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What a difference a day makes in Chichester harbour

By 30th September 2020
Saturday 9th Feb and high pressure and low temps settle over the south. Smoky is destined for a two day training session at Hayling with head coach James Peters.

The day starts off with enough wind to head out to Pilsey, kite launched with continual pumps to keep it filled with a touch of tide fighting. Zephyr the greek god in charge of the west wind decided to leave us stranded sitting over the top of Pilsey sand banks. So we headed back to shore for lunch and some mock protests to thrash out various rules. Chris Watts from the RYA is coming to do a talk on the 27th Feb at Hill Head Sailing Club so I think I will store a few scenarios up for him.I am not sure if its open to all but check on the Hill Head site if you fancy it. Today kicked off with Notus and Eurus combining to create a south easterly and the these Greek boys must of had a plateful of beans last night because the anemometer was swinging up to 28knots.We headed out north of Winner bank and used this session to test our gybing and tacking in these wind strengths. Though bitterly cold with hail pounding my face it was a great 2 hours of ridiculously great fun surfing sailing. Sadly Smoky missed the Snowflake but my sailing buddy Alex had a shifty breezy time at the top of Chichester harbour it sounded like good fun up there too. On the Greek theme Anemoi gives us anemometer! In ancient Greek religion and myth, the Anemoi (in Greek, Ἄνεμοι — "winds") were Greek wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction from which their respective winds came (see Classical compass winds), and were each associated with various seasons and weatherconditions. They were sometimes represented as mere gusts of wind, at other times were personified as winged men, and at still other times were depicted as horses kept in the stables of the storm god Aeolus, who provided Odysseus with the Anemoi in the Odyssey. The Spartans were reported to sacrifice a horse to the winds on Mount Taygetus.<1> Astraeus, the astrological deity sometimes associated with Aeolus, and Eos, the goddess of the dawn, were the parents of the Anemoi, according to the Greek poet Hesiod.
Of the four chief Anemoi, Boreas (Aquilon in Latin) was the north wind and bringer of cold winter air, Notus was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn, and Zephyrus was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes; Eurus, the east wind, was not associated with any of the three Greek seasons, and is the only one of these four Anemoi not mentioned in Hesiod's Theogony or in the Orphic Hymns. Additionally, four lesser Anemoi were sometimes referenced, representing the northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest winds.
The deities equivalent to the Anemoi in Roman mythology were the Venti (Latin, "winds"). These gods had different names, but were otherwise very similar to their Greek counterparts, borrowing their attributes and being frequently conflated with them.

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