The season began with a heatwave, a cyclone and a flood, along with unprecedented Sea School activity conducting our training courses and sailing expeditions in Moreton Bay.
- Sailing Instructor training was such fun, and a pretty good effort for our first accredited course! What an amazing crew we have – including all the level 2 and 3 trainees that have joined us recently. Eight skippers passed their practical assessment and are working on their planning tasks for upcoming expeditions to finish the requirements for Sailing Instructor and the associated units of competence.
- Our next training expedition is being planned by our level 2 candidates, who are planning to qualify with the first ever Sea School Certificates!
- Hillbrook Anglican School Yr 12 groups encountered rain one week and then floodwaters the next from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie! We were very impressed with the students who enjoyed learning to sail in the variable conditions… and with such determination in using their new skills to light fires with their bare hands! The staff at Hillbrook are pretty awesome too 🙂
- Noosa Pengari Steiner School expedition was brilliant – in our experience Steiner students are the most intuitive and open to learning. We had great sailing conditions, and our skippers (Rob, Kim, Kieron, Ross, Sally, Bob and Jono) worked well with Ian and Sylvia who brought so much to the students!
- Creative Approaches to Therapeutic Group work training was conducted by Jono and Yonna at Coomera – with very interesting staff from Silky Oaks and Youth Plus. These connections and partnerships keep getting stronger – and many young people will benefit as a result!
- Australian Catholic University students had a blissful day of gentle sailing conditions and superb snorkelling at the wreck of the steam barge “Platypus”.
- Rob and Jono conducted our annual Sailing Ability and Adventure Sailing events for the “Be Healthy and Active” initiative at Wyaralong Dam – with a great turnout from the local community. Thanks to Scenic Rim Regional Council and SEQWater for the continued support to provide these opportunities.
- Maintenance on the boats continues with buoyancy upgrades and painting happening during our occasional working bees. Thanks so much in particular to Ross and Kieron for their consistent efforts in this area.
- New EPIRBS, VHF radios, LUCI lights, compasses and updated safety equipment have been purchased to make up six complete kits in dry bags for the boats.
- Keith Slack donated a Rob Legg Status 580 for our fleet and she has proved her racing potential – winning the Jollybod Cup at Dunwich in January! She has had her trailer upgraded and has been named Pelican.
- Kim, Rob, Sally and Jono took Andy out for a sail in Osprey to begin planning our 10 day adventure therapy expedition later in the year.
- Jono represented The Sea School – working with Sally and the crew with Churchie at Moogerah and Girraween, keeping a wider range of activity facilitation skills current (and the bank account topped up).
Blue Peter in the news:
- Coomera Waterports Club cwsc2016
- Helen Houghton Scholarship – Queensland Times andFassifern Guardian 020316
- Sailing Ability 2016 and Disability sailing day
- Dukes in the Guardian (Easter 2015)
- Wooden Boat magazine Scruffie article
- Regatta in the Redland Bay Bulletin
- QORF short film
- South Passage video
Previous reports from 2016:
- Sally and Fabian have bought a yacht! Clearwater is graceful and very well loved. Several skippers celebrated the summer solstice on board their yachts, anchored up at Peel Island.
- Churchie Yr 10 boys had another cracking 5 day sail training expedition in November, with good winds, great skippers and fantastic food. We visited Myora and camped at Blakesleys and Horseshoe Bay.
- Kayak lifeguard training was conducted for three organisations this year – assessments are being conducted.
- Creative Approaches to Group work training was conducted in Sydney for the first time! Thanks to Yonna for her support to pull it together from scratch!
- Accountants have been appointed to manage our books – a big relief for Jono!
- The AGM was held in the first week of September and attended by the whole management committee. Plans have been made for the next 12 months and a report generated on the operation to date (Annual Report 2016)
- Training in “Working with young people” was conducted for the STS South Passage Watch Leaders by Jono and Bryn in August.
- Congratulations Amy Luke-Paredi, who has been awarded the first Helen Houghton scholarship after qualifying with her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition. Amy will be going on to complete our level 2 Sea School Certificate.
- Ross, Bob, Rob, Sally and Jono were skippering and instructing on programs and training courses in the middle of the year – including Boonah State High School, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Scenic Rim Shire Council, Australian Catholic University, Youth Plus and Wesley Mission sailing adventures!
- Rob, Ross and Kieron have been working to improve the rigging, rudders and positive buoyancy on Curlew and Sandpiper. Top job guys!
- Yonna has been towing trailers everywhere, making our signal flags and sail covers – and organising the office. The to-do list is still growing and although it feels like we are paddling against the full flood tide… we know it will turn eventually!
- We consolidated our Australian Canoeing training and assessment process with a range of training and assessments completed this year.
- Ross got a job! After so many great Sea School expeditions and training opportunities he has decided to leave the building industry and begin youth work. Congratulations, we hope you will still be able to come out with us just as often…
- Our Sea School Certificate program is evolving, and we are creating new partnerships for future programs and training.
- Bob has been rallying the adventure club in Boonah, and planning Dukes expeditions as he has done for decades now. A true inspiration to us all.
- Martin now registers and maintains Brahminy as his own. She is the original “plug” that was once our flagship, and he promises she will still be available to us for expedition work when needed.
- Among all the great work that Bryn does with Youth Plus, he is planning more South Passage voyages with the flexi crew, and has been working with Jono training canoe guides. And he bought a trailer sailor! Hooray!
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Previous reports from 2016
Wesley Mission enabled an overnight program of sailing and kayaking with the Logan Youth Foyer crew – this time on Wyaralong Dam! What an awesome crew, these camps are a real highlight. Some people even made it to the top of Mount Joyce!
Sceinc Rim shire Council sponsored two fun days of Sailing Ability on Wyaralong Dam, which was really well attended by several organisations and heaps of helpers in our wonderful community… thank you all for such a good time!
Noosa Pengari Steiner School returned to the bay for their third Year 7 Sea School expedition. What an interesting class we got to know with Sarah at the helm. Ian, Kieron, Ross, Darren and Jono all jumped on board and we had a great time! We camped at Blakesleys for 4 nights and used the steady SE winds to explore Goat and Coochie-Mudlo Islands.
Our brave skippers Ross and Kieron, competed in the monohull division of the Jollibod Cup at Dunwich 31st January. The day was forecast 25knot NW-N making for difficult conditions at Dunwich. Undaunted, Ross and Kieron skippered their little open boats across the bay to start the race in fine form before sailing home in even stronger winds. Ross earned a magnificent badge.
Summer solstice was celebrated at Teerk – Roo – Ra with a great bunch of people. Welcome aboard Trav and Kate!
Churchie year 10 sailed for five days training aboard Osprey, Brahminy, Sandpiper and Curlew, along with some powerboat handling aboard Hudsonand James Abbott. Congratulations to all the skippers – Ross, Rob, Sally, Jono, Max and Raff for their great efforts – and to the young men for their conduct and enthusiasm to learn about sail expeditioning!
Noosa Pengari Steiner school year 7 class had a wonderful week on the bay with Wendy, Ian, Sally, Ross, Darren and Jono. We had Osprey, Brahminyand Seahorse working alongside Aristocat who proved to be an excellent mothership and great fun to jump off! We are grateful for the fair sailing winds, organic super-food and marvellous storytelling around the fire.
Wesley Mission Adventure sailing through the Southport Seaway was really well attended! What a highlight for the Logan Youth Foyer crew – sailing through the seaway! Whoo hoo we saw a whale!
Boonah State High School 4 day Gold Duke of Ed expeditions were amazing – see our second blog entry for a story from the latest trip!