Sailing with a light westerly to North Head at dawn.
With one eye on building a new single-masted sail this is a continuing experiment with the behaviour of a couple of different rig designs, as referred to in the previous post. A double-masted V-sail and a slightly weather-beaten single-masted Tasmanian rig are being used in the photo above.
Having sailed to the base of North Head we re-set our course 180 degrees and managed to pick up a breeze to take us southwards along the cliffs. Above are the V-sails on Tony and Derek's kayaks. Not withstanding the findings expressed below on the limitations of the V-sail, this rig works well in light breezes - picking up every breath.of air and giving the kayaker a free knot or so of momentum.
Breakfast of ocean trout at a favourite cliff spot - only accessible by nimble kayak in slight seas. And then, with our kayaks perched on the rock platform, we snorkelled amongst crayfish crevices and into deep blue drop-offs along the cliff's edge.
A humpback whale singing its way north.