North Devon 27-29 August
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with the good weather came a good turnout of 16 ,mostly n. Devon regulars, 6/7 meter weather onshore wind, medium size waves. Just about everybody went out today and had great fun screaming up and down Westwood Ho beach in between the waves, most staying on the inside as the waves were pretty big out back. Andrew managed to trash his sail and John broke the nose of his board in the wipeouts, these were the only casualties .Myself and Ross , from Datchet water, got an early start and rigged 7 metre sails only to wish we had 6 metre by the time everyone else arrived as the wind strengthened, but we hung on to them anyway ! We were joined by Juan, Chris M , Chris L , and Adam , we all had a great time.
A b-b-q around a fire in the campsite was a very pleasant way to spend the evening , others went into Appledore to the pub where live music was playing.
Not so windy but same direction, John and Gen were the first to go out today and managed to get out beyond the wavebreak and had a good sail. Steve and Martin had problems getting going in the lighter winds, Jaun and his boys had fun playing on his speedsail, a few others did some surfing, and the rest of us were happy to take life in the slow lane today.
Even Richard B. ( blobby ) turned up on his motorbike who has retired from windsurfing now, but his kit lives on in spirit through myself as I have purchased most of it !
Juan, Chris M and myself got the speedsails out and took off for a blast down the beach ,within a short time I managed my very first forward loop , unintentionally , after hitting a patch of soft sand and my speedsail instantly stopped ! as I was hooked into the harness lines there was no where else to go but over the top and embeded into the sand, so after seeing a few stars and drawing first blood, I got back on this fuel adrenaline board for some more cautious games. We then practiced 360`s using Jan`s handbag as a marker .
We all enjoyed another successful Bank holiday in North Devon
Last updated: 02/09/11 16:54 By: Andrew
Gread force 4 with westerly perfect for speed sailing and practice 1 handed 360's and tuck tack need to try on the water next time Can't wait for next North Devon. Thanks Nigel for hosting
My favourite conditions at Westward Ho - light winds and dead onshore. Others were complaining that it wasn't proper wave sailing weather but I had great fun skipping along and playing in the white water.
5.5 was just right, shame I trashed it but it was at the end of the day.
After driving down overnight via some strange places (for me), owing to brainfade on the M4 resulting in routing on the A303, and a bit of pimping around in the morning, I finally got out on the water! Onshore, hmm, but anyway, there were some good waves up towards the river end of the beach, and it was great to be out with yer mates. Those knee-high waves can be tricky though, I managed an involuntary superfast longditudinal rotation (catapult!!) which I knew instantly would be disaster, slamming the mast onto the nose of the board and breaking the corner of the nose. Boo. Still a good sail though!
Nice westly wind force 5 with 4 foot wave on the outside gread jumping and wave sailing should have gone for wave board but got to out outside with even bigger waves lucking they where not breaking. Excellent weekend with Bomfire at campsite.
A different scene today, much lighter wind, Gen keen to go out despite the 40 mile hike to the water, it being low tide n all, so I joined her. Made it out the back surprisingly easily, lighter wind and smaller waves I guess, no increase of skill over yesterday! The wind was up and down, and I felt a bit jaded after a late pub night, pints and the previous day's efforts, so when my legs started burning and I felt a bit wobbly in the dodgy wind, memories of my near-death encounter with Northam a couple of years ago caused me to retire to the shallows where me and the now gaffa-taped JP (in landing craft mode) splashed about for a bit before stopping for tea. OK, but not as good as the day before.