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Bigbury Bank Holiday weekend

Bigbury Bank Holiday Weekend
Host Host: stevieg
Date Date: 05/05/12
Venue Venue: South Devon (Bigbury)
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bigbury Bank Holiday weekend (35)
Rating OMWC Rating: 2 star rating
Arrived down on the beach late Friday night and slept down in the car park overnight. Woke to a light breeze and upon the arrival of Nick, Juan and Gen, went out for a very pleasant sail in the small waves with Nick & Gen. Roger, Beatrice & Amelie arrived shortly thereafter, followed by Justin & Connor, Lawrence & Nuala and Kiwi Will, who Justin had met down at Hayling previously, and persuaded him to come down for the bank holiday weekend. Rick also breezed in from Cornwall for a flying visit.

In the evening we all went to the Royal Oak, to find out that the owners had done a runner along with their furniture, and that the pub was being run by the Goon Squad, who had been put in place to try and keep the place open whilst the administrators tried to find a buyer. The pub was furnished with job lots from the auction rooms, and it all led to a rather bizarre evening, with cash only being the order of the day! Even the usual landline had been disconnected and Roger had to make his booking on a mobile number.

Sunday was windless so we all drove round to Bantham and spent the day on the beach with some surfing, SUPing in the sea and down the river. A very pleasant change from the other side of the river. Sunday night we had a barbecue and big bonfire back at the trusty old campsite, thanks Juan, Sebastian, Andreas and Rafael for all the wood collecting.

After heavy rainstorms overnight, we woke to beautiful sunshine, and headed down to the beach for various light wind activities and walks across to Burgh Island before heading home. A great thanks to Leuda who was unfortunately unable to come, the van was a lot less clean than normal by the time I got back to Hayling!


Last updated: 11/05/12 21:48 By: Andrew
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Diary for Genevieve at South Devon (Bigbury) on 05/05/12

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Rating:2 star rating
Board:105 litres

The new pink firefly! A locely tantalising day with the sun sparkling on nice shapes that we just couldn't quite ride on due to the direction and them being so small and on the edge. The cold northern direction of the wind carrying the cool essence of dartmoor out of the river mouth made the fingertips very chilly. Great fun sailing with Nic. He even let me swap and try his 105L quad. Smooth and definitely a wavetrapper. Not really going to plane unless you force it to, but any ripple makes it show it's true skill and it snaps into turns. I want one. Maybe...please?

Diary for Genevieve at Poole on 07/05/12

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

We stopped at Poole on the way back as it was howling at macdonalds in Dorchester at lunch. It seemed ok but the current was a bit too much. One other guy launched on what looked like brand new race gear - big sail. I could have been better off with a 6.7 slalom but was mostly planing. Wow it would have been amazing with just a little more wind as the shapes made just off the beach were perfect. Getting that 116 right off the water every now and again. Which can be a bit scary when the board is that big. But, no, the wind was just a bit on and then a bit off. Still, the challenge was made by the lifeguard to keep out of the flags areas, which fill most of the gaps in the groynes, so that made it more interesting, and the current made it hard to keep up wind or get back to launch spot. So plenty of training! And a tack or two just for Jem.


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