Stop Press – NSWSKC at War [50]

General Membership Callout Enacted

By Trevor Gardner

Following some imprudent comments by a member of the NSWSKC, and a subsequent security breach by a member of the executive, several members of the NSW Sea Kayak Club find themselves in the invidious position of having to defend their honour.

Despite a long held belief by many, the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is not a threat to the manhood of serious, hairy-chested, rudderless, expedition sea kayakers. In fact, the ability to complete a 111 km paddle overnight then shape up for bacon and eggs afterwards, could arguably be used as part of the selection criteria for a Bass Straight crossing.

Often those that dismiss the Classic as irrelevant or not worthy to a sea kayak club have never actually partaken of the subtle joy found in blisters, aching muscles and sleep deprivation. Now you have a compelling reason to put your prejudice and misconceptions aside, the honour of the Club is at stake.

Lane Cove River Kayakers have received wind that the NSWSKC is to submit a team entry. They also heard the words ‘soft clubs’ mentioned in a disparaging way with respect to the usual flat-water combatants. They have now thrown down the gauntlet, so to speak, challenging the hairy chested, kick-arse sea kayaking club.

Whilst not often treated as a race per se, rather a personal endurance challenge, the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic does have a club entry class. This involves nothing more than individuals in a club completing the event as an individual. A co-ordinator collects the finishing times, calculates the points and submits a club entry. More paddlers from the one club equates with more points. More paddlers overall equates with more money raised for leukaemia research and treatment. This is a charity event.

What do we get? A mention on the honour roll, hopefully ahead of the ‘soft’ clubs, and a chance to win the Commonwealth Bank Cup. Not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling from raising a bunch of money for a well respected foundation.

This is not an official Club paddle. This is an event organised by the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic officials. Club members compete as individuals, a co-ordinator collects the results and submits the entry. At present there are 18 members from the NSWSKC intending to enter the Classic in October this year. Check out www.canoeclassic.asn.au. This is a comprehensive web page. Consider having a go, join the fun and defend the Club’s honour.

I am the co-ordinating human for ‘Team NSWSKC Hawkesbury Classic 2002’. I provide an up to date list of paddlers and ground crew, advise of training paddles, arrange the t-shirts, answer logistic questions, arrange the post paddle breakfast at a waterside café and submit the entry. On the night, you and the support crew are an independent entity. Have a go.

Contact me at trevorg@ozemail.com.au. or 0409 883 114.

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