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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)

Yannis

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 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.

Poole on 25/05/14

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

Sunny day, nice breeze, bearable temperatures; Bramblebush delivered again.

I knew this would be the last chance to sail for the whole week so I tried to make the most out of it.

Highlights:

- Followed my list of golden gybing rules and hit a 95% success rate (I wish I had reviewed them before I hit the water at Marazion as well!).
- Finally managed to rig my 8.4m without breaking battens (read the manual!)
- After a great 2 hours of sailing I ended up stranded in the middle of the bay on low tide. Managed to come in by blending sailing with my weight at the front to lift the fin off the mud, waking on the mud, sinking in the mud and paddling.

Will be back on the 7th. Hoping for more sunny and breezy days!

Poole on 28/07/13

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

We were meant to drive down Saturday, but due to the nasty forecast we ended up leaving Sunday morning.

After a short stop at Poole Harbour Watersports to get myself a new winter wetsuit (when I bought my current one Princess Diana was still alive!) we arrived at Bramblebush to find the place generally deserted bar John, Andrew and a few more souls. Bramblebush delivered in its usual fashion: sunny spells, gusty off shore wind, chop. After struggling with sudden drops of wind between howling gusts, I spotted a bunch of sails continuously cruising up and down that small bay on the left so I headed there. Wise move as down there the wind was much more stable so I spend an hour blasting and gybing.

In the evening we headed to Corfe Castle camping site for our 3 day outing.

Poole on 04/08/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.4

Had a great weekend at Bramblebush.

Saturday sail was good despite the dubious looking seaweed that was floating in large patches and turned that stretch of the harbour into an obstacle course. The wind was patchy as well, switching from dizzying highs to devastating lows in a matter of nanoseconds. Yet, I did practice my gybes although according to Paul S a week in Club Vass would do my some good.

Kids played happily both days with Rory, Iona, Robert and a bunch of others whose names escaped me.

Saturday night we camped at Corfe Castle Caravan and Camping. Great camping site and amazing castle!

Chatted all weekend with other club members: Paul, Sheena, Andrew and others.

What else could you ask for from a summer weekend?!?

Poole on 09/06/12

Yannis at Bramblebush Bay
09/06/12
Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres
Sail:6.4

Finally! First sail of the season, first time at Bramblebush Bay (it does look like Greece!) and first OMWC acquaintances!

It took 4 hours to get there from Bromley (and 3 hours to get back!), but it was worth it. Great weather and lovely breeze throughout the afternoon. I sailed my Fanatic Hawk 120 and tried to put into practice some of Guy Cribb's gybing advice etched in my head after I have watched his DVD 956 times; and by golly, it worked!

I also met Andrew from OMWC (thank you for allowing my 6 year old daughter to borrow your spare mast-foot) and another member (I think) who's name escapes me, a Scottish (?) chap with two young boys and a camper van - my kids had a great time playing with your lot; hopefully we will bump into you guys again soon.

Also, John, you had a missed call from me at around 1pm. I thought you were at Bramblebush Bay.

Looking forward to the next sail.

Yannis

Added by Genevieve on 11/06/12

Yannis - this sounds like a great start to the season - we hope to see you again soon. We always have heaps of kids and spares so should be able to accommodate all those needs!

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