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Hillhead 29-30 September

Vulcan Practice
10/09/12
Date Date: 29/09/12
Venue Venue: Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating

Last updated: 02/10/12 20:15 By: Andrew
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Diary for Jackie at Christchurch on 30/09/12

After today, I can die happy
Rating:5 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.8

I am beside myself with fatigue after an AWESOME day on the water. The good thing is that I know that I did not quit too early. I didn't have another ounce of fun left in me!

It was the first trip of the season for the winter wetsuit; it is a source of great joy each season that I can still manage to squeeze into it! Mark was in the incongruous position of wearing his winter suit and going barefoot, because he had forgotten his booties!

It got up again, and Nick told me afterwards that blokes bigger than me went out on 5.5s, so I think I did rather well. Mark had an interesting time on the 7.0 and his debut on the Firemove. He LOVED it and was gybing like a god, even when it got up to 27 knots... I couldn't gybe for toffee today; go figure, but was pleased with my tacks. The harbour was beautifully flat and even going downwind wasn't too horrific, although by the time I was coming in, I literally didn't have the energy to do one more turn!

Raced Ken who was having a fine old time on his Laser! Lovely to see Helen, Bob & Jo and a few new faces who were coming back to the light. Gave Dave & Jackie the final push towards the Firemove 100 he was looking at. Not that I think he needed much persuasion!

A down side was hitting a plank floating around in the harbour... I managed to get it out and fortunately noticed another one - with 3 nails sticking out of it! With Mark's help, we managed to land them so they won't be a hazard for anyone else. Luckily, both board and rider are unscathed.

Some people have champagne in the bath. We had Jaffa Cakes. Fab!

Diary for Heather at Hayling Island on 30/09/12

Heather
05/07/09
Rating:2 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.5

Forecast promised much but didn't quite deliver. Waited for the tide to drop before heading down and the wind seemed to drop too. Wind rather up and down but still a pleasant sail and nice still to be in summer suit even though it needed the attachable arms. Good to see quite a few omwc members out.

Diary for adrian at Hayling Island on 30/09/12

Arenal - Javea
10/01/07
Force 5, JP 98, Search 5.4
Rating:2 star rating
Board:93 litres
Sail:5.4

Arrived lunch time to a good breeze but as i knew the tide was dropping I went slightly bigger than norm. Turned out to be a good move as after an hour or so the wind began to drop.

Diary for johng at Hayling Island on 30/09/12

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.5

Drove to Hayling with hope - mixed sun and what looked like wind! Steve and Justin already there, saw Adrian rigging frantically by the IotB. Went with the 5.5 and 104, on the basis that it wasn't as windy as I'd thought. But the wind came up a bit, well powered up, and a good session, with one outstanding gybe, memorable for its smoothness and exit, and a strange wave over on the emerging sandbar. It was a reasonable size, I turned onto it and had a few seconds of excellent DtL! Couldn't find another after that, probably due to the rapidly changing conditions. Stopped when the wind dropped, met B&H on the beach, retired to IotB for coffee with visiting niece. Nice.

Diary for Andrew at Christchurch on 30/09/12

Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.
Rating:4 star rating
Board:101 litres
Sail:5.5

Just a perfec day..

Avon beach on my free-style-wave and 5.5. Nothing spectacular, but just good solid wind, some decent swell and a great crowd (mainly locals). Best sail for ages

Diary for Carl at Christchurch on 30/09/12

Carl and Heather
25/08/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.4

Helped Andrew celebrate his birthday by sharing an amazing day at Avon with a constant cross shore wind and some small waves. Had such a good time that I sailed for far too long and was half asleep for the next 24 hours. By the evening we were all starving and headed for the carvery which supplied mountains of food and an unexpected freebie, the perfect ending to a great day.