4.2m - which was much more manageable.
Plenty of people out at Hillhead, but not many were on the water that long.
Who'd of thought wave board weather in May - certainly not me, which was why I din't have a wave board - big mistake. Tried a few runs on my 99l Starboard Carve, but it was far too big for the conditions, so I called it a day before I broke something (kit/me). Still it was a fantastic day at HAyling Island, good to see so many others enjoying it - Juan certainly made the most of it.
Arrived at Hayling beach to be surprised by the astounding amount of wind. Rigged up a 4.0 and Evo 80, but frankly, both were a bit of a handful in my strangely debilitated state. At least I'd brought something reasonable, unlike Andrew (see elsewhere) who could have had my other 77l and gone out again...
Given what you'd expect of my my Cribby-enhanced capabilities, it was a crap bit of sailing, but hey... I didn't put my wetsuit on well enough, not enough seal around the neck, and it filled up with (to my expensively pampered body) what was surprisingly cold water. And my hands and feet got cold... poor little flower. And no sign of waves, only a big pile of crappy chop which I managed a few enthusiastic jumps off. The Cribby "arse!!" thing works well though, managed to maintain speed over the corrugations pretty well. Finally, went into gybe very enthusiastically, got chucked over the front and twisted a foot very badly in the straps, so came in for tea and sympathy. None available. Ah well. Seemed like hard work to me...
Nice session out at the end of the sand bar, playing in small wind-blown waves at mid tide. So good to have sunshine, strong wind and warm water! What a treat!
Great Sailing at Hayling with only a few people out for 3 hour non stop playing around the sand bar with no worries off ripping up other sailors great force 7 lets hope that every weekend is like that one on Gens little wave board fantastic Thanks Gen and for looking after boys. Great to catch up Andrew and John G on the water.
Well no sooner was Mo on the plane to New Zealand than her influences have begun to wear off - yes I did a classic late Tate for my first sail of the season. Couldn't even blame the traffic - I stayed at home and sailed at Hayling. I wasn't too late though and despite coming in pretty well exhausted after only 45 minutes I thoroughly enjoyed it - though it was a bit of a babtism of fire! Good to catch up with Andrew and John - sorry I was too late to catch the rest of you!
Sorry a little late on this comment
Christchurch Harbour Sunday 22nd May
I arrived around 12 midday to find Mr Shefford and family excited by the available steady wind.
Some new recruits where rigged and ready to go.
Sheena took to the water first, I believe I was out soon afterwards, then Dave took over later and was gybing merrily away.
The average sail size appeared to be 5.3, so I rigged a 6mtr with loads of downhaul (thank goodness I have a north extension)
This is the first time on the water since the Megabash last summer.
I can honestly say the is the best first time out I have ever had. 2.5 hrs of solid blasting.
Robert Walton Sharp was spending a lot of time rigging, then I realised he had broken a mast rigging up, and he had to adjust his 490 mast with a hacksaw. What we do to get of the water! I hope it was worth it Robert.
If there are more days like this WOW.
I think everyone had a great time.
I should have taken my short board.
Sunday was Lucy's Safari Birthday party...was trekking with 18 six year olds in my garden looking for lions...but Monday I got my first post surgery sail. Yahoo!!! Definitely worth staying alive for, but not an epic day for Hayling - a bit flat. Nice jumps though. I was surprised that after not sailing since november I still completed all my jybes and jumps. Thursday looks like it may shape up for wind and waves - anyone interested?