The Maiden Voyage of the "Jinja Ninja" occurred on the 18th of February with a launch from Manly into Moreton Bay.
We chose Manly as we had done our sailing course there with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and were familiar with both the harbour and close by.
Taking advantage of the Hobie Mirage Drives, we peddaled/paddled out of the mariner and headed south. Helen suggested we should get some serious peddling in to build up stamina in case we ever needed to rely soley on the peddles, so we set a course towards Wellington Point.
Surprisingly despite heading into the wind and waves, the 5kms only took us 90mins of mostly walking pace peddling. Along the way we also encountered a few rafts of jelly fish, that you could feel impacting on the turbo fins of the Mirage Drive.
We hauled up onto the sandy spit at Wellington point for a rest and something to eat. One of the problems we’d encountered along the way was that the Hobbie supplied water bottles, while fitting perfectly in the holder are a screw top, and so you run the risk of getting salt water in when drinking. This means we ended up not drinking as much as we should have. Unfortunately the other water bottle holder is too small for a standard drink bottle, so we’ll need to solve that problem later.
After a short break we unfurled the sail for the first time to see what she could do.
After some tacking, close haul and downwind sailing, we were both pleasantly surprised at how well she handled. While not very good down wind, she close hauled pretty well, but excelled on a beam reach. In the 10+ knot wind we were constantly submarining the leeward aka (outrigger)
To finish our first trip off, we decided to head over to Green Island before heading back across to Manly. We received a lot of waves and smiles from passing boaties, especially those in much larger sailing boats.
Despite some ominous storm clouds we avoided getting rained on and had a terrific first trip.