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Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


The Witterings and Bracklesham on 29/12/17

Joliffe Road
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

With the westerly wind forecast to have some north in it I thought Hayling might be a little fickle so headed to Joliffe Road. Got there just after low tide to see the waves starting to line up nicely. Took Chris Audsley's advice to rig a 4.7m - who am I to argue with him?
First run out was better than my last few sessions put together - well powered and with nice clean waves. The wind was cross-off which, especially as it picked up, made getting over the peaks a little tricky at time as to hit them square on meant bearing away in the gusts which were getting bigger (45 knots according to Chimet) which of course tended to blow the nose of the board down into some interesting nose-first landings.
After the first 30 mins of reasonably stable 4.7m wind we then had an hour of very up and down gusts - at times you could be on a 3.7, at other times I was barely planing. However the wind stabilised as it backed off a little around 3.30pm which made for a decent last 45 mins until the fading light meant we called it a day.
Best sail for ages, and also despite the relatively low temperature, the sun shone throughout which made it very pleasant.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 24/10/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Left the family at Butlins and headed to J-Road, a somewhat secretive spot between west and east wittering. It didn't disappoint. Although the wind was light there were some nice clean waves and only 2 of us out for most of the session. It was a little onshore in the SW wind (it is apparently better in a westerly) so mostly backside riding but still very good fun. After saturday's 3.7m shenanigans, 5.9 felt like an 11m!

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 30/01/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Things didn't start off looking very appealing: light wind, off shore wind and pretty chilly - 7 degrees.
However there was a bit more wind down by the water and as we rigged up the sun actually came out. The waves weren't huge but were nice and clean due to the cross-off direction. Sometimes a little tricky to get over the waves with the wind pushing the nose down mid-jump. Waves got a bit bigger as the tide rolled in and in the last half an hour the wind swung a bit more westerly making it easier to catch the waves. All-in-all a nice session.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 12/12/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

High tide at West Wittering but grey and very onshore made it look like it might be a bit of a forgettable session. First run out and that changed - but not for the better. I was a reasonable way out in the waves and then my UJ completely sheared. My rig went one way and my board the other leaving me with a rather long swim and I will happily accept I am not the world's best swimmer, especially with the odd wave breaking on my head.
Finally got in to the beach, some way behind my board but my rig was nowhere to be seen. After a lot of walking up and down the beach I finally spotted a boom arm, and even then very occasionally, the rest of the rig was submerged. So swam out and grabbed it. The good news is that everything (except UJ) was intact.
Following a long walk back and a little breather I went back out with my second UJ. Everything held together this time and I got some nice vertical jumps and the sun even came out for a little while. Yet again my tri wave came into its own being nice and big for the onshore conditions and fantastic at sliding over whitewater.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 15/11/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Not sure what Pete would have made of today, but I was certainly thinking of him out on the water.
It was a midday high so I though for a change I would head to West Wittering. Certainly as many people on the water as I have ever seen at WW. A bit onshore and lots of white water made it interesting getting out, but happily no shoredump.
Wind seemed to be dropping a little as I rigged up so I rigged my 4.7m and took my tri-wave, fresh from the repairers. It was a perfect combination. There were some punchy waves beyond the white water and I was definitely getting the biggest jumps of my windsurf career, sometimes just off the white water. Got washed in one wave and felt a horrible cracking. I feared the worse but it was just my mast clamp rope snapping which was a first for me and a nice easy replacement as these things go.
Got tired relatively quickly, but it was quite a confused water state and hence hard work! But still in the 3.2 wetsuit, not bad for mid November. Pete was obviously smiling on us....

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