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Hayling Island on 21/01/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.7

Unfortunately didn't make the megabash but came down on the Saturday. Started rigging a 5.9m and then changed my mind to a 5.3m. However a couple of runs on the 5.3m and I changed down to the 4.7m. It was mega-gusty due to there being quite a bit of North in the wind direction. It did mean it was very flat by the shore but on the sandbar there was some interesting refraction of waves. Not really a classic day but at least it was warm.

Added by Andrew on 21/01/12

After a million texts, managed to miss you, sorry. We went for a walk along the beach instead (Actually, I never really intended to sail - too hungover). Looked good, but very gusty

Hayling Island on 02/01/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.7

A great start to the year. Got down to Hayling to find Genevieve and John out and Juan on the beach with the boys. It is not often that Juan persuades me to take a smaller sail than I was initially planning - but it was a very good shout - thanks Juan!
4.7m and a floaty board was a perfect set-up with some beautiful lines of swell backlit by sunlight and clear skies - something which seems to have been in scarce supply over the Christmas period.
Had a great couple of hours before the wind dropped off. Rounded off nicely with a cup of tea and cake from the Hierro-mobile.

Hayling Island on 28/05/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.3

A somewhat grey, gusty and cold day at Hayling. Rigged a 5.3 which was perfect some of the time, but rather overpowered in some of the gusts. Also was feeling a bit under the weather so had one of those sails when nothing really clicked. Mustn't grumble, at least there was wind!

Hayling Island on 15/01/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

Got down to Hayling just as the wind appeared to have dropped, so made the wise decision to rig big. 5.9m proved to be about right until about 3.30pm when the wind came back up again, but by then I had been out 3.5 hours so decided to call it a day.

Warm air, nice waves and the water was much warmer than last Saturday (must have been that castor oil warming it up!). A great sail. Just a shame I seemed to miss everyone else out although did see Adrian's van from a distance - it is hard to miss now!!

Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

OK, so I rigged more in hope than expectation and consequently didn't really get planing much. On my 5.9 whilst everyone else was on 6.5m+. At least the sun came out and the water was still warm.

Hayling Island on 03/10/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

Perfect timing for once. Got to Hayling as the rain finally stopped. The wind also dropped somewhat at this point but left behind nice clean lines of swell which were great for playing in. 5.9m was just about enough to keep planing most of the time. It was just a shame that the wind didn't hang about a bit longer. Amazing how many people turned up when the rain stopped!

Hayling Island on 04/07/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.9

Another great sail. Amazing the difference a new mast has made to my 5.9 (sorry Carl, it's an SDM). Hayling was absolutely packed with windsurfers today although the water never felt excessively busy. 5.9m was spot on for me although as I came off the water I think the wind was picking up a notch or two. Great to see so many people from OMWC around.

Hayling Island on 26/11/09

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.0

Took the day off work on the strength of another 30knot forecast so it had to be good didn't it?
Well, it was pretty mixed...
Spent first hour gazing out to sea wondering whether I really fancied rigging a 7m. This was a good decision as the wind then came in so out I went on the 5m.
It is fair to say that just about every run I then did for the next couple of hours was completely different from the previous one, here is a sample...
- chugging along off the plane, in flat water
- marginally underpowered through the swell: lack of power for jumps
- well-powered up through the swell: great for jumps
- well-powered up, beautiful sunshine, it could be August!
- absolutely stacked, sideways rain - its freezing!
- stranded on beach hanging onto kit as 35-40 knot squall passes..
So the session very much had its ups and downs (literally). There were some decent ramps on the sandbar from time to time but it was very much a lottery whether you had the right amount of power for them.

Hayling Island on 17/05/09

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:6.0

Not as windy today but far more consistent.
6m possibly slightly big but in the very onshore conditions it made for great acceleration off the beach and meant you could hit the waves on the inside powered up for some decent jumps.
Respect to the coastguard pilot who managed to land his helicopter on the beach to pick up an injured kitesurfer.

Added by Genevieve on 18/05/09

Impressive - we hope the kitesurfer is ok. When Juan arrived, the beach was pretty much empty except for ambulances, so it obviously gave everyone a bit of a fright. But Juan being Juan, he had a great sail with the only 2 others left on the water in the higher tide.

Added by jonathan on 18/05/09

Chimet archive makes interesting reading for yesterday.
Pretty steady 20knots of wind all day until 2pm. On the dot of 2pm it picked up to about 30knots where it stayed for the rest of the day. Brilliant timing by Juan!

Added by Wylliewoolf on 20/05/09

Kitesurfer ended up in ITU at QA hospital. I saw him on Monday but he was doing ok.

Hayling Island on 08/11/08

Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:6.0

At first I thought my trip might have been a waste of time: when the rain eventually stopped the wind dropped off. However just as I was about to turn around to go home again, the wind started to come back again.
Wasn't mega windy but the waves were often quite well-formed given the dead onshore wind. My 'highlight' was probably riding a wave right to the beach then wiping out and getting spat onto the beach in true "Mr-Bean-goes-waveriding" style.

 
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