Peel island circumnavigation (day trip)

Depart from Cleveland for a beautiful trip across to Peel Island where we will lunch, swim, snorkel and explore before returning home.

Note that this trip is now full
Date Saturday 26th October 2013
Trip Leader(s) Christian Chatenay – (AC Sea Guide)
Description This day trip has the group crossing a 7 km stretch of water before our arrival into Horseshoe Bay on Peel Island. It is a beautiful location, and very popular anchorage for its sheltered bay with clear water and white sand.

Peel Island is a National Park and as visitors for the day, please enjoy but respect your surrounds. We will spend a couple of hours having lunch and exploring the area before departing at approximately 12.30pm. Our paddle home will take us around the island past an old wreck and back across the bay.

Our sea kayak trip takes place in a fairly sheltered part of Moreton Bay, but as it is a bay environment things can change at a moment’s notice. Also the distance will be approximately 22-25km, so it is recommended that participants have some paddling experience and a moderate fitness level.

Due to the height of the tide we should be able to cut off some distance from the trip by paddling over some reef areas close to the northern side of Peel Island. As we will be there around high tide there may also be the opportunity to snorkel on the reef. We will need to assess this at the time.

Paddle type Sea kayaking (bay)
Grade  2
Duration 1 day
Distance  ~25 km
Tides Low : 7.50am High :2.30pm
Moon First Quarter (neap tides)
Sunrise/set 6:02 PM
Put in point Boat ramp- William St; Cleveland at 8:00 AM, departing 8:45 AM.
Take out point Same is put in point
Alt. Take out points and routes Once on the Bay we will be committed to either Peel Island or the mainland for exit points This is however a fairly high traffic area, so in a more serious circumstance we may be able to alert another water craft for assistance if deemed necessary. Leader will have VHF, flares and associated safety gear.
Facilities There are toilets available at Horseshoe bay (half way along south side) (but bring enough water for the full trip!)
Personal Gear See participant gear list ( contact leader). A full multiday gear checklist is here as well (use common sense in choosing from it as you will not need all of it)
Required Equipment
  • *As per Club Grade 2 requirements
  • Spray decks
  • Hand pump – req. 1 per 2 kayaks
  • Paddle Float – req. 1 per 2 kayaks
  • Sun smart gear-hat/sunscreen etc
Recommended Equipment
  • Minimum 2 litres of water
  • Footwear suitable for paddling and swimming (please NO thongs (ie no flipflops)!)
  • Food / Nourishment for the duration of the trip
Check Equipment Suitable craft, spray deck, PFD, paddle, paddle leash, bailing device, medication, water, footwear
Paddler Requirements Paddlers should have an appropriate level of fitness, this is a trip that requires moderate fitness level. The Bay can be calm but can also change dramatically with winds and tides also playing a factor. Individuals must self-assess their, and their equipment’s, ability to participate in this level club event and should consult the trip leader if any aspect of their suitability requires clarification.

Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit and T-rescue (in sea kayaks) while a member of the club.

Meet UQ Club shed at 6:30 AM, Depart for Cleveland 7 AM
Meet time at Put in point 8.00AM – on water at 8:45 AM
Risks and Hazards Sunburn, fatigue, hypothermia, dehydration, Sea sickness, cuts and bruises, Boat capsize, Boat traffic, Rough seas, Paddle related injuries, wind and current (weather), group separation, land and sea fauna.
Steps to reduce risk Dress for the outdoors, Bring wind/ rain proof cag. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions beforehand. Make participants aware of boat traffic. Safety, communication, and emergency gear. Ensure all safety equipment is accessible and basic knowledge is imparted on its use. Group to stay in close configuration.
Safety Gear Spare paddle, tow ropes, paddle float, compass, PFD, bailer, sea kayak with deck lines and sealed compartments, hand pumps, First aid kit, chart, torch, light stick.
Communications  mobile phone(s), VHF radio, PLB, whistles, flares, signal mirror, V sheet,
Emergency Contact(s) Trip to be logged on at the start of the trip and off at end

  • Raby Bay VMR 455 0427372830 (24/7) Channels 16, 67,81,73  (primary contact)
  • VMR Victoria Point 32078717 (closes at 1700)
  • Redland Bay Coast Guard VMR 477 3206777/ 0409874463 (closes at 1700)
Medical Conditions Please advise leaders if you have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible.
Medical Centre Marie Rose centre, cnr Oxley Parade and Petrie Terrace, Dunwich. Ph 34099059

Map of Paddle Route
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Register info

(required prior to the event)

Please register your interest with John Simmons by email (first come first served).
Please indicate –

  • your mobile phone number
  • whether you have transport (and how many people you can transport if so)
  • whether you have roof racks for kayaks (and how many kayaks you can carry if so)
  • if you can tow a trailer
  • if you have previously demonstrated a wet exit and/or T-rescue (in sea kayaks) while a member of this club
  • what your skills level is to assist planning. It will not be fun if you are not up to it.
Register by Monday 21st October 2013. Places are limited. Participants must register their interest prior to the event.
  • Wear and tear contribution for club gear used.
  • Petrol money for your driver.
  • Contribution to the trailer tower for extra petrol.
  • A few extra dollars in case of dinner, coffee stop, or unplanned ferry trip and/or expenses.

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