I was looking at seabreeze.com.au
and thinking that a downwind leg was in order. Problem was no one was available to pick me up. No big deal I thought, I'll just paddle back, it will be worth the pain and I need practice downwind.
Just as I am about to unload the car a mate of mine rocks up and she says lets go on the river. I think, what the hell, i would rather be in the river with another paddler than on my own in the ocean.
We started at swan canoe club and headed out to preston point. A bit of a side swell but nothing too bad. As we appraoched the point, we literally saw water spilling out from the channel. The wind was so strong that as we appraoched we needed a whole lot of right rudder to go straight and full rudder to turn into it.
Then the slog came. It was a pretty long 1.5k's. I saw my mate stop paddling for a second and then I saw her molokai heading backwards. My boats nose would break into the oncoming waves and spray the water up which was then caught by the wind and flung straight into my face. Nice.
But the ride back was worth it. The paddle in the water felt like a hot knife through butter. We were catching waves and then catching the waves in front. We also took about one third the time to get back. Smiles all round.
Some surf boats were practicing near the club so I hitched a tow back, washed the boats and headed home :-)