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Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 10/08/08

Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.2

Set off a bit late to get to Christchurch so decided on Hillhead again. Found most people out on 4.2m which I thought was a bit extreme for August, but followed suit anyway... and it was a good choice!
An excellent couple of hours, well powered on the 4.2 in nice sunny conditions. The tide was coming in so some decent ramps, and it wasn't even that busy - I guess tiredness was taking its toll on those who had been out all day.

I was just about to call it a day when Nick and Sarah turned up, I had one last run and found myself totally overpowered even on the 4.2m. I assumed I was being a bit of a wuss, until Nick went out on his 4.2m and had the same problem.

Who'd have thought we'd be overpowered on 4.2s in August??

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 25/06/08

Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.5

Managed to escape early from the course I was on (a tax lecture or windsurfing - a not-too-difficult decision) - so a rapid drive from Oxford ensued! Got to Hillhead about 6:30pm - it was the busiest I have ever seen it at this time in the evening. Rigged my 4.5 (still wet from Sunday)but then spotted a tear in it. So more messing about as I dug out my duck tape. Eventually hit the water and it was bliss: warm, sunny June evening and out on a 4.5m! Unfortunately holes did then start to appear in the wind however even by the time I called it a day at 8:30pm, I was still planing on the 4.5 (albeit with far less downhaul and outhaul than when I had started).

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 08/03/08

Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:5.0

I reckon this was my best ever sail at Hillhead - despite the miserable weather and sometimes gusty wind.
This was my first trip down to the beach with Nayra - she spent most of the time sleeping in Jane's arms in the van.
Caught it at high tide which meant there was some really nice steep ramps as the tide backed off and I was able to get some nice jumps.
For obvious reasons, I was only out about an hour and a half - but I think I got the best of the wind.

Sorry Adrian - would have joined you at Hayling but didn't leave Basingstoke until midday - I reckon you would have long gone!

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/01/08

Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:5.0

Started off at Hayling however by the time I launched it was approaching high tide and was pretty much onshore. 3 attempts later and I still wasn't off the beach - having watched a number of people destroy their kit!

Went round to Hillhead where it was amazingly cross shore. It felt a bit strange sailing from Hillhead on port tack - like Margarita but a bit chillier...

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