The Rock'n'Roll weekend is an annual weekend of trips, entertainment, training and socialising.
Only members of the NSWSKC are eligible to participate in the water activities of the Rock'n'Roll.
1st – 4th April 2011
Rock'n'Roll is the big event in the NSWSKC calendar. It's a time to come and relax, catch up with mates, paddle, party, share stories (some tall), swap ideas, check out the numerous gadgets you can still attach to your kayaks (we are still waiting for the first head-bobbing dog on the back of a kayak). Planning has commenced with next year's Rock'n'Roll at Batemans Bay.
The Venue and Accommodation
Rock'n'Roll will be held at Batemans Bay Beach Resort on the Pacific Highway about four hours driving time from Sydney. It provides options including camping and cabins. All this only a short walk to the water. The accommodation offers a choice of cabins or camping. You will need to book by contacting the resort directly. Club members will get a discount, so mention you are booking for this event when booking.www.beachresort.com.au, free call 1800 217 533.
Similar to last year, registrations for Rock'n'Roll 2011 will be conducted via our online system, Register Now. In one simple transaction, the online registration system will allow you to:
- renew your membership for another year;
- register for Rock'n'Roll 2011, $30; and
- opt for extras like the Saturday evening catered dinner ($25, with options for either standard or vegetarian meals) and/or raffle tickets.
The online registration system will close on Monday, 28 March 2011. After the online system has closed, you may still attend Rock'n'Roll 2011 but the late registration fee of $50 is to be paid on the Rock'n'Roll 2011 weekend itself.
For catering purposes, all meals will need to be purchased via the online system. No meals will be available for purchase on the weekend itself. If you want a meal, please register using the online system.
The NSWSKC is privileged to have enjoyed very successful Rock'n'Roll events in the past and, with this in mind, the committee has decided to subsidise the Rock'n'Roll 2011 registration fee and the Saturday night meal. Registration will be $30 (2010: $35) per person this year and the meal will be $25 (2010: $25).
The committee and organisers of Rock'n'Roll 2011 request that you register early to assist in organising the event.
We are lucky to have four major sponsors this year. They are Roaring Forties, Expedition Kayaks, Nadgee Kayaks and Mirage Sea Kayaks. So there will be lots of goodies for members and a great range of boats on display to see and purchase.
While we had great interest in the platinum sponsorship, this year our other sponsors were a little quiet but our good old faithful Hybrid Kayaks Australia came to the rescue with a telescopic sail. Furthermore, Flat Earth Kayak Sails will donate two Airopress coffee machines, perfect for kayaking, and an XP sail worth $250.
Goodies to be Auctioned
Four sponsored items will be auctioned. They have been put up on the club website and if you bid the highest price above the reserve price before 5pm on 31 March 2011, you win the item (club members only). If the reserve is not met, the auction will continue at Rock'n'Roll starting at the highest bid made prior to Rock'n'Roll. The NSWSKC Club Committee reserves the right to reject any bid, withdraw this item from sale or alter the terms of any sale or auction in its absolute discretion.
- Nadgee Bombora (Value $3,100) donated by Nadgee Kayaks.
- Mirage Gift Voucher to the value of $3,200 which can be applied to any kayak, accessories or services the winner would like donated by Mirage Kayaks.
- Place for 1 person to join a 7-day Southwest Tasmania Kayak Expedition. Retail value of $2,595 (probably be more for the 2011-2012 season). Prize does not include air fare or accommodation, donated by Roaring Forties.
- Telescopic sail (value $450) donated by Hybrid Kayaks Australia.
Goody to be Raffled
- Atlantic RM (value $2,090) donated by Expedition Kayaks.
We have some great speakers for the Saturday and Sunday nights.
Tsunami Rangers: Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980's, the Tsunami Rangers are a team of individuals that work together to explore and enjoy the nomadic coastal experience that can be found by kayak. We like it where waves are rebounding off rocks and reflected back and smash into oncoming waves. Feels scary but is easy, looks dangerous but is fun. The surf zone is a dynamic environment where timing is everything. It is true in the beach surf, ocean rock gardens, and especially in caves along the exposed coast. But with proper timing, you can slip past the kill zone into serene beauty and find adventure with your friends. It takes teamwork to explore complex rock gardens and caves and requires competent, experienced companions.
Direct from overseas Jim Kakuk, co-founder and captain of the Tsunami Rangers, builds Tsunami Ranger marine kayaks and travels the world in search of sea kayaking adventure. His home is in the Sonoma coastal territory, north of San Francisco. He explores the West Coast from rugged Cape Flattery, Washington to Baja California seeking out remote beaches, complex rock gardens and sea caves. He has recently traveled in New Zealand. What's next? Australia!
Paddling Ocean Rock Gardens: This informational slide show, video, and lecture introduces paddlers to the wild side of sea kayaking and will help an adventurous spirit confidently and proficiently meander through rock gardens and caves. The Tsunami Rangers will showcase rock garden features such as washovers, churns, and tubes and will discuss scouting, intuitive navigation, and transiting and positioning for maximum safety and enjoyment.
And also some home grown paddlers:
Richard Barnes — Dream to be a Kayaker
What do these countries share: Sweden, Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Chile, Nepal? Give up? It is water, in quantities large enough to paddle. And each country may make a guest appearance at Rock'n'Roll 2011. Tucked in the corner of your Saturday evening entertainment. Richard Barnes will make you dream of your next trip.
Via slide or anecdote as your guest presenter Richard Barnes travels round the world, not with a suitcase, but a kayak and paddle tucked under his arm. Explore your dreams on a trip down the Pan American highway to the crystal clear wild water rivers and waterfalls of Chile, or be carried by sherpas into the remote Nepalese Himalayas. Try some ice kayaking outside Stockholm or with sea leopards in the Antarctic. Closer to home, check out how to plan a Bass Strait crossing, or paddling in the Southern Ocean to visit the southernmost lighthouses in Tasmania.
Richard Barnes is not planning to follow Andrew McAulay to New Zealand, but will give pretty much any other paddling experience a try. He has paddled thousands of marathon kilometers, shot grade 5 rapids (and survived), dabbled in canoe polo and sea kayaked in enchanting waterways. At Rock'n'Roll, he will share some of the highlights and delights of the sport we all love.
Lastly, our own Stuart Truman will make an appearance and tell all about his recent trip around Australia.
If you would like to volunteer to give a presentation over the weekend or would like a particular topic presented please let me know.
Most paddles will be scheduled for the morning. Those wanting to do paddles not organized by the club should inform the RnR headquarters you are going out and check in on return. The afternoons will have plenty happening with workshops, handicap races, instruction classes and lots of socializing. It may be difficult to get everyone on the water because of the number of instructors and sea leaders available, we recommend that individuals can organize private paddles as long as you register these at RnR headquarters cabin, please keep in mind the grade of paddlers for the trip you are proposing. Registrations for paddles will be at 8.15am in the marquee.
Please bring your Helmets, any paddle that involves surfing or surf landings will require a helmet and your sea leader may instruct helmets are available to be worn on other paddles.
NSWSKC Team Challenge
On Sunday afternoon depending on weather we will have a new race. The winners will receive a photo in the subsequent club magazine with the Perpetual Trophy in hand. This will be a fun event available to all and combining some interesting legs to be completed in order to cross the finish line. More on this event as time gets closer. Start eating your spinach. The independent judges will decide the winners.
This year we ask you to bring actual photos that we will display on a board. There will be some great prizes, it's great to see kayak photos so search those photos you have taken yourself and show them off, must have a kayak in them.
Yes it's on again this year, so for all our inventors both young and old here is your chance yet once again to dazzle us all with you great imagination and genius.
Once again we will need assistance with the running of Rock'n'Roll. Please have a think about volunteering for an activity. Even if you have time to help now there is sure to be something I can get you to do to assist me. If there are members out there wishing to take on the job of MC for this big event let me know. We can then arrange for auditions to be held on a beach to be named during the year (Maybe part of a club paddle?).
Watch this spot which will list further details as we get closer to the event.