EVENT: St Kilda Overnighter
DATE: Sat 28th Aug – Sun 29th Aug 2021
MEET TIME: 1pm to be on the water for 2pm
DURATION: 1.5 days – distance 14Km Sat, 16 Km Sun
LOCATION: Largs Bay
ACC GRADING FOR THIS TRIP (Intermediate – Grade 3a):
ORGANISER AND CONTACT: Phil Doddridge, 0429 019 141
Trips are for ACC members only and you must register via GoMembership (GoM) online prior to the closing date - see booking link below (ticking the 'I am going' box on the Facebook Event page does not constitute a booking)
REGISTRATION LINK: Click below:
CLOSING DATE/TIME TO REGISTER (please respect the Club volunteers who organise trips and don't leave until last minute): Mon 26th October
This is a sea kayaking overnight trip with a difference! We will be staying at the St. Kilda Community Hall overnight and going to the St. Kilda Hotel for dinner...they serve a sensational squid schnitzel!
The St. Kilda Community Hall has been used by ACC in the past and makes for a very comfortable and social overnight stay. The St. Kilda Community Hall has a covid plan to accommodate 40 people. This trip will be capped at 12 paddlers. The hall has a full kitchen, toilets and a shower if desired. Participants would need to bring personal toiletries, sleeping bag and mat, breakfast and lunch for Sunday. Staying at the community hall will have a charge of about $20/person if we have a full contingent of paddlers.
A pub meal on Saturday night is the preferred option. Bringing your own dinner to prepare in the hall kitchen is also an option.
In ideal conditions this trip would be suitable for flatwater paddlers who have a good level of paddling fitness and who are looking to progress to sea kayaking. A sea kayak is required and hire kayaks are available. This trip would also be suitable for beginning sea kayakers who have good level of paddling fitness. If this describes you please call Phil to discuss your attendance before making a booking. Experienced sea kayakers can book without consult!
We would be aiming at paddling 6Km/hr for a distance of up to 15km.
The trip is planned to use the tidal conditions to gain an advantage. We begin at Largs Bay jetty on an incoming spring tide. This tide will produce a tidal current that flows around the Outer Harbour breakwater and into the Port River and Barker Inlet channels...in our favour! On the way we hope to see the spectacular wildlife that lives around the breakwater and on Bird Island including seals, dolphins, nesting pelicans, cormorants, egrets, ibis, herons and many others.
We will plan to leave Largs Bay jetty by 2pm to arrive at St. Kilda at close to high tide around 5pm. At high tide all the mud flats will be underwater and we can land near the Community Hall leaving only a short carry for kayaks. Largs to St. Kilda is approximately 14 Km.
On Sunday it may be an early start to get the tide. Ideal plan would be to launch at 6am just after high tide then paddle down the Barker Inlet, exploring the mangrove creeks on the way to Adelaide Marina boat ramp in the Port River. This is a distance of approximately 16km depending on the route taken.
It would be possible to depart later and not explore the mangroves, paddling direct to Adelaide Marina. A later start would require launching from the St. Kilda channel boat ramp, a portage of 700m. In this case all would need a kayak trolley. Also half of the journey from St. Kilda to Angus Inlet would be against the tidal flow which is not extreme in the Barker Inlet. Through the North Arm, the second half of the route, there would be a significant current in our favour.
Car shuttle between the launch site at Largs and end site at Adelaide Marina would be organised by the group.
PACKING YOUR BOAT INFORMATION: Click below:
ACC TRIP GRADING:
(1) for ‘Novices’
(2) ‘Flatwater’ (a) day trips (b) car camping (c) kayak camping
(3) ‘Intermediate’ (a) day & weekend trips (b) extended trips
(4) Sea Skills
(5) Advanced Sea
(The grading document can be accessed below):
Note that ratios/quotas will apply, depending on the number of Instructors or Leaders on a trip.