Calshot summer bash 2-3 July
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Not enough wind for grups to sail really, but I had a go on the 3.0 and managed a few tacks and duck gybes - ha who needs Guy Cribb.
Somebody pulled the plug and water had disappeared, but this didn't hinder Lucy and a few others to having a go on a board they had found in the mud. It was only a slivery plank that sank into the mud, but it entertained for hours.
Dinner arrived - well planned by Nuala and we were all well fed by the time the band started playing. The band played all the oldies that are so fun to dance to late into the night. We were even gate crashed by a bunch of Chris Martin's friends. Good time.
Everyone slept well and were awakened by a stunning sunrise at 4:00 am. We had to leave for another event so I don't know how Sunday progressed. I think the RNLI entertained everyone.
Last updated: 04/07/11 13:42 By: beth
Great day - thanks for all the organisation Nuala and Beth - top tunes from JohnG band - great to see everyone.
Another great summer weekend at Calshot! Arrived midday-ish, settled in by the lagoon, checked out the gig site. Rigged some fiddling about kit - largest board, midsize sail, practised things like tacks and stuff, which I actually improved at. Very relaxed all round. Had to stack the band's PA and my bass gear by the beach since otherwise no room in the van! The usual banter and messing about by assembled OMWCers in vans, kayaks, skimpy clothing, you know the form.
Around 5 the rest of the band arrived, and we set up, after getting the room adjusted and various gates and doors opened to facilitate gear ingress. The room seemed pretty boomy, so we spent a fair amount of time adjusting things. The guys were really pleased to be eating (eventually!) outside on such a nice day, with a crowd of friendly people.
The evening progressed - what a good audience! The girls danced wonderfully, but the boys hung back - what is that?? Go for it lads, it'll be too late soon enough... Or maybe they're more discerning! We played well, the sound was great, and even my cameo songs were the best I've done them. And thanks for the consideration, folks, very generous. We finally packed off the non-windsurfing band members about midnight, and the guards hadn't even locked the gate - result.
A good sleep, a leisurely breakfast, more chat with the myriad OMWCers, and it was even sunnier! I did have a short go out on the same gear, but there really wasn't any wind. Lunch - don't mind if I do... and then it was time to go home, boo, goodbye Calshot, see you again next year!
Oh, and of course, ended up buying something at the windsurfing shop, so not a cheap weekend!