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RAINBOW BEACH

Camp Coordinators – Vivian & George

WHEN – Sunday 19th May – Saturday 25th May.

Link to Rainbow Beach in Google Maps …

ACCOMODATION – It is recommended to book early.

Two accomodation sites are recommended.
The “Official” site in the Town Centre and the “Unofficial” site at Carlo point where most of the paddles will depart.

 

The Official Camp Accommodation will be the Rainbow Beach Holiday Village right in Rainbow Beach.
Rainbow Beach Holiday Village.
Phone (07) 5486 3222
1300 366 596

 

The Unofficial Accommodation will be the Rainbow Beach Holiday Park at Carlo Point. This is where most of the paddles will depart from.
Rainbow Beach Holiday Park.
308 Carlo Road.
Rainbow Beach 4581
Phone: 07 5486 3200

 

POSSIBLE ITINERARY

Double Island Point.
This is an open water (Class 2) trip.
It is weather dependant and will be scheduled accordingly.

Di on the Return Journey from Double Island Point – 2015 Camp

Sunday 19th May.

Arrive at Rainbow Beach.  Accommodation at Rainbow Beach Holiday Village or  Rainbow Beach Holiday Park. Happy hours will be at Rainbow Beach Holiday Village.

Monday 20th May.

High Tide 1002 hrs – Carlo Point to Poverty Point (24K) – This is the longest paddle and we would get good incoming tide and supportive outgoing tide for home run.

Tuesday 21st May.

High Tide 1042 hrs – Carlo Point up Snapper Creek (17k) – We would have an incoming tide for outward paddle, and would be paddling against the tide for a bit of the home run, but should be fairly slow flowing by then.

Wednesday 22nd May.

High Tide 1123 hrs – Carlo Point to Teebar Creek (20K) – paddling against the tide to entrance of creek, then tide assistance to morning tea spot.  Then against tide to mouth of creek on return run, and tide assistance remainder of the way to Carlo Point.

Thursday 23rd May.

High Tide 1205 hrs – Bullock Point to Kauri Creek (or west coast Fraser Island)  (20 K) – paddling against tide until Fraser Island, then incoming tide assistance.  On return trip paddling against the tide until channel, then tide assist back to Bullock Point.

Friday 24th May.

High Tide 1253 hrs – Carlo Point to Inskip Point (22K) (or possibly Bullock Point across to Fraser Island) – Paddling against tide to Inskip Point (but should be early point of tidal flow), will have tide assist on return journey.

Saturday 25th May.

Depart Rainbow Beach

Posted 9th Dec 2018

Update No 1 – 30th September 2018.

Camp Dates: Tuesday Feb 12th – Wed Feb 27th, 2019.

Trip duration will be 16 days and run along similar lines to our 2012 trip.

 

Below is a Camp Update from the Trip Manager, Jim Blyth.

Many members and partners have chosen to attend. The number of paddlers we can accommodate has a limiting number, 30 (i.e. to how many seats we have in kayaks).
At present we are full, along with a short waiting list.
With the deposits received we have secured return transport from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, return airline tickets, accommodation at 4 locations, hire of 2 buses (12 & 25 seater), and kayak hire.

Some members have chosen to travel and stay separately from the main group, costs will be adjusted accordingly.  

Venues

  • Hobart – Paddle from Sandy Bay to Constitution Dock and return.
  • Bruny Island – 3 days. Daily paddles and/or an overnight paddle.
  • Port Arthur – 3 days. Daily paddles and/or a possible overnight paddle to Maria Island.
  • Coles Bay -3 days. Daily paddles and/or a possible overnight paddle around Freycinet Peninsula.
As we will be travelling as a group, all costs, except for personal items, are included.

Total Estimated Cost

This is still approx $2000 pp. and will cover the following:

  • Return transport by bus from Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.
  • Return air fares Brisbane to Hobart.
  • Shared accommodation in caravan park cabins.
  • Meals and snacks (prepared by trip members).
  • Kayak hire (mainly doubles).
  • Bus hire in Tasmania.
  • National Park fees where applicable.
  • Bruny Island car ferry.
Deposits have been paid.
Final Payments will be required by mid January.
Group members will be notified individually, by email, of monies owed.

Sue and Chris – Touring in Tassie. Image by Brian Martin.

A paddle leash is currently only a vessel prerequisite for Grade 2 Waters.
However, the committee members recommend that it be fitted to all vessels.
A paddle leash is a means of securing your paddle and freeing you hands.
They need not be expensive.
Check out the equipment used by other members before you part with your cash.
Here is a simple unit. It is made from bungee cord and a cord stop, sourced from Whitworths … only cost a few dollars.

Paddle Leash

MARTIME SAFETY QUEENSLAND

Distress Signals, Flares and EPIRBS.

Sea Kayaks are grouped by QLD Maritime Safety as Personal Water Craft – PWC.

 

If you attend a Club Event, you will not have to carry an Emergency Beacon! – Our events are held within Smooth or Partially Smooth Waters.
However, for those who venture further afield, then read on.

 

EMERGENCY BEACONS
What is an Emergency Beacon?
This is a small electronic device that, when activated in an emergency, can help search and rescue authorities pinpoint your position.
There are two types – EPIRBS and PLBs.
What is the difference between the two?
An EPIRB is registered to a vessel – in our case our Club.
A PLB is carried by an individual.
What should a Kayaker carry?
A PLB.
When should they be carried?
If you are operating beyond the limits of Smooth or Partially Smooth Water or more than 2 Nautical Miles from land.
Where should you carry it?
On your PFD where it is accessible – Do not carry it inside the hatches on your vessel.

 

Preparation Guidelines for an Extended Trip – George Reeman.

George heading for Sandy Cape, Fraser Island.

After you have decided where you are going and where you will be camping, check if camping permits are required and if there is water available.
Tide times are very important. This may determine when you go. The further north you go the bigger the tides, and the harder it is to paddle against it.

KAYAK

Make sure the seat and back rest are comfortable.
All hatch covers should fit well, be water tight, and are tied on.
Deck lines must be in good condition.
A painter, attached to the bow, is excellent if required for mooring.
The most common problem on extended trips are rudders. Make sure the rudder is securely attached and the foot pedals operate freely; rudder cables are not worn or frayed. If so, replace them.
Check your paddle and leash.
Make sure your spray skirt fits the cockpit, it does not leak and can be removed easily in the case of a roll-over.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
Make sure it is comfortable. Pockets are important to carry other safety items. A large pocket in the back of the PFD to carry a hydration pack is a good idea.
Personal Locating Beacon (PLB)
This should be carried in a PFD pocket and secured to the PFD. Check if your PLB floats upright when activated. Some do not. The aerial must be upright to send the signal to the satellite.
VHF Radio
Good for communicating with each other. Select a channel that is not common with local stations to contact each other, switch to dual watch so you can listen to Channel 16, the Emergency channel. On dual watch, Channel 16 will tell you which channel to change to for the weather report. You should also have a direct button to Channel 16 on your radio for emergencies. Notify the local VMR that you are in the area, and for how long, and what channel they use. Also, if you return to that area, don’t forget to cancel the watch with VMR. Hand held VHF radios are only good for about 3kms or line of sight, depending on the power of the set.

Remember to make it as easy as possible for a rescue boat or helicopter to find you.

Other safety devices that can be carried in the pockets of your PFD are:
A whistle, mirror, flare, day or night space blanket, and sea dye. Any of these are good for attracting attention.
A short tether line to secure yourself to the kayak is also a good idea, if you are offshore.
Plus, a survival knife.

The above items should be carried on you, not stored in a hatch. Many very experienced paddlers have lost or almost lost their lives because their safety equipment was stored in a hatch or cockpit.

Other equipment to be carried should include:- spare paddle, stored on the deck; emergency tow rope in the throw bag; electric bilge pump, backed up by a hand pump; sponge or bailing bucket. In case of minor damage, it is a good idea to carry a small dry bag containing bits & pieces, such as – small fibreglass repair kit, Dynasteel bog for plugging holes, duct tape, electrical ties, spare cord and a multi-tool.
Navigation
You should always carry a map of the area. GPS is the common means of navigating these days, but a deck mounted compass is always an easy way of checking your heading. There is another device for informing people where you are, called SPOT. This small device acts like a satellite phone. It can be programmed into one or more home computers. If you press the transmit button it will show on the home computer exactly where you are. It also has a help button, if when pressed it will indicate on the home computer that you require help, and they can notify the authorities. There are many small power cells on the market these days that can be charged at home, and used to recharge radios, GPS, mobile phones, and other devices while on a trip. Also small Solar panels.

FOOD and CLOTHING

Most items i.e. food, clothing, camping gear, should be carried in dry bags. Always carry 2 days extra food in case you are held up by weather.
Other protective items are a hat or cap with back of the neck protection, sunscreen, insect repellant.

WATER

For carrying water I find a bag with carry strap, containing a 4lt wine bladder, can be hung in a tree for use. Depending on the length of the trip, additional 4lt wine bladders are ideal. They pack in better than 10l water bags. Always pack your water in the bottom of the kayak. A good place to carry water is in front of the rudder pedals. Don’t end up with your kayak bow -heavy when it is packed.
Carry straps:- For a loaded kayak, you require 2 carry straps. These can be made from seat belt webbing, with a loop sewn on each end approx 130cm. The straps should be threaded under the deck lines at each end, to prevent slipping off. If you have 6 people, you can use a third strap under the cockpit. This doesn’t need loops. This is useful if you need to carry any distance.

The above information is a guide only.

Cheers, George.

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