Charlotte Cove expedition planning

posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:43 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 2, 2020, 12:43 PM ]
Martin Riddle writes: 

Final Details Planning Meeting 

At the LBT shed on Monday at 5.30pm before the dinner. 


LBT boats  

Hans will skipper Capricornia, and with 8 people wanting to do the trip on an LBT boat we could manage with just Capricornia from the LBT fleet. Some of the 8 would need to spend time on the support boat Seaire with Tom. Kevin has also offered a spot on Theona if needed. 

Alternatively, if some of the maybes (marked ‘?’) decide to come, we could also bring Monty. Andy Bullock has offered to skipper one of the whaleboats if needed. There are still a few things to do to get Monty ready for a trip like this. They are easily doable in the time we have (re-fit floor boards and re-rig) and the trip would provide a great incentive to get on with it. If we bring Monty we will need some help getting her ready. A trial sail on Monday afternoon would prove whether she’s ready for the trip. 



Let’s discuss the details before the Monday dinner next week.

In summary, we need plan ahead to cater for ourselves for all meals except dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday when we will be in Kettering. It may be possible to organise takeaways from Cygnet to Charlotte Cove for at least one dinner, otherwise ‘bring and share’. 

We can leave food for Sunday evening in the fridge at Charlotte Cove when we go to Kettering. 


Friday – pack your own lunch for the boat trip; dinner ‘bring and share’ at Charlotte Cove house (kitchen available) 

Saturday breakfast – at Charlotte Cove – bring what you need 

Saturday lunch – pack your own lunch 

Saturday evening - I’ve told organisers of the Kettering Woodend Boat Rally that we have 17 people for dinner on Saturday night. They have indicated that they can easily cater for more on the night.

Sunday morning – the Seawall Café will be open for breakfast from 8.30. the usual Aussie breakfast fare: ranging from bacon and egg roll $9.50, to the full big breakfast at $24. 

Sunday Lunch - ?? 

Sunday Dinner - ‘bring and share’ at Charlotte Cove house (kitchen available), perhaps leave ingredients in fridge on Saturday. 

Monday breakfast – at Charlotte Cove – bring what you need. 

Monday lunch – pack your own lunch. 

Monday Dinner – back at the shed in time for Kate to feed us. 


Safety Equipment 

This is a cruise in company with skippers responsible for the safety of their boat and crew. 

Safety equipment required is as specified by MAST for Smooth/Sheltered Waters ( The LBT has a stock of safety equipment including flares which can be borrowed if you don’t have them. 

All boats should carry a VHF radio as we will be using this for communication among the fleet while underway. Radios available from the LBT. 

  1. $25 per person for the use of the house at Charlotte Cove, available to us for 3 nights (Fri-Sun). The normal fee is $10 per person per night for the house booking, i.e. for 17 people it would be $510 or $30 each. The Port Cygnet Scouts have always been generous to us and this time have agreed to cap it at $400. This works out at a little under $25 each which we ask everyone to pay as everyone on the trip will have the benefit of using the facilities whether they use the bunk rooms, camp or sleep on their boat. 

  2. $25 per boat Wooden Boat Gathering registration. For LBT boats this cost will be shared among the people on the boats. For private boats the skipper is responsible for paying this. There is a late fee payable for registrations after 31/01/20 (today). I am happy to do a bulk EFT payment today and will try to contact boat skippers in advance to see if they want to be included in this. 

  3. $20 per person choosing to have the curry dinner at Kettering on Saturday evening. Each person to pay on the night. 

  4. For the shared costs I will discuss payments procedures with the Treasurer, but expect that I will pay them initially; claim them back from LBT and then each participant pays LBT. 

  Pic from Endra O'May