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16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

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Hayling Island on 03/11/13

Hayling
03/11/13
looks great doesn't it... didn't look like that by the time I had rigged 5 min later :-(
Rating:1 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

Having missed last weekend, was dead keen to get out today. With a 10.30 high tide I delayed a little to ensure I got a reasonable launch. Nice and windy and beautiful waves greeted me on my arrival (check out the pic).
I am waiting on a new waveboard to arrive so this was to be my last sail on my 74 litre which was a slightly bittersweet feeling as it has served me well.
Launched, got on the plane, got to the outside sand bar and then the wind dropped to pretty much zilch. Suddenly my last sail on my 74 was more bitter than sweet - and it was hard work getting back to shore. Waited a while for it to pick up again, but it never did. Was tempted to take out my freestyle board with a much bigger sail but didn't even seem enough wind for that and by now the waves were receding.
All in all, rather a disappointment :(

PS if anyone is looking for a new small waveboard let me know. 74 litres gives loads of control for the really wild days - really well planted and beautiful to gybe. Not so good when the wind drops though..

Hayling Island on 15/09/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.7

Got down to Hayling after swimming with the kids so it had filled in a bit and luckily (for me) Andrew was derigging his 5.5 and talking about 4.7 or 4.2. The wind was definitely a bit up and down - to the extent that I got my freewave board out and then before getting it wet decided that I would be better on my waveboard - so went for the small 74 litre board but partnered with my 4.7 rather than 4.2.
This turned out to be a great decision. It was a bit up and down, and more chop than decent swell but my kit choice was spot on. Even the stinging rain at one point didn't put a dampener on things (excuse the pun).
A great day for jumping and hopefully a good warm up for my trip to Ireland in 2 weeks' time. Although I have to say - that first time I have put my winter suit back on this early in the season for a long time...

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 22/06/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

Surely today couldn't have been windier than last week? Wrong!
I headed to Hillhead in the hope that the waves would be a bit better defined than at Lepe. Rigged a 4.7 and my small board.. which was perfect for a while but then I needed to go to the 4.2. However it wasn't long before this was too much and without a smaller sail I decided to call it a day.
I have sailed at Hillhead plenty of times but this was the first time I purposely sailed westwards towards the Osbourne View which is where quite a lot of people seemed to be headed today. I found out why as the waves breaking over the spit were refracted to be more side on to the wind, much better for jumping!

Hayling Island on 15/06/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

What is it about June in the UK. I reckon over the last few years I have used my smallest board and sail more in June than any other month - no doubt something about the 'Great British Summer'. Anyway, unfortunately I didn't make Bramblebush having had kitchen stuff to sort out (finally got running water in our kitchen for the first time in 3 weeks - but that is another story).
Got down to Hayling to find it windy, but underestimated quite how windy it was. Went out on my 85l freewave and 4.7 and almost got blown off the water. With the tide heading in I decided it was no time to mess about and changed to my super narrow 74l waveboard and 4.2m. This was much better - this board might be looking a bit old fashioned now (for goodness sake, it only has one fin :)) but when you need control it has it in bucketloads. However by the time I was heading in, even this combo was getting a bit of a handful. Checking on Chimet it was a pretty solid 35-40 knots and the water was certainly lumpy. How Bill had been hanging onto a 5m I will never know.

Hayling Island on 16/06/12

Rating:5 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

Hayling Island did a very good impression of Pozo today: steep ramps and plenty of wind. All the no-wind hours building my patio single-handed were put to good use - the heavy work must have built up my arm muscles as I managed to hang onto my 4.2m for 4+ hours. That said, at times I was totally overpowered - but overall it was a good choice (I don't have anything smaller so "choice" is not entirely accurate).
The best ramps were straight off the beach so it was a good job you could get planing straight out of the shallows. I definitely got my highest jumps of my windsurfing career today.
Good to see John, Dave, Sheena (and family) and Steve.
Really didn't want to call it a day but my arms gave out just before the rain came in - which was perfect timing.

Hayling Island on 08/06/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

I think my first after work sail for 2-3 years - made the effort largely due to being on childminding duties today. And what an evening to manage to get away...
I have never seen so many people rigging up at 7pm before - normally I am concerned that I will be the only one out at that sort of time, but no danger of that today. Low tide, so waves not massive but good jumping ramps. My 4.2m was the perfect size for the conditions.
Tried unsuccessfully to drag in the abandoned board and rig of a guy who had dislocated his shoulder on the sandbar. By the time I had sailed in, contacted the coastguard grabbed a tow rope etc it was nowhere to be seen. He is going to have to wait for this to wash up elsewhere. All credit to the guy who managed to drag the casualty in - can't have been fun being dragged behind a board with a dislocated shoulder either.
At about 9.15pm thought I was the only one out and it was starting to get dark so called it an evening - however then discovered the RNLI and search and rescue helicopter were out looking for someone else with a broken UJ. Certainly the downside of Hayling is that the waves break a long way out so if it all goes wrong you are often dependent on assistance...
All in all a great evening!

PS great to see Adrian and Matt - first time for ages

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 22/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.7

Took a day off work to decorate Nayra's room.. and got distracted. Despite the torrential rain thought I would give Hillhead a go and as I hit the beach the rain stopped.
The wind was a bit up and down - at one point it was pretty marginal with a 4.7m so I changed to a bigger board, but then the wind came back in again.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 18/06/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.7

Went down to Hayling first to pick up a replacement 400cm mast - I reckoned I'd need that. Went to the seafront. It was a couple of hours after high tide but only a couple of people out. I decided the mush outside of the shoredump wasn't really worth the aggro of getting out, so after saying hello to Mike and Nick I headed around to Hillhead and met up with Andrew. Most people on 4.2m but as the wind appeared to be dropping I went with the 4.7m. This was fine for the next hour but then the rain brought increased wind and I decided to call it a day.

Hayling Island on 12/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

As weeks go I'd had a pretty unlucky one:
Monday - stuck on Waterloo-Basingstoke train for 2 hours
Tuesday - broke tooth (and have been in pain ever since)
Thursday - stuck on Waterloo-Basingstoke train for 6 hours (a particularly unpleasant experience when you have tooth ache)
Friday - tried to get tooth fixed, dentist didn't do the job properly and I got caught speeding on the way back home (you could argue that was partly self-induced)

So with the weather pretty foul today I thought I would nip down late to Hayling as I had a replacement mast to pick up (first one had signs of damage after two sessions), however I didn't realise Andy Biggs shut at 4pm and I turned up at 4:15pm. Pretty unfortunate as this was my 400cm skinny mast we're talking about.
With all this bad luck in the bank, I have to admit to thinking twice about going out when I got down to the sea front to find the wind had picked up to about 35 knots, the tide was coming in fast and everyone else was packing up (and I mean everyone).
So I did the sensible thing and went out (on my old 400cm mast) - surely my luck had to change soon...
Quickly discovered the 4.2m was hugely overpowered most of the time, however as it was so onshore I was pretty grateful of having some turbo power to get off the beach with. Once away from the shorebreak the waves were perfectly formed and lining up beautifully. The only problem was being so overpowered on them.
I still cannot believe that at 5pm on a windy, 'summer' afternoon I was the only windsurfer out on Hayling seafront. I have to say, I found this pretty erie and as a result I didn't push my luck and stay out too long, especially as visibility in the rain was so poor. That said, being so overpowered in the waves I got tired pretty quickly anyway.
True to form, got mullered by the shorebreak on the way in and my kit wrapped itself around a groyne. However amazingly it all seemed to survive unscathed - that and the waves quite possibly my first good luck of the week :)

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 22/05/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.2

Not often that the 74l waveboard sees the light of day...
I started off on my 91 and with a 4.7m - largely because I have had it since February and this was the first opportunity to try it! Also it was the first chance to use my skinny 400cm mast (purchased in October!). Both worked very well - although it quickly became obvious that the 4.7m was a bit out of its range, so changed down to my small board and 4.2m - which was much more manageable.
Plenty of people out at Hillhead, but not many were on the water that long.

 
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