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Good Blast - Peter Amos
The Amos Two Alone - Saturday 10th May
Having missed Friday's session, being unable to get away from work as planned and as Sunday is also going to be a work day, Richard, and I were keen to get out this afternoon so after a session at work, groan, we headed off to Hadston arriving at about 4.00pm to cross, from the South F3-F4. Rigged 7.00 and 6.7 with Mistral Radar 125 and Air 85 ltr respectively and nicely powered up for some flat water blasting. Air for Richard and both straps planning for me. Water starting the order of the day. The wind picked up and we both down sized to6.3 and 5.5 and continued to enjoy the conditions until about 6.30 when the wind dropped off. Really pleased to finally get the Gun 6.3 Groove set properly it just needs to be downhauled loads so as to be loose right down to the batten above the boom and set fullish on outhaul to make it really stable and powered up. A good session overall but suprised no-one else made it out. Have a good one at Beadnell on Sunday.

Good Blast - Ross Ketteridge
Four Bounce Around At Hadston - Friday 9th May
The wind started kicking in after 1pm, as I drove to Hadston, and I started realising that it was unlikely that I'd need my 9m and the fridge door that I'd strapped to the roof.
The tide was out, the sun was shining, and the sea was a funny colour that you don't often see. I think someone once told me that it's called blue, or something like that. The direction was cross off, and white caps were evident after the hundred metre mark.
The day was to be characterised by intermittence - not unusual, but today we were treated to real swings of strength from complete lulls to F6. It wasn't exactly gusty, but more like two-minute sessions of completely overpowered madness amid spray and huge chop, followed by the opposite. One minute the water would be covered with white caps, the next they were gone, and so on.
I was on 95lt and 6.3 to start, later going down to 5.4. Gavin started on 6.5 for his 100lt but he too later changed to 5.0. Tony C decided not to bring his sinker (oops) and sailed his 124lt with 6 point something then 5.5 I think. Barnesy plumped for 6.6 on his 95lt moving to 6.3 when it got a bit ballistic.
Gavin summed it up well when he noted that it was less of a blasting day today and more of a manoeuvring day. The swell/chop on the outside made airtime unavoidable. Gybing on the outside was a challenge to say the least (or, for me, on the inside as well). Gavin and Paul got some good altitude, I certainly beat my three inches of Tuesday night and Tony bounced around in time to the waves, wishing he had rather less buoyancy than he had. Paul illustrated just how vicious the chop was when, preparing for another jump, his boom punched him in the face. Mind you, he had been swearing loudly at his rig a few moment earlier, so perhaps he asked for it.
The wind continued to strengthen towards the end of the extremely physical session, to the point that just after we left the water it must have been 4.0m weather for a few minutes. It had also turned quite offshore at this stage too, so it was a well-timed exit. We'd seen the front coming from the east, in the form of a big black scary-looking cloud, which also kindly deposited its rain on us. In all, an excellent, challenging session.

Good Blast - Paul Hewitt
Hadston - Thursday 8th May
Everything looking promising for a good days sail, after checking the messages board and XC etc duly headed off to Hadston to be greeted with a cross shore wind about force 5?, I made contact with TC who duly informed the troops. By the time TC had arrived as I was rigged up with a 6.4 and 136l board, by this time the wind had turned more offshore, however I decided to venture out and stay close to the beach. I can safely say that I was fully powered up and even overpowered in a very gusty wind. The runs definitely got the heart and lungs going, TC was joined by PB and chose to not risk the now direct offshore wind, after a few more overepowered runs I returned to the beach for a chat and a well eraned rest. After a short while, mainly to get my board closer to the car, i ventured back out and was greeted with an increasingly gusty wind, meaning I was having to use a two foot waterstart (bumstart) in the shallows to get away. We were joined by GD who sensibly with TC and PB decided to check out some other areas. I managed another 1/2 hour of full on blasting, safe in the knowledge that there were plenty dog walkers and never venturing too far from the beach. Not as good a sail as I would have liked, but it definitely blew the cobwebs away

Good Blast - Ross Ketteridge

2 Hour Evening Fix @ Hadston - Tuesday 6th May

Myself, Barnesy, Andy and Carl arrived just before six to find a flat, flat sea and a nice F4 cross off that would power our 7 to 7.8m sails nicely for most of the following two hours. It was a bit light on the inside to be honest, so Andy had rather a frustrating time, sailing, as he was, on a sinker while we other three coped with the lulls better on early planing floaty gear.
The flat water on the inside was complemented by some usual Hadston chop on the outside but it was less intrusive than the usual corrugations that a SW normally produces there. Once a couple of hundred metres from the shore the breeze kicked in nicely to the point of being at the edge of comfortable on my 7.1m. I would say that it was less of a gusty wind and more of a variable breeze with lulls, some of which could be planed through.
I had a ball on my maiden voyage on my Carve 121. What a lovely board - quick and easy to plane, very manoeuvrable (260cm), light and fast. The very low nose rocker (a la Screamer 2003 & others) really did what the test reports say, that is to allow you to keep your speed up when blasting through chop, rather than the slowing-down effect of highly rockered noses slapping against the oncoming wave crests. Barnesy was very lucky to get away without a Starboard Stuffing as I chased down his JP on a great blast back in. The verdict, not much in it. Just wait 'til next time, Paul, I'll take my fin cover off, you won't stand a chance. Talking of fins, Paul Front-Page Barnes is maybe the first witness of yours truly getting his fin clear of the water in a textbook, spinout-free chop hop. I knew it would be worth remortgaging my house to afford a suitably lightweight board to enable me to do one, eventually. Where were you with camera, Paul?
It eventually died off at about the time that the sun sank to the trees. We departed just before 9pm. A great end to a day in the office - maybe more of the same later this week?
By the way, the sea really felt like it was warming up today; not at all uncomfortable

Good Blast - Gavin Duthie
New Sailing Venue - Seaton Point - Saturday 3rd May
Saturdays crew consisted of Andy, Barnsey, Carl, Gavin, Ray and Tony C. We met at Hadston but decided swiftly to move on at first sight of the straight off shore wind. Was this the possibility to try out the long talked about, and fabled Seaton Point ....... YES ! ....... For those who are not aware, Seaton Pont is just north of Alnmouth and resembles Beadnell in its orientation, but on a smaller scale (and without the charvers, extortionate parking taxes, divers, mid-bay reef etc. etc.) That is, the beach faces due south and is perfect for cross shore winds in anything like a westerly. When we arrived we found ample parking space in what is at first sight a small cobbled lane. Rigging areas are some restricted, but it is possible on grass (not too much poo), but we all rigged on the beach. Big sails were the order of the day, and with the wind steadily growing to F4 we were well powered up. The swell and chop was different to Hadston, being more rolling and not so sharp, but enough so to get some reasonable air time on an 135 litre & 7.5m get up. More importantly, in what was deemed to offshore at Hadston AND Amble, it was perfect cross shore at Seaton Point. We had a cracking sail as the tide rose. The only word of caution being that at low tide there are numerous boulders and rocks which are semi-exposed in the shore break, but there seems to be a fairly clear 20 meter channel to get out through. Having said that beyond low tide there are no problems, unless you count the reef at the northern end of Alnmouth Bay a hazard, I don't, I call it a "get out of jail" card. A brilliant new venue for half days when Beadnell is to far. Best to go straight up the A1 to Alnwick and cut down or leave just before Alnwick and cut through Shilbottle.

Good Blast - Peter Amos
Gusty But Fun Ladyburn - Sunday 4th
All forecasts concurred on F4 to 5 for today but the first arrivers found a wind of more like a F2 gusting F3 if you were lucky. Fast forward five hours, and I left the lake in a wind that had increased steadily to F4, swung from SW to SE and replaced its gustiness with a much more steady flow of air. So what happened in the interevening time?
A great turnout, for one thing. Dave D, Terry D, Paul H, Ian, Lisa, Gavin, Steve S, Peter, Barnesy, Ally, Tony L, Nicky, Anton, Andy M, Andy F, Martin D, Paul G, Dennis, Meike and Carl. Phew, twenty! Also to be added to the membership list from today will be Seb and Malcolm. Malcolm was there with camera and taking a huge number of shots - I think he's planning to allow us access to them via a website - check the message forum for details.
Dave D very patiently gave us some excellent basic racing training which went really well until we got onto on the water, at which point we were all dispersed at the various corners of the lake at the start of each race. Sorry, Dave, but many thanks for your perseverence! Still, there was some scope for individual racing, as the gusts grew in, strength, frequency and duration as the day wore on. Being a lake it was never comnpletely clean wind but by the standards of Ladyburn it was very good and many long blistering reaches (and some nice flatwater gybing) were in evidence. The usual rule of needing a 10m in the lulls and a 5m in the gusts applied, so those on big sails (including myself on my 9m) were treated to some exciting rides in the stronger gusts. The only casualty of the day was Andy who sailed his Bic Formula with 60cm fin at full speed in 50cm of water, damaging not only the fin but the board in the resulting catapult. Bad luck mate - I must have come pretty close myself on a few of my runs too - I hope it's easily repairable.
Andy M got on famously with the Bic eLarge that he bought from me last week. Tony L was becoming acquainted with his new Powerglide 140. Ian was like a flying yellow missile on his Phoenix. Anton was looking good and showing that his persistence is paying great dividends. Steve was gradually cranking up his speeds fresh from his new found velocity last week (see Barnesy's report), and I'm sorry if I didn't give you a mention, it's just that I was going so fast most of the time I couldn't see what you were doing. . .okay, I just have a bad memory.

Good Blast - Tony Champion
Happy Hour @ Amble - Sunday 4th
Gavin and I launched from Amble South side at about 4pm for a quick blast on the sea. Wind 4-5 Cross shore. Sails: 6.5m. Boards: Max Air for Gavin, Bee for me. Both well named under the circumstances. Considerable air time was obligatory with windblown chop on a long 2m rolling swell ramping up in the shallow water between the beach and Coquet Island. Coming back in was awesome. Near terminal velocity up the back of the ramps and then mind blowing acceleration bearing away down the steep side. Best sail this year despite two broken battens and a sudden personal recurrence of testicular deficiency syndrome when the wind increased to the top end of a 5.

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