I've been away from the bay for nearly 10 years, prior to that windsurfed Dendy St (S-SW), Ricketts (SE-W) and Green Pt (NW) pretty much every day it was windy, kitesurfed Brighton or Hampton, occasionally Ricketts, Altona, St Kilda.
Not much wind about, but I'm itching to get out if/when it does blow. Reading a few posts here it sounds like windsurfing at any of the spots above is going to make trouble now - old/new "no boating" zones and 5 knot limits being enforced even when it's 20+ knots and no-one in their right mind is swimming? Is that right, or has it reverted to common sense again?
What happened!? We had happily co-existed with other water users for decades without grief or major incidents.
I noticed a recent proposal to move the seaward mark a little way north at Dendy St to improve the angle in a SW was rejected because it would reduce the swimming area to the south and seaward of the reef. In many years of sailing and kiting at Brighton/Dendy St I have never seen a swimmer on that side the reef when it's windy. Perhaps someone with a beach hut didn't want us there!
Dendy, Ricketts and Green Point are still being sailed. If you go to one of them, you might discuss with other windsurfers any restrictions and look for the signs designating zones. The lifesavers at Ricketts are particularly helpful, so please listen to their advice (can be crowded with swimmers on a hot day). As always, keep well clear of swimmers, in all locations.
In passing, parking in Bayside is now $5.40 per hour or $17 all day. Also, the ticket machines at Ricketts South have all been taken out, probably for updating. Don't know when they will be reinstalled.
Hope this helps.
Thanks WindmanV, good to hear.
If there are people sailing those spots I'll pick their brains, just didn't want to drive an hour, pay the tolls and parking, and find out they were off limits now.
Dawson St on S-SW. Free parking, the pipe is nasty, but there is more room before the swimming area to get out (and come back).
Another option - get a locker at the Elwood Sailing Club. Bonus - further away from the sewerage pipe and you can get a club foreshore parking permit to park anywhere between Elwood and Port Melbourne. So if it's not windy enough to sail, you can drive up to St Kilda to kite. Also on a Northerly, you can walk up with your gear to Ormond Point. Not as good as GP, but you won't get gouged for parking.