Pagham 4-5 June
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The tide was also going that way for a lot of the day. And, to cap it all off, the shape of the beach at the sanctuary end, seems to have been altered quite a lot this year, with a very steep beach now. especially at high tide.
But a few intrepid club members ventured out - JP (Jean Phillipe) new member extraordinaire, had a great time on his 130L JP and 6 metre. Genevieve had a go on 116L & 6.2m before promptly changing down. The 105L wave board and 5.4m handled the erratic bumpiness and wind much better.
The chop was interesting around the tide change, about 50cm gaps between vertical lumps about 70cm high. A kite surfer had a serious rescue. Justin, Camille and Connor came along to enjoy the sunny afternoon, so did Steve and Leuda and Steve's mum. Bill and Heather came and cycled and stayed for dinner.
Juan, Mike Tate and Bill and Heather and John Gouk all had a nice time at the pub.
John and Juan and Mike had a quiet sailing sunday until Yoli turned up for some beginner practice in front of the sailing club this time. Everthing in the water still headed south. wind still gusty. Beginner loved it! something to be said for enthusiasm.
Last updated: 09/06/11 20:01 By: Andrew
On my first time in the Channel I did my first jumps! I admit it must have looked pretty ugly but there wasn't anybody to watch so I'm alright. I am shattered and quite pleased despite the lack of wind. Thank you Juan and Genevieve for hosting.
Well it was great while it lasted - but that was about 10 minutes.
We set the target for an early sail on Sunday morning, got on the water about 10:30 with Juan & John G. Light NE wind but it filled in nicely for a while, then died completely, just as Mike T joined us (coincidence ?).
Anyway, it was good to get out at Pagham again, and we all had a great evening in The Walnut Tree last night.
Got over to Pagham late on Saturday - just in time for a very pleasant evening in the Walnut Tree with Juan, John, H&B and Andrew. Unfortunately despite being up and out relatively early on Sunday morning - well very early for me - the wind died after my first run (( and then it started to rain!
Sunday started early for me - on Saturday in fact, when I rolled up in hope of a sail at 17.30, only to find Juan coming up the beach with Rigging B*tch No. 1 (Andrew!) carrying some of his gear, and no water left in the pond. Poo. So RBs Nos 1, 2 and 3 (Andrew, J-P and me) derigged while the Daddy got changed and put the kettle on. The post-(proto-)sail craic was good though, feels like ages since we've stood around looking at kit, new and old, in the sunshine with nothing else to do!
At least Sunday offered a short burst of excellently amusing flat(tish) water zooming about. I really enjoyed the quickie, and the after-sail chill (literally!) with the guys. Good to see Yoli having a go, and introducing someone else to watersports fun as well - you go girl! My day was completed by a visit to a good friend on the way home, so all-in-all a Good Time. More windsurfing would have been nice, but hey, there were compensations.