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Bramblebush 26-27 May

Roger & passenger!
Perfect day for learning!
Host Host: Juanito
Date Date: 26/05/12
Venue Venue: Poole
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Bramblebush 26-27 May (5)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Web linkWeb:http://www.actonfieldcampsite.co.uk/

Last updated: 01/06/12 09:28 By: Andrew
Views: 1559

Diary for jonathan at Lepe & Calshot on 26/05/12

Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...
Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres

Didn't really get ourselves sorted in time to get down to Bramblebush - didn't fancy the wait for the chain ferry but it was a shame to miss everyone.
So instead we went to Lepe hoping to catch the best of the Easterlies. After a little wait we got a decent breeze at high tide - mega flat so it was great for freestyle practice. Beautifully sunny - a really enjoyable hour or so. As the tide turned and started running with the wind it got a little more tricky to keep going, so called it a day.

Diary for szladob at Queen Mary Reservoir on 26/05/12

Gybe setup
Rating:5 star rating
Board:120 litres

What a season opener! Wind from unusual direction, but created perfect flat water with strong, steady winds; amazing conditions, matching the kit just perfect... Beautiful sunshine, and water not too cold either...

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 26/05/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:138 litres

Sun was out - wind picked up just enough to be planing for a good bit of the time I was out. Warm enough to swim in the sea (without wetsuit) and laze about afterwards. Fab.

Diary for Haylingmike at Poole on 26/05/12

Mike at Lady D's fountain
Rating:3 star rating
Board:140 litres

Made it down to Bramblebush for my first sail of the year on Saturday. Wind was marginal and offshore but enough to get planing for an hour or so - most enjoyable - and what glorious weather - which generated a great turn out. It was a great to see everyone - particularly the new members - and what an evening for a barbeque. Well done Juan with the fire pit - and to everyone's contribution towards the fuel! Sunday was equally brilliant - but with no wind so headed home later morning.

Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 26/05/12

Arenal - Javea
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:4 star rating
Board:150 litres

What a day, sun & breeze. Rigged up 6.9 but was worried the breeze would drop and glad I did. Decided to take out the formula board with 11 metre sail and spent the whole day ripping up and down flat out on a very flat Hayling sea in my shorty.......

Shame about Sundays breeze

Diary for johng at Poole on 26/05/12

Hunter S Gouk
Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

And once again, I end up giving Bramblebush an "excellent" rating...

We were all keyed up - it was going to be Force Lots, Easterly, opportunity to get out at Studland opposite...

Drove down through summer weekend traffic, intense, tiring, later than I'd intended to be, to queue eventually along Shore Road, the cars jammed into the curve of the harbour, twitching to the pulse of an unseen arterial bleed.

After hours of vehicular bleeding, I arrived at the head of the car column - everyone was trying to get into the main Sandbanks car park! Relieved, I ate lunch in the shade of the short ferry queue, and was soon aboard, in the company of the also Late Tate, Michael.

A long walk back to the group from the parking spot behind Chris M's spiffy van, regaled with tea, to find not much wind, nobody had been out on the East Side, and a few stalwarts on the water. But I wasn't there to stand and watch - maybe I could carry my kit to one of the distant bays, and sail around! And it represented a chance to explore more of the Studland/Bramblebush area...

For future reference, there are some lovely beaches to the southwest of the Usual Spot, even more uncrowded. the only difficulty is, and I did interview some of the candidates for a kit-walk from the road, all of them involve considerably more effort! In fact, after assembling some gear, I decided to follow Mike T's example, and take my chance on the parking, so i drove back up the road. Lucky me! Right outside the front door.

And, dear reader, despite Lol's claims, it was Worth It. Yes, not always planing - but part of the fun is the getting planing, surely; that moment on flat water as you feel the board starting to climb the shockwave, and finally pop up and stay up, effectively riding the wave of its own making, apparent because of the lack of chop. And it was Sunny, warm and Juan and Mike were out too. Lovely session.

Somewhat sun-wearied, retired to Acton, via Swanage to kit myself out for the Sausage Barbie. An excellent discussion with Amelie on the correct way to wear eye defenders, a couple of Grolsch, a good chat with Andy and Chris and my other colleagues, and so to bed.

Left the camp early on the morning, at least for some, to ensure a pole position at the beach, and breakfast by the water. No wind to speak of though, only reading, sunning, slacking off, generally a wonderfully relaxed day. Sloped off around 2, to miss the crowds, which worked.

Thanks all!

Diary for Jude at Poole on 26/05/12

Mark & Ollie go SUP'ing
Lightwind games at Bramblebush
Rating:4 star rating
Board:0 litres

Wow, we finally made an OMWC event, albeit only for the Sunday. Mark stayed Poole-side on the Saturday for a somewhat gusty sail in the harbour while I entertained the kids at home (our latest addition, Jemima, is a bit too tiny to be subjected to wind blown beaches just yet). However Sunday was a lovely relaxing day - great to see some of the old crew, and very grateful to Mike P for the loan of the SUP. Oliver enjoyed it very much (sorry he wasn't so keen to share his toys with Tom :-s).

Added by rogerta on 30/05/12

Awesome day at Bramblebush. Its one of those places where you go irrespective of the wind conditions - thats just a bonus if it materialises. Good job on the barbie Juan and thanks for letting me cadge your kit Mike and Helen.


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