Hayling Island 28-29 July
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Last updated: 29/07/12 08:52
Nice surprise -some wind and sun. However was sailing like a noddy which took the edge of it. Started with 138L went to 92L then back to 138 - 138 probably the better size. Audrey, Bill and Andrew also out to play. Evening spent at the Yew Tree. Mike and Mo joined us.
Arrived at the beach at 5:30 just as everyone was coming off the water, which worked very well for me because I simply used Audrey's kit - much easier than all that rigging up stuff. Not a lot of wind, but just enough to get planing, a bonus evening sail really.
Tried the big sail small board combination again but not so good this time. Struggled to stay upwind despite being powered up, but others had the same problem so it must have been the conditions.
What a bonus - forecast incorrect so the sky was blue, sun was out and it was windy. Great sail with right choice of sail and board - so no time wasted changing anything. Was good to see others out - Mike T, Jonathon, John, Mike P, Audrey, Andrew, Steve G and Bill that I saw.
Another very enjoyable sail at Hayling - along with a lot of familiar faces. Quite a melodramatic backdrop as it was raining about 1 mile inshore throughout the afternoon, but on the beach (and more importantly the water) it was lovely and sunny.
5.3m was perfect, although I think most people were on bigger kit than me (including Audrey)
Came down through iffy rain and cloud to find the Magic Island of Hayling bathed in sun, not to mention the gang parked at B&H's just recovering from breakfast and watching the Lympic swimming!
Wind was on the edge of useful, so went with a 5.5. - many went larger - and the 116 Playmate, a funny old girl but always easy to ride. Had a good session, feeling good generally, stopped for a drink after 30m or so, then back at it again. Stopped for a lunch break, and switched to the 102 JP, as the pushmipullyu was getting a bit frisky. Another good go at it, finally feeling that I'm getting "windsurfing fit" - maybe it's just the sun, and resulting madness, but even when things didn't work out, it felt like I knew why.
Finally called it a day, and what a great day. Huge thunderclouds inland, rain must have been hammering down but not even a pause in the Hayling sun. Lightning was pretty spectacular, I'd have been huddled in the van rather than waving carbon sticks around if it had been any closer! Went to B&H's for a tea and snacks after - thanks guys, good to see Mike T, Mike P, Steve, Mark and Ivana (albeit briefly - enjoy the camping guys!), Audrey and Andrew, and of course the redoubtable hosts, B and H! Marv.
What a fantastic day. It looked a bit marginal when we arrived around midday, but I went for the standard 101 fsw and 5.5 (only kit I use these days). As the wind filled in, it was perfect.
Excellent company as well, thanks Bill and Heather for accomodation, pre-sailing breakfast and post-sailing tea & cakes. A great weekend all round.
The doubting Thomas's kept asking the same question: "why are we going to the beach since it's raining?". And I kept answering: "Have faith in the island young ones. The island will deliver". And it sure did! After driving in the rain for an hour, the glorious sun came out as soon as we crossed the bridge. The rest is history.
We got there at 11:30. We drove through the car park looking for familiar camper-vans, but alas we didn't recognise any, so we ended up pitching our wind-break and beach-tent in front of the golf course by the rocks. On my way to the toilets I spotted Andrew's red van, but there was nobody around so I assumed he was sailing. So in the end we didn't get to see any club members at all!
I only brought my large board with me, didn't expect such bumpy conditions. After two hours of bouncing around like a kangaroo on steroids I decided that it was time for the kids to get some parental attention and dragged myself out of the water. The wind dropped an hour later anyway.
We were almost the last ones to leave the car park at 7pm.
Added by Andrew on 30/07/12
Hi Yannis, sorry we missed you. Where you saw my van is our usual spot, but there was only a few of us around. Hope to see you next time. Hayling is great, but unless it's springs & low tide, then it's nearly always bouncy and bumpy.
Well that was a suprise. Thought the wind was going to be crap so went down to Gunwharf to discover loads of wind. Managed to get Matt to drive down to Hayling and a good 2-3 hours in glorious sunshine before the wind dropped.
A bit more wind today so super powered up with the 6.6. Conditions much nicer as well so really good sail.
Got down to the beach at low tide to find everyone out on anything from 5.5s to 6.9s. Having only got a 5.7 in that range I decided to go for my 7.4 - not the best of choices in hindsight! After being somewhat overpowered for an hour or so I bit the bullet and re-rigged my 5.7 - which turned out to be fine most of the time The water was positively warm and the skies blue - until you looked over to the South Downs where you could see the torrential rain, black skies and occasional forks of lightening! Very dramatic. Great to see so many oceanmotionites enjoying the superb conditions.