Out past the sea wall a good swell was building in the sea breeze, and its not crowded out there. I went upwind to the breakwater then did some slalom turns with downloops on the waves. Great fun. I did a couple of runs it but the wind gets flukey behind the sea wall. Is St Kilda really such a good place to learn to kite?
I did a couple of nice boosts too. Someone flicked the wind off switch at around 7:15 so I scooted in. I rinsed my gear, stashed it in the car, then headed to The Pavilion for a rider meeting Cesar had organised for the upcoming Across the Bay to Conquer Cancer event.
We discussed logistics and approaches for the event. A representative from the Coastguard attended and was able to provide some good information. They (and the Water Police) would prefer if we stick together as a group. But keeping 25 kites (and kiters) together for 60+km will be like herding Browns Cows. We are considering splitting into 3 groups - fast, medium and slow - and will also have a buddy system in place.
We also discussed carrying EPIRBs, a Marine UHF Radio, using PFDs and using a lead boat combined with a trailing boat (similar to how bicycle road races are organised, but this is NOT a race). There will also be a couple of "roaming boats" that can provide support as required.
I will write up some notes on rescue procedures for the boat crews.
Its a big event - endurance will be a key factor - and not one we are taking lightly.