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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.


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Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
El Medano, Tenerife            2  1   1  4
Cornwall2  4         5    1   12
North Devon3            15        18
fuerteventura   1   1     3        5
Poole   1         4    6   11
Christchurch  5     2    1    1   9
Lepe & Calshot1  2    1    5    15   24
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay  1          2    4   7
Hayling Island2 727    5    33    29   103
Lake Clearwater, NZ          1           1
Worthing1            1    1   3
Kimmeridge1            1        2
Cabo Verde    1 1  3 11 42 4  1 18
Punta San Carlos, Baja California     2      2  21    18
South Devon (Exmouth)                  1   1
Datchet Reservoir, Windsor                  1   1
Maui11  6                 8
Pagham  1     1    5    1   8
White Strand, Cork, Ireland             1        1
Rhosneigr             1        1
Brandon Bay   3         1    1   5
The Gower and Pembrokeshire             1        1
South Devon (Bigbury)1       1    3        5

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

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.

Hayling Island on 20/05/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

That was nice! Only the second sail this year, but a much better intro than the last. Good to see lots of OMWCers on the water, and to provide a handy storage facility for Clare's glasses. I just need to do this a lot more.

Hayling Island on 30/04/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:80 litres

A dawn (well, fairly early!) raid on Hayling to catch low tide and a strong ENE, the first reasonably sailable wind for a while. I missed Andrew until I was packing up, but then, he was in his van... Quite hard going for the first sail of the year, fortunately I picked the right sail and board, others were going much too big on the basis of the sheltered beach! Had a reasonable splash about, trying to remember how it all worked, until I fell in and bent my arm backwards against the elbow joint, which smarted a bit. I've since found it's possibly broken, but hey... Otherwise, great to be out, lots of others had the same idea, and I'll definitely be down early again!

Hayling Island on 29/09/16

Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres

Got down to the beach to find the wind had dropped considerably whilst I was in transit (or more strictly speaking, in Transporter). Rigged the 116l and 6.5m, pottered out, eventually heading up wind (WSW!!) to the shallowing sandbank to try some waves. Very tricky water starting, had to uphill sometimes, so came inshore and experimented with some heli-tacks. I really must find out how to do them... Anyway, wind came up, so zoomed about on the very flat water before quitting to come home, via Heather and Bill's - glad to have been of service, guys!!

In sum, a pleasant couple of hours, sunny, beach, what's not to like?

Added by Andrew on 30/09/16

This one made sense to me https://vimeo.com/22483763

Still can't do em though

Hayling Island on 07/08/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres

Sunny, windy - the beach magnet pulls...
Met with Andrew and my new mate Jack from Reading, rigged 80l/5.5m because it seemed rude not to. HT so flat and kinda bumpy, raced around for a bit. The wind went away slightly, so had a break and went out again on the 116l, which was brilliant. Trying to sail more upright and "olly" off little waves, which I've not really been very good at before, with reasonable success. Also met with Jonathan and Yannis - nice to see you guys, sorry I haven't been around enough! Finished off with a cuppa at H&B's and a good chat about bike rides, Witchcraft and Fuerte spots. Lovely day.

fuerteventura on 22/07/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:80 litres

Back at Punta Blanca, much more wind and bigger swell today. Changed down to a 80l Shaman, apparently an onshore jumping board, and this it proved to be! It's handy that Witchcraft HDD construction boards are essentially indestructible, given the rocky beach etc. The sail was a bit big and on the wrong mast really, but hey - I was out, rode around, had a good time at least some of the time ;). Had to stop a couple of times to let my brain catch up! Glad we went there.

fuerteventura on 21/07/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres

Yet another venue, this much more interesting - Punta Blanca! On the north coast, waves and a break. Different board too, rented 90l Chakra from Witchcraft because my JP was in the repair shop, so quite challenging experience. Good though, I really need to get back into working at this sport ;) !

fuerteventura on 19/07/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres

Different spot today, Glass Beach aka Burro Beach. Interesting moment when the cross-off wind was a bit light, but made it back ok. Then it picked up and a good time had by all. Dropped again but I'd cunningly come in by then :). Kinda wavey :)

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