A leisurely paddle from Scarborough Beach tracking along the shore down to the Redcliffe Jetty/ Harbour to view the fireworks show associated with the Redcliffe Festival. This paddle will be set against the back drop of the Redcliffe Peninsular festival lights and an almost full moon.
|Date||Sunday 6th September 2014|
|Trip Leader(s)||Martin Wynne|
We intend to depart from the beach at Scarborough (Scarborough Beach) at and paddle down (south) towards the Redcliffe Jetty and Harbour to view the planned fireworks, which are part of the Redcliffe Festival festivities that span the weekend.
The entire Redcliffe foreshore is intended to be lit up with the fireworks scheduled for 8pm within the confines of the Harbour and on the outer rock wall. We will keep at sea to these fireworks and view then against the back drop of the Redcliffe City lights.
This will be a leisurely social paddle over a total distance of about 7km return. We would anticipate returning to the Scarborough beach at about 9 PM. The tide is full at 7.25 PM so these will be minimal current either way.
The usual paddle equipment will be required for a grade 1 trip with the mandatory requirement for lighting of your kayak. The acceptable form of lighting is a 360 degree white light. However, we recommend a head lamp facing forward and a white light on the back deck and/or back of the head, and a chemical glow stick attached to the PFD. This is very important as there is likely to be other boat traffic.
This will be a concurrent trip with the QSKC (Qld Sea Kayak Club) so there should be about 15 to 18 paddlers.
We will need to keep in a close group for this activity due to be being at night so please be aware that you will need to ‘buddy up’ and keep in a group at all times.
|Paddle type||Sea kayaking (bay)|
|Duration||Afternoon/evening – about 2.5 hrs on water with stops to view the night lights and fireworks at 8 PM|
|Tides||Ebbing tide: Low 12.55pm (.31M) High 19.25/ 7.25pm (2.35M). We will be paddling around a full ‘slack tide’ so there will be minimal tidal current.|
|Moon||Nearing full moon|
|Put in point||
Scarborough Park. On Landsborough Avenue, at the carpark about half way between Bunton St and Rock St (see map)
|Take out point||Same as put in point|
|Alt. Take out points and routes||Redcliffe beaches along the route|
|Facilities||There are toilets at this park although not sure if they are open after dark (but bring enough water for the full trip!). There is fresh water available at the park to wash kayaks if required but you will need to bring a bucket etc|
|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). Make sure you have warm windproof clothes for the water, and a dry set of warm clothes for afterwards.|
|Check Equipment||Suitable craft, spray deck, PFD, paddle, paddle leash, bailing device, medication, water, footwear|
Paddlers should have an appropriate level of fitness and should be able to paddle at least 4 km/hr. 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||Meet at the UQ shed at 4 PM to load the trailer. Depart UQ between 5 and 5:30 PM.|
|Meet time at Put in point||We will be leaving the beach (on water) at 7pm so please aim to meet at Scarborough Beach at 6.20pm.|
|Risks and Hazards||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, paddling in the dark.|
|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 and use the buddy system. Front and rear white lights to be used as well as chemical glow sticks attached to the PFD.|
|Safety Gear||Spare paddle, tow ropes, paddle float, compass, PFD, bailer, sea kayak with deck lines and sealed compartments, hand pumps, First aid kit, compass, map, torch, light stick.|
|Communications||Mobile phone(s), VHF radio, PLB, whistles, flares, V sheet,|
|Emergency Contact(s)||VMR 403 Redcliffe 3203 5522 (m: 0417 009 265) Channels 16, 21, 67, 73, 81 (closes at 21:00). Police/Ambulance 000|
|Medical Conditions||Please advise leaders if you have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible.|
Redcliffe Hospital, Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe – Phone: 3883 7777
Scarborough Majellan Medical Centre (107 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough QLD 4020 (07) 3880 1444)
|Map of Paddle Route||
(required prior to the event)
Please register your interest with Martin Wynne by email (first come first served).
Please indicate –
|Register by||4th September. Places are limited. Participants must register their interest prior to the event.|