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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 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 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.

Hayling Island on 10/08/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

As there was no sign of life coming from Christchurch and also because I don't know the area at all to be stuck there on my own (with 2 young guns), we ended up on Hayling Island.

Forecast was not very promising but after a cool and cloudy morning, the sun shone, the tide went out and the wind picked up. Beautiful afternoon to sail in, with the kids watching a film in the tent (after having spent the morning climbing rocks, windsurfing, swimming and splashing in the high-tide shore dump - so I am not a bad parent!).

Packed up as the sun went down. Broke all previous records having spent 9 hours on the beach!

Hayling Island on 29/07/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:120 litres

The doubting Thomas's kept asking the same question: "why are we going to the beach since it's raining?". And I kept answering: "Have faith in the island young ones. The island will deliver". And it sure did! After driving in the rain for an hour, the glorious sun came out as soon as we crossed the bridge. The rest is history.

We got there at 11:30. We drove through the car park looking for familiar camper-vans, but alas we didn't recognise any, so we ended up pitching our wind-break and beach-tent in front of the golf course by the rocks. On my way to the toilets I spotted Andrew's red van, but there was nobody around so I assumed he was sailing. So in the end we didn't get to see any club members at all!

I only brought my large board with me, didn't expect such bumpy conditions. After two hours of bouncing around like a kangaroo on steroids I decided that it was time for the kids to get some parental attention and dragged myself out of the water. The wind dropped an hour later anyway.

We were almost the last ones to leave the car park at 7pm.

Added by Andrew on 30/07/12

Hi Yannis, sorry we missed you. Where you saw my van is our usual spot, but there was only a few of us around. Hope to see you next time. Hayling is great, but unless it's springs & low tide, then it's nearly always bouncy and bumpy.

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