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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.

North Devon 28-30 May

Gen surrenders at the end of the day...
23/05/09
Host Host: Juanito
Date Date: 28/05/11
Venue Venue: North Devon
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for North Devon 28-30 May (15)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
The weather forecast was promising from a windsurfing point of view, but not from a touristy one, which probably accounts for the empty, uncrowded beach and parking. But lots of OMWCers turned up, including Michael, Beth & family, John G and Jen, Steve and Leuda, Ed and Sandy, Nigel and Jen, Rick, Justin and Connor, Rog, Bea and Amelie, and in lieu of Chris Martin, his mate George with surfboards and son! Chris - hope your lady is getting better. And of course, Juanito and Gen with the triplets providing a never-ending source of amusement and challenge!

Quite a few came down on the Friday night, so when the Saturday proved windy, albeit onshore with lots of crunchy waves, people were keen to get out. It's not often that it's windy on the North Shore!! So an opportunity... Various other activities were also called into play, cycling, chilling, socialising - the dogs were especially keen on this one, following each other and the rampant kids all around the site. Ed headed off downwind, but made it back ok, albeit with a wrecked 5.9, no sign of a fisherman-based rescue required.

Saturday evening was mixed - some went back to the campsite with fish and chips, others went into Bideford, and the largest group headed for Appledore and a night in the car park. The most popular single activity was probably the Big Footie Match, watched on various pub screens across the county.

The weather held up for Sunday's early start - for some anyway, apparently Justin was woken by his youthful companion around 6 am, but at least he was quiet riding around the campsite... A pretty chilled start, except for Stevie G who woke up in the Appledore car park in time to avoid the parking man, drove to avoid the Northam Burrows parking man, and went back to bed! An occasional showing of a watery sun broke the otherwise unrelieved cloud as people had another go at the slightly more cross-on, lighter wind - Roger was hard at it from the crack of dawn as far as we could determine, making the most of it! This was probably a good plan - others who were later getting out either stopped as the wind dropped further, or worse still, got stuck as it faded. Definitely a day for bigger gear, except for Ed who didn't have a 5.9 of course... Beth changed up with more success, and even Nigel was seen throwing himself into the waves with careless abandon and disregard for personal safety. Justin tried hanging himself from a large tablecloth, but even gave up on that, the wind was so light.

At the end of a long day, it was time for the traditional burned meat, hot faces and cold backs and bottoms. The saving grace of the Knapp House campsite is its high degree of laissez faire - kids run around safely on the relatively unpopulated greensward, and adults can make fire and smoke and drink without interference. So we did. Very relaxed - stories around the fire, kids complaining about it being bedtime, Haka checking we all loved him... goodnight all.

Of course, the promised rain materialised on the Monday morning, with little to no wind evident. Time to go... For me, a leisurely drive back on the A30, including pub and food stops, as a gentle return to the harsh reality of work. A great weekend - maybe some better swell next time!

Last updated: 31/05/11 20:44 By: johng
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Diary for johng at North Devon on 28/05/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:4.7

Arrived at Northam after a lengthy trip down - decided to go along the A30 instead of A303 or M4/5 (a long story...). It was a really pleasant amble through lots of places I hadn't seen before, and enabled the stopping at a pub and so on, a great start to the weekend.

The sailing wasn't really up to much, being pretty onshore and mushy waves. But I did have a thrash around along with Juanito and others - wore the winter suit to prevent frostbite! OK session.

Diary for beth at North Devon on 28/05/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:69 litres
Sail:4.7

A funny thing happened on the way to Devon - we found ourselves in the waves at Kimmeridge. Not epic but not bad for second session this year. Sailed for about an hour and then passed the rig over to Michael. I was a bit overpowered so it suited Michael perfectly and he had a good sail. Then it was the looooooooooooooooong trek Westward Ho. Got there in time to see the waves butnot sail and we ended up at a pub in Appledore for a fine meal and watching some football game...I guess it was an important one with a bad ending.

Diary for rogerta at North Devon on 28/05/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.5

Feeling rather flat now not having anymore bank holiday weekends to look forward to for a while. Its been a great few weeks - Cornwall, Bigbury followed by Westward Ho! Three fantastic weekends. This was no exception and not just for the sailing. Loads of people turned up making it another top weekend. You really can't better it.

As for the sailing, had a good thrash in the waves - great fun. Interesting out back where the waves were quite peaky but the wind was very light - dodging bullets comes to mind. Really enjoyable sail though. Plenty of others out as well.

Diary for Genevieve at North Devon on 28/05/11

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Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

Well, Juan's gear doesn't suit me really. It turns slowly, rides slow and generally we didn't get on. But the moosh offered some nice tactical chicken gybe opportunities, as I didn't have enough oomph in the sail department to get over the bigger, more determined lumps and had to try avoidance manouvres. Nice to sail and pleasantly warmer than expected, but would prefer cross off next time please, and my turn to go first before the wind drops.

Diary for johng at North Devon on 29/05/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.5

A bit more cross-on than yesterday, but not as windy. Bashed around in the waves for a bit, realised that its easier to lie there and wait for the SPR (Sail Position Randomiser) to do its work rather than struggling with the rig. Caught some of the not too bad waves, which was fun. Eventually it started to drop and it looked like waterstarting was a bit iffy on the inside in the wave wind shadow, so stopped. Later discovered other people like Beth had struggled a bit as the wind dropped, so good job I stopped really. Not bad though.

Diary for beth at North Devon on 29/05/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.7

First session was a pointless struggle on a 5.2 and 80 litre board. Had a long walk back. My wonderful husband had rigged a larger sail and brought it down for me so I got back out for a short sweet session out back in the larger waves. Lots of fun...good bbq and fire that night with lots of pieces of meat and stories.

Diary for rogerta at North Devon on 29/05/11

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

Got out early before the wind died - another great sail in waves very similar to yesterday. We bailed out in the afternoon so missed the bbq unfortunately.

Added by Genevieve on 04/06/11

the good news is that in 2012 there will be a new double bank holiday weekend in June, to celebrate the Queen - where will we celebrate????

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