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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 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 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 16/06/18

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 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 07/10/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Not my best ever sail. Don't think I was fully over my man flu and my balance was pretty ropey - gybes unreliable and jumps were resulting in nose first crashes. Not helped by being a little overpowered, it was definitely a bit breezy out the back. Finally found my mojo towards the end but overall a relatively short session. But nice to get back on the water and to see Heather and Bill

Hayling Island on 03/09/17

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

Only got down to Hayling at 5.15pm on Sunday but fantastic conditions. A long time since I had sailed Hayling in a SE but at mid tide the waves were very clean. Great for jumping on both tacks and backside and occasional front side riding; and this was right in front of the beach rather than off the bar. The only issue was sailing towards the bar it was pretty tricky to see where the water went shallow and a couple of times I came off to find myself in ankle deep water. Good to see Roger and Beth out. I think Andrew got a bit too engrossed in his Suduko! Only about 4 of us out and due to my late arrival I was the last one out by some way. When my bruised ribs made their presence know after a big crash and with the light fading I thought I'd better call it a day and restock on painkillers.

Added by rogerta on 04/09/17

Sorry I had to bail but I was knackered by the end - you must have de-rigged in the dark almost! Great session, best I've ever seen Hayling - SE'ly is definitely the direction when Hayling lights up.

Added by beth on 07/09/17

Was an amazing session

Hayling Island on 28/07/17

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

A long time since I have managed a session after work but tonight I managed a 'splash and dash'. The first rule of splash and dash club (other than there is no splash and dash clu8) is not to ponce about and just rig up and make do with what you have rigged.
Unfortunately I rigged for the lull thinking the wind was dropping but after a bit of floating the wind returned with a vengeance, I would have been better on my 4.7 or even 4.2.
Still a decent sail and I came off the water at 9 as the squalls were making it hard to see the shore in the twilight.

 
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