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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

rogerta

Lets hava par't'eeeeee
16/07/11

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The Witterings and Bracklesham on 28/07/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.5

OMG whats going on - its still July, warm, windy, wavey. Awesome. Back to standard Brackers conditions, starboard tack, x-shore - lots of very happy faces (surfers and windsurfers) after 3 classic days on the trot. There is a new smart cafe now at Brackers with a great view of the bay and the best carrot cake I've had.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 27/07/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:4.7

Back to my favoured starboard tack with the quad today - waves were better spaced today and more organised - great fun

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 26/07/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

OMG - three back to back days out on the water - incredible. Sunday and the Americas Cup was cancelled and you could understand why. Brackers was mental and a very very rare port tack day- Chimet peaking 40kts - yes thats the top of a force 8 - in July!!!! Definitely a helmet day.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 14/12/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:5.5

Really good fun session in onshore conditions down at Brackers. Some nice peaky waves to get some long floaty jumps off - great fun. Felt more comfortable with the quad now I've learnt my lesson - ie don't try and carve them like a single in 50 knots otherwise they'll whip round so quickly you'll be on your arse before you know it and possibly get a dent in your head into the bargain. Its a bit like the difference between the old slalom ski's and the carvers when they came out. I remember having the same experience trying to drive through the turn like I was on my old slalom ski's only to find the carvers turned a lot quicker and easier and I found myself carrying straight on whilst the ski's did as I asked and made a sharp right turn. Same result - ended up on my arse. Although on that occasion I didn't need stitches.

Christchurch on 02/11/13

Damage
01/11/13
Avon 1, me 0
Rating:1 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:4.0

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!

Christchurch on 27/10/13

Avon
27/10/13
Rating:2 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:4.0

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.

Christchurch on 26/10/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:83 litres
Sail:5.5

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

Conclusion
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
Juanito
Down Under

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

Hayling Island on 03/08/13

Sunny Hayling afternoon
03/08/13
Rating:3 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:7.6

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.

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 03/08/13

Classic Bracklesham
03/08/13
Sunny, cross-on, small waves - classic Brackers
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:6.3

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.

Hayling Island on 28/07/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:7.6

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.

 
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