Pirates of Hinchinbrook Island

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The idea to do a paddle from Lucinda in far north Queensland was formulated in 2020, but with the rise of COVID19 and all of the ensuing lockdowns and uncertainty around the travel, the idea was put on hold until such time that the trip could be done with a level of confidence.

In 2022 as the tail of constant and changing restrictions became less of a feature in our daily lives we decided that this was the year. We left for Cairns on the 25th July returning back to Melbourne on the 3rd August where we spent 8 days paddling from Lucinda to Mission Beach. 

The trip had been planned for some time and was relatively straightforward trip - aided by the "trade winds" which blow generally E, ESE or SE would see the winds generally to our back and side providing some additional boost as we would not be sailing into the wind or at oblique angles to generate some sort of partial headwind.

With that the swell was also in our favour getting some "surf" assistance along the way making the paddling days short with not a huge amount of effort expended.

This is the route that we planned to take