Hi Guy's I'm in Mackay for work at the moment and looking for advice on where best to sail slalom gear around Mackay considering the forecast for the weekend?? I will be self isolating on the water hopefully - Only so much one can do in a motel room...
G'day DarkHorse, welcome to paradise! I'll be sailing at Far Beach (a.k.a. Illawong Beach) Sat and Sun, expecting 15 knots Sat and a little less Sunday. It's pretty tidal which means flatter water than off, say, Harbour Beach for example. You can get at least 2 hours either side of high tide without too much of a walk. High tide Sat is around 11:45 and more neap than spring so should be good. I don't usually go out until after the tide turns to get tide against wind. Hope to see you there, will boost numbers by probably 33% assuming Troy sails as well.
Troy? Phil? You guys sailing on the weekend? Phil, you may have to carefully consider venturing to Far Beach, I heard a couple from Mackay got $1,300 fines for going for a drive to Finch Hatton Gorge last weekend to hike which was way out of their neighbourhood obviously.
Thanks for the info, I'll turn up about lunchtime Saturday at Far beach... Cheers, Dave
Is it possible to windsurf off Lamberts Beach or Harbour Beach? - I'm trying to find a place I can sail on Sunday and or Monday bearing in mind it's low tide around mid day and I don't want to carry my gear km's across sand to the water...
Both are fine at low tide, maybe 50 metres or so extra walk on a really low tide.
If you drive about half way up east point road (or further if you have a 4wd), find a nice tree to set up under and you'll have a much better start point for SE than the northern end, particularly if its light.
Lamberts beach also has a really nice grassed area to rig up and good access.
I mainly use a 62cm fin in both these places without any problems.
Sunday morning looks good.
Northern end of Blacks beach, Eimeo or even north wall are other options.