Worthing 11-12 August
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Last updated: 13/08/12 22:10 By: Andrew
Finally! Stable wind for a change: lovely, warm NE breeze. As I am a bump&jump board short, I had to make the Freeride alternative do things it wasn't meant do. It struggled, huffed, puffed and in the end the ever growing waves sent us both packing.
Glorious sunny day with SE Force 5 forecast. Did not predict that Hamworthy car park would be full when Bernie got down there at 09:45, so we opted to sail off Hengistbury Head. It was interesting launching through the crowds on the beach, with some bright spark having pitched a tent at the bottom of the steps and, carrying kit on our heads, having to vault the adjacent sand-castle, which had been carefully constructed to capture the incoming tide in its moat!
We did think that the weather hated us. We nearly didn't launch as the predicted wind didn't appear, so we rigged big, Mark took the 8.5! Then it was interesting as we were overpowered on a very lumpy sea! Then I fell in and lost a contact lens and had to bimble back via the harbour in a wind shadow. Then we were going to change down but the wind dropped, so we didn't.
But the last run in from beyond the head was amazing, fully on the plane all the way. It would have been perfect if I hadn't caught my fin on the sand bar and gone over the front in full view of the tent and sandcastle!
Then home for a hot bath, wine and a GU chocolate pot. It don't get much better than that!
Didn't have time to get to/from Worthing, so went with the trusty Hayling, which venue I also persuaded Steve "Three trips" D and Carl and Marion and Monty to go to - ESE seemed like it would be ok, low tide at 12, which would have been a bit rubbish at Calshot...
And it was lovely! Lots of sun, loads of people out, the curious experience of port tack at Hayling! I've never been there in an easterly before, most peculiar. Utterly rubbish at port tack jumps, which is weird, I wouldn't have thought I could be so rubbish. Anyway, there was some small short-period swell, with long lines coming in in a slightly confused way, so I spent a happy couple of hours playing with that.
Oh yes, baptised the new 5.5 Tush Rock - it's white with blue spots! And the new helmet - white. I might decorate its blank canvas with something but not sure what yet. And the new base plate/ UJ to replace last week's breakage. In fact, Carl chased someone for quite a while with a red sail and a silver helmet, before he realised it wasn't me! Sorry about that. Great to see the guys and Clare, maybe Worthing next time eh? Left past Andy Biggs, who had my old 5.5 already fixed and waiting for me. A capital day.
A great day at Hayling. Sun shining, plenty of wind and the tide just right. Could have changed down but hung on to the 6m for dear life. Strange sailing out on port tack as it was a south-easterly. Thanks to John G for discouraging me from going to Calshot and to Carl and Marion for their company and the tea. Good to catch up with Clair after way too long as well.
Beautifuil sunny day, easterly wind. Decided to wait for the tide to come in quite a bit before rigging and sailing - silly. Forgot that sea breeze tends to reduce rather than increase the wind when it comes from the East!! So planing well for a bit then the wind dropped so just pottering about. Andrew, Bill and Audrey all there - although Audrey decided not to sail as the wind had dropped by the time she had rigged.
All went to the Henty Arms for the evening - good food and plenty of drink consumed. Lovely day even though I mis-timed the sailing.
The wind was perfect from about 2:30 until 3:30. A shame I got out about 3:25, ah well win some loose some. It was still really nic to be back at Worthing on a glorious summers day.
Great evening as well, thanks Heather and thanks Heathers mum.
Easterlies are never that great at home but Worthing is a bit far from Dorset for a day trip and the solent seemed to be windy early on so we went half way instead to Hayling to meet up with Clare, Steve D and John G in amongst the other 100 or so windsurfers that seemed to be out. 5.8m was a bit of a handfull to begin with but the wind eventually settled down a bit and it was pretty much perfect from then on. Went home later that evening a very happy man.
Sat outside the beach hut with Audrey, Bill and Andrew. The wind swung round, the sea breeze kicked in and a rigging frenzy followed. Had great fun sailing - rather overpowered at times but was having such fun couldn't be bothered to come in and change boards. A great bonus as the wind forecast had not been great! Just shows what a sea breeze can do.
Absolutely super sail at windy Worthing. We didn't expect any wind, but the afternoon sea breeze came good. Slightly overpowered n big kit, but great fun and good to be saling at Worthing with the usual crowd.