Hillhead, Hampshire

Hillhead is one of the windiest spots on the south coast due to the combination of sea breezes and funnelling effect of the Isle Of Wight and Calshot. It is a great venue for intermediates, beginners and advanced. Hillhead is a fun spot that has steep chop, once the wind gets up, allowing you to jump both ways. Although tidal, you will never really notice it. (Apart from a long walk back to the car if you leave it too late.)Chris Audsley tells us more about his home spot…

Beach Faces:

South

Best Wind Direction:

South-west which is cross-on from the right.

Best Wind Direction For Waves:

Really strong South-west.

Not Good:

North to North-east is bang offshore with too many buildings affecting the wind.

Tide:

Not noticeable unless NW or SE. You can sail at any state but mid tide on the push will bring more chop and is better for jumping.

What’s On The Bottom:

Sand and stones.

Any Hazards:

There is a sand bar directly opposite the car park which you can catapult into at mid to low tide so watch out! There are groynes but they are not really a problem unless it is a really high tide.

Other Water Users:

Too many kitesurfers can ruin your day.

Suitability / Levels:

Beginner to winner! It’s an ideal freestyle spot with a few ramps and there are lots of blasters (like my Dad).

Wipeout Factor:

Zero, it never gets waves!

Instruction:

Andy Biggs windsurfing (Tel.02392 582614) teaches at nearby Stokes Bay in the summer.

Kit Hire:

None

Friendly Factor:

Yes, always a lot of people down and they are quite chirpy all year round.

No Wind Alternatives:

Yes, always a lot of people down and they are quite chirpy all year round.

Surfable?:

Definitely not.

Facilities:

Toilets

Yes, on site.

Shower

No

Windsurfing Shop

Andy Biggs, 5 miles away in Gosport.

Food

One Stop convenience store.

Parking

Loads of spaces and FREE all year round.

Pub

The Osbourne and the The Crofton both serving good food.

Accommodation:

Kingfisher Park Campsite in Stokes Bay

Local Hotshots:

Paul Hunt, Chris Audsley, Chris Murray, John Brookes, Colin McCulloch, Jamie Hancock and Rich Audsley (in that order!)

Local Knowledge / Secrets:

If North-west and offshore, then drive west along the coast to a place called Titchfield where it will be cross-shore.
If the prevailing wind is between North-west and South-west with a cold evening then sun in the morning followed by cloud over lunch, then you are in for a evening sail!

Extra:

Seafarers Sailing Club based on the beach. They race at weekends.

How To Get There:

Get on the M27 and take junction 9 from the west, 11 from the east. Head towards Lee on Solent or Stubbington. Follow the sign posts to HillHead.

Report By:

Chris Audsley.

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