Rock and Roll 2016, Jimmy’s Beach

NSW Sea Kayak Club hold the most exciting Rock & Roll weekends. This year was our fifth RnR.

The amount of organisation and planning for the weekend is outstanding.

Thank you to all the hard working volunteers who make a grand RnR symposium.

For Roy and me it was a weekend of testing Expedition Kayaks, EK’s boats.

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Morning launch at Jimmy’s Beach.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Dolphins, caves & runners

On Saturday we borrowed EK’s Pace 17 and 17-S. With some coaching from Mark Sundin I had the rudder almost under control.

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Bron executing a cool “Telemark” turn. Port Stephens.

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Port Stephens. Bron sliding in beside me.

 

Mark was the leader of our group of 6 paddlers. We were off for an adventure to Boondelbah and Cabbage Tree Islands.

On the way there was a pod of playful dolphins.

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Yaccabah, dolphins every where!

Roy and I enjoyed testing the Pace 17s on the flat and turbulent water.

Perfect paddling conditions with a 5 knot head wind saw us paddling to Boondelbah.

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Looking out of Boondelbah gorge.

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Conference south of Boondelbah.

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Now on to Cabbage Tree Island.

Most of the group bravely explored the spooky sea caves. I’m frightened of the dark and the Plesiosaurus which inhabit coastal sea caves.

I stayed outside.

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South west corner of Cabbage Tree Island.

 

 

 

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South west corner of Cabbage Tree Island.

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Cave at south west corner of Cabbage Tree Island.

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Cave at south west corner of Cabbage Tree Island.

The return trip was so much fun. On the way back to Jimmys Beach we had a tail wind and runners. I was free! Surfing down the waves I let the PACE 17-S have its head.

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Tomaree and Yaccabah.

I thought Mark was matching me pace for Pace. Alas a cry went out “Bronwyn slow down!” My heart dropped. “Why?”  “Because I can’t keep up.” “I don’t want to slow down!” I wanted to paddle to the end of the sea!

 

Some years ago I was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident.   I have PTSD and thus no guide dog. I’m shackled to a human when travelling on land.

On the water it’s a different story. As long as I’m ahead of the pack there’s no boat to collide with. I try not to think of the motorised craft. I’m off the leash. Roy is my guardian angel vigilantly directing.

Mark Sundin tells the story. Read his colourful blog.

http://expeditionkayaks.blogspot.com.au/

(Page down to Wednesday 16 March 2016, “Rocks, Inspiration and Sunshine”.)

On the Sunday and Monday Roy tried out several of EK’s boats and has settled on a Pace 17. I couldn’t be left behind so I’m treating myself as well with a Pace 17-S.

Mark recommended Roy try a wing paddle. When using the Epic Mid Wing paddle Roy exclaimed “I got a fright when using the wing paddle. I shot out of the starting gate with surprising acceleration!”

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