Sailing spots in S.E. Queensland
Wynnum Not many people sail here but in a marginal Northerly it gets more wind that either Manly or Wellington Point, has the down side that the tide really knocks it around. Best on a couple of hours each side of high tide.
Manly Picks up more breeze in a Northerly than Wellington Point and suits port tack jumping when the wind is from the North. In a south Easter gets a good clear breeze with a swell around 1 metre than is quite steep(Wellington Point gets more swell when a south easter has been blowing for a few days). Not to tide affected as you can launch from the end of the rock wall. Good spot for learning is Rose Bay at manly a couple of hours each side of high tide (This is where we run our lessons from)
Victoria Point A good spot in a south easter on high tide especially if you prefer flat water sailing
Noosa Heads Great spot for a northerly, but can be difficult to get out on an incoming tide - but once your out in the bay there are some great ramps with good Port tack jumping. Watch out for the fisherman's lines as you launch in the river mouth. If there are any learners in your group, the Noosa River offers a great place to give them some great flat water sailing - but it is a bit gusty. Does not really work in a Southeaster
Lake Weyba Just south of Noosa, Weyba is similar to Cootharaba but smaller. It has limited access from Eurunbella Road, but works best in a big Southeaster. It is becoming very popular with kite sailors.
Lake Cootharabah One of the most popular spots on the Sunshine coast - a great weekend retreat. Probably the best in the summer Northerly's that blow cross-shore at Boreen Point - also good in Southeaster, that blow on shore. There is a bit of a walk out (especially if you have big fins). Camping can be done at either Elanda or Boreen Point, the later is more popular with the sailboards. Windsurfing Qld run some very laid- back racing once a month. Would have to be the perfect spot for learners with the water rarely getting more than 1.5 m in depth.
Mooloolaba One of the great spots in a northerly breeze with a big rolling swell. You can launch in the corner which offer protection from the swell. Not much good in any Southerly's as it is protected by the headland.Ann Street Good in Southeaster, protected launch site. Cross on shore in a south easter and not really tide affected. Short tack upwind to reef break. On a low tide and if the winds been up for a few days can get a bit gnarly. One of the few spots that does not have to stronger rip
.Kings Beach This is the spot allot sailors launch from to sail the bar at Caloundra. The bar is a good spot on an incoming tide for your early wave sailing attempts as you get better the out going tide stands the swell up . Works in most of the normal summer breeze and is probably one of the best spots to get some of the winter south westers on the sunshine coast
Woody Point The home of Windsurfing Queensland in Brisbane and where most of the locals sailors on the North side. Great clear winds for all of the summer directions. Has some great swell with plenty of air time.
Broadwater The main two spots on the broadwater are the "train" and Jennifer Ave. Jennifer Ave. offers longer runs than the "train" and a bit more chop. The "train" is the most popular flat water spot on the coast with most slalom sailors sailing there.
Main Beach Many of the beaches on the gold coast can work but some of the pick spots are Narrow Neck and Duranbah they do how ever have some strong rips.