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Issue 27 The Cavalli Cave Alleys 6 Chris Dench gives a humourous account of a fun and action packed Queen’s Birthday weekend.

A bracing weekend 22 It’s wet, it’s fun, it’s addictive. Steve enthuses about a Taupo Skills Course.

N.Z. Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme 32 Want to expand your skills? Check this out.

Mercury Bay, Coromandel 24 Karen Knowles directs us to a bay she thinks should have been named ‘Bay of Plenty MORE’

Surfing Marty Benson describes his first big wave

Charlotte - Queen of the Sounds 34 A challenging Christmas holiday is capped by a play with 100 dolphins.


Kayaking the Lycian Way 37 John Banks pops into Turkey and paddles over a sunken city.

A good time was had by Al 11 A day in ‘hot water’ at Orakei Korako with the Taupo Yakity Yak club.

Slices of Heaven 26 Mimiwhangata and Otamure get the thumbs up from Ruth E. Henderson as camping and kayaking destinations.

The White Nile 13 Helen Brosnam’s adventures continue. She outlines the how, what and when to best get in on the action on the longest river in the world.

The Flood A photo essay by Sam Goodall


Book Review 40 The Frozen Coast, Sea Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula. The story of Graham Charles, Mark Jones and Marcus Walters 850 km expedition gets a rave review by Ruth E. Henderson. News Releases From KASK and NZRCA

Abel Tasman in Winter 28 Maurice O’Brien plays with the seals and muses on Blank Czechs at Abel Tasman National Park.


Summer Kayaking Holiday program for kids


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50,000 km by Kayak 16 Penny Cuthbert, Curator of the Australian National Maritime Museum tells the remarkable tale of Oscar Speck’s journey from Germany to Australia in the 1930’s .

Knots and Haul systems for white-water rescue 30 Matt Barker from AUT gets all technical with ropes and karabiners.



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Front cover: Andy Curnow & Jade

Well, we have been somewhat busy over the last couple of month. With the summer approaching like a raging bull we are all looking forward to getting onto the water for some warm surf, and getting out to the favourite camping and fishing spots. This is the 27th issue of the NZ Kayak Magazine and my new right hand person is Ruth Henderson, a keen writer in many previous issues and an even keener kayaker with the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. Now you say, what have you done with Brenda? Well it goes like this. Prior to being my right hand person on the magazine Brenda was a highly respected OT (Occupational Therapist) in the motherland. When a position came up with AUT (Auckland University of Technology) she called me to see if I could give her a reference. Dumb eh these Sheilas. My right hand is trying to sever itself from my body and my left is going to pull out the knife to chop it off!! “I don’t think so!” So I said “ Yes, of course” and stewed for a week till the call came from the HR (Human Resources person at AUT) to ask about Brenda’s work with us. And off I went, ask any one who knows me I can talk. The cunning HR person went straight though my outer defenses and here I was being honest and singing Brenda’s praises. Bugger, why can’t I shut my trap and stick to the plan. In all honesty we are very sad to see Brenda go and she will be missed. However the new job is great for her and her family. The many OT’S that Treff and I know though our Briannah, are some of the best people on the

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The Cavalli ‘Cave Alleys’ by Chris Dench

I couldn’t believe the Yakkers would stay in such a derelict caravan site, with burnt out cars lingering on the undulating sand hills. I quickly realised the absence of boats was a sure sign I was in the wrong place. 1km from ‘the Bronx’ I reached the manicured lawns of the high tech campground with magnetic card operated toilet access. To my surprise, Greg had telepathically predicted my arrival. He lifted a barrier arm operated by the same card. After 4 hours on the road by myself it was rather special. “Welcome to Matauri Bay and give me $20 for the

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caravan” joked Greg. (Trip organiser Dave Evans had forked out all the ‘readies’ thus far.) A night of frivolity and bollocks followed, with conversation dancing around Phil - the ‘no boundaries’ conversationalist, complete with noisy overindulged utterances. The wind was howling, the rain horizontal, but the prospect of yakking was never dulled. A ‘no weather’ conversation rule was strictly enforced to prevent a repeat performance of a previous trip. On that occasion overanalysis of the weather caused Phil to bang his head repeatedly with a closing fridge door. photos by Guy Folster

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Off to bed to rehearse techniques of sleeping during horrendous bouts of snoring from roommates. Seven of us in one room in the ‘DoC’ hut on the Cavalli’s tomorrow night would surely be a test of sleeping skills.

Saturday A good morning party popper exploded by my ear, welcomeing the new day. Everyone was packed and on the beach around 10AM. In intermittent rain, and almost no wind, seven laden kayaks slipped out on the flat water through glassy low surf. Spending the next couple of days on an island was, as always, tinged with more adventurous thoughts of weather closing in and being marooned. In reality, with the closest island a mere 2km from the mainland, this was never a probability. The pre-paddle brief was omitted in favour of an on the water huddle to discuss the complexities of the route, weather conditions, safety concerns and possible medical issues. Our leader Dave concluded: “We’ll go around those islands and back to the main one.” Short and sweet and refreshingly relaxed! - matching the mood of the team. The 1-2 metre swell lifted and dropped the pod with rhythmic regularity. The grey sky disguised the natural beauty of this stunning setting. We started to circumnavigate Motukawaiti Island, the southernmost of the group. Pristine white sand was a welcome sight. Interesting rock gardens were a small taste of what was to come. A congregation of the normally scattered kayaks indicated something interesting lay ahead. I could not, for a second, have guessed what was bobbing in these northern waters. Steph had spotted a seal basking on the surface. At first she mistook him for a dead dolphin, but he bolted when he noticed the kayaks. When the seal recovered, he investigated the floating intruders. His large head bobbed up and checked us out like a wary dog. We were to come across a pair of more nonchalant ones later in the day, less thrown by the novelty of coming across a pod of Yakkers. Interesting caves became so commonplace that Guy, who can’t pass by a hole in a rock, was picking and choosing where he would ‘poke his nose’. As the morning wore on we ended up in some larger seas and flirted a little with the swells, rolling to vertical cliffs and through rugged rocky outcrops. According to his GPS, Phil’s ‘Torres’ had already managed an incredible speed of 15kts. We were disbelieving of this statistic, but had witnessed this sprint on a large roller between the rocks. At Wai-iti Bay the basic hut was perfect for our purposes. Two tiers of bunks sparked a race to see who could bag a spot away from the snorers. Everyone but Phil and I then headed off for an explorer’s trip of Motukawanui Island, the largest of the group of more than 30 islands. This took them across the ridge track, in the footsteps of missionary Samuel Marsden to seaward tip of the island. A detour to the trig station was made before returning to the hut. The explorers looked quite tired on their arrival. Steph had fallen on her pride a couple of times on the steep muddy track.

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In the lee of the wind

Beers, wine and nibbles were tabled, and Greg’s fortune cookies told our futures. Luckily we were able to swap these to suit! The customary nibbles blended into dinner and the obligatory card game. When Jacqui and Dave retired early every attempt was made to keep them awake until lights out at 10PM.

Sunday A symphony of snoring and unfortunate gaseous exchange made for a sleepless night. Seven people sharing the same bed takes some getting used to. My personal condition was in some doubt. I think the red wine may have been off! The weather forecast was for a gale warning 35kts SW in squally showers. It nearly put the kibosh on the day’s paddling, but luckily no one was sensible enough to stay indoors. The pre-paddle brief was a disclaimer from Dave “From here on enter at your own risk”. The kayaks headed out gingerly expecting large seas and strong winds. Leaving the bay we were into disturbed water, steep chop and swell. It was manageable stuff but didn’t need to deteriorate much to become dangerous. I was feeling a little exposed with a damaged rudder and minus a paddle float lost from the day before. Once around the eastern, leeward side of the island we started our smorgasbord of rock



gardening, archways and cave exploring. It really was second to none for sheer quantity and variety. Many of the ‘cave alleys’ backed so far into the rock cliffs that kayaks would disappear in the darkness. Only the resounding bumps of Kevlar on rock could assure the onlookers that the kayaks hadn’t disappeared altogether. The sun was out the whole time encouraging general agreement that we would have to return in the summer months to go snorkelling. Back at the hut, a day not wasted was celebrated on the sun-baked deck’s cushion squabs with ample goodies to share around. It was Phil’s birthday. Our self-conscious attempt at singing ‘happy birthday’ on the beach earlier was insufficient acknowledgement. Phil went on a rampage of Backgammon, 500 and shocking childhood stories of ill treating frogs. The finale was a demonstration of how to ‘flambé’ an out of control flaming tea light candle using red wine as an accelerant! Boom!!! Night Phil

Monday Another blue sky and decreasing wind strength was forecast. We intended to head north of Matauri Bay to Opounui Point then head south along the coast back to our starting point.

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A small swell tested rock gardening skills. Guy was very nearly claimed, when he casually looked the wrong way as the large breaker mercilessly tried to smash him on the rocky shore. Nice bracing! I revisited my campsite from 5 years ago. The beach had changed and I could hardly recognise the stony slope that had been such a memorable part of my solo adventure from Paihia to Whangaroa. Meandering back we found interesting caves and lovely bays. The quaint colonial cottage at Parua Bay, isolated from civilisation, faced the Cavallis as if nothing else had the right to be there. Dave quietly mentioned he had found the most impressive building in Matauri Bay just around the corner. I paddled a few strokes to see it. It bore the word ‘BAR’. Unfortunately it was closed, so around the point we went to the main Matauri Bay beach. Phil capsized his stable ‘Torres’ in the 30cm surf giving us all a good laugh to end the trip. We packed and said our brief farewells in the knowledge that this was not the last of the Cavallis for the group. Summer would beckon and widen the possibilities for snorkelling, swimming and maybe some fishing in this watery playground.

Following in Samuel Marsden’s footsteps

Whilst other trips were abandoned due to weather concerns, seven people managed to have a fantastic weekend against the odds. Many thanks to Dave Evans for his thorough investigation and organisation.

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Surfing by Marty Benson

“Yeeehaaa” is all you can say when you’re surfing a wave, also “oh bugger” when the wave closes out on ya. Man I’ve really had some fun surfing these sit on tops with snorkeling and fishing gear on board. It’s a fantastic great day out kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and surfing all in one complete package. Ya can’t ask for much better: well a nice snapper, a couple of crays certainly would help and of course not getting dumped by a wave. To stop that from happening you need a bit of practice. I’m still practicing after a couple of years. I guess you can never have enough. I’ll never forget the first wave I caught, man it kicked my butt. I was coming back from a fishing trip with two of my buddies. We stayed the night out at our favourite spot, caught some awesome fish. Anyway the swell picked up over night. We were totally inexperienced in the surf, but we’re not that stupid either, so we waited for the big sets to come through and then decided to paddle in behind them. 10


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Well, we sorta judged it wrong as it took a lot longer to paddle in than we thought. I looked over my shoulder at my mate and looked again as this wall of water was behind him, (2m wave). He didn’t have a clue it was coming, he yells at me, “What’s wrong?” Then I hear him say “Oh my God.” So I’m paddling my arse off trying to get into shore before this wall of water gets me: then experience the rising feeling of this wave picking me up and it felt like I was looking down on the water I was just on, then it went dark and white and I really felt like I was in a tumble dryer. After a minute or two (it was the longest minute) my head popped out of this white water. I gasped another breath, then CLONK something just hit my head. Then it grabbed me. I shat myself thinking it was “jaws” (we just caught a big shark). Then I saw my mate’s kayak. He popped up beside me, red in the face, big round eyes. I started to laugh then I got hammered again by another wave. We finally touched the bottom and dragged our weary souls to the shore. The kayaks were high and dry. We looked round for our mate, Kerry. We both looked out to sea and saw him try to turn around so he could paddle out over the wave. But he was too late. The wave picked him up and slammed him down. The kayak went shooting into the air. As we watched the white water an odd leg and arm appeared, then Kerry, then an arm, a paddle, and finally this blonde head. Yay he was ok. We were a little bit concerned but the laughing over-powered any worries of him being hurt. This was a great experience for us all. Next time a long distance weather report is a must. After getting the lump on my head, I’ll always wear a helmet. We were all in wetsuits and life jackets but we had no experience in big waves, so, as they say practice makes perfect.

A good time was had by Al by Ron It was shaping up to be one of the best Taupo trips so far... plenty of clubbies all keen for an outing... (and probably a few of Sandra’s muffins)

Unfortunately the weather over the previous few days, Sunday in particular, led to many people opting out (softies). Even worse, we lost two of our intrepid paddlers on the way from the shop to Orakei Korako. Huge gusts of wind made driving along Stage Highway ‘interesting’ to say the least... it was so forceful it managed to catch 2 kayaks and blow them from the roof of the ute. 2 more down. Onwards we battled... at one stage I found myself driving on the wrong side of the road it was blowing so hard!! That left just Brian, Al and me putting in at Tutukau Bridge in overcast conditions. Sandra paddled from Orakei Korako to meet us and then we were four. We paddled to the hot waterfall which was to be our lunch stop. The rain over the last few days had flooded the side stream and was bringing brown coloured water down. This spoiled the look of the area where the baths are, which is normally crystal clear. However the hot water bubbling out of the top geyser was still clear and clean. Brian was soon cooking sausages! Due to problems at the start Brian had forgotten his potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. We were not too upset about this as the spuds would have taken longer to cook and this was not the day to be sitting around swapping stories. After our snack we continued down past Orakei Korako tourist area and on to a place locally known as Paradise. This is about 1/2 hour past Orakei Korako on river right, just as the lake opens up to about 4 times its width. Waves were rolling towards us as we turned into this sheltered lagoon area. The water was nice and warm and we were protected from the wind. We paddled until we found a small area where the water is so hot it would be extremely dangerous to fall out! We sat there until we were warmed through - the heat penetrating the hull of our boats, warming up our feet and legs. Hmmmmm lovely! We paddled back into the main lake and upstream to Orakei Korako. Helped by a tail wind we were soon back to our vehicles, dry clothes and a hot drink. It was a great 3-4 hour trip and one to be repeated when the weather is better. Next time the story title could be “A good time had by ALL.”


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The White Nile by Helen Brosnan

Warm water, wildlife, beautiful scenery and a great climate. Nothing in the world could be more fun and exhilarating than The White Nile. Surf waves including Back Wave, 50/50, Surf City, Super Hole, Hair of a Dog, Nile Special, Melalu. Rapids to make your knees nock - Bugugali, Brick Yard, Blade Runner, Widow-Maker, Big Brother, Retrospect, Dead Dutchman, Etunda, Kalagalla and Hypoxia. For the longest river in the world - fly to Entebbe and taxi to Jinja. We stayed on the river bank at Nile River Explorers campsite at Bugugali Falls (20mins from Jinja) the other major rafting operators are Equator and Adrift. They’re all situated on the bank of the river. I would recommend NRE as it has the best atmosphere and is located opposite a great little play wave. 12


Money If you’re on a budget best to bring a tent - camping is only $2US per night. If you’re going for a short trip you may prefer to stay in a dorm at around $10US per night. Discounts can be negotiated for long stays. Eating out three meals daily shouldn’t cost more than $15US per day. If you eat some local food you can get away with around $5US per day. Transfers may cost a few dollars per day. Make sure you have had all your injections before arrival. Anti-malaria pills are cheap as chips in Jinja so maybe take what you need before departure and buy the rest in Uganda. Travel insurance is advisable - check to see if you’re covered for boda bodas (small motor bike under 50cc) and kayaking.

Kayaking and Transportation There are options if you want to ‘park and play’ or river run. They include: NRE / Spekes Camp to Big Brother - organize bodaboda (motor bike) transport return NRE / Spekes to Etunda (rafting run) - join the rafting company for a lift home; you can also book dinner (really yummy) may cost $5US. Etunda or Kalagalla - Nile Special - organize a truck to drop off and pick up. If you want to stay more than a day - text Rob and stay at the ‘Hairy Lemon’

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(conveniently located 200m down stream of the Nile Special). Melalu - can paddle there from Hairy Lemon or get dropped off / pick up from river left (or right).

When to go Because there is a great rotten dam at the very source of the Nile the flow stays approximately the same all year (unlike the Zambesi, which is not dam controlled and flows change with the wet / dry season). But there are higher flows during the week and lower flows at weekends. Any time of the year is good for the water. I was there for Dec/ Jan / Feb with loads of other kayakers - making a trip to Nile Special and Melalu cheap. Going in Oct may mean that there are less kayakers around and you will be limited to doing the rafting run (or paying the full price to hire a truck for a day - expensive).

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What to take Large notes of US dollars are best. Exchange rates in Kampala are better than in Jinja. Smaller notes don’t get such a good rate. Our credit cards didn’t work on their ATM machines - we had to do cash advances in Kampala. NRE will run a tab and you can pay by credit card, travellers Cheques, Pounds, US Dollars and local currency (Ugandan Shilling).


Whatever your kayaking ability - you’ll want a SMALL PLAYBOAT. This is not a big river runner’s paradise! The waves are big - so some of the shortest play boats can make wave catching difficult. Also a little rocker on your boat will make it easier for paddling the bigger rapids and looping on the features. The weather in Uganda is variable. Unlike the Zambesi (which is hot as hell) Uganda can be four seasons in one day. Most of the time it is sunny and warm. It can be cool at night, whilst during the day you’ll live in sandals and board shorts. It is best to take old clothes and to steer away from any light colours (the orange mud cakes it). If you’re travelling around Uganda best not to bring Navy Blue - it attracts tsetse flies.





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Occasionally on the river trip a wind might brew up so it is worth having a short sleeve paddle jacket as a wind breaker. Most of the time you’ll paddle with just life jacket and spray skirt so make sure the spray skirt is tight. That way you don’t get too much water in! I found a rash shirt meant I didn’t get sun burnt. Footwear is a good idea for any jungle bashing (scouting). Take a big bottle of waterproof SPF30 (with insect repellent) and you won’t fry. The weather is a mixed bag so you might not need it everyday but when the sun is out it’s easy to get burnt. Its well worth having spares of stuff because there are no kayaking shops. Spare paddle, duck tape, aqua-seal, glue and tape to fix back straps - is a minimum. Don’t forget to bring straps and ropes to tie boats on trucks etc.

What’s out there Yep there are snakes, spiders and Malaria. You must sleep under a mosquito net and cover up in long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn. You also need to slap on lots of insect repellant which contains at least 30% DEET. Bring insect repellant with you - as most of the insect repellents sold in Uganda do not contain DEET. Once Fisher brought out the snake stories my jungle bashing days were over. The islands between rapids are kinda overgrown so best to follow down behind someone who knows the line to avoid bank scouting and coming across a snake!

What else to do when you’re there It’s not difficult to get around Uganda. Everyone is friendly and helpful and most Ugandans speak English. Murchison falls, QE11 National Park and the Mountain Gorillas are popular tourist attractions. If you have a bit of time Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar Island are within a 24hr bus ride away. Many kayakers love the white water soooo much that they don’t do any touristy stuff! Note there are heaps of web sites regarding the Nile, the rafting operators and any touristy things you want to do. NRE can be contacted in advance to arrange pick-ups from the Airport for a reasonable price (less than $50US). I personally found the Zambesi a lot of fun - but the Nile is the river that has something for everyone. Some of the rapids are a lot harder than the Zambesi and a lot of the rapids are easier. There are not many monkeys around (compared to Vic Falls) but the surrounds are so much more lush and full of wildlife (birds and bats). There are a lot more play waves on the Nile and if you feel like having a short paddle - it is easier logistically. There is no need for porters either! Not IF you can - but WHEN you can - this will be THE white water destination you’ll want to return to!!

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50,000 km by Kayak by Penny Cuthbert, Curator, Australian National Maritime Museum. Reproduced courtesy of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Speck’s adventures ran in the Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger as ‘Adventure in the Sunda Sea - tales from a kayak voyage’. The issue of 7 September 1938 shows a drawing of Speck being abducted, when according to the caption ‘...the natives clung to their captive like burrs...’

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IN DECEMBER 2001 the Australian National Maritime Museum unveiled its new core exhibition WATERMARKS adventure sport play. One of its defining themes, Voyagers, salutes individuals who challenge themselves on the world’s oceans and waterways. And here we tell the remarkable story of German adventurer-voyager-migrant Oskar Speck and his 50,000-kilometre odyssey, paddling a kayak to Australia in the 1930s. The voyage would take an unprecedented seven years and four months before Speck reached his final destination. Speck’s story can be pieced together from newspaper articles, his letters, diaries, photographs, passports and 16-mm film footage, from rare media interviews that he gave and through the testimony of those who knew him. From these disparate sources emerges the picture of a complex man whose voyage to Australia through a colonial world epitomized an age of wanderlust. Yet for Speck this voyage was more than just adventure. It was the beginning of a new life far from his homeland. Oskar Speck was born in 1907 and grew up at a time when the world was in turmoil and transition. His childhood and adolescence in Hamburg were shaped by the First World War and the economic and social changes resulting from Germany’s defeat. As a young man Speck worked as an electrical contractor running a factory with 21 employees. He was a keen competitive kayaker before 1932 and a member of a boating club. Canoeing and kayaking were popular summer pastimes in Europe and Weimar Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. Collapsible

kayaks (faltboot) could be easily carried on public transport to be reassembled for use on rivers and waterways. Speck owned his own folding kayak Sunnschien. This outdoor spirit reflected a Germanic passion for athleticism and physical prowess - qualities reinforced in youth clubs and associations. In 1932, during the Depression, Speck’s business closed and he found himself unemployed along with millions of other Germans. This closure afforded him the opportunity to pursue two of his interests - geology and kayaking. Seeing no future at home Speck sought work in the copper mines of Cyprus (Oskar Speck in interview with Duncan Thompson Australasian Post, December 6 1956). ‘The times in Germany were very catastrophic...all I wanted was to get out of Germany for a while’ Speck has said in an interview recorded by Margot Cuthill for Australia’s SBS TV in 1987. ‘I had no idea that I would eventually end up in Australia...but I took my collapsible boat, went to Ulm and then down the Danube to the Yugoslavian border...leaving Germany and seeing the world seemed like a better option.’ The kayak Sunnschien was a double kayak - for two paddlers - converted for one to make room for luggage and provisions. Its light, flexible wooden frame made it safe for shooting rapids, light for porterage and could be collapsed into a small bundle when necessary. It was constructed from a laminated rubber and canvas skin over the frame and was 5.49 m in length, capable of carrying a load of nearly 300 kg. It was steered by a foot-controlled rudder and propelled by a double-ended paddle. It was equipped with a small gaff sail with an area of 1.49 square metres.

Speck’s luggage consisted of a spare paddle, two brass waterproof containers for his films, cameras, clothing, documents, coastal pilots, passports, charts and prismatic compass, and pistol. Fresh water was contained in five-gallon tanks shaped to the side of the kayak . When water was unreliable coconuts provided a much needed drink. He ate local fare where possible and supplemented this with tinned meat, fish and condensed milk.(Oskar Speck in interview with Duncan Thompson Australasian Post, December 6 1956). The leaving With a small amount of money, some raised by his family, the 25year-old Speck set off on a bus from Hamburg to Ulm on the Danube River. This modern-day odyssey began on 13 May 1932 as a river journey along the still waters of the Danube and would take him first to the Mediterranean coast. From the start Speck sought the challenges of white water and rapids. Finding the Danube too tame he decided to travel to Skopje (in what was then Macedonia) to test his skills on the rapids of the Varda River. His fiveyear-old kayak was damaged in the attempt. He made repairs in Veles while waiting for the frozen river to melt and continued to the Mediterranean coast. Speck was kept in touch with political events in Germany through letters from family and friends. ‘We have had another round of elections last Sunday. I think it was the fifth this year. The result is nil. The Nazis lost a bit and the Communists gained a bit...everybody is keen to follow your ‘around the world trip’...if you don’t manage to enter Turkey etc try Russia - they are looking for trades people - only in case of emergency though’ (Letter from Speck’s younger brother Heinrich 10 November 1932.)

Speck with fellow canoers in New Guinea in 1939.


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Rivers to Ocean

The Near East

To cross the Mediterranean, Speck had to master sailing and paddling during voyages between Greek islands. This involved greater reliance on steering with a foot operated rudder and use of a sail.

From Rhodes Speck followed the coast of Turkey, crossing from Anamur to Cyprus, a distance of 45 nautical miles. (Oskar Speck in interview with Margaret Cuthill for Australia’s SBS TV in 1987) It was in Cyprus that Speck’s plans took an important turn. Although an interest in minerals

‘by all sane standards I was mad ... Faltboots are not built for the sea... you may sail while the weather is kind , but you must be constantly active, constantly steering to bring the boat’s bow to the right position to meet every single wave’. (Oskar Speck in interview with Duncan Thompson Australasian Post, December 6 1956). While Speck described his kayak as ‘a first class ticket to everywhere’ the reality of travelling in such a small craft was that he had to paddle close to coastline wherever possible. On shore he slept in the kayak after removing the tanks from the bow and stern to make more room. A makeshift canvas canopy provided shelter from the sun. On the open sea there was no chance to sleep. To do so would risk capsizing or worse. Speck described paddling a kayak on the open sea like riding a bicycle on the land ‘you must keep pedaling and steering or you fall a faltboot you must be constantly steering to bring the boat’s bow to the right position to meet every single wave.’ During the voyage Speck capsized a number of times when surfing into shore. The fact he survived such a perilous voyage is all the more remarkable given that Speck could not swim. He strapped himself into his kayak.

Speck poses with Javanese household in the Dutch East Indies

and the prospect of work in the copper mines had led him to Cyprus, he decided instead to continue his travels. ‘I decided that Suez offered a too well beaten path - why not land on the Syrian coast and take the bus to Meskene on the upper Euphrates...’ (Oskar Speck in interview with Duncan Thompson Australasian Post, December 13 1956). True to his word Speck landed at Latakia after two days at sea. Speck continued down the Euphrates River into the Shatt al Arab (the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) and then to Al Basrah. From the Shatt Al Arab, Speck crossed the Persian Gulf to Iran.

Unidentified paddlers in Speck’s kayak,Germany, c1930.



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‘Everywhere I went I was surrounded by crowds of had ever seen this type of boat before,’ Speck recalled in Margaret Cuthill’s 1987 SBS interview. The manufacturer of his kayak, Pionier Faltboot Werft in Bad Tolz, supplied Speck with four of the craft over the seven-year voyage, becoming his main sponsor. While waiting in Bandar Abbas, Iran, for his first replacement kayak Speck contracted malaria, which would afflict him periodically during the voyage. (Margaret Cuthill SBS interview, 1987). As he coasted along the head of the Arabian Sea, Speck’s kayak and possessions were stolen at the border of Iran and Pakistan. He told the police there was money in his kayak, and the following day they directed him to it. ‘we came upon a dhow, and there across its bow lay my kayak. Not a thing in it had been touched.’ (Oskar Speck in interview with Duncan Thompson Australasian Post, December 13 1956). Speck bought it back for forty pounds. India and the tropics During his stay in British Baluchistan (Pakistan) Speck met the Governor, Sir Norman Carter, on a beach. He was invited to join the Governor who was being entertained by the Maharajas of Kalat and Las Bellas on a shooting party. Speck continued to follow the Indian coast and in Bombay (Mumbai) With local support Speck was able to give public talks to help fund his journey. In Madras (Chennai) Speck was contacted by the North Madras Boy Scouts Association who were

keen to entertain him. Here he waited for a new kayak before paddling around the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Speck was encouraged by friends to try out for the Berlin Olympics in kayaking events. ‘ Kette is about to release the Olympic racing boat in single and double version. That is an indication for paddling races to be run in the Berlin Olympics. Why don’t you take part in that? You should be in a state to win a trophy in Germany.’

(Letter to Oskar Speck from friend in Altona, 15 April 1935). The following year while in Burma Speck attempted to qualify for the Berlin Olympics in the10,000-metre kayaking event but was unable to make the required times. (Margaret Cuthill SBS interview, 1987) He continued this travels which took him down the west coast of Thailand’s Isthmus of Kra and peninsular Malaya. Reaching Singapore via the Straits of Malacca

Speck with friends at his house in Killcare Heights.


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Speck collected another kayak and paddled and sailed his way through the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). In Java he acquired a 16-mm cine-camera. The surviving ethnographic footage taken in 1938-39 details the cultural diversity of people Speck encountered living beyond the Java Sea through to the New Guinea mainland and islands. It transports the viewer into a world of coastal village life, much of which has changed dramatically since this film was shot over sixty years ago. While still recovering from a severe bout of malaria Speck left Bali for Lombok. The rigours of the crossing induced a relapse. Speck was cared for and then received by the Kepala Kampong (village chief). After reaching Lakor Island in the Moluccas, Speck was woken one night by 20 people armed with spears, swords and machetes. He temporarily kept them at bay by brandishing an unloaded pistol but was soon dragged from his kayak and bound hand and foot with buffalo hide while his kayak was looted. Speck was slapped and kicked in the head, resulting in a burst ear drum. After several hours Speck managed to loosen his bindings and slip back to his kayak, retrieving the largest tank which held his camera , films and clothing.

O’Donnell, children at the time, remember listening to a shortwave radio broadcast of Adolf Hitler with Speck and their parents. The following morning the family watched Speck depart Samarai Island from the beach near their house. Speck also stayed with missionaries at Orokolo (New Guinea) while he repaired his damaged rudder. In Daru (New Guinea) Speck learned from fishermen that Australia was at war with Germany. Local authorities allowed him to continue into the Torres Strait to Saibai and then Thursday Island where he was arrested as an enemy alien. His arrival on Thursday Island in September 1939 was photographed by Siri Mendis, a young Sri Lankan living there who remembers the event and has spoken to the Museum about it. The surprising arrival of Speck and camera in wartime raised questions about his activities in the region, why and for whom he was making a film and whether he was acting as an agent for the Germans. Police were suspicious of the contents of Speck’s film footage and asked Mendis to view the film in his dark room. Mendis was also present when Speck was interrogated by police.

Australasian waters

Interned in Australia

In a new kayak Speck crossed from the Kai Islands in the Banda Sea to the Dutch New Guinea coast, a distance of 200 km covered in 34 hours (Margaret Cuthill SBS interview, 1987). His arrival in Dutch territory caused a dilemma for the local administrator who was unsure whether to arrest Speck or grant a travel permit. After a delay a permit was issued and Speck followed the coast of Hollandia to Madang, filming communities along the way. At Samarai Island he stayed with the O’Donnells, an Australian family who operated the local coastal radio station. In a recent oral history interview Bill and John

Speck spent a month on Thursday Island before being transferred by the RAN to Brisbane. From Queensland he was sent to Tatura Internment Camp in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria.

Speck the canoe enthusiast couldn’t resist documenting this fine specimen, possibly from the Kai group of islands in what’s now eastern Indonesia.

On the 9 January 1943 Speck escaped from the camp. He had made a pact with his friend and fellow internee Frederick Embritz to escape and meet in Sydney outside Randwick race course. While Embritz made the rendezvous at Randwick, Speck never arrived. He was on the run for several weeks until stopped by police in Melbourne. Dressed in civilian clothes and in possession of a bicycle, Speck was recognised from a photograph by police in Kew. He initially denied he was an internee - but under further questioning admitted to being Oskar Speck. Police described him as ‘a prisoner of ingenuity’ and handed him back to military authorities. His punishment was 28 days in solitary confinement and a transfer to Loveday, South Australia, where he remained for the rest of the war.

Speck’s photograph of an unidentified village in Melanesia captures the tropical exoticism of his great adventure.

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While interned at Loveday Speck revealed his political views in a letter to the Swiss Consul in Melbourne, Mr J A Pietzcker: ‘This camp is not suited for the internment of Germans who are loyal to the Reich as they have no means at all of expressing their patriotism eg. Patriotic celebrations etc. I therefore urgently request you approach the responsible authority in order to have me transferred into a German National Socialist Camp.’

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an example of German heroism, during their Russian campaign. In 1938 Speck’s adventure had been serialised in a Berlin newspaper, casting him in the role of courageous hero. Photographs show a swastika pennant prominently displayed on the bow of his kayak. An Australian life Four days after his release from Loveday Internment camp, Speck was in Lightning Ridge, NSW, mining opal. He settled into postwar Australia and established a successful opal cutting business. He built his own home on the side of a hill at Killcare Heights on the NSW Central coast and retired there in the 1970s. For 30 years Speck’s companion Nancy Steele commuted from Sydney to Killcare each weekend to see him. She lived with him during the last two years of his life. Speck died in 1995 after a long illness. Although Speck’s achievements were well reported in Europe, few in Australia outside canoeing groups knew his story. Speck’s double-ended paddle was presented to rower Carl Toovey as a jublilee trophy for winning the Cruising Canoe Club’s Nepean 100 mile marathon in 1951 and 1952. This was the first marathon paddling event to be held in Australia. Toovey and Speck became friends and paddled together around Pittwater and Sydney Harbour. Through a bequest from Nancy Steele’s estate, the Australian National Maritime Museum has become the custodian of a selection of Speck’s personal effects. These include photographs and 16-mm film, letters and documents, and passports filled with exotic stamps from faraway places. The conservation of this collection, including copying of the fragile film, has been sponsored by the Salvation Army which was a beneficiary of the Nancy Steele Estate. This material is the key to piecing together his story and tapping into memories of Speck. Existing sources have raised questions and challenged assumptions about this elusive man. One newspaper story about him was headed ‘Seven years in a kayak made him Australian’. But Speck’s is a complex story about life and fate, experience and identity, which cannot easily be summed up in a sentence.

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Certainly, the Oskar Speck story has attracted an extraordinary amount of media and public attention since it was unveiled at the opening of WATERMARKS adventure sport play in December 2001. Research into the Speck saga will continue here at the Museum, as there is still much to learn about Oskar Speck, his voyage, internment and life in Australia. The article first appeared in the museum’s quartlerly journal Signals (No 58, March 2002). The Australian National Maritime Museum gratefully acknowledges interviews with Oskar Speck by Duncan Thompson in the Australasian Post (1956) and Margot Cuthill for SBS Television, on which part of this article is based. Copyright Australian National Maritime Museum. This article may not be reproduced in part or whole, in any form, without permission from the Australian National Maritime Museum. Contact the publications manager tel 61 2 9298 3647 fax 61 2 9298 3670 email

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A Bracing weekend Taupo Skills Course by Steve

Wet! Very wet, upside down, underwater sitting in a sea kayak kind of wet. We had just started our Sea Kayaking Skills Course with Tam from Canoe and Kayak. Luckily for us we were in the thermally heated pool at the Taupo AC Baths. We were rescuing ourselves in various ways including “The John Wayne” and “The Screw Entry”! The names are not what they seem. The “John Wayne” consists of scrambling back on board your kayak, straddling the back deck and inching your way forwards until gravity takes hold and your bum falls into the cockpit. The masterful thing is to be able to do this and get your legs back in without falling out. It took a few attempts to get the hang of that one. The “Screw Entry” is not as much fun as the name promises. It involves the same scramble onto the back deck but this time you’re lying on your belly on the back deck looking at the rudder. You then attempt to put your legs into the cockpit while trying your to look cool in front of the onlookers, (especially the kids.) When your legs are in, you flip yourself over and lo and behold you are sitting in your kayak facing the right way round. Unfortunately the boat had so much water in it that my wriggling created a mini tsunami which promptly tipped me and the boat over. We all mastered these techniques by lunchtime and were ready for Lake Taupo’s wild waves. It could not have been any flatter on the lake if my Mum had ironed it for me. Never the less our intrepid group ventured out to practise our ‘wet exits’; paddle skills and the thing I had been looking forward to, using gadgets. We had yet to try paddle float, with bilge pump rescue. Life becomes easier when you can use a paddle float correctly. The basics are, fall out, slip paddle float over paddle blade, blow up float like a balloon, turn boat right way up, create outrigger effect, clamber in, pump out the gallons of water now sitting in your boat. Easy, when sitting on a calm lake in the warm sun. Probably not so easy when you are about to be dashed against jagged coastal rocks in a force 9. Practise, practise, practise. Tam demonstrated a paddle float rescue in less than 30 seconds. I was suitably impressed, but I didn’t let on. We practised low braces, high braces (nothing to do with holding up your trousers), forward sweep strokes, backward sweep strokes, draw stroke and the obvious, but not always easy forward and backward effective paddling

stroke. There are dogs out there that have fewer strokes!! At the end of the first day Tam ran through what we did and showed us the dynamics of boat structures, explaining which boats would suit our particular needs. All the while sitting on the shore of Lake Taupo looking at the beautiful mountains over Tams shoulder. Nice. Day two - My muscles felt like they have been taken off while I slept and put back on me in no particular order. I knew they had been given a workout the previous day. We headed for the Maori carvings in Mine Bay. It was a gloomy start and quite cool, but the water was as calm as a Zen Buddhist on tranquilizers. I practised paddling without using my rudder to hone my paddle skills. By the time we rounded Whakamoenga Point the clouds were blowing across the lake leaving a perfect blue sky in their wake. The Taniwha was kind to us. When we reached the carvings conditions were perfect. A Kodak moment. We all took photos to show Mum and headed to the beach for lunch. We shared the beach with the Yakity Yak Club members from Hawkes Bay who were up for the weekend and also doing a skills course. We left the pristine beach as we found it and paddled back round to Acacia Bay where we practised more Self Rescues and “T” Rescues. I capsized a few times unexpectedly, with a little helping hand from Tam. Kiwi Association of Sea I even had a few goes at rolling. Kayakers N.Z. Inc. I nearly had it. I left the shores of (KASK) Lake Taupo with a self satisfied grin, realising that I had only KASK is a network of sea kayakers throughout New Zealand scratched the surface of my sea kayaking education!! Can’t wait KASK publishes a for more. Roll on the next course. 146 page sea kayaking handbook Thanks Tam. which is free to new members: the handbook contains To book onto a Sea all you need to know about sea kayaking: techniques and skills, resources, Kayaking Skills Course equipment, places to go etc. Contact your local Canoe KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing trip reports, and Kayak shop. events, book reviews, technique/ equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.

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Mercury Bay, Coromandel by Karen Knowles Captain James Cook spent 12 days in Mercury Bay in November 1769. After observing the transit of Mercury, he named the Bay after this planetary event. With all due respect to Cook and the world’s astronomers: what a disappointing name. Considering Cook had just named the Bay of Plenty, I think he should have been more inventive to truly reflect Mercury Bay’s diversity and beauty. I suppose ‘The Bay of Plenty More’ would have been unsuitable. Encompassing a marine reserve, great beaches, estuaries, caves, islands and more caves, this area is an absolute delight for anybody, in any weather. In particular, the northern side of the bay is a kayaker’s haven; riddled with caves, tunnels and great rock gardens. Launching from Wharekaro/Simpson Beach, point your kayak nor’ east and start exploring. Just before Double Bay is the first of the big caves. Make sure your head torch is handy ‘cos this cave is huge. Caves, tunnels and great rock gardens continue along the coast interspersed with easy landing beaches (depending on swell direction). If you are planning a one-way trip, the next road access is Matapaua Bay Road. This road is extremely steep leading down to the beach and may not be suitable for all vehicles. Paddling around the headland another 5 kilometres will bring you to Opito Bay with easy landing and good road access. For a more sedate paddle, explore Whitianga Harbour or Purangi Estuary. On a high tide you can easily get lost up the Whitianga Harbour for a full day. Follow the Waiwawa River and reward yourself with a nice cold beer at the Coroglen Tavern. Just don’t forget what time the tide changes! Purangi Estuary is located at the eastern end of Cooks Beach. This is quite a small estuary, but really sheltered and a great option for new paddlers or families. Flaxmill Bay and Front Beach provide more sheltered paddling and are great areas to explore. Heading east from Flaxmill Bay brings you past Shakespeare Cliffs. Keep an eye out for small waterfalls high up in the cliffs. Around the next corner is Lonely Bay. Looking like something off a postcard, it’s a great place for lunch and as the name suggests there’s usually nobody there. Just be warned, high above you is a very popular look out site.

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Slices of Heaven Mimiwhangata and Otamure by Ruth E. Henderson

Vincent packed a unicycle, juggling balls, stock whip... at Otamure

It takes a while to get your tongue around the name belonging to a magical place up north, Mimiwhangata. (Mim e fong a ta). It also takes a while for the heart to resume its normal rhythm after negotiating the last bit of road or ‘goat track’ to get there. But it is all very worthwhile. Mimiwhangata Coastal Park is smack bang in the middle, between Russell and Whangarei. Allow an hour from either place, and leave your caravan behind, as the metal road stretch from Helena Bay really is narrow and winding. There is accommodation available - a lodge, cottage and beach house to choose from (bookings essential with Tarewa Park Visitor Centre 09 430 2007). Or do as the group I was with last Waitangi weekend and set up a selfsufficient tent village, a short walk over the hill at Waikahoa Bay. With water on tap, including cold open-air showers and very efficient composting toilets all essentials are catered for. The $7 per person/night camp fee gives you the choice of commanding a sea view, or being closer to the amenities and nestling near the karaka, cabbage or pohutukawa trees. Again you need to book. This gets you a combination number for the gate and allows access to the car park. The usual ‘pack it in pack it out’ DoC policy applies. If paddling is not the thing for some members of your party, there are plenty of farm tracks to other sandy beaches, for a spot of secluded sunbathing perhaps, at Okupe and Mimiwhangata. Alternatively there are forest walks with views out to the Poor Knights Islands. Although there is a marine park between Paparahi to the north and Te Ruatahi to the south special rules apply for the amateur fisher. Interestingly unweighted, single hooked lines, trolling, spearing and hand picking are permitted, for specific fish and shellfish. (You’d better check the DoC brochure for the list.) For paddlers the place is paradise. Or as trip leaders Christine and Neil



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Pararanui Point, Whangaruru Harbour for a leg stretch.

However, that extra map does allow you to find Otamure, another delightful spot north of Whangarei. Turn off just north of Hikurangi, to Whananaki. This road is not likely to affect your pulse. It is another DoC camping ground, but it is manned over the holiday season by a Motor Caravan couple who collect camp fees.

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It is the kind of place you can park next to your beachfront tent site. So you can toss in your solar shower and collapsible deckchair or lounger and even the barbeque! The jester in our group threw in his unicycle, juggling balls and flame throwers, and stock whip and put on a great show. Then Mr Whippy turned up to tempt us with pudding! Talk about civilised camping. Paddling possibilities are numerous. Over Labour weekend, one day we paddled for a couple of hours to Whale Bay, and then walked over the hill through the Otito Scenic Reserve to Matapouri. On another we headed off to Mimiwhangata. Alternatively if you want to stay closer to base there are lots of islands to explore, or a bit of surf to practise wet exits or play in.

Watson put it “This slice of heaven suits sit-on-tops to sea kayaks and all paddling skill levels. Helena Bay, Taiwawe Bay, Okupe Beach, and Motutaniwha, Rimariki, and Otawhanga Islands are within easy paddling distance for beginners. Whangaruru Harbour to the north and Otamure Bay to the south are full day trips for more experienced paddlers.”

Northland paradises... gosh, roll on the next long weekend. Whale Bay, another beautiful sandy beach.

The Doc brochure calls it “a place to treasure” and describes it as a “ Wonderfully varied land and seascape - low, steep ridges pointing in almost every direction, each cut sharply into cliffed headlands, or fading into chains of islands, stacks and reefs.” There is a treasure trove of birds. Kowhai attract tui in the spring, woodpigeon love the puriri and taraire. If you are lucky you’ll hear brown kiwi and most certainly moreporks at night. The NZ dotterel and variable oystercatcher both nest in the sand dunes, at the height of summer. So in order to protect these rare birds and minimise endangering eggs or chicks, keep away from any fenced off sections. The only annoying thing about this area is that you need two topo maps: Bay of Islands Q 05 and Hukernui Q 06.








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Abel Tasman in Winter by Maurice O’Brien Split apple rock

Sun, Sea, Shags and Seals - and 3 Blank Czechs. These make up the enduring memories of Abel Tasman National Park. The trip started at Marahau, where we picked up 3 fibreglass Sea Bear II rentals. I don’t know if you’ve ever paddled one of these things, but we can confirm several things: 1. They hold an enormous amount of gear.

we’re competitive or anything.... Then it is north to explore the coastline and little streams dotting the Park. Bearing in mind that this is early winter, it’s easy to see what attracts 35,000 overnight visitors and 150,000 day trippers every year. Just magical! One thing about the area is that wherever you go, you can find seals - and they’re clearly used to human interaction and not at all camera shy.

3. They are very tough, and bounce off rocks very well without breaking....

It’s difficult to adequately express the excitement of playing with seals. They’ll chase the paddles, jump up on the kayaks, and do acrobatics just for the sake of it.

A quick settling-in paddle south to Split Apple Rock sorted out a few teething problems. Such as, don’t forget to put the rudder down if you want to maintain steerage, and the best way to win an impromptu race is to sneakily lift the opponents’ rudder before the start without them noticing. Not that

Other highlights of Abel Tasman include all the little side streams that you wouldn’t notice from a fizz boat, and generally don’t explore when tramping due to access difficulties. With kayaks, it’s a whole new world. Drifting in with the rising tide was most pleasant, and it was easy to imagine what the

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country must have been like before human habitation. Not a man-made sound to be heard except the occasional paddle dipping to correct the course, not another man-made structure to be seen. Just piece, quiet, and nature. Good for the soul... Of course not all nature is pleasant. Paddling out from one of the streams, one of the kayaks went under an overhanging tree, at which point what appeared to be a cascade of water fell directly onto the lead paddler. About 2 seconds later, we all realised that cold rainwater does not smell of fish and then noticed the shag sitting nonchalantly on one of the tree branches. Judging by the volume that came down, that shag must have been holding back for days just waiting for a kayak to pass by. He came close to sinking the other 2 kayaks - we were laughing so hard that we almost tipped out! Overall, a great trip. We normally go on one major tramp per year, and this was the first time our tramps had included other modes of transport. All our initial concerns about lack of skill and experience proved unfounded, and common sense combined with a steady pace resolved most issues before they became problems. Inspiring stuff that encourages future sea kayaking. So why the reference to Blank Czechs? The first night was spent at Anchorage Hut, and around 8:30 pm there was a clatter and a thump outside and 3 Czechoslovakian ladies arrived. It was wet, they had little wet weather gear, none of it suitable, and none of their packs was water- proof. They had walked from an earlier hut at 4:30, when it was still daylight, to Anchorage in the dark - with no torches. The only illumination they had was the screen of a cellphone that they used to light the way whenever it got too dark to see the track. No worries, we thought, perhaps they build them tough in Czechoslovakia.

They’ll be fine once they eat something. Slight problem - they had no real food, just a few packets of instant soup amongst the 3 of them. Which they couldn’t cook anyway as although they had a gas burner and a 230g gas bottle (for 4 days) the two didn’t match. They did however have plenty of makeup, moisturiser, and even a hair dryer..... Apparently, there is a growing incidence of mostly European trampers walking the popular tracks with little or no food, hoping to cadge spare rations from generous souls like us. However, these 3 were so ill-equipped, so inexperienced and so foolhardy in the risks they took over the next 4 days that we could only conclude they were either totally ignorant of outdoor pursuits or had a death wish - sort of Blank Czechs trying hard to become Cancelled Czechs.

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Knots and haul systems for white-water rescues by Matt Barker There are many possible knot configurations for use in white-water rescues but having a good knot vocabulary will add functionality, speed and efficiency to your rescue and retrieval systems, good knots and hitches to have in your tool-bag include: • Italian or Munter hitch to create friction in belays or a releasable lock off • Marlinspike hitch and clove hitch to create attachment points in a haul rope

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Tied off Munter Hitch

• Overhand knot to join two ropes together or to make loops in the end of a snake sling • ‘No knot’ to tie a rope to an anchor • Tape or water knot to make a tape into a loop • Figure of eight or bowline to make a loop in the end of a rope or to attach the end to an object • Prussik knots to create a movable attachment point on a taut line • Slipped half hitch to lock off a Munter hitch Trying to explain how to tie these knots is best done with pictures so refer to the accompanying photos of the knots in use and get a good knot book from the library to help you tie them. There are 3 basic haul systems that you should know how to set up and use • The Armstrong • The Z drag or 3 to 1 pulley • The Vector pull These can be used on their own or in conjunction with each other until the desired force is created. With any haul system it is usual to use the simplest first and work up to more complicated, more equipment hungry and time consuming systems as the need dictates until the objective is attained. The Armstrong method is the fastest and simplest method. It allows as many people as possible hauling like a tug-o-war team on the line to move the object. It is interesting to note that the anchor man at the back with the rope around his waist or shoulder can create a force up to 120% of his weight, whereas the others pulling in-line holding onto the rope with their hands can only create a overhand knot pull of up to 60% of their weight. So a four-man team weighing 80kg each can create a force of up to 240 kg or 2.4 kilo-newtons, if they all attach their slings to the rope with a clove hitch or marlinspike hitch and pull anchorman style, they can each create force equal to 120% of their weight. The four man team can potentially create 3.8 kN. If these methods have not moved the object, we need to create mechanical advantage with a Z drag. In it’s basic form this creates a 3 to 1 advantage meaning that for every 1 kN of force applied to the working rope, 3 kN of



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force is delivered to the object being pulled. For a basic set up you will need some gear. In addition to the rope you will need 2 karabiners, a sling and an immovable object, such as a tree or large boulder. Greater efficiency will be made by using pulleys on the karabiners to reduce frictional losses. The lightweight, cheap, non-corroding plastic ones that slip onto round bar HMS shaped karabiners work well. With this system the simple four man ‘tug o war’ team could create a force of up to 7.2kN and using the ‘all belaying’ system this rises to a maximum theoretical force of 11.4kN. Once you have created significant force with minimal equipment, it is possible to create additional mechanical advantage by ‘piggy backing’ one 3 to 1 system on the working rope of another creating a 9 to 1 mechanical advantage. However frictional losses, the fact that these systems use up lots of gear and rope, plus since you have to pull the working end a very long distance to move the object to be pulled only a short way - make these higher mechanical advantage systems rarely worth the effort. A more useful way to create additional force is with a vector pull. For this you have to tie off a Z drag that you have tightened as much as you can. Then you pull in the centre of the rope at right angles to the taut rope. This creates massive forces initially but the more you deflect the rope from straight the less efficient this becomes. If you pull the rope into a 120degree or smaller angle you lose any mechanical advantage and you need to re-tension the z-drag. Usually you only need to haul an object a small distance before it comes free. However if you do need to haul objects over greater distances where you are likely to run out of travel in the pulley system, it is a good idea to use two prussiks. One to lock the load rope while adjustments are made

and one to form a travelling attachment point that can be moved down the rope as it is pulled in. On a safety note, creating high forces does not come without dangers and cheaper throw lines can let go at forces of around 6-7kN so it is prudent to use a length of high strength rope where the forces are concentrated. For example: the point of attachment with the object being recovered; at the hitch used to attach the travelling pulley to the haul line; and to attach a spray deck or buoyancy aid to the travelling pulley to act as a parachute if metal objects start to fly. The sling is one of those items which can be carried that truly fits in to the non-specialised, but highly versatile bracket. It has a multitude of uses: from providing a belay or anchor point; or lowering your boat down a small cliff; to a towing system and for first aid. The more you use one, the more potential you will find for its use and you will quickly wonder how you ever did without one. Slings should be made from approximately 4.5 metres of 25mm tape available from climbing and outdoor shops. If a longer length is required then your throw rope could be utilised. A sling tied with a knot is more versatile than a sewn one. It can be used as a round sling (and tied around trees) by connecting the two ends with a water knot, or by fashioning overhand loops in either end of the tape and connecting these together with a karabiner.

fit. A useful knot is a Slippery river knot better known as a slipped overhand knot. Tied in a doubled piece of tape, all three loops produced are clipped to one end of a karabiner with the long loop clipped to the other end. A done up screw gate HMS karabiner is safer than a snap gate (as it will not become inadvertently clipped to something) but is harder and slower to deploy, so personal choice will dictate which you prefer. The sling provides a great anchor in rescues and can be used for a quick release multi-length tow system. Draped over one shoulder in its shortened form it provides a quick boat or weak swimmer tow. If you need to have the towed boat sitting fully behind your stern then, with the right combination of sling length and boat length, use the slippery river knot. The boat will be positioned correctly.

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This can be carried in a front pocket or around the waist. There are advocates of both carrying positions. The major drawback of waist carrying is that it could snag and be impossible to unclip leaving a swimmer trapped by a very strong anchor, however it is easiest to deploy from here. If a sling is carried around the waist it must be worn in a very snug fitting fashion so as to minimise this risk. It is often necessary to shorten a sling to achieve a good

Some times it is preferable to push another kayak and occupant in front and to one side of you with the occupant either facing toward you or away. If they hold onto your bow grab loop you place the sling in its shortened form around one shoulder and across your back clipping it to their grab loop. You can push them easily without interfering with your paddling too much. The sling can also be used as a prussic to make a z-drag with a travelling attachment used when you need to haul an object a long way. The best prussic knot for use with a sling on slick wet ropes seems to be the kleimheist. This is easy to tie. Simply wrap a loop of your round sling round and round the rope working towards the object to be recovered. Six to eight turns should create enough friction. Then pass the other end through the remaining loop and pull. Dress the knot so it looks tidy. The more turns you put round the rope the more friction you create although its hard to form a system that will hold under forces greater than about 6 kN. So, get some rope, a good knot book, a few karabiners and work through creating these systems, you never know when the practice will pay off.


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NZKI New Zealand Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme The NZKI has been formed in response to a growing need in the Kayaking Industry to have more people with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage more kayakers to expand their skills and knowledge, to continue to increase the safety of our sport. The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around the assessment of skills and knowledge required for the type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructor or Guide. A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting off with the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills and knowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star for an Assessor. The Award Scheme is currently operating for Sea Kayaking and will be operational for River Kayaking in the New Year. Contact your local Canoe & Kayak Shop for dates and become one of the first to gain your NZKI Qualifications. For more information go to



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NZKI One Star Sea Kayaking Award A personal skill and knowledge based assessment Based on flat sheltered water Duration 1.5 hours on water and a 1/2 hour written exam The successful candidate will be suitable to assist on entry-level courses or take a lead role in a club trip in sheltered waters. Ratio: One Assessor to four Candidates Cost $75 Forward Power Stroke-Reverse Power Stroke-Forward Sweep Stroke-Reverse Sweep Stroke-Emergency Stop-Low Brace-Hanging Draw-Stern Rudder-Entry and Exit from a bank-T Rescue-John Wayne-Stern Deck Rescue-Towing SystemsPaddle Float-Loading Roof Racks

NZKI Two Star Sea Kayaking Instructor An Instruction skill and knowledge based assessment Based on flat sheltered water (under 10 knots) Duration 3 hours on water and a 1 hour written exam Ratio: One Assessor to Two Candidates Cost $195 Teaching Skills Confidence Routine-Forward Power Stroke-Reverse Power Stroke-Forward Sweep Stroke-Reverse Sweep Stroke-Emergency Stop-Low Brace-Hanging Draw-Stern RudderEntry and Exit to a bank-T Rescue-John Wayne-Stern Deck Rescue -Eskimo Rescue-Eskimo Roll-Paddle Float-Towing systems - Loading Roof Racks-Loading Trailers Personal Skills and Equipment Towing and backing trailer-Eskimo Rescues-Eskimo Rolls-Briefing-Group Control-Equipment Check-Suitable First Aid Kit-Survival Gear-Spare ClothingSpare food-Communications Equipment-light source e.g. torch, snaplite-water

NZKI Sea Kayaking Three Star A personal skill and knowledge based assessment Based on exposed water. (15 knot to 25 knot wind and or 1 metre to 1.5 metre surf) Duration 2.5 hours on water and a 1 hour written exam The successful candidate will be suitable to assist on advanced level courses or take a lead roll in a club trip in exposed waters. Ratio: One Assessor to four Candidates Cost $95 Forward Power Stroke-Reverse Power Stroke-Forward Sweep Stroke-Reverse Sweep Stroke-Emergency Stop-Low Brace-Sculling Support Stroke-Hanging Draw-Sculling Draw-Stern Rudder-Entry and Exit to a bank Rescues T Rescue-John Wayne-Stern Deck Rescue-Eskimo Rescue -Towing Systems-Eskimo Roll

NZKI Sea Kayaking Four Star An Instruction skill and knowledge based assessment Based on exposed water. (10 knot to 20 knot wind and up to 1 metre surf) Duration 3 hours on Water and a 1 hour written exam Ratio: One Assessor to Two Candidates Cost $195 Teaching Skills Forward Power Stroke-Reverse Power Stroke-Forward Sweep Stroke-Reverse Sweep Stroke-Emergency Stop-Low Brace-Hanging Draw-Stern RudderT Rescue-John Wayne-Stern Deck Rescue-Eskimo Rescue-Eskimo Roll-Paddle Float-Towing systems

NZKI Sea Kayaking Five Star An Assessment of skills and knowledge required to be an Assessor Based on Sheltered and exposed water. Duration 3 hours on water and a 1 hour written exam The successful candidate will be suitable to coach instructors up to and including advanced level courses and to be an Assessor of all levels of the NZKI Sea Kayaking scheme. Ratio: One Assessor to one Candidate Cost $250 NZKI ONE STAR SEA KAYAKING AWARD HOLDERS Daniel Sommerhalder Sam Goodall James Fitness Tamasin Beattie Scott Challenor Terry Bigg NZKI TWO STAR SEA KAYAKING AWARD HOLDERS Daniel Sommerhalder Tamasin Beattie Scott Challenor Terry Bigg NZKI FIVE STAR SEA KAYAKING AWARD HOLDERS Rob Howarth Peter van Lith Steve Knowles Peter Townend


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Charlotte - The Queen of Sounds by David Evans The idea to paddle Queen Charlotte Sound for the Christmas - New Year break germinated one cold winter evening, as Jacqui and I had one of our kayak trip brain storming sessions (usually including several glasses of wine!) Having made the decision to go we posted the trip on the Canoe and Kayak web site, thinking that other clubbies may wish to join us for the trek south. Then one evening in November the phone was Brenda and a new Yakkity Yak friendship began. Brenda and Steve were relatively new to the club and we had not paddled together. So we arranged to meet at their home for coffee and a “get to know you chat”, whilst pouring over maps of Queen Charlotte to plan our “wish list” of places to paddle and camp. The excitement was building! Finally our departure day for the drive to Wellington arrived. We had decided to take our own kayaks, travel separately and rendezvous at the ferry terminal. By this stage, Ian had joined our intrepid group to make the “Fearless Five”. Ian’s role was to be typically noisy, provide his unique sarcastic humour and snore like a freight train, all of which he accomplished during the trip with aplomb. We all met at the ferry terminal on Christmas Day morning and had a pleasant crossing of Cook Strait chatting excitedly as we entered Tory Channel with its pristine water and spectacular scenery. In Queen Charlotte Sound we noticed wind gusts coming across the Sound from the West, creating small white cap wind waves. Little did we know what lay in store for us! We spent the night in Picton with a get-together at Brenda and Steve’s motel room, drinking champagne and eating a box of the local of many Fearless Five bonding sessions! Boxing Day morning arrived and it was a mad rush to get the cars security parked, sort out our gear for the trip and load the kayaks onto the roof of the water taxi. Ian’s comments and concerns about the weather forecast fell on deaf ears, as it was calm and pleasant in Picton. Our destination was Ships Cove, from which we intended to paddle to Cannibal Cove or Resolution Bay to make camp. As we got out into the Sound off the Bay of Many Coves, the full force of the westerly wind gusts became apparent. Had we checked the forecast... mmmmm? Approaching Blumine Island the wind was gusting 30-40 knots and our concern was mounting as the kayaks shifted around when each gust hit the boat. Time to move to Plan what was Plan B again...? Having spoken to the water taxi skipper and discovering the wind was gusting 50 knots at Cape Jackson (only a few miles further out from Ships Cove) we made a quick decision to off load at Resolution Bay wharf. By this stage we had witnessed the full power of the wind in a Sound - it was powering down the steep hill sides and blasting onto the water. This created an awesome display of spray 100 feet high sweeping across the Sound at 40+ knots! Unforgettable and scary! How’s your bracing skills guys?



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We disembarked at Resolution Bay wharf by late morning and had to physically lie on top of the kayaks each time a gust of wind hit us. We were pondering how to proceed across the bay to the camp site in School House Bay, when our rescuer appeared on the scene....a 12 year old local lad with a Tinny and outboard....hallelujah! After some negotiations (they learn early down south) we agreed to give this future entrepreneur $20 for what turned out to be two trips ferrying our gear over to the camp site. We then started the short paddle...Jacqui went first. About 50 metres off the wharf, to my horror, a massive wind gust roared up the bay straight for Jacqui! “Look Out” we all screamed but Jacqui was up to the challenge: improvised by leaning forward over her kayak and shifting her centre of gravity against the wind to stay upright...phew! We eventually all made it across to the camp site in one piece and pitched our tents. School House Bay camp site is right next to the Queen Charlotte Track and gets very busy late in the afternoon. We spent Jacqui, Dave, Brenda and Steven the rest of the day watching nature’s side-show of sea spray plumes racing across the bay and dark grey clouds building in the west. Lovely stuff! Our best opportunity to paddle would be in the morning before the wind got up. So, the next day we explored the shoreline of Resolution Bay, to the head of Endeavour Bay and back to camp. The wind increased and paddling

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PH: 09 262 0209 710 Great South Road, Manukau E-mail: was not high on the list of safe fun. After lunch we walked a short section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Jacqui and Brenda felt more energetic and went up to a high point on the track which had stunning views across the Sound. The boys stayed in camp and under Steve’s supervision, erected a bullet proof tarpaulin shelter for cooking. A work of art we thought and proudly showed off to the girls when they returned from their walk. That night we endured the strongest and noisiest winds I have ever encountered in a tent. The tents survived the night. However the tarpaulin bullet proof shelter turned out to be anything but! After a swift repair job, we breakfasted and paddled to Ships Cove, where Captain Cook raised the Union Jack for the first time in 1770. We then set off for Cannibal Cove, the last campsite in the Sound. It was the site of a Maori feast, details of which need no explanation! Cannibal Cove was the prettiest site we saw for camping. It is sheltered, there’s a fresh water stream next to the camp and a spectacular view of Cook Strait. Reluctantly we left this pristine spot and paddled back to our camp, through wind gusts blasting out of Resolution Bay. After three nights at School House Bay we moved camp to Ruakaka Bay. The winds had abated sufficiently for it to be quite a pleasant paddle across Endeavour Inlet and into the Bay of Many Coves. Leaving Resolution Bay, I spotted a huge pod of dolphins. Excited at the prospect of playing with the pod of at least 100 dolphins, we paddled frantically to get amongst them. We had 20 minutes of pure joy, as they swam past and under our kayaks. A highlight of the trip! In the Bay of Many Coves we spent a couple of hours exploring and admiring the lovely homes at the waters edge. The local Coast Guard boat came alongside and complimented us on our brightly coloured

hats and flags....something the local hire companies do not provide! We rounded Bull Head and West Head and paddled into Ruakaka Bay and on to Ratimera Bay, a well sheltered, pleasant campsite. The next day Steve decided we needed some “bush bash” exploring. We clambered up a bush covered bluff with the intention of coming down onto another bay. There was no bay, lots of laughs, a few scratches and a huge thirst. Back to camp, some refreshments and an afternoon paddling around some of the bays. Steve finished off by practising some self rescues. Our final day, on the Sound, turned out to be the perfect balmy calm summer’s day I had imagined for the whole trip. Reluctantly we packed up and headed off for Picton under blue skies and gentle breezes wafting up the Sound. We explored the coastline as we went and stopped in a tiny little bay on Allports Island for lunch. The Lynx Ferry left Picton as we sat on our beach and about five minutes later several huge wake surges hit the beach. Apparently even the 20 knot speed limit doesn’t prevent wash damage to the coastline in this part of the Sound. Carefully checking for any other ferry traffic we crossed the Sound and cruised into Picton under clear blue sky and virtually no breeze to speak of. And so a memorable trip came to an end for a group of Yakkers from the north. Friendships had been cemented and the smiles told the story of a fantastic holiday in a kayaking wonderland. Never mind the weather...Charlotte is still the Queen of the Sounds! The Fearless Five: David Evans, Jacqui Tyrrell, Steven Law, Brenda Jones, Ian Gulbransen Photos by Steven Law / David Evans


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Kayaking the Lycian Way by John Banks The island of Kekova (Geyikova Adasi) lies less than a kilometre off the mainland of Southern Turkey. It is not big in size but is almost unique in that a paddle around Kekova means a paddle over antiquity dating back 2500 years. But more about that later. After satiating oneself on the antiquities of ’ Hierapolis or Ephesus, a welcome stop over in the quaint seaside town of Kas (pronounced “Caash”) offers the chance of some magic kayaking. Be it boat hirage, a one day escorted tour or a seven day expedition, Bougainville Turizam will look after your every need. Anchored on precipitous hillsides, the small hotels and pensions of Kas are a picture postcard of the Mediterranean without the crassness of big commercial tourist cities. It is a town with many interesting small restaurants and bars. For the adventurous it is an ideal base for outdoor activities. Bougainville include in their kayaking tour of Kekova transport to the starting point of Ucagiz and a late but delicious lunch on return. The Kekova group is a myriad of small green islands like emeralds scattered across the turquoise sea - a kayaker’s paradise. Ucagiz and the nearby village of Simena are set against the stunning backdrop of Kale Koy, an imposing flyzantine castle. A welcome respite from the hot sun, Simena is only accessible by boat. A short walk takes you up to the castle, where a rather stout Turk will probably demand a few million lira to gain access. Nearby the sunken city of Kekova lies six metres below the Turkish Mediterranean. The area is off limits to divers, swimmers and fishermen; so kayaking is one of the few ways to peer down through the millennia. Foundations, walls and mosaics dating back over 2000 years are visible just below you. The earliest inhabitants were the Lycians from about 500BC. Their presence was overtaken by the Byzantines who called Kekova home until around 500AD. Then a series of earthquakes spelled the end for the citizens of Kekova. Their valley disappeared under the sea. Today its only inhabitants are inquisitive kayakers and the inevitable tour boat. If you are in that part of the world and looking for a paddle with a difference, drop a line to guides Maho or Meidan at They have both singles and doubles available for a memorable experience.



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The Flood by Sam Goodall On a weekend in June a small group of keen paddlers headed down to the Rotorua area, hoping to get in some paddling at good high flows. We knew there had been rain, but we had no idea just how much! The Bay of Plenty was having a terrible time with severe flooding and earthquakes, and all the dams in the area were at full release. For us however it was a great spectacle, with river levels up to 6 metres above average. The pictures are of the Rangitaiki River near Murapara and the surrounding area. By the way none of our group paddled!



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The Frozen Coast

Book Review

Sea Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula Graham Charles, Mark Jones, Marcus Walters with Sarah Moodie The dust cover’s brief description begins “In January 2001 three men set out to paddle down the length of the Antarctic was to be the southernmost sea kayak journey ever attempted, an 850 kilometre expedition through the freezing waste of ice, rock, and ocean that makes this one of the most inhospitable coasts on earth.” These three men are New Zealanders and are not only explorers and adventurers; they are also very articulate and artistic. I’ve been waiting for this book since the “Slide Show” a few years ago, when I found the photography stunning. The photos still are magical and the words captivating, verging on verse. Even if you only look at the pictures and read the captions, you’ll be both excited and chilled to the bone. At only 113 pages (plus equipment lists) it’s not a long read - a great evening’s entertainment - inspirational. Mark Jones’ statement before the trip “I hope our quest will inspire others to chase their dreams whatever they might be. None of us dream alone. One dreamer breathes life into the next” - is inspirational in itself. The books style is rather unusual. Each man writes about one third of the trip. This means that you get three different personalities and slants on the expedition. We get to share the highs, the contentment - “It would have been difficult to find three more contented beings on the planet, and I couldn’t think of a place more worthy of our attention” and the lows, the pain, the boredom “Minutes seemed like hours, but nothing happens in minutes in Antarctica”. We feel the granduer and splendour - ‘The Mountain chains rise sheer from the sea and giant glaciers run between the two” yet also the seriousness of the scenery - “Ignoring a sign in the city could get you towed; missing a sign in the ice could get you killed”. They share the view - “The campsite we ended up with was stunning perched on a snowy knoll with fantastic views of bergs silhouetted against a sky that burnt like a great bonfire...” and the feel of the place - “The stillness was absolute: we were in a vacuum of movement”.

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We get caught up in the wonder and speechless magnificence of the ice “shapes so extraordinary as to be not of this world” and in the reality “ amid this lunatic art exhibition, any trace of our passing was soon lost”. The delight of the wildlife is captured - both in words and in pictures. There is a particularly beautiful descriptive account of a penguin chick’s King-ofthe-roost antics on a kayak deck. The friendship, the camaraderie is apparent but also the risks of the venture and therefore the reliance on each other - “I was connected by more than friendship: there was an invisible lifeline between us. Should any of us break it, we’d be sunk”.

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If I had to find something to be critical about, I’d say that with the 1000’s of photographs taken, surely we could have had one per open page. But then, I am reminded that sometimes, even pictures are not enough “I tried to capture such scenes with my camera, but it seemed a crude tool for the job, like using a press to preserve the beauty of a flower”. This is not just a well written and illustrated, beautiful book - it does call one to action - to get more out of life- “to experience life stripped bare”. Caveat Emptor. Buyer beware. Ruth E. Henderson



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Press Releases KASK’s focus on water safety educational activities continues in 2004, particularly after what KASK newsletter editor, Paul Caffyn, described as a grim 2003/04 summer with two sea kayakers drowning, one killed in a collision with a power boat and several rescues that were ever so close to joining the fatality statistics. In February 2004, Paul Caffyn compiled a database of all sea kayaking incidents in New Zealand since 1992. The information was then passed on to both Water Safety and the Maritime Safety Authority. Subsequent exchange of incident information from both bodies has been forwarded to Paul, to add to the database. First analysis shows that many serious incidents, involving solo paddlers or groups, were caused by paddlers being caught by strong offshore winds. A critical factor in many incidents was the failure to carry any appropriate signalling devices for calling in a rescue, such as day/night flares,

Snigger I have to admit to a snigger when recently reading an article about Gear Tips for Trampers. Some of the suggestions included: dried fruit for snacks as chocolate is too heavy, share a tube of toothpaste and if you are really keen share your toothbrush, don’t take a tent, just the fly will do. Eat dehydrated food as much as possible. Next time my kayak is packed with the essentials plus enough food to feed a small army, chocolate, spare chocolate, a nice bottle of red, wine glass, cheese & crackers, folding chair and pillow, I shall thank my dodgy knee that I cannot tramp and also the eskimo’s for inventing kayaks. Steve and Karen Knowles

VHF radio or mobile phone. In April, Paul toured the South Island with a safe sea kayaking roadshow, speaking to the sea kayak networks in Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch. A similar safety roadshow around the North Island sea kayak networks is planned. The bimonthly KASK newsletter continues to carry regular ‘Bugger!’ file articles - these are accounts of sea kayak trips which turned to custard - where the word ‘Bugger!’ was been used. Each file includes a lessons learned section of what went wrong, and what should have been done to prevent the incident - a strong message for all paddlers to ensure they do not make the same mistakes. The 3rd edition of the KASK Handbook, a 146pp manual for sea kayaking in New Zealand, was updated and reprinted in March 2004. If your local kayak shop does not stock this marvellous compendium of information, ask the manager to contact Paul Caffyn, ph/fax: (03) 73 11806 or email:, for trade orders.

With a financial grant for printing from WSNZ, KASK has completed a ‘Safe Sea Kayaking’ brochure. KASK will endeavour to have this brochure included with every new sea kayak sold in New Zealand. After an introduction to sea kayak and equipment terms, the focus is on what skills are necessary before launching and, on the water, to stay safe. The final page lists websites to source further practical information. Paul Caffyn Publications Officer, KASK

Alan and Pam Hall with Paul Caffyn

Rangitata victory After 4 years of hard work, Fish and Game, with the support of the New Zealand Recreational Canoe Association(NZRCA) and local kayakers, rafters and outdoor professionals have won the case for a Water Conservation Order on the Rangitata River. Relevant to white water recreation are the Court’s findings that the upper Rangitata, the Gorge, and the Arundel section are outstanding on a national basis: the upper Rangitata for kayaking, the Gorge for kayaking and rafting, and the Arundel section for “water based recreation”. As one of the best examples of its type of grade 2 to 3 white water with easy access and safe boating, making it ideal for instruction, team building, personal growth/ development courses, multisport and simple recreation. The Court also found that these and other

sections of the river are outstanding for salmon habitat, angling amenity, and native bird habitat. In order to protect all of these values as a whole, the Court recommended that no further abstraction above what is currently taken be allowed at normal flows. Currently approximately a third of the Rangitata’s flow is abstracted for irrigation and stockwater. The NZRCA took part in the Environment Court hearing which spanned 7 weeks of hearing time in 2003 and 2004. This is a great outcome for the NZRCA and reflects a lot of hard work over the last four years from both the NZRCA, its supporters, and those who took their own time to give evidence at the hearing. The WCO recommended by the Court will only take effect once the appeal period has expired, and once the Minister for the Environment makes it final.


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Summer Kayaking Holiday Program Get your kids into the fun sport of kayaking. Give them a Summer Kayaking Holiday Program this summer and watch their confidence and skills develop. During the four-session course your children will be taught in a safe and progressional manner to become capable kayakers and will develop the skills/knowledge and appreciation of their own abilities to be a safe paddler. This will in turn open up a world of exciting possibilities for them to join you on great outdoor adventures. What an experience for them! Imagine camping and exploring the Whanganui River, sitting around a camp fire at night and creating strong confidence building childhood memories. This is an opportunity not to be missed if your children or grandchildren would benefit from this, call your local Canoe & Kayak Shop and get them enrolled. Limited spaces are available and conditions do apply.



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Auckland Canoe Centre sold Peter and Su Sommerhalder have sold the Auckland Canoe Centre after 20 years of running Auckland’s first Kayak Shop. They have over the years been one of the main catalysts in the growth of kayaking in NZ. Many of their customers gained from their skill, knowledge and enthusiasm and then went on to run their own business supporting their local clubs and spreading the Kayaking word. My first experience with Peter and Su was when Treff and I joined the Auckland Canoe Club many years ago. There they were donating their time and knowledge to teaching another bunch of beginners the joy of kayaking. Over the years we have built a strong friendship with them and with their son Daniel on many club trips, courses and committees.

Peter has been a stable hand in the Auckland Canoe Club committee for as long as I can remember, always helping and encouraging and doing what was right for the club. When we first started Canoe & Kayak ten years ago we were hopeful that Peter & Su would be involved with the new shop but this did not eventuate and this left us as competitors in a very small industry. This had the potential for an explosive result, but business was put behind friendship and we have worked together over the ten years in a friendly competitive way. It leaves a bittersweet taste with Peter and Su selling the shop. It is sad to see them go after 20 years, yet it is great to see them able to follow up the plans and dreams that have been put on hold because of the time commitments of the shop. We wish them well and trust that we will be able to get together more often on the water and around the dinner table. Thanks Peter and Su Peter Townend


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Legend Paddles Day Two Thule Wilderness Systems 7 Pilgrim Place, Christchurch. Ph.03 366 9305 * Stockists of New Zealands top-rated kayaks & kayaking gear * Palm Hydraulics I S Kayaks S U E T W E N Eskimo TYseven • 2004 43 Q-Kayaks Wave Sport Ruahine

Hydrophilic Fabrics Hydrophilic fabrics are used in outdoor garments. They are engineered to let moisture, i.e. sweat, out while not letting water in. Kayakers push hydrophilic fabrics to the limits, when our jackets cope with a lot of water against the outside. But it still helps to have the breathable properties for those times when there’s more sweat on the inside of the fabric than there is water against the outside. So what makes a good fabric for kayaking clothing? Firstly, the fabric needs to have a non-porous coating to make it waterproof. The second part of the equation is that this coating should be hydrophilic (“water-loving”). Water molecules produced by your body as moisture vapour can then use the molecular chains in the hydrophilic coating as ‘stepping stones’ to move from the inside of your jacket to the air outside. This transfer process operates only in one direction because of the temperature and humidity differential across the inner and outer surfaces of the coating. Rasdex use only 2 brands of coating on their fabrics, Vent-X and Exeat. Each brand has a distinctive hang-tag, one of which can be found on all their garments. “The reason we only use these coatings is that, because of the paddling action, kayaking jackets have a very high risk of delamination under the arms,” Rob Soothill from Rasdex told us. “These two coatings are the only ones we’ve ever found to be absolutely delamination-proof, so we get all our fabric coated in the UK with either Vent-X or Exeat before we bring it to New Zealand to be made up into jackets.” To avoid premature deterioration of these high-tech fabrics, make sure you read and follow the care instructions for your jacket. You can also use reproofing products occasionally to keep the water beading off the outside of the fabric and help it stay waterproof for longer. Rasdex Pursuit Deck

Rhino Decks

This new deck from Rasdex has to be the smartest one around for multisport boats. Printed black and silver on top with an 8mm bungy cord to fit easily under the cockpit rim. $139 RRP

These very popular spray decks are made from tough textured neoprene with extremely durable print on top and a super-sticky coating on the underside. Will not pop off unexpectedly and will last for years. $169 RRP (all sizes)

SEAMANSHIP for KAYAKERS A series of instructional DVD’s. John Dowd, with the help of experienced instructors has released two DVD’s for seakayakers. There will be seven in the series. “Getting Started” This DVD introduces the foundation of seamanship for kayakers. It includes preparation, safety checks, equipment, basic technique, a simple method for learning to roll, navigating, weather and wind, tides and currents, beaches, waves, surf and landings and low-impact coastal camping. “Getting there (and back) - Navigation” This is the second title in the series of seven. It covers practical navigation, “rules of the road”, including the use of the compass and GPS. It is designed to provide practical methods for navigating sea kayaks and focuses upon the techniques used by most experienced paddlers. This DVD makes the point that navigation is but one of the essential skills needed for coastal kayaking, and is inextricably entwined with weather and oceanography. Navigating safely calls for a respectful attitude to the sea and sound judgement. While attitude and judgement cannot be taught by watching video, the medium does provide an excellent guide for the experience necessary for true learning. Used in this way, with an incremental approach to increasing difficulty, the techniques shown can be practised until a high level of competence has been achieved. Each disc has over 50 mins playing time and is available in-store at your Canoe and Kayak shop at an introduction price of $39.95. Postage is an extra $5.



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The Frozen Coast Sea Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula The team from Adventure Philosophy; Graham Charles, Mark Jones, Marcus Waters write a gripping account of their great adventure and give a fascinating insight into one of the most extreme sea kayak expeditions ever undertaken: an 850 kilometre journey through the freezing waste of ice, rock and ocean of the inhospitable Antarctic Peninsula coast. The photography is stunning, the words captivating and inspirational. RRP $39.95.

Sea Kayaking - A Manual for Long-Distance Touring The author, John Dowd, is a New Zealander living in Canada. John paddled his first homemade kayak when he was fourteen in the Hauraki Gulf. Besides extensive cruising in the South Pacific, he is the founder of Ecomarine in Vancouver, the best-known sea kayaking retailer, with rental and instruction activities. His first manual was published in 1981. It proved so popular that four updated editions have been released since. The book is an inspiration to all sea kayakers, regardless of skill levels achieved. In addition to chapters on traditional topics such as equipment, seamanship, and planning an expedition: there are ones on hazards, camping and food gathering, first aid, survival situations, and sea kayaking for people with disabilities. Well illustrated with photographs and sketches. The recommended retail price is $29. Canoe and Kayak shops are selling John Dowd’s book for the special price in-store of $19.95. Postage is an extra $5.


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:


34 kg 83 cm 4.70m From $1349

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

17 kg 68 cm 2.8 m $819

ACADIA 470 A great fun family boat with plenty of free board allowing for

ACADIA 280 A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the

a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.

whole family in sheltered waters.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

21.77 kg 597 mm 5.046 m From $1995

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

23.5 kg 62 cm 4.5m $1360

EXPEDITION is designed to go fast. It is built to accelerate quickly and get

SWIFT The swift is an easy handling and stable sit-on-top, with a hull

to its top speed in a short period of time. This boat has lots of storage and is ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and long distance cruising.

shape similar to that of a sit-in kayak to give it greater speed. The standard Swift comes rigged with a rudder and storage compartments, making it the ideal craft for those longer trips or a day out fishing beyond the breakers.

Weight: 22.68 kg Width: 711 mm Length: 4.55 m Price: $1195 (x A hatch and tank straps incl.)

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

27 kg 750 mm 3.46 m $910

TOURER This kayak has it all, even an adjustable leg length rudder

ESCAPADE Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and having

system. The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage, enabling paddlers to maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy handling in all conditions. The integrated keel provides stability and efficiency.

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We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

18.18 kg 790 mm 3.43 m From $895

THE EXPLORER is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find, great hatches for storing your goodies Weight: Width: Length: Price:

17.27 kg 710 mm 3.10 m From $649


We recommend that everybody who uses a kayak should participate in a training course. This will ensure your enjoyment and safety. Ask at your nearest kayak shop.

25.90 kg 915 mm 3.81 m From $1095

THE TANDEM ‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring with great hatches for storing your adventure equipment. Now available with three person option and is often used by one person. Weight: Width: Length: Price:


Weight: 25.85 kg Width: 914 mm Length: 3.81 m Price: From $995 (hatches & accessories not included)

FISH ‘N DIVE The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in the stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and a smaller companion seat near the bow. It can also be fitted with an optional motor bracket for an electric trolling or small outboard engine. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

15 kg 780 mm 2.7m $469

THE PLAY is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet very stable. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

34 kg 840 mm 4.75 m $1459

SQUIRT A Sit-on-Top for the family. Able to seat an adult and a small child. It is easy to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult or two kids.

Weight: Width: Length Price:

SYNCHRO A funtastic two person cruising kayak which is stable and fast.

23 kg 750 mm 3.3 m $770

It has plenty of storage and great appointments to make your adventures fun.

ESCAPEE Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that Weight: Width: Length: Price:

25 kg 780 mm 4.01 m $1039

SWING Flat water cruising, well appointed with gear storage inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot. The pod can also be used as a seat.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22.7 kg 810 mm 3.12 m $889

TORRENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesome manoeuvrability. Excellent finish.

14 kg 700 mm 3m $710

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

32 kg 830 mm 4.2 m $1160

SPRITE ONE A kayak for the family, able to seat an adult and child. Easy paddling, adjustable seat back and clip down hand grabs, paddles well in a straight line and is very stable. Suits flat water conditions.

DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake. Plenty of room and great stability.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.



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SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!) 17.2 kg 736 mm 2.9 m $819

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

21kg 770 mm 2.5 m $630

WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike. Weight: Width: Length: Price:


36.36 kg 915 mm 5.03 m From $1295

THE TRIPLE is an excellent performing family Sit-on. The centre seat area is dry with heaps of room so the kids can move and fidget without causing the adults any concern. The centre space also allows for storage of heaps of camping equipment. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

MINNOW ONE Small, light, easy to paddle fun for the whole family. Suitable for all ages. Suits flat water conditions.

32 kg 820 mm 4.5 m From $1170 to $1590

SPRITE TWO Two person cruiser, comes with dry gear storage. Fast, Weight: Width: Length: Price:

16 kg 685 mm 2.92 m $795

COBRA STRIKE A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

stable and easy to use. Adjustable back rest. Suits flat water conditions. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

20 kg 710 mm 2.98 m $849

Five O Amazing surf sit on top fun and agile and performance orientated.

LAKE AND SEA KAYAKS Weight: Width: Length: Price:

35 kg 800 mm 4.87 m $2579

CONTOUR TANDEM 485 This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer

Your height, weight and paddling ability will affect the type of kayak best suited for your needs. Ask for advice at your specialist kayak shop.

with the easy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle and has well appointed accessories. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

ECO NIIZH XLT This upgraded model is proving a hit with its new lighter weight and some excellent features, we now have a plastic double sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and adventures. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price: Tourer Expedition

45 kg 760 mm 5.64 m $3379

20 kg 675 mm 3.7 m $1099 $1429

ACADIA 370 Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable backrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extra gear.

27 kg 62 cm 480cm $2039

Weight: Width: Length: Basic Excel Excel lightweight

Std 22kg 610 mm 4.4 m $1410 $1750 $1920

CONTOUR 480 Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A

TUI EXCEL A versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability,

channelled hull provides outstanding tracking that helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

speed and easy tracking enable an enjoyable days paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier entry and exit.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.


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Weight: Width: Length: Price:

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price: Lightweight

28 kg 610 mm 4.85 m $2199

ECO IPIZO 490 The ECO IPIZO 490 is a truly modern kayak that is as unique as they come. A small keel ridge that runs the length of the hull, plus a raked stern adds several inches to the waterline, this translates into speed, efficiency and superb tracking. A fast sheltered water sea kayak. Weight: Width: Length: Price:


27 kg 610 mm 5.3 m $2550 $2820

TASMAN EXPRESS Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse conditions. It is designed to give the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

22 kg 610 mm 5.3 m $3980

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Std 26 kg 590 mm 5.4 m $2559

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but it’s decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives even better performance. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Width: Length: Price:

storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet.

26kg 640mm 4.5 m $1889

CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily. Weight:

ECOBEZHIG 540 An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge

23kg kevlar/carbon 600 mm 5.6 m $4110 Kevlar

Weight: Width: Length: Price: Lightweight

25 kg 610 mm 4.8 m $2250 $2520

PENGUIN Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22kg 600 mm 5.4 m $3960 Kevlar

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling the extreme expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

SOUTHERN SKUA Fast, stable sea kayak. Great in the rough and in the wind. Well appointed for expedition and day trips. Weight: 22kg Width: 590 mm Length: 5m Price: $3110 (Freight charges may apply)

CHALLENGE 5 Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg. A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a great rudder/steering system.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

34kg 820 mm 4.5 m $1690

WANDERER EXCEL A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

26kg 580 mm 4.93 m $2099 North Island $2195 South Island

SEQUEL Fast, light, touring kayak suits beginners through to advanced paddlers. The hull design allows for great handling in rough water. Well appointed and ideally suitable for multisport training.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

BREEZE Fully appointed sea kayak. Light weight and agile with a long waterline giving good speed in a smaller sea kayak. Designed with the lighter paddler in mind. Suitable for day or overnight trips. Fun in a compact package.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.



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22kg 600 mm 4.5 m $1785 North Island $1903 South Island

We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

11kg 450mm 5.65m $2995

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak designed for the smaller paddler in the 50 to 70kg range. It is 5.65 metres long, which is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Opus and it has a maximum beam of 450mm. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

16.5 kg 500mm 6.4 m $3495 kevlar & carbon $2995 fibreglass

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the “Length of New Zealand Race” and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that race. The OceanX is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the kayak sections of many multisport races.

12.5 kg 450mm 5.89m $2995

OPUS This kayak is for the competitive multisporter who has mastered the mid range kayaks like the Swallow and is paddling the river with skill and enjoyment. Advanced paddling ability is required to enjoy racing this Kayak. Weight: Width: Length: Price:



Weight: Width: Length: Price:

14.5 kg 540 mm 4.94m $2295

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability.

12 kg 480mm 5.4 m $2795


Length: Price:

SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good

13.5 kg Kevlar 12 kg Carbon / Kevlar 6.2 m $3095 Kevlar $3295 Carbon / Kevlar

stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak.

F1 This innovative new multisport kayak is designed for the advanced and Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg depending on construction Width: 510 mm Length: 6.43 m Price: $2980 - $3330 depending on construction

elite paddler. This radical kayak is fast with considerable secondary stability and is fitted with our new “bikini” seat. It will accelerate with ease, cutting wave trains and eliminating rocking.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

MAXIMUS Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and is easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in adverse conditions.

19.09 kg 585 mm 5.03 m $1495

THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racing Weight: Weight:

26 26kg kg Glass Kevlar/Carbon 24kg Kevlar Width: 550mm Width: 550 mm Length: 7m Length: 7m Price: $4995 Price: $4995Glass - $5495 $5495 depending on construction Kevlar/Carbon

ADVENTURE DUET This lightweight, very fast and recently updated Adventure Racing double kayak continues to dominate adventure racing in NZ and is very suitable as a recreational double.

and training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

Give your specialist kayak shop a call and talk to one of our friendly team to help choose the best kayak for you.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.


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