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Lepe 21-22 April

Carl & John
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 21/04/12
Venue Venue: Lepe & Calshot
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Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
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Ah Lepe!! Home of the Country Park, with a view of the Isle of Wight and even Cowes when it's not raining too hard. And on the Sunday, it often wasn't. No idea if anyone was around for the Saturday, but on the Sunday, Steve D and John G made their way to the beach in time to greet the afternoon's wind. And rain, at various points, but the main downpours fortunately headed off inland to miss the venue.

Steve D, after a 2 year break, rocked up, rigged a 6.0, and was shortly after hammered into the chop by a good F6, gusting F7. Result: Lepe 1 - Steve 0, but then he picked himself up for the replay and is rumoured to have won on goal difference. Well done Steve, let's not leave it so long next time eh? We miss your sense of humour and bonhomie!

Carl, trained to survive squalls over the last week or so in his home venue of Avon Beach (ding dong!), was surprised to find it still windy after the first storm passed through. That didn't stop him exercising his new JP Freestyle 98 with some spockyflakatakavulcahop things. Thanks for the inspiration! Who needs straight lines anyway?

And John G - missed the first flush of wind, arrived in time to say hi to early bird Steve, rigged for the "lull" and spent a happy hour or so sailing in straighter lines than he thought and falling off in a semi-creative manner.

All in all, not a classic OMWC weekend, but hey, early days yet. Remember, you can only sail if you come to the beach. How about next weekend?

Last updated: 22/04/12 21:36 By: johng
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Diary for johng at Lepe & Calshot on 22/04/12

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Like Carl, I'd been tracking the forecast all week. Like Carl, I'd had something else to do on Saturday (Happy Birthday Penny!). So when WindGuru was looking like it might be windy 12-ish, I was very interested in Carl's comment about the wind, and ended up heading down to Lepe.

Where I found a small OMWC contingent - Steve D, who confessed (I forgive you, my son...) to hot having windsurfed since July 2010, astounding. There was a couple of others out but not AFAIK OMWCers. Anyway. a large squally storm had passed through, leaving the wind down quite a bit from earlier, so I rigged 102/5.5, and pottered out...

In fact, it was pretty darned windy a lot of the time! I was pretty overpowered, but as usual, too slothful to switch. Carl and I buzzed about, trying the odd manoeuvre, the only difference between us being that Carl's were vaguely recogisable as a standard move, whereas mine were more of the "er, lemme see... Splash!" variety. Good to be out though. The wind came up and we went in, to venture out again when it dropped to a manageable level. Finally, there was some sun, but shortly after, C&M had to go , so I came in since by that time I was on my own.

A cup of tea and a slice of date and walnut cake topped off an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Dropped in to see Pete in Winchester on the way home, admired his shiny new kitchen and Linn Sondek.

Diary for Carl at Lepe & Calshot on 22/04/12

Carl and Heather
Rating:4 star rating
Board:98 litres

Saturday was a bit of a let down after an earlier good forecast, so decided to catch up on chores. Sunday, got a call from Steve to say it was windy at Lepe and he was going out - thanks mate. About an hour later turned up at the beach to find it sunny and solid force 6 with Steve just coming in to change down, can't remember myself rigging up so quickly. We were joined a bit later by John G and also by a few squally storms that blew through every so often. The wind changed direction a bit and picked up to a 7 every so often but it never went offshore so we just continued, only coming in for a rest when the rain got too heavy or the wind was too much. Can't beleive what a great afternoon it turned out to be, thanks for the call Steve, when I got home checked up with the locals and some had been out on 7.0m sails, well worth the trip to get a bit of the Lepe "venturi effect".

Diary for steve d at Lepe & Calshot on 22/04/12

THe Eiger
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres

First sail in almost 18 months and what a day to re-start. Arrived at Lepe at 11:30 with sunny skies and and the wind building and no one else out. Remembered how to rig up ! and had a few good blasts including a couple of pretty fair gybes. It seems they brought the wind with them as it really started to blow. Changed down to a 5.3 but even that was too much as the squalls came through. Good to be out and have the company of John G.

First time out for my new custom fit winter suit by Snugg of Cornwall. Highly recommended.

Diary for Juanito at Hayling Island on 22/04/12

Evening sailing
That was great!
Rating:4 star rating
Board:87 litres

What a run 3 times this week got down to beach with Mum & Dad they went of to the Fun Fair with boys left me with on beach with F6-7 xshore for about 2 hours some shover with F7 but hold and go. Great to be on our new Naish 87 board shame the tide was on way out didn't catch as many wave but found some on sandbar and I did some nice jumps. Shame my parents are heading back tomorrow. Sorry Gen big project on and had to miss it.

Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 22/04/12

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Matt & I got down for high tide, and what a session till the wind kicked in for a while and we where hanging on for life... Warmer than I thought and some good runs to have with plenty of swell.

Diary for Bernie at Christchurch on 22/04/12

A good day in Mauritius 2007
Rating:4 star rating
Board:135 litres

It was Helen and my first sail for months, so we played safe and headed for Christchurch Harbour rather than to Lepe; it meant that Helen could keep her hands relatively warm if she fell in, which she obviously did with copious regularity......and so did I.

Considering all the rain recently, the weather was well-behaved and we had a great couple of hours, but then the heavens opened and it all became a bit silly, so we headed back to the motorhome for tea and sarnies.

Hopefully it won't be another 2 months before we get out again!

Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 22/04/12

After today, I can die happy
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Truths about windsurfing; Mark and I look like "Little black sperm" in our winter wetsuits, according to Helen;Windsurfing in hail HURTS and a 110 / 6.3 set for maximum power combo was the RIGHT choice of board and sail - but only for only the first half hour!

My hands have gone through for the first time in years as the wind got up and up. Then Mark missed me by centimetres while using me as a gybe marker; I told him that it was OK to do that with buoys, but not with girls!


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