I should have taken a screen shot of the weather bureau's forecast for today ... "light to moderate southwesterly winds". Since I was paddling northeast from South Lantau, past the southern tip of Lamma, sounded ideal (wind at my back to finish the trip).
Yep, sounded too good to be true and it was.
Instead, wind was right out of the northeast (exact opposite direction), again pushing my kayak backwards. Okay, the wind wasn't that strong (only 5-10 knots) so instead I'd list it as a minor 'irritant' for the day.
Longest open water crossing in this trip = 23km
Stopped on the southern tip of Lamma for a leg stretch, pee break, and a bit of lunch. Then paddled up the east coast of Lamma and across the Lamma Channel into Deep Water Bay.
Now i'd like to say there was a nice size crowd gathered on the pier, awaiting my arrival, and as i paddled the last 200 meters they were waving and cheering, taking photos, a few "well done's".
Not to be.
I arrived about 30 minutes earlier than my announced "ETA". One final thunderstorm had me push hard during the last 3-4 kilometers. As a result, my mini support crew, the girls from the Fred Hollows Foundation, and a couple of reporters were nowhere to be seen as i paddled up to an empty, wet pier at the Victoria Recreation Club, 5pm Friday. Folks were obviously hiding from the rain. Maybe I should have done the same...