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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.


Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Weymouth     1    1           2  4
Poole          2              2
Morocco     3  3        4  1    11
Christchurch 1 1 1  1 2     2        8
Lepe & Calshot     3    4   1 2      1 11
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay1814227  3 27   2 6     2  83
Lanzarote   13  15116328   1  1   33
Isle of Wight    11  1 3              6
Hayling Island 8102611  13 32   11       1  94
The Witterings and Bracklesham     1  4                5
Dahab          7 3 22 1 1 1  118
Pagham     1                   1
Brandon Bay  11  113 9              16
Waterville, Ireland        2     2          4
Isle of Wight        2                2
South Devon (Bigbury)   1 1                1  3

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

Hayling Island on 18/11/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres

Was hoping it would be a little windier or wavier, but it wasn't as windy as hoped and the water was pretty flat. Maybe this, and the late low tide was why there weren't many out when I launched just before 2pm. However by the time I called it a day there were probably 10-15 out.
Not a hugely exciting session but good to get out although I think it was the last time this year I will be using my summer wetsuit - a bit chilly especially towards the end.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 24/10/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Left the family at Butlins and headed to J-Road, a somewhat secretive spot between west and east wittering. It didn't disappoint. Although the wind was light there were some nice clean waves and only 2 of us out for most of the session. It was a little onshore in the SW wind (it is apparently better in a westerly) so mostly backside riding but still very good fun. After saturday's 3.7m shenanigans, 5.9 felt like an 11m!

Hayling Island on 21/10/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres

Normally when I rig my 3.7 I get one planing run and then the wind drops. Beth commented that it looked like the wind was dropping and so I feared the worse as I left the beach.
I needn't have worried. I have never been so overpowered on my 3.7. According to Chimet the wind was gusting to 50-55 knots and average was 40 knots, it certainly felt it. Frustratingly there were some nice waves but I was too out of control on the face to do anything. In fact on the breaking waves the spray off the top was so fierce that visibility was a problem, and it was quite painful on the face!
In summary, Brian 1 Jonathan 0.

Hayling Island on 07/10/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

Not my best ever sail. Don't think I was fully over my man flu and my balance was pretty ropey - gybes unreliable and jumps were resulting in nose first crashes. Not helped by being a little overpowered, it was definitely a bit breezy out the back. Finally found my mojo towards the end but overall a relatively short session. But nice to get back on the water and to see Heather and Bill

Hayling Island on 10/09/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres

A session of 3 parts:
1 - got to hayling a bit too early, egged on by the WhatsApp gang - but tide too high and dumpy, bit of a lottery for those who tried to launch - some took a real hammering. The rest of us sat in the vans out of the rain
2 - launched on my 3.7, definitely a somewhat sketchy launch still a big shoredump and Chimet showing 46 knots however pretty quickly the wind dropped and I was left floating or rather sinking. I saw black clouds approaching so held out expecting another squall but it never arrived
3 - changed to my 4.7 which I should have done far sooner. Immediately I was getting big jumps as the waves tidied up, then treated to a beautiful sunset, the rain even stopped for a while!
Second Sunday in a row that I sailed until dark. And good to sail with Kyle again.

Hayling Island on 03/09/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Only got down to Hayling at 5.15pm on Sunday but fantastic conditions. A long time since I had sailed Hayling in a SE but at mid tide the waves were very clean. Great for jumping on both tacks and backside and occasional front side riding; and this was right in front of the beach rather than off the bar. The only issue was sailing towards the bar it was pretty tricky to see where the water went shallow and a couple of times I came off to find myself in ankle deep water. Good to see Roger and Beth out. I think Andrew got a bit too engrossed in his Suduko! Only about 4 of us out and due to my late arrival I was the last one out by some way. When my bruised ribs made their presence know after a big crash and with the light fading I thought I'd better call it a day and restock on painkillers.

Added by rogerta on 04/09/17

Sorry I had to bail but I was knackered by the end - you must have de-rigged in the dark almost! Great session, best I've ever seen Hayling - SE'ly is definitely the direction when Hayling lights up.

Added by beth on 07/09/17

Was an amazing session

Lanzarote on 24/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Back onto my 'home' set-up. However a combination of wind being a bit too light and my ribs being a bit too sore to pump onto the plane meant I didn't spend much time planing. Hope for more wind tomorrow.

Lanzarote on 23/08/17

Rating:5 star rating
Board:105 litres

Fantastic day in Costa Teguise.
Wind much cleaner than the last few days. My 5.3 was a little marginal early on but by the end of my morning session and throughout the afternoon session it was well powered.
Tried the Fanatic 'stubby; ST Freewave 105 - what a board! Dead short, parallel rails but a turning circle to die for - caught me a out a few times on the gybe. Tacking a little more technical and with most of the volume under the footstraps you had to be careful how you landed big jumps as the board doesn't necessary sink like other similar volume boards - and there were quite a few big jumps today.
The short length definitely enhanced my forward loop attempts and I was consistently rotating. I think previously I was trying to rotate before I had enough height. However all of these shenanigans didn't help my ribs that I bruised yesterday in a silly catapult - think I will be on the painkillers tomorrow!
Joined late on by Tonky Frans, underlining again why this place is so good: you have beginners out in the bay (and a little beyond) and have world renowned sailors on the point only a few metres away.

Lanzarote on 22/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Skate 110 and Volt 5.9 in fact my usual light wind set up. Wind wasn't as much as anticipated but got going albeit it took a bit of pumping and the hydrofoils looked liked they were having the better time of it.

Lanzarote on 20/08/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Solid day in Costa Teguise. Windy but a bit patchy however 5m was a good choice both morning and afternoon.
Morning, well late morning - our flight was somewhat delayed so it had been a late night, was flattish but more swell in the afternoon as lower tide. And some great ramps from time to time. Roll on the rest of the week!

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