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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.

Brandon Bay 2011

Carl at Scraganne
Host Host: Bernie
Date Date: 21/05/11
Venue Venue: Brandon Bay
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Brandon Bay 2011 (14)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Quote from Carl: "I was really impressed with Brandon bay, the sailing, the people, the pubs the whole deal, well worth a trip. I can't imagine many places where I would find it mast and a half mental conditions with only the odd local out on sails as small as 2.5m and yet still be able to get in a sail round the corner on a 4.0m in something perfectly manageable to almost anyone."

Last updated: 09/06/11 19:59 By: Andrew
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Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 21/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.5

First day of Peter Hart's wave sailing course at Brandon Bay. But the main man, Mr Hart, could not attend his own clinic on account of contracting septicemia in Eqypt and is (was) quite seriously ill in hospital for several weeks. This is the first of his clinics in 25 years that he has missed. So we have converted the course into a bog standard windsurfing holiday.

First day out with Marian, Carl and others at Scraggarne. Had about an hour on the water, lumpy but no waves today.

Pie and 2 pints of Guinness at Spillanes

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 21/05/11

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.4

First day of aborted Peter Hart wave clinic and we met up with the others for a good sail at Scraganne whilst trying to keep out of the way of the Irish national slalom event.

Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 22/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.5

2nd day of our windsurfing holiday (defunct Peter Hart wave sailing course) in Brandon Bay, and another few hours at Scraggarne.

Burger and 2 pints of Guinness at Spillanes

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 22/05/11

Another bad loop attempt
Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.4

Another good day at Scraganne, tried a few forwards when coming in due to it being port tack but no cigar.

Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 23/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:82 litres
Sail:4.0

3rd day of wave sailing holiday, and quite easily the windiest day I have ever sailed after 26 years of windsurfing. Totally overpowered on a 4m at Scraggarne, with others on 3.5s. Girls couldn't sail because the only thing small enough to use is their dainty handkerchiefs, but they don't rig well.

Drove over to Goullane later, and saw Jamie Knox and others sailing in mast and a half high waves, quite awesome.

Burger and 2 pints of Guinness at Spillanes

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 23/05/11

Carl at Scraganne
Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.0

A bit of a mental day. Brandon bay was mast and a half and gusting up to 70 mph in the morning. After a lot of driving and debating we ended up back at Scraganne where the wind was coming over the land so had some of the punch taken out of it. A 4.0m was still well overpowered at times though.

Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 24/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:2 star rating
Board:135 litres
Sail:6.5

4th day of Peter Hart wave-sailing holiday, and first day of light winds. Spent 3 hours at Scraggarne, mostly off the plane, but with a few half-decent blasts and gybes.

Pizza and 2 pints of Guinness at Spillanes

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 24/05/11

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

A light wind freestyle day at Scraganne.

Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 26/05/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:82 litres
Sail:4.0

Quite the most awesome hour of sailing I have ever done. Force 9 at Mossies with mast high waves, Totally knackered after about half an hour, to the extent that my left arm ceased to function and I couldn't waterstart for a while. But eventually got going again.

Pizza and 2 pints of water at Spillanes (Guinness was playing havoc with my digestive system).

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 26/05/11

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:3.7

Yesterday was another ballistic day which in the end I chose to write off as a rest day instead of getting destroyed with some of the others, so I was really keen to get out today and somewhere other than Scraganne. Hit Mossies in the morning, an offshore reef with loads of rocks to negotiate to get there. The locals promised 2 hours before high would be OK, but even after this some were taking out fins on the rocks even on their small multi fins. Waited just before high and went out on the 3.7m which was really well powered outside the headland. The sets were pushing up mast high on the reef but I was still nervous about all those rocks and the truth is..........basically I shit it and stayed slightly donwind of the main break where it was more like head high. Had some great rides though and was really impressed with this spot as its one of the few here that work on starboard.

After a spot of lunch and with the renewed energy from yesterdays rest went for a pm freestyle session at Sandy Bay. At least I thought it would be a freestyle session, the house sized Atlantic swell was wrapping round the Maharees and rolling in a small rideable wave on the reverse side of the peninsular. So in the end I had two wave sessions, one on starboard then one on port it doesn't get much better than that!

Diary for Bernie at Brandon Bay on 27/05/11

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

Best day for sailing this week, with head to logo high waves and a decent Force 5 wind at Kilcummen. But only sailed for an hour on account of being knackered from the rest of the week, and the weather was getting cold and rainy.

Burger and non-alcoholic drinks at Spillanes

Diary for Carl at Brandon Bay on 27/05/11

Carl at Kilcumin
Rating:4 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.4

Brilliant cross off day at Kilcumin which went from head to logo high and back again. Finally started to feel half comfortable going down the line on what to me at least is the wrong side. This ended up being the last day I would sail in Ireland and was a great way to finish off an excellent week. The following day, with all my sailing buddies setting off home I decided to have a week of mountain walks and general tourist stuff and to be honest Ireland is pretty good for that too.

I was really impressed with Brandon bay, the sailing, the people, the pubs the whole deal, well worth a trip. I can't imagine many places where I would find it mast and a half mental conditions with only the odd local out on sails as small as 2.5m and yet still be able to get in a sail round the corner on a 4.0m in something perfectly manageable to almost anyone.

Added by beth on 31/05/11

im just a little green with envy

Added by johng on 31/05/11

Yeah, time to start organising the next OMWC trip for the autumn...

Added by Bernie on 31/05/11

Hi Beth, yes it would have suited you down to the ground, or up to the mast and a half high waves to be precise. But it was very daunting for a mere mortal like me. Allan Cross was with us and had a great introduction to waves, albeit on the last day he got walloped in the ribs by his boom, so could not sail any more, and his new Starboard was effectively shortened by 9 inches by a similar wipe-out.

Best Regards

Bernie

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