By tscq, Oct 25 2014 09:33PM
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! Wivenhoe Dam is a great venue for trailer sailers. If you haven’t been there before, the TSCQ event on Sunday 16 November is a great chance, or come Saturday and stay overnight too. All comers are welcome, you don’t have to be a TSCQ member.
Some of us will just come on Sunday (it is only an hour from Brisbane) but most of us will come on Saturday or even Friday and “camp” at Lumley Hill. Be quick if you want to book a campsite – there are not many left because for some it is a long weekend with the G20 in Brisbane. We launch at the Captain Logan Inlet public boat ramp off Hay Road via Brisbane Valley Highway. You can leave your car and trailer there or drive around to your campsite.
It can be great fun just exploring the lake so coming Saturday is a good idea. The dam is currently more than 83% full - anything more than 50% is fine. Motors are allowed but if you use it for more than getting in to or away from the ramp it should be a four stroke or direct injection two stroke. I have rarely needed to use a motor as I have found it is easy to sail to and from the ramp. There is a gentle grassy bank along the water’s edge beside the ramp and there are no waves or tide to worry about.
There are no rocks, coral or nasty sand bars but depending on where you explore there could be a submerged fence post or two. You don’t need to wash the salt off later. The scenery is stunning and the bird life amazing.
There is a $15 fee for a permit to launch your boat and a camping fee for staying overnight. You don’t need to worry about the boating permit until you arrive. When you get there follow the signs to the Logan Camp Office to get the permit and then go to the ramp. You are not supposed to sleep on your boat which is why you need to book a campsite. If you plan to sleep on your boat it is a good idea to anchor it close to the campsite and pitch a small tent anyway. You should book and pay for the campsite by phone on 54264729. You can book any site at Lumley Hill or Captain Logan Camp but I prefer Lumley Hill with a site close to the water’s edge. More information is available at seqwater.com.au
We will have a cruise/race on Sunday starting around 11 am (probably a staggered start) at a yellow buoy out from Lumley Hill. We usually sail a clockwise course around three white drum buoys down the lake toward the dam wall and back to the yellow buoy to finish. Be prepared to take your own time. If there is wind it is not a long race/cruise so there is plenty of time for swimming or exploring the lake before sailing back to the ramp.
See you there.