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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 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 18/11/17

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

Was hoping it would be a little windier or wavier, but it wasn't as windy as hoped and the water was pretty flat. Maybe this, and the late low tide was why there weren't many out when I launched just before 2pm. However by the time I called it a day there were probably 10-15 out.
Not a hugely exciting session but good to get out although I think it was the last time this year I will be using my summer wetsuit - a bit chilly especially towards the end.

Hayling Island on 11/08/17

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

Wow, another Friday night after work sail! Due to hold ups on m3 etc didn't get onto the water until 7.30 but the wind had hung around. Low tide at Hayling so mega flat. However that didn't stop my harness line from snapping which was a tad annoying resulting in the waste of precious minutes of fading daylight as I changed boom. Good freestyle session with about 7 others out although by the end I found myself the only one out and was struggling to see the water in front of me so decided I had better call it a day....

Hayling Island on 30/07/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.3

Perfect timing, perfect sail choice. I felt pretty smug today.
The consensus seemed to be 5.5 - 6 but I had a sneaky feeling the wind was coming up so opted for a small sail and big board. Good choice, a bit marginal to start with but the wind built to the point where later on I wondered if I should be on my 4.7. Very good fun. What I wasn't quite so smart about was the application of sun screen, oops...

Hayling Island on 23/07/17

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

First 20 minutes were excellent and then as the squall came in the wind picked up and visibility dropped (as well as the rain being pretty painful on my face). In the end I sheltered behind a groin whilst the rest of the squall passed. Another decent 10-20 mins afterwards and then the wind dropped and dropped. Finished the session with light wind freestyle. Nice to get out but would have been better if the wind had lasted

Added by johng on 23/07/17

Groin sheltering?? We demand to know whose groin!!

Hayling Island on 04/06/17

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

Hmm, another session of hit and miss wind. Thought it was going to pick up which it did sporadically and predictably properly filled in just as I left. Couldn't have been that bad though - I was out 4 hours so mustn't grumble..

Hayling Island on 20/05/17

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

Got to Hayling and was surprised to see no-one out other than kitesurfers but plenty of windsurfers rigging. Reluctantly rigged my 5.9 thinking I was going to be blobbing but actually I timed it to perfection. The wind was up and down all day but on balance 5.9 was a good choice. The wind was more southerly than anticipated which is why I think it had holes, so it meant we were sailing almost parallel to the beach. Nice and flat to begin with but as the tide came in it got progressively choppy. In the end I had quite a long day on the water, which I am feeling today. Nice to see Heather and Bill and also John and Claire from a distance (that's nice to see them out on the water, not 'nice to keep them at a distance';)...

Hayling Island on 24/12/16

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

Snuck out for an Xmas Eve sail, but didn't have much time so very much a 'splash and dash'. Not as windy as I was hoping for but good to get out. 5.9m was perfect size. Not much in the way of waves but had fun on the freestyle board. Weather nice and mild.

Hayling Island on 10/12/16

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

Light wind, small waves and at the end the wind dropped and swung offshore leaving me with a swim back to the beach in dark.
However it was a strangely therapeutic session, reminding me that there is more to life than work - and unseasonably warm too! Therefore a better session than the conditions suggest

 
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