Social tonight 14/10 / Hamworthy trip Sunday 17/10

What Nomadic events are coming up. Also, if anyone's planning a non-Nomadically-arranged trip and/or looking for others to join in.

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Social tonight 14/10 / Hamworthy trip Sunday 17/10

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Anyone socialising this evening? Seeing as the venue is only 1.8 miles from my house :D , and I'll be driving right past it on the way back from something else this evening, I'll pop in around 9.00ish and see if there is anyone around.

Wind not looking great for our scheduled event at Hamworthy on Sunday ..

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Aah sorry only made it back from work about 10pm. Will get to one of these one day! Rach

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Hi Rachael

Thanks for the reply - always nice to know you are not just talking to yourself :D !! Sorry you couldn't make it.

I was expecting to be a no-mates Nomad at the pub last night, but was delighted to find a sizable gang there - Angus (new Nomad), Jodie (another new Nomad), Bob (somewhere between new and regular Nomad now), and then the usual trouble-makers Matt, Ian, Neroli and Axel, Mike and Pierette, and Steve.

Excellent venue - maybe we could use that as our social spot all the time ... :D ?

An easy decision by those there (Axel excepted!) that the Hamworthy trip, scheduled for Sunday, is to be aborted !

Now, Monday/ Tuesday could be interesting on the wind front ...... :P

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Looking at the forecast, Portland for Saturday looks like promising, only half a metre of tide to worry about this week with which is high during the day. Any takers?
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Graham

Weymouth Speed week starts on Saturday at Portland.
Might be worth checking if you are allowed to sail there during this week.

http://www.speedsailing.com/

http://www.speedsailing.com/2010_Event_Guide.pdf

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Really disappointed to hear that the Hamworthy trip has been aborted as this was to be my inaugural trip with the Nomads.
Would have been ideal place for me given that I’m a beginner and only had a few lessons, all of which have been inland.
If anyone is planning to go anywhere which is likely to suitable for a person of my limited experience I’d be interested, otherwise looks likely to be another trip over the bridge to Llandegfedd for me.

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Hi Rob

Sorry you are disappointed that no-one is going along on Sunday; we are disappointed the conditions are not good too!

Unfortunately the forecast for Sunday is for a N wind - N winds are directly offshore at Hamworthy (not good), plus v little wind is forecast, so those present last night decided it was not worth the time / petrol for a v poor and frustrating light wind wobble/ pootle! Many of our scheduled trips have been cancelled this year as the conditions have not been right - but instead we have had numerous impromptu outings (outside of the schedule) to locations which have suited the wind conditions. It does make it all the sweeter when the conditions come together .. :D.

So keep in touch with the forum - hopefully we'll all get out somewhere where you can join in before winter really sets in! Llandegfedd is supposed to work in a N wind - so have a good time if you get out :)

Hi Graham

I'm not a fan of Portland in a N - so will give it a miss. If you go, you may be better lanching from down near the OTC centre so that there is less of a gusty wind-shadow effect from the land mass to the L of the harbour. Good news is that it should be flat water for you! :D

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Hi Sue,

Thanks for the response.

I completely understand the reasoning behind the decision. My comments weren’t meant as any kind of criticism and I hope they didn’t come across as such. I was just looking forward to meeting up with other club members for a chat, the opportunity to learn and of course attempt a bit of windsurfing.

I saw the pics and read the comments regarding the impromptu trip to Oxwich last weekend, seems like you all had a good time and hopefully it will be of some compensation for having to cancel the trip to Poole.

Already looking forward to the next planned meet at Portland. I’ve managed book some time off so hopefully will be able to get to both the social and the day trip.

Likewise if you manage to get out enjoy.

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Hi Rob,

I hear what you're saying - I've only recently got to the point where I can go out in higher winds and before that it was hard to find people to go out with around here in low winds. I did a few solo trips to Llandegfedd and a lot of windsurfing holidays - it sounds like a luxury but really it's economic sense as for the price of a week's lessons in the UK you can get a whole package holiday with kit hire, lessons and sunshine included in Greece or Egypt out of season and meet a load of people who are at the same level.

Anyway, this weekend's out for me as I'm busy today and there's no wind at all on Sunday, but if you want company at Llandegfedd another time in force 2-3 winds (as long as it's not blowing a hoolie anywhere else!) , give me a shout. I'm no pro but may be able to give a few pointers here and there, or my boyfriend teaches windsurfing for a living so if you want some actual paid coaching I might be able to sort that out as well.

What kind of level are you at and what kit are you on?

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Hi Rob

No worries. Disappointment just shows that you've already been bitten quite badly by the windsurf bug - there's no cure for that now, you know!! :lol:

Unless you have an extremely reliable crystal weather ball, you may have to get used to many weather disappointments! Unfortunately that is the downside of our sport, in that you can't always do it when you want!! The wall at Axbridge does get well-used by frustrated windsurfers sitting and waiting for the forecasted wind to appear!

Rachael's advice is very good - most of us probably started with the overseas windsurf holiday route. I started with Neilson type holidays many years ago (!) , and I was a bit take it or leave it with the sport to start with (.. just went for the social fun! :D ). It wasn't until I got going in the harness that the bug really got me. At that stage I then made the trip to Windsurfers World, and started sailing at Axbridge, plus upped the overseas hols to the maximum possible. These hols are the quickest, and a fun way to get the basics sorted and grounded.

It's a shame Axbridge is not open at the moment as I think that may really suit you, and is a good/ safe learning ground with lots of other windsurfers around. Light wind practise is always good whatever your level - but I don't tend to drive further than Axbridge for that as location is not so important.

Anyway, hope you had a good day if you get out. Angus (lives at Portishead), who was at the social on Thursday, has recently started windsurfing - and I think he said he tends to sail at Llandegfedd too.

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Hi Rachael,

Nice to hear from you.

Egypt sounds good and looks even better (from YouTube, not from experience unfortunately). Not a realistic option at the moment though and unlikely for the foreseeable future.

My wife’s shouting “go, go, go!, honestly, not sure if that’s good or bad thing :-? .

Appreciate the offer of company and you may well regret ever having made it. Does your boyfriend do discounts on tuition for fellow Nomad members :wink: .

Brings me neatly on to your question of what level am I at. Not sure that I can actually class myself as having attained a level as such. I’ve only had 3 x 2 hour tuitions on a one to one basis, by a chap called Mike Walklin who’s the senior instructor over at Llandegfedd. I can kind of Tack and make progress up wind, did a gybe under tuition without realising what I’d actually done and so can't remember what I did, and experienced sailing on a Run. Mike also showed me a neat little trick of banking the board over on it’s edge to assist it to turn upwind, but apparently it only works with a daggerboard. The one area that I’ve really excelled in is my swimming :) .

As for kit, I have a 195lt board with daggerboard and 5.5 rig.

Doesn’t look like there’s even going to be enough wind for me, information I’ve seen is giving 3mph for tomorrow at Llandegfedd.

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Hi Sue,

As I was saying to Rachael, a trip abroad would be nice but unfortunately not possible at the moment. However Axbridge is a possibility so just a case of waiting for the appropriate time.

Thanks for mentioning Angus, hopefully I’ll meet up with him at some point either via the forum or at one of the socials/day trips.

Would also be nice to put faces to other names at some point , like your good self.

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Feeling like I'm incubating a cold so decided not to venture out yesterday.

Just a warning about Llandegfedd, I believe they will be closing for the winter break at the end of the month.

Rob, when you get chance I'd recommend a week or two at Neilsons, that how I learnt the basics. At the level you describe you don't need (or even want) the high wind venues. The same is true for some of the venues we go to.


If you keep an I on their website you can get some very good deals, Club Vass would be another value option. But be warned, a decent two weeks with them and you could easily progress beyond the kit you current have.
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Post by Rob »

Thanks Graham,

Your quite correct, the reservoir at Llandegfedd is closing for the winter at the end of the month. This is a shame as I would continue going for as long as I could physically withstand the cold. There may be a chance of a few hours on Sundays during November, this has apparently been allowed before but it’s not guaranteed.

I shall try and make the most of any opportunity I get to go on the water and practice despite, or maybe more correctly because of the fact that winter is rapidly approaching. With any luck I’ll also get some helpful tips/pointers from other club members along the way. And from a positive aspect if it takes me slightly longer at least it will allow me a bit more time to save up for when I do eventually outgrow the kit

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