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Bramblebush 6-7 August

Host Host: Andrew
Date Date: 06/08/11
Venue Venue: Poole
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bramblebush 6-7 August (18)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Well the forecast looked ok-ish. They said it would be windy, but with rain or showers. We had 6m weather both days and sunshine as well, fantastic.

Saturday was quite, just Carl and Gary out on the water, plus Carls kitesurfing friend.

Quite a few turned up Saturday evening. Most of us went to Swanage for Fish and Chips, all extremely busy, but then it is the middle of school hols. Then on to Acton Fields, again very busy, but we found enough space, and ended up with a van party in Clare's van.

Sunday was just brilliant. Wall to wall sunshine, windy and a good turnout. Plenty of people on the water, plenty sitting around chatting. Windsurfers, non-windsurfers, children, dogs, everyone had a good time, it's what summer weekends are all about.


Last updated: 09/08/11 21:58 By: Andrew
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Diary for beth at The Witterings and Bracklesham on 06/08/11

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:0 litres

Good sail at Joliffe road - next to Bracklesham...nice sized backsided aerials...or more often not...tried all sorts of things and pulled off a few. Fun except for the numptee kiters who didn't seem to have an idea what they were doing. Then hot tub with an old windsurfing friend...good day. Then again on Monday without the waves.

Diary for Carl at Poole on 06/08/11

Carl and Heather
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Light wind, just enough in the gusts to get planing, for me and Gaz anyway, my mate Si was doing what kiters do i.e. up in the air dangling.

Pretty chilled day with post sail beer, fish and chips then back to camp site for van party. Chris M has some excellent stories, at least I think he has, for some strange reason I can't remember them now.

Diary for garibaldi at Poole on 06/08/11

Garibaldi & Andrew @ Hillhead (Pic taken by Peter)
Rating:2 star rating
Board:103 litres

Back again to Blummin' Brilliant Bramblebush

Saturday afternnon got a great hours or so with only myself & Carl sailing....great.

In the evening it was a return to Swanage for the now obligatory chish & fips. We camped at a very, very busy Acton fileds & just managed to get a 'pitch' due mostly to Steve Gaskill vacating to the Square & Compass....cheers Steve.

The boys enjoyed the free firework display & once they were asleep, we enjoyed Clare's van 'party'.

Sunday was a repeat of saturday but windier & with more OMWCers out....Superb.

Andrrew, thanks for hosting & sorting out probably the cheapest camping we'd ever experienced in my nearly 20 years of memebership of OMWC.

Diary for rogerta at The Witterings and Bracklesham on 07/08/11

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Great sail down at Bracklesham. Beautiful sunny afternoon. Onshore but with some nice 2-3 ft swell, well spaced - excellent fun. Spent 3.5 hrs out - knackered but huge grin.

Diary for jonathan at Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 07/08/11

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres

Started on a 5.9m but fairly quickly changed to a 5.3m. Later on it dropped a bit but the 5.3m still kept going. The sun shone most of the afternoon and yet again I proved that the best time to go to Hillhead is mid to high tide.

Diary for Bernie at Poole on 07/08/11

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:108 litres

Fantabulastic day at Bramblebush, with about 10 other OMWC'ers (including Andrew, Nigel, Robert, Steve G, Chris Martin, Gary and Carolyn, John G). Met up the night before in Swanage for fish and chips, then to Acton Fields Campsite (totally over-booked, hardly a space left for a motorhome, so parked on someone else's tent).

Had 4 hours of blasting and gybing, a few trips to Brownsea, in some glorious summer weather. Difficult to see how the day could have gone better (but need to check last night's lottery tickets).

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 07/08/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:78 litres

Fantastic sail in the sunshine. Lots of people out enjoying the great conditions.

Diary for adrian at Lepe & Calshot on 07/08/11

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:4 star rating
Board:106 litres

Matt & I got down early, rigged 6.9 and wow... what a day. Mid afternoon dropped to 6.1 but still well powered up.
Hoping it stays for Monday night. Clocked 58 miles in under 2 hours. Arms feel a foot longer

Diary for Carl at Poole on 07/08/11

Dodgy Spin Loop Attempt
Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

Same kit but a bit more wind today. Loads of guys out on the water and good to see the return of some long lost faces too. Had a great day went home knackered and slightly sunburnt. Thanks to John for encouraging me with the light wind Remko loop training excersises and persuading me to try on port tack as well as my normal saaarrff coast starboard side. Just a couple more days of practice like this and we'll have it nailed mate.

Diary for johng at Poole on 07/08/11

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

So, Bramblebush - again!

And so it was that I made my way down the A34, M3, M27 and other roads, including the A338, until I came to the chain ferry. There was a lengthy wait, advantageously employed listening to speculation on the likely outlook for house prices in the UK - opinions were widely divergent. Finally I drove onto the boat, in bright sunshine, the water amazingly blue, and better yet, showing signs of wind, with a couple of sails visible way across in Bramblebush Bay itself.

Marginal disgruntlement was my initial reaction when faced with the need to park down the road from the Usual Spot - how could this be the case? Did people not understand my need to minimise the carrying of equipment? But then I made my way through the dunes, gorse and scrubby grass, and the sun came out in my head - ah, Bramblebush!! Sun, incoming tide, friendly faces, and sufficient wind to launch the 102l JP and a 5.5 sail. Brilliant.

Suffice it to say, I spent the rest of the day either sailing, with a totally fatuous grin on my face, or relaxing and eating, with the grin masked by buns. What more does a man need? That discussion involving groaning loudly enough for the neighbours to comment had nothing to do with it, it transpired.

Not all of the sailing involved zooming about - big thanks to Carl, for joining in on the face-planting exercises, which left both of us ready to stop for lunch and to rest our heads! The video helped.

Grudgingly I left behind the sun, the still-remaining water, the welcoming friends, but the wind had gone and it was time to leave. After a 2-boat wait for the return ferry trip, exacerbated by people's inability to park sufficiently close, the reverse trip was easy and relatively uncrowded - and astonishing 1.75 hours, which has to be the best yet. What a great day. Thanks Andrew, for picking the venue, and great to see everyone.

Until the next time at Bramblebush! That'll probably be a couple of weeks on current form...


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