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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 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...

Hayling Island on 28/07/18

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

Plenty of wind so an excellent opportunity to 'fire up the Quatro' (I've been waiting to say that for ages). New wave board with three sets of thruster fins to try out. Certainly the set I used first time out were pretty loose. Great on the waves but pretty technical in the chop (although being stacked on a 4.2 might have been a contributory factor).
4.2, on a new waveboard, in a shortie - what more could you ask for? Got some great jumps.
Heading to Lanzarote next week and it will be the first time I have arrived on holiday with blisters already in situ..

Hayling Island on 16/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

I braved high tide at Hayling and a perforated ear drum to get a sail in. Arrived to find paramedics working on someone in a wetsuit - looked like a dislocated shoulder or collar bone.
Great to see John down too and getting on the water.
The wind was a little light at times, but on the whole my 5.3m was fine. Spent the first half of the session in front of the beach, which was handy as my harness line broke and i had to come in for a replacement. Then headed out to the sandbar for the waves. They weren't epic but i got a few decent jumps in and they weren't very crowded, presumably due to the timing of high tide. Came off the water around 7pm, nice session.

Hayling Island on 26/05/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

First sail since early February. NE wind wasn't ideal but actually once you got out of the wind shadow it wasn't too bad. I joined Andrew and I think Bill and Heather - but never actually saw Bill and Heather. Flat water but nice just to get out, and in the sun too...

Hayling Island on 10/02/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

It was pretty chilly, around 7c as I recall writing this some time after the session. However it stands out as one of my best sessions for ages. Tide on the push meant some great jumping ramps and some rideable waves.
First real attempts at backloops. Remarkably easy to try, however only once you start trying them do you appreciate how tricky they are to land (steep nose-first landing, over the board, on a broad reach and with no forward momentum to de-power the sail). Good fun through.

Other windsurfers a little thin on the ground and by the time i came in there were only 2 of us left out although admittedly the tide was getting pretty high.

Hayling Island on 27/01/18

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

Another great sail at Hayling this winter. Thought I was going to miss it as just as I was leaving the house spotted a flat tyre - second puncture in 2 weeks. Happily, when I got to Hayling I found more ramps than in the tyre centre. Not quite as windy as the forecast had suggested but 5.3m was perfect and kept me going in the lulls. Good jumps were to be had and nice fun-sized waves for riding. Shredded my hands again and actually ended up too hot, possibly due to the hood I was wearing on doctors advice - now I have an official diagnosis of surfers ear. Great session, even if it never did stop raining...

Hayling Island on 31/12/17

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

Hayling: it didn't stop raining for the 3 hours I was out, my hands were bleeding as I had blistered them so much earlier in the week and at one point I got hit my a squall out the back such that I could only just hang on to my kit and wait for it to pass. Oh, and the wind was pretty up and down.

But what a fantastic session - my 5.3 was 'about right' most of the time and the waves were really clean and just coming and coming. They were better earlier on, but even at low tide there was still something to work with - conditions for both jumping and riding were excellent. Lots of people out but as the waves were so spread out there was plenty of room for everyone - great session.

Added by Andrew on 18/03/18

Fat too cold n wet for me

Hayling Island on 10/12/17

Rating:1 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

OK, so my second completely overpowered session on my 3.7m of the year.
Actually "session" is somewhat generous - I went out completely maxed out. Came off, got caught in a squall and couldn't waterstart for some time, and then came in again. Waited a little while for the wind to abate but it didn't (until half an hour after I left). Chimet was showing 50 knots gusting 60 knots+
For the final ignominy as I was derigging the wind ripped my sail out of my hands whereupon I had to chase it across the car park and then it got wrapped around someone's van.

 
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