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EVENT 19-20 October – Brig Armada: Safari to Tangalooma

EVENT 19-20 October – Brig Armada: Safari to Tangalooma

September 20, 2019

Life’s better with a boat! If you are going to live in a place surrounded by pristine waterways and beautiful islands, then take advantage of spending your downtime on your own floating palace on the water.

The Brig Safari, travelling to Tangalooma in October, was conceived by our team to deliver fun on our waterways for everyone involved. We want to gather a group of like-minded individuals and Brig owners to travel together on a weekend. Our group escapade will highlight the versatility of their watercraft, while exploring the beautiful waterways in our southeast Queensland backyard.  This activity will hopefully help teach and build boating confidence, and establish long friendships.

The success of the Brig Day Out 2019 in June was a driving factor to our ultimate commitment to organise more Brig social events. The Brig Safari’s format has been built around the vibe that made the Brig Day Out such an enjoyable experience for all.



This event is designed to further highlight the versatility of the Brig-designed Rigid Intelligent Boat. We aim to show our existing and potential Brig owners that passage-making to exciting and distant exotic locations is not only achievable in our wide range of Brig RIBs, but it is desirable, fun, safe and affordable.

You do not have to own a Brig to attend. We encourage anyone who is interested in a RIB experience to contact us. We have limited spaces available on Brig demonstrator models and invite owners of other vessels to join in the fun with us.



We are expecting around 90 participants to join our Brig Safari adventure. We will have six demonstrator vessels participating in the cruise and we have commitments from a further 20 Brig owners. Nearly every model in the current product range is entered in the Safari, from our smallest Brig Eagle 340 to our flagship Eagle 10.

All of the necessary safety precautions for our Brig Armada have and will be taken, including notifying all appropriate authorities. Our fleet captain, Tom Carlisle, has extensive search-and-rescue-operations experience. His credentials include being a rescue boat operator instructor, coastal and offshore navigation instructor, national power boat handling instructor, boat license instructor, former commercial captain, international delivery captain, Australian Offshore Power Boat Club Race director, and extensive offshore yacht racing history.

Our Brig Eagle 10 and our Navigator 730 are our designated support vessels with towing set-ups, spare fuel, jump packs, and basic tools. The operators of these vessels, including Captain Tom, are trained in search and rescue, as well as towing operations.

There is no set demographic of participants – companies, families, friends, men, women, and children alike. The Brig Safari is for anyone who has a keen sense of adventure and a love for the ocean. This is not a dangerous event and no special level of fitness is required. (Our oldest participant is 80 years old!). We encourage participants of all ages, even including children, provided they are accompanied by a guardian or parent at all times.



Our crew have been to Tangalooma many times. There is no better way to get there than in your own boat.

We will meet our Brig family at the newly built Boat Works Super Yacht Marina before catching the Brig train to Espresso Twenty5 Café for an exclusive viewing of the Tony Longhurst classic car museum where we outline a complete itinerary and safety briefing.

The Brig Safari fleet will set off down the north arm of Coomera River, via Jumpinpin, stopping at slipping sands for the kids, via Canaipa Channel to Horse Shoe Bay at Peel Island, where we stop for a fully catered bbq lunch. Then, via Mud Island, we head towards Moreton Island, on whichever side of the bay is most sheltered to destination Tangalooma Resort.

The action does not stop once we are on land. We want you to unwind and relax after our first day, filling our glasses and our stomachs with delectable food and beverages and watching the sunset. Brig dinners are always very fun. Our lighthearted family and crew make the most of all occasions bringing everyone together for a good time and a laugh.

The evening entertainment gets started with resident quizmaster ‘Mad Maurie’ conducting the monster bingo, horse racing game and trivia competition. You might choose to sing your lungs out with karaoke too. You can also relax, have fun and wind down at Tangalooma Resort with other nightly happenings, or simply enjoy drinks with your friends and listen to some casual live music.

Bring your yoga mat and lay it by the beach at sunrise, letting the clean fresh morning sea air through your lungs as you practice all your favourite yoga asanas. Then, you can head to Tursiops for buffet breakfast to enjoy some fresh fruit, juice, cereals and yogurt.

All day, you can explore the island’s untouched national park and marine environment of Moreton Bay, one of the few destinations where visitors can interact with native wildlife, including dolphins, stingrays, dugongs and countless sea birds in their natural environments.

We are planning a guided snorkel tour through the magical Tangalooma shipwrecks. The crystal clear waters that surround the wrecks are filled with over 200 species of fish and 130 species of coral, three different species of marine sea turtle, dolphins and even resident Wobbegong sharks and stingrays. Then, we finish off your day by hand-feeding wild dolphins before watching them speed into the shallows, where they play together and entertain until it is time to be fed. Each one has its own special nature and you will learn from the experts about their quirky ways.

The following day, our trip home will be via Raby Bay to refuel and refreshments at Hogs Breath Café. The journey back through Southern Moreton Bay Islands and the upper reaches of the Broadwater will be at the discretion of our fleet captain, depending on the weather, ensuring the best boating conditions.



Feeling like you are a part of something special and fun is what life is all about. The Brig Safari experience is about being part of our family and the real sense of camaraderie among those involved, and those who are just starting out with us. Brig and Sirocco Marine have already made their footprint in the sand with top-of-the-range RIBS, and this event is about taking the time to build a sense of community.



The event is sponsored by:

The Boat Works
Club Marine
Aus Loans
Marine & RV Electronics
Espresso Twenty 5 Cafe



To join, contact Dylan Lopez,, or call for further information Ph: 0424 487 226.



Important Safety Matters

Vessels are required to meet all Queensland state regulations and registration requirements.  A safety self-assessment will be completed by all owners prior to departure and all attendees are required to attend a safety and procedures meeting on the morning of departure.  Vessels under 5 meters will not be permitted to enter the event if a strong wind warning is issued for the days of operation and the event will be cancelled if a gale warning is present.  The event and or participants and vessels may be cancelled or not permitted to enter at the discretion of fleet captain.