Trip Report: Flinders again

Flinders Ocean Beach starring MowBro, G-Man, Coop Dogg & Hardman (L-R)
Flinders Ocean Beach starring MowBro, G-Man, Coop Dogg & Hardman (L-R). Strangely there was only 1 beard out of 5 sea kayakers.

Bretto is no stranger to a solo adventure – but it’s always more fun to get out there with some like minded mates for a bit of fun. We hit the water at 0630 this morning and decided to launch from the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary (access via Flinders Golf Course).

Conditions were great with a 5-10 knot wind and gentle swell rolling in from the SW. After we had negotiated our way through a gap in the reef and the breaking waves – we headed west towards Cape Schanck.

G-Man doing it easy in the XP18. Taking on liquid ballast seems to be a feature of this boat
G-Man doing it easy in the XP18. Taking on liquid ballast in the Fore Peak Tank seems to be a feature of this boat
A Hardman is good to find
A Hardman is good to find
Coop Dogg, MowBro and Hardman enjoying the fantastic coastline
Coop Dogg, MowBro and Hardman enjoying the fantastic coastline

The mild conditions provided a great opportunity to practice some deep water re-entries and self rescues.

Coop Dogg and MowBro battling it out for line honours
Coop Dogg and MowBro battling it out for line honours

Coop Dogg's Pittarak is mighty ugly and rolls like a greasy refrigerator - but for $100 it was the sea kayak bargain of the year.

Coop Dogg’s Pittarak is mighty ugly and rolls like a greasy refrigerator – but for $100 it was the sea kayak bargain of the year.

There was a few cases of mild seasickness in the group (Bretto included) so after a few hours cruising around we weaved our way back through the reef and landed safely at the beach.

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