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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

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.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 11/01/15

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

Well I'd never see Hillhead car park so busy in January - presumably something to do with the stricken Hoegh Osaka lying off the beach. And that was my mission too. It was a bracing 8c when I arrived, no windsurfers out and the wind dropped. I rigged up and waited. When the wind arrived it unfortunately was a bit too southerly to make getting to the ship a realistic prospect. Perhaps were I better equipped with a bigger board and fin (16 cm fin not ideal for long distance upwind work) it would have been different. It was just a bit too far upwind and offshore and also the tugs policing the 300m exclusion zone looked like they meant business although whilst I was out one crashed into the ship.
I did a bit of filming with my DV mounted on my boom but that made gybing quite awkward. However I had also forgotten to charge the battery so filming didn't last long and afterwards I made the most of the flat conditions.
Came in when the wind dropped but just as I derigged it came back with some sun and the temperature rose into double figures. But happy to be warm and in the van again by then.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 02/03/14

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

This was one of those sessions that started off in the 'why did I bother' category but actually turned quite nice. Hillhead: very onshore, rainy, cold, and actually not very windy. Came in after a bit of blobbing around and was seriously considering knocking it on the head - especially as I was now the only one out . However the wind swung around a bit and came up a notch and at that point the temperature seemed to increase a little (although the rain didn't abate). Nothing spectacular but nice having the place to myself and cruising along the coast. A few others came out as the wind picked up and the 5.9 was getting a bit of a handful. After suffering a bout of cramp whilst swimming after my kit I decided I would head home rather than change down. All-in-all, quite satisfying in the end

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 07/09/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.4

Got down to Hillhead a little later than planned to find the wind far from consistent - I think because there was quite a bit of Southerly in it. Rigged 6.4m which was probably the right choice despite there being a lot of holes.
Plugged away at downwind 360s - I do find them a frustrating move and upwind 360s with rather more success. Although managed to tweak my ankle so decided to shorten my session as the tide went out.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 03/11/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.4

First time out for ages and although it was nice to get out, it wasn't exactly an epic session. At least it meant I could try my new 6.4 which worked very well in the somewhat gusty wind. The sun was nice - although I think today was the last time I will be sailing bootless this year..

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 04/08/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:6.6

Bit marginal to start with, felt it was going to be a bit of a waste of time but as the tide went down the wind came up a couple of notches to make a nice evening freestyle session.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 28/12/11

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

The subtext to today's session could be "blink and you'd missed it" - referring to the wind rather than the effect of the low water temperature..
Forecast looked great but got down to Hillhead to find it extremely gusty. Rigged 5.9m in the hope that it would fill in, but instead it dropped off. In the end I had to resort to light wind freestyle - not ideal for 28 December I have to say. Saw a big raincloud heading our way and instead of doing the sensible thing and packing up, decided to stay out in the hope that it would bring some wind ahead of it.
The great news was that it brought some wind, but then the rain veered off South of us - the best sort of squall. Managed to hang onto the 5.9m which was uncomfortable to start with but then as the squall passed it was OK - and the wind did hang around long enough for it to make hanging around the right decision.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 17/09/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.3

Not as windy as forecast but by the end of the afternoon I had switched to a smaller board and could have been on my 4.7m. It was a shame about the fishermen turning up and casting their lines right where everyone was sailing.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 28/08/11

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

In the past I've been quite disparaging about Hillhead at low tide, but this year I have changed my mind. Not sure if that is down to me, or down to shingle bars shifting but I've had a few really nice sails at low tide down at Hillhead this year with nice flat water perfect for trying freestyle. This was one of them. The only downside was that the wind was quite flukey so there was only about 45min of solid planing winds for my 5.9.
Best moment of the day was the upwind 360 I did just after overtaking someone. He thought I was tacking and sailed very close behind me. If I hadn't hung onto it then either me or my sail would have landed on his board.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 18/05/11

Rating:5 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Got down to Hillhead whilst it was windy and then the wind dropped as I was rigging, so floated around for about an hour pretty unimpressed. Was just about to call it a day when the wind picked up a couple of notches - making 5.9m and a freestyle board perfect for the (relatively) flat freestyle conditions.
Finally cracked the upwind 360 (so far only achieved in the unrealistically flat Baby Bay in Dahab and in Portland Harbour). Hadn't been getting forward enough, early enough. I had assumed that dying on the tail was due to not carving through the wind, but it appears that as long as you have a bit of speed and have the rail engaged you can actually get forward pretty early on in the move, making it far easier to get backwinded.
Also made a downwind 360 - another first.
Cracking 2 moves in one session can't be bad - hence the "best ever" rating. Not bad for a session that almost rated a "poor".

 
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