Published on 04-07-2009 10:53 PM
Hi All, the Weather Bureau announced a strong wind warning late on Friday the 3rd for south east coastal Queensland waters. Based on our local knowledge and what we believed would happen during the next day, the skipper and myself decided to go ahead with the trip out of Southport. We hadn’t been out since April, so stuff it!
Vessel: 37ft monohull M.V. Grinner
Skipper: Craig (Grinner) Newton
Pax: Paul Walbridge (organiser & leader), Dave Stewart, Rebecca Ryan, Peter Ryan, Owen Prouse, Brian Willey, Heyn De Kocq, Rod Gardner, Rob Morris, Alex Ferguson, Andy Jensen, Greg Anderson, Inger Van Dyke, Richard Baxter.
A cold front was approaching south east Queensland which was supposed to bring with it gusting 25-30 knot W-SW winds but on leaving the Seaway, winds initially from the NW at 10-15 knots, rising to 20 knots on occasion in open waters, turning more westerly. A virtual cloudless day with excellent visibility, maximum air temp. 20°C, barometer 1016 hPa.