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  • 13 Nov 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trips and training are on again

    Our Leaders have leapt out of lockdown and there are currently ten events listed, PLUS the regular weekly trips.  Make sure that you are logged in and go to the ‘Events’ page on our website to see all the details for ‘Current’ and ‘Regular’ (weekly) events.  If your preferred trip is listed as full be sure to put yourself down for the waitlist as openings often occur closer to the date.  Note that waiting lists may also apply to weekly trips, as the leaders will explain if you email them directly as required.

    Membership renewal

    Membership renewals for 2022 are open.  All memberships started or renewed from 1 November 21 are active up until 31 December 2022.  Please get this done early as unrenewed memberships are automatically cancelled in January and it always creates hassles where members intend to renew but don’t get it done in time. You want to renew your membership, click HERE

    AGM outcome

    Thank you to the thirty or so members who attended the AGM last month.  Due to Covid it was a low-key Zoom affair, but it is important that we hold the AGM properly for the ongoing running of the Club.  The minutes of the meeting, including reports, can now be found on our website.  I was delighted that all of the incumbent Committee members from last year chose to re-nominate for this year.  There were no other nominations.  As such, the Committee is unchanged, namely:

    • Caoimhin Ardren – Training and Trips Coordinator
    • Ken Collins – Social Coordinator
    • Mark Fuller – Vice President
    • Paul Thomas - President
    • Sandy McGuinness - Secretary/Treasurer
    • Selim Tezcan – Internet Coordinator
    • Simon Swifte – Rock’n’Roll Coordinator
    • William Verity – Salt Editor

    Kayaking magazine collections looking for a home

    We are currently housing a whole swag of kayaking magazines that have been donated to the Club from various sources. Regrettably, the Club does not have the resources to make these magazines available to its members in an efficient and lawful (i.e. respecting copyright) fashion so the decision has been made to give them away.  Included in the collection are 116 issues of the US Sea Kayak magazine extending from August 1983 until December 2013 (just before the magazine ceased publication).  Also included in the collection are 73 near sequential issues of the glossy UK publication Ocean Paddler starting from the first issue. There are also issues of the US Canoe and Kayak magazine and UK Paddler magazine.  The collection represents a great source of reference material from trip reports from all over the world, instructional articles over a broad range of subjects (including boat building), kayak reviews, book reviews, incident reports, etc. Ocean Paddler magazine is visually a splendid mag.  If interested, contact Adrian Clayton (gclayton[at]bigpond.com) for more information. First in first served!

    Don’t forget to book your campsite for Rock’n’Roll 2022

    RnR is on at Reflections Holiday Park at Jimmys Beach from Friday 4 March to Monday 7 March 2022.  Registrations won’t open until February but accommodation at these sorts of places is currently in high demand so don’t leave booking your campsite until too late.  If you are interested in sharing a campsite then you could use the Club Facebook Group to find someone to share with.  If you book by calling them (4997 0466) then ask for the 10% discount for Club members.

    Richard Barnes sets off across the ditch

    Club member Richard Barnes is planning to set off from Sydney any day now on his solo crossing of the Tasman in Blue Moon, his incredible self-built kayak.  We wish him luck on this inspirational adventure and I really hope he will regale us with stories on his return.  According to the Blue Moon FB group it will be possible to track his journey on the following websites:


    https://maps.findmespot.com/s/J51Q (currently showing someone’s Hawkesbury Classic warmup)

    Inaugural yearbook is on its way

    The first Club yearbook is well and truly on its way – I’ve seen it!  By now it might even be at the printers.  So look out for it in your letter box and enjoy the read once it arrives.  Thanks again William for your efforts in getting this launched.

    How to use Paddle log

    Paddle log is the online log book made available by Paddle Australia.  It is necessary to use Paddle log to record the training and experience required to gain and renew PA qualifications such as Sea Skills and leader qualifications.  On Tuesday 16 November at 10.30 Paddle NSW are holding a webinar on how to use Paddle log, functions such as producing and backing up your log, finding and renewing qualifications etc.  It will also be recorded and available afterwards.  To register please go to:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7417811634653721871

    Kayakasia making bags from kayaks

    Finally….a little story about what one adventure tourism company in the Philippines did when the tourists stopped coming due to Covid.  To keep their staff employed they recycled their inflatable kayaks into kayak-themed bags, which they are now selling online.  A Christmas present idea for the kayaker that has everything?  See it all on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5vIMC_jMcw

    Regards, Paul

  • 18 Dec 2020 6:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rock’n’Roll is the Club’s premier annual event. The extended weekend draws sea kayakers from near and far to join in on a chock-full program of trips, training and social activities.

    The appeal of R’n’R is broad ranging: participants have the option of embracing the event full on or treating it as relaxed weekend to chill out with a leisurely paddle or two, catch up with mates and make new friends.

    R’n’R 2021 will be held from 5 to 8 March 2021 at the coastal hamlet of Currarong, a comfortable two-and-half hour drive south from Sydney’s CBD (much less from Canberra). The event base will be the Holiday Haven Resort situated on Currarong Inlet. Regular R’n’R attendees will know the site well. Coastal waters can be accessed by a short paddle through the inlet. The pristine waters of Jervis Bay are just a short drive away.

    What to expect

    Sea kayaking activities will include a wide range of trip offerings – half day and full day – on coastal and enclosed waters. Iconic destinations include the rugged cliffs and rock stacks (Drum and Drumsticks) of the spectacular Beecroft Peninsula and the sea caves and rock gardens along the northern shores of Jervis Bay. On-water and off-water training sessions will cover a broad range of hard and soft skills.

    The social side of the event kicks off on Friday night with the long-established Expedition Kayaks-hosted nosh-up of local fare washed down by liquid refreshments, mostly of (but not limited to) the amber variety. A selection of DVDs from the Club’s extensive library will be screening well into the night.

    The traditional Saturday night dinner with a guest speaker will be held at a close by venue. More news to come on this through the Club’s website and R’n’R 2021 bulletins.

    Sunday evening’s entertainment takes the form of the 40 Quirky Questions trivia quiz compared by the politically incorrect Mark Pearson immediately followed by the screening of entries in the prestigious Pogies award (see boxed notice opposite). Generous prizes and bragging rights are awarded to the quiz and Pogies winners.

    Novelty side events will include a reprise of the Beachcomber Paddle Challenge held for the first time at R’n’R last year (a hoot of an event, a report of which can be read in Salt #114). Full details of the challenge will be provided in the information pack issued to attendees on arrival at Currarong. A slackline session will be run to let you try out your balancing skills.

    Accommodation options

    The Holiday Haven Resort (phone 02 4429 5415) offers plenty of choices: cabins, studios, and powered and unpowered campsites. Attendees at R’n’R 2021 will need to make their own bookings.

    We recommend securing your accommodation sooner rather than later as it’s a popular destination. When booking, make sure you mention that you are attending R’n’R in order to get the 10% discount that we have negotiated with the resort’s management.

    Saltiest Photo Award

    The EK-sponsored Saltiest Photo from R’n’R award enters its third year. The photographer of the prize-winning picture will receive an EK voucher that can be used for the purchase of any product within EK’s extensive range. As well as the prize, there are bagging rights with the photo being featured prominently in the post R’n’R 2021 issue of Salt.

    R’n’R2021 raffles

    Thanks to the generosity of commercial operators servicing the kayaking industry, we have quite an array of prizes to be raffled. More about what’s on offer will be announced in R’n’R 2021 bulletins that will be emailed leading up to the event. Tickets can be purchased as part of the registration process as well as at the event itself.

    Please be generous with your support of the raffles. The revenue they raise helps us continue to maintain a moderate registration cost for the event.


    On-line registration for R’n’R 2021 will be available in mid-January. You can expect to get an email around that time advising that the facility is ready to process your registration. Please note that you need to be a financial member of the Club when you register. Attending non-Club partners need not register for the event and they will be able to participate in the social activities of R’n’R. Temporary membership of the Club is available to non-Club sea kayakers who wish to attend.

    Volunteers needed

    R’n’R is run by volunteers who give their time to organise the event, manage the registration, run the beach marshalling, cook the BBQ, etc. A few volunteer positions have already been taken up but there are lots more that need to be filled.  If you are interested in helping out and contributing to the success of R’n’R 2021, please call Simon on 0412 022792.

  • 16 Aug 2020 10:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This Year's AGM was held in Patonga Public Hall.
    You can read the AGM Minutes here.
  • 24 Jul 2020 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks for those registered for the AGM Zoom meeting at 5.00 pm on Saturday 25 July 2020.

    The link to the meeting is as follows:


    Please leave your video off initially.  It may need to be turned on for voting reasons but we will see how we go with numbers on the ground at Patonga – and bandwidth through my mobile phone during the meeting.

  • 1 Jul 2020 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notice of 2020 NSWSKC Annual General Meeting and

    Call for Committee Nominations

    AGM will be held on Sat 25 Jul 2020 at Patonga Community Hall and via Zoom. Below are the Agenda and details.


    Saturday 25 July 2020

    Community Hall, Address 6 Brisk St, Patonga, and remotely via Zoom

    The AGM will commence at 5pm

    BYO for a drink and refreshments to share before the meeting

    Meeting Agenda

    1. Present

    2. Apologies

    3. Previous Minutes – AGM 2019

    4. Committee Reports:

    ·   President

    ·   Vice president

    ·   Secretary/Treasurer and presentation of accounts

    ·   Training Co-ordinator

    ·   Trips Co-ordinator

    ·   Internet Co-ordinator

    ·   RnR Co-ordinator

    ·   Editor

    5. Special Business:

    ‘That Campbell Tiley be appointed as a Life Member in recognition of his service to the Club’

    6. Election of the 2020/2021 Committee

    We will then adjourn to the pub for dinner – no booked space but there should be options mid-winter.

    Camping is available at Patonga, ring 43791287 to book.  Weekend bookings need to be for two days.  Cost will be minimised by booking Saturday and Sunday nights or sharing a site. Make it a social weekend by staying for the night and paddling on Sunday.

    If you are interested in nominating for a position on the Committee please do so by email to either the President or Secretary.  Details of the responsibilities of the Committee members are available at https://www.nswseakayaker.asn.au/page-18296.  Note that the Training and Trips Coordinator positions will now be combined, and a new position of Social Coordinator has been created (see below).  Nominations close seven days prior to the meeting.

    In the coming days the AGM will be listed as a Club event – both in person at Patonga and remotely via Zoom.  Please register your intention so that we can plan around the Covid-19 restrictions.  There will be paddling options on both Saturday and Sunday

    New Committee Position: Social Coordinator

    This position is intended to promote the social aspects of the Club, including the effective use of social media.  The role of this position is:

    ·   Initiate, coordinate and manage events to promote and maintain the social benefits offered by the Club

    ·   Provide oversight and direction of social media platforms formally used by the Club

  • 15 May 2020 7:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As of 15 May 2020 COVID-19 restrictions in NSW were eased such that groups of up to 10 people can congregate outside.  This has allowed the NSW SKC to resume offering Club trips for groups up to that size.

    Whilst this is great news it doesn't mean we are back to where we were before the restrictions - we need to still manage within the health guidelines.  So maximum group size is 10 (including leaders), and social distancing should be planned for and practised on trips, both on and off the water.

    The Club requests that you do the following:

    • At launch and on return to cars please maintain social distancing, and efficiently get organised and move off.  This is both about keeping our members safe and about public perception 
    • For group briefings/de-briefings select a quiet location (away from the water?) where you will be able to maintain distancing whilst conducting the briefing
    • When on the water if you need to raft up think about doing it in a way that maintains a distance of 1.5m between people

    Of course you should also download the COVIDSafe app if you haven’t done so already.  We want to make sure we can do effective contact tracing if the need arises.

    So keep an eye on the website for a return to (semi) social paddling opportunities!

  • 7 Apr 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    from the Committee of the NSW Sea Kayak Club

    Owing to the federal and state government restrictions now in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all NSW Sea Kayak Club group activities (i.e. trips, training and social gatherings) have been suspended until further notice.

    Your committee is working on some off water activities during these times and they will be announced in coming weeks.

    Keep safe and Stay tuned.

    07 / Apr / 2020

  • 4 Mar 2020 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With only nine days left before we gather in Batemans Bay for  the 2020 Rock and Roll, final preparations are being made for the event by your committee. Registrations will close on the 6th March, which will provide just enough time to assemble your registration packs, advise the caterers at the Catalina Club of our final dinner numbers and finalise our shopping lists for breakfasts and the Saturday BBQ. Remember to use the On-line shop to purchase extra raffle tickets, extra dinners for non-paddling family members and guests, and any special needs (e.g. vegetarian)  meals. Have a safe trip to Batemans Bay. If you are getting hungry on the way down, stop for a pie at the East Lynne shop, for although the building was (just) saved from the bushfires, the business was closed for 8 weeks because of fire damage and loss of power and communications with consequent loss of income. 

    Neil Gow

    RNR20 Co-ordinator

  • 30 Jan 2020 10:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Two Sisters on Wheels food van, offering traditional Lao Thai cuisine will attend RNR20 from 5 pm oh Sunday 15th March prior to the trivia quiz and the Pogies. Their website is twosistersonwheels.com.au, which shows their menu. They cannot take bookings and will also serve other holiday makers in the resort, so it will be first in, best dressed! Enjoy!

    Neil Gow

    RnR Coordinator

  • 30 Jan 2020 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for Rock and Roll 2020!  Please come to demonstrate your support for the local Batemans Bay community which is starting to recover from the recent devastating bushfires.

    You will need to renew your club membership before registering for Rock and Roll. Details about the event, including guest speaker Eddie Safarik, the great raffle prizes, Pogies video entries, the trivia quiz, and the Beachcomber Paddle Challenge, are all in the latest issue of Salt.

    For those that require a special dinner option (vegetarian, gluten free or vegan) please read the registration instructions carefully as you will need to register without dinner and then purchase it separately from the Online Shop.  Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the Online shop if they are not part of the registration package that you want.

    Remember to book your accommodation at the Big 4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort at 51 Beach Road, Batemans Bay. If you book by phone (02) 4472 4541 you can get a 10% discount.

    See you at Rock and Roll!


    RnR Co-ordinator

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