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

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Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
099125135148160180
Poole114 11 118
Christchurch    5  5
Lepe & Calshot 11 2  4
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay    1  1
Hayling Island    1  1
Dahab   1 4 5
Total1251204134

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

Poole on 09/07/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:6.7

Another great session at Hamworthy. Wind was blowing steady Force 4/5, the sun was out and the water was not too busy. I'm currently struggling to tack consistently with the new board and the chop was making waterstarting tricky. Fortunately managed to find a sandbar which I could stand on to beachstart, which made things a lot less knackering. Was out nearly 4 hours with only a short stop for lunch and to check the cricket scores. Great day, not even the dog turd I stepped in whilst I was rigging up could dampen my spirits! New Dakine footstraps worked well, much easier to get in and out of than the original Tabou ones.

Poole on 25/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:4.7

Had to help out at my niece's birthday party in the afternoon, so headed down to Bramblebush pretty early and arrived about 11am. Did not look very windy on the drive down, but it was really honking at the coast - I clocked 24 knots on the ferry over! Decided to try my 4.7 because I've had it a while now and never really got chance to use it - perhaps not the most logical reason for sail selection. The sail was a bit twitchy on the relatively large board (to be expected really), but worked pretty well. Only problem with it was Neil Pryde's "Luffglide" system which jammed the mast in the sail for 5 minutes and then finally "glided" the mast into my finger - I seem to lose more blood to Neil Pryde kit than I do the NHS blood donation service!

Had an excellent sail for two hours and was gutted to have to leave early. Was great to see so many OMWCers as this was only my second club event this year. Had an eventful drive to the party, stopped off to buy some new footstraps and was nearly late to the party after an ambulance turned up at the ferry and they had to go back to other side to drop it off without letting us off.

Poole on 18/06/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.5

Thank goodness for that! After a lot of disappointing outings I finally had my first decent session of the year. In a desperate attempt to remember why I do this sport, I headed to Hamworthy and arrived about 2pm. At first I was completely overpowered (most people were out on 5.0s and I only brought my 5.5), and being quite out of practice, I soon gave up and headed back to the van to wait for the wind to drop. After an hour of reading my book (Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams - great book by the way) I notice the van was not being buffeting quite as much and headed out again. Despite an obscenely strong tidal current I had a good sail, but after nearly getting washed around the corner to the ferry terminal I decided to wait for the tide to finish going out. When it had, it left a 500m stretch of waist deep water - awesome! Was out playing for over 2 hours trying my gybes, knowing that crashing didn't matter because I could jump straight back on the board! Great fun, I'll definitely be heading back to Hamworthy on a low tide soon for more of the same!

Poole on 05/06/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:180 litres
Sail:3.5

My sister was keen to try windsurfing, so I took her for her first windsurfing lesson. Unfortunately there was very little wind, but we decided to go out anyway and so hired some beginner's kit from the Watersports Academy. She did really well and we managed to cover uphauling, steering, tacks and gybes, all in just over a hour - although if the shop asks, it was under a hour! Having lightwinds and a giant board allowed her to try stuff out without having to worry about falling in all the time which definitely helped her progress. I stole the board afterwards for a few minutes for a bit of showing off, sorry, I mean demonstration of some lightwind freestyle! I must have done something right, because she's keen to go again.

Lepe & Calshot on 02/05/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.5

Calshot lagoon was a sea of carnage when I arrived at 11am The gusty wind was making sailing hard work for everyone. My anemometer read Force 3/4 gusting 6! How do you rig for that? I went with a 6.3, but quickly realised the wind was much stronger once you got away from the shore. Headed back and rigged a 5.5 after seeing what other people were using. The gusty winds, seaweed and random lumps of mud all detracted from what I was hoping would be a good sail. The wind was slightly better away from the buildings, but it seemed that whenever I got going I hit a shallow patch of mud or got weeds round my fin. Finished about 1.30pm. Would have given this session a 1-star had I not seen a guy with a broken boom return after swimming back to the shore from the other side - now that's a 1-star day!

Poole on 01/05/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:6.7

Got down to Hamworthy about 3pm. Probably arrived a little late to catch the best of the wind - there were about 30 windsurfers de-rigging when I arrived. Wind was still Force 4 gusting 5 so headed out and had the whole harbour to myself. It was very pleasant sailing in the sun. Wind continued to drop and became pretty marginal. However I had two things in my favour - the tide was flowing against the wind and my awesome new Tabou Rocket which is very quick on to the plane. Couple of good hours sailing, before the tide turned and I started to get swept down wind. New boom was great too, it's much lighter so using my 6.7 is much less of a chore.

Christchurch on 09/04/11

Rating:1 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:8.8

Turned up at 11am to a windless, waterless Mudeford Quay to meet Paul (are newest member). We decided to head round to Avon Beach where there was a little more wind. The wind had been forecast to build throughout the day so I leisurely rigged my new 8.8 sail and fitted the old monster 50cm fin to my board. Paul had already been out for some time nailing his lightwind freestyle by the time I put in. Had a few fast runs, but couldn't quite get planing. Frustrated, I headed back in for lunch in the hope of the illusive Avon Beach sea breeze coming to my rescue in the afternoon. Carl came down whilst I was making my lunch - apparently Hurst Castle weather station was reading 17 knots! After giving Carl a guided tour of the new van, I headed out for another sail, but by this time there was literally no wind.

Despite being a very frustrating day, it was not completely wasted. I got practice rigging and using my new 8.8 sail, which despite not getting me planing I'm still very pleased with.

Lepe & Calshot on 06/02/11

Rating:1 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:4.7

Headed down to the relative safety of the lagoon at Calshot to give my Starboard Carve 99 a go. Unfortunately I grossly overestimated the wind and the 4.7 was barely enough to keep me afloat let alone planing. After a couple of very cold swims back to shore I gave up and spent the rest of the afternoon scouring eBay in search of a new board - 99L is a bit out of my league at the moment so on the look out for something around the 120 mark. The Tabou Rocket 115 looks a good bet.

Christchurch on 08/01/11

Rating:2 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:6.7

The forecast looked good and I was desperate for some windsurfing, so decided to ignore the fact it was freezing outside and head down to Christchurch Harbour. Wind looked promising when I arrived and there were some impressive waves off Avon Beach, but by the time I'd rigged up the wind had begun to drop. Got going on the gusts, but it was just too cold to be bobbing around waiting for the wind. After just over a hour I was well and truly frozen (even with a winter wetsuit, booties, thick gloves and a hood) so headed in. Annoyingly the wind picked up again and the sun came out as I was leaving, but I was too cold to think about getting back in. Think I'll leave it another few months too warm up before I try sailing again. Winter windsurfing holiday anyone?

Hayling Island on 30/10/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:148 litres
Sail:6.7

Was keen to check out Hayling for the first time, so got down the beach bright and early at 10.30am. When I arrived there wasn't much wind, so I chatted to a few guys on the beach to get some beta, until the wind began to build. Got a text from John saying everyone would be in the other car park, so I drove round to the other side to rig up.

The wind was very deceptive on the shore, it felt very strong in the car park, but people seemed to be rigging big so I followed suit. Had a good blast for an hour. Tried chop hopping for the first time, resulting in some spectacular crashes. About 1pm the rain came in, so I decided that was a good time for lunch. The sun returned in the afternoon and the wind remained fairly strong so I headed out again.

Throughout the day the swell seemed to pick up quite considerably which made tacking and gybing very tricky. Although I found the waves pretty challenging, it was great fun riding down and along them.

Sadly my sailing for the day came to an end when I sailed in for a rest and ended up between two closely spaced groynes. With the onshore winds I was unable to get back out past the waves - unbelievably frustrating! After a little sulk I packed up and headed home about 4pm.

Added by johng on 01/11/10

Well, sounds like the Hayling I was at... Where were you?! I was even on the beach at 1, because of the rain and subsequent lull! Those groynes are a bit of a problem aren't they, when you need to almost go parallel to the beach...

Added by tc on 02/11/10

I think the groynes were punishing me for being a wimp and having a rest! I did have a look for you and I think I saw your van, although there were a few white VWs in the car park. Nevermind, at least we both got a good sail in! My weekend's this month are looking fairly quiet so will hopefully be sailing quite a bit, wind allowing.

 
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