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Hayling Island on 16/06/12

Yannis on Hayling island
Rating:2 star rating
Board:87 litres

Today the conditions were not conducive to good sailing, and I don't mean the 30mph+ winds.

First, I got there late so I missed the sun and the tide had just started to come in (bad idea no 1). Then I brought the family with me (bad idea no 2) who spent the whole time in the car discussing what a selfish ass I am. Finally, I ignored the warning of a kind man that his 4.7 was way too big (bad idea no 3).

So I rigged my 4.7 and just about managed to hang on for dear life for an hour. And what an hour that was! I managed to pull every trick on the wave sailing book: spin outs, wipe outs, catapults, kit chasing and the old rib crushing. Had I gotten there earlier I would have downsized to a 4.0, but by the end it was too late.

And sadly, I didn't get to see anyone from the club. It was too busy to recognise anyone, but you were probably gone by the time I got there, at 3:30.

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