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Hillhead 18-19 June

Carl at Daymer
18/06/11
Date Date: 18/06/11
Venue Venue: Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Hillhead 18-19 June (5)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Saturday was seriously windy. People sailed at a variety of locations, most at Hayling, two of us at Hillhead, then others at K-Bay, Southampton river, Esso beach, Poole and Daymer Bay. Sunday was much calmer, most had a good sail at Hayling before the tide came up. Read the diaries....

Last updated: 21/06/11 13:10 By: Andrew
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Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres
Sail:5.5

Fantastic. On water by 8.15 am. Blasting away at low tide with 92L board in the sunshine. Finally - madly overpowered so changed to 78L board which made things more manageable. Finally finished about 3 hours from start completely knackered but smiling!!

Diary for Bill at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Bill (1)
15/05/12
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

Got to the beach at 07.45. Sunny and windy. Overpowered in the mega gusts but cranked on the outhaul which helped. Super sail.

Diary for rogerta at Kimmeridge on 18/06/11

Kimmeridge
18/06/11
Broad Bench
Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:5.5

Beautiful day down at Kimmeridge - sunny and windy all day. Not classic conditions but good fun. Only three of us on the Bench, everyone else in the bay - probably because the waves weren't that great. As long as you hit the peak dead on you could get 2-3 bottom turns but the shoulders were a bit messy. Got too deep a couple of times and the wave caught me inside. Luckily the rip was taking me off the rocks before the white water drilled me onto them - although I could feel the rocks with my feet!! As the tide receded the waves flattened so called it a day and went to take some photos.

Some photos taken by one of the guys sailing in the Bay www.garylawton.com/windsurf/kimmeridge

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 18/06/11

Vulcan attempt # 1
28/09/07
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.7

Went down to Hayling first to pick up a replacement 400cm mast - I reckoned I'd need that. Went to the seafront. It was a couple of hours after high tide but only a couple of people out. I decided the mush outside of the shoredump wasn't really worth the aggro of getting out, so after saying hello to Mike and Nick I headed around to Hillhead and met up with Andrew. Most people on 4.2m but as the wind appeared to be dropping I went with the 4.7m. This was fine for the next hour but then the rain brought increased wind and I decided to call it a day.

Diary for adrian at Lepe & Calshot on 18/06/11

Arenal - Javea
10/01/07
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:4 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:6.9

What a day. Stonking winds bit. Perfect day for slalom up Southampton river. Rigged large for good top speeds. Matt and I spent the day racing each other for best times. Spent most of the day sailing with only 1 shower. Awesome. Bet hayling was good, will catch up with everyone soon

Diary for Andrew at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 18/06/11

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:2 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.2

Arrived around 11:30, did one run and thought **!! where did all that wind come from and where did that swell come from, this is the Solent ! Spent several hours supping tea, had a chat with Roger R (remeber him ?), then Jonathan arrived, so I finally went out again, had a reasonably good sail, although definetly challenging.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:5.7

The van was in for its annual service and 23 year old MOT (passed with flying colours thankfully) so didn't get down to the beach until 11.30 by which time Heather and Bill were already packing up with high tide approaching at 2.30. Rigged a 5.7 on my small board but can only describe the conditions as challenging! Retired after an hour or so!

Diary for tc at Poole on 18/06/11

TC
22/08/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.5

Thank goodness for that! After a lot of disappointing outings I finally had my first decent session of the year. In a desperate attempt to remember why I do this sport, I headed to Hamworthy and arrived about 2pm. At first I was completely overpowered (most people were out on 5.0s and I only brought my 5.5), and being quite out of practice, I soon gave up and headed back to the van to wait for the wind to drop. After an hour of reading my book (Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams - great book by the way) I notice the van was not being buffeting quite as much and headed out again. Despite an obscenely strong tidal current I had a good sail, but after nearly getting washed around the corner to the ferry terminal I decided to wait for the tide to finish going out. When it had, it left a 500m stretch of waist deep water - awesome! Was out playing for over 2 hours trying my gybes, knowing that crashing didn't matter because I could jump straight back on the board! Great fun, I'll definitely be heading back to Hamworthy on a low tide soon for more of the same!

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.4

Got there early about 10 to catch the low tide but Bill & Heather already there coming off the water sail for about 2 hours geting used to sailing on sand bar with nobody exep Beth there was very nice waves on sand bar just about to pack up and John turned up just have 1 more run with him then packing up as getting a very overpowerd good sailing again with John had a chat on beach the tide comming to high I told John Should be go to langston to finish off the day pack up and off the langston

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.0

Rig up again a bit smaller as getting a bit tired should have gone for 4.4 saild another 2 hours with John sailing on the outsite away for the beginners in logoon with 1980 gear antic nice runs from side to side again very few sailors great. Sunday went down but too tired to sail let Gen have a good time too.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:2 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.7

A should've day... Should've left earlier to avoid the high tide at Hayling (my target as possible "waves", plus Juanito heading there), should've rigged smaller, should've brought my very smallest board, should've been Robbie Naish etc. etc.

Arrived at Hayling to find Mike T heading out, everyone else except Juanito packed off. Rigged a 4.7, but it was too much, bashed around for 1/2 hr and came in. Juanito hung about, and we decided that Esso/Poo Bay was a better bet, not because the shoredump was so huge, but just because it was not much fun! The waves had apparently been apparent earlier on, of course...

Added by Juanito on 20/06/11

Not Poo bay seawead hell Gen was crapping it off to put into her compost bin.

Added by johng on 20/06/11

Yeah, agreed!! Yuck. Good thought to get Gen scraping it off - I forgot to take it home!

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:2 star rating
Board:80 litres
Sail:4.7

So we headed up the road to Esso Beach. Wow, crowded, for a day so windy! As Juanito says, that place always beings out some scarily old gear with suitably scarily old riders, no change this time - I don't include myself in that number of course...

And like an aging climbing into the ring one last time, I rigged the stupid 4.7 again - don't ask me why... Spent 45 mins with Juan trying to muscle it around, but when he stopped to go home I came in as well. Sensibly, rigged the 4.0, and went out again, narrowly avoiding death by being pierced by the horribly sharp noses of the assembled Mistral longboards, dodgy old wave boards and other such memorabilia.

And that, finally, was quite reasonable, in a heavy lifting kind of way. Actually made it round a couple of gybes, now I could sheet the thing in a bit without having to do 100mph. Also realised that I was more tired than I realised - my arms were cramping horribly from the earlier beatings, so when I also got a leg cramp decided to stop. Phew. A relief! Decided not to stop off at Hillhead for more punishment on the way home.

Note to self - rig smaller!!

Diary for beth at Hayling Island on 18/06/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:60 litres
Sail:4.2

Acutally got to sail with Michael as granny and grandad were around. Sneaked in an hour around 10:)). Lots of ramps but no real waves to speak of. Hope to sail wednesday at Hayling if anyone is up for it.

Diary for Carl at Cornwall on 18/06/11

Carl at Daymer
18/06/11
Rating:5 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:5.0

The Friday night forecast showed an epic NorthWest swell arriving but the question was where to go, would any of it get to the South coast? After a restless nights sleep we were up at 5:30 to chuck some stuff in the van and then 3.5 hours later we found ourselves having breakfast looking down from the cliff over Polzeath beach. The surf was a little choppy in all the wind but still was peaking up to 12 foot so we grabbed our surf boards and scrambled down the rocks to get in. We stuck mostly to the smaller stuff, as we still consider ourselves complete beginners at this sport.

A couple of hours later we packed up and headed round to Daymer to wait for the tide to push back in. The car park was full, but the strange thing was well over half of the people in it were windsurfers, never seen it like that before. A few people were coming in on 4.2's and 4.5's packing up and I thought the wind might be dropping so went for a 5.0 with the 90 litre board just in case. I needn't have worried there was plenty of wind. The swell eventually reached up to head high, cross on at the beach, super clean at the car park end although you had to dodge a few rocks and the odd surfer there, a bit less glassy and more chop at the opposite end. Over on the doom bar it was cross off and up to mast high, although hardly anyone was venturing over there. I sailed until I could hold on no longer hold on, probably the best day I've ever had at this location. The standard of some of the people that day was really high. After packing up I watched one guy from the cliffs sailing just below me. Ridiculously high back loops, huge stalled forwards, push loops, shaka's, air flakas, GU screw's.... I would be happy to be able to pull off 5% of what he was doing. It was like watching a PWA video played out right in front of you. I've been to this spot loads of times over the years and this is the best I've ever seen it.

Added by garibaldi on 21/06/11

As our friends from over the pond would say....It sounds Awesome !
Any pix ?

Added by Carl on 21/06/11

Sorry, didn't get any pix of the good guys. The doom bar is so far off you'd need a lens the size of a telescope to see it anyway.

Added by garibaldi on 21/06/11

They're pretty serious looking.
So much different than when we've been there in August (only coz it's not raining)

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 19/06/11

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.5

Sun was shining and the sea was sparkly. Wind a bit marginal when I first went out but it picked up nicely. Great sail with lots of OMWC people including a friendly new member. Wind picked up further so finally packed up about 1 pm. A great 3 hour session!

Diary for Andrew at Hayling Island on 19/06/11

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:101 litres
Sail:5.5

Very nice sail, on my favourite board and favourite sail. A bit light at first, but just great to be in control after yesterdays carnage.

Diary for Haylingmike at Hayling Island on 19/06/11

Mike
Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:2 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:7.4

Sunday was a bit of a ground hog day version of Saturday only this time the wind dropped a bit and the sun came out and it became considerably less lumpy so had a better sail - still on the challenging side though. Packed up after an hour and a half as I was the only person still out!

Added by flyingspudd on 19/06/11

Wow-wee!
Had a cracking few hours down at Sandbanks, Poole Harbour on Saturday.
The wind really picked up, had a great blast about even though I had a few wipe-outs.
Great to see so many other Windsurfers and Kiters out on the water, great fun.

Added by ocean free on 20/06/11

good to see every one had a good weekend I sailed sat and sunday Brook and Colwell bay Isle of wight 4.2 and 4.7 84l board

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