Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour (NSW, Australia)
Rose Bay is located in Sydney Harbour between Point Piper and Vaucluse.
Whilst Sydney Harbour isn’t really a “go to” destination for windsurfers, if you live in Sydney this spot may be worth a try.
The bay has a nice large sandy bottom where beginners can stand up for some way out (ideal at high tide).
For advanced windsurfers, a NW or WNW breeze is best. As you get away from the bay the wind starts to clean up a bit, however it is still generally pretty gusty.
However the water is often choppy and turbulent and there can be all sorts of obstacles to avoid like seaplanes, ferries, ocean liners and other recreational sailing & powered boats.
This spot would probably be better suited to foiling windsurfers rather than planing windsurfers or at least windsurfers with a dagger board and a bit of floatation to ride through the lulls in the wind.
Woollahra Sailing Club has an active windsurfing fleet, mostly aimed at fun racing after work and on weekends. They also offer adult windsurfing lessons.
Access & Launching
Parking can be hard to come by, particularly on weekends plus it is metered. You could potentially drop gear & park on main road to avoid the cost of parking.
In a NW, launch from either the east side of the sailing club from the boat ramps or from the north end of the beach.
Watch out for Sting Rays in the shallows.
Always be aware of other water craft moving around you as there can be plenty of activity here.
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- Bump and Jump
- Longboard Cruising
- Small Waves
- Moderate Temp Water
- Salt Water
- Easy Launching
New South Wales
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