Tuesday 3 December 2013 - Sandy Beach, Summerland Point
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|Welcome to our Website.
We are an informal group of friends who like the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. This page provides a Notice Board where we can display our kayaking program, and any other information we might want to share, and some photographs of our activities.
We meet on Tuesdays. Launch time is 0900, so if you want to join us arrive by 0845 please. We have morning tea/lunch afterwards. Bring something nice to eat if you can, and a couple of dollars to cover the tea, coffee, milk etc.
We paddle in all lakes, lagoons, creeks and rivers from Berowra to Clarence Town, and everywhere in between.
We generally paddle for 2 - 3 hours and travel between 6 and 12 km, at a gentle pace.
|Disclaimer - As we are not a club, just a group of individuals who go kayaking together now and then, we have no responsibilities as an organisation, and no organisational status. Anyone who decides to join us on our outings does so on the understanding that they are responsible for their own welfare and safety. People will provide all assistance and advice to visitors, but take no responsibility. Joining our group is on that understanding, and you will be asked to sign confirmation of that fact. We have no insurance - you should provide your own.|
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|Tuesday 3 December 2013 - Sandy Beach, Summerland Point|
Absolutely perfect day at Lake Macquarie, 23°C, no breeze, no clouds, just 42 paddlers here for a good time.
We all headed south to Black Neds Point and into CVB. Along the edge of the lake to Tiembula Creek (no, I didn't just make that up) which is quite a nice creek going a few hundred metres into the Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Eventually it got too narrow and the water was hard to get at, so we turned around and paddled back to the lake. I was surprised to see everyone still head south to CVB where the local luxury fleet is moored. Some of us cut the paddle short and headed home from the next peninsular, but most continued right down, then headed straight back up the middle of the lake to Black Neds Point, into a bit of a headwind, where we all disembarked at Sandy Beach. I did see a patch of water all roughed up with whitecaps, a localised squall, which missed most of us I think.
The carpark was choc-a-bloc, with only a few picnickers also present. It's a nice venue with plenty of parking, picnic space and toilets, not to mention the sandy little beach just next to our cars.
A very satisfying paddle and social event! Thanks to everyone who came, especially to Sue and Doug, without whom these days wouldn't be the same.
Bob and Harry's photos hardly do justice to the scene due to their inability to convey temperature, cicada sounds, and the atmosphere of excitement as we prepared to paddle down to Chain Valley Bay. But they're pretty good anyway and are here.
|Kayakers' Xmas Lunch Expressions of Interest|
Our Xmas Lunch will be held on Tuesday 17th December at Sunshine Park, Chittaway. We have managed to secure the Community Hall adjacent to the BBQ area (where we usually have morning tea). There will be a paddle before lunch for those that wish to work up an appetite.
Anyone wishing to attend, (including partners etc) please notify Sue and Doug at:- [email protected] or phone 0412 900 478 by Friday 6th December for catering purposes.
All you will be required to bring is your appetite and a chair in case we don't have enough seating. Everything else will be supplied, as in previous years.
Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Sue & Doug.
|Tuesday 26 November 2013 - Avoca Beach|
A warm sunny/cloudy day greeted about 38 of us kayakers at Avoca Lake on the NSW Central Coast this morning. I'm not sure how many as I arrived late after a fight with my GPS.
The lake was choc-a-bloc with water after last week's heavy rain, so we could paddle anywhere without running aground. We went on our usual route, anti-clockwise around the lake, including under the bridge and around the southern arm. There is a little creek we go up, which most of us did, to be rewarded with a herd of deer come down out of the dense forest, but which ran away too soon.
Carol brought her stand-up paddle-board, which she loaned to others for a try-out. We saw a few boarders, including one with a little dog on his bow, cute! We had a couple of newbies, Nick, whose photo appears in the slide-show, and Mike who lives locally and could try us out. Good news from Cyril - he has got a job so will be able to work full-time, instead of wasting his days doing nothing. See you in a few years, Cyril!
Very pleasant paddling on this lake, safely with friends. Must do it again sometime, like next week at Summerland Point.
Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 19 November 2013 - Budgewoi Lake, Gorokan|
After the horrid weather over the weekend, many people were not game to risk getting wet, but 15 or so kayakers and some non-kayakers, arrived at the Fish co-op for fun on the water.
Rolf and I went under the bridge, quite a shock as the water in Budgewoi Lake seemed quite calm, but the waves coming under the bridge scared everyone else away. We paddled into the 15-20 knot southerly, across Wallarah Bay and around Pipeclay Point, to Barry's place. No sign of Baz or Stan, who lives near the Wallarah Club, so we pressed on out into the lake, around the Pipeclay Point Navigation Marker and towards the other side. Halfway across we turned with the wind and sailed back to the bridge (paddling furiously).
After a trip up to the Beachcomber we headed back to the fish co-op. The other paddlers went passed the Beachcomber and towards Budgewoi, with Linda navigating her way to the creek by the golf course and up it. A few followed or paddled around to Buff Point and San Remo before facing the headwind for the trip back to base.
The weather was quite warm, about 21°C, the sky was cloudy and no rain fell, so the wind was the only factor challenging us. I did see Cyril under his kayak on the shore, but that can easily happen, eh! Rolf was emptying water out of his kayak, and broke the rudder right off! Otherwise we all had an exciting day kayaking. Wish you were here! No photos today as there were no snappers. Seabreeze graph below.
|Monday 18 November 2013 - Glenn's report from Mallacoota|
For Glenn's report on the Mallacoota holiday, click here.
|Tuesday 12 November 2013 - Ourimbah Creek, Chittaway|
After 3 days of rain we didn't hold out much hope of a sunny day, and we weren't disappointed! Rain, thunder, lightning, clouds, but no wind, and temperatures about 20°C.
About 25 people turned up, one went straight home when the lightning started, others didn't take their kayaks off the car, some did but still didn't paddle... It didn't matter, and you can't blame anyone for declining, as the weather was very wet at times. However, the main contingent took off upstream to the weir, while I paddled down to the lake and out into the middle (well, about 800 metres anyway) and back again, then upstream till I met the others coming down from the bridge. For me about 7km I think, not much more in the same time for the others, though a few went over the weir and up into the wild country. Peter didn't get back for ages, and was all soaking wet with no spare clothes, so we found him some.
This was a special day, being the 5th anniversary of the club, and my birthday too. Sue cooked up a huge barbecue of sausages, and there were salads galore, and fruit. Extra people arrived, who couldn't or wouldn't paddle but wanted to join in the festivities. A very sociable morning, as they always are, in a relaxed state.
Thanks especially today to Doug and Sue who organised and created a wonderful lunch for us all. Thanks to Sue for the beautiful photo on canvas for my birthday present. Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 5 November 2013 - Wyong River, Tacoma|
It looked a bit bleak this morning at Tacoma, with the skies all grey as forecast, rain spitting and the clubhouse burnt down. Never mind, there is a good toilet there and a tiny spot where you can launch into the beautiful Wyong River.
Twenty-eight kayakers presented themselves, most of whom wanted to go upstream and keep away from the blowy lake, with its 25 knot southerlies. So they did, but Mike, Knut and I headed out onto the lake, only 400 metres away, and set a course for The Entrance. After a couple of hundred metres I couldn't see anyone else with me, so I just kept barging into the 45cm waves for ten minutes. Eventually I decided that this was a bit too dangerous for one person on their own so I turned around, only to find Rolf right behind me. We both decided to turn around then as we were at risk of being swamped by the waves, and paddled back into the river. We were probably only 600 metres into the lake, though when I looked for the river I couldn't make it out, but I saw the dredge by the shore and thought the dredge was probably near the river. As we got closer we could see that the said dredge was 400 metres up the river! Funny how hard it is to judge distances when you're on the water!
All the others kayakers paddled up the river, some only to the island, some to the bridge and a few to Porters Creek, and in Bill A's case back out of this creek and up to the weir looking for the rest of us. This is about 16km, so well done Bill!
Temperature was about 20°C and while the wind was strong, most of the time we were out of it. A good paddle!
Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 29 October 2013 - Gosford/Brisbane Water|
On a cloudy and smoke-hazy day 30 kayakers congregated at the Gosford Sailing Club for a paddle into Narara Creek. Sort of congregated, some arriving after the first couple of dozen were already in Narara Creek, however we were all on the water together eventually. There was a slight headwind for the first half an hour, then it shifted to south for our return trip. Thanks! After we were all safely ashore a big southerly blow came in, and only got worse during the arfternoon. See Seabreeze graph© below.
I had had enough by the time we got to Dell Road, where the bait & tackle shop is, and where we used launch from, so I turned around, but many ahead of me continued to the end, with Stan, Carol and Paul going all the way till Stan got caught under a log.
By the time we made it back to base, the weather had turned a bit nasty so we were happy to snuggle together under a big tree and munch on cake and drink coffee. Thanks to all who brung nice food! A very pleasant paddle! Well done everyone!
Harry and Bob's photos are here. One photo was cropped badly by the system. See it again below.
|Hawkesbury Classic Results|
According to the results on the website for the Hawkesbury Classic our members results are :-
Rolf – 13hrs 46mins – 6th in the 60+ Mens
Claire – 16hrs 29mins – 2nd in the 60+ Womens
Fred & Mark – 17hrs 55min
Cyril – 7hrs 55min – completed 65km retired injured.
Chris Fairman's son in law, (Jay's brother in law) – Peter Hopkins came 1st in the "Stand Up Paddleboard" section – 13hrs 15min
What an outstanding result, congratulations to all of our paddlers! We will claim Peter Hopkins' win by default.
|Linda's photos of rafting in Croatia|
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| Tuesday 22 October 2013 - Newcastle|
Twenty kayakers made it all the way up to Throsby Creek, off the Hunter River, on a pleasant day of 27°C, with a SW breeze (see Seabreeze Graph© below).
Doug said 'go back up the creek' so we all started off, but some people turned around and paddled down to the Port of Newcastle, much more interesting. Rolf and Mark and Fred went all the way to the ocean past the breakwater. Myself and a few others paddled to the barriers at the top of the creek, then back down past Forgacs, to the big blue tugs around the corner, till we were shooed away by a man. It's always interesting in the harbour, especially if you get in the way of a tug or a coal carrier, to be shooed away by the pilot.
The trip to the upstream end and back is only an hour, and a few people did that. I managed an hour and forty minutes. Old Peter (I'm sure he won't mind that as he's 86) came for a visit and had morning tea with us. All up a very pleasant Newcastle experience! Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 15 October 2013 - Gwandalan|
Conditions were similar to last week - perfection - for twenty-three kayakers at the Lions Park, Gwandalan. Some of our usuals were away at Mudgee bike-riding. A beautiful venue with everything, even if I didn't find the toilet till after we came back.
We paddled anti-clockwise around Crangan Bay, down to the bottom and into Mangrove Gully Creek, for a short distraction. Then up the eastern side of the bay to Nords Wharf where most of us just headed straight back across the bay to Gwandalan. Only trouble was I couldn't see where to go, so I followed Dougie for a while until I realised he was tricking us, then I followed Alan and Sandra to the correct venue. Didn't remember that we hadn't paddled past any houses or boats at the start.
It's not spectacular here but just very pleasant on the water in such divine conditions. We are so lucky to be doing this each week together. Thanks to all who came. Nice to see Russell and Suzie again, and Stan, who has bought himself a brand new Prada to carry his kayak.
Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 8 October 2013 - Cockle Creek, Speers Point, Lake Macquarie|
Another perfect day, sunny/cloudy, no breeze on the creek, temperature 21°C. Twenty-six kayakers arrived at Creek Reserve Road, plus Doug who was injured. This includes Mark and Fred who left long before we arrived but whom we met going back the other way later.
This is not a spectacular journey, just wide creek and scrubby bush all the way up to the top of Cockle Creek where it ends at a causeway bearing big trucks, 2 metres from my bow. The round trip is 13.5km which is more than my usual paddle, so I was back last and nearly missed out on morning tea. Luckily there were many nice people with whom I chatted, including Garry whom we haven't seen much this year.
Mark and Fred's new kayak is a tandem Sladecraft of over 7 metres in length and very light, so just as well they played by themselves.
Bob and Harry's photos are here.
|Sunday 6 October 2013 - Carol's photos of Greece|
For Carol's amazing photos of her Grecian holiday, click here.
|Tuesday 1 October 2013 - Budgewoi|
Funny day this feller! Very cloudy, no sun, but warm to 26°C, 15 knots of wind from roughly N (see graph below). We had planned to circumnavigate Lake Munmorah, but they got away from us and went into Budgewoi Lake, so that's where we all went. A nice tail wind to start as we headed across to Buff Point, and Lakedge Park, then the wind changed to a westerly, so it seemed, for a headwind to the San Remo hot water outlet.
That took an hour, so we turned around there and headed back, but after a while the wind changed again back to a header, and stayed that way for the rest of the trip. So a struggle back to Budgewoi (I couldn't believe how far it was, and I've done this trip many times!). Conditions were very pleasant except for the wind, so a good work-out was OK and it took another hour to get back, around 11km all up.
Just the forty paddlers today, and a few more for morning tea! You've all done very well! Harry's photos are here.
Actually, the wind didn't change direction, we did!
|Carol's trip to Turkey and Athens|
Click here to see Carol's photos from her amazing trip.
Also several of our members are participating in the Hawkesbury Classic - Read this Notice - Click here.
|Gail and Glenn's Mallacoota Holiday|
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