Exmouth

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Post by Graham_U » Tue Feb 15, 2005 17:38

I've never sailed there, although I paid a visit for a look round after Bristol was stuffed by Exeter a week ago. My question to the old hands is:
Is it as good as Windguru makes out?
I have a number of locations in my Windguru report, but Exmouth always seems to be much windier than Portland, Poole, or other favourites, yet I hear very little of people sailing there, even though its M5 most of the way. Am I missing something? One of my instructors on holiday was at Exeter Uni and rated it highly. The one down side I could see from my walk is that the estuary is very tidal, so I guess access is limited.
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Post by MartinF » Tue Feb 15, 2005 20:59

Have you read the write-up on Exmouth? http://www.bristolnomads.org.uk/locatio ... xmouth.htm
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Post by kelvin » Tue Feb 15, 2005 21:19

http://www.exmouthcam.co.uk/webcam.htm

here u go take a look for yourself , superweb cam with live video stream and the abillity to select view ,seafront etc.

sailed around that way a bit yrs ago would,t be top of my wish list .
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Post by Graham_U » Wed Feb 16, 2005 18:39

Thanks Martin, I had looked at it, but not for a while. Still not totally sure why this is not more popular, if Windguru is to be believed. I assume the sailing range at Poole and Portland is much greater.

Not sure that checking the parking spaces with Kelvin's webcam will guarantee availability when I get there, but thanks anyway.
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Post by Ian Long » Thu Feb 17, 2005 20:41

The main reason why Exmouth isn't so popular is because of the tides - The duck pond has an even smaller tidal range when it is sailable than Weston. (That might be a little unfair but probably not far from the mark.) It also has a #@%&* height barrier over the nearest car park making it very difficult for high sided vans :( :(

The sea front is sailable in all states of the tide. Depending on where the water is you will either be able to sail across the sand bar or have to carry your kit across it. However the current between the beach and the sand bar is very strong which makes it tricky to beach start unless you are very quick and very difficult to get back to your launch point if your not on the plane. This current is the primary reason why Exmouth isn't so popular, it really isn't for the feint hearted, although the conditions once out can be epic :lol: :lol:, particularly in a south easterly.
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Post by Graham_U » Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:26

Thanks Ian, so there is a down side to your big van after all :shock:
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Post by Ian Long » Fri Feb 18, 2005 16:53

Not getting into the Duck Pond car park is a very small price to pay for a warm, dry changing room, abundant coffee, no tying kit to roof racks, etc etc. :lol: I'm sticking with the van.
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Post by steve powell » Fri Feb 18, 2005 19:26

There's room for push bikes too.. (he said quietly!) :)
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Post by Graham_U » Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:14

mmm....!! I'm getting a bit worried by all this stuff on Bikes. One of the things I love about Windsurfing is that it is relatively safe/painless way of getting a buzz. I know its possible to get hurt, and have managed it a few times, but compared to hairing down hill on a bike its relatively safe.

On the couple of Neilson hols I've done, when I've been out on the bikes, I'm normally one of the first up the hills and the last down them, with smoking brakes. Actually give the mix of Bikes and Windsurfing, I'm surprised Neilson are not more popular with the club.
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Post by Ian Long » Mon Feb 21, 2005 20:46

Graham, We'll have to work on you. Your possibly the only person I know with as many bits of bike and wheels in his garage as I have and you have the Ridgeway right on your door step! No excuses really.

It has to be slightly tempting?

Rest assured, as soon as the windy weekends return, the bikes will start sulking in the garage and their riders will be taking advantage of the increased fitness by staying on the water for longer. 8)
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Post by Graham_U » Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:22

I think if any of those bits of bike went near the Ridgway they'd fall to bits. Roads are relatively flat and smooth, even then I still break enough spokes.
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Post by kelvin » Fri Feb 25, 2005 13:48

this months winsurf mag is out with a rerun of some old beachguides
updated , which this month gives details on locations along the south coast
exmouth, duckpond etc.
forget dreaming "its time to loop"
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Post by Viv Powell » Fri Feb 25, 2005 21:52

Cool avatar Kelvin 8) .

.... and just to upset Graham - see my new avatar :twisted: !

All being well this will change back within a month - when the weather becomes warm enough for me to take to the water again :D :D (hopeless circulation and hands permitting :cry: )

Oooo! one more post and I get my 4th star - harness user, no less 8) 8)

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Post by Graham_U » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:39

OK, just for that......... :D
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Post by Viv Powell » Mon Feb 28, 2005 19:47

Cool 8) - haven't a clue what it means tho' :roll: . Please tell me that it involves rugby, not football.

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