It is a nice site. Not too crowded (at this time of year anyway) and no obstacles to contend with.
Launching was easy with some help. My first run was not too good, I basically tea bagged.
Then I had a couple of great fast runs out and back up wind. Not too much chop either.
A light plane flew right over me - so low I wondered whether I should drop my kite!
The weather was fine and sunny. The water was cool, but my 3mm steamer wetsuit kept me quite warm.
The wind was a bit gusty, with holes in it. It dropped to 15 knots and changed from a Northerly (one of the few sites in Melbourne for this direction) to a North Westerly. A Westerly here would be off shore.
I played around with my kites "Centreline Adjustment Strap" (CAS). The Cabrina manual says the black ball is for depower and the red one for power, but mine is the other way around - presumably an assembly mistake. Pulling the blackball takes tension off the front lines and hence puts more pull on the back lines - which generates more power. It is a fiddly adjustment to make. I will check out the new Cabrinha Crossbow bar when they arrive in Australia, and maybe get one with a 7m kite.
What I practiced:
- Leaning back. This helps carve the edge of the board to go better upwind.
- Diving the kite more agressively to start and then plane to get going. I have been tending to "drag sideways" when attempting to get going.
- Using the sine wave for the kite - keep the kite moving up and down, but not going too high.