The apprenticeship continues.
Likewise the mistakes all teach me something. Yesterday was a very bleak day in Wellington with a vicious Northerly and very low temperatures. I had noticed a lot of very large power boats at the Kilbirnie end of Evans Bay. A little snooping on Google revealed that the World Waterski Racing Championships were taking place in the harbour. I went to Oriental Bay and have to say it was very miserable for spectators and competitors alike, which is a great shame considering what a beautiful day it has been today. Of course, the skiers were in wet suits but even so, the rooster tail behind the tow-boats must have ensured a more or less continuous blast of chilly salt water. The thunderous roar of the outboards was diplomatically described by a friend with a waterfront apartment as “very loud”.
Applying the 180 degree rule, I took a shot of the Carter Fountain, and was surprised that, in such conditions it was actually playing. Normally it shuts off when the wind-speed and direction bring the spray near the road.
After the final race, I drove around into Evans Bay and stopped to watch the procession of tow-boats growling up the bay. In the background, the police launch, Lady Elizabeth IV was making its own substantial presence felt.
In Lyall Bay, kite-surfers were enjoying the conditions. Notwithstanding my remarks yesterday about the normally placid surfing environment, the right wind conditions can provide great opportunities for kite-surfers. Tumbling waters and strong winds create some exciting opportunities for them. Kite-surfing at Lyall Bay is prohibited in some wind conditions where the loss of control could conceivably blow a kite across the airport with potentially disastrous consequences.
That’s enough for the day.