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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

Hayling Island on 17/03/19

Rating:1 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Very disappointing post-Storm-Gareth session.
I hoped to catch the incoming tide with fun, clean waves and a more sensible wind. What i found was flat water, horrible gusty, cold NW wind and a car park full of paramedics.
Two windsurfers had collided - so there was the RNLI, Coastguard, Police, Ambulance, Critical Care docs and then the air ambulance. Hopefully both windsurfers will make a quick recovery.
My 5.9m was too little one moment and absolutely stacked the next, and it was surprisingly chilly. So didn't stay out long..

Hayling Island on 03/03/19

Rating:2 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.2

Rather than ?storm chasers? it felt more like Freya lay in wait and then pounced today. Got down about 2pm to find it squally, gusty, rainy, very onshore and people not doing much on 4.7m. I rigged a 5.3m and found that ok for about 30min but then got steadily overpowered. I therefore skipped the 4.7 and switched to 4.2. For 15 min that felt like a huge mistake. Then Freya arrived. I hung onto the 4.2m as long as I could but eventually had to admit defeat although by now I think there were only 5 of us out.

Hayling Island on 02/03/19

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

Tropical day in February (almost). Nice small-but-clean swell but with some great ramps. One of those days you could generate great speed in the flat water and then hit a ramp fully powered. First time I have been blown backwards and landed in front of the wave I took off from - not sure if that was indicative of poor forward speed or the length of time I was in the air. Unfortunately later on I landed badly and twisted my knee, hopefully it will be ok for tomorrow..

Hayling Island on 23/12/18

Hayling without Huts
23/12/18
Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Somewhat disappointing, was expecting F5 but got no wind to speak of. Lightwind freestyle was the best I could do and annoyingly the wind seemed to be picking up just as it got dark. Bit weird seeing no beach huts at Hayling but made beach access easier!
Balmy weather for December - had to put the a/c on the way home..

Hayling Island on 02/12/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

A very rare 2-session weekend.
Unfortunately today didn't live up to either the forecast or yesterday. 5.9m was ok but no waves to speak of ,and with most of the car park closed you had to launch from east of the Inn on the Beach. Maybe I am just getting too fussy...

Hayling Island on 01/12/18

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

Team WhatsApp called for an early start - I reckoned the wind would be around all day but it was a good job I left getting the Xmas decorations out until after I had been down to Hayling!
It was slightly chaotic at Hayling as a load of workmen were trying to move the beach huts and were not too pleased that a load of windsurfers had beaten them down and had blocked their access to the huts - they won't make that mistake again.
I rigged 4.7 and an 85 litre board but then noted the wind had dropped so quickly rerigged my floaty board and 5.3 which was a good shout. Had an hour of lovely sailing - good wind, good waves - both for jumping and riding. Crashed a few backloops (now got a stiff neck) and rode a few waves. Nice to see Kyle out, just off the flight from San Francisco. Really nice session, just a shame it was a little short-lived as after 90 mins the wind dropped away and I went back to the Xmas decorations..

Hayling Island on 11/11/18

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

After a failed attempted to sail Avon on Saturday (wind dropped as I arrived, as it always does for me at Avon) I was desperate to get out on Remembrance Sunday. With a 13:20 high tide and arriving at 10:45 I knew I was cutting it fine at Hayling but I had few options I didn't want to spoil it for everyone at Avon again by turning up there :)

Wind was much lighter than forecast and I hit the water bang on 11am as the sirens in Portsmouth marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Pretty unusual conditions for Hayling - light, gusty offshore float and ride but with some really nice half mast to logo sets rolling in and very flat between them. Surprisingly, even at high tide the waves were pretty well defined.

I was trying a new impact vest which made me much hotter than I expected but was quite handy when, in gusts, I tried a couple of back loops and crashed them under-rotated.

Definitely one of the more "technical" sessions I have had at Hayling in terms of mega light wind much of the time and reasonably fast waves and I then hung on a little too long, finding myself the only one out (bar someone on a wind SUP) bang on high tide as the wind dropped. I came in a long way upwind at the wrong time and place and got absolutely worked in the shorebreak (again, pleased I had the impact vest). Sail ended up with a couple of holes however I was amazed not to break my mast, so I guess I shouldn't grumble..

Hayling Island on 16/09/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Nice to see Andrew and Clare (and Heather from the distance) but there the excitement ended. The wind never picked up (other than for a period of approximately 7 minutes 37 seconds - where at least I got planning consistently and a few little jumps). Still the sun shone, and my new wetsuit fitted.. so mustn't grumble

Hayling Island on 26/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.7

It may have been August Bank Holiday but it felt distinctly autumnal today and didn?t stop raining for the entire 4+ hour session however I didn?t hear many people complaining - plenty of swell and on a 4.7m kept everyone smiling. On the beach it felt like you needed much less than a 4.7m however we launched when the tide was still quite high and the wind was dead onshore so power was needed to get out. The wind actually dropped as we launched and remained quite gusty however the relatively clean swell made up for this. My tri fin Quatro definitely has better acceleration between the waves than my old quad and the steep waves were great for back loop attempts although inevitably they all ended in a big crash...

Hayling Island on 19/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Was hoping for more wind but mustn?t grumble. Nicely powered for the first two hours then after lunch the wind dropped off. Had another on-off 2 hours and then rather frustratingly the wind picked up the second that I derigged. Pretty flat so mostly a freestyle session. Still trying to get more consistent with upwind 360s in chop; some progress made...

 
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