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Last updated: 10/06/12 10:58 By: Andrew
Early start with the sun shining and wind blowing. A good sail trying out Bill's old 74L Goya wave board- not the easiest board I've sailed. Probably why he's changed! Good fun none the less. Good to see John G, Karl and Marion for the first time in ages. Also Steve ans Leude arrived later for a stroll. We all ended up having a beer in the Inn on The Beach. Good end to the day.
Brilliant blast at Bramblebush Bay
Looked ok when we arrived and the forecast was for it to drop off, so I wasn't sure 5.5 would work, but once out in the middle there was heaps of wind - and it stayed that way all day. Really good fun, never been so fast in my life.
Finished off with fish and chips overlooking the harbour. An excellent day.
After a quick look at Avon, which was offshore, drove to Hayling to meet up with John G, Bill and Heather. Strong enough for a waveboard, although not much in the way of waves, mostly just chop, at least over the sandbars it was organised enough to get some jumping in. We were joined later by Steve and Leuda for a post sail beer at the Inn on the Beach, a perfect end to the day and great to catch up with everyone, its been too long.
Ended up at Hayling, where I met up with Bill & Heather, Carl & Marion, and Steve and Leuda, as reported elsewhere! Good sail, good jumps, not very special wave action but still good. Weather amazing! Thanks to Andrew for the Bramblebush intervention - coming from the other direction!
Finally! First sail of the season, first time at Bramblebush Bay (it does look like Greece!) and first OMWC acquaintances!
It took 4 hours to get there from Bromley (and 3 hours to get back!), but it was worth it. Great weather and lovely breeze throughout the afternoon. I sailed my Fanatic Hawk 120 and tried to put into practice some of Guy Cribb's gybing advice etched in my head after I have watched his DVD 956 times; and by golly, it worked!
I also met Andrew from OMWC (thank you for allowing my 6 year old daughter to borrow your spare mast-foot) and another member (I think) who's name escapes me, a Scottish (?) chap with two young boys and a camper van - my kids had a great time playing with your lot; hopefully we will bump into you guys again soon.
Also, John, you had a missed call from me at around 1pm. I thought you were at Bramblebush Bay.
Looking forward to the next sail.
Added by Genevieve on 11/06/12
Yannis - this sounds like a great start to the season - we hope to see you again soon. We always have heaps of kids and spares so should be able to accommodate all those needs!
Saturday starts with a big fry up at Avon Beach cafe, then windsurfing in BEAUTIFUL conditions; sunshine and a consistent Force 5-6. Mark still managed to injure himself - caught his fin at full planing speed on the 7.0 and gets a dead leg that lasted 2 days. I have to say that I did not show the sympathy that was due, but this was only because of the humour-factor contributed by the fact that he has since been walking around like Herr Flick of the Gestapo!
We gave Rob his 2nd lesson, so it was a good job that I had used my brand new 4.0 yesterday or Rob would have claimed baptismal rights on it, which would simply not be right! Rob was, of course, pleased that once again, the forecast was a bit wrong and he had to learn in rather stronger-than-hoped-for winds. He said he would come again, though (and the skin on his hands should grow back...)
Then for the BEST post-session beer ever, we went to The Source - the Ringwood Brewery tour! Oh! The joy that it created by malt, barley, yeast and hops! Then out for a Thai. Altogether a most pleasing day both on and off the water!