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by PK1111
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water proof radio or phone for safety
Replies: 16
Views: 205

Re: Water proof radio or phone for safety

It depends how far offshore you plan on going. If you could not realistically get back to shore under your own power, then a PLB is a great tool. Personally, swimming is my thing and a 1 or even 2km swim back in, even without a board, doesn’t worry me. So most standard sailing, it just isn’t an issu...
by PK1111
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Race sail vs freeride
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Race sail vs freeride

I can only comment on changing from an 8m twin cam free ride to a triple cam race 7.8. The free ride sail had a narrower luff tube and you had to thread the mast up inside the cams and roll them down the mast. Quite hard work, but at least a linear process, unlike the race sail which needs several s...
by PK1111
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Plastic in the ocean.
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Plastic in the ocean.

I think this is where the EU can really help drive some cross border agreement and cooperation. Let’s ban single use plastics in 10 years time with an increasing taxation to drive and fund alternatives. Governments can encourage alternatives and incentivise better recycling schemes. That provides am...
by PK1111
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water proof radio or phone for safety
Replies: 16
Views: 205

Re: Water proof radio or phone for safety

If you’re that worried, or undertaking a significant journey then you can invest in a personal locator beacon. They are now quite small, very rugged, highly warrantied and reasonably priced (£250) Available online from chandlerys. But I’m with the others here. Nothing beats being ready to sail and i...
by PK1111
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Locations
Topic: Hayling Island
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Hayling Island

Impressive. How long did it take to get round? That day turned out a bit dodgy with big black clouds building over the downs and cutting off the westerly wind, and even giving some NW gusts. Langstone harbour and north channel stretch was very slow so it took 3 hours. With full monty wind, I’ve don...
by PK1111
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: How Was It For You
Topic: Thursday 20 June
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Thursday 20 June

Always windier east of Selsey Bill in summer !
Couldn’t resist that forecast though.
by PK1111
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Locations
Topic: Hayling Island
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Hayling Island

DaveMac wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:16 pm
Aaaaaagh
Video unavailable due to presumably music content....Merlin/Beggars
Yep. Fixed that with a clean version and link should now work.
by PK1111
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: How Was It For You
Topic: Thursday 20 June
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Thursday 20 June

Hayling Island for my annual pilgrimage around it. The Kite Armada tent was fully populated so I launched from Inn on the Beach at 1 on my trusty Falcon 122 and Overdrive 7.8. Plenty of puff to get up to Langstone Harbour entrance but a large black cloud loomed over the South Downs, shutting down th...
by PK1111
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Locations
Topic: Hayling Island
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Hayling Island

So many info sites for windsurfing at Hayling Island, so I won’t repeat here.
But Hayling, being an Island, can be sailed around by any competent windsurfer with big gear on a high tide.
Look for a 15 knot westerly wind, and enjoy!

by PK1111
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hayling Kite armada
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Hayling Kite armada

It’s all about having enough room to launch and land the kite. The good kiters really don’t need much room at all. I’ve seen pros launching in Kimmeridge bay, which takes some cojones! But most riders prefer a wide open area with good sea access, so they tend to congregate at those locations and at ...