The outward journey was wind assisted (woo-hoo), meaning the return journey was wind-hindered (boo-hoo). 50km into a gusting headwind is quite the challenge.
Including a 30 minute break in Frankston I managed a time of 4h 24min over the journey. Pretty happy with that.
There are heaps of touring rides such as the Around the Bay. Most are just as well organised and are not as crowded. Many also present a more challenging course. I don't know at the moment if I'd do the Bay again or find a new challenge. But one thing I do know is that I thoroughly enjoyed being out there :)