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Lepe 13-14 August

John G at Lepe
Host Host: Events Organiser
Date Date: 13/08/11
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Lepe 13-14 August (3)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
This might prove to be a premature report - if anyone shows up at Lepe on Sunday, please let us know!

The Winguru forecast was reasonable, and the day dawned with some astonishing figures showing at Bramblemet - F5-6 WSW!! Not so brisk everywhere, but a good F4 showing... so the possibility of a good day at Lepe with the Added Acceleration factor, and the usual unlikelihood of many other non-OMWC windsurfers showing up, making for uncrowded water, not to speak of the high tide at midday ensuring plenty of water... What was not to like?

However, the faithful few who arrived around midday to greet the mixed sun and shade were a bit disappointed. Where was this wind? So a round of tea, a piece of cake, some chat in the Uberwagen, more tea... The wind came up, small white horses... and then went down again. Monty waited patiently for someone to throw the seaweed/stick/log/poo - anything!! Lunchtime came - nice looking sandwiches M, is that salmon? More tea. Andrew cooks good fruit cake - crumbly, but good.

And then, as one, the assembled fewitude decide it's time to go out - Andrew rigs up the Amateur Hull Dynamics (with the special James Bond villain stylee underwater hatchway), Carl goes for the trusty JP 102 and John the Playmate Pushmi-pullyu. And the wind comes and goes, and we sail in, out, round about - not much chop, since the wind is often marginal, so great opportunity to practise early planing skills etc. Not much sun, but a nice warm day, warm water, lots of dinghies out and some Cowes closing cruising.

Eventually, the wind drops significantly, and the riders return. A good day, more tea. Nobody's staying down, tomorrow looks lighter still - prove us wrong! Even Monty looks pleased with his day's work. Thanks to Andrew, who hosted and John for turning out for what was a good day.

Last updated: 15/08/11 11:36 By: Andrew
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Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 13/08/11

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

Got down about midday, hoping for good wind judging by the Chimet fabrications. Found only Andrew, and 2 others, all of whom I'd expected since I'd checked they were coming earlier! That was it.

We sat and looked at the wind/no-wind, even checked the speed at 12 gusting 16 knots for a few minutes. We drank tea, we procrastinated...we ate cake, we procrastinated some more... we discussed all the members who hadn't turned up...

But after lunch, it was time to go out - no point in coming this far to leave it. Rigged the 116 Playmate and the 5.5, and planed away from the rapidly increasing beach - the tide was going out at an amazing rate! Came back and changed the front strap positions, moved back to reduce the stance width, should have done it years ago.

A good day - tried lots of things! Remkos - they were rubbish today. A single very slick (for me!) duck gybe. Some tacks, and later on, lots of goes at helicopter tacks which started to pay off. And in-between, trying to keep the board planing, lots of Cribby *rse - that stuff works!

So, from low-key to satisfied, tired and happy. Thanks to Carl for the encouragement and ideas, and thanks to Andrew for emergency hosting, cake and the crash course in Amateur Hull Dynamics. Keep the ideas coming dude!! And thanks for the tea, company and gossip - hope the ribs are better soon.

Added by Heather on 13/08/11

Lots of skills. I'm impressed. You" ll have to tell me how to do them.

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 13/08/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

Did get planing but it was hard work - only just enough wind. However, the sun was shining and it was very pleasant if not thrilling!

Diary for Andrew at Lepe & Calshot on 13/08/11

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres

Started as a very sad day - sailed my beloved AHD for the very last time. I will finally have to admit that it's beyond all hope of repair, I tried very hard, but it's getting just a bit too desparate. Such a shame - my bestest ever board.

Still, onward and upward. Swopped to the FSW and had a really good sail, probably a better sail than if I'd had the AHD. Not alot of wind, but enough to get planing all the time. Geat company as well.

Diary for paolo at Hayling Island on 13/08/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:145 litres

Wind was up and down, sometimes could plane sometimes not, practiced various light wind freestyle moves with some success, still trying to understand the backwinding of the sail!

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 13/08/11

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

Bramblement was showing force 5 gusting 6 when we left. Unfortunately it was a lot less once we got to the beach at Lepe, the only deep depression there was on the faces of the other windsurfers who had been looking at the same web site wind readings. After a lot of eating and sitting about a couple of people had appeared on the water and we realised there was still enough wind for planing on freestyle kit, so three of us went out to practise various stuff and in the end it was a pretty good day.

Added by Andrew on 14/08/11

Stopped in at Lepe this afternoon (Sunday), sea breeze had kicked in and it looked like perfect 5.5 weather. About three or four out but I didn't join them.

Added by Duncan on 14/08/11

Must be a Brighton see breeze factor at work as I was out on Saturday off Hove on a 5.7 and Skate 110 and planing OK and Sunday had a nice session on the same kit but could probably have got away with a 5.3 by the end.


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