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Thu 26 Oct - D Bay and S Shields - Andy B, Tdog, Martin H,
How strong were the gusts today? Rigged 4.5m sails at Seaburn and was getting picked from the sea one minute then dropped of the plane the next. Surviving one minute pumping the next.
Bring on tomorrow we have to make the most of the warm weather. I will post details as usual.
 
Tdog:
Don't know what time you were sailing Andy. We started at Druridge at about 1pm. Ian, Andy and Ray were on 5.2s or thereabout and were well overpowered at times 'though Ian had had a good hour before we arrived only slightly overpowered. I rigged 4.5 which was about right when I eventually got out through a nasty shorebreak. Andy changed down to 4.7 and Alistair arrived later with a 4.7 and sailed really well in such challenging conditions but the star of the show was Steve Carragher on 3.5 (Yes 3.5), planing more or less continuously and pulling off a back loop. I knocked off at about 4pm but from about 3.30 the wind had picked up a notch and even Steve reported problems with his 3.5 with the wind blowing the tops off the waves so they lost their shape and the odd white patch appeared on the water. A pretty gnarly session overall but not nearly as gusty or variable as you describe. If it had been freezing cold I would have gone home earlier but the sun was shining and making pretty rainbows in the spray off the surf. I've had many worse days.
 
Martin:
The gusts at QEII mesured 46mph late afternoon yesterday, there had been 3 guys out earlier when the wind was less gusty but work commitments meant it was a late session me and Mike. There was also couple on the water, the guy pulling off some single handed vulcans and some spectacular dismounts, his girlfriend conceeded defeat after a few overpowered runs. We had a couple of hours of blistering runs on flat water with 4.25m and 4.5m, plenty of waterstarting practice too and only one collision but luckily body and kit survived to tell the tale. The wind speed increased as we packed away in the dark and I was glad I overcame my initial fear and did battle with the elements

Sat 07 Oct - Allonby - Boydy
having decided that budle might get a bitmarginal with the forecasted wind to drop in the afternoon i opted for derwent then decided i was sick of flat water & gustyish winds so opted for allonby. clear weather all the way and on the west coast and arrived to a sea of whitecaps. the usual launch at allonby was dead onshore so the next car park to the south provides more cross on in the W-WSW. hardly any beach at spring high tide and a bit of a shore dump, as the locals were on 4.7m and 75L wave boards in the force 5-6 i opted for 5.3m on my wave board. nicely powered up from launching in the dump to find some big ramps and a slightly confused sea but the outside gybing off some 8 foot swell (when you could find the odd one coming thru!) was just a fully planing joy from iniation to completion of coming out of the gybe still planing (sometimes to fast!). as the tide dropped back the sea state cleaned up and the sandy shelf gave us some nice ramps to jump on the way out and ride(front and back) on the way back in. the wind which had been ok now switched more SW and cross shore and increased a few more knots (F6) after two and a quarter hours continuous sailing i was knackered but happy to be well powered up on 5.3m on a wave board with hardly any off the plane. the one reason i do like coming here in these wind directions is just it always gives good powered wave sailing (which is not everyones cup of tea)  but cross shore, a fun swell, good powered up(F5+) wind just beats gusty on and off the plane flat for me. worth the road trip and the day out. 

07 Oct - Derwent - Nick

Occasionally gusty at Derwent today but on the whole it was a quality day's sailing with the wind blowing a steady F5 for 90% of the time. I arrived early to find people debating sail sizes between 4.5 and 6.5. I opted for my trusty 5.4 and was ultimately proved right, barely coming of the plane for a good 3 hours.

I did end up having to squeeze another cm of downhaul to stay in control and after spending an hour (between 2pm and 3pm) on the wrong side of well powered up as the wind increased to a good F6, I decided to change down to a 4.5. Unfortunately  this decision combined with the arrival of the local wind jinx (sorry Dave Wink ) was the que for the wind to start moderating. A few changed up but I decided to call it a day and packed up my toys in disgust at the prosepct of having to use a 6.5 to keep sailing.

All in all, a cracking dust off after toooo many weeks without a sniff.


Sat 23 Sept - Super 8 Derwent - Martin H & Ian

The forcast looked bleak! 10mph max!. The trip to Derwent seemed foolhardy to even the most windstarved sailor but as it was an event not for the speed freak more the communal/recreational windsurfer (with the added excitement of competition) I set off at 9am. Blyth - windless A1 - , A69 , A68 .
Somehow at Derwent there was an F3-4 blowing SE the day had started to show promise and with rumors of the wind building, most sailors rigged their biggest sail with a smaller in reserve. I opted for the Fanatic Cat and 8.4 throughout.
The 50 - 60 competitors were divided into 5 groups of sail size, age, and ability. Well done to the organisors for this task! Each group had 4 races of 1 - 3 laps with a break for lunch.
My first group race ended well for me, 1st place due mainly to having probably the biggest sail and the only board able to beat upwind as the direction veered more southerly. The race organisors wisely moved the outside marker through 45 then 90 degrees as the wind changed direction. My success was short lived as I fell off in the gybes more often and ended 4th in the group, Terry Dobson came 2nd, even after missing the first race and Mike Stewart was awarded best newcomer, well done Mike!
The day was very well attended by spectators and entrants from far afield, the sun shone at times, there was even the top end of an F4 for between race excitement which lasted about an hour.
Ian was the only other NWC sailing member with Ross, Andy and Ally showing up for support

Addendum by Ian:

Martin, Terry, Mike Stewart and myself had a good sail in typical lake conditions (shifting directions and inconsistant wind strengths). All those sailing days at QEII, ladyburn, Ullswater eventally paid off.

Mike's enthusiasm was spurred on by his improving performance throughout the days events, resulting in him getting passed the flag before me or Martin in the last race. The three newcommers enjoyed it, and Terry led the way on his trusty Mistral Equipe.

After missing previous events, I'm glad I got up at 8am with the fog & mist just starting to clear and no sign of wind. The end result was an excellent event in decent sailing conditions.

Hopefully next year
Terry will make it for the first race.
Martin will improve on his race win and get more.
Mike will bring the daggerboard for the Stealth (matt Black) longboard
I get my turns sorted and give Martin some competition.

Dave Dobson deserves a round of applause for sacrificing his own sailing time to organise the event.
Well done Dave.

 


27 and 28 Aug - Budle and Derwent - Dave Dobson

Not often I manage 2 consectutive days sailing, and very rarely do both days deliver, however Budle on Sunday and Derwent on Monday produced a couple of the best days I have had since holidaying in Greece some months back.  Reiner, Mick (?), Terry D and I made Budle in time to maximise the sailing time available. TD, Mick and Reiner opted for 5.5m sails and I took a gamble on a 6.5m in wind that was varying in strength from F4-6. What followed was an enjoyable hour or so of high speed blasting with the wind dying a bit toward the end.  TD & Mick rigged 7.5m and we continued where we left off for the best part of another hour. Budle provided me with an opportunity to test my Carve 145 against this years 135 Isonic. While certainly very fast (almost resembling a mini Formula board for feel), the Carve won out for versatility and felt just as fast - so won,t be changing.

TD and I arrived 3.00pm at Derwent on Monday in time to see Steve B, Dennis & Meike having a good blast.  As we rigged so the wind started to die off, then the rain came. As we took refuge in the car the aforementioned sailors left the water, to pack up for the day.  On the basis we had taken the time to travel up to Derwent we rigged anyway. TD elected to stay ashore to see what developed and seeing me get a blast on the odd gust with a 6.5m, decided to rig an 8.5m. Part way thru his rigging the wind came back and gradually strengthened, providing another hour of good blasting conditions. Needless to say TD opted to abandon the 8.5m and resorted to his 6.5m. With the wind continuing to build to the point where a 5.5m would have been more comfortable we left the water about 5.30pm, thankful that we had decided to stay.   


Beadnell Links - 28th August 2006 - Tdog
Yesterday at Newton Links was decidedly variable. I arrived to a lull that put an end to an hour's 5.5 sailing (6.2 for Andy), rigged a 6.3 and had a reasonably enjoyable sail in the windy windows between the shower clouds but got stuck on the outside unable to waterstart twice. Once I gave up waiting and just managed to uphaul, the second time I couldn't and had a long swim in. We packed up at 3.30ish when the clouds cleared and the wind came back. Typical!

Budle / Derwent - 27/28th August 2006 - Dave Dobson

Not often I manage 2 consectutive days sailing, and very rarely do both days deliver, however Budle on Sunday and Derwent on Monday produced a couple of the best days I have had since holidaying in Greece some months back.  Reiner, Mick (?), Terry D and I made Budle in time to maximise the sailing time available. TD, Mick and Reiner opted for 5.5m sails and I took a gamble on a 6.5m in wind that was varying in strength from F4-6. What followed was an enjoyable hour or so of high speed blasting with the wind dying a bit toward the end.  TD & Mick rigged 7.5m and we continued where we left off for the best part of another hour. Budle provided me with an opportunity to test my Carve 145 against this years 135 Isonic. While certainly very fast (almost resembling a mini Formula board for feel), the Carve won out for versatility and felt just as fast - so won,t be changing.


TD and I arrived 3.00pm at Derwent on Monday in time to see Steve B, Dennis & Meike having a good blast.  As we rigged so the wind started to die off, then the rain came. As we took refuge in the car the aforementioned sailors left the water, to pack up for the day.  On the basis we had taken the time to travel up to Derwent we rigged anyway. TD elected to stay ashore to see what developed and seeing me get a blast on the odd gust with a 6.5m, decided to rig an 8.5m. Part way thru his rigging the wind came back and gradually strengthened, providing another hour of good blasting conditions. Needless to say TD opted to abandon the 8.5m and resorted to his 6.5m. With the wind continuing to build to the point where a 5.5m would have been more comfortable we left the water about 5.30pm, thankful that we had decided to stay.   


Bamburgh - 27 August 2020 - Gavin
Ross - A brilliant day at Bamburgh for me and Steve C and the Halifax posse (and Budle too for Terry D, Reiner, Dave D and Mike S and host of gay kites) Steve and I actualy did both locations by sailing up to the mouth of Budle and Ross Sands. A classic Northumberland coastal day, but why why why did you guys drive all that way to stay for 1 hour and cave in. It was early hours at 10.30 and the sun was out with a good forecast ?

Top end very steady F4 occasional F5 up at Ross Sands, on a 6.3m and 100l for me, slighty overpowered at times.

Sun 13 Aug - DBay Extreme - John C
Sunday 13th August report:

I met derwent sailors Matt and Martin at D-bay Boardwalk at mid-day. Wind was similar to Saturday slightly cross-off F4 on the inside and F5 out beyond the break. Waves were much better than Saturday, but looked deceptively small from the beach. Matt made it straight out carefully choosing the best line through the shore break. I did not bother with the short walk up wind to where Matt launched and paid for it with a rinsing. Martin joined Matt and I later despite being under powered on a 5.3m sail and in the biggest waves he had ever tackled. The wind moderated latter and waves were smaller as the tide turned to come in. Still weary from the sailing Saturday we opted to stay out of the shore break and sail out back most of the time, dropping in for the occasional wave ride.

The first half hour was epic. Well spaced waves with plenty of room to gybe between, over half mast high and jacking up way off shore. We scored some massive jumps with the waves peaking so far out, the biggest ramps were over head high and near vertical. I managed to hit a couple of these at full tilt for some huge floaty jumps, with hang time that seemed to last an eternity leaving me grining like a nutter. The thing is with big air time is you can never gauge the actual height, there is no time to look down as you concerntrate on trimming board and rig. This was not the case in the highlight of my days sailing in a comedy style bail out. At the apex of a huge jump I tried to tuck the board in to level off for landing. In car crash style slow motion both feet slipped from the straps, the board spun like a rotor blade, left clutching a the rig I opted to throw it away to avoid landing on it. The action of throwing the rig away left me horizontal looking down at the water, I don't know how high I was at this point, maybe 20ft, but I had time to scream a long arghhhhhhhhhh and complete five leg and arm flailing rotations before impact.

Best session in a long time and best wave sailing I have ever had in the NE.

Sat 12 Aug - Return to Budle Bay - Peter

Martin made the call on the Forum and after a report posted that sailing had been good on Friday, with wind from the North creating rough water on the rest of the coast, with a high tide (4.9m) due at 6.00pm, it seemed like the time was right to return to Budle.

Rich and I did a lot of sailing there before Foot & Mouth made it off limits and before we joined the Club and so had other places to sail in company.

Arrived at 3.45pm to see half a dozen kitesurfers out and going good. The gate was unlocked and although a number parked at the top of the hill (mainly kitesurfers) Ian and his contingent from over the boarder were there. As Ian reckoned there was room for one more in the field we headed down and added our car to the 7 that were already there including Martin's van, Mick and Terry D.

5.5m was the order of the day with Martin and I on 5.8. Boards round 100 -130L. Great flat water blasting with advantage that could just touch the bottom almost everywhere in the Bay.

Ian's first trip to Budle nearly ended in disaster as in his first run out early on he got to the other side a ran out of water digging the fin into the sand. The reach I measured on GPS as 0.6 of a mile. There was some damage, one mast broken and the nose of a board well bashed and broken.

Ian and some others got up to the sand bar and reportedly found some nice ramps. (Further report from Ian?). For the rest of us it was runs across the Bay with some swell like chop giving air (involuntary for me) on the way back. I tried out the 100l sinker for a few runs first off but not having much success went up to 125l which was much easier. At the end of the I session went back to the Maui Project and had a screaming run over to the other side. Really excited about how quick it went and how bouncy and loose it felt yet also controllable. Best buzz of the day.

I counted about 12 windsurfers and maybe 8 kitesurfers with whom we had no conflicting issues, plenty of room for us all. Sailing were (forgive omissions) Me, Rich, Martin, Mick, Terry D, Ian and 3 compatriots, plus Martin's mate Ivan who had his first sail in over a year and another 2 who's names I do not know. When we left at 7.30pm there was still plenty of water in the Bay and wind but only one lone kitesurfer.

Having returned after so long I will be back soon as I now remember why the hour drive was so worthwhile. Best day of the year!

Additional from the Scottish contingent

Ian B

Hello boys,  Today I was in St Andrews with fhe family not more than a force 3 on the briney.

Being a surf gyspy and loving trying new place, Budle game up with the goods yesterday. Normally sailing waves/chop and expecting flat water at this venue. I waz quite suprised when I found some perfect port hand waves[my  best side] ,breaking over the sand bar opposite the peir which gave me plenty of orbit!! Stu came over to join in the fun, but when he wipeout and had a hard time by the next couple of lumps retreated to the flater water.

Finishing the day with a beer at the Plough Inn on the A1 and good drive back to Haggisland, thinking what a fab fortnight it had been. Surfing at Gullane twice, Troon which was total classic and Durness [far NW Scotland] also worthy of the 500 mile round trip.

Many thanks to Martin and others in helping us enjoying this wonderful bay  .

Until next time!!

Stuart G

Yes it was fantastic for us boys from North of the border too, well worth the trip as there was no wind in Edinburgh all day!

We're not used to such flat water and it certainly helped progress those gybes. Rob liked it so much he returned on Sunday. Ian and I had families to tend to so couldn't join him.

Cheers,

Rob

Heartily agree with Ian and Stuart - well worth the trail down from Jockland for such great conditions! (especially as Edin had F2!!)

Loved the flat water Vass-like conditions so much i returned with Dr Board (Dad) in his well stocked van on Sunday, pinched the last spot at the lower car park from the (friendly) locals ;) and had another few hours in 20+kts.... brilliant! I'll be back!

Incidentally check out this link to some pics of Budle I dug up:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmainuk/

See you all again soon, enjoyed meeting you all (will try and get some names next time!)

Rob from Edinburgh


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