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Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

North Devon 27-29 August

Based at westward Ho! beach, just follow the signs for Northam Burrows. This is a fun place for windsurfing, surfing, speedsailing, sup's mounting bikes, & dune surfing. We will be staying at Knapp House campsite just out side of Appledore, last time we were there they were installing a new shower & toilet block so I expect the fees to increase, no need to book, just turn up.
Some of us often stay on for a few extra days.

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Host Host: Nigel
Date Date: 27/08/11
Venue Venue: North Devon
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Pictures Pictures: Pictures for North Devon 27-29 August (54)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating

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
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Diary for Juanito at North Devon on 27/08/11

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:0 litres

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

Diary for Andrew at North Devon on 27/08/11

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

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.

Diary for johng at North Devon on 27/08/11

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

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!

Diary for Juanito at North Devon on 28/08/11

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

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.

Diary for johng at North Devon on 28/08/11

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:2 star rating
Board:102 litres

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.

Added by Juanito on 02/09/11

Fantastic weekend thanks Nigel for hosting look forward to the May 2012 ones

Added by Andrew on 03/09/11

Nigel, thanks for hosting and big thanks to you and Jan for uploading all those excellent pics.


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