Rock’n’Roll 2008 has been run successfully. The weather gods were certainly helpful and many grade 2 paddlers were able to participate in trips to the Tollgates, something that at past events had not been possible.
Overall we ran about 15 trips on Saturday and Sunday, with some trips having two leaders. There was also a fair number of private trips operating. In general these trips followed the suggestion of signing in with the beach master and signing out afterwards.
The land events were well attended. Holding them primarily in the afternoon (with trips in the morning) resulted in better audience sizes.
Dinner and evening events
We didn’t run out of food! The raffle turned out to be very popular, with 300 tickets sold. The first prize, a three-day trip for two to Port Davey from Platinum Sponsors Roaring 40s (worth $3200) was won by Phil Woodhouse, one of our Victorian visitors. The presentations by Nigel Dennis and John Kirk-Anderson were very well received.
The Gadget Competition was a great success, with many members contributing. It was the ‘New Inventors of the kayaking world’. It looks like there should be a repeat next time.
The location of next year’s event has not yet been decided. On offer are Batemans Bay and Port Stephens. Past experience shows a decision needs to be made soon as spots close out quickly.
Many thanks go to the supporters: trip leaders, instructors, presenters, beach masters, ticket vendors and collectors and all the general volunteers. Also to Rob Richmond, Action Sound, the Lions Club and the operators of the Batemans Bay Caravan Park as well as our generous sponsors Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking, Hybrid Australia, Expedition Kayaks, Pittarak Expedition Sea Kayaks, Gudu Kayaks and Rafta Kayaks.
Gadget Competition Official Winners
Best value for money
Laptop computer. Stephan Meyn.
ASUS EEE-PC. Weighs 920 grams. Solid State hard disk, hence shockproof.
Crab net. Henry Van der Kolk.
The net frame is made from a twisty-type car sunshield.
Hol(e)y drysuit! Mike Snoad.
A dry suit incorporating a day hatch.