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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

The Witterings and Bracklesham

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There are two completely different venues at The Witterings, make sure you pick the right one!

West Wittering

Launching here is restricted to members of West Wittering Windsurfing Club during the summer months, as a way of limiting numbers on the beach, but OMWC visit just out of season to take advantage of what has to be the best windsurfing venue east of Hayling Island. There is a shore dump problem at high tide but we visit at low tide weekends when the conditions are very similar to those found on Hayling i.e. there is an offshore sandbar providing protected waters for beginners at lower points of the tide and waves for experts when the water is higher. What more could anyone want?
Huge field close to the water's edge. Pay at entrance. Pay attention to car park closing times (5.00pm in winter) to avoid being locked in!
Good loos and a cafe. Blagg your way into the WWWC and you could have a shower too! Mention Kyle's name! Grass for rigging but you have to carry your kit through a gap in the hedge, otherwise rig on the beach. 2XS windsurf shop is in the village and Shore Water Sports is not far away.

Bracklesham Bay

Great at low tide but impossible for most people at high tide if it is rough and/or windy. A typical south coast open beach location. A shelving shingle beach with a serious shore dump at high tide. Prevailing south westerlies are cross-on. Watch the groynes at high tide or, better still, only sail at low tide when it is sandy with extensive shallows and very nice indeed.
There is a very small car park just behind the beach, with a concrete rigging area in front. If you can not get in, drop your kit off, park elsewhere and walk.
Grassy rigging area next to the car park, RNLI station with toilets and a kiosk (summer only). 300m to a cafe and a post office selling snacks. Shore Watersports are just around the corner.

Last updated: 04/05/07 08:45 By: Andrew
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Added by Genevieve on 03/02/09

In summer, on a sunny day this place is packed with children and their matching adults. It is a proper bucket and spade location, with a pricey icecream supply at the cafe about halfway down the carparking and a toilet/shower block near the entrance, and lots of grass for sitting on if sand is ruining your day.

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