Broken Bay and Environs
23-24 August 2014
By popular demand – a new challenge in a new location.
Conducted on what is arguably Sydney’s finest waterway and designed by our own in-house navigation guru, Russ Swinnerton (Captain RAN ret.), this fun two-person team two-day event will test your kayak navigation skills and definitely help you develop new ones.
Rogaining in sea kayaks best describes the nature of this event. From the broad expanses of Broken Bay and the lower Hawkesbury River and into the cosy confines of the many adjacent creeks, teams will navigate their way from checkpoint to checkpoint, collecting points along the way.
The spice of competition will be the reason for some Club members to enter (prizes are on offer in various categories). Others will regard the event as an opportunity to sharpen their existing navigation skills and to develop new ones. There will also be entries from some just wanting to have a go and enjoy themselves in an environment offering so many visual treats. Whatever the reason for entering, each participant will emerge from the event as a winner.
All graded Club members (i.e. Grade 1 and above) can participate in the event however each team must include a Grade 2 or higher graded paddler. Single person entries are welcome -- in such cases event organisers will assist with establishing suitable pairings. Full Conditions of Entry can be viewed here: Navigation Challenge - Conditions of Entry.
The entry fee is $90.00 per team or $55.00 per single entry (more for entries received after 23 July – see Navigation Challenge - Conditions of Entry). This fee will be used to offset the considerable costs the Club will incur in conducting the event.
Event kits (including a map and information enabling plotting of checkpoints) will be posted to participants 2 weeks prior to the event.
The event HQ and daily put-ins/pull-outs will be adjacent to the campground at Patonga Beach. Campsites have been reserved at the Patonga Beach Camp Ground. Information regarding campsite bookings will be provided to participants soon after they have registered for the event.
We need to confirm that there is sufficient interest in the event as soon as possible to warrant staging it. Please form your team (or let us help you do so) and register on-line as soon as you can to secure your place.
Email the Event Co-ordinator Adrian Clayton (gclayton[at]bigpond.com) if you require more information before registering.
The NSWSKC was established in 1989 by a group of enthusiastic paddlers to further the sport of Sea Kayaking in NSW.
The most important aspects of the Club are the organised trips, training sessions (day trips and weekend sessions are held with qualified leaders and instructors), social activities and the club magazine, Salt which is published 4 times per year.
Membership of the club puts you in touch with many other paddlers state-wide.
Events and club trips are advertised on our calendar. These trips include training and trips. In order to take part in club activities, you must be a member of the NSWSKC.
The membership year is from March to the end of February (to coincide with the annual event Rock'n'Roll).
Detailed membership costs are set out on the How to Join.
Should you require any additional information please contact a committee member.
The Club's aims and objectives are:
- to act, through the club's magazine, website and social activities, as a contact point for members' paddling related activities.
- to promote, organize and conduct sea kayaking training programs and paddling opportunities for all skill levels.
- to foster safe ocean kayaking and inspire members to explore our ocean environment.
- to encourage respect for our environment and wild places and the practise of minimum impact camping.
- to represent sea kayakers generally in consultations with government departments at all levels.
Sea kayaking is by its nature dangerous. The sea does not suffer complacency kindly. Paddlers should aim to minimise their own risk, and the risk they expose others to.
Paddlers should be aware that paddling on the ocean is generally more physically demanding than on sheltered waters, and that a reasonable fitness level may be required for even moderate distances. The formal Paddler Grade qualification that you have achieved at a point in time does not necessarily mean that you are able to paddle at that level today. Being unfit, or out of practice, may reduce your ability to safely take part in a proposed trip. You must be candid with the trip leader when discussing your participation in a trip. If you have any doubts about your fitness or ability to paddle at the expected level, you must fully disclose all of your concerns. If asked, you must be ready and willing to demonstrate your skills.