|Venues||Board / sail size||Total|
|Lepe & Calshot||1||1|
|Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay||1||1|
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Ok session at Hayling on Saturday. Some more consistency in the wind
would have made it a good one (and of course the sun). Finally managed to try
my new 95ltr board in the right conditions.
First part in the morning with the 5.4m was good, until I really started to
get overpowered. Changed to 4.7m but it was downhill from there - planning
only at the beginning, the rest was a struggle to stay upwind.
It was good to catch up with some of the crowd
Once again I came to the event but somehow failed to find everybody else. Too many blue vans, I guess.
Anyway, went out around 12 and had fun for some time with my smallest sail (5.4) and only board (113), until I felt totally overpowered and went back to the beach. My next attempt to go out was humbling, with the waves dumping me back to shore with the kit on top of me. Luckily managed to get back to London with entire kit and not too much bruises.
When the alarm went off in London at 6am on Saturday I had the feeling I was perhaps timing my departure for Hillhead a bit too early. When I arrived to Andy Biggs at 8:30 to get my new harness lines half an hour before opening I though that was clear evidence. But I didn't want to miss out on any wind action.
Anyway, we know how it went. Long wait for the wind. Even the excitement at some point in the morning of seeing Adrian rig up to go out didn't last very long as I realized he was putting on a 9 metres!!
The day was very enjoyable nonetheless - under Duncan supervision I even managed to do a few duck jibes...on the beach off course.
And when the wind came, it was really good. Went out with a 6.5 and lasted perhaps 30 min before coming back to rig down to my 5.4 Just perfect for the wind. Only problem was my board, which at 113 ltrs is really too big for these conditions.
Had to go back to London for the evening and missed the BBQ and videos, but would like to thank the hosts for their kind invitation.
I was back on Sunday morning and thought I would try the flat waters of Calshot lagoon where Duncan was sailing also. I ended up sailing on the Calshot wavy side anyway, as that was too tempting. Wind was weaker than Saturday at Hillhead but it was good enough for my 6.5 and had a few good runs, mostly up wind close to Lepe where the wind seemed a bit stronger.
Off to Cabarete for two weeks, hope to see you all back on the weekend Aug 23rd
My first event with OMWC. Arrived around 11ish and already many prople around. I was very impressed by the warm welcome by everybody. Even got help from John in rigging my new 5.4 (help much needed in fact).
First round of sailing saw me swimming more than sailing as I fought big chop - not really used to it. Went allright afterwards, some more consistency in the wind would have made it perfect.
Overall good day of windsurfing and really great to have met so many people.