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


Hunter S Gouk

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Cornwall2  4         5    1   12
North Devon3            15        18
Poole   1         4    6   11
Christchurch  5     2    1    1   9
Lepe & Calshot1  2    1    5    16   25
Maui11  6                 8
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay  1          2    4   7
Hayling Island2 728    5    36    31   109
El Medano, Tenerife            2  1   1  4
Lake Clearwater, NZ          1           1
The Gower and Pembrokeshire             1        1
Worthing1            1    1   3
Punta San Carlos, Baja California     2      2  21    18
fuerteventura   1   1     3        5
Kimmeridge1            1        2
Pagham  1     1    5    1   8
South Devon (Exmouth)                  1   1
Rhosneigr             1        1
Datchet Reservoir, Windsor                  1   1
Cabo Verde    1 1  3 11 42 4  1 18
Brandon Bay   3         1    1   5
White Strand, Cork, Ireland             1        1
South Devon (Bigbury)1       1    3        5

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

Hayling Island on 15/03/19

Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres

The first time I've used my new van post-conversion! Rocked up around mid tide, lots of wind, 25 gusting 30 kts. It would be fibbing to say it was an enormously enjoyable experience, given my lack of match fitness, but pretty exhilarating stuff. Nobody else much out, various people came and went while I was there. However, the post-sail tea in the comfy space, enjoying the view, was priceless!

Hayling Island on 17/07/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

Arrived in hope of a sea breeze or topup, given the heat and interesting little puffy clouds inland... It paid off, but was fairly hard work compared with the flat water in Calshot on Sunday, because of the higher (or indeed presence of!) swell and high tide. When it dropped a bit, I went off for fish & chips with J, H & B - job done!

Lepe & Calshot on 15/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

An excellent summer sail! Like everyone else, waited for the sea breeze/topup and it arrived... Rigged the 'new' 6.5m sail, which worked really well, planed lots, warm bath water, nice to be out in the sun! A great way to end an excellent weekend, the highlight of which was probably the session in Calshot Velodrome - a new challenge!

Hayling Island on 18/06/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres

A really late one today - arrived about 6.30, left Jen in a pub to watch the footie, off to the beach! Slightly lower tide, and less wind meant very flat water, which was nice for a change. Just beetled about for an hour or so, feeling much better than previous days, and leaving the water long before the crazed kiters waaaay out at sea. Saw the end of the match, had fish and chips on the beach with Jen, came home. Four days out of 5 - that's cool.

Hayling Island on 17/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Another day, more wind, seemed rude not to.
Spent about an hour working on gybes in the swelly chop, as the wind backed onshore. Got slightly munched in the shore break on the way back, largely due to tiredness and brain overload. Should have waited a bit longer for LT, but then would have been home at a stupid time.

I guess it all works out.

Hayling Island on 16/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Late start to match the tide, so came down after 3 hours of Taiji. Harder work than yesterday, but then I was trying a bit harder. Can I keep this up?!

Nice to see Jon, can?t believe he stayed out so long! Good work.

Hayling Island on 14/06/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

First sail in a year, almost to the day. Got to the beach, onshore, grey, nobody out. Went for a walk, tea and a wee - more cross wind, sun coming out. It was just nice to be out, no spectacular anythings, just nice to know everything worked...

Including me.

P.s. new mast worked a treat.

Poole on 25/06/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres

Arrived about 10, thus avoiding the later queues for the chain ferry, and shortly after Andrew et al. Rigged 116l6.5m, and thoroughly enjoyed the sail to Brownsea Island, blatting along in the harbour. Lovely spot. The wind came up a bit, so the 6.5 was looking a bit much. However, I fell off at one point and put my hand through the (admittedly already nicked and taped) bottom panel of the sail. Bad Times. So I decided to rig the 5.5m on account of the higher wind - bad plan. I didn't correctly locate the bottom mast half in the top half, and snapped the dratted ferrule while downhauling. Super Bad Times. Left under a cloud, although it was by this point sunny and clear!

Hayling Island on 23/06/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres

Good forecast, sunny-ish, let's go sailing! Good breeze, pretty cross, rigged the right size kit, lovely to be out, not very busy at all. Very confused chop, with remaining SW swell and W windblown stuff mixing it up, but some tiny wavelets on the rapidly appearing sandbar. That is BIG these days... It got more crowded as the post-work crew showed up. Heather persuaded to join me, but we only really met up back at hers, owing to my wandering around in search of her, and finding Mike H instead! A really nice evening at B&H's, home late. Nice day.

Hayling Island on 26/05/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres

Forecast looked sunny and windy, cross shore at Hayling. Arrived to see people on what looked like ridiculously large kit, 7.5m and so on. Spoke to one chap, 85kg on a 95l board with a 6.5, moaning about not planing. Hmm. Lots of white horses, and cross is always deceptive... so went with the trusty Naish pushmipullyou and 5.5... worked a treat! Spent a very happy hour and a half bashing around, just enjoying the experience and having fun in the sun :). No obvious OMWCers around, probably working, boo.

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