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jonathan

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 23/06/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.7

Bit of an anticlimax after the last couple of sessions.
Loads of holes in the wind and I started off pretty tired before I even hit the water - so I called it a day quite early on. Got a few decent jumps but not much else to write home about.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 23/10/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.7

Thought I'd better not stray too far from home given that Jane is 38 weeks pregnant. Also, if I am honest, I had a sneaky feeling that Hillhead would be better than Hayling today - SSE is pretty much cross shore at Hillhead (and tends to be nicely accelerated by funnelling along the Solent).
I wasn't disappointed. Initially went out on my 99l freestyle board and 5.3m. It started a bit marginal, became well powered, and then became uncomfortably overpowered. Switched to a smaller board and 4.7m and immediately got the biggest jumps I've ever had at Hillhead. Not sure if it was the favourable angle of the chop to the wind or whether its because I prefer port tack jumping (probably a bit of both).
A great afternoon.. and a beautiful sunny day. Just a shame a didn't manage to meet up with everyone at Hayling.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 07/08/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.3

Started on a 5.9m but fairly quickly changed to a 5.3m. Later on it dropped a bit but the 5.3m still kept going. The sun shone most of the afternoon and yet again I proved that the best time to go to Hillhead is mid to high tide.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 17/07/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

Hillhead delivered the goods again, and today's sail had something for everyone.
I started off on my freestyle board and 6.6m in somewhat marginal wind and flat water (low tide). The wind dropped to almost nothing but then came back with a vengeance. Swapped to my 91l board and a 5.5m but a couple of runs with this proved I had spent too much time rerigging so I came in to swap it for my 5m. To be honest, I reckon I would have got away with my 4.5m. By now it was high tide with a few bits of swell (although a poor angle for jumping).
I couldn't work out why the dinghies started racing just as the wind got up. Somewhat predictably, one got towed in by the lifeboat with the coastguard helicopter hovering above. Someone didn't have a good day!

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 03/07/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

Had a mast to pick up from Andy Biggs where they were incredulous that I had travelled down from Basingstoke on the strength of the afternoon's wind. Sure enough, I then went down to the front to find 8m+ was order of the day - with Heather and Bill showing this to be the case. I was convinced there was more wind out west so headed to Hillhead where I was richly rewarded. 2.5 hours on my 5.5m at high tide - so not even the sandbar to negotiate. Had a great sail, aerial gybes coming together - and oh so close on the downwind 360s - definitely easier on a small, more carvier board.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 29/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

Couldn't make Weymouth due to other commitments over the weekend but was desperate to get out. So much so that I sat in the rain in Hillhead car park waiting for the weather to clear slightly. In the end I decided to put on my wetsuit and rigged up anyway. Went for a 5m which was ok at the time but was rather underpowered later on. One other dedicated person also rigged up in the rain, put on his wetsuit and then discovered he had left his harness at home. An expensive trip to Andy Biggs in his wetsuit for him...
Dead southerly made it very onshore - so much so that I sailed straight over the groynes getting out taking plenty of paint off my board. Once out it was ok, but I could have done with a size bigger sail as the afternoon wore on.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 06/12/09

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

After a few very shortlived sessions it was great to be comfortably powered for more than 5 minutes! 5m was spot on - kept me going in the lulls and manageable in the gusts. Had a good 3-4 hours on it in what were actually pretty warm and sunny conditions (for December).

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 01/11/09

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

I am afraid I was one of those who wussed out on Sunday morning. Didn't fancy the driving rain only to find that my 4.2m would be too big for the conditions. Unfortunately as I had to be back in Basingstoke by 5pm, and didn't leave home until 1pm, Hayling wasn't an option and I headed (as usual) to Hillhead.
I was amazed to find blue skies and a pretty benign water state. The wind had of course dropped but swung almost due West so the ramps were pretty good to begin with and the 5.5m was the perfect size.
Just as I was reluctantly heading in after a pretty short session the wind dropped, making me feel much better about packing up so soon.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 25/10/09

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.5

Nayra was no respecter of the clocks going back so instead of a lie-in we headed down to Hillhead. Nursing a rather twisted knee today after my front foot came out of the strap mid-jump but didn't manage to get the back one out - ouch!

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 24/10/09

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

Only managed to get as far as Hillhead. I timed it nicely as when I got there people were still deliberating about whether to go for 6.5m or 5.5m. I opted for 5.5m which was plenty - and later changed down to 5.0m.
Disappointed in myself for not doing any loop attempts. One excuse would be that it was quite onshore and therefore difficult to take off downwind - but of course there is never a shortage of excuses when it comes to loops.....

 
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