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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
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.

BeachAddict

Avon BEach
18/11/15
Avon Beach, 4.2 Day

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard / sail sizeTotal
85
3.7
85
4.2
85
4.7
85
5.4
98
4.7
98
5.4
98
6.2
100
5.3
Cornwall   1  2 3
Poole1 2  23 8
Christchurch31110351628278
Lepe & Calshot     11 2
Hayling Island  1     1
Total41113451934292

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

Christchurch on 07/07/17

Rating:5 star rating
Board:100 litres
Sail:5.3

Vulcan log update...... after my first success back in May I had been unable to repeat another successful one for well over 10 sessions. :(( To be honest I was starting to think that original moment of success might actually have just been a fluke and I started to wonder if I would ever complete one again. Then finally after some wait I managed to sail away from my second ever one. Then a few more fruitless sessions until yesterday. It was a bit marginal, had to pump the 5.3m to get planning, but on my first run in I executed a really clean Vulcan, cheered on by a mate who was right next to me I then sailed back for another go and hey presto, success again. So to recap, it took about 6 years of crashing to do Vulcan no. 1, another month for no.2 and a month later 3 and 4 came back to back. I would have loved to continue but the wind died.

Anyway, on to the moral of the story. Whatever you are trying, whether its first time in the footstraps, carve gybing or even push forwards:- Study the videos, share tips and encouragement sailing with your mates but most of all keep practicing because you never know when success is just around the corner. As for me, I'm now doing light wind exercises for the Spock and Flaka. Just need to grow slightly bigger cojones as well so I can try them properly in the next bit of decent wind.

Christchurch on 20/05/17

Rating:5 star rating
Board:100 litres
Sail:5.3

Forecast for the afternoon was shaping up to be really good, unfortunately we were due to be busy all afternoon. Went down for a quick hour before the wind came up in the morning. No-one out when I got there, not much wind, but I rigged up anyway. Once on the water it had increased to be just enough to get going on the 5.3m. The sun went, it rained a bit, there were hardly any waves, just flat with a bit of chop, should have been a crap session apart from one small thing. After a good few years of crashes and frustration I finally sailed away from my first ever Vulcan. Had to go just after, so now hoping the next one won't take me quite so long!

Added by jonathan on 21/05/17

well done, quite a milestone! Out of interest what size fin are you using?

Added by BeachAddict on 21/05/17

I'm using the stock 21cm fin from my 100l Skate. I've tried smaller but I think its still a bit advanced for my level.

Christchurch on 30/12/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:3.7

Last sail of the year and unfortunately I messed up a bit by not being ready until too late to catch the best storm Frank had to offer. By the time I surfaced, the tide was right up the beach and the sea a confused lumpy mess with a very onshore wind. I had thought about Poole but left it too late so ended up in the harbour. It was really gusty, 3.7m was too much then not enough and right when I was over the other side and just about getting the hang of sheeting in through some massive gusts I snapped my harness lines and had to sail all the way back to borrow some more. Not the best way to end the years sailing, but serves me right for "celebrating a good forecast" the night before. I feel a new year's resolution coming on.......

Christchurch on 21/12/15

Overpowered at Avon
21/12/15
The half table top, unfortunately being able to do two of these doesn't make for a whole one!
Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.2

Quick morning session off the beach on 4.2m. Could really have done with 3.7m but I'd made the wrong call and didn't have ages (or couldn't be arsed) to mess about changing. Small waves but some good rides and jumps to be had when the wind wasn't ballistic.

Christchurch on 19/12/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:5.4

Arrived a little late in the morning and hung over to the beach but that was soon cured once I got out through the waves. It was warm, really warm, too hot in a winter suit. The wind was a little onshore but somehow still fine for someone even of my ability to turn easily down the line and pick up some great rides. It was another great day for jumps on the way out too. Eventually the tide came right up the beach and by then the bars were quite deep, now the waves didn't seem quite so good, so I decided to pack up. As I drove out I realised it was still blowing and popped round to the pond for a look and ended up re-rigging the same sail along with a bigger freestyle board to go out for an hour and half's Vulcan practice on the flat water. It was only when I was packing up in the dark and by then feeling a little faint that I remembered I had forgotten to bring any lunch and hadn't eaten all day.

Christchurch on 12/12/15

Busy Day at Avon
12/12/15
Busy Day at Avon
Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.2

Really good 4.2m session at Avon. Nice waves and well powered wind, sailed all morning and even continued when the tide dropped. It did become a bit busy around lunch time (some of the Hayling crew had turned up as apparently it was no good there due to the tides) so it was necessary to let a good few waves go so that people could get out or because someone dropped in just as you were about to commit to a bottom turn, but it was never a problem, just great to see so many people out enjoying a warm and windy December.

Christchurch on 10/12/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

A good couple of hours early morning Avon session despite the wind being a bit up and down. It even got a bit too much later on and I changed down to a 4.2m, unfortunately that only lasted a few runs before it dropped to 5.8m weather so after a wobble back in I decided to pack up.

Christchurch on 03/12/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

Fantastic Avon session in constant cross on winds with some really clean waves. Despite it being a little onshore it was still easy to go down the line and on the way out you could bear away on the flat water in front of the wave to get massive speed before cutting up into the steepest part of a breaking wave and pointing towards the clouds. The jumps were so upwind and vertical that I started trying table tops, hardly anyone seems to do these anymore, perhaps its because we're all sailing these bigger wider wave boards nowadays, they do seem to hurt a bit after a flat landing from any height. A lot of my attempts were more like sideways donkey kicks but just near the end I hit one massive ramp at the perfect angle with plenty of speed and managed to get both ankles above my head, so I'm definitely claiming that one. Now if only I could summon up the courage to try a one handed table top that would be really worth writing about.

Christchurch on 02/12/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres
Sail:5.4

After all the recent storms (quite a bit of which I missed) today was a pretty mellow 5.4m day with some nice small sets rolling through and surprisingly warm too for December.

Christchurch on 28/11/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:85 litres
Sail:4.7

A morning session at Avon, best described as extremely variable. Changing between gusty over/under powered and then constant, the direction changing between very offshore and almost cross shore with also sometimes good waves, then nothing for a bit. It was a bit like 10 different days all rolled into one, good when it worked out though.

 
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