Archive for September 9th, 2012

National Windsurfing Festival Sept 9th

September 9, 2012

Held once again alongside the “Inn on the Beach” in the centre of Hayling Island’s Blue Flag beach, the National Windsurfing Festival attracted a large number of participants, both expert and novice alike.

After a couple of sunny but relatively calm days, today saw sunshine and wind, making the water much better for those either windsurfing or kitesurfing.

On the beach and on the water

On the beach and on the water

Elaine & I arrived just before 3 o’clock and we were shown around the area where taster sessions were being held. For the princely sum of £5 any novice could get an hour and a half session with instruction, wetsuit and board, plus the obligatory water!

We were privileged to be introduced to Peter Chilvers, who invented windsurfing, or sailboarding, on Hayling way back in 1958.

I was then asked to give a short speech and hand out some of the awards to the winners of the several categories of competition.

Hayling Bandstand Marathon Sept 9th

September 9, 2012

After leaving Havant Hockey Club, we went to Eaststoke Corner on Hayling Island for the Hayling Bandstand Marathon.

Part of a national Bandstand Marathon Event, with another in Waterlooville being opened by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Buckley, this event was arranged to coincide with the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Chloe from Hourglass

Chloe from Hourglass

We had a little time to spare before the event started so, having first obtained agreement from the organisers, we went to Beachlands for a quick look at the Classic Car event being held there.

Getting back to Eaststoke, we were able to hear three of the acts before having to leave for the third, or was it fourth?, event of the day.

The three acts that we heard were all very different. First there was Hourglass, a duo featuring Chloe and Matt, with some of their own songs followed by another duo, Avril and Alan playing some ballads and folk music. Then there was the Huggers, a Ukelele Band from the Hayling University of the Third Age.

Panic Attack - Avril and Alan

Panic Attack – Avril and Alan

The Ukelele Band

The Ukelele Band

The next act, which we had to miss, was a Street Dance Troupe.

Havant Hockey Club Sept 9th

September 9, 2012

Today began with a visit to Havant Hockey Club, based at Havant College, to see their new all-weather pitch.

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, we were only able to stay to watch the first match which was Havant versus a Havant mixed veterans team.

Before the first game

Before the first game
© Tristan Beard Photography

Several other games were taking place during the day, and two members of the Team GB women’s hockey team came for the official opening of the pitch at 2 o’clock. In the past several members of the club have gone on to play for their country.

The pitch itself looks extremely professional and is a credit to the the club. I was able to speak to some of the younger members of the club, the youngest being 7 years old, and they all enjoy the game. The junior section has about 175 members ranging from the age of 6, up to 18, and is very active.

The Havant Hockey Club also offers coaching in several Primary schools in and around the Borough.