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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  14116226   1  1   29
Isle of Wight    11  1 3              6
Hayling Island 882611  10 32   8       1  86
The Witterings and Bracklesham     1  3                4
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 23/07/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

First 20 minutes were excellent and then as the squall came in the wind picked up and visibility dropped (as well as the rain being pretty painful on my face). In the end I sheltered behind a groin whilst the rest of the squall passed. Another decent 10-20 mins afterwards and then the wind dropped and dropped. Finished the session with light wind freestyle. Nice to get out but would have been better if the wind had lasted

Added by johng on 23/07/17

Groin sheltering?? We demand to know whose groin!!

Hayling Island on 25/06/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Windier than yesterday to begin with although dropped off towards the end of the session. Waves didn't seem as well defined but still some decent ramps and it was good to see Heather, Bill and Beth out. Twice out in the weekend - I don't get that very often!

Hayling Island on 24/06/17

Rating:5 star rating
Board:95 litres

What a fantastic session! Arrived just after high tide and was one of the first out. Couldn't believe how quiet it was (presumably due to the early afternoon high tide). As the tide started to back, the waves started to appear. But for a hour me and Beth had them to ourselves. They weren't big but a great angle for jumping.Eventually a few more people arrived, but never busy. As the angle of the waves was so good and I was on the perfect kit, it was a good opportunity to go for some loops. Progress definitely made, although still not quite there - more speed and height required (= more bravery).
Finally packed up in time to get to Winchester and pick Nayra up from a party - so earned brownie points too!

Added by BeachAddict on 26/06/17

We'll have to meet up some time for a "loop off". I seem only capable of making any sort of progress when I have others to spur me on with the bravery bit and its so much more fun than I've had when trying on my own as well.

Added by jonathan on 29/06/17

agreed. No joy this weekend though - jane away so looking after the kids!

Hayling Island on 11/06/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Hayling extremely busy due to the Kitesurfing "Armada" event but I thought I would give it a whirl. Ended up parking closer to the funfair than the Inn on the Beach so it was a bit of a slog to get upwind to the waves, but it was worth it. They weren't exactly huge, but very clean. Only problem was that just about every time I turned onto one, a kitesurfer was there..

Hayling Island on 04/06/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres

Hmm, another session of hit and miss wind. Thought it was going to pick up which it did sporadically and predictably properly filled in just as I left. Couldn't have been that bad though - I was out 4 hours so mustn't grumble..

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 27/05/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres

Another fickle day at Hillhead. I was advised to rig 4.7 but as I felt it was dropping I took the 5.3 but should have paired it with my freestyle board. I managed to stay planing most of the time but it took a bit of pumping and was always a little marginal.

Hayling Island on 20/05/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Got to Hayling and was surprised to see no-one out other than kitesurfers but plenty of windsurfers rigging. Reluctantly rigged my 5.9 thinking I was going to be blobbing but actually I timed it to perfection. The wind was up and down all day but on balance 5.9 was a good choice. The wind was more southerly than anticipated which is why I think it had holes, so it meant we were sailing almost parallel to the beach. Nice and flat to begin with but as the tide came in it got progressively choppy. In the end I had quite a long day on the water, which I am feeling today. Nice to see Heather and Bill and also John and Claire from a distance (that's nice to see them out on the water, not 'nice to keep them at a distance';)...

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay on 13/05/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Hmm not as windy as expected / hoped. I got slightly confused when I saw someone who was obviously a fairly good sailor rigging a 4.5, explaining he was just getting used to his board. However when I saw the hydrofoil attached to his board the fog of confusion lifted.
The wind never really materialised and it was hard work to get planing, but at least the sun was shining...

Hayling Island on 30/04/17

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres

Excellent sail. A rare 'early' start for me to get the best tide - at Hayling by 9am although Andrew had beaten me to it. I was reminded I hadn't sailed for some time when I put my wetsuit on back-to-front - damn those zipperless wetsuits!
Great jumping ramps in the port-tack easterly wind. I hung onto my 5.3m longer than I should have done, especially as I had forgotten that my 4.7m was un-christened. Cue a lot of chasing of wrapper down the beach when I took it out of the bag. However the 4.7 was much more controllable than the 5.3 and I had another good hour or so on that before the dropping wind, rising tide, and falling energy levels ended the session.

Hayling Island on 05/03/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres

Rather mixed session.
Arrived to witness the back end of a squall, including boats apparently out searching for a kitesurfer.
During the course of rigging the wind steadily dropped, rigged 5.9 first on freewave board then freestyle board then the rain came in and I sat in the van still not having got wet (well, not having got on the water anyway).
Finally the wind came in and it looked sailable but in the time it got me to get to the water the next squall came through and I got flattened on my 5.9m (and someone else's as his kit flew into mine).
Retreated to decide on my next move but before I rigged something more appropriate (4.2) the wind dropped again. So launched and had an uneasy 20 min as the wind was really unstable, I had a horrible feeling it could suddenly blow 50 knots offshore - no doubt what had caused the issue with the kitesurfer earlier. It then stabilised and by now there were only a handful of us stupid enough/with the tenacity to be giving it a go, and we were rewarded with sunshine and open water. Then the next squall blew in and 5.9m again became too much. Faffed about, wind dropped, 5.9m fine, then wind dropped some more and with the tide pushing in I became a little worried the wind with drop to nothing so decided to call it a day.
Certainly a challenging session..

Added by jonathan on 06/03/17

Sadly it is now on the news that the kitesurfer referred to in my diary entry died in hospital. My sincere condolences to his family.

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