A Great Weekend [59]

By David Hipsley

Who could have asked for a better weekend! Great weather, fantastic venue, and a programme to suit everyone with a minimal amount of cooking.

From the moment you arrived, you knew what you were in for – an entertaining and fun 3 days, starting with a night paddle over to Nelson Bay with fish jumping into your lap and the dilemma of trying to work out your orientation on the return trip.

Saturday’s choice of paddles made it a hard, but a trip to Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay with time to renew old friendships was the way to go with an interesting crossing across Tomaree Head.

The afternoon and evening was spent relaxing and hearing some of our speakers talk about expedition paddling, what to bring and how to pack it etc. – some food for thought here! And slide presentations of actual trips.

For all those that discovered the marine park at Nelson Bay what fun it was to swim with the hundreds of fish. A truly magnificent sight – you could almost think you were on a tropical island.

A few fun activities on the beach and a handicap kayak race in the afternoon, with the reality that if you need to carry an injured person on the back of your boat, it is hard work, even for a short distance.

For those of us who were able to stay for the Monday there was an impressive trip out to Fingal Island to end Rock and Roll.

Huge thanks to the organisers for a truly fun 3 days with plenty of positive feedback. It was great to see so many paddlers of all abilities having fun on and off the water. Also a special thanks to Rotary for providing an excellent meal service for the weekend.

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