President’s Report [67]

By Elizabeth Thomson

First of all, Rock’n’Roll was a huge success. We had around 130 registrations at Batemans Bay, enjoying the new facilities of the Batemans Bay Beach Resort and exploring the waters of the bay and the Clyde River. We also listened to fantastic talks by our guest speakers, including our special guest, Justine Curgenven from the UK.

As you know we raffled off a Mirage 530 with the proceeds to go to Vicki McAuley. In all, the raffle raised $3000 and the donated registration deposits raised a further $2000. This is an extraordinary effort. Thank you to everyone.

And thank you to the Rock’n’Roll coordinator, Rob Richmond, Stephan Meyn, the team of volunteers and of course, the trip leaders for such a great event.

Our internet co-ordinator, Peter Kappelmann, is always interested in photos for the website’s Picture of the Month section. So don’t be shy, send him a photo and a caption, and it might get published on our web frontpage.

More Than a Night for Newbies Mark II on June 21, 2007. We’ve had an influx of new members since our last “Newbies” night late last year and the time is right to welcome them in to the Club. Please come along to Blue Earth, 48a Formosa Street, Drummoyne, on Thursday evening from 7.00pm to enjoy an informal evening of mixing with members old and new to talk about all things kayaking. More on our club website.

Have you renewed your membership? As all memberships expired on 1 March 2007, if you have not renewed this year, please complete the application form on the website or in the magazine and pay the membership fee: Single membership fee is $100, family membership $160 and instructors, assessor et cetera pay $45.

Bruce McNaughton has kindly offered again to conduct a First Aid course for interested club members. If you want to attend, please contact him on

The date for the AGM is scheduled for 18 August. Usually we hold our meeting in July, but due to work commitments and overseas trips of Committee members, we need to move it forward. Stay tuned for further details.

Hawkesbury Classic 27 October 2007. This is a must do race for all kayakers, 111km from Windsor to Brooklyn to test your physical and mental stamina. The race is run overnight and it is a great personal achievement when you finish. All money raised goes to the Arrow Foundation for medical research and keeping the bone marrow register. You can treat the race seriously or just go in it for the fun. It would be good if we can get a good contingent of paddlers from our club. More later on organizing a preliminary trip, race strategy, food to take etc.

Donation Towards the Paul Caffyn Commemoration. The Committee has donated $500 towards the Paul Caffyn Commemoration, being organized by the Victorian Sea Kayak Club to be held later in 2007. A plaque commemorating the first sea kayak circumnavigation of mainland Australia 25 years ago will be unveiled.