After about 30 minutes I decided a downwinder was on. I couldn't convince the others to come so I headed off alone into the unknown. No phone or money, I would see if if I could cadge a lift back from Sorrento.
It was really good fun following the bay surf break along the sandbar towards Rye; there were some nice waves to be had. Along the way I spotted a big man boosting high on a surboard - yes, it was Franz. I sad hello and continued on.
There were quite a few windsurfers fanging about just before Rye pier. I did a run in there to check it out. There were some deeper channels there that suit the bigger fins of their boards.
I then got on a tack past Rye Pier and kept going, and going. I could see the Sorrento ferry berthed and aimed at it, working to stay upwind. It was a nice long tack. Eventually I came up to Blairgowrie, not quite able to make it around to Sorrento. Then the wind dropped. I abandoned my plans to call in at Sorrento Yacht Club and turned back.
I considered going into the beach next to Blairgowrie but the wind was holding up. I lined up Rye pier in the distance and headed back on another long and enjoyable tack. I got past the pier then the wind dropped. I cruised back into where the windsurfers were based (Daly Ave) and packed down my kite.
After chatting to a few of the windsurfers, Kurt kindly offered me a lift back to Rosebud. I got changed and had lunch with them in a local cafe.
The tour was great. Its nice to have an adventure. However, I think I will take to always carrying a small phone and some cash in a waterproof case for when such situations arise again.
I realised a week later that I had left my kitebag with a pump in it on the beach at Rosebud. I drove down to have a look the following Sunday and put some signs up there and at the more popular kiting location. Then I visited the Rosebud police station and got a pleasant surprise - a nice local had found it and handed it in. I rang and thanked him for his considerations.
TIP: Put your name and mobile number on ALL year gear and bags; pump, kitebags, harness, kites, boards. That way if it ever gets found you can be contacted.