new caledonia Showing the single result Default sortingSort by popularitySort by average ratingSort by latestSort by price: low to highSort by price: high to low Explore New Caledonia with Tom Herbery $4,750.00 Select options No Comments Greg Doyle September 16th, 2018 This is a test comment about this package Simon Chippington September 16th, 2018 Thought I would sent you this email to say, massive thank you for the two days I’ve spent with you Hayling/Southend . 1st you got me planning carve gybes then Southend. Better jumping , not to mention all the other stuff taught on these days. Recommended ‘guaranteed success’ Thanks again See you soon. Greg Doyle July 3rd, 2019 Windsurfing Club Las Chucharis has a good range of boards and sails covering almost every windsurfing discipline however they only have a limited number of each type so pre-booking is advisable if you have a specific board / sail in mind.They have 2 rescue craft and a safety observer looking over the water at all times during business hours and lessons are taught from a boat so there is always someone close bye should someone come into any difficulty.The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable and all trainers are qualified.The location lost a few points because they are located approximately 200 m back from the beach (up a hill) meaning you have to carry your rented gear up and down to the beach which can take quite a bit of effort especially if the wind is gusty and you are trying to carry a large sail.There is a great hang-out right next door to the centre which has a great windsurfing/surfing vibe.Given the quality of equipment on offer and the professionalism of the staff we believe they represent good value.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle July 3rd, 2019 Windsurf Paradise has a limited range and number of boards and the gear tended to be a bit tired. They cooperate with the other centres with observing and rescue boats and also do boat training so the level of safety appears to be good. Their location is superior to the other centres in Cost Teguise as they are just 50m from the launching area so carrying gear to/from is a lot easier. There is a small cafe/bar right next door where you can get some good people watching. We have given them an overall rating of 3/5 for value as whilst their gear tends to be on the older side they are a little cheaper than the other centres in the area.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle July 4th, 2019 The biggest advantage of this centre is its location; just a 30m stroll to the waters edge (depending on the tide level) and off you go to Windsurfing paradise. They have a relatively small range of quality boards available for rent at a reasonable price. Rentals are available by the hour however be aware that whilst they accept credit card for the rent, they require a substantial cash deposit. We would recommend Ventura Surf and Windsurfing Centre for advanced sailors looking for some quality gear.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg July 21st, 2019 Review coming soonLog in to Reply WindHounds - Greg July 21st, 2019 This place is exceptionally well located adjacent to the main swimming beach and just a short walk to the Windsurfing centres & launching area.The service was impeccable from check-in, during my stay, in the restaurants & bar and check-out.The pool areas were lovely; the endless pool with views over the sailing area where a non-sailing partner could lay in the sun and periodically check on their sailing partner….or not!In terms of value I paid just 90 Euro per night which included a high-quality buffet breakfast & dinner each day…just incredible value!I took off just one point for comfort as there were a couple of minor annoying things like the toilet roll holder behind the door stopping you from opening the door fully…but really these were petty things.The only other negative is there is no on-site parking however there is plenty of free street & public parking areas around the town so you may have to walk a few minutes to your car.I would highly recommend this place to singles and couples as a fabulous place to base themselves for a windsurfing & relaxing holiday in Costa Teguise.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg July 22nd, 2019 Can’t fault this place, the service was great from the time you check-in (efficient, friendly & informative) to the time you leave.The entry area of the building is breathtaking with a tropical garden setting with ponds and running water throughout the common areas. There were also some shops contained within the resort and lovely common areas for sitting around.The location couldn’t be better, with direct access to the beach, views across the point-break/windsurfing area and an almost private swimming beach with turquoise blue water. It was just a short walk (5 mins) to the windsurfing centres and launching area and there are literally dozens of restaurants and bars within 5 – 15 mins walk.The rooms were adequate with comfy beds and a good size balcony facing the water and overlooking the pool area.The buffet breakfast was an absolute highlight with impeccable presentation of an incredible selection of quality food.We didn’t eat in the restaurants at night but they seemed to have a lovely ambiance with indoor and outdoor seating.Unfortunately the main pool was closed for maintenance whilst we were there but the second pool was also lovely with nice gardens and a bar service.We have no trouble at all recommending this property to singles, couple and small groups of adults contemplating a windsurfing holiday in Costa Teguise.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg July 22nd, 2019 We went to Costa Teguise with no real pre-conceived ideas about what we would find and were pleasantly surprised by what it has to offer.THE DESTINATION Costa Teguise is very easily accessed by public transport, bus of self-drive, just 15 mins from he airport.As with all towns on Lanzarote, they are highly manufactured by humans due to the sandy & rocky nature of the island. Palm trees and gardens have been planted everywhere to give the location a sort of tropical feel.The place was impeccably clean with cafes, bars & restaurants dotted around the waterfront to maximize the spectacular views.The sheltered swimming beach was superb with a large sandy beach and pristine turquoise blue water as you see in the postcards.The town is definitely touristy with masses of English and Europeans tacking advantage of the mass packaged holidays offered here.In saying this though, we were there in peak summer and it didn’t feel outrageously busy. You could always find a car park and get a seat at most restaurants whenever you wanted.Whilst we didn’t party as such whilst we were there, there seemed to be a reasonably vibrant nightlife with several nightclubs and sports bars in the area.It was noticeable that there was a good number of younger people and couples at this destination as well as the gray nomad set.THE SAILING We had mixed feelings about the windsurfing at Costa Teguise and had spoken to many people throughout our trip who had a similar experience to what we had.If the wind angle is not exactly right, getting out from the launching area can be a challenge due to a large rock wall that just out of the bay by about 50 metres. Combine this with a rope to keep sailors from straying into the swimming area (making the launching causeway about 30 m wide) and it can be a very frustrating time if you come off your board due to lack of wind and having to try to water start in that area.It is absolutely fine for beginners as they are able to stand up on their long buoyant boards and up-haul the sail. The issue is mainly with boards that lack enough buoyancy to keep one afloat.To be honest I felt like a complete beginner (which I am not) trying to get out of this zone and I was pleased to see that even some of the locals struggled in this area.The launching area was also a bit congested. The beach area was deep enough but due to the narrow causeway of the launch area out to the actual sailing area, you had to step over other sails and boards strewn all over the beach (but not a major issue really).Once out of the causeway and sheltered area the wind was fairly consistent (particularly the further away from shore you sailed).There is a good point-break on the left hand-side of the bay where many sailors hang out to frolic in the waves. One out there, the point is relatively clear from obstruction given that it juts out from the land.The water temperature was moderate to warm (I just wore shorts and rash top) and changed from turquoise to deep blue the further you ventured out. There wasn’t a lot of flat water sailing to be had (because the wind was quite gusty towards the shore where the water was flt) although the waves tended to be a little more rolly due to the swell as opposed to chop.The sailors in this location were predominantly males but there were a few females out there as well.WINDSURFING CENTRES At the time we visited there were 3 windsurfing centres offering a variety of gear suited to the area at varying levels. They also offered a great variety of lessons types for all levels.The sheltered bay really is a fabulous location for teaching before sailors head further out to sea where the wind increases substantially.All 3 centres shared the rescue boats and took it in turn to make sure there were observers on-deck all day. We believe this is a relatively safe environment to learn and progress.ACCOMMODATION There is a great variety of quality accommodation at this destination and based on our experience represented exceptional value to the quality of the property and the food offered.There are some great Adults Only hotels and also plenty of lovely self-cater condos, villas and apartments which would be ideal for families, larger groups or those looking for a longer stay.OTHER THINGS TO DO The island of Lanzarote is relatively small so getting around to see most that it has to offer in a week would be achievable. Whilst much of the land is baron and desert-like, there are some great natural wonders on the island ensuring non-sailors have plenty to keep them entertained. In and around Costa-Teguise there are many activity providers such as electric bike plus the Windsurfing centres generally rent suPs, surfboards & body boards. See the activities & tours section for Lanzarote for more information on this.IN SUMMARYLog in to Reply Greg Doyle September 22nd, 2019 Location: If you are looking to mostly kite or windsurf at Sotavento, you couldn’t go past this location with direct access to the lagoon and windsurfing zone. It is also a very suitable and central base for sailing at Costa Calma and Risco Del Paso. The only disadvantage was if you wanted to go to a restaurant, you need to drive about 15 mins to Costa Calma. Rooms: The rooms were great with plenty of space and a great outdoor balcony with spectacular views. There we are few minor things like the fridge not working and only 1 chair in a twin/double room but overall the room was great, the climate control was good and the beds were very comfy. Facilities: The hotel has some lovely common lounge areas and a nice feeling of space. The outdoor pools and garden setting were spectacular and the perfect place for non-sailors and kids to lounge/play around. Restaurants & Bars: Unfortunately the buffet breakfast was a bit average compared to other Melia hotels we have stayed in but still more than adequate for the price. However the evening buffets were very excellent! Drinks from the bar were also moderately priced. Parking: The hotel doesn’t have any parking as such but there is quite a bit of street parking. The only issue is getting a park near the hotel during busy beach hours. However in saying this the furthest we had to park was 5 mins away. Service: Upon arrival, the service staff weren’t very good with a very slow and slack check-in, no information about the hotel and then sending us in totally the wrong direction to our room. We had to get one of the cleaners to show us where our room was which took considerable time. Recommendation: We would absolutely recommend this as the best option if you are looking for a good value resort-style hotel for sailing at Sotavento, Costa Calma and Risco Del Paso.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 9th, 2019 I really love this spot, it feels safe and when the wind direction, strength and tide all come together you will have some of the best flat water sailing you will find anywhereLog in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 10th, 2019 The Good The best part about this property was the location…our apartment looked directly over the windsurfing zone at Corralejo with spectacular 200+ degree vistas also looking across the harbour over to Lobos Island. It was located in the middle of the main street and restaurants & bars were all within a short walk. There was a good buffet breakfast included (which we only found out about on the last day from reception) The apartment itself was a good size with room to move and reasonable size bedrooms & bathroom. The Not-So-Good The apartments were a bit tired in need of some general maintenance and some things just didn’t work…no light at the entry so was always a challenge getting in the door at night, the fan in one of the rooms didn’t work at all, the window blinds bang in the wind and were hard to use. We had to work out how to connect to the owners wifi as the hotel wifi was too far away to connect. The beds/bedding were low quality and not very comfortable. The pool area was a bit sterile with lots of concrete/tiles and a lack of garden/trees. And the staff were a bit vague about things and really didn’t give us a good check in. Also there is virtually no parking at the hotel. In Summary Aside from the short-comings, the location really made up for it and the price was pretty reasonable for what you get so we have no problem recommending this place.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg December 1st, 2019 EQUIPMENT – the centre has a great range of quality gear covering most disciplines of kiting & windsurfing. The most commonly used gear is turned over each year ensuring the latest & greatest.STAFF – The staff were very professional and knowledgeable. We are very confident the would be able to provide the right advice and tuition you are looking for.SAFETY – Overall the safety is good with observers and a rescue craft at the ready. We deducted 1 point here as we feel that centres with rescue craft actively operating on the water offer the greatest degree of safety.LOCATION – the centre is very well located on the beach however we deducted a point due to it’s difficulty to get to i.e. you can’t drive up and park next to the centre. However is you are staying in the camping park next door the location is perfect!HANG-OUTS – the cafe/bar next door is definitely one of the better ones we have seen and offers a good variety of food & drinks. Bust most importantly it has a good vibe and some lovely areas to lounge around on a hot summer’s day.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg April 18th, 2020 THE SAILING We had mixed feelings about the windsurfing at Costa Teguise and had spoken to many people throughout our trip who had a similar experience to what we had.If the wind angle is not exactly right, getting out from the launching area can be a challenge due to a large rock wall that just out of the bay by about 50 metres. Combine this with a rope to keep sailors from straying into the swimming area (making the launching causeway about 30 m wide) and it can be a very frustrating time if you come off your board due to lack of wind and having to try to water start in that area.It is absolutely fine for beginners as they are able to stand up on their long buoyant boards and up-haul the sail. The issue is mainly with boards that lack enough buoyancy to keep one afloat.To be honest I felt like a complete beginner (which I am not) trying to get out of this zone and I was pleased to see that even some of the locals struggled in this area.The launching area was also a bit congested. The beach area was deep enough but due to the narrow causeway of the launch area out to the actual sailing area, you had to step over other sails and boards strewn all over the beach (but not a major issue really).Once out of the causeway and sheltered area the wind was fairly consistent (particularly the further away from shore you sailed).There is a good point-break on the left hand-side of the bay where many sailors hang out to frolic in the waves. One out there, the point is relatively clear from obstruction given that it juts out from the land.The water temperature was moderate to warm (I just wore shorts and rash top) and changed from turquoise to deep blue the further you ventured out. There wasn’t a lot of flat water sailing to be had (because the wind was quite gusty towards the shore where the water was flt) although the waves tended to be a little more rolly due to the swell as opposed to chop.The sailors in this location were predominantly males but there were a few females out there as well.WINDSURFING CENTRES At the time we visited there were 3 windsurfing centres offering a variety of gear suited to the area at varying levels. They also offered a great variety of lessons types for all levels.The sheltered bay really is a fabulous location for teaching before sailors head further out to sea where the wind increases substantially.All 3 centres shared the rescue boats and took it in turn to make sure there were observers on-deck all day. We believe this is a relatively safe environment to learn and progress.ACCOMMODATION There is a great variety of quality accommodation at this destination and based on our experience represented exceptional value to the quality of the property and the food offered.There are some great Adults Only hotels and also plenty of lovely self-cater condos, villas and apartments which would be ideal for families, larger groups or those looking for a longer stay.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle May 20th, 2020 I have been a part of this club for many years sailing both catamaran’s on weekends and windsurfing whenever I can any day of the week.In recent times the windsurfing side of the club has really developed with 50+ active members. The biggest issue is trying to find storage for new members.The clubhouse is not plush (or stuffy) by any means; it is old-school and has a great vibe with a nice cross-section of members.Facilities – the club has a good lounge area, outdoor BBQ & seating area, bar open on race days. There are wash-down facilities for your gear and hot showers & change rooms.Storage – there are storage lockers for about 50 members. You can generally get at least 2 sets of equipment in a locker. The lockers are horizontal which is not ideal for managing & retrieving gear but they are adequate.Sailing spot – whilst it isn’t the best sailing spot on the planet, its convenience to the inner suburbs of Melbourne is fabulous. And on its day it can be great!Rigging & launching – the grassy area at the front of the club is convenient for rigging although the grass does die-off over summer leaving you to sometimes rig on dirt. The launching area is from a sandy beach and there can be a bit of a shore break at times making launching a little challenging for the less experienced.Friendliness – I really love the club for this; ESC is part of my greater-family!…actually I see members more than my family 🙂Club equipment – there is a mish-match of gear available for people wanting to give windsurfing a go but nothing to get too excited about. There are also SUPs available to members to use.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle May 23rd, 2020 This hotel is probably the best located hotel with regard to the windsurfing & kitesurfing launching areas plus and easy walk to restaurant & bars.The hotel offers a reasonable spread for breakfast and the restaurant looks pretty good even though we didn’t eat there as there are so many great restaurants along the waterfront at El Medano.The rooms were pretty small but adequate and our room had a small balcony looking along the El Medano foreshore.There didn’t seem to be any storage areas for windsurfing or kite gear so you would need to leave this in your car.However there are several kite & windsurfing centres right next door to the hotel where you can just rock-up each day and choose your weapon of choice for the day.We are happy to recommend this hotel as a good property in a great location.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle May 25th, 2020 This centre has good quality equipment for rent at competitive rates and is located on a lagoon and just a short walk to the main beach. The restaurant & bar on the same property is a great hangout.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 12th, 2020 I have always found these guys to be knowledgeable about their products and they provide great service. Also have the best range of windsurfing gear in Melbourne.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 12th, 2020 I have only purchased a couple of items that needed to be ordered in here and they were pretty good although I had to keep chasing them to see if what I had ordered was in (and it had been for some time when I finally took possession)Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 12th, 2020 I went to Sotavento with very high expectations and whilst it didn’t disappoint there were a few things that weren’t up-to-scratch.THE WIND The wind was a typical cross off-shore and whilst it was reasonably strong I was surprised how gusty it was. I found that I was off-the-plane about 50% of the time as the wind dropped intermittently. The land mass has a bit of height to it blocking the clean wind.THE WATER The water was a lovely turquoise & deep blue colour and perfectly clean. The water temp was around 22 deg C making it very bearable in a rash top. The shore break certainly sorted out some of the Euro sailors not used to sailing in the ocean.One of the disappointments to me was that the water was quite choppy the further you away from the land. Unfortunately that was where the cleanest wind was and closer to shore where the water was relatively flat the wind speed was quite variable.I was also under the impression that the lagoon would be a great place for speed sailing however it was really just a great spot for people learning to sail.ACCOMMODATION If you like resort-style accommodation; you will love this place. The Melia Fuerteventura is fabulous and located right on the beach just a few minutes walk to the Windsurfing & Kitesurfing sailing spots.SERVICES There is no doubt that Rene Igli has a well-oiled machine with both its Windsurfing & Kitesurfing centres. Apart from high-performance race gear, these centres pretty much have every other type of device you could dream of. The prices were definitely up there compared to other centres around the Canaries particularly if you wanted quality gear.BEACH The launch area to the ocean and the lagoon in front of the Rene Igli Windsurfing Centre gets pretty busy so don’t expect and serenity here; it’s elbows out at the launch area to get started.The beach immediately in front of the Windsurfing Centre had some chairs and a bit of shade and had a pretty good vibe.Overall it was quite the pinnacle of windsurfing I was expecting but some of the best windsurfing I had ever done in my life to date.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 12th, 2020 Rene Egli CentreRene Egli Centre is the largest of its kind in the world. With this comes a lot of glossy marketing & hype, a lack of attention to detail by staff, a loss of personalised service and higher prices.RENTAL RANGE/CONDITION There is no doubt Rene Egli has some of the best rental gear on the planet! It was a please being able to change boards & rigs as often as I wanted as conditions changed. They update gear each year so most of it is pretty new. With this quality and range the top-end gear came at a premium price compared to other Centres in the Canary Islands.STAFF EXPERTISE/PROFESSIONALISM I must say I was quite disappointed in this aspect of the business. When registering there seemed to be a real lack of systems and a definite lack of personalised attention. When I went to collect my gear the guy looking after the sails was more interested in chatting up the girls than doing his job. It did become quite frustrating and when I wanted to change sails I was treated as though it was a hard ask.LOCATION/HANGOUTS It is hard to beat the location as it is right on the water fronting the ocean and the training lagoon. I don’t recall a bar on-site however there was some nice spots to sit around in front of the centre.VALUE I think based on the lack of attention to detail in service plus the higher cost of gear, the value was not as good as other centres around. However in saying this they really have a great location and quality gear so that compensates somewhat for their short-comings.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 12th, 2020 Risco Del Paso was my preferred place to sail in the Sotavento area. The water was clean, turquoise blue and very flat as advertised.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 13th, 2020 Have purchased goods from these guys on a couple of occasions and have always had a pleasant experience.I have 2 Point-7 freeride sails which I have been using for 5 years and they are still great!Log in to Reply Greg Doyle June 14th, 2020 This is my home windsurfing spot so I get to see it in all conditions across all seasons.I am not much of a winter sailor here because the water can get pretty cold and when the antarctic wind blows from the south it can be freezing cold…and yes I am a softy.During the Months of November to about March (during summer) afternoon sea-breezes (12 to 25 knots) are common place (from the South or South-West) making the sailing opportunities fairly regular.On the down-side, there is quite a bit of fetch across the bay when the wind blows from the South making the water very rough and choppy (also creating a bit of a shore break at the launching area). Another problem is during the peak of summer there can be a lot of Jelly Fish. They are not the killer type but can give you a bit of a sting so wetsuits are pretty essential most of the time.On the plus-side I get to store my gear at the Elwood Sailing Club and hang out with a great bunch of windsurfers and when the conditions are right the sailing can be pretty good.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle July 5th, 2020 We only stayed here for a couple of nights and found the place to be comfy plus it was nice to be able to find a place that allows dogs inside & out.One thing of note (which may have changed) is the house in in a bit of a hollow so the wifi signal was not very good. So if you are going there and need internet access you had better check to see if this has been improved before booking.Log in to Reply Greg Doyle July 12th, 2020 We have stayed at these flats with our dogs a couple of times and have been happy with our stay.The apartments aren’t deluxe by any means but they are comfy and the temperature can be controlled with the reverse-ccle air conditioner.The bed in the master bedroom is pretty comfy and the shower/bathroom adequate.The kitchen is pretty small and only has basic utensils for cooking so don’t expect to be able to cook up a storm.The flats are well located and an easy walk to the Metung village and to the lake-front on both sides of the peninsula.The car parking at the front of the flats is a bonus where you can fit 2 vehicles or a car and a trailer/boat.We can recommend these flats as a good value basic pet friendly accommodationLog in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 12th, 2020 This is a really nice bit of safe water and when the wind blows in the right direction (of which it works in several directions) it is a great place to sail.We stayed at the Lake King Waterfront Caravan Park which was a lovely place to stay and I could leave my sail rigged right in front of my campsite with just a few steps to the launching area.The water is pretty clean although a little brackish and was quite warm when I sailed there in November. The bottom was sandy with some muddy patched but was pretty clear of rocks and shells meaning I had no need to wear booties.The main foreshore launching area is few a few hundred metres to the North and has an even nicer beach to launch and a safe swimming beach for the kids (plus public toilets and a kids play area).The only disadvantage of this place to stay is you have to drive 5ks to Paynesville if you want to visit a bar or restaurant. But of that is not your thing, staying at Eagle Point is a great option.Eagle Point is also very central to other spots on the Gippsland Lakes so if the wind direction is not right here on the day, jump in that car and drive to one of the other great spots nearby.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 15th, 2020 I actually didn’t get to sail here due to the wind being a little light (approx 12 knots) however I believe it would provide some good bump-and-jump conditions on small chop when the wind is up.I must admit, the water colour was a bit of a put-off although it isn’t really polluted, it is just that it is where the La Trobe River and Avon River enter the lake bring silt down-stream. It can however get a bit of blue-green-algae when there hasn’t been much rain for some time (usually at the end of summer).The campsite is very basic but you can’t get much closer to the water than this!If you are looking for a free place to stay by the water this is a good spot but you have to bring everything with you including drinking water.I gave it just 2 out of 5 but remember these ratings are against the best spots in the world.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 24th, 2020 I love this place!Don’t expect any fancy beach-bar hang-outs or bikini clad babes here however if you want some of the most easily accessible and best flat water blasting in Australia then this is a spot not to be missed.I know some of the locals are going to hate me for publicising this spot but it should be shared for those who don’t already know about it.Free car parking, a lovely grassy area to rig, a quick walk to the water’s edge, no shore break, a BBQ for snags at the end of the day and a pub a few hundred metres up the road for take away beers…what else could one want!!Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 24th, 2020 Sotavento is an incredible destination for windsurfing & kitesurfing and has some of the best supporting services you will find anywhere in the world. The water was turquois blue and warm however I was surprised by the amount of swell and chop. Many people seemed to be having a bit of trouble breaking through the shore break; maybe because they mostly sail on lakes?? The wind was also quite inconsistent and by all reports that was pretty normal. It does however seem blow all the time! The Melia hotel is set directly behind the windsurfing and kitesurfing areas and centres making it the number one choice of places to stay. The cost of the hotel was very reasonable for the level of rooms, food & beverages however be prepared to pay the big bucks to rent gear from Rene Igle. Overall I loved this place although the sailing wasn’t quite as good as I had anticipated. If you are heading to the Canaries you can’t not sail at this spot.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg November 25th, 2020 I just love this place as a destination!I am yet to sail at all of the spots around Andersons Inlet however my experiences at the rotunda and angling club have been exceptional.The town is pretty small however it has a couple of nice pubs, some takeaway shops and small cafe/restaurants…all you need for a holiday here.The only downside is the lack of dog-friendly accommodation which makes it hard to stay for a night or two without renting a whole house. Luckily it is just a 2 hour drive from Melbourne so day trips are possible.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg January 12th, 2021 We windsurfed here on a 38 degree day with a NNE breeze gusting from 12 to 29 knots. The wind was hot so seriously lacked punch. However when the wind got up it was serious fun blasting across the flat water at this spot. Whilst the wind was gusty it didn’t tend to come in bullets but rather dropped out and then you could see the gusts coming across the water which gently picked up.On the downside for windsurfers, as the tide goes out so does the water and you have to walk about 50 – 100 m in soft weed to get to deep enough water (unless you have small fins on your board). There was also quite a bit of weed floating in the bay so getting weed tangled around a slalom fin was a bit of an issue. A raked fin is definitely more advantageous here.I didn’t wear booties here however I did feel a bit insecure walking out in the weed/mud. I think booties a good idea particularly for windsurfers having to walk out a bit to the deeper water.The rigging area has a few good grassy areas and the beach is a mix of sand and shells. There is a reasonable amount of parking and you don’t have to cart your gear more than a few metres. There are also public toilets and dogs are allowed off-lead however please pick up your dog’s poo as there was quite a bit of it around the area.If you are looking to blast across flat water on a northerly breeze this is a spot worth a look just 1.5 hours drive south of Melbourne.For kitesurfers this is would be a brilliant spot and would probably increase the overall rating to 4/5.Log in to Reply Clive Greenwood January 13th, 2021 This was my first visit & I left with the impression that it was a good spot for slalom windsurfing in NW to NE wind directions & it could even be good in SW. While the wind was still gusty, it was far less so than it would have been in Port Phillip Bay, the water smoother & chop direction more comfortable. My favourite place to sail was in the middle, around the area of the shipping channel, where the wind felt stronger & more consistent, the water clearer & containing less weed. It would be an advantage to have a weed fin; my slalom fins frequently got clogged with weed, causing a lot of drag & spinouts.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg January 21st, 2021 When I talk to people about Sandy Point, many of the long-time sailors reminisce about how good it was in the 80s and 90s. Since then the sand dunes have grown due to a plant that was released on the dunes to reduce erosion which in turn has increased the size of the dunes making the wind more gusty as it comes from the ocean across the inlet.Whilst the gusty wind is noticeable, I had an absolute blast windsurfing here!The wind was blowing from the SSW at about 15 – 18 knots. With a 125 litre board and 7.5m sail I could easily sail through the lulls.I sailed a little away from the shore to get a more consistent breeze so the water was not glassy but it was still very flat.The kitesurfers kites are above the sand dunes so they could easily hug the shore-line.The only thing that is a bit of a pain is dogs are not allowed at this spot even on a lead during the summer months so we had to leave our dogs in the car.We camped at the Sandy Point camping park which was very simple but adequate (although expensive for what they offer). Unfortunately it appears the camping area is being sold off as residential blocks 🙁Don’t be shy, if you haven’t been to this spot for some time get back to it and I think you will be surprised at how good it is if you love flat-water-sailing.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg January 22nd, 2021 I sailed at area 45 in January in a WSW breeze of around 15 – 18 knots.Firstly the rigging and parking area is very good with some nice grass to rig on directly next to the car park.Launching is pretty easy but there are a few sharpish rocks as you enter the water. Once 20m or so from shore the bottom is quite sandy so booties aren’t really a requirement here.The tide was on the high side when I sailed here and I was told by locals that the water becomes super flat as the sand bars appear at low tide.I must say I was very impressed with the consistency of the wind and the pretty flat water with this breeze direction and tide.A local told me that this spot is most epic with an easterly breeze at low tide where many local speed records are broken.I will definitely be back again to this spot in the near future; hopefully to try an easterly breeze!PS. the pics attached to the review were actually from the day before in a 30knt+ southwesterly.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg February 20th, 2021 I really loved sailing at this spot. It was a bit of an adventure getting out there on a boat (but very straight forward) making that much more special. The day I sailed here it was blowing from the NE (which is not the direction for the speed strip). The wind was gusty and very up-and down (5 – 20 knots) however the last 30 mins before leaving the wind came up to about 20+ knots and was much more consistent.The bottom was mostly soft sand however you have to sail over some weed beds to get away from the shore in a NE breeze so it meant a tack to make this happen. There is no need for a weed fin and I didn’t wear booties and didn’t step on anything (I might have just been lucky!).I would love to grab a group of mates and head out to this spot for a day with a BBQ. I am hoping to get back out there in a couple of days when a southerly is due to arrive but it looks like a particularly strong front.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg March 5th, 2021 We stayed in a villa in Feb 2020 for $150 / night which was a bit on the expensive side given it wasn’t peak season.The villa was clean and in good condition with 2 bedrooms each with a double bed.The kitchen had a good selection of cooking utensils and appliances and the lounge / dining area was a good size.Each villa has a deck with outdoor table and chairs which has nice views over the town with glimpses of the bay.There were about 50 other windsurfers camping in the park when we were there who were very accommodating with information about where to launch and sail on Lake George. Next time I visit I will get a camp site with the other windsurfers as this ads a new dimension to the vibe of the place.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg March 14th, 2021 From all the hype I had heard about Lake George I had pretty high expectations prior to my visit.Well was I excited about how good the sailing was at this spot.It took quite a bit of work to get to some of the launching areas and then wade out through the thick mud and weed however the experience made these small challenges seem insurmountable.Gliding across glassy flat water in 15 to 20 knot winds was truly surreal and I managed to get my personal best of 32 knots (previously 26 knots) on a freeride board with a freeride sail (no fancy race gear here).Whilst this spot rates lowly in frills it is a 5 out of 5 blasting experience.I just can’t wait to get to Lake George again next year if the conditions are right.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg March 24th, 2021 Finally sailed here in an easterly! Well actually 3 days of easterlies ranging in wind speed from 10 knots to 35 knots (on separate days). On the windier days the breeze was consistent and strong. On the lighter day it was not as consistent but this was driven by storms / rain showers. The crowds (maybe 5 sailors) turned up over the weekend to take advantage of the strong winds. When the tide was low, the chop turned to ripples and I believe several PBs were achieved along with a top speed of 43 knots (woohaaaa!!). A word of caution, we found that when the tide was higher it was more difficult to navigate the sandbars making high-speed fin strikes a high probability. In fact one of our crew hit a bar at about 30knots breaking his boom into 4 pieces. So be very careful and take your time to get to know where the sand bars are before trying to break any records.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg April 16th, 2021 I had been eying this place off for several years and finally made it down there in April 2021.Recently I had met some the locals over at Lake George in SA and they mentioned what a great place this is for flat-water-blasting and speed sailing.The access and launch area at the yacht club are fabulous with minimal effort required to get blasting from the get-go.I was also impressed with the water quality and clarity given the bay has a silty muddy bottom.The day we sailed the wind came and went quickly (unfortunately) however we did get a taste of how good this spot is to sail.When it was blowing we had about 15 – 18 knots from the WNW and the water was super flat. getting onto the plane was so easy due to the flat water.Given the lake is shallow it was easy to stop and have a rest even way out in the middle and the silty bottom was firm enough that you could just beach start each time.We will definitely return to this place as another option to Inverloch and particularly during winter to sail the northerlies.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg January 13th, 2022 Stayed at the Eagle Point Caravan park this time which is also directly across the raod from the lake.Just be aware that there is very sharp rocks that extend about 3 metres into the lake (I am guessing to stop errosion) which can do some serious damage to your feet. So either wear booties or walk your gear about another 200m up the lake to where there is a nice sandy beach.The wind was a bit inconsistant from the East but was a fun place to sail.I mostly windsurfer foiled so the water wat plenty deep enough for that but you need to walk out about 50 metres before it is deep enough.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg March 4th, 2022 I really enjoyed sailing here. Meeting & sailing with some of the local’s was great!I managed to get out on my foil in the early afternoon when the wind was around 12 – 15 knots and progressively went to my smaller freeride boards as the wind increased to around 18-20 knots by about 4pm.The sailing was so enjoyable on the first day I came back to next afternoon for another great session in a solid 18-20 knot breeze.Access & launching was also super easy with a nice sandy bottom and no weed.I will definately plan to get back to Boggy Lake on a future road trip to this area.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg March 4th, 2022 I really loved sailing here due to the convenince of the Caravan park to the lake. The water got a bit lumpy as the wind came up but wasn’t too crazy.Foiling was also great at this location but be aware of a few rocks about 50m metres out from the shoreline.This would also be a great spot for a family winsurfingvacation and perfect for beginners.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg December 1st, 2022 I sailed here in late November 2022 on a Severne Fox 105 with 7.5m freeride sail.I launched from Palm Beach which is a really nice spot with a grassy rigging area and sandy beach. There are car parks adjacent to the rigging area so you can rig right in front of your vehicle. The walk out in the shallow water is also sandy and I only had to walk about 10m from shore to get going. Further out the bottom was very weedy but deep enough not to catch on the fin. In fact I believe this spot would also work well for foilers as it is neck deep about 50 – 100 m from shore.The water was surprisingly clean with a brown tinge and the temperature was like a bath.When I arrived the wind was blowing a solid 20 knots rom the SE. Unfortunately by the time I rigged it had dropped off quite a but and became very gusty and full of holes. Even when the wind was blowing the chop was minimal. So needless to say my session was a bit frustrating.Overall I liked this spot and I felt safe sailing without anyone else out on the water.Log in to Reply WindHounds - Greg December 3rd, 2022 I sailed from the sailing club in late November 2022 in a stiff 18 to 22 knot westerly.The water was brown but clean and warm and the chop was moderate.The rigging area was lovely with huge palm trees surrounding the area and lots of grass.The launching area was on a nice sandy beach and the sand extended out abot 50m before hitting the weed where the bottom turned in to sift mud. I didnt wear booties and at no stage did I step on anything sharp.Even though this wasn’t the ideal NE breeze, it was still a lot of fun sailing here in the blustery westerly.PS no dogs are permitted here which is a real issue with many great sailing spots in NSW if you have a dog.Log in to Reply Comments are closed.