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Circumnavigate Macleay island

Sunday, 05 August 2012
A day trip around Macleay island in Moreton Bay, with lunch on Karragarra island. The trip will leave from, and return to, Victoria point. Register by Sun 29th July.

Full Details

Discipline: Sea kayaking

Grade: 1 (note the distance is a bit longer)
Water: Bay - smooth waters
Distance: 24km (about 13NM) max. Note that we will have the tide with us on most legs of this trip and depending on weather on the day can be shortened by returning to Victoria Point from the lunch place (Karragarra Island) the same direction (more or less) that we went there.

Description: We will be leaving from Victoria Point heading to the southern point of Macleay Island via the protected channel between Garden Island and Macleay Island. We will lunch on Karragarra Island at the picnic area. Following lunch we will head north along the eastern side of Macleay Island via the narrow channel between Lamb Island and Macleay Island. We will follow the eastern shore to Potts Point then cross over direct to Victoria Point.

We will be practicing some skills along the way including edging, towing and navigational skills. It is not intended to have you in the water. We may try some fire lighting skills over lunch without matches or lighters! Toilets are available at the lunch place.

Date: Aug 5th, 2012
Load kayaks: Sat afternoon 4th Aug, 4:00 PM at the shed
Meet time: 6:30 AM at the shed. Depart St. Lucia 7 AM sharp.
Depart point: Victoria Point boat ramp (on the northern point of the reserve). Access via the end of Colburn Street, Victoria Point. Arrive 8AM. Depart 8:30AM
Duration: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Return to shed : ~5:00PM

Tides: Low 05:46 (0.35m), High 11:34 (1.99m), Low 17:35 (0.44m) Brisbane Bar (For Macleay Island add 30 min to these times)
Moon phase: Waning Gibbous - 93% full. Rise 8:27PM [full moon was 2nd Aug]
Sunset: 5:22 PM

Costs: Wear and tear contribution for club gear. Petrol money to your driver, and a few extra dollars in case of coffee stop or unplanned ferry trip...

Ability: Paddlers should have an appropriate level of fitness. 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. All participants must have demonstrated a wet exit and a sea kayak T-rescue, contact the leader ASAP if you have not done this so it can be arranged while we still have access to the UQ pool.

Risks: Boat traffic, fatigue, marine life, sunburn, hypothermia, dehydration, paddle related injuries.
Risk minimisation: Keep group together during channel crossings. Periodic rest stops. Dress for the outdoors, Bring food/water/wind/ spray proof cag/ jacket and fleece to change into for lunch. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions beforehand. Safety equipment and Paddler equipment.
Alternate course & take out points: The trip follows the coastline of Islands so there are numerous rest places and take out points on route. There are also passenger ferries and a vehicular ferry to the southern end of Macleay Island and Karragarra Island in case of emergency.
Emergency contact: VMR Victoria Point (32078717)

Safety Equipment: mobile, VHF radio, signal mirror, flares, spare paddle, tow line, repair kit, first aid kit.
Paddler equipment: Safe craft, spray deck, PFD, paddle leash, bailing device, medication, whistle, sunscreen, hat, long sleeved shirt/jacket/cag, minimum two litres water. Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and bush walking. Food / Nourishment for the duration of the trip, including lunch. Warm gear in case the wind gets up (eg thermal and spray jacket are good). Warm gear while having lunch.

Note that there is a separate identical trip being run concurrently by the Queensland Sea kayak club.

Register by: Sun 29th July
Registration: Email Martin. Don't leave it too late as early registrations get preference.
Leader: Martin Wynne, supported by Matt Rowland