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Saturday 16 October Super 8 at Derwent - Peter Amos
Quite a few turned up despite the rather poor forecast that for once proved to be accurate, no wind and lots of rain. Despite the wind reading a steady 10mph in the clubhouse the water showed little sign of any chance of planning so those without longboards departed to leave club members Terry, Tony L, Ray and me sailing with Martin H nursing a cold and watching from he sidelines. Carl turned up later to add his support.
From 1.00pm to 4.00pm we braved the rain and participated in 5 races. There were 2 groups and in our group Terry was second although with the same points tally as first placed who won because he won the last race. Tony was third followed by myself fourth and Ray fifth, and yes there were other competitors in our group (not many and most rather younger!) but still we won some excellent prizes with Ray getting a special award for the first timer showing the true spirit of the Super 8 concept, a new boom for which he is now looking for a new mast.
Many thanks to Dave for all his organisation and to Surfstore and Tushingham for their sponsorship. It really is a fun day out it’s just a shame the weather couldn’t have been kinder to us

1st Oct to 9 Oct - Brandon Bay, Dingle peninsular - Steve Carragher
Monday arrived and so did the wind! 4.7m weather and huge Atlantic swell sweeping into Brandon Bay. I, along with the rest of the windsurfing fraternity, spent the morning driving from one beach break to the next checking out the conditions. Eventually it appeared that all the good sailers were congregating at Gowlane, reported to be the biggest of all the breaks in Brandon Bay. So, I joined them! It looked big from the beach but I thought just comparable to a big day at Hadston. The wind cross off, it seemed perfect for down the line conditions. However, nobody was out yet. What we needed was a wind monkey! Said urangutang appeared, rigged a 5m and wobbled out. Only then I realised how big it really was. The wind monkey disappeared between the sets so it was big enough. Second thoughts ran through my mind, even this local hotshot was struggling to get going on the way out. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I wobbled out on a 4.7m and 78l wave board. There was absolutely no wind just in front of the waves when they reached their peak so a thorough rinsing was had time and time again. I’m not sure if there was an ‘outside’, the walls of water just continued for ever, it seemed. I managed to get some incredible wave rides back in but I have to admit, I spent the best part of 4 hours swimming!! Speaking to the lads on the beach, it transpired I was in good company. Hardly anyone found out if there was an ‘outside’. However, there was some excellent sailing going on, loops, aerials and the like.

The wind did not make an appearance until late on Tuesday, so late in fact that it clashed with James’ swimming time! Bugger! But I persuaded Fiona to watch me for an hour while I had a quick session at ‘Dumps’. Poor choice as it was dead onshore. Never mind, backside wave riding in much less powerful and smaller, head to logo high waves, than Monday but I still didn’t know if there was an ‘outside’.

Wednesday I sailed at ‘Mossies’, a reef break in front of Spillanes bar. Or more precisely, from this beach, I don’t think I sailed the reef break which was upwind of where all the windsurfers were sailing. A couple of kitesurfers tacked upwind to tackle the reef break for a while but no windsurfer attempted this. There is an ‘outside’ in Brandon bay! First run out, over some perfectly formed head high sets and then out into the blue yonder! Nice swell out the back, gybe on the swell then ride your wave of choice frontside to the beach. Jumping was effortless also, hitting the waves fully powered up and head on allowed some serious air time. In comparison to Gowlane and then Dumps, this break was easy to sail. I think I should have started here and then worked up to Gowlane!

Light winds then followed until we left. If I had brought a floaty board it would have been fine for a 5.8m on the flatter beaches. But I just brought the wave board so we spent the last few days doing touristy stuff. All in all, some challenging sailing and some classic down the line stuff, we will be going back soon, perhaps next Spring

Sunday 10 October - Becalmed Budle - Andy Freeman
I followed Mad Ally up to Budle bay where we met Terry D. There was not a lot of water in the bay, need a tide of @ 5m to make another trip worthwhile, and even less wind.We sat round till high tide when it became apparent that neither wind or tide was going to allow us a sail. A swift relocation to Beadnell saw a more promising sight. One person out on a 6.5 planning intermittantly and so we rigged up big boards and sails.

Met a guy up from York who seemed to enjoy the sailing. Not a good session for Ally who snapped his mast on his first run. Carl sailed on 7.5 Terry on 8.3 and i retired my 9.2 from use for all but hot summer days on the Formula board.

PS From Phil Jerry (bearing in mind Beadnell was the original calendar venue)

Perhaps the sailing calender works after all

Tues 05 Oct - Ballistic at the Boatramp - Andy Freeman
Adrian and myself made plans to sail today. We arrived at the beach to be greeted by a Southerly F6 gusting F7 with a rather lumpy sea state to boot.

Adrian went for a 4.5 and 80 litre number (the smallest he had) and for me a 4.2 and 90 litre ensemble was chosen. As we were about to set off Dennis and Mieke arrived. Meike commented that just walking on the beach was difficult. Belive me it was.

Dennis took a wind measurement near the waters edge and got F7 gusting F8, I had been too lazy and done mine from the road. On the strength of this and the fact the smallest kit they had were 112 litres and 4.5 sails Dennis and Meike chose to stay dry. Or did you get a sail in elswhere? Do let us know how you got on.

Obi Wan Boyd then arrived and could not decide whether to rig 4.2 or 4.7. Time for the windmonkey to get down there and see how it was. I can tell you I was blown off the water all the way out till I fell inbetween waves that were taller than me, I was literally looking up at them as I sailed along. Managed to get back to the shore and apply a whole load more out and downhaul. Obi Wan rigges a 4.7 and got blown away, one run and he went to change down to 4.2. HEEHEE.

Adrian sailed like an absolute hero, not giving the conditions any repect. He did, however, get shown the error of his ways when getting wiped out on a run in to the shore. A rather cheeky catapult crumpled his harness hook and trashed a £400 carbon boom that was supposedly indestructible.

Obi Wan did a couple of Jesus jumps. For those of you not aware of these it is simply a jump that is high enough to make you exclaim "Jesus!"

I must admit I was way out of the comfort zone all afternoon and wished I had brough Goldfinger with me. 1st rule of sailing, always take everything!
Bring on more October madness I say.

2/3 Oct.04 - D-Bay/ BW - The Late Late Shows. - Gavin Duthie
Another promising forecast for the weekend saw a good turnout Saturday midday. Unfortunately nobody had booked the wind. Lots of chewing the popcorn later and hanging around the boardwalk saw some optimistic bods venture out on six something's in anticipation of the main show, only to be thrown a few scrappy crumbs of Pearl & Dean comfort. By now some weaker members crumbled and scarpered for home/Ikea/Metro Centre etc whilst the hardier souls persevered, always hopeful. Then it happened, like a pizza delivery man the wind came a knocking, and large slices of fat juicy wind were enjoyed by the few remaining faithful as the sun started to sink.
Sunday was a re-run, but better, oh so much better. The wind which started as a perfect cross shore steadily swung round to cross on and started piling up the waves. Although the shore break was ok, the rolling swell outside was superb, and coming in from a SE direction and gave some brilliant riding coming back in. Some of the faces were so steep, they were crumbling on the outside giving some entertaining moments when hit by one going out at full speed, but totally awesome dropping off the face of one on the return run, and then another one and then another one ! Lots of people there, sorry I can't remember all, but special mentions for Ally Mad, who can't live without windsurfing or his mates, and has returned from the madness that is organised dingy clubs, Phill Jerry sustained a freak injury in the waves, some how managing to get a pummelling in the ribs cut his day short and Martin H for getting out on the salty stuff again.

Sat 02 Oct - D Bay - Ross Ketteridge
Just for the record here’s a short report about what was a very short sailing session but a very long day. A good turnout well before midday at D Bay turned into a day at the beach but not a day of sailing. The forecast wind did not materialise as the weathermen said but those that were both persistent and had the time to hang around were rewarded sometime after 4pm by half an hour of good blasting following an hour of wallowing interspersed with some gusts big enough to plane on the 6.5m sails that myself, Gavin and Paul B had rigged. The exception was Matt ion a 7.4 who had the best day of all. During the well powered part of the session, it was a joy to sail my new 94lt board (F2 Maui Project M) over the rolling swell. Note, there was none of the usual sharp chop and on reflection I would have been fine on my 120lt and 7m.

The most significant point of the day was that it turned out to be Paul B’s last sail in the UK for perhaps a very long time. His plans to emigrate to Canada have reached such an advanced stage now that on Sunday he packed his windsurfing kit in readiness for container shipment to Vancouver.

Sun 26 Sept - Allonby - Steve Boyd
Arrived at Allonby to be greeted by F5-6 SW which filled in to a F6-7 SW solid wind with very few holes in it allowing me to sail a 4.7m on the wave board. There was a slight swell to play around on but just a joy to be in clean winds that saw most people continually sailing right to the inside fully powered to blast back out and jump, jump, jump, gybe, blast, backside wave ride and a few little off the lip jumps off the face, back onto the swell, gybe on the inside and do it all over again.

Sat 25 Sept - Derwent - Matt Simpson
From our superbly eccentric and unfeasibly fit windsurfing addict, Matt, there now follows a Lennon/McCartney take on Saturday's proceedings. You have to sing it. Two, three, four. . .

Lucky with the Sailing in Derwent
Picture yourself on a board on a river,
With 6meter sails and windblown skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
It just phil and Adrian guys,.
formula races of yellow and green,
Towering over your head.
Look we’r sailing with the sun in our eyes,
And she’s gone.

Lucky with the Sailing in Derwent
Follow them down to a beach by a big pond
Where white horse people eat marshmellow pies,
Everyone smiles as you fly past the dingys,
That grow so incredibly high.
Newspaper skodas appear on the shore,
Waiting to take you away.
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds,
And you’re gone.

Lucky with the Sailing in Derwent
Picture yourself on the plain on a big pond,
With sinky short boards with the wind set to rise,
Suddenly someone is there lets see some turnstyle, (gybe)
thanks phil and Adrian guys!...

John (c) paul (b) george (do we have one of them in our ranks?) and ringo ( i know we aint got one of them)

Sunday 26 September - At the Boat Ramp - Peter Amos
Solid F5 rising to F6 meant challenging conditions for all those that got out today. The sea however was fairly flat, a bit choppy and enough for those on the outside to get some air. There were some waves near the shore that enabled one or two to catch a wave coming in, most notably Brian Day who always seemed to have his timing just right. I together with Matt were the wind monkeys but he faired better than I on his smaller board and 5.7 (soon to be changed down) my 6.3 and 125L was just too big and with nothing to change down after I had a couple of short runs, and managed to bash my hand up, I enjoyed the spectacle of the better NWS sailors throwing themselves about on sub 100L boards and 4.7m sails (I feel a pressing need to augment my sail & board quiver!). Gutsy performance of the day was Meike heading out to 4-500m offshore on a Techno 283 and 4.5m, water starting (more than once) to eventually return much to Dennis’ relief. Although very windy the direction was cross off SW and relatively warm so not really dangerous conditions but very tiring to all who sailed. Others in attendance being Ross, Barnsey, Gavin, Adrian, Phil, Tony C, Jeff W, Ray, and Steve C who turned up late after a neighbourly Sunday Lunch. There were a couple of others who I may have missed as I counted 16 at one stage.

Sunday 19th September- Surfstore, Bishopton Lake - David Dobson

There has been a gradual awakening to the delights, thrills and challenges of inter-club events in this Zone witnessed by the superb turnout for this last event in the 2004. Over 30 competitors arrived at Surfstore to find sunshine combined with F4/5 winds which would prove challenging to even the most experienced sailor let alone the novices competing in their first event. And experience there was in abundance with North Lincs Invaders (Gun Sails) including top Mistral Junior One Design (MJOD) sailors Richard Hamilton and Alex Griffiths in their team. In stark contrast Surfstore Allstars (Neilson) were competing in their first ever event and in Alex Carson were fielding the youngest registered competitor.

Also in attendance were Rother Valley Renegades (Gul), the Crushers from Coquet (Hot Sails Maui) and the Hurricanes from Halifax.

Because of the large number of entries in the 3.5m class, competitors were split into three fleets 3.5m, 4.5m and a combined 5.5m & 6.6m fleet. The combined 5.5 / 6.6 m fleet took to the water first and the first race got underway in 22 knots. Richard Hamilton and Alex Griffiths (Nth Lincs) made their experience count, particularly on the up-wind legs but even they were finding the downwind mark rounding challenging with more than the occasional ducking! Jack Tait (Surfstore Allstars) competing in his first ever event might have wished for less demanding conditions, but he was to prove that staying on your board and taking things a little easier at the marks pays dividends as he came 1st in the 5.5m class. Lee Vasey showed tremendous determination to complete the course coming 2nd in the 5.5m class, while Richard and Alex took first and second places respectively in the 6.6m class.

Next to venture out on a straight across the wind and back course was the 4.5m fleet. Arran Douglas (Coquet Crushers) got off to a flyer and maintained his lead to take first place, but he was pressed hard by Joe Crookes (Rother Valley) and Scott Anderson (Surfstore) who took second and third placings. “Dark horse”, Matt Stevens (Nth. Lincs) played things cool finishing 8th from where he carefully weighed up the opposition – more later!

The wind continued to blow at a steady 20 knots when the largest fleet of the day, the 3.5m class started their first race. Using the same course as the 4.5m sailors. Rother Valley’s Rebecca Lovatt, Nicholas Durham & Joe Bennett benefited from past experience to finish well up the fleet as did North Lincs sailors Jessica Cooke & Natalie Vasey, but it was Kelly MacFarlane (Coquet Crushers) who sailed well to take first place.

Each fleet completed a further race before lunch with Richard Hamilton & Alex Griffiths (Nth. Lincs) maintaining their first & second placings in the 6.6m class with Connor Bainbridge (Halifax Hurricanes) securing a third place. There were however new winners in the 3.5m and 4.5m fleets in the form of Jessica Cooke (Nth. Lincs) and Scott Anderson (Surfstore Allstars)

With no sign of the wind abating the combined 5.5m & 6.6m fleet were set a figure of 8 cross wind slalom course with some sailors opting to change their race boards for short boards. Choosing to stay on their raceboards Richard & Alex (Nth.Lincs) posted consistent first and seconds for the remainder of the afternoon and in the process treated the watching spectators to a fine display of sailing. Connor Bainbridge (Halifax Hurricanes) and Adam Crowcroft (Nth. Lincs) also in the 6.6m class swapped third and fourth placings. Jack Tait (Surfstore Allstars) showed that novices can and do win by taking another 3 firsts in the 5.5m class. Opting for his short board proved the right choice for George Bowles (Nth. Lincs) as he gained two second placings

In the afternoon sessions, Matt “Dark Horse” Stevens (Nth. Lincs) took three firsts and a second to take first place overall in the 4.5m class with Arran Douglas (Coquet Crushers) showing similar consistency to take second place. It was left to yet another Surfstore Allstar novice Scott Anderson to take third.

Competition in the 3.5m class was as close as ever but it was those North Lincs sailors Jessica Cooke and Andy Blaylock who showed the greater consistency to finish first and second overall with Coquet Crusher, Kelly MacFarlane taking third. Rookie award of the day went to young Alex Carson (Surfstore Allstars) who got off to some cracking starts and was more often than not first to the mark – a one to watch next year!

Overall a fitting end to a great season and our best wishes go to those who are intending to try for entry to the Zone Squads for 2005, surely it can’t be any windier at Carsington?

Once all the results had been calculated for the event, it was the Invaders from North Lincs who took first team award and purely by having one more first place than Rother Valley also took the Series Winners award. Well done Club Coach, Phil Twinning – theres life in the old dog yet!

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