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Posted: 03†June†2006 at 6:20pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

but if they did where would they go?????


1 favourite inland water


2 favourite coastal location?????


please consider consistancy of wind/safety/quality of launching/any other facilities/water quality/and anything else i havent thought of!!!†


north east only up to pennines†realy apreciate your feedback consdiering a move to north east and want to get myself in the right spot to get some regular days/evenings out


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1. Kielder.
2. (a) Druridge Bay, for the sheer vastness of it, the access to the beach and the lack of people.
2. (b) Bamburgh for the lovely turquiose water, the scenery and the clean waves.
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Posted: 04†June†2006 at 4:52pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

And make sure you can get to the A69 for some nice wave action on the west coast - a 90min drive but worth it on the right conditions...
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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 8:38am | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Sorry wannabe it's not specific but:

1. Kielder, Derwent, Selset, Scalling Damn, St Mary's Loch are all do'able from Tyneside, but are by far the lesser experience when you have:

2. The fantastic Northumberland Coast, the excellent Firth of Forth, and the wavy Cumbrian Coast.

... oh ok, a completely biased answer would be:

1. Kielder for it's friendly'ness, but only if your sailing at the clubhouse, otherwise forget it, it's crap at the public launching area.

2. Bamburgh/Budle/Beadnell AND Druridge Bay for their pure excellence.

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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 1:55pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

i used to go on selset can you still launch there i noticed the club house has gone??

no one has mentioned redcar?

thanks for the replies so far with regard to costal locations having not sailed the sea (well done the med a bit) and my turning ability is a tad wooden at momment (it certainly not like ridding a bike) im a  little concerned about safty like rips (which are a bit of mystery apart for seeing it on bay watch what a show) and tides (another mistery)  

keep um comming

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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 4:52pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

Clarky,

From what you tell us, your ideal beach on the Northumberland coast is an easy choice - Beadnell. By the way Redcar is good but it's not in Northumberland so we rarely sail there and I can't advise on it as I have never sailed it.

Beadnell is as "safe" a beach as you can get around these parts. It's ideal for lake-to-sea graduates. Why? There is rarely much swell or shore break, in the usual wind directions. There is a huge area of shallow water. It's feasible to spend an entire afternoon of practice sailing around in the shallow water. There is no rip at all, except at the very southerly end, but generally we don't sail there as we launch from the northern end. It's also a big crescent shape, so there is a safety blanket of land to catch you should things go pear-shaped. That is, unless you're proficient enough to blast right across the two-mile bay in a westerly wind in which case you will be in quite an exposed place in the centre of the bay, but generally otherwide it's as safe a place to sail on the open sea as you can get, around here.

Nearly all other beaches in the area are quite exposed so I would hesitate to recommend them to you at this stage. Having said that, when the wind is light in summer months there are other spots that you would be okay at when the sea is quite flat, like the north end of Druridge Bay (D-Bay).

As far as rip currents are concerned, they vary from beach to beach and are generally stronger at high and low tide. D-Bay (board walk spot) and Amble are two beaches that have strong rips at times.

Tides is a much lnger story. Many of our beaches are sailable at all states of tide while others are best at low tide and others at high tide. Beadnell is best at mid to high tide by the way. Check out the location section on this website for more details.

The best advice I can give you about safety is make sure you sail with other people, and ask advice of those people on rips, tides and the like, you will find them only too happy to help you.

Keep an eye on the message forum for sailing plans and come along. See you on the water!       
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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 6:02pm | IP Logged Quote Peter Amos

Currently to be found on the RYA's new updated website

http://www.rya.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9ED4D60A-5310-4214-8C0F-3 077D1DE0918/0/NEwindsloc.pdf



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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 6:03pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

exellent thanks for that beadnell sounds like the place then i will keep an eye on things re sailing plans thanks for the advice

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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 6:28pm | IP Logged Quote David Hudson

I won't mention Selset.

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You just did.
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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 9:10pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

whats the crack with selset then?

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Posted: 05†June†2006 at 10:24pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

I think he's being all mysterious. Rumour has it that he used to be a windsurfer a long time ago. . .

Selset is a small reservoir that is a very long drive from Northumberland or Newcastle. But it's still a lake. I'd urge you to do what you're intending to do, that is, get onto the sea. Once you've tasted the glorious taste of screaming long reaches on the sea you will never go back to a gusty lake, whatever it's called.   
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Posted: 06†June†2006 at 10:37pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

screaming long reaches does sound apealing had a look at most stuff on beadnel its about an hour away from durham so is do able in the next few weeks probably have a look over week after next

can you explain a little about tides so i can work out what times are good? 



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Posted: 07†June†2006 at 3:50pm | IP Logged Quote David Hudson

Bitch!

 

Not you Wannabe.



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Posted: 07†June†2006 at 5:00pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

Oops, listen Dave, when you throw in your one-liners like that I can't resist winding you up a bit. No offence meant, I promise you, I'm merely disappointed not to have seen many of our long-established sailors on the water for a long time.

There are a few contenders for the "Dry Board Award" for 2005/6 but it's meant as nothing more than a friendly ribbing.

Perhaps it would be more constructive for Clarky if you were to pass on your thoughts on his "best NE sailing venue", since you've sailed in this area for many years.

Do you mean to nominate Selset? What did you mean by not mentioning Selset? Is it good or bad? I've never sailed there so I cannot really comment. My comments on lake vs sea sailing were a bit tongue in cheek although once given the skills and the choice, sea sailing cannot be beaten by any lake, in my humble opinion.    
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Posted: 07†June†2006 at 6:00pm | IP Logged Quote David Hudson

I'll slap your legs Ross.

 

PS. my attention span is so short these days, I can only manage one line'rs.



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Posted: 12†June†2006 at 12:52pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

cheers for all this banter is funny if not relevant

if i were to venture into salty water how proficient do i need to be

to recap i can turn but i tack????? (god knows why)

i can get up wind with reltively easy  

and i have pulled off maybe 4 waterstarts last season out of about 2 trips

and is there any wind direction i just should bother in cos it is a bit of a trip to beandel from durham/penrith

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Posted: 12†June†2006 at 1:14pm | IP Logged Quote wannabe

insurance i see derwent asks you to sign a thing saying you have thrid party insurenace

what sort of cost is it and does anyone who sails there have this cover

its £15 to launch thats quite a solid amount of money??



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Hi wannabe

I think you can still get 3rd party insurance for free if you join the RYA. Try the links below.

http://www.rya.org.uk/Membership/benefits/windthirdpartyins. htm
http://www.noblemarine.co.uk/sailboardinsurance.php3

With regards to the fees at Derwent, you're right, it is a big chunk of cash - especially if you're not up there for the full day. If you want to sail there regularly, you're better of joinging the club which costs aroudn £175 a year. There's a bit of a debate going on about Derwent day fees on this forum here

As a beginner it's a fantastic place to learn and in a Westerly wind direction it can provide conditions that challenge the best of sailors. It's also extremely safe place to perfect all those waterstarts and gybes. Your best bet is probably just to watch out for a moderate Westerly forecast and pop up. I'll sign you in as a guest for the day and you can give it a try.

On the other hand, Join NWC as well - it's only £15 and if you want to venture to the coast, you'll be in safe hands sailing with these guys!

Cheers
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