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It didn't auger well. 06:00, still wanted to be asleep.

Raining. Trees moving slightly - not quite the promised F4. It's always windier @ WSM; right?

Daughter visiting this weekend, so 4 cars to move off the drive, down the road, onto neighbour's gardens so I can get the trailer out of the garage.

Trailier blocked in at the front by my mountain bike, lawn mower, grass collector, 2 toolboxes, & assorted collection of scrap that's been waiting to go to the tip for 3 weeks. Blocked in at the back by Joy's mountain of a "bag-on-wheels" that seems to contain work-related stuff. Can't manouver trailer out of garage.

One or two rude words later, & it's expelled. Hooked up to the car, we're off. Timecheck - 07:30. HW - 09:00. Half the day gone, wind apparently llikewise.

Arrive WSM 08:15. Car park attendant still in bed. Wish I was, too.

Sand blowing up the beach in an encouraging way. Rain coming down in a discouraging way. Cold, too. 110litre board, or 86l wave board? 6.2m or 5.5m sail? A couple of intrepids tested the water. They definitely weren't overpowered. At times.

Rain stopped, wind dropped. Phil & I chewed the cud. Al went out, Nigel arrived. Matt went out, Nigel went out, Phil & I still prevaricated.

09:45 - got wet. 110l + 6.2m sail. Perfect. Except when I was overpowered or in a lull. Whale of a board crashing around the chop until the water flatttened off as the tide dropped.

All remnants of rain cloud cleared. The sun came out, the temperature climbed. Bliss.

Nothing radical. Few small jumps, few small backside rideable 110l-whale sized waves. Good blasting back & forth.

Much better than sleep. Which is what I did when I got home.
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Post by Ian Long »

Neroli and I found what we were looking for
:-). 6.0m on the 87lt Kombat was perfect. Sun shine, wind etc. Water was predominantly flat of course but some lovely jumping ramps out in the harbour.

Last weekend in the waves my arm made it very clear that it wasn't healed enough for wave sailing yet. Today in bump & jump conditions it didn't moan at all :-). May be I'll try the waves again next weekend.....
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Post by kelvin »

errr ,no wind weston ?
strange it was hammering this side in am !
went to Llantwit 10am met few more of the B.W.A* waveheads .
rigged 5.2m with max down and out haul ,small 75l wave board .
others went 4.5m and 4.8m .
great short 2 hr session in the ever clearing and increasing sunshine with some meaty waves running in .
Packed up and then headed back to Knap for the afternoon low tide jump fest
took the same kit out but this time as little down outhaul as i could get away with .
Rest rigged bigger than thier early morning sails and went 5.4m , had a blast around for a while and then suppped some coffe while the lumps built up .
Whet hey another classic with some really good ramps forming for some very good jumping .a load out sailing today including a weston exile (adrian) ..
sailed untill around 5pm when tide was well up towards pebbles .
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Post by Adrian »

A good session at the knap and good to meet Kelvin at last. I ran 5.5 on the Evo and had a great time especially after the tide turned and we got some ramps. Ended up staying an hour longer than planned and an hour longer than my current fitness level which hopefully will now start to come back quite fast.

Well worth crossing to the 'sunny' side of the bridge.

Glad to see you are back on the water Ian.

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Post by NigelP »

My day...

Socialising on the beach :D :D :D :D :D
Weather when I arrived at 8.30 :cry: (not encouraged by rain, indifferent wind and the sight of one guy wearing a full winter wetsuit and balaclava)
Weather later :lol: :lol: :lol:
Bacon butty at the end of the session :D :D :D :D :D
Loan of towel from Matt (again) :D :D :D :D :D (& thanks)

Changing up from 83l to 96l worked wonders, although I suspect it was adding 10cm to the skeg length that made the real difference. . The 5.8 sail was as good a choice as any (Certainly later on, although a number of other Nomads came hammering past me :cry: :cry: :cry: )

Ian, pleased to see you are ignoring doctors orders. A fine Nomads tradition. :wink:
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Post by Al Donald »

Arrived just after 8am :shock: soon to be joined by Phil, Matt, Martin and Nigel. I was hoping to get on the water before 9.00am (just to say I've done it). In the end with all the procrastination and diving for cover as a shower passed over, it was 0910 as I lauched into... another squall. Massively overpowered (5.7 on the 85l waveboard). Short run out, then straight back in, totally shattered! Waited few mins and wind eased, so back out. Wind a bit fluky at times, going more to the SW and typical (i.e. bad) WSM chop. A few rideable waves. Later eased, so changed to JP105. Water flatter now, so good blasting.
Unfortunately Phil crunched the nose of his board in similar fashion to Martin's the other week. Are you offering a repair service? :wink: I'd had enough by about 11. The others still out there as I left at 11.30. All in all a good session in the (mostly) sunshine.
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It certainly looked a bit marginal early on so I settled for the floaty Naish with a heavily downhauled 6.5 and stuck with it all morning.

It was high tide madness for a while, with the SW wind a bit fluky and the sea pretty lumpy. I managed to get planing reasonably well but it didn't pay to fall in on inside gybes where the wave were breaking. All good practice though. I stopped briefly after an hour or so for a drink as the wind seemed to be going into a lull.

But then it got much better as the wind swung a bit more onshore, filled in and the tide dropped a little. I was now well powered up and proceeded to have a really good blast around, made even nicer by the sun appearing. Smacked a few waves, loving that feeling of acceleration, and also practised carving around on them. Not many jumps today though, but plenty of dry gybes, especially on the inside later on, but struggled a bit with the outside gybes. Eventually packed up some time after 1130 since starting to run out of water.

So it 'Turned out nice again', as I think George Formby used to say.

:lol: :lol:

Footnote - The extra padding I'd added to my Dakine footstraps was a major improvement for sailing barefoot.
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the early morning wave at twit
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Post by MartinF »

kelvin wrote:errr ,no wind weston ?
strange it was hammering this side in am !
I don't think anyone's saying there as no wind! Quite the opposite, in fact.

The only trouble was it couldn't decide how much/little to bless/curse us with. making board/sail choice the subject of lengthy debate. :oops:
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Post by kelvin »

retrained one of your mud pluggers
here is now in true "sunny side " of bridge form

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Post by Viv Powell »

Brilliant session at Hamworthy with Ian and Neroli :D :D . Sooo much better than last weekend at Bigbury from a 3D point of view. Waves are not my forte and waves as my first sail of the season ..... :roll: :roll:

Sunshine and wind ...... perfect for blowing off the cobwebs :D. Nicely powered up on a 5m, a little overpowered at times, especially towards the end. Today I ache everywhere, need to do this more often!!
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Post by Phil »

Great sail at Weston in the morning but Evo needs a nose job! Any advice or instructions

gym at 13.30

and then slept through cup final

and all in one day
pardon me i've got wind
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Post by Matt »

Phil,

For advice on repairs this is very good:

http://www.teamairborn.co.uk/56301/index.html
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Post by kelvin »

try here as well
wish this lady was local .

http://www.boardlady.com/repairmenu.htm
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