Christchurch 23-24 June
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Last updated: 24/06/12 09:27 By: Andrew
Fantastic day on and off the water with lots of familiar faces to chat to and an Avon Beach Brekkie to start!
Must remember to take Emma and Rob for lessons more often. Whenever they come, whatever the forecast, we get Force 5! They did brilliantly well - Emma did her first tack and Rob disappeared like a rocket, doing really long reaches and even sailed back in downwind.
Mark of the bad back ignored his osteopath's advice and sailed - also carrying out 2 offshore rescues when Bernie's boom snapped a mile out and helping me waterstart a mile out when my downhaul loosened and I thought I had broken a batten.
Now, bath, beer, chilli and footy!
Bit of an anticlimax after the last couple of sessions.
Loads of holes in the wind and I started off pretty tired before I even hit the water - so I called it a day quite early on. Got a few decent jumps but not much else to write home about.
Really powered up, great fun. Good to have lots of friends on the water too.
Saturday :- had a look at the sea side- seemed pretty windy so opted for the harbour were the OM group were already rigging up. Had only brought a six and smaller as I foolishly believed the forecast. Could have done with bigger as the wind was full of holes. Got planing a good few times in the gusts. A lovely day none the less and good to see old friends, Pete D, Nige Sand John V.
It was windy and we had to get down early to avoid high tide. A nice surprise was that Steve G. beat us all onto the water and when we arrived at 10, he was in changing his gear around. He was happy and enjoying the great sailing. Heather and Bill were also out. It was my turn, as Juan sailed on Friday night and did his highest jump ever apparently, while I was reading bed time stories with the boys. It was ok and I got out to the sandbar. The 5.4 was cranked down as really should have had 5.0 and when the wind picked up another force it was clearly powered up. Juan's Naish is nice, nearly as nice as mine...The waveshapes were small, closely packed and some odd refractions going in all directions, so a bit of jumping with care and that was it really. Felt a pang for Bracklesham or Shoreham...next time...Came in at high tide for a break.
Gen's turn in the morning she got the best of wind but still went out in afternoon with same size sail but bigger board love it just a few people out had some good racing in with Mark but he had a bigger sail I keep on loosing. Evening at Steve place to watch Spain beat France 2-0
Arrived mid morning for high tide bit waves direction not good
Nothing clean to jump. Still a good day at the office
Tricky choice of sail size, most people seemed to be around 5.7 but that didn't seem to be quite enough so rigged the 6.5. Turned out to be a good choice for an hour or so but then the wind picked up a bit more and it became interesting! Had a great sail though.
After some serious faffing involving 3 trips to Halfords, finally sorted the roof rack bars out. By the that time it was nearly high tide so options were limited. So went local to Hillhead. Nothing special, just blasting about avoiding the tea baggers. Got a bit tedious after a while what with the solent chop so called it a day.
Arrived - was going to take out the wave board but Juan was on the water first and advised bigger. Started really powered up but then it seemed like the wind was dropping. However, the cloud cleared, the wind came up and had a great sail. Was amazed at how quiet it was on the water -maybe too many people believed the lighter wind forecast, or they were too knackered! Great day.
Funny day as got to beach for 3rd time on a trot force 6-7 rig 5.4 and 87L couple of runs and the wind went load of people pack up and went by mid day. Then the sun came out and the wind pick up again to force 6 went out whit bigger board 116 and the back to 96 wave board nice to sail a Hayling in only 5 people (Bill & Heather & Me). Bring on next week.
Tricky choice again today so we dithered about for quite a while before deciding that Heather would use my 5.0 while I used her 5.5 so we could change down to wave boards if necessary. Turned out to be a good choice and had a nice sail although still a bit sore from yesterday's overpowered work out.