Saturday, August 05, 2017

Kitesurfing tour Rosebud to Mt Martha and return, an excellent winter outing

Session 418. A tour to remember. Started kiting form Rosebud at 9:45 in lighter wind than was forecast. We were planning a tour to Sorrento or maybe across the rip but the wind was NW.  The best direction was towards Mt Martha so we headed there.

I setup a "SAR watch" with Simon and Duncan (thanks guys) - they were to report us missing if I didn't contact them before 4pm.  We made good progress over with some large ship passing further out in the South Channel.  The main bluff is a prominent target to aim for and I get there on one giant tack getting past Martha Cliff with room to spare.  

There were other kiters at Mt Martha and some good waves.  Some of the beach houses on the north end of the beach are precariously perched on pylons and are tipping over - the beach has serious erosion.  

Simple gybe turns were difficult in the cold - it seems to affect basic coordination.

I tacked close to shore in lighter wind on the return leg enjoying the scenery. Once around the final bluff I took a direct tack towards Rosebud and cranked up the speed.  It was chilly even with gloves, booties and wetsuit.

It was a relief when Rosebud pier came into view, I was right on target. 

This a great short tour.

Lunch afterwards at Peninsula Occasions cafe was great too.

Looking up towards Mornington

Mt Martha

Heading back

Stuart and James way out

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kitesurfing Rosebud in a strong northerly and winter sun

Session 417. Got down to Rosebud and on the water at 9 a.m. straight into solid north wind on my 8m kite.  Stu, Tarren and James were already out.  The water was cool but gloves, booties and my steamer kept me warm.  Great surf!  The wind started around 24 knots and built up to 30, gusting to 35.

I did a few tacks up towards the pier then I did a fantastic long run following the waves breaking on the outer sand bank down to Rye.  All those waves to myself!

I tacked back on the return journey coming into the shallow calmer water closer to shore. You can see from my track log I had no problems getting back up wind.  It would have been a great day for a downwinder to Sorrento or Portsea.

Fun in the winter sun.

My (broken) little finger was fine in the plastic splint under the neoprene glove.

The coffee and pastries afterwards at Baker Boys cafe was excellent too.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kitesurfing at Brighton, winter is here

Session 416. There wasn't much wind in the morning but during the afternoon a strong gusty northerly came in.  Stu headed to Seaford but the wind wasn't getting in there. I drove to Brighton and set up.  The wind was around 20 knots so I pumped up my 10 and tied off on the lower rear knots.

So nice to be on the water again; there have been few good wind days this winter.  I missed the last one due to a fracture in me left little finger (fell over in a paddock!).  It was no problem today wearing the small finger splint under neoprene gloves.  

I did some long runs and a couple of speed runs back in clocking a max speed of 46 km/h.  It wasn't crowded.  There was some bay swell to surf too.

The wind strengthened for the second half hour with some gusts up to 35 knots - about the safe limit for the Union 10m fully depowered.

It wasn't too cold with booties, gloves and a helmet on but it was a chilly day.  We headed to Brighton for a nice coffee afterwards.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mountain biking along the Yarra flats

The wind has disappeared for a while, so it was time for some mountain biking.  I took my new Trek Remedy out for its first big ride today with my buddy Dave Anderson.

We travelled on the Anniversary trail and through Hays Paddock to get to the Main Yarra Trail then followed it out towards Westerfolds Park.  A short hill climb took as to a marvellous view of Melbourne I had never seen before looking south across the Yarra to Templestowe, Bulleen and beyond.

There are lots of single track loops that provide some nice riding and it wasn't too muddy.  We continued on to the Mullum Mullum Creek trail and followed it south to regain the Koonung trail next to the Eastern Freeway then took some quiet roads back to Surrey Hills.

All in all, a great 3 hour circuit.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dawn Patrol kitesurfing at Seaford

Session 415. On the water at 7:30 with the sun rising.  The northerly wind was light close to shore but much better further out, so I did some long tacks and enjoyed the solitude as I made my way upwind past Seaford pier, then surfed some nice swells back to the beach.

Tarren, James, Stu & Stu showed up and hit the water so it almost got crowded!

The water was fresh but not too cold and the morning sun was nice and the water very clean.

I enjoyed just cruising and peering down to Mornington - thinking that a downwinder to there would be good too, or maybe keep going to Rosebud?  Next time, maybe.

After the kitesurfing I drove down to Sport Phillip Marine in Mornington and bought a Forward WIP 50N Impact vest which has a couple of pockets built in to it which will be handy for carrying an EPIRB and some other items.  More on this later.

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