Easter in Cornwall, 6-9 April 2012
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Don't worry Kev, we will be back! Maybe in Autumn for the UKWA?
Anyway, those who made it included Steve Wood and Yoli, John G and Jen, myself and the Big Green Van-load of family and new Naish board, Mark and Ivana, Roger with Beatrice and Amelie, Rick of course who didn't have to travel far from Hayle in his minor mini, Justin with Camilla and baby, and BLAST from the past - Neil and Reena and their lovely girls!!!
Saturday was a lovely afternoon sail but the tide pushed in very quickly with a super high tide. Roger, John G, Juan, Steve Wood, Mark all went out at Gwythian and had a whale of a time frolicking about. Justin, Rick went SUP on the red river side. The ladies had to wait babysitting, until suddenly the tide brought the men in. Genevieve was champing at the bit and despite the high tide, with a bit of encouragement from Steve who said he would sail on, and some enthusiasm from the locals for a bit of after work sailing, she launched on the Red River side for an early evening sail. Got completely trashed on launch! but persisted. Mark stayed out but failed to abide by the keep up wind of the lifesavers hut rule, and caused some anxiety for the cliffwatchers. But he was pretty unphased by it, except his heart rate was a bit raised by the long walk back from Mexicos. How long is a marathon again?
The Beer festival at Gwythian was an enjoyable evening out. A bit chilly. Lots of good cheap brews.
Rick held a few BBQ's at his and the recycling was overflowing with evidence of glass bottles that used to contain fermented brews. Quite a few boxes worth.
Another day of sailing on the monday in sheeting rain, which made the goat track a bit tricky. And the hangover cure was not desired by some. But it was windy and interestingly bumpy. Steve Wood took the prize for greatest offering to the wind gods, donating yet another mast in a 'that was a forward loop ' quickly followed by a ' that feels flopppy- ooohhh noooo' moment, with a jaunt back up the goat track only about 5 minutes after launch. Roger had a wide smile and John G was definitely happy.
Most set off back home after that sail. Only 6 hours of pouring rain to drive thru. Is that why they call it driving rain?
We can't wait to come back and have decided to come for the Gwythian contest to see how the good sailors do it. We will check out the detail closer to the time.
Thanks for coming everyone we had a great dreadlock holiday. We sailed at Marazion but that was during the week. AND a big round of applause to Rick. And yes, we are all getting SUP mad, so are shopping like crazy for one to enjoy those little ripples with.
Last updated: 23/04/12 17:34 By: Genevieve
The forecast actually worked out! Northerlyish, F4ish, nice swell rolling in from the west... Great time riding some waves, just a bit out of practice and not very fit! Good to see the locals thought it was good enough to join in, which is kind of a Sign of Good I guess. The climb back up the goat track was a bit dodgy with tired legs though, especially as I had to go back for my uphaul - still, the heart attack was worth the £2.99 I saved...
For what appeared to be a very marginal forecast this turned out to be a great sail especially as the tide got higher. Went out initially on my own wondering what the locals knew that I didn't. Didn't take long for a couple to turn up, then Juan, Steve W and John G. Great sail in the sunshine even if that Tushy Storm sail is a shite sail. Anyone want to buy one?
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great selling technique
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Its a gift I know...
A dramatic rinse in the tumble wash just trying to launch with some badly timed attempt at leaving the beach. After finally finding my feet again from underneath the sail and with gravel imprinted on my back in striations I paused thought a bit harder and chose my timing a bit more carefully. I flew out and played chicken for the rest of the session. It was nice once out and playing on the swell. The high tide launch was because I had the first babysitting session while all the boys played on the water as the extra high tide was on the push. Thanks to steve wood and ian black for accompanying me on the late session. It looked nice. I suddenly realised after a while that it was getting late and could only see 2 other sails. They lured me up to the godrevy end but it turned to be ian black and it was where the waves were a little sweeter or bigger depending on your perspective so I hightailed back to the other end. Poor mark hadn't had much luck and was causing some consternation amongst those on the cliff edge as he was not able to get back upwind to the red river beach and was faced with lots of cliff but in the end he got in down at mexicos. Bit of a walk and adventure but no harm done. A lovely sunny evening sail - the sort that makes you glad for daylight saving even when it does give you jetlag without a hot holiday...
Fun day at Gwythian, sailed till could not sail anymore. Nice to sail with OMWC crowd.
Different session from the previous - not sunny, but rainy, wet and pretty windy. Again the forecast came true, more or less cross from the SW, came up after midday and faded a bit to the end. Got some good rides, tried some downwind frontside but mucho hairy with the wind and closeouts! At least I got the kit right - nothing broke, and the rig was on average a good call... Good session!! Thanks Gwithian, first time I've had such a good session at this venue.
Gwythian goat track in the rain ... Is this the trailer for some horror film? Good wind strength but a lot of rain and low tide so the thighs are trimmer. The trek was worth it! A bit gusty but waves and every now and again the groundswell at a funny 30 degree angle to the beach with nice shapes but the ability to snap everything, with a nice wide face and lots of room for turns. Struggled a bit getting used to a new board in that wind - was I blown out at first or did I need a bigger fin? Why are the footstraps so small even when set as big as possible- all while flying through whitewater and turning on waves. Multitasking! But Godrevy watched over a good session and the last for many who all went back driving in 6 hours of constant rain. Steve wood broke his mast on the first run so got the glory of being he who climbed the trail most. But it was perhaps an honour deserved being due to a forward on the first run. Do I sound jealous?
Started on a 5.5 but quickly changed down to a 4.7 which was the better option even if the conditions were quite gusty. An excellent sail with some decent swell coming in. Juan, John, Steve, Mark and Gen out as well. I think we out numbered the locals today. Fantastic to be out in the waves again and we were extremely lucky to get these conditions at this time of year. Sailing with friends and rounded off with a meal and a few beers at Ricks - what more can you ask for - an excellent day!!
Sailing under the mount always seems so adventurous as if there is a knight in shining armour somewhere. Today there was corrugated iron and sunshine with a gusty and wayward wind that kept shifting by a good 25 degrees every now and again. But it was good enough to have some fun and games and that's what everyone did. The tide changed the game across the course of the day but generally the ridges kept on coming nice and evenly. A lovely day - just a few more degrees and I might take off my boots, but still too nippy for my twinkle toes.