Hayling Island 26-27 November, the Impromptu Event
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Last updated: 27/11/11 18:27 By: Andrew
Excellent session mainly as it seems ages since we had any wind. Also gave me chance to try out my new ION Onyx Voltage winter wetsuit - incredibly stretchy and toasty. Didn't fancy high tide given its right on the maximum spring tide so caught the outgoing tide in the afternoon. There was a small swell which made for some good jumping.
Esso Beach was the venue due to massive tide at midday. A bit up and down to start with then the wind filled in beautifully. Still mild too.
Went to Christchurch with Helen and others, and met Carl down there for a couple of hours of fun in a Force 5/6. Helen was on a 96l and a 5.25m but it was the first time this year that she felt the cold; sounds like a new pair of gloves for Christmas. Then everyone came back to our place for Apres-Surf.
Made it out to the sand bar only to be disappointed by lack of waves although there were a few every so often if you could catch them. Broken toe still hurt a bit so made my jybes a bit painful.
A few of us met up at the beach early to catch high tide, but it was looking hopeless. The waves were about waist high but the wind almost dead offshore and flukey despite showing 30 knots on the anemometer. After much procrastination I went out at the harbour and ended up having a great sail there instead. After a bit of encouragement from a mate I even tried a few flat water forwards, didn't make it past half way round but at least the nose of my new board still remains intact. An excellent sail and an even better evening thanks to the great hospitality of Bernie and Helen, cheers, guys.
Started off on my 98 JP Freestyle Wave but never broke the surface! So, fed up with playing submarines changed up on to my 140 AHD Free Diamond 70 - which coincided with a step change in wind speed - as a result of which I was pretty well overpowered and bouncing around like a super ball! Still it was good fun. Came in after an hour or so to change back onto the smaller board but apart from Juan, Genevieve and the boys, Heather and Bill and John Gouk, Sue and Audrey turned up we we resorted to tea in my van instead! Very civilised - followed by a very pleasant evening in the Yew Tree
wind hit west wight again, 5.3 sail friday. 4.2 saturday rest day sunday wind west- northwest
Arrived early with Matt. On the water for just before high tide and with the wind up it was great. Sand bar worked well but a bit mushy inside. Only matt and myself out. Sailed till mid afternoon but then the wind dropped so called it a day. Hope Sunday went well.
Prompted by Juan's insistence, rolled up to find it windyish. The trusty 5.5/102 combo seemed to work well, I was pretty enthusiastic after a month or so not windsurfing. Spent a couple of hours tearing along, racing Juan and falling off in front of the camera wielded by Gen and Bill. The wind got up a bit at the end, so I was pretty overpowered by the time we stopped. Good day's "work"!
Got up a bit late to find I'd missed the early morning session at the beach. The guys there had all gone to bed early the night before and were out on the water before 7:30 and rewarded with waves and a cross shore wind averaging 35 knots. When I arrived it had gone offshore so went back to the harbour where people were flying about on 5.0's. It dropped almost as soon as I got out, I was planing for a couple of hours but only just and pumping to keep going a lot of the time. Should have come in and changed up but I was too lazy. Not the best day, but it would have been fine if I'd only gone at the right time or on the right kit but sometimes windsurfing's a bit like that. Looks like more wind on the way for next week
Got to Esso Beach early, with the tide still only part way in, and the conditions were manic. Despite some frenzied rigging of my 98 JP Freestyle wave and 5.7 sail the wind had dropped before I could get out! Put the kettle on to wait and see what was going to happen - and after more frigging with the rigging ended up going out on my 140 Free Diamond 70 and 7.4 which was pretty well spot on. Had less than an hour though before it dropped again, after which I couldn't get planing so decided to call it a day - glorious weather though and despite it being a northerly it really wasn't particularly cold - and the water temperature was also quite acceptable. My last UK sail for 2011 as I'm off to New Zealand on 1st December for the month