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


Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesSail sizeTotal
Weymouth      1            111   4
Poole        1   1            2
Morocco    21 2  2 1    2  1    11
Christchurch    111 2   11      1    8
Lepe & Calshot        3   31     22    11
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay11 62515610   148   2 86    84
Lanzarote     238 104 9 11 2       40
Isle of Wight       2    2      2     6
Hayling Island  5122103241   373   7 52    111
The Witterings and Bracklesham   1 3 2    3            9
Dahab        31 3 2  1 23 2  118
Pagham            1            1
Brandon Bay   1 4 7    8          1 21
Waterville, Ireland       2    2            4
South Devon (Bigbury)      1      1        1  3
Isle of Wight       2                 2

Each cell shows number of sessions, click on a cell for more details.

Hayling Island on 17/03/19

Rating:1 star rating
Board:110 litres

Very disappointing post-Storm-Gareth session.
I hoped to catch the incoming tide with fun, clean waves and a more sensible wind. What i found was flat water, horrible gusty, cold NW wind and a car park full of paramedics.
Two windsurfers had collided - so there was the RNLI, Coastguard, Police, Ambulance, Critical Care docs and then the air ambulance. Hopefully both windsurfers will make a quick recovery.
My 5.9m was too little one moment and absolutely stacked the next, and it was surprisingly chilly. So didn't stay out long..

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 09/03/19

Rating:1 star rating
Board:110 litres

First time i had sailed Hillhead for ages and unfortunately the wind didn't play ball.
Windy when i arrived, such that i had a discussion with someone whether to take a 4.2 or a 5.3 as i originally intended - and was persuaded to take a 4.7. Dropped before i got out so changed to 5.9m. Got a few planing runs but at the gybes my knee was painful from a crashed jump last week. And then the wind dropped away completely. Suspect tomorrow will be a different matter entirely.. but i think i proved that my knee isn't up to sailing again this weekend :(

Hayling Island on 03/03/19

Rating:2 star rating
Board:84 litres

Rather than ?storm chasers? it felt more like Freya lay in wait and then pounced today. Got down about 2pm to find it squally, gusty, rainy, very onshore and people not doing much on 4.7m. I rigged a 5.3m and found that ok for about 30min but then got steadily overpowered. I therefore skipped the 4.7 and switched to 4.2. For 15 min that felt like a huge mistake. Then Freya arrived. I hung onto the 4.2m as long as I could but eventually had to admit defeat although by now I think there were only 5 of us out.

Hayling Island on 02/03/19

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Tropical day in February (almost). Nice small-but-clean swell but with some great ramps. One of those days you could generate great speed in the flat water and then hit a ramp fully powered. First time I have been blown backwards and landed in front of the wave I took off from - not sure if that was indicative of poor forward speed or the length of time I was in the air. Unfortunately later on I landed badly and twisted my knee, hopefully it will be ok for tomorrow..

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 10/02/19

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

I hoped to catch the tail end of Erik but I think he was long gone. That said, 5.3m was plenty in the NW and I launched from J-Road in the Witterings. Wasn't too bad - small wind shadow on the inside as the direction was cross off, but not bad further out. Unfortunately the only waves worth talking about were close to the beach, right in the wind shadow but got a few jumps on the way out. Fairly short session as the wind swung further offshore and hence dropped, just as the tide came in - which made for a fairly undignified return to the beach :(

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 13/01/19

West Wittering Winter Sunset
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

First sail of the year but thought I had missed it. Got down to a balmy West Wittering to find the wind very light - partly as I think there was a quite a lot of North West in it. Rigged my big board and sail and floated out for a bit of freestyle practice. I did find a bit more wind right out the back. I wished there were a few guys on big slalom boards out there in case anything happened - as I didn't fancy sailing so offshore on my own, in an offshore wind.
Happily the wind then turned back on again and I was stacked. Quickly changed from my 110 to my 95 and was contemplating changing down sail but given how fickle the wind was, I decided to hang on as long as I could - which turned out to be a good shout as after 45 minutes very well powered up the wind dropped off again. Mustn't grumble, the 45 mins made the session and the thermometer read 15 degrees as a I pulled out of the car park!

Hayling Island on 23/12/18

Hayling without Huts
Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Somewhat disappointing, was expecting F5 but got no wind to speak of. Lightwind freestyle was the best I could do and annoyingly the wind seemed to be picking up just as it got dark. Bit weird seeing no beach huts at Hayling but made beach access easier!
Balmy weather for December - had to put the a/c on the way home..

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 08/12/18

West Wittering 08/12/18
Jonathan at West Wittering, high tide by Mike Pringuer
Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres

Fairly gnarly session at West Wittering.
Rigged a 4.2m but probably should have used my 4.7m and/or a bigger board - as it was pretty onshore at times and with a lot of white water.
The waves were the antithesis of "clean" but had an annoying habit of appearing out of nowhere when you were waterstarting, I was glad i had my impact vest on.
Pretty gusty which meant a bit of wobbling on my small board. However in the steep waves i got my best backloop attempts to date. The problem is that when you start to properly rotate them, you then start landing on top of your kit - which is not ideal. Also, because you need a steep ramp you tend to take off in the waves with the result that the next wave in the set lands on you when you inevitably crash.
I noticed even Peter Hart didn't stay out long today..

Hayling Island on 02/12/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

A very rare 2-session weekend.
Unfortunately today didn't live up to either the forecast or yesterday. 5.9m was ok but no waves to speak of ,and with most of the car park closed you had to launch from east of the Inn on the Beach. Maybe I am just getting too fussy...

Hayling Island on 01/12/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Team WhatsApp called for an early start - I reckoned the wind would be around all day but it was a good job I left getting the Xmas decorations out until after I had been down to Hayling!
It was slightly chaotic at Hayling as a load of workmen were trying to move the beach huts and were not too pleased that a load of windsurfers had beaten them down and had blocked their access to the huts - they won't make that mistake again.
I rigged 4.7 and an 85 litre board but then noted the wind had dropped so quickly rerigged my floaty board and 5.3 which was a good shout. Had an hour of lovely sailing - good wind, good waves - both for jumping and riding. Crashed a few backloops (now got a stiff neck) and rode a few waves. Nice to see Kyle out, just off the flight from San Francisco. Really nice session, just a shame it was a little short-lived as after 90 mins the wind dropped away and I went back to the Xmas decorations..

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