Saturday 10 August

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Saturday 10 August

Post by Hazzabee » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:12 pm

Not sure if that is the most wind in which I've ever attempted to sail but must be close. Completely blown off the water at Shoreham 11-12 on 3.7 with the cr*p downhauled out of it. A shame as a complete waste of some very nice well spaced head high waves. Those on 3.0-3.4s were making a much better fist of it. Thankfully wind again tomorrow and significantly less thereof so no need to milk the cow today and risk consequences. Still frustrating though. Harrumph :-(

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by Hazzabee » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:57 pm

Interesting to compare local anemometer recordings from the only other 3.7 day so far this spring/summer, which at the time I also thought was up there in the windiest ever league but nevertheless had a great session, with today. Peak gusts in the former were in the 38-40 knot range. Today however 50 knots :shock:

So feeling slightly less incompetent now :roll:

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by DavidA » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:20 pm

Had to launch on the Bantham side as Bigbury was too big! Should have gone 3.7 but made do with a 4.2 for a couple of hours running up to high tide another good day out.

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by Charlie W » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:32 pm

Avon 10 'till 2. Side to side off mostly powered up on 3.7 Goya 3b/82 Quad. Easy well spaced waves up to about buttery head high. Lots out again with Cornish pro Andy King & twin bro leading the way with same crazy shit. Top day.
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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by rod » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:37 pm

Nuclear at Newton in Porthcawl. Survival conditions on 3.7. Hard to find good waves to ride, though mast high (but onshore) out on the reef. Kind of fun.

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by Arf » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:36 pm

Completely ridiculously windy in the Dover Straits, tried to sail St Margaret’s Bay with my 3.3 Blade but couldn’t do anything other than try survive in straight lines, had to drop in the water and do a ‘chicken fielding’ a few meters after hitting the wind line. Too much wind for the lighter gentleman! Lovely and sunny though ☀️

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by DaveMac » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:48 pm

Desperate to use my 4.0 and very cautious of the wind strength I watched Worthing Weathercam and the Lancing site hoping the wind would drop. Finally thought now or never and got to Worthing Sea lanes to see about 15 or 20 kites and not a single windsurfer. Just before 6pm. Opted to launch from the east car park down wind of the kites. This was how nice Worthing used to be! Beautiful waves, lots of space between. Perfect. Except for my own ability to handle the wind strength which still gusting 40 knots. So happy to have got the t shirt .... survival sailing but I almost enjoyed it. And I will certainly sail that spot again. Excellent and kite free :D

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by Pad IoW » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:06 pm

First windsurf for quite a while, & I can still do it! even the odd wave ride.

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by DaveMac » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:43 pm

Should have mentioned while Hazza was out this morning we had a brick pillar fence support go over. So yes, quite windy in Hove :D
Looking forward to more saner fun tomorrow. Might last longer than half an hour.

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Re: Saturday 10 August

Post by Ruaraidh_K257 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:44 am

A bit further north than you lot.

Balephetrish Beach on Tiree. It faces dead northerly and doesn’t often get a good wave so despite living on Tiree for the whole summer every year, I’ve never once sailed there. However it was almost dead northerly with a dead northerly swell and nowhere else would’ve worked so we sailed bolt onshore with small waves all day. Bill G was out on 4.1 and then 3.5 (I think) and his tiny moo and had some of his usual lovely strap to strap gybes. I was on 4.0 Combat with a bit of extra downhaul and my 69l Ultimate Wave which was perfect all day.

The only reason it wasn’t a complete farce was it was blowing 35 knots, which made it great fun. The swells on the outside were big but nigh on impossible to jump because they weren’t steep enough, but I had a fun time gybing on them and improving my onshore waveriding.
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