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Coochiemudlo island

Sunday, 10 May 2009
Circumnavigate Coochiemudlo island (in Moreton Bay), followed by training.

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This is an easy paddle for anyone with basic skills, and some time will be spent improving these in the water off the island, moving toward more advanced skills.

CoochieMudlo is a small island with sandy beaches off Victoria Point.

We will meet at the club shed at 6 am with a view to departing at 7am and being on the water by 8.30 am.

High tide is at 10 am. We will kayak around CoochieMudlo and probably across to Macleay Island then return to CoochieMudlo where we will practice edging, bracing and hip flicking - building up skills for those wanting to learn to roll or to land through surf.

Note: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. The trip may be modified or cancelled if conditions are unsuitable.


  • Basic skills and fitness - Basic skills and fitness are required. It is practising and then moving on from the Paradise Point training session.
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. You will get wet. Bring dry paddling gear to change into after the training session. Bring a picnic lunch, snacks, at least 2L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you can get wet.
Grade: 1
Date: Sunday, 10th May 2009
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Duration: All Day. We will plan to leave the club by 7 am, be on the water before 8.30 am and be off the water by 4 pm and back at the shed by 5.30pm.
Distance: about 15 km
Paddle time: ~3 hrs
Costs: A contribution for petrol, and a donation towards kayak upkeep if you can afford it.
Tide: High 9:53 AM (at brisbane bar)
Meet: at the club shed at 6am to load kayaks. Depart at 7 am. Aim to be on the water before 9.30am
Emergency Contact: VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 or Coast Guard Redland Bay 07 3206 7777

Contact & registration : Michael (seakayaking rep). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks.

Trip report (Michael Wynne)
There were nine kayakers and, with the trailer packed the night before, we made an early start. The weather was perfect with the breeze less than five knots (predicted 10-15 rising to 20 knots). We went anticlockwise around Coochiemudlo at high tide with rudders up, practising controlling the kayak by edging and paddle stroke. We stopped to talk about and practice bracing, and then later using the paddle for rear and forward ruddering.

We were well ahead of schedule so, after a snack on the beach, we crossed to Macleay Island and kayaked up the western side for an hour before returning to Coochiemudlo for an early lunch.

After lunch we practiced rescues, and then received some rolling instructions from Scott and Peter. Scott demonstrated a hand roll - the first time he had rolled a sea kayak! While few of us got up, we all have something to work towards. We were back at Victoria Point by 3.30 pm, packed the kayaks and were comfortably back at the club shed by 5 pm. Total distance kayaked approximately 20 km.