The forecast promised winds up to 25 knots from the North East, so we suited up at Watson's Bay in Sydney Harbour & plotted our line down the coast to Botany Bay. Best of all it involves a 20km straight line downwind section from roughly level with the Gap to the entrance to Botany Bay at Cape Banks.
The wind didn't come up as much as BOM had predicted, and averaging the obs from North Head, where we started, and Sydney Airport, the closest to where we finished, the winds probably hovered between 15-20 knots over the time we were on the water. That's certainly how it felt on the water. There was almost no swell, but the sea was reasonably freshly developed & was running slow enough for us to occasionally hook in & ride a decent ocean wave for some distance, and as the trace shows, at pretty decent speeds. Remember these are sea kayaks, not surf skis….
Tunes from Donovan Frankenrieter, a great dude of the sea….