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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Canaipa Passage
Date: 20-08-2011
Launch: Pt Halloran
Distance: 32Km
Conditions: 20-25Kn S-SE
Be careful what you wish for. Today we ended up with a bit more than I had bargained for.

OK, I admit it. I wanted to blow my rotten sail out. The forecast was for a wind change to 25 knots SE sometime after 1pm. We piked on Mud as that had potential to evolve into a rough grind or a steep taxi fare. Instead we settled for a longer variation of what we had done last Saturday, concluding this time, hopefully with a ripping return under sail.

We launched amongst the tenders cast dry on packed sand at Point O'Halloran. Under light winds we passed by a Ray Young look-alike. Fishing from a black tinnie he was incognito in a hoodie. It was a convivial dawdle to Potts Point for morning tea. The sun spread its welcome warmth and sprinkled sparkles across the bay. There were a few boaties out and about including an ocean racer from Sydney with it's living area cantilevered over the rear, an inflatable looking at risk of sinking before hitting the plane and a gracious old timer who would have looked more in place on the Brisbane River as hostess to corporate excess.

Coming into Canaipa Passage we were straight into what was building to be an excellent return fare. But for now we were paying our way with hard work. We climbed and had lunch in a sheltered place at the foot of the James Hardie Sand Mine signage. While we had studied the wind we had neglected the general forecast. The skies looked almost stormy, the breeze had a nip and rain was coming our way. We went back down to find a sit-on kayak hauled up on the beach. The power source was vehemently cussing his mate's self assessed ability to paddle. A mate that was no where in sight. His so called kayaking abilities were calling out for a rest stop half way across Canaipa Passage - and that was with a tail wind. A wind that was starting starting to ratchet up a gear and the rain was taking aim. With no lifejackets and rising chop it looked like they would be in for a fine return and the making of mateship.

I scooted across Canaipa Passage with a cheesy grin. Not enough for an outrigger paddle but gusty enough to keep you wary. Too strong for Mark to put up his sail in the vicinity of a moored cat. Once in the lee of Russell it was starting to look like the wind might have other plans. When we rounded the bottom of Garden Island it was clear that it did and we were not included. Ripped off. Again. The only consolation was a run out tide. I had a few words with Huey. Within 10 minutes it was up to 15Kn - I had hoped for more, but beggars can't be choosers.

Clearly the forecast and rain had kept everyone else away - we were the only boats in sight. I whinged that this 30Km+ trip was a bit of a yawn. Just north of Snipe Island sand was pluming up in murky water 100metres ahead. We had seen this last Saturday. "Mark dugong ahead". We both assumed that it would head away but all three of us were about to get the surprise of the day. The sandy plume persisted, the surface started to boil and next thing a dugong exploded out of the water and turned right. Right on a direct collision course with the Marlin. All I could do was watch transfixed as 500kilo of powerful panicked blubber rammed the Marlin under sail. It's thumping tail created a maelstrom as it continued to push its way directly under the kayak, heaving it out of the water until it was free of its assailant. In the meantime Mark had done a pretty cool bracing manoeuvre while under full sail (Huey hadn't let up). He sustained a bruised hand, the kayak a cracked hull and hopefully all the poor dugong had was a hell of a fright. It was very dramatic, much more exciting that my ramming by a giant loggerhead. Sorry no photos, I was spellbound by what was going to happen next. I was also relieved it was me watching and not bracing. I am not so sure I would have stayed in my boat, and after that kind of ramming I don't think I would have had a boat.

After recovering from that bit of action I asked Huey for more. He obliged and we were up to 20Kn. All we needed to do was find the water amongst the rising banks. The last three Km were all smiles. Surfing and sailing, hooting along - this is what I had been looking for. The sail tape held up - no blow out. Impressive stuff. By the time the boats were being loaded on the car Huey was really letting rip. The forecast was not wrong, the change was due to come in sometime between 1300 and 1600. It was 1605.
Heading for Potts
Got there
Lined up
Canaipa Passage
Sailing the northern end of Russell
Russell Island
Vessels large and small
Ah the serenity
Huey where have you gone ?
Certainly not here
Canaipa Passage Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)