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.
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.
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.
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.