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Hayling Island 11-12 June

Host Host: Bill
Date Date: 11/06/11
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Heather and I got down to the beach about midday, there was a bit of cloud about but that soon cleared and a good sea breeze set in. Great to see so many people, by my count there was Audrey, Andrew, Adam, Juan and Genevieve and the boys and Yole, Claire, Carol and Steve and their boys, Steve and Lueda, Ed and Sandy, Beth, and Mike T. Sail sizes were about 6-7m and good blasting conditions although fairly lumpy.

The weather stayed really nice into the evening so we decided to go ahead with the BBQ option rather then the Yew Tree. The crew in the kitchen led by Heather put together some great kebabs and Juan's expertise fanning the coals kept the BBQ going long enough to feed everyone. Thanks to everybody for bringing so much booze, I'm still finding empties in strange places in the garden. Once the BBQ was done we went inside to chat and listen to music and have the odd dance. Juan discovered the iPad and started an OMWC playlist which went on to play till about 3.30, good stuff!

After a fryup on Sunday we went to the beach to find Juan and Adam on the water in a good F7 south easterly with some decent waves. Heather rigged a 4m but found she was completely overpowered and came in after a few runs. A brilliant weekend, and great so many of you could make it.

Last updated: 15/06/11 21:00 By: Bill
Views: 1735

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:138 litres

Sun, wind, lots of OMWC to sail with. Fantastic! Probably should have changed to my 92L board but was having too much fun.

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

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

Arrived a bit late (even later than Late Tate) but I think I timed it right for the wind. Nice little session, great to sail with so many friends.

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:111 litres

arrived very late and had the longest rigging session in history because I'm not used to rigging big kit and because I managed to cut my finger badly. Thankfully Clare stepped in with a plaster for my finger and Juan finished rigging. Had a great time blasting onmy race board - waaay too bumpy for that board, but it made it extra challenging. Great to see everyone and bbq.

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

Great that the weather man got it wrong again nice force 5 sunny and sailing with all your buddies Great Run with Bill to the Isle of White and back nicely powed up. Sail with Heather whit the moon out and just 2 of us on the water. Great After noon

Added by johng on 13/06/11

B*gger. Band rehearsal got moved to Sat, and had prev. engagement to meet mate in London for the evening, then slept in on Sunday (don't ask) and totally wimped out in front of the endless motorsport available all day (and night...!). Ah well. Next time - glad everyone had a good time. Rehearsal was good though, band pumped about Summer Bash...

Added by beth on 13/06/11

thanks for the dedication - we missed you

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres

What a great sail on Saturday. The sun shone, the water was blue with lots of white fluffy waves, I rigged my 7.4 - perfect, wore my summer wet suit - OK but only just, and sailed for an hour and a half or so with lots of friends. How can you beat that? Well, Heather and Bill laid on a great BBQ just to round it off! Lovely to see everyone and many thanks to H & B.

Diary for CarolI at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Rating:5 star rating
Board:99 litres

It was brilliant to finally go windsurfing after a way too long maternity leave....... and to see so many faces that I knew. The day was perfect - nice and sunny (so the kids could play on the beach with their new triplet friends), blue sky, white clouds and a steady wind.
Wasn't sure if I was completely overpowered at times or just very weak and out of practice, but had a great afternoon hanging on anyway - it took me so long to rig a 6.5m there was no way I was changing down!
Many many thanks to Bill and Heather for a fantastic BBQ back at the house. What a lovely evening catching up with everyone.

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 11/06/11

Bill (1)
Rating:3 star rating
Board:135 litres

Really good fun blasting with lots of OMWCites.

Diary for rogerta at The Witterings and Bracklesham on 12/06/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres

Only two of us out at Bracklesham. Unfortunately the rip combined with port tack (unusual for Bracklesham) made it a bit of a squeeze. However there were some fun waves to play around in despite the rain. Managed to wrench my ankle in some white water so called it a day.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 12/06/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:78 litres

Fantastic conditions - wind and waves. Unfotunately, even with the 4m, I was overpowered so didn't stay out.

Diary for jonathan at Hayling Island on 12/06/11

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres

As weeks go I'd had a pretty unlucky one:
Monday - stuck on Waterloo-Basingstoke train for 2 hours
Tuesday - broke tooth (and have been in pain ever since)
Thursday - stuck on Waterloo-Basingstoke train for 6 hours (a particularly unpleasant experience when you have tooth ache)
Friday - tried to get tooth fixed, dentist didn't do the job properly and I got caught speeding on the way back home (you could argue that was partly self-induced)

So with the weather pretty foul today I thought I would nip down late to Hayling as I had a replacement mast to pick up (first one had signs of damage after two sessions), however I didn't realise Andy Biggs shut at 4pm and I turned up at 4:15pm. Pretty unfortunate as this was my 400cm skinny mast we're talking about.
With all this bad luck in the bank, I have to admit to thinking twice about going out when I got down to the sea front to find the wind had picked up to about 35 knots, the tide was coming in fast and everyone else was packing up (and I mean everyone).
So I did the sensible thing and went out (on my old 400cm mast) - surely my luck had to change soon...
Quickly discovered the 4.2m was hugely overpowered most of the time, however as it was so onshore I was pretty grateful of having some turbo power to get off the beach with. Once away from the shorebreak the waves were perfectly formed and lining up beautifully. The only problem was being so overpowered on them.
I still cannot believe that at 5pm on a windy, 'summer' afternoon I was the only windsurfer out on Hayling seafront. I have to say, I found this pretty erie and as a result I didn't push my luck and stay out too long, especially as visibility in the rain was so poor. That said, being so overpowered in the waves I got tired pretty quickly anyway.
True to form, got mullered by the shorebreak on the way in and my kit wrapped itself around a groyne. However amazingly it all seemed to survive unscathed - that and the waves quite possibly my first good luck of the week :)

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 12/06/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres

Decided to take a day off on the Saturday due to a strained neck sustained the day before. When I got down to Avon on Sunday morning, there were a few guys coming in changing down from 4.5's, some were rigging 3.7s but I didn't look quite that windy so I went for a 4.0m which turned out to be perfect. Backside aerials were being performed by quite a few people so I had a go with some occasional success. There were some nice end over forwards going on too, but I refrained from trying at all due to the neck problem. Had a go at a few table tops though, some of the guys on the beach were even kind enough to call them table tops too (my efforts are normally known as "donkey kicks";). I just wish we could get winds like this more often.

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 12/06/11

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

Rigged next to Inn because Ididn't want to deal with those horrid steps in onshore winds. Good choice - able to rig quickly and made it out on the water without any injuries. Had a magnificent sail with tons of backside waves and jumps. Never seen so many in the waves on a windy day so headed to the outer sand bar. After sailing until I could no longer hold on I had the fastes wave board blast back to the beach ever. Sailed a bit too long for my condition and am suffering for it today...but it really is great to be back. Met up with Irish Dave who came over for a cup of tea and swapped lots of yarns. The hot tub was a raving success this weekend.

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 12/06/11

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:5 star rating
Board:77 litres

Epic. Got down to beach after great BQ at Bill and Heathers X-on from the left for 5-7 Rigged 5m with 77 when Kev turn up and went out together 7-8 bottom turns on clean waves never seen hayling like it sail upwind to get out of crawds and even better waves. Did a masive jump and my harnes got tuck on the boom landing huge forward loop accidenly will try them again but not in force 7 sailed for 3 hours just could not stop it was so good. Thanks Gen for letting stay down. Should have change down to 4m but by them a my arms were falling off. One of the best wave sailing here.

Added by ocean free on 13/06/11

I also sailed Hayling sunday stoped on way back from essex sailed with juan and Adam great day