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.
Over the Easter weekend a Mirage 580 was stolen from the North Sydney Council boat shed at the bottom of Willoughby Street Kirribilli. It is white other than a small portion of the front deck which has the gel coat finished in a blue and green panel, which is unusual. If anyone sees a kayak of this description can you please contact David on david (at) accessoryworld.com.au
This event is being hosted by Paddle Capricornia Inc and the Qld Sea Kayak Club. We have a great line up of Instructors & presenters who have offered to attend this year’s event and share their knowledge and experience with us. These include Dave “Crocodile Winky” Winkworth, Rob Mercer, Eddie Safarik, Les Allen, Gary Forrest and others.
The event is limited this year to 50 participants as this will assist with management of the group and due to the fact that the facilities & catering on North Keppel Island are geared for this number of persons. The base for the event is on North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre which is approx. 15 klm off the mainland from the township of Yeppoon.
On offer is a package which includes all meals and accommodation for the duration of the Symposium at a cost is $350 p/person.
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You can now view the Basic Skills online resource on this website, following the official launch at the hugely successful Rock N Roll weekend. This resource has been written by the Club instructors and members and draws on years of experience in coaching new kayakers in the Basic Skills.
You can access the resource by clicking on the Basic Skills link from the left-hand menu on the Club pages. The content includes wet exits, rescues and kayak strokes at the Basic Skills (Grade 2) level.
This online resource has been made possible by a grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation, which assisted professional video production. The Club instructors and members have contributed their time as content writers, demonstrators and reviewers on a voluntary basis.
This resource has been made available to the general public to reflect the Club’s training role and encourage sea kayaking. We hope that you will use the resource to learn, refresh, train and review your skills whatever your level.