We launched from Ferry Point in Richmond with the plan of paddling into the wind towards Red Rock. The wind would then blow us back to our cars if conditions were too rough. Apparently conditions were too rough for many because I looked around soon after rounding the point to find only a half a dozen paddlers still with me. Everyone else turned back and went up the channel towards the Richmond Harbor.
We few hardy paddlers kept going despite watching super tankers pass in front of us and commuter ferry boats zip behind us. We made it safely to Red Rock Island and stopped on Toilet Bowl Beach for a snack. On the trip out and on the trip back the wind continued to die down and conditions became better and better. Everyone else should have followed us to Red Rock!