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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


Hayling Island on 20/12/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

A bit rusty due to 4 months of inactivity. Didn't have any gloves, so fingers suffered a bit. Other than that, a nice breezy day that started brilliantly sunny but got grey and ominous as soon as I arrived on the beach. Blasted back and forth for a while, until the wind started to drop and then picked up again and then dropped and then picked up and then I got annoyed and cold and packed up.

Surprised to see that half the beach huts have disappeared.

Now off to buy some winter gloves.

Hayling Island on 07/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

My 60th sail since I joined OMWC!!!!!

First hour in the water: Overcast, cold-ish, no planing, watching a few others plane.
Second hour in the water: Overcast, cold-ish, still no planing, tried a few slow gybes and fast tacks, mostly failed.
Third hour in the water: Sunny, warm, kit spot on at first (pulled a few awesome gybes), but as the afternoon progressed both the wind and the lumps became a bit overwhelming. And with the kids locked in the van for hours, I decided to call it a day.

Also, bumped into a bunch of club people, Heather, Bill, John, Jon and Andrew!

Hayling Island on 06/08/16

Rating:1 star rating
Board:138 litres

Battled it for an hour, along with a bunch of other poor souls, but the promised 11 knots never came. Yet, the sea was calm and the sun was out so I used the going-nowhere-fast time for some meditation, self-reflection and bird watching. Weird being on the ginormous kit again after the force 8 shenanigans at Fuerte last week.

Hayling Island on 06/02/16

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

First sail of the year
First sail in February in a decade
First use of new Gopro camera
4.2 proved to be a smidgen too big for the conditions.Was overpowered most of the time and generally didn't get comfortable. Some nice clean waves by the sandbar. Need to chase the wind more often and get better in such conditions.

Hayling Island on 28/12/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

Spent the night on the beach with the kids in the van. Low tide was at 6 am so was planning an early sail. Alas, I overslept so didn't get in the water until 9. Not very pleasant as the sea was too rough for the large board, but not windy enough for the small one. Also, SE wind meant I had to sail into kite-surfing territory so good thing it was not too busy. The sun was out though and I think I even got a smidge of a tan! Probably last sail of the year. Best sailing year in a decade; thank you OMWC for gently pressuring me to get the van!

Hayling Island on 05/12/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

Similar experience to Jonathan's. My 4.7 helped a bit to keep me going but the lulls were as gruelling. For the second half of my session I headed out to the sandbar and had a play in the waves but by then the wind picked up significantly and I was thrown around all over the place. Finished the day with a nap in the van before I drove back to London. Van, I salute you!

On the upside, this was my first winter sail for at least 10 years! Hope to be able to keep it up.

Great to see Jonathan for about 4 seconds!

Hayling Island on 03/05/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Weekend started at Mercers Lake with the kids doing the first half of their RYA Youth Stage 1 windsurfing course. Second half was meant to be on Sunday, but it was so windy (and cold) we moved it to end of May. And windy it was! We swiftly drove to Hayling on Sunday where the sun shone, the tide was low and a lovely 20+ knots was caressing the golden sand. The kit was perfect for the occasion, albeit I decided to wear my summer wetsuit, something I deeply regretted as soon as I failed my first gybe. It was very busy at first, but after a while only the hardcore were still in the water (and I was there as well). Was going to sail till dusk, but when I started turning purple I decided to call it a day. We spent the night on the beach (thank you van!) but on Monday there was no hint of wind. Today it looks like an amazing day to be in the water, but sadly I am looking at it from the window of my office.

Hayling Island on 12/04/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

Epic start of the year! Had a great day sailing - from idling to overpowered in 2.5 hours with a nice sweet, long middle bit when the kit was perfect for the conditions. Elsewhere, kids found friends to play with (thank you Jonathan for bringing the family), Sarah played house in the van and we even went camping on Saturday night. I also managed to pull a few gybes without having reviewed any of my notes! We missed Heather and Bill's drink-a-thon on Saturday night, but I think John honoured it.

Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:120 litres

One of those days when after you are the only one in the sea not planing you realise that you are the wrong weight, your board is the wrong volume and your sail is the wrong size.

Basically, throughout the day I went out 4 times, but only during the last run the wind picked up enough to lift my sorry ass off the water.

I could't up-size to my 8.4m and kick some butt because after 15 years of loyal service my large, 1990s boom broke and I was left without a large sail.

Anyhow, lovely day, saw everyone from the club, kids had a great time and everyone got home happy.

Hayling Island on 02/08/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:120 litres

What a day!

- Drove down in the rain, with Sarah giving me 'that' look.
- Kids windsurfing lesson at Wittering
- Arrived on Hayling beach at 2:30
- Discovered that kids favourite rocks have been completely covered by shingle
- Went out but wind was on and off
- Said hello to the club crowd, played with the kids, etc.
- Later on went out again and this time things were better. More stable wind and the water got less lumpy
- Drove mother and kids to the camping site
- Returned to the beach at 8pm
- Clocked another hour of picturesque windsurfing, first during sunset and then under the moonlight. There is something metaphysical about sailing in the dusk. Makes you feel connected with the universe. Anyhow...
- Returned to the camp site after 10pm
- Neighbouring drunks stopped yelling at about midnight when things got quiet and we got some much needed sleep.

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