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Andrew pondering life.
Andrew pondering life, from the top of Las Dunas, in Tarifa.

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Cornwall  218  5 16
Weymouth   12  7 10
North Devon   13  3 7
Poole 1 212  24 39
Christchurch  51217  18 52
Lepe & Calshot1  46 113 25
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay  248  6 20
Porto Pollo, Sardinia    5  319
Hayling Island 3615271 28 80
Worthing  135  6 15
The Gower and Pembrokeshire    1    1
Shoreham  1 1  2 4
Pagham       2 2
Rhosneigr  12     3
Datchet Reservoir, Windsor       1 1

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

Lepe & Calshot on 23/07/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres

An enjoyable sail in the pond at Calshot.

Went for yet more kit demo-ing at Solent Sailboards. Tried out my new(ish) 6.5 sail on a different mast, compared it to an old 7m sail. Hmmmm, dither, dither, dither.

Wind was a bit gusty and not really enough, planing some of the time. Went for run a couple of runs on the sea, better wind but too off-shore for my liking.

A pleasant sail, until the rain came down...

Added by Heather on 24/07/17

Make a decision Andrew!! You know you want to?!

Hayling Island on 21/07/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres

Wavey fun at Hayling.

SE wind, so excellent fun playing in the small waves on the sandbar. A good sail until I ran out of energy.

Lepe & Calshot on 15/07/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

A small sail and big board - strange combination but it worked well in the very gusty conditions. Great fun sailing with all the usual crew.

Also had a very brief sail on Friday evening, only a few runs across the pond - not enough to get planing but still pleasant. Then Sunday I eneded up going over to mmy favourite shop and demo-ing various combinations of sail/mast, well worth it, but not much time-on-the-water.

Hayling Island on 07/07/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

A very pleasant afternoon at Hayling. Just caught the 45 minutes of sea breeze. Very light wind but just enough for me

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 02/07/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

An excellent sail at Meon Shore.

Some of the Christchurch crew decided to venture out of Dorset, in the strong belief that Hillhead would get an afternonn sea breeze. I didn't believe it myself, but decided it was a good excuse to go down to the beach. Rigged up big kit around 3pm and had a brilliant time. Wind was building and building, came in when I got too overpowered.

Really nice to sail in the Solent again, I'd forgotten how good it could be in summer sea-breeze.

Poole on 25/06/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres

An intersting day at Bramblebush, started on big kit, and that was fine in the morning, although the wind was a bit up and down. Then out again after lunch to find it had picked up alot! After much faffing, went out on my 100 l board and 5.3 - ok, but even felt a bit overpowered on that. All in all it was a good sail, but not as pleasant as the previous 2 days.

Poole on 24/06/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:130 litres

A lovely sail in Poole. Big kit as usual, but that was just right, just gently cruisin across to Brownsea Island.

Christchurch on 23/06/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:101 litres

An excellent starter for the weekend - a friday sail in Christchurch harbour with the usual suspects. The 5.3 seemed a bit light when we started but the wind filled in nicely. Only stopped because I ran out of water.

Christchurch on 11/06/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:101 litres

Perfect afternoon in Christchurch Harbour.

My FreeStyleWave and 5.8 were just right, wind picked up a notch just as I went out. A perfect harbour sail.

Actually, Avon beach looked truly spectacular, head-high waves and very clean, but I decided it looked a bit too challenging in the light winds, so I scuttled off to the harbour.

Porto Pollo, Sardinia on 30/05/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:130 litres

Excllent day at Porto Pollo.

Light winds (by Sardinia standards) but ample for my big board and new 6.5. Very nice day

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