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Onshore shallow water spot to sail big westerlies on Lake Macquarie

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Created by sboardcrazy A week ago, 21 Jul 2021
sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
21 Jul 2021 10:45AM
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I'm thinking Squids or the area south of Swansea caravan park.
I want to be able to sit out lulls and strong stuff and be washed ashore if anything breaks.
Anyone sailed these and any hazards?
Probably be using a 24 weedy or a 20 if on the waveboard.

Cluffy
NSW, 405 posts
21 Jul 2021 12:47PM
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Hi Sue, The area south of the channel is literally 2 inches deep in places and the depth fluctuates a lot due to proximity to the channel. It's to dangerous for windsurfing in my opinion. Squids ink area might be ok. I thought budgie was sailable at the moment?

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
21 Jul 2021 1:10PM
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Cluffy said..
Hi Sue, The area south of the channel is literally 2 inches deep in places and the depth fluctuates a lot due to proximity to the channel. It's to dangerous for windsurfing in my opinion. Squids ink area might be ok. I thought budgie was sailable at the moment?


Illegal. Covid lockdown for Budgy.
I'm talking about the weedy area between caravan park and the islands near the boat channel going into Swansea..? What about if you aimed to stay parallel to the shore and started at waist deep?
I wonder how many kiters would be at Squids.
I used to sail there back in 2010 pre deltas and gps..

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
21 Jul 2021 2:20PM
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These areas..or part of them..
Squids


Swansea area
So this is the area you are talking about?




Cluffy
NSW, 405 posts
22 Jul 2021 12:41PM
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The top picture is the spot sue. It might not be that flat but the wind funnels down all the way from Fennel Bay so it will be windy if there is any wind around.

Give the second spot a big miss. It's to dangerous.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
22 Jul 2021 1:37PM
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Thanks. Pity about Swansea as it looks so inviting. I won't be using speed gear.. I remember the chop used to be ginormous down the yacht club end..It will be interesting to see if I still think that. I've improved a lot but...
At least if it's too hard to gybe I can either stop and turn the board around or float into the shallows..

Rus13b
NSW, 269 posts
Friday , 23 Jul 2021 1:09PM
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budgie is sailable, the water, wind & car park are still there.

powersloshin
NSW, 1316 posts
Saturday , 24 Jul 2021 7:55AM
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if you live in greater Sydney there is a 10 kms limit to where you can go for exercise. Not sure about the other way around, if you live outside can you travel inside greater sydney to exercise?

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
Saturday , 24 Jul 2021 8:36AM
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Rus13b said..
budgie is sailable, the water, wind & car park are still there.


If you want to get fined and told to self isolate for 14 days , don't care about breaking the law or health guidelines it's sailable. Lets hope people from hotspots don't have that outlook.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
Saturday , 24 Jul 2021 8:36AM
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powersloshin said..
if you live in greater Sydney there is a 10 kms limit to where you can go for exercise. Not sure about the other way around, if you live outside can you travel inside greater sydney to exercise?


No

wendell
NSW, 114 posts
Saturday , 24 Jul 2021 10:31AM
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I don't want to disagree with anyone about dangers because maybe there's something I don't know about, but for information, I've sailed Swansea a few times in a westerly and haven't felt in danger from shallows (just razor clams). I've sailed for about 1 km to both the north and south. Yes lots of shallow areas, and walking if you go north (but worthwhile, you'll get to that sand island you see on all the advertisements). Otherwise the best area was within a few hundred metres north and south of the carpark launch, with a bank just to the north that cuts out the chop, depending on the tide height.

But lake wallying is a poor second choice today - I'm off to Birubi!

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
Saturday , 24 Jul 2021 4:35PM
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I'm in love.. I've found my nice whoosy spot for LM big westerlies..
Sailed Squids today and loved it. Yep I rigged too small at first but that was good to suss out depths etc and I finally had the right combo for a few quick bearaways at the end.. I love the shallow water , small chop ( 6 inches to 1ft triangular chop) and onshore breeze.
I got a LM PB and board PB ..but they don't count as it wasn't out in the middle..
Keen for some more..
Thanks Wendall. I might suss out Swansea South too one day. Squids is pretty patchy when it turns WNW..

aussieboats
NSW, 318 posts
Wednesday , 28 Jul 2021 7:50AM
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We will be there Saturday for a week , staying at the swansea caravan park looks like nice nw on sunday so will chase you around the pond

Madge
NSW, 365 posts
Wednesday , 28 Jul 2021 10:04AM
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The next lake south has Canton beach ( which is at the north end ), which is side shore, pretty weedy but sandy in patches and as it's near a corner so its pretty safe, can have some good chop to jump too.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
Thursday , 29 Jul 2021 4:02PM
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Madge said..
The next lake south has Canton beach ( which is at the north end ), which is side shore, pretty weedy but sandy in patches and as it's near a corner so its pretty safe, can have some good chop to jump too.


Out of bounds for non central coast residents atm..

sboardcrazy
NSW, 7323 posts
Thursday , 29 Jul 2021 4:04PM
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aussieboats said..
We will be there Saturday for a week , staying at the swansea caravan park looks like nice nw on sunday so will chase you around the pond


Can get pretty busy with kites at the weekend although it's ok if you stay out further . If it blows early get out . Most of the kiters wait for it to warm up a bit..



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