Today we finally decided to go for a downwind practice. The wind had been blowing at 36 to 55 knots in the last week and we had to chose sheltered places for our practice. Today it was all possible again with perfect conditions between 20 and 35 knots. The route was just short of 18 km starting from Balneario going to Bolonia. It was great fun to be out in the ocean again surfing some good waves.
The following safety precautions were taken before going out at sea to shoot this video:
1. Local coastguard was informed about exact place for the start and finish. They were also informed about starting time and estimated time of arrival to end destination.
2. We had local mobile phone in a waterproof pouch, smoke flare, leg leash, PFD (Lifejacket) and GPS.
3. We paddled with "the buddy system" and had to stay within distance so we could see each other at all times.
4. We have paddled this route many times but still checked the local weather stations for live updates of the current wind and waves conditions.
Who will be honored to don the white coat this year, Saffa or Aussie? Will Ruth and Jasper retain their title? Let's find out as over 350 paddlers battle it out for this years Fenn - Nelo Doctor Ocean Race from Rottnest Island to Sorrento.
With a bustling nor' easter forecast this arvo, I cajoled Seve (not his real name) into postponing his budget forecasts and join me on a maiden voyage out of Port Hacking. The aim was to head along the coast off Cronulla, Elouera & Wanda across as close to Boat Harbour as we could get, then see what my new machine could do downhill.
The video above shows the fun part, we plugged into a wind that gusted to 34 knots until we realised that our 5kmh speed was going to get us another ten minutes of downwind, if we stuck it out for another half hour. Too bloody hard....