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


Garibaldi & Andrew @ Hillhead (Pic taken by Peter)

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard / sail sizeTotal
Cornwall 11  2
Weymouth 12  3
Poole112 15
Christchurch   1 1
Lepe & Calshot  11 2
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay   1 1

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

Poole on 24/09/16

Rating:2 star rating
Board:107 litres

Well, it could have been windier but was great to get out on the water at last (if only briefly).

Nice & warm & of course, good company.

Bramblebush is still a lovely venue & it nearly delivered !

Poole on 08/06/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:103 litres

Yet another Brilliant Bramblebush session on Saturday.
My vintage kit, Flow (nearly 15 years old) & North 5.0 IDRA sail (20 years old) still managed to do the business, even if I (50+ years) couldn't do the conditions enough justice. Chris M, you should have been there to se me use that sail again !
Shame I could only manage to be out there for a couple of hours.
It was sunny & windy & as beautiful as ever & the 2nd time out in 2 weeks ! (At this rate I will easily beat last year's record).
Must get out more.
Great camping & BBQ on Saturday evening too.

Cornwall on 03/06/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:103 litres

Great afternoon sail at Daymer, not quite as windy as I'd hoped (or rigged for). A lot of blobbing around but I did mange to get going once or even twice. Still great to get out for the first time this year. We all managed to get a good surf at Polzeath later, as well.
Thanks to BeachAddict for the sailing company & the rest of the Dinham crew (minus Andrew) for another great break in Cornwall.

Weymouth on 27/08/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:103 litres

A great sail on saturday afternoon (when the wind got up).
Classic Portland Harbour conditions.

Doris didn't get out unfortunately but the boys had a go on monday afternoon & hopefully have 'got the bug'

Thanks to Nuala's parents for providing the very convenient venue for saturday evening.
Predictably we went to the Turk's Head on sunday & the family from hell + Clare returned on sunday evening. Just a note to mention that the pub changed hands back in january & in the many years that we've been going there, has never been so empty. The food is stil great value though IMHO.

All in all a nice social weekend.
Thanks Nuala & Law for hosting

Poole on 06/08/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:103 litres

Back again to Blummin' Brilliant Bramblebush

Saturday afternnon got a great hours or so with only myself & Carl sailing....great.

In the evening it was a return to Swanage for the now obligatory chish & fips. We camped at a very, very busy Acton fileds & just managed to get a 'pitch' due mostly to Steve Gaskill vacating to the Square & Compass....cheers Steve.

The boys enjoyed the free firework display & once they were asleep, we enjoyed Clare's van 'party'.

Sunday was a repeat of saturday but windier & with more OMWCers out....Superb.

Andrrew, thanks for hosting & sorting out probably the cheapest camping we'd ever experienced in my nearly 20 years of memebership of OMWC.

Poole on 25/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:103 litres

Once again, Blummin' Brilliant Bramblebush

We arrived a midday having diverted to purchase a Mistral board & rig for the boys. (It may be pink but they like it)
It was a bit sunny with mist over the Purbecks & WINDY.

What a great afternoon blasting across to Brownsea Island & even sometimes in control !
It was really nice :
a) To ctually get to the beach at all
B) For both me & Carolyn to get out on the water at the same time.
c) To remind myself that I can still windsurf & waterstart

The campsite was just perfect for 1 night in the van & 'cheap as chips' as Yoli put it. We went with Clare to Swanage for excellent chish & fips but unfortunately missed the bison & roo on the BBQ. Maybe next time.

Sunday was spent relaxing on the shore with a great crowd & cockling for monday's starter...Must do that again when there's no wind.

We stopped off with Clare & Andrew for a bite to eat on the way home & didn't get home until after 11, but it was worth it to miss the traffic on M3.

All-in-all a great weekend. Roll on the SummerBash

Lepe & Calshot on 21/08/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:103 litres

We arrived at e on Saturday at about 11 & suprisingly were some of the first OMWC'ers there.
At that time there was only one person on the water & he kept disappearing ointo the mist...needless to say, I wasn't inspired.
Then Andrew & Jonathan appeared (& so did the IOW for the first time that morning), so I thought that I may as well rig my 5.8.
It was high tide, pretty lumpy & gusty. To say that I was struggling was an understatement but I kept persevering & when the tide dropped a tad & the wind settled, had an almost in-control sail.
Then the wind dropped & I decided to get a bite & a drink. Tim was the only one out at that time & not doing miuch but soon enough he started planing again & I rushed down the beach to join him.
We had an excellent half an hour or so, blasting & in control for once.
The tide dropped away some more & the wind got up & I was once again holding on to the 5.8 for dear life, my trusty v.old 5.0 would have been better.
I tried a couple of jumps(?) but forgot to unhock & catapulted into the mast & board resulting in blood & bruises.
All in all actuallly a good sail for me, although my body still doesn't agree.
I'm really out of practice or maybe getting too old for this game !
We enjoyed the 'social' in the evening with friends & probably made the right choice leaving on Saturday night, even if I had trouble holding it together on the drive home.
Thanks to Clare for organising & Carolyn for putting up with the horrid 'summer' weather in order to let me play.

Added by Carl on 23/08/10

If I'd known you were giving looping demonstrations I'd have come over much earlier.

Poole on 18/07/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:0 litres

We left home early to make the most of the lovely sunday at this beautiful venue & were parked by 9:30.

Like most of the attendees, neither myself or Carolyn could muster the enthusiasm to windsurf in such light winds, we enjoyed the superb weather & great company. We spent the day relaxing in the sun & the boys really enjoyed playing in the water.

Thanks to Chris M for letting them use your canoe & also Juan for allowing both the boys to experience windsurfing for the first time (he even included some very useful tuition).

A lovely summer's day rounded off with chish & fips at Chez Fred in Southbourne.

Christchurch on 05/07/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:103 litres

A lovely sail in gusty conditions, well either on to off actually.
When the breeze did appear it was nice to get into the straps for a comfortable flat water blast.

I did attempt some heli-tacks, but need to gen-up on how to do them, these will take a bit (lot) more work.

It was also nice to bump into Uncle Brian after such a long time.

It was sunny & the water was very warm but most of all, it was really great to be sailing with a couple of good friends, a bit like the old days.

Very enjoyable & a good use of my flexi-day

Weymouth on 01/09/09

Rating:2 star rating
Board:103 litres

Carolyn & others were out in the morning but the wind seemed to be getting stronger.
I had a go, late afternoon & lasted about 1/2 hour.
The wind had indeed got stronger & I couldn't keep the board on the water or hold the sail without getting overpowered.
Another day, maybe

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