Now this is getting a little frustrating considering the \’awesome\’ forecast that everyone was raving on about. Today wasn\’t supposed to be anything great and, you know what…it wasn\’t!! The Judges called for sailor briefings at The Maze as this seemed to be where it would work first. The wind was south/south-west 5.7m weather but really poor waves. Then a rumour spread around the newly invented Maze car park that the call was now Balevullin. Wheel spinning their way out of the field, the PWA fleet headed back through the dunes to get the best cliff top spot at Balevullin.
On arrival there was a general sigh amongst competitors as looking out from their vans they saw utter rubbish. Josh Angulo, Levi Siver & Timo Mullen were out trying to make it look good but the waves were really small, ankle breakers. So the Pros decided to blow their (van) horns in much disgust or whenever a \’monster shin-high set\’ came through. They then proceeded to horn any passing female who was trying to have a quiet walk or surf at Balevullin. Very childish behaviour but anything to relieve the frustration of the day.
At around 1700, the Judges came to their senses and called it all off. So it\’s back to An Talla for supper and then the Boardseeker Meet the Pros night including a prize giving for the Inter Club Team15 sailors who competed all day at the Loch. At least they had a great time!
And finally, we must mention last night, known at this event as BIG TUESDAY. Basically you put two very talented musicians with guitars and a set of loud speakers in the back of The Lodge pub. You then get everyone drunk on Cheap Corona Extra and watch the party start! By 1am there was a full mosh pit in The Lodge with dancing on the tables compulsory to songs such as 500 Miles by The Proclaimers and Dakota by Stereophonics. Ending the night with a full rendition of Champagne Supernova by Oasis this was a classic Tiree Lodge night. Thanks goes to the RAF windsurfers who split everyone\’s drinks as they \’jumped\’ to the music rather than danced – glad to see our country is in safe hands.
PHOTOS: Balephuil beach, Kevin Pritchard, Jason Polakow & Nik Baker looking suitable moody and Scott & Colin on fine form at The Lodge.
Photo Credit: PWA/John Carter