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

Peel Island
Date: 11-08-2010
Launch: 09:20 Raby Bay
Distance: 28km
Conditions: 10-15Kn NW-W
In the midst of a strong wind warning the BOM site showed insipid yellow, progressing to a complete whiteout for the area around Peel Island returning to a westerly lemon yellow. Was this area sacrosanct or did the computer modelling get it wrong ?

The rain gave us optimism that this was indeed going to be one of those limpid days when you get a rinse not a wash. We pulled into Masthead Drive and were met by George. To our surprise the cool wind was due north and around 10knots. The bay looked grey and a bit lumpy. Brian and Carol pulled up but when it was clear that Robyn must had given the paddle the thumbs down, we carted the boats down to the water's edge. North was not a direction the BOM had given much credence to and we wondered if the predicted wind strength might be a bit off. After casual deliberations over the radio we took the less exposed option to head north for Wynnum.

After 15 minutes into the wind and against the tide this paddle was rapidly becoming a drudge with good odds for more of the same on the return leg. The wind had remained steady and shifted slightly NW. Peel was looking better all the time. A radio call bought about a right turn. The voting sails drew an effortless 9kph while the bay became progressively lumpy. Just off Peel a design fault of the Raider made an unwelcome appearance. The right rudder flap suddenly went slack. The last time the rudder strap broke was in the midst of a messy bar crossing. While the fin stuck on the bum of the boat made involuntary pirouettes less likely, the left arm had a good workout.

We scooted over the SW rocks to find Horseshoe Bay calm and deserted. Platypus was a jewel brimming with clear deep jade. We were quick to change or add another layer to block out the sneaky fingers of the wind. After lunch we were treated by Carol to a gorgeous rich dark chocolate cake imbued with orange zest - Carol's cakes are SOOOO delicious, especially with a black coffee. Mark did a Rambo on the foot strap (thank you, grovel grovel, grovel). Someone had camped in the charming hibiscus cove but had to build a levy to keep their possie out of reach from the tide.

The casuarinas were silent and the bay became smooth. It looked like the BOM had the progression right. Heading counterclockwise it was into a W - NW. The ebbing tide had already exposed the sand bar which hooks off the NW corner of Peel. The group diverged for a break in the bar and regrouped as washing machine lumped up. By now the 10 knot westerly rendered the sails of no assistance. A solitary dolphin, came in close, disappeared, circled, swam under the bow of Brian's boat and trailed Carol for a while before slipping away.

When the swell settled I set out up to catch up with Mark who was out front but could not get a decent purchase on the beam sea for a lift. The cars were not visible from the water so we made for the beach with the loo block. Coming ashore in calm waters drew to a close an enjoyable paddle in the midst of a relative wind shadow. Despite the wind warnings the BOM's model had been pretty much on the button.
BOM Believers
Setting out
The colours of Natureline
Brimming Bay
Hibiscus Cove
Leaving with the tide
Coming into Raby Bay
Peel Island Map