Macleay Island

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The Tingira Boat Club is located on Macleay Island which is part of a group of Islands called the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.  Sundays, when the tide is right, are boating days, with the Club owning a number of Vagabonds and canoes, members can be seen enjoying the waters of Moreton Bay.
Dragon Boats
The Club also enjoys an exciting Dragon Boat program where practice takes place every Sunday. Either at the Club or Karragarra Island depending on the tides.
Macleay Island Classic
Each year the Club hosts the Macleay Island Classic, a canoe race around Macleay Island.

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Dragon Boats

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A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft. They were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province out of teak wood to various designs and sizes.

What is dragon boating?

A dragon boat is a long (approx 12 metres) and narrow human powered boat used in the team paddling sport.

For racing events, dragon boats are always rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails and are required to carry a large drum aboard.

The crew

The standard crew 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers and one steerer or sweep at the rear of the boat

The paddlers sit facing forwards, and use a specific type of paddle. The leading pair of paddlers, called “pacers,” “strokers,” or “timers,” set the pace for the team.

It is critical that all paddlers are synchronized. Each paddler should synchronize with the paddler diagonally in front of them. This ensures that the paddling pace is balanced and all energy is spent on moving the boat forward. The direction of the dragon boat is set by the helm, not the paddlers. The lead paddlers are responsible for synchronizing themselves.

There are several components to a dragon boat stroke:

If paddlers are not synchronized, each successive pair of blades hits the water a fraction of a second behind the blades in front of them. To an onshore observer, this effect resembles the movement of a many-legged caterpillar or centipede; thus, a coach may discipline a team for “cater pillaring.” During a race, it is difficult to stay in sync as the sounds of other drums make it confusing or unreliable to time off the drumbeat.

King Tide Jan 3 In Brisbane

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/flooding-in-brisbane-following-king-tide-20180103-p4yy7u.html

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Parts of Brisbane have been inundated with water as an unusually high tide hit the city’s low-lying areas, including the Moreton Bay Island…..

The tide is due to the first full moon of the year and the extra pull it has on the world’s water.

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Russell Island Jetty under water at King tide

The Bureau of Meteorology’s tide predictions for Brisbane had Wednesday’s high tide hitting 2.75 metres, which was the highest tide prediction for 2018.

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https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/flooding-in-brisbane-following-king-tide-20180103-p4yy7u.html

The king tides occur when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned at perigee and perihelion, resulting in the largest tidal range seen over the course of a year. So, tides are enhanced when the Earth is closest to the Sun around January 2 of each year. They are reduced when it is furthest from the Sun, around July   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_tide

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Tides are the movement of water across Earth’s surface caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and the rotation of Earth which manifest in the local rise and fall of sea levels. Tides are driven by the relative positions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, land formations, and relative location on Earth. In the lunar month, the highest tides occur roughly every 14 days, at the new and full moons, when the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun are in alignment. These highest tides in the lunar cycle are called spring tides

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP5PbZ2S4MA&feature=youtu.be

The highest tides in the world can be found in Canada at the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. At some times of the year the difference between high and low tide in this Bay is 16.3 meters , taller than a three-story building.

Sunset at Russell Island..

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It was an interesting sunrise over Ooncooncoon Bay at Russell Island. The rains are around, and the dark storm clouds made shapes and colors in the sky.

I sat with a friend and we watched the colors change in the sky as we sipped a cold bubbly as the mosquitoes searched for a delicious drink too..

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Amazing clouds shaped and formed straight ahead over the Bay…

 

Sunrise at Woodford

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I was camping at Woodford for the Woodford Music Festival, and saw this beautiful sunrise on the 26th December.

Woodford is a small town in Queensland, Australia, on the D’Aguilar Highway 72 km north-west of Brisbane and 24 km west of Caboolture. Its local government area is the Moreton Bay Region. The town is noted for its folk festival that takes place over the New Year holidays.

The Woodford Folk Festival is held in the town in December each year. In 2010 and 2011, the Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass was held in Woodford in the same location as the Folk Festival. The Aboriginal cultural event, the Dreaming Festival, is also held at the same site.[6] One of the sporting events in the town each year is the Woodford Annual Fun Run for Peace, which is organised by the Anglican Church.[7]

 

Cairns Queensland

The Cruise ship overnighted at Cairns where I met with Ralph and spent the first day exploring beautiful Cairns.

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Cairns  is a city in the Cairns RegionQueensland, Australia. It is on the east coast of Far North Queensland. The city is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia.

Cairns was founded in 1876 and named after William Wellington CairnsGovernor of Queensland from 1875 to 1877. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but declined when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a rail head and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.

There are many restaurants and shopping areas here as now there is a Cairns Cruise Ship Port where the cruise ships come to and tourists are able to also tour the hinterland.

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is Cairns’ newest and most impressive function, event and exhibition space. Located on the Cairns Waterfront and beautifully restored, this heritage listed wharf shed, has been transformed into a modern facility offering practicality and style for your event, exhibition or function, while retaining the class and appeal of its rich history.

What used to be mudflats at Cairns, is now a beautifully designed Sandy Beach complete with showers, water features and relaxing areas attractive to tourists and travelers. The mud is still there, and a haven for the many seabirds that live along the coast.

Bats have made their home in the fig trees adjacent to the Library, and at dusk and dawn is a noisy chorus of bat song as they prepare to fly off in the evening, or return at dawn.