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Bramblebush 25-26 June

OMWC Company Secretary Sub-Section
Blasting at Bramblebush
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 25/06/11
Venue Venue: Poole
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Saturday dawned overcast and not very special-seeming, with not much wind. However, by the time the tardy host arrived, people had already been skimming happily across the Caribbeanesque waters of the bay, enjoying the easy, relaxed conditions for a few hours. Yeah, it was a bit gusty, with occasional holes in the wind, but nothing to worry about, and the flat conditions made a change from recent weekends with corrugated iron chop and few waves to compensate! The sun even attempted to come out towards the end of the day, in fact, as we drove off to the campsite, it was definitely out. A good showing from the members too, with Mike T unusually not late, a vast number of Knight-Hierros (hi Joshua and Helena from Madrid!), TimC briefly but happily, Andrew (when he could be dragged away from his van), Clare and her shiny new interior, Gary and Caroline and Robert, Yoli and ex-flatmate and family - good job we were practically the only people on the beach! Which is probably why that heroic blast from the past, Jim Wood, complete with mothership and Andrea, was able to stumble over us in his search for a home.

Unusually, we targeted a campsite instead of the car park up the road from the Square and Compass for the evening, which is why we missed Chris M in his new monster Transit. A big pile of wood, Yoli's magic firebowl, vast quantities of barbecuable material and lots of bottles of one sort or another ensured that the encroaching mist was kept at bay, as the sun set invisibly opposite the almost-view of Swanage bay. The final touch was the toasted marshmallows, with JohnG switching from crack to a much more addictive substance for the evening!! Remember, eat the crusty bit, then do it again...

Disappointingly, after a huge build-up in the weather-guessing media, Sunday barely dawned at all, with fairly dense mist dampening everything and rendering finding the showers a dead reckoning exercise. The usual slow OMWC start... but the light to no wind kept the mist around and meant there was no rush to the beach. It wasn't until much later in the day that the mist burned off, and the beach-gathered throng started to complain about the heat and slop on sun lotion - no pleasing some folk... Chris finally caught up with us. Given the sun, the beach has a few more occupants, but that didn't stop lots of no-wind water activity - big up for Yoli who swam across to Brownsea and back, in fine style. Everyone had a good time meeting and talking, swimming, splashing, chilling, eating - a great end to a great weekend.

See you next year - pssst! Don't tell anyone about the secret spot!

Last updated: 27/06/11 12:37 By: johng
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Diary for pollycop at Poole on 25/06/11

Vass 2008
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Lovely day in the harbour. Not many people there. Then we went on the ferry to find Bramblebush Bay as we have never been there. Looked beautiful. Will try there next time.

Diary for Andrew at Poole on 25/06/11

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

Excellent day at Bramblebush Bay. Started on my big board and 6.6, but quickly got overpowered so got out the fsw and 5.5, which was just right. Kept both sets rigged and swapped back to big kit for the odd lulls.

Another superb weekend at Bramblebush, great crowd to sail with on Saturday, excellent campsite and bbq in the evening, then a glorious beach day on Sunday. Same again next year please.

Diary for Juanito at Poole on 25/06/11

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

Can't wait for next bramblebush all ways delivers one day a least got the ealy to see Andrew allready planeing a boys could not wait to play with Uncle on the beach nice one Josh. Cood blasting to other side of brownse island with budies. Gave John G a good target for GPS see if i could beet his speed for 23.6 Knots. Got a good gust and did a little better 26.1 Knots cany wait for next time good fun all weekend with QQB and Sunny Sunday to relay and pick coquels for supper.

Diary for tc at Poole on 25/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres

Had to help out at my niece's birthday party in the afternoon, so headed down to Bramblebush pretty early and arrived about 11am. Did not look very windy on the drive down, but it was really honking at the coast - I clocked 24 knots on the ferry over! Decided to try my 4.7 because I've had it a while now and never really got chance to use it - perhaps not the most logical reason for sail selection. The sail was a bit twitchy on the relatively large board (to be expected really), but worked pretty well. Only problem with it was Neil Pryde's "Luffglide" system which jammed the mast in the sail for 5 minutes and then finally "glided" the mast into my finger - I seem to lose more blood to Neil Pryde kit than I do the NHS blood donation service!

Had an excellent sail for two hours and was gutted to have to leave early. Was great to see so many OMWCers as this was only my second club event this year. Had an eventful drive to the party, stopped off to buy some new footstraps and was nearly late to the party after an ambulance turned up at the ferry and they had to go back to other side to drop it off without letting us off.

Diary for Carl at Hayling Island on 25/06/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:93 litres

Couldn't make it down to BB on Sat due to my 1 day looping course being scheduled for Hayling. Had some success in getting kit and body all the way round a couple of times on starboard tack, but unfortunately still came out of the straps and ended up underwater for the landing. My attempts on port were pretty feeble and best not mentioned. The wind was only just enough to be planing and the waves on the sand bar were pretty small, 1 to 2 foot at the very best with chop in front. Mr Bornhoft once again surprised us all by offering to do another day when the wind and waves are properly up. This will be the third day of our 1 day course so I think we will certainly have had our money's worth and if I'm not landing my loops by then I'll probably take up knitting with the Whiffen.

Sunday we made it across to Bramblebush for a really chilled out day in the sun, once the mist finally cleared. Had to come over on foot as the ferry queue was back up to the harbour. Was good to see everyone and a shame we couldn't have made it the day before. Thanks John G for being such a great host and even providing tea and cake for us homeless folk with no van.

Diary for garibaldi at Poole on 25/06/11

Garibaldi & Andrew @ Hillhead (Pic taken by Peter)
Rating:4 star rating
Board:103 litres

Once again, Blummin' Brilliant Bramblebush

We arrived a midday having diverted to purchase a Mistral board & rig for the boys. (It may be pink but they like it)
It was a bit sunny with mist over the Purbecks & WINDY.

What a great afternoon blasting across to Brownsea Island & even sometimes in control !
It was really nice :
a) To ctually get to the beach at all
B) For both me & Carolyn to get out on the water at the same time.
c) To remind myself that I can still windsurf & waterstart

The campsite was just perfect for 1 night in the van & 'cheap as chips' as Yoli put it. We went with Clare to Swanage for excellent chish & fips but unfortunately missed the bison & roo on the BBQ. Maybe next time.

Sunday was spent relaxing on the shore with a great crowd & cockling for monday's starter...Must do that again when there's no wind.

We stopped off with Clare & Andrew for a bite to eat on the way home & didn't get home until after 11, but it was worth it to miss the traffic on M3.

All-in-all a great weekend. Roll on the SummerBash

Diary for Haylingmike at Poole on 25/06/11

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

What a great weekend! Bramblebush produces the goods once again. It was certainly windy and whilst others might have been on 4.7 - 5.7 type size sails I was happy on my 7.4! I was a little overpowered at times - particularly when my boom snapped on me over near Brownsea Island! Fortunately it was right on the turn of the tide and I'd swum a third of the way back and was feeling pretty knackered when a boat came to my rescue. Thanks guys! Thanks also to John for setting up the deal with the campsite. And it was great to have a BBQ - doesn't happen often enough!

Diary for johng at Poole on 25/06/11

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

Right, guess I'd better write the diary entry...
What a great weekend! Fantastic blasting around the bay, and yes, Juanito blew me away with the GPS, darn it. And the sun came out... Barbecue was excellent, thanks to all who chipped in with the stuff. Sunday was a bit of a slow start, but we persevered and it came out right in the end. Meandered home on the A338/A30 instead of the mega-busy M27/M3, so that made it alright.

And it was Yoli who sorted out the camping - thanks and a big up for Yoli!! I'll just take the credit for a spanking Saturday and a sunny Sunday ;)