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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Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
Date: 10-02-2008
Launch: 09:30 Point Halloran
Tide: 11:50 HT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 10km
Conditions: Wind 10-15kn Southeast
Brian can round up a good turn out and even when there are the numbers he is still out busy recruiting. Today the congregation gathered at Point Halloran before heading across in a 10Kn SE to the NE beach on Coochiemudlo for a falling out session.

It is one thing to paddle a kayak, something else to fall out and get back in. A fact that is not lost on me, hence I try and not fall out. Today is the day that you find out;

How good your shoes are to swim in (need a new pair).
That your life jacket has to be boa constrictor tight so that it doesn't ride up when lifting the snout of your boat out of the water to drain the cockpit.
That clambering onto the back deck is not all that easy and comes with a new set of bruises.
When crawling up the back deck your life jacket takes on Michelin proportions and has a love affair with deck lines or anything else that isn't fibreglass.
That sitting on your skirt in the seat is not a good look and would not that be that easy to wrench out whilst bobbing around in rough seas
That there is something to be said about having a boat customised with the front bulk head next to the foot plate or rudder controls - a full size cockpit takes a long time to hand pump.
That to be effective an electric bilge pump needs to operate, not require a big head of water to prime and shift a large volume quickly.
A loop placed around the cockpit combing with a foot loop over the side makes it easy to get back in your boat so long as the person next to you has a vice like grip and doesn't get the giggles and let go at the critical moment.
That attempts to roll are a great antral wash out.
That people who play canoe polo make it look easy.

Scarla got to try out her for sail for the first time. Blessed with a large surface area it will sure scoot her along. The design could be enhanced by having a canopy knuckle to link the boom to the mast overcome the problem of the sail over or under riding the mast and eventually wearing a hole in the sail material. Ted overcame his darling's thirst for sea water turning his boat into a water tight Fort Knox sealing his hatches with security screws. Maybe another turn key in someone else's pocket wouldn't go amiss. Cheryl's retractable skeg with hydraulic controls looked like something the Artic Raider could do with.

After a morning of bottoms up, lunch was had in the shade and finished by carving up a by now warm Isabella. Back on the water it was time to round the island and catch some fun in the wind and cross currents. Once the water had settled, Scarla's sail went up and three more rafted up for a colourful floating pontoon which tended to veer off in the wrong direction. Scarla and I continued to be blown along, chatting away, so much so that neither rudder was pulled up by the time we were blown onto the beach.

These 'play days' are a great way to find out your limitations. We are fortunate to have experienced people like Kate, Darryl (son of The paddling deity) and Dave floating advice and suggestions. Time to get that sculling brace more confident, and if not successful morph it into an attempt at rolling, or maybe just a wet exit and a few more bruises.
Point Halloran
Gathering of the congregation
NE beach Coochiemudlo
Time for a fall out
Lunch break
How it's done
Cheryl rounding Coochie
Secret men's business
Play Day - Coochie Mudlo Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)