Bramblebush 4-5 August
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Last updated: 06/08/12 08:24
Great fun. Fairly onshore wind, playing around in the swells. Lovely.
Another great day although the wind onshore. Broke 2 masts (should be warranty claims) head of sail broke and also my harness line. Other than that a great swell on the sand bar. Good to see Johng.
Bit marginal to start with, felt it was going to be a bit of a waste of time but as the tide went down the wind came up a couple of notches to make a nice evening freestyle session.
One of those days that just makes you feel good...
Moderately windy, very onshore, high tide at Hayling, but not really a tricky shoredump. Adrian and Matt were rigging madly, leaving me to a leisurely assembly of 102/5.5. It got off to a good start - the UJ broke just as I was about to jump on and sail out of the beach. Don't know about you, but I call that lucky!!
Sunny, some moderate swells, it was just wonderful to cruise up and down the beach (it was pretty onshore!!), riding the swell, little jumps, relaxed - huge grin factor. Up west near the river outlet it was madly choppy and weird, with some handy waves on the sandbar. Astounded myself with a completed tack!
Came in for some food and a drink, and went out again, but the wind had dropped, so sloped off round to Andy Biggs for some new UJs... and a new sail! I discovered the 5.5 had developed a serious rip in the upper panel, so quite an expensive day. Again, lucky it didn't completely give way while on the water. I am so fortunate. Not so Adrian, who worked his way through at least two masts, a set of harness lines and a sailtop. Blimey. Good job he wasn't trying!
Excellent day at Bramblebush.
Arrived early and thought it looked promising, but maybe a bit light, so got out the harbour crusing kit. Once out in the middle it was windy windy windy. Probably should have changed down, but I could just about hang on in the gusts and the big kit was great in the no-wind patches, so I just kept going.
A classic summer Bramblebush weekend, good to see so many others on the beach. We Went to a new campsite (Primrose Farm) which turned out to be an excellent choice, and had a great barbeque. Then a very chilled Sunday on the beach, excellent all round.
Had a great weekend at Bramblebush.
Saturday sail was good despite the dubious looking seaweed that was floating in large patches and turned that stretch of the harbour into an obstacle course. The wind was patchy as well, switching from dizzying highs to devastating lows in a matter of nanoseconds. Yet, I did practice my gybes although according to Paul S a week in Club Vass would do my some good.
Kids played happily both days with Rory, Iona, Robert and a bunch of others whose names escaped me.
Saturday night we camped at Corfe Castle Caravan and Camping. Great camping site and amazing castle!
Chatted all weekend with other club members: Paul, Sheena, Andrew and others.
What else could you ask for from a summer weekend?!?
Despite a bit of a dodgy forecast, Bramblebush was warm and sunny all weekend apart from 5 minutes of rain on Saturday morning. We both had a great time meeting up and sailing with everyone and Monty was in his element with all the children to play fetch with.
Only planing occasionally but it was such a lovely day it was very enjoyable
A few of us stayed over for an extra day at Bramblebush and we were rewarded with a Westerly wind, which tends to be less gusty than South or SouthWest and was blowing right in to the beach.