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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

Lanzarote on 17/08/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Light wind day today and I decided I'd go out just to get wet which required something of a swim just to get off the beach followed by a couple of hours of light wind messing. The wind did start to fill such that out the back I was planing however this was a wind shift at the expense of a 500m wind shadow so a wobble / swim back to the beach.

Lepe & Calshot on 19/07/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

As Nigel said, rain and no wind forecast and instead we got scorching sun and wind. Still a bit gusty in the lagoon but would have been a shame to have trekked all the way to the other side of the spit.
Stuck to my board this time which proved adequate. Followed Beachaddict's lead and tried a few lame vulcan attempts (mine, not Beachaddict's). Escaped with no ankle injury which I think is always a measure of success when trying vulcans.
Got a decent few hours in and only stopped when a harness line broke - can now see the logic of transparent harness line tubes!

A great weekend - thanks to John for his remote organisation and Andrew for his not-so-remote organisation!

Hayling Island on 12/07/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

It might not have been sunny today but great wind. First hour or so was flatwater freestyle, then some nice ramps on the sand bar and even a few waverides. The waves then subsided and it was back to freestyle. Plenty of people out but the sailing was spread over a pretty wide area.
5.9 was the perfect size for today.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 04/07/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Got to Hillhead to find Roger and Claire already there - along with plenty of day tippers. Plenty of sun, as evidenced by my sunburn tonight. Wind a bit scarcer. It teased and eventually filled in a bit more about 4.30 but 5.9m was always a little on the light side - although Claire did well on her 6m. The fickle wind prevented this from being a better session, although partly redeemed by some 360s at the end.

Hayling Island on 13/06/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Really good day at Haying today. The first hour and the last hour were a bit iffy but the hour and half in the middle was very good, with 5.9 perfect.
Very flat, turned out to be a great freestyle day. After years of trying got 3 downwind 360s so very pleased with that. Surely 3 cannot be a fluke?
Car park rammed but good to see quite an OMWC turnout.
Just discovered the downside of long-sleeved summer wetsuits - rather silly tanlines....

Hayling Island on 31/05/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

I somehow wangled another 'pass' for the weekend following yesterday's waste-of-an-afternoon.
Unfortunately it looked like it was going to be the same again - the wind dropped as I rigged up. The wind had moved northerly slightly earlier than forecast. However I persevered and gradually the rather large holes in the wind got smaller and I spent more time planing. Mega flat for freestyle practice. There were some very small but well formed waves on the sandbar however getting over them in the very offshore wind was pretty 'technical': you ended up jumping on a very broad reach with the wind powering up the rig and driving the nose of the board down: care had to be taken to avoid going over the handlebars.
Downwind 360s remained as elusive as ever but got some upwinders. All-in-all a nice afternoon with not many people out.

Hayling Island on 30/05/15

Rating:1 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Headed down to Hayling when it appeared that the wind had picked up. Indeed it had when I was rigging up but dropped as soon as I had one planing run on the water.
Sadly there were various ambulance crews trying to resuscitate someone taken ill on the beach and eventually the air ambulance arrived.
All in all, not the most enjoyable afternoon windsurfing...

Hayling Island on 09/05/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Thought I was quite early today but had been beaten by Heather, Bill and Andrew. However arrived just as the heavens opened - a good opportunity to get a guided tour of Andrew's brand new van.
As the rain switched off, so did the wind. It returned, albeit somewhat less windy.
The 5.9 was the perfect size and kept me going nicely. The sun appeared and made it a very pleasant afternoon.

Hayling Island on 12/04/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

I came down with the family and it was good to see Yannis with his family in the new van. The wind took a while to stablize so spent the time making superheros in the sand with Heath. The wind finally materialized and I rigged up, just in time for it to drop. However after half an hour of blobbing about the wind strengthened until I was very well powered on my 5.9. Not much in the way of waves but a decent sail all the same.

Hayling Island on 01/03/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.3

What a lovely day! Wind a bit lighter than I had hoped but rigged the 5.3m in the hope/expectation of it strengthening over the afternoon, which it pretty much did - although remained pretty gusty.
The sun came out which made most of the afternoon pretty pleasant although towards the end the chill set it - although I had managed about 4 hours by then.
I caught it about 2 hours before low tide so most of the time it was flattish / freestyle - my best efforts at downwind 360s for some time. But couldn't resist hacking up to the sandbar when the waves started to appear although by then I was pretty tired. Got some nice jumps and a couple of waves.
I was one of the last to leave and the rain appeared the second I closed my door to head home - result!

 
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