Another great sea breeze came in. I started kiting at about 4:30pm from Albert Park beach. There was a windsurfer out having fun. After a short tack I followed him all the way over towards Sandridge Beach. He went into the beach.
I did a couple of tacks then crossed the channel to Williamstown. There were no big ships about. I got a little bit of flat water near the Newport power station, then tacked in towards the Strand, wary of running out of wind.
The wind got a bit fickle so I scooted back across the channel, only to be greeted by a large Toll ANL Bass Strait ship departing from its dock. Rather than cut across the bow, I tacked a couple of times and crossed behind it, finding a big windshadow in its lee. I only just kept the kite flying, then got going again as the sea breeze kicked in again.
I did a very long tack to St Kilda and got into the kiddies pool. From the open bay to Bourke St! It was quite busy. After a couple of runs I headed back towards Port Melbourne in search of Stuart and Tarren. There were some big "Bay city rollers" to cruise down, and enough wind for a few jumps.
I came right into to Port Melbourne beach next to the Spirit of Tasmania and did few runs in the surf before heading back to Albert Park. I mis judged the distance from the fishermen on the pier and snagged a line. I stopped and kicked off my board to free it - with an irate fisherman yelling at me. Lesson: go TWICE as far out as you think you need to when passing fishing lines in the water.
There was a better surf off Albert Park so I did several runs there and found Stuart and Tarren having a ball too. I stopped after about 2 hours, feeling rather tired, but very happy.
The GPS log worked well, but the Contour Roam camera again malfunctioned - it was turned on in the case then apparently turned off when I went kiting - then back on when I returned. The magnetic switch seems to be very erratic. Bugger! No photos of my tour! Must double check the record light in future.
|Kitesurfing off Albert Park|
|Stuart and the Spirit of Tasmania|
|Broken pulley - tangled lines|