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jonathan

Hayling Island on 01/01/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Hurrah, first sail of 2015...and it was pretty good. Used my new 5.3m sail at last and new mast - both worked well. Caught Hayling at low tide but there were some well-formed fun waves on the sandbar and steep chop for jumping.
A bit chilly - presumably because the sun never penetrated the grey skies - but not too bad. A lot of people out enjoying the conditions

Hayling Island on 17/08/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

A lovely day. 5.3m on my freewave. Not sure whether it was the conditions or just the fact that I was nicely powered on my middle board - not the squirrelly freestyle board or the skittish quad. Wind a bit more northerly than forecast so made it a little gusty but good jumps were to be had out towards the sandbar. There was a torrential downpour mid session but the wind came back, albeit a bit more flakey and difficult to exploit the ramps near the beach as the tide came in.
Goes without saying that Bill and Heather were there: but also Audrey and Helen - felt like a reunion!

Hayling Island on 23/02/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

After quite a few mediocre sails of late it made today's session all the sweeter...
Very onshore at Hayling and my initial excitement at the nice lines of swell was tempered by a lot of people complaining about how up and down it was. I decided to err on the side of control and went for a 4.7m albeit on my Freewave rather than waveboard.
For the first hour 4.7m was ok then over time it became more marginal, but still very pleasant conditions for floating out and planing in on a wave. Whilst powered up, I got some very pleasing floaty jumps. Waves a little small for riding but they had their moments. And the sun came out - what more could you want.
As the tide came in the swell turned into big lumps and as the wind dropped more I decided it was time to call it a day, which did result in a rather undignified washing up onto the beach, but never mind no harm done...

Hayling Island on 17/08/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

Had a whole day to myself and was determined to make the most of it. Started on my Skate 99 and 6.4. This was marginal to begin with but gradually the wind came in. Seeing black clouds on the horizon I decided not to change to my 5.9 as I thought these would either mean more wind or no wind. The good news was that they meant more wind, the not-so-good news was that they meant rain. By this time my small fin was struggling to cope with a very powered up 6.4 so rigged up my 5.3 and took it out on my freewave board - a sublime combination for the conditions. Despite the incoming rain had a great session on this. How Heather continued to hang onto her 6.6 I don't know! All in all a great day, and I got to heathrow to pick up the family just in time :)

Hayling Island on 04/05/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Can't remember the last time I got down to the beach to find it windier than expected - happy days!
That said, 4.7 was a tad optimistic and for the first 30 mins was definitely feeling I would have been better on a 5.3 but then the wind picked up and 4.7m was perfect. Nice to see Heather and Bill and I think Beth felt a little unfortunate to be giving a lesson rather than out sailing.
First time out this year with no boots - which was OK. The only downside is that I packed up thinking the wind had dropped for the weekend but it then came back up as soon as I had packed up, was sorely tempted to rig up again...

Hayling Island on 28/12/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.3

This was a session that was all down to the timing. Got down to Hayling about 2 hours after high tide and there was hardly anyone around - just a few people waiting for the shoredump to ease. Happily I made it through this (only my second session on my new board so still quite protective of it). For the first hour I was rather underpowered: it was particularly fluky on the inside but more solid outside. But as the tide ebbed there was a transformation - some decent waves appeared on the sandbar and being on the outside, the wind was much more solid - so I was very happy with my 5.3m. By now there were quite a few people out - and pretty much everyone was playing on the sandbar. The light disappeared before the wind and waves which was a shame - but I think everyone had a decent session. One of my best of the year.

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