Hayling Island 3-4 September
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There were a whole lot of OMWC people there - I'm sure GEn will list them all and quite a few competed. Well done Gen and Emma!
A look at next week's conditions hopefully is a good indication of the fall season - bring it on!
Also quite a few people came up to me to find out more about OMWC. Hopefully we'll see them at future events. Next weekend - windfest and forecast is looking stellar.
Last updated: 04/09/11 21:49 By: Andrew
Lovely sunny afternoon. Not planing but really enjoyed plodding around in the sun, catching the odd swell on the way in.
Wind didn't play ball so blobbed about for a while, some nice little swells on the way back in.
1st for ladies, 6th overall was the best result; then 1st for ladies and 11th overall; not so quick with in the others - something like 43rd overall, 1st for ladies - had to tack up wind twice to get to the buoy; then another maybe 22nd overall, 1st for ladies. They weren't giving prizes to ladies, the sexist gits. So I will just have to get 1st overall next time.
Great fun. Overpowered, big lumps, loved it! Made even better because of the lovely sunshine. Great weekend with good friends and fun Windfest party Saturday night.
Arrived at Hayling through heavy rain to witness post-apocalyptic, post-party scenes... vans parked all over the place! Slight loss of good humour, I hate crowds... but it changed round when I met up with Juan and guys, then Audrey and Clare, Kev, Nick... No wind though, as Gen attested emerging from a long slog back to the beach! Apparently there had been lots, southerly (un-forecasted!) earlier...
Lots more chatting, shopping - two new wetsuits and a rigging jacket, do I get Andy Biggs shares? - and then the wind came up along with sun. Rigged a 5.5 to start with, but a single run out convinced me to switch down - good call! Heather stuck with the 5.5, brave girl. 4.7 was plenty, and time I got more used to a smaller board as well. Buzzed in and about, a few jumps, the odd wave thing, stopped for snacks, did it some more - you know how it goes. Finally stopped for fish n chips prior to the drive home, tired but happy. Thanks Hayling!!
Pretty brutal with a 5.7, could have done with something smaller, but sun came out and new wetsuit worked a treat.
smaller gear, slightly; boom came undone but still ended up with an ok placing somehow, by catching a late gust and being upwind; luckily didn't fall off rounding marks (or wobbling in the lack of wind)