Rescues, Rolls and Group Gropes [11]

By Peter Meredith

Manly. 10 a.m. 22.2.92. Whitecaps driven by a strong sou’easter were marching along from left to right, and the forecast was for stronger conditions to come. Great weather for a training day.

I joined Ken McDonald and several others who’d paddled across from Rose Bay and we headed out into the chop towards a cove on the eastern side of North Head. There, in sheltered waters overlooked by lush national park vegetation, 10 of us prepared to train.

Ken announced the plan: we would practise rescues and maybe later some rolls. However, the plan was flexible, he said, and if anyone else had some things they wanted to practice, such as basic paddle strokes, he was happy to accommodate. Well, yes, some of us did want to get down to basics, e.g. how to hold a paddle properly or how to wield a pen to sign a cheque for a new kayak, and so on.

After basics such as these, we paired off and took turns getting wet and rescuing one another We practised two types of rescue, both involving the rescuer coming alongside the patient’s upturned craft bow to stern, righting it and helping the patient to re-enter.

By the time we’d finished this, we were ready for lunch. But no, Ken was worried we might die of cold, so, to warm us up, he organised a race that would involve teams of three competing to tow one of their number over a distance of about 200 m. The idea was to teach us how to attach a tow-line correctly to the kayak of someone who has been incapacitated by sea-sickness or lack of lunch.

As mentioned, the idea was to warm us up, but since the only person who seemed to be shivering was Ken himself, and since he was the only person not taking part in the race, this aspect of the exercise was not entirely successful.

For 20 minutes we raced back and forth between the beach and a yacht whose occupants were all older couple who’d anchored in the bay for a quiet lunch far from crowds of yelling water-sporters. Some kids in an inflatable paddled over to ask us if we were greenies from Greenpeace, wondering, no doubt if we were practising emergency escapes from toxic-waste dumpers or whaling ships. We pointed out that Greenpeace usually uses inflatables.

At last it was lunchtime. On such occasions people usually stand a short distance from their kayaks and admire them as they munch on their wholemeal bread and beansprout sandwiches. They only pretend to look at other people’s kayaks; secretly they’ve got eyes for only their own. Even if they’re talking to someone, they shoot quick glances towards their craft.

After we’d finished mentally groping our boats, Ken gave some instruction on how to roll. Ever since I had rolling lessons in a swimming pool I’ve had an aversion to this form of self-inflicted water-torture. There are few things worse than having salt water forced up your nose while hanging upside down. It took me a month to get all the water out of my head after that pool session. So it was with some trepidation that I volunteered to be first victim on this occasion.

The big difference between this time and the last was that I was now wearing a face mask. This meant not only that the water was not getting up my nose while I was hanging below the kayak, but also that I could closely inspect the seabed while trying to get my paddle into position. Another difference was that I was learning the Pawlata roll instead of the screw roll, which I had failed miserably at. Now, with the greater leverage provided by the Pawlata method, rolling came easily.

By now it was thundering and squalling. Time to head for home. While the others set off for South Head and Rose Bay, I dodged the ferries and the Jetcats on the crossing to Balmoral.

Apart from myself, those who trained with Ken were: Gwen Chance, Desma Carter, Ron Arias, Gary Steer, Peter Ingleby, Graham Munch, Ferdinand Puchner and Alan Smith.

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Trip Calendar [11]

Please contact the trip leader by 8.00 pm Wednesday before the event.

March

Sunday 22/3/92 – Long Reef to Palm Beach and return. See the northern beaches and get some exercise. Contact Phil Chidgey 809 6605 (H)

28-29/3/92 – Shell Harbour and Gerroa weekend of fun and learning experiences (you might even see a whale). Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (H)

April

4-5/4/92 – Jervis Bay weekend 5 star accommodation with paddler training high on the agenda. Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (H)

Sunday 12/4/92 – Patonga 20km return (mystery destination followed by “fish and chips” on the beach). 10 am start. Contact Peter Ingleby 363 2069 (H)

17-20/4 Easter – Port Stephens long weekend tour. Carry your camping gear and live out of your boat for the weekend. Contact Bruce Lee 477 2914 (H) 957 8403 (B)

Sunday 26/4/92 – Leisurely 15km return paddle suitable for everyone 9.00 start at the boat ramp Gunnammatta Bay, Cronulla. Contact Perc Carter 523 6157 (H)

May

Sunday 10/5/92 – Easy paddle on the Harbour. Dodge the ferries and see the sights. Ray and Shirley Abrahall 528 9091 (H)

23-24/5/92 – Batemans Bay weekend. Spend the weekend honing your skills and enjoy the company of other paddlers while exploring this interesting area. Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (11)

June

6-7 – 8/6/92 – Long weekend cruise on the south coast, start from Tathra stopping overnight at Arragunnu in Mimosa Rocks National Park, finish at Bermagui. Contact David Winkworth 064 95 1527 (H)

September

26/9 – 4/10/92 – World Marathon Canoeing Championships in Brisbane. As a lead up to this the Canoe Federation has proposed that Sea Kayaks travel from Sydney and Cairns to Brisbane carrying the flags for the the championships. The Queenslanders have organized the trip from Cairns to Brisbane, we have been invited to do the southern leg or to accompany them on any of the 29 sections from Cairns to Brisbane starting 19th July. If you are interested in paddling or helping support this promotional event, call Ken McDonald 520 5349 (H)

Minutes of the General Meeting [11]

Held on 2nd March 1992 at the Police Citizens Youth Club Burwood

Committee Reports
Present: Graham Mundy, Ken McDonald, Shirley Abrahall, Ian McCallan, Cezar Ramos, Gary Burnham, Ian Harding, Michael Richardson, Ray Abrahall
Apologies: Mark Shrimpton
Meeting Opened 7:50PM
Presidents Report: Nil
Treasurers Report: Attached
Moved Ken McDonald Seconded Gary Burnham be received.
Moved K McDonald Seconded G Mundy that members who have not paid their fees for 91-92 are now unfinancial.

General Business

Programming

Cezar Ramos resigned as programmer and Ken McDonald volunteered with the approval of the meeting to continue in that position for the remainder of the year. After much discussion Ken McDonald compiled a programme for the next 4 months.

Telephone Bulletin Board

Ian McCallan proposed that we investigate this for the club. R Abrahall to investigate.

Safety on water

A copy of MSB Boating Safety Equipment brochure was tabled. Graham Mundy suggested that we consider a club booklet on safety, skills, equipment etc. compiled from articles in previous newsletters and member contributions.

Club Emblem

Michael Richardson has the completed artwork and obtained a price of $488.00 for 500 black on clear polyester paper stickers.

It was moved K. McDonald and S. Abrahall that prices be obtained for waterproof club emblems. White background and deep blue artwork for issue to existing financial members and new members when joining and that the club committee approve of a price and suitable quantity.

Newsletter

Contributions urgently required from members for future issues.

Definition of a Sea Kayak

A copy was sent to the NSWCA as previously minuted, Mark Shrimpton was requested to review it on their behalf.

Meeting closed 9:40pm

Rescues, Rolls and Group Gropes [11]

By Peter Meredith

Manly. 10 a.m. 22.2.92. Whitecaps driven by a strong sou’easter were marching along from left to right, and the forecast was for stronger conditions to come. Great weather for a training day.

I joined Ken McDonald and several others who’d paddled across from Rose Bay and we headed out into the chop towards a cove on the eastern side of North Head. There, in sheltered waters overlooked by lush national park vegetation, 10 of us prepared to train.

Ken announced the plan: we would practise rescues and maybe later some rolls. However, the plan was flexible, he said, and if anyone else had some things they wanted to practice, such as basic paddle strokes, he was happy to accommodate. Well, yes, some of us did want to get down to basics, e.g. how to hold a paddle properly or how to wield a pen to sign a cheque for a new kayak, and so on.

After basics such as these, we paired off and took turns getting wet and rescuing one another We practised two types of rescue, both involving the rescuer coming alongside the patient’s upturned craft bow to stern, righting it and helping the patient to re-enter.

By the time we’d finished this, we were ready for lunch. But no, Ken was worried we might die of cold, so, to warm us up, he organised a race that would involve teams of three competing to tow one of their number over a distance of about 200 m. The idea was to teach us how to attach a tow-line correctly to the kayak of someone who has been incapacitated by sea-sickness or lack of lunch.

As mentioned, the idea was to warm us up, but since the only person who seemed to be shivering was Ken himself, and since he was the only person not taking part in the race, this aspect of the exercise was not entirely successful.

For 20 minutes we raced back and forth between the beach and a yacht whose occupants were all older couple who’d anchored in the bay for a quiet lunch far from crowds of yelling water-sporters. Some kids in an inflatable paddled over to ask us if we were greenies from Greenpeace, wondering, no doubt if we were practising emergency escapes from toxic-waste dumpers or whaling ships. We pointed out that Greenpeace usually uses inflatables.

At last it was lunchtime. On such occasions people usually stand a short distance from their kayaks and admire them as they munch on their wholemeal bread and beansprout sandwiches. They only pretend to look at other people’s kayaks; secretly they’ve got eyes for only their own. Even if they’re talking to someone, they shoot quick glances towards their craft.

After we’d finished mentally groping our boats, Ken gave some instruction on how to roll. Ever since I had rolling lessons in a swimming pool I’ve had an aversion to this form of self-inflicted water-torture. There are few things worse than having salt water forced up your nose while hanging upside down. It took me a month to get all the water out of my head after that pool session. So it was with some trepidation that I volunteered to be first victim on this occasion.

The big difference between this time and the last was that I was now wearing a face mask. This meant not only that the water was not getting up my nose while I was hanging below the kayak, but also that I could closely inspect the seabed while trying to get my paddle into position. Another difference was that I was learning the Pawlata roll instead of the screw roll, which I had failed miserably at. Now, with the greater leverage provided by the Pawlata method, rolling came easily.

By now it was thundering and squalling. Time to head for home. While the others set off for South Head and Rose Bay, I dodged the ferries and the Jetcats on the crossing to Balmoral.

Apart from myself, those who trained with Ken were: Gwen Chance, Desma Carter, Ron Arias, Gary Steer, Peter Ingleby, Graham Munch, Ferdinand Puchner and Alan Smith.

 

Calendar

Trip Calendar [11]

Please contact the trip leader by 8.00 pm Wednesday before the event.

March

Sunday 22/3/92 – Long Reef to Palm Beach and return. See the northern beaches and get some exercise. Contact Phil Chidgey 809 6605 (H)

28-29/3/92 – Shell Harbour and Gerroa weekend of fun and learning experiences (you might even see a whale). Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (H)

April

4-5/4/92 – Jervis Bay weekend 5 star accommodation with paddler training high on the agenda. Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (H)

Sunday 12/4/92 – Patonga 20km return (mystery destination followed by “fish and chips” on the beach). 10 am start. Contact Peter Ingleby 363 2069 (H)

17-20/4 Easter – Port Stephens long weekend tour. Carry your camping gear and live out of your boat for the weekend. Contact Bruce Lee 477 2914 (H) 957 8403 (B)

Sunday 26/4/92 – Leisurely 15km return paddle suitable for everyone 9.00 start at the boat ramp Gunnammatta Bay, Cronulla. Contact Perc Carter 523 6157 (H)

May

Sunday 10/5/92 – Easy paddle on the Harbour. Dodge the ferries and see the sights. Ray and Shirley Abrahall 528 9091 (H)

23-24/5/92 – Batemans Bay weekend. Spend the weekend honing your skills and enjoy the company of other paddlers while exploring this interesting area. Contact Mark Shrimpton (044) 651 424 (11)

June

6-7 – 8/6/92 – Long weekend cruise on the south coast, start from Tathra stopping overnight at Arragunnu in Mimosa Rocks National Park, finish at Bermagui. Contact David Winkworth 064 95 1527 (H)

September

26/9 – 4/10/92 – World Marathon Canoeing Championships in Brisbane. As a lead up to this the Canoe Federation has proposed that Sea Kayaks travel from Sydney and Cairns to Brisbane carrying the flags for the the championships. The Queenslanders have organized the trip from Cairns to Brisbane, we have been invited to do the southern leg or to accompany them on any of the 29 sections from Cairns to Brisbane starting 19th July. If you are interested in paddling or helping support this promotional event, call Ken McDonald 520 5349 (H)

 

Minutes of the General Meeting of the Sea Kayak Club Inc.

Held on 2nd March 1992 at the Police Citizens Youth Club Burwood

Committee Reports
Present: Graham Mundy, Ken McDonald, Shirley Abrahall, Ian McCallan, Cezar Ramos, Gary Burnham, Ian Harding, Michael Richardson, Ray Abrahall
Apologies: Mark Shrimpton
Meeting Opened 7:50PM
Presidents Report: Nil
Treasurers Report: Attached
Moved Ken McDonald Seconded Gary Burnham be received.
Moved K McDonald Seconded G Mundy that members who have not paid their fees for 91-92 are now unfinancial.

General Business

Programming

Cezar Ramos resigned as programmer and Ken McDonald volunteered with the approval of the meeting to continue in that position for the remainder of the year. After much discussion Ken McDonald compiled a programme for the next 4 months.

Telephone Bulletin Board

Ian McCallan proposed that we investigate this for the club. R Abrahall to investigate.

Safety on water

A copy of MSB Boating Safety Equipment brochure was tabled. Graham Mundy suggested that we consider a club booklet on safety, skills, equipment etc. compiled from articles in previous newsletters and member contributions.

Club Emblem

Michael Richardson has the completed artwork and obtained a price of $488.00 for 500 black on clear polyester paper stickers.

It was moved K. McDonald and S. Abrahall that prices be obtained for waterproof club emblems. White background and deep blue artwork for issue to existing financial members and new members when joining and that the club committee approve of a price and suitable quantity.

Newsletter

Contributions urgently required from members for future issues.

Definition of a Sea Kayak

A copy was sent to the NSWCA as previously minuted, Mark Shrimpton was requested to review it on their behalf.

Meeting closed 9:40pm