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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

jonathan

Brandon Bay on 04/10/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Iffy forecast today however the wind rather unexpectedly appeared and we wobbled out. Firstly on my Skate, and that was a real battle to get through the white water. It took 3 attempts to get out the back and then when I did I managed to catapult on flat water and split the nose of my board.. not a good start..
However I switched to my tri wave which was easier to get through the white water (narrower nose) although it was still a challenge - it felt like you either had to wait for a break in the sets of a gust of wind, but waiting for both was being too greedy!
However once out the back, there were great waves to be caught. My selection was poor on a couple of occasions however on the right wave there were plenty of turns to be had. Wind switched off at lunchtime, so good job we got out early!

Brandon Bay on 01/10/18

Gowlanes beach scene
01/10/18
Gowlanes beach
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Surfed in the morning and then headed to Gowlane. Westerly wind was cross-off and getting out was a real challenge. I reckon I had 2-3 attempts for every successful one. But once out you were rewarded with fantastic rides back in. Down the line, perfect wind angle, clean but slightly choppy faces. I certainly did more turns on a wave than I have before. In the end I had to pull off as my arms lost their strength.

Hayling Island on 16/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

I braved high tide at Hayling and a perforated ear drum to get a sail in. Arrived to find paramedics working on someone in a wetsuit - looked like a dislocated shoulder or collar bone.
Great to see John down too and getting on the water.
The wind was a little light at times, but on the whole my 5.3m was fine. Spent the first half of the session in front of the beach, which was handy as my harness line broke and i had to come in for a replacement. Then headed out to the sandbar for the waves. They weren't epic but i got a few decent jumps in and they weren't very crowded, presumably due to the timing of high tide. Came off the water around 7pm, nice session.

Hayling Island on 10/02/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

It was pretty chilly, around 7c as I recall writing this some time after the session. However it stands out as one of my best sessions for ages. Tide on the push meant some great jumping ramps and some rideable waves.
First real attempts at backloops. Remarkably easy to try, however only once you start trying them do you appreciate how tricky they are to land (steep nose-first landing, over the board, on a broad reach and with no forward momentum to de-power the sail). Good fun through.

Other windsurfers a little thin on the ground and by the time i came in there were only 2 of us left out although admittedly the tide was getting pretty high.

Hayling Island on 27/01/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Another great sail at Hayling this winter. Thought I was going to miss it as just as I was leaving the house spotted a flat tyre - second puncture in 2 weeks. Happily, when I got to Hayling I found more ramps than in the tyre centre. Not quite as windy as the forecast had suggested but 5.3m was perfect and kept me going in the lulls. Good jumps were to be had and nice fun-sized waves for riding. Shredded my hands again and actually ended up too hot, possibly due to the hood I was wearing on doctors advice - now I have an official diagnosis of surfers ear. Great session, even if it never did stop raining...

Hayling Island on 31/12/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Hayling: it didn't stop raining for the 3 hours I was out, my hands were bleeding as I had blistered them so much earlier in the week and at one point I got hit my a squall out the back such that I could only just hang on to my kit and wait for it to pass. Oh, and the wind was pretty up and down.

But what a fantastic session - my 5.3 was 'about right' most of the time and the waves were really clean and just coming and coming. They were better earlier on, but even at low tide there was still something to work with - conditions for both jumping and riding were excellent. Lots of people out but as the waves were so spread out there was plenty of room for everyone - great session.

Added by Andrew on 18/03/18

Fat too cold n wet for me

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 29/12/17

Joliffe Road
29/12/17
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

With the westerly wind forecast to have some north in it I thought Hayling might be a little fickle so headed to Joliffe Road. Got there just after low tide to see the waves starting to line up nicely. Took Chris Audsley's advice to rig a 4.7m - who am I to argue with him?
First run out was better than my last few sessions put together - well powered and with nice clean waves. The wind was cross-off which, especially as it picked up, made getting over the peaks a little tricky at time as to hit them square on meant bearing away in the gusts which were getting bigger (45 knots according to Chimet) which of course tended to blow the nose of the board down into some interesting nose-first landings.
After the first 30 mins of reasonably stable 4.7m wind we then had an hour of very up and down gusts - at times you could be on a 3.7, at other times I was barely planing. However the wind stabilised as it backed off a little around 3.30pm which made for a decent last 45 mins until the fading light meant we called it a day.
Best sail for ages, and also despite the relatively low temperature, the sun shone throughout which made it very pleasant.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 24/10/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

Left the family at Butlins and headed to J-Road, a somewhat secretive spot between west and east wittering. It didn't disappoint. Although the wind was light there were some nice clean waves and only 2 of us out for most of the session. It was a little onshore in the SW wind (it is apparently better in a westerly) so mostly backside riding but still very good fun. After saturday's 3.7m shenanigans, 5.9 felt like an 11m!

Hayling Island on 07/10/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Not my best ever sail. Don't think I was fully over my man flu and my balance was pretty ropey - gybes unreliable and jumps were resulting in nose first crashes. Not helped by being a little overpowered, it was definitely a bit breezy out the back. Finally found my mojo towards the end but overall a relatively short session. But nice to get back on the water and to see Heather and Bill

Hayling Island on 03/09/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Only got down to Hayling at 5.15pm on Sunday but fantastic conditions. A long time since I had sailed Hayling in a SE but at mid tide the waves were very clean. Great for jumping on both tacks and backside and occasional front side riding; and this was right in front of the beach rather than off the bar. The only issue was sailing towards the bar it was pretty tricky to see where the water went shallow and a couple of times I came off to find myself in ankle deep water. Good to see Roger and Beth out. I think Andrew got a bit too engrossed in his Suduko! Only about 4 of us out and due to my late arrival I was the last one out by some way. When my bruised ribs made their presence know after a big crash and with the light fading I thought I'd better call it a day and restock on painkillers.

Added by rogerta on 04/09/17

Sorry I had to bail but I was knackered by the end - you must have de-rigged in the dark almost! Great session, best I've ever seen Hayling - SE'ly is definitely the direction when Hayling lights up.

Added by beth on 07/09/17

Was an amazing session

 
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