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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Shipping weather forecast = gales!

"The Meterological Office has issued a gale warning in Portland, Wight and Dover".......

During a brief lull in the rain, we decided to go for a stroll along the deserted and unspoilt end of the beach at Weymouth. The wind, however, hadn't let up and we discovered that the local kite surfers were out in force. It is a brilliant spectacle. These guys are experts and can manage to sail elegantly in harmony, and can manage to lift high out the waves and do mid-air manoeuvres that are stunning.

It seems as if the sport needs several skills - they made it looks so easy. I found it difficult to capture an image that shows exhilarating it was to watch. And also impossible to catch someone midair (the last one doesn't do it justice) ~They turned a windy stroll by the sea into something quite unexpected. I hope when the Olympic sailing events are held here in 2012 they are as much fun to watch.


At 2:59 am, Blogger Val said...

Ah, to each his own. Dear Val, this scene would have sent me running for the nearest pub with roaring fireplace. As for actually getting in the water...the mind boggles!

I think your photos captured this well, made me shiver here in sunny summery Melbourne!

At 10:02 am, Blogger Val said...

Well Val, we were very glad to get home to a nice cup of tea I must say.

For info - the lump on the horizon in the first pic is Portland (a lump of stone only just attached to Dorset bu a narrow spit) of the sea area name in the Shipping Forecasts.

We watched some ordinary surfers getting into their wetsuits and thought .."Nah, not for us in winter"

At 9:54 pm, Blogger Tabor said...

I saw this in Hawaii and, like you, was very impressed with the physical skill level that had to be obtained.

At 12:48 pm, Blogger Kerri said...

Just the thought of that cold water gives me chills! Must've been great fun to watch though. Yes, they must be very skilled!
The ocean looks wonderful (if cold). How lucky you are to live close to it!
Glad you had your camera with you :)
That nice warm cup of tea sounds good!


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