After a 6 hour boat trip and a 3 Hour drive me and Andy finally spotted the racekites flag fluttering gently in the breeze and rolled up the drive of truckie villas just after ten on the Thursday night to an extremely warm and concerned welcome.
We had been keeping them in the loop on the drive but none of our messages had gone through, thankfully apart from a rogue jcb trying to run us off the road it was a straightforward trip and we settled down in the lounge for a few drinks and to get to know one another.
Half 2 before we all staggered up to bed safe in the knowledge that we would get at least 4 hours sleep before we got up to head to the beach.
Wind didn't really come to much in the am so we spent a chilled day in the garden enjoying the sun waiting for others to arrive.
First on the list was Irish Andy and his coffin in tow, really can't believe ya slept in there bud. :D followed later in the day by Jerry, Sarah and the kids and Kieth wasn't far behind.
By this point we had started on the beer so putting up the trailer tent was interesting. Especially after it came to light that a squirrel? Hd decided to call it home and had been storing nuts and eating the tent.
Irish to the rescue with a tarp to cover the worst of it.
Work done and some stunning chicken fajitas the fire was lit and the merriments began meaning R1ch Iris and Helen arrived to find most of us well on our way though it didn't take R1ch long to catch up though.
Last men standing, well reclining around the fire were me Irish and R1ch before finally calling it a night In preparation for a morning at the beach at around 3 am.
Each went our separate ways, Andy to his coffin R1ch to his bed and me to my tent where I promptly fell onto the air bed and launched Nobby 2foot into the air. He was that far gone he didn't even stir.
Staggered out of bed early to find only Jill and Irish Andy Vertical and set about curing my hangover with the aid of painkillers from Andy a yummy bacon and egg roll from Jill and a nice hot shower then set about waiting for everyone else to stir while shooting the breeze.
Made it to the beach for around 11 to find about 10mph or so of offshore wind which had picked up nicely by the time we had cleared the pebble brake so I set up my 3m Brooza,mlook to my left to see truckie setting up his 3m mozzie and to the other side of him Jerry on his 3m crossfire. Look to the right and I see Irish on his 3m pansh? Too before I clocked a monster kite heading for the sky.....
7.5m brooza above r1ch as he shot at speed down the beach made a quick about turn and rocketed back to base to the cries of " I think I'm a bit underpowered" :D don't think his arse was in contact with the buggy for most of his blast.
We stayed as long as the wind and tide would permit with speeds around 35mph set by all before setting off I convoy to the safe haven known as Truckie Villas.
Beer and smoke got the better of me shortly after getting back so I got me head down for a few hours before dinner.
We had all got to know each other better by now and had a pretty chilled evening having some laughs and jokes a lot of these provided by Nobby and his seemingly unending supply of jokes and stories.
Me Nobby and Sarah having a smoke and a drink outside when a few kids leave the pub and get into the car that's been parked outside the drive all evening when Sarah and her wided streak come to light and dare someone to go over pretending to be the police.
Didn't have to Dare Andy twice out comes his wallet with his jersey licence on show and off down the drive he marched with me and Sarah giggling like school kids hiding around the corner.
He bangs on the window torch in hand stating Jersey Honoury police and flashing his wallet and driving licence at them. Definitely some worried noises coming from the car now as he starts to question them with a deadpan face hiding how pissed he is so well before finding the driver was sober and telling them to drive safe and enjoy there evening. By this point me and Sarah are near wetting ourselves trying not to give the game away.
Most got there heads down early Hoping for another days kiting on the morrow but 3 of us, Me Nobby and Jill spent the night chatting and joking in the woodshed hiding from the rain until the sun came up.
Quick hour on the sofa before everyone descended on the kitchen early subday morning for a much needed coffee and I dragged myself out of unconsciousness and joined them.
Not long after Timmy made his appearance after working all night and driving up straight from work. We're all gagging to get to the beach but Nobbys still asleep so out come Truckies Horns and timmys camera and Rich n Rich set about waking him up. :D
Bit of a washout on the beach front but Jill excelled herself on very little sleep and cooked a superb sit down roast dinner around the table.been years since I've been around a table with so many people like that. And set us up for a mental nights festivities.
MORE WOOD TIMEH would be the phrase of the night as Truckie decides the fire isn't big enough. :D
Haven't laughed as much as I did that night in years, everyone in fine spirits but Nobby and Truckie were the stars off the show.
Just after midnight it was decided by some that r1ch should be woken up so he didn't miss out and Nobby promptly took the dare. closely followed by truckie just as others were thinking about going to bed.
Everyone had chilled out a bit by this point and were winding down ready for a day of kiting on Monday.
Monday saw favourable weather and onshore winds and after a top notch fry up by Jill we headed out for the Ho once more.
Great to see so many buggys on the beach and Bekky (Norg) Timmys better half finally got to fly a kite again under the tuition or Truckie.
Jerry discovered a tyre had come unseated early on but luckily pump and spares were on hand and with the help of some bottled water to clear the rim of sand he was up and rolling quickly.
A late lunch when we got back and Jerry decided he wanted to try a reverse fire so I started pulling wood out while he cut it to size.
Very surprised with how well it worked and it burned for over an hour before more wood was needed.
r1ch set up the gopro for a time lapse and I'm looking forward to seeing it at some point.
A much more chilled out evening with plenty of stories shared around the fire
Punctuated by the occasional cry of MORE WOOD from truckie.
Hopefully timmy managed to get some good group photos but the light wasn't the best.
Best weekend I've had in a long time and I'm really grateful for the invite.
Made some good friends and hope to see you again soon if I can make camber.
Looking forward to reading others accounts and adding more of my own.
Il be Putting some albums online later this evening as will others.