Trip Diary

08-2012 Peel Island (An Ekka tradition)
08-2012 Moreton Island
07-2012 Rocky Point
06-2012 Blakesleys
06-2012 The Bedroom
05-2012 Breakfast on Karragarra
05-2012 St Helena
05-2012 Perigee Bedroom
02-2012 Queen Mary II
02-2012 Mud Island
11-2011 St Helena
11-2011 Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
10-2011 Weinam Ck to Dunwich
10-2011 Peel Island
10-2011 Breakfast on Karragarra
10-2011 St Helena and Green Island
09-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
08-2011 Fraser Island
08-2011 Canaipa Passage
08-2011 Karragarra
08-2011 Stradbroke Island
07-2011 St Helena
07-2011 So long, and thanks for all the fish.
05-2011 Green Island
05-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
04-2011 Upper Noosa River Weekend
04-2011 Easter at Woodgate
04-2011 Mud Island
04-2011 Karragarra for Breakfast
02-2011 Bongaree
02-2011 St Helena
01-2011 Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
10-2010 Moore to Blackbutt Rail Trail
10-2010 Whitsundays
09-2010 Mud Island
09-2010 Redcliffe
09-2010 Girraween
08-2010 Upper Noosa River
08-2010 Potts Point
08-2010 Peel Island
08-2010 Gateway to City Bike Ride
08-2010 Mud Island
07-2010 Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
07-2010 Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
04-2010 Colmslie Beach
04-2010 Brighton Park
01-2010 Nundah Creek
01-2010 Blakesleys
01-2010 Upper Noosa River (with a difference)
01-2010 New Year Paddle
12-2009 Potts Point
08-2009 Raby Bay to Peel Island
08-2009 Wynnum Creek to King Island
07-2009 Sandgate to Redcliffe
05-2009 St Helena
04-2009 Wellington Point to Peel
04-2009 Breakfast on Karragarra
03-2009 King Island
03-2009 Mission Point
03-2009 Mud Island
01-2009 Morning Tea at The Pin
01-2009 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
01-2009 New Year Recovery Paddle
12-2008 Caniapa
12-2008 Pine Rivers
11-2008 Coochie Night Paddle
10-2008 Breakfast at Karragarra
10-2008 Girraween
10-2008 Coomera Falls Circuit
09-2008 Hinchinbrook Island
09-2008 Manly Harbour Festival
09-2008 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2008 Weekend at Blakesleys
08-2008 Old Woman Island
08-2008 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
07-2008 Upper Noosa River
07-2008 Weinam Creek to Dunwich
06-2008 Scarborough to Bongaree
06-2008 Wellington Pt to St Helena
06-2008 North Stradbroke Jazz Weekend
05-2008 Point O'Halloran to Blakesleys
04-2008 Upper Noosa River
04-2008 Aquatic Paradise to St Helena Is
04-2008 Eprapah Creek
03-2008 Paradise Point to Moreton Island
03-2008 Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
03-2008 Amity Point weekend
03-2008 Bremer River
03-2008 Brisbane River - Gregors Ck to Barneys Rocks
02-2008 Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
02-2008 World Wetlands Day Paddle
02-2008 Brisbane River night paddle
01-2008 Australia Day Week
01-2008 Blakesleys 3/4 Moon Paddle
01-2008 Shorncliffe to Nudgee
01-2008 Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
12-2007 Raby Bay to One Mile via Blakesleys and Potts Point
12-2007 Diamond Head to Tipplers
12-2007 Wynnum Ck to Green and St Helena Islands
11-2007 Bike Ride Bay Islands
11-2007 Tingalpa Creek
10-2007 Potts Point Night Paddle
10-2007 Return to Gilligans Island
10-2007 Salt Water Creek and Coomera River
09-2007 Elimbah Creek
09-2007 Scarborough to Caboolture River
09-2007 Fraser Island Whale Watching
09-2007 Circumnavigate Russell Island
08-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
08-2007 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2007 Brisbane River City Reach
08-2007 Peel Island
08-2007 Brisbane River
08-2007 Green Island Day Trip
07-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
07-2007 Mooloolah River
07-2007 USS Kitty Hawk in Brisbane River
06-2007 Black Tie on Peel Island
05-2007 Harrys Hut Camping Weekend
04-2007 Theodolite Creek
04-2007 Upper Burrum River
04-2007 Circumnavigate Big Woody
04-2007 Walkers Point to Toogum
03-2007 Boat Passage to Big Sandhills
12-2006 Woodgate to Mon Repos
10-2006 Fraser Island Whale Watching
04-2005 Keppel Islands
12-2004 Fraser Island
10-2004 Munna Point Camping Weekend
10-2004 Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
09-2004 Coochie Mudlo Island
08-2004 Karragarra Island
07-2004 Wellington Point to St Helena Island
06-2004 Noosa River Camping Weekend
05-2004 Brisbane River Night Paddle
04-2004 Budds Beach to Moreton Island
10-2003 Bulwer to Tangalooma
05-2003 Eatonsville to Harwood Island


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Adventurer Anthony Malloch

Brighton Park
Date: 02-04-2010
If you don't say you are coming then you cannot be given 50:50 odds whether or not you will front up. Carol's assumption of a petite all female affair morphed into a motley crew with a number of past regulars putting in an undeclared appearance. Tom remained a no show having booked in on a larger vessel we were about to see off.

Brighton Park was new to us and the RACQ. It is a popular place as most of the parks were taken. A somewhat scungy muddy beach flanked by rocks made for an invidious maiden launch of Crikey !! While some were on the water and circling for the 9am launch, it was forestalled by the late arrival of those who had forgotten paddles. We had thought it somewhat unusual when we passed Stan and Jenni going in the opposite direction along Kingsford Smith Drive.

A south easterly made it face on into the chop on an incoming tide. If I had had my way it would have been a great sailing to Redcliffe. Slight technical hitch, the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race is off Shorncliffe and no one else was going my way. By the time we had punched out into the slop we decided we may as well head straight over to the start line. Three large anchored cats flying faded flags suggested some type of exclusion zone. The less official yacht told us that we were looking down the barrel of the line for the 49 starters, amongst them Bad Habits.

Bouncing around we could just make out the muffled poof of a starter's gun. The kevlar sails started titling. A minute later another poof exploded an array of colourful spinnakers and they were off. It did not take long for the dominant form of Black Jack to race away towards the bar. We shared their steady SE which had pushed up a comfortable following swell, just right for skipping and sailing, although an additional 5 knots would have been even better. It might have made the comfort stop just that more urgent too. As it was there was no mucking around. A definitive sand landing was followed by rip up the boat, try not to make a bolt for it and slink out looking like it could not have been you that was in such dire need. Bailer buckets are an anatomical privilege. Mark did a similar performance and it was only after this we could kick back and enjoy a coffee in the sun on the rock wall overlooking Brighton Beach.

We coasted into the boat ramp, and can you believe it, he fell out. Yes on it's maiden voyage Mark canned out of Crikey !! Let's leave it there (snigger snigger).

We had come via the tunnel making the most of management's transient magnanimous splurge. While the Feroza is young enough to get a recall notice from Toyota (don't smoke near it - it might blow up), it is not savvy enough to have an alarm for lights on. I said RACQ didn't know where Brighton Park was. So while we made it on this paddle, it took a bit longer to get home.

Brian, ye of little faith, I said that we intended to be there last Saturday night, and we were. I didn't say how we would get there - your gazes downstream were your assumption.
Minty fresh start
Deceptively pretty
Crikey !!
Ride em Minty
Merger with Sandgate
Tilting sails
Poof - they're off
Mulling spectators
Tagging up the rear
Brighton Beach