Robinson Bay Beach at Eastbourne is a favourite summer windsurfing spot and you'll usually find a few here after work, sailing till sunset, and at the weekends when its windy. It's cool for cruising the eastern side of Wellington harbour, out to Makaro/Ward Island or right over to Evans Bay and Seatoun. There are no real waves, just steep chop or rolling swells on the right day to jump off. There's even a flat patch of water for freestyle as you approach Makaro Island at low tide.

It has great parking, a grassy rigging area and best of all - cold beers following a session courtesy of the Eastbourne RSA right there at the beach. The WWA usually holds at least one intermediate sailor event here a year, and the Harbour Blast race event either begins or ends here, depending on the wind direction.

Who does it suit

Eastbourne is good for all levels, from beginners to advanced bump and jump or slalom sailors. It can get pretty choppy above 15 knots so beginners will learn good balance when uphauling.

What are the best conditions

Both N and NW work well at Eastbourne, which is cross to cross-onshore. Generally you'll be blown back to shore south of the launch if you come to any grief, so its pretty safe. Its also pretty calm up on the grass for spectators too which is good.

SW here can be smooth as anything and great for freeriding. S is no good since its sheltered and offshore.

How do I get there

From central Wellington drive along state highway 2 towards the Hutt Valley. Take the Petone exit and drive along the foreshore, then past Seaview and simply follow the road around past all the Bays to the eastern side of the harbour until you reach Eastbourne. Turn right at Makaro Street and then the 2nd left into Tuatoru Street following the signs to the RSA. Trip takes about 30 mins.

Eastbourne Funday - Photo courtesy of Wild Winds

What to look out for

The sharp rocks, shells and sticks on the beach have been known to snag a few bare feet, until you reach the sand. Beware of sailing out into the shipping channel, the ferries approach pretty quickly.

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