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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)

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Poole on 13/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.4

A beautiful summer day in the middle of October.

Out in the harbour with Lucas. He had a great time blasting back and forth, despite the relentless gusts. I was watching from a distance, as I picked a completely inappropriate fin, and had no grip and no lift to plane. Now, I could have changed the fin, but the one I needed was on Lucas's board. Oh well... I got a tan to make up for it.

Poole on 23/07/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.0

Sunday headed back to Bramblebush. Again, no one around, so we went back to the harbour for another sail in equally miserable weather. Eva did great again, even managed to use the harness and experience the pain of catapults! I practised slow speed gybes and fast tacks.

Poole on 22/07/17

Another awesome kid
22/07/17
Rating:3 star rating
Board:138 litres
Sail:6.0

Eva and I in the van for the weekend. Spent the night on Hayling and headed to Poole Saturday morning. Sailed with Eva in Poole harbour in pretty miserable conditions: overcast, cold, rainy and the usual. Eva did a great job despite the lumpy harbour waters. In the afternoon we took the ferry and went to Bramblebush. No sign of OMWC, so we went for a walk. Spent the night at Primrose farm campsite.

Poole on 21/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

On Sunday the wind dropped and changed to almost on-shore which made it kinda tricky to go out. Wind was very light at first so going heavily upwind was not an option. At some point I had a narrow escape after my sail scraped the nose of a moored sailboat towards the ferry-end of the beach. Soon enough the wind picked up though and I sailed out towards Brownsea were I managed about an hour's worth of planing in semi flat water. Frequent holes kept the frustration levels slightly close to the red. Sarah shot a great video of me not planing. Nice posture though!

Poole on 20/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Whole family went down to Poole along with some non-windsurfing friends. Spent Friday night on Hayling but I didn't plan things properly and missed out on an early Saturday morning sail (people were out from 7am). Headed to Poole expecting wind in the teens as forecasted, but found gails in the deep twenties and beyond once we got there. Kids were first to hit the water on a 1.5m but the session was short due to the strong current pushing them against the barges. I went out on a 4.7m and despite the outlandish gusts it was not that bad for a while. There were hardly any holes, a refreshing experience after Fuerte's constant extreme ups and downs. Club presence was rather thin with only Andrew around. But in the evening we found David C and his sons at the campsite so the kids were busy playing until late. Our friend's VW's awning provided a handy shelter from the rain when the time came to cook and eat.

Poole on 26/07/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Left the camp site early in the morning and headed for the ferry. We stopped at Bramblebush to check the conditions but wind was off shore so we took the ferry and headed for the harbour. Although people were planing in the horizon. low tide was approaching so I decided against going out to avoid the long walk to sailable waters. We decided to visit the Sandbanks cafe for a snack before heading out and that's when the plans changed.

Whilst munching on a piece of banana cake I noticed people sailing on the Sandbanks side so I went out to check the conditions. I hadn't sailed in anything higher than 1m waves for years (if ever) so I had to pause and carefully consider my options. I spoke to a couple of guys rigging 4.2m and 4.5m and decided to have a go. Rigged my 4.7m and went out. Unfortunately by then both waves and wind had picked up even more, so my session focused more on staying in one piece instead of whatever wave sailing I could muster. I had to call it a day when it became impossible to sail the gusts and when I realised that most of the jumps I managed were of the catapult kind! It was a great experience though and I will start chasing the waves a lot more!

Poole on 25/07/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:8.4

Apparently there was wind before I rigged up and there was definitely wind following my departure (as Andrew noted). However whilst I was out there the wind was patchier than an American quilt. Managed a bit of planing and some gybes (trying to dodge the boats) but overall an unremarkable sail.

Poole on 06/06/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Freeride board, large sail, summer wetsuit: totally the wrong kit for the weather! Nevertheless, I did manage to hang in there for almost 3 hours and would have carried on if Eva didn't alert me via our new Walkie Talkie system that she needed me to come in. The afternoon sail was much more pleasant than the morning as the sun came out and both air and water felt warmer. I enjoyed the flat-water end on either side of the ride across the bay and tried to deal with the choppy middle bit as much as I could.

Sunday was as calm as it could get. Even the kids could not windsurf as the current was stronger than the non-existent wind. We did some paddle boarding using our new inflatable kit in the afternoon which was great fun. I didn't veer too far from the beach as I need to read a bit more about currents before I step in the water on top of what is nothing more than a blown up balloon.

Being a single camping parent prevented me from socialising too much, but it was great to see everyone, albeit briefly.

(Lucas was very impressed with the beachaddict's vulcan attempts)

Poole on 06/07/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:7.5

Camping was great.

- Kids enjoyed the openness of the Acton field and played till late
- Sarah mingled with the mums
- The Cadac Safari Chef worked a dream and cooked those beef putties in no time
- A good Samaritan gave me his last 20p when the bloody shower took mine but didn't produce any water till 20 minutes later when Peter D arrived

The weather on Sunday started a bit gloomy but soon it turned sunny and warm. The wind picked up, then picked up again, then dropped and then picked up again. Rigging the 7.5m was a wise choice as it saw me through the lighter winds, it propelled me across the bay when the wind picked up and just as I was about to downsize the wind dropped again to comfortable levels. I could easily do a third hour in the water, but a foot strap mishap had me catapulted over the board and when recovered from the shock I realised that the mast had cracked the nose of the board. Damn. I need to buy a mast deflector I think. I did manage lots of gybes, but then I saw Laurence's super-comfie planing exits and realised I still have a long way to go!

Kids had another great day on the beach and I even talked to a guy I met when I was windsurfing in Pagham in the late 90s! Small world!

Poole on 05/07/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:8.4

We arrived quite late and faced the all-familiar "it was windier earlier" situation. Undeterred, I rigged the largest sail in my possession and managed a hour's worth of blasting across the bay until the wind eventually dropped even further. The lulls were rather annoying, but hey, you can't have Bramblebush without the lulls - good for practising sail pumping.

 
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