|Lepe & Calshot||3||1||4|
|Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay||2||3||4||9|
|The Witterings and Bracklesham||14||1||14||29|
|The Gower and Pembrokeshire||1||2||3|
|La Maison Clemenceau, France||3||3|
|South Devon (Bigbury)||3||3|
|La Torche, France||3||1||4|
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Was really looking forward to getting a good sail today. Went down to Branksome Dene Chine but it was flat and pretty uninspiring so headed back east to Avon. By the time I had got there it was already picking up so rigged a 4.0 which was a real handful. The swell was pretty non-existent but what swell there was had a really nasty chop on top of it. Anyway to cut a long story short ended up in hospital having stitches to a gash near my eye. No idea what happened, I was riding a small wave and probably got tripped by the chop and slammed by the wind. The guys on the beach said it was a particularly good wipe out which helped enormously!! Realised I'd done some damage when I saw blood all over my sail!
No messing about today, straight out on the quad. It was windy windy windy. Felt more like a fight than a sail. Some of the gusts coming through were wiping out the entire contingent who were out. Swell built during the day and by the time I packed up there were some really nice swell lines appearing stretching down towards Highcliffe.
Great day down at Avon. Took my RRD Quad out for its first run and had my RRD single along for some compare and contrast. The single is 80 and the quad is 83.
Things I like about Quads
1. Ability to stay connected with the wave and carve really tight turns without losing speed - singles tend to outrun the wave
2. Incredible upwind ability when you play about with the fin configuration
3. Doesn't get banged about by chop as its much more bedded into the water - singles sit higher and therefore get slapped much more by the chop
Things I don't like about Quads
1. Planted feel when blasting - single fins are soooo much better (and exciting) when sailing out through the break, more lively and you can get air far easier
2. Miss that feeling of driving off the fin - you cannot sail a quad like a single or you'll end up going backwards
3. The fact you have to faff about with FOUR fins when you want to change the setup - you do need to change the fin setup to get the best out of the board in any given set of conditions
Maybe I'm just too old skool but there is a lot of hype about multi fins which I'm not convinced is warranted. Singles definitely have a lot of advantages. If you lived in Cornwall, or go on expeditions every time there is a hint of swell, fine, quads would make sense. If you sail bump and jump mainly, there is a lot to be said for singles. That said, I'm keeping both!
Added by Genevieve on 28/10/13
Hi dude nothing compared to wave like down under see seabreeze SA look like a bit of wind the next few days talk to soon
Added by rogerta on 28/10/13
Hey dude, good to hear from you. Hope you are all well. Where are your photo's?
Added by Genevieve on 28/10/13
Send you soon no computer at home yet will try and get Gen to put some on.all ok here miss you all
Added by rogerta on 28/10/13
The south coast may not have got the full impact of the swell but check these piccies out of elsewhere in western Europe magicseaweed.com/news/The-Big-Numbers-from-the-Eur
Since the tide was heading out, decided to pack up and head to Hayling for low tide. Played around the bouys that the racers we using and then getting bored of that, headed up the the end of the sand bar and found a tiny patch of sand with water all around and just chilled for a while before heading back downwind to the beach - a great day rounded off with beers on the beach and shooting the breeze.
Steve, Yannis has sussed the benefits of seat harness as well:
"Alas, there was trouble ahead. I rigged my long boom with the long lines, but forgot to use my seat harness and went for my waist one. Surely, after a while my lower back started to feel twisted like a Twister (the ice lolly). I swapped harnesses and finally, the rest of the afternoon was as good as it could get. "
I thought it was me just getting old, but glad some one else is suffering sailing big sails with a waist harness.
Started the day off at Bracklesham. It was a beautiful sunny and windy day. Classic Bracklesham conditions. Small waves, lots of white water and plenty of small faces to hit - thats waves, not kids! Plenty of surfers out enjoying the high tide beach break just in front of the car park which always throws up a wave even in summer.
Directly onshore so headed along to West Wittering for a bit of exploring. Major rip on the eastern end of Hayling meant I lost the wind and landed at western end of Witts. Coming back out was slightly more tricky as I struggled to make enough headway upwind so ended up landing right in front of HHSC. Had to walk around to the point - the rip just off HHSC was immense. Launched out between the HUGE boulders which are currently being dumped and headed back to Hayling beachfront to find everyone had packed up and gone home - it was sunny and F5 - what more do you need. Back to OMWC club house for a nice bottle of red and pizza's in the sun - what a great afternoon.
Last time I was out on this kit was 2010 - wow. Had a great sail - low water at Hayling - sailing in beach shorts and a vest (rash vest, not the string type!). With the beach now opened up and the weather it didn't feel like the UK at all. Had an hour of blissful fully powered up blasting. Some pretty strong gusts coming off the land making it interesting before I finally got my sail rigged properly. But once properly set up it was great. Even held off some of the formula boys who were out - great fun. Back to the club house for beers - chez Steve and Leuda. Great day.
My favourite south coast venue - just a beautiful spot. Made even better this weekend by being practically devoid of grockles - one of the advantages of a crap summer - puts the grockles off.
A bit manic for the first day in 12 months but fantastic sailing. Gybing conditions on the inside were to say the least challenging. Great weekend with the sailing, couple of pints in the Square and Compass, barbie and fire at the campsite. Thanks to everyone for making it such a cool weekend especially with the group childcare - and thanks to Leuda for slaving over a hot stove whilst we were out sailing making Nick and my birthday cake!!!
Nice sunny windy afternoon. Loads of the club out enjoying the conditions. Wind really filled in and was well powered up - getting a handful in the gusts. Typical short hayling chop slapping the board all over the place. Great blast out with the dude himself - Juanito - good fun.
After some serious faffing involving 3 trips to Halfords, finally sorted the roof rack bars out. By the that time it was nearly high tide so options were limited. So went local to Hillhead. Nothing special, just blasting about avoiding the tea baggers. Got a bit tedious after a while what with the solent chop so called it a day.