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Isle of Wight on 30/09/15

Jonathan sailing at Yaverland
30/09/15
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Moved around to Yaverland which was where Timo Mullen and Jamie Hancock had gone. Tide on the push was creating huge movement of water so despite strong winds still needed relatively big 5.3 sail to plane.
Well powered to start with and plenty of beach break waves to sail - this time onto a sandy beach rather than rocks! My Triwave was perfect - easy to plane getting out but good to turn on the waves.
Mid afternoon the wind dropped so made it a bit of a wobble. However after a night's driving and 2 sessions that was fine by me!

Hayling Island on 01/01/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Hurrah, first sail of 2015...and it was pretty good. Used my new 5.3m sail at last and new mast - both worked well. Caught Hayling at low tide but there were some well-formed fun waves on the sandbar and steep chop for jumping.
A bit chilly - presumably because the sun never penetrated the grey skies - but not too bad. A lot of people out enjoying the conditions

Hayling Island on 17/08/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

A lovely day. 5.3m on my freewave. Not sure whether it was the conditions or just the fact that I was nicely powered on my middle board - not the squirrelly freestyle board or the skittish quad. Wind a bit more northerly than forecast so made it a little gusty but good jumps were to be had out towards the sandbar. There was a torrential downpour mid session but the wind came back, albeit a bit more flakey and difficult to exploit the ramps near the beach as the tide came in.
Goes without saying that Bill and Heather were there: but also Audrey and Helen - felt like a reunion!

Lanzarote on 31/05/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.0

As is so often the case, after a couple of big days it is nice to have a slightly mellower day. I say 'mellower' but 5.0 was plenty and it was certainly still very gusty on the point. The swell was down a little though, as was the incidence of kit breakage today. Still decent sized swell but it didn't feel like it would sweep you out of the bay if it all went wrong. Came in just as the wind seemed to be dropping, as dodging the surfers, body boarders, skim boarders and swimmers on the way in whilst in zero wind was quite a challenge.

Lanzarote on 30/05/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Another windy wavey day. I understood the waves a bit better today so caught some better waves. Certainly the biggest waves I have been on, but quite shallow so didn't feel they were a threat to life or limb. However I did get caught out by the gusty wind and catapulted onto the board putting a hole in it - good job I had taken the insurance option...

Hayling Island on 23/02/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

After quite a few mediocre sails of late it made today's session all the sweeter...
Very onshore at Hayling and my initial excitement at the nice lines of swell was tempered by a lot of people complaining about how up and down it was. I decided to err on the side of control and went for a 4.7m albeit on my Freewave rather than waveboard.
For the first hour 4.7m was ok then over time it became more marginal, but still very pleasant conditions for floating out and planing in on a wave. Whilst powered up, I got some very pleasing floaty jumps. Waves a little small for riding but they had their moments. And the sun came out - what more could you want.
As the tide came in the swell turned into big lumps and as the wind dropped more I decided it was time to call it a day, which did result in a rather undignified washing up onto the beach, but never mind no harm done...

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 22/12/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

After a week of wild weather got down to Hillhead to find blue sky and sun! Initially rigged my 5.9 but one run with this on my freestyle board persuaded me to switch to my 5.3 and smaller board. This turned out to be a great combination and it was the first time of using my platinum mast. I am pleased to say that the high carbon content was noticeable both in weight and responsiveness. Unfortunately I had to end my session a little early as I managed to fling myself onto the boom, resulting in quite a winding and very painful ribs. Still, it did mean that I had packed up just as the heavens opened, so mustn't grumble too much.

Hayling Island on 17/08/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Had a whole day to myself and was determined to make the most of it. Started on my Skate 99 and 6.4. This was marginal to begin with but gradually the wind came in. Seeing black clouds on the horizon I decided not to change to my 5.9 as I thought these would either mean more wind or no wind. The good news was that they meant more wind, the not-so-good news was that they meant rain. By this time my small fin was struggling to cope with a very powered up 6.4 so rigged up my 5.3 and took it out on my freewave board - a sublime combination for the conditions. Despite the incoming rain had a great session on this. How Heather continued to hang onto her 6.6 I don't know! All in all a great day, and I got to heathrow to pick up the family just in time :)

Lanzarote on 31/05/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Yesterday was a case of wrong board, wrong sail, wrong time, wrong place. Today was right time, right place, right board right sail. Was on a 85 litre freewave with extra thruster fins and also a 5.3 'Hero' - first time I've tried one of these new fangled 4 batten wavesails. I have to say, both board and sail were terrific, with the Hero noticeably lighter and more responsive than my 5 batten Ice. There were some fun waves on the point break which were lots of fun, and a perfect place to see the new school fusion of freestyle and wave sailing, with Tonky Frans leading the pack. A great afternoon in great conditions.

Hayling Island on 04/05/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Can't remember the last time I got down to the beach to find it windier than expected - happy days!
That said, 4.7 was a tad optimistic and for the first 30 mins was definitely feeling I would have been better on a 5.3 but then the wind picked up and 4.7m was perfect. Nice to see Heather and Bill and I think Beth felt a little unfortunate to be giving a lesson rather than out sailing.
First time out this year with no boots - which was OK. The only downside is that I packed up thinking the wind had dropped for the weekend but it then came back up as soon as I had packed up, was sorely tempted to rig up again...

 
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