In my mind Monday represented the real start of summer in Sydney, with the arrival of our first Black Nor Easterly wind.
This is a sea breeze peculiar to the few hundred kilometers of coast either side of Sydney in summer time, and occurs when the normal summer sea breeze comes in early and keeps on blowing ostensibly because the heat dissipates from the land much slower than normal.
Driving back from the South Coast yesterday morning I felt the beginnings of the wind at about 9am, and topping the Kiama bends with a great view out to sea an hour or so later I could see the telltale signs of a really good honking wind bringing the surface of the sea to life. At 10pm Monday evening it was still blowing strong, where a normal sea breeze would rise mid afternoon and be gone typically by early evening.
We've got some good advice on the patterns of these winds over the coming weeks with a view to latching onto the big developed sea that they generate, usually steep, slower moving, rideable wind swell.
The idea of riding a big following, fully developed sea for hours on end is something we're all very excited about, as you can imagine.
Probably 2-3 weeks more training & preparation & we'll be right to go.