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  • 2017-08-19 All day

    If you missed out on the inaugural 30K DAY paddle organised by Chris Dench,put this in your calender!

    This trip promises

    ๐Ÿž Scenery

    โ›บ๏ธ isolation

    ๐Ÿ’ช ' Knocked the bastard off' ness

    Trip Details

    ๐Ÿ˜‹ WHEN: 19 August

    ๐Ÿ“ญ WHERE: Kawau Island

    โ›ฝ๏ธ DISTANCE: 30 k

    ๐Ÿฅ ย PUT IN AT: Martins Bay boat ramp

    ๐Ÿค“ PRE DEPARTURE BRIEFING: 8:20 am on the beach

    โ›ฉ TIME OF PUT IN: 8:30 am

    ๐Ÿ’„ ESTIMATED RETURN: 4:00 pm

    ๐ŸŒ FORECAST AREA: Hauraki Gulf

    โ˜ƒ๏ธ METSERVICE WEATHER PARAMETER at 7AM on trip day

    -NOT MORE than 15 knots
    ANY DIRECTION
    DAY or EVENING

    If outside this weather parameter the trip will AUTOMATICALLY CANCEL WITHOUT NOTIFICATION.
    Met Service Forecast

    ๐Ÿ™€ UNFAVOURABLE WIND DIRECTION: Westerly
    An unfavourable wind direction may change the trip destination. You will be emailed THE DAY BEFORE ย if this happens.

     

    Information for first timers: Update 31 Jul 2017

    • See map
      The Western or left side on the photo is where the island 'without roads' has some settlement in cute little coves and atop bush clad hills.
    • Although we will not hug this side on our trip it is nice to be aware of the large inland harbour of Bon Accord situated centrally as we pass.
      This is the site of the historic Mansion House most famously owned by twice governor of New Zealand Sir George Grey. It is tucked neatly just inside the harbour on its Southern shore in Mansion Bay.
    • Vivian Bay, the settlement near Kawau's most Northern tip is very picturesque and has a lovely sandy beach. We may choose this as a stop.
    • The seaward 'back' side of the island is rugged and remote. A sense of being isolated here prevails. Maybe a lunch stop.
    • A real jewel in the area around Kawau is the tiny but never overlooked Beehive Island.This is a tropical island look alike due to its bright white shelly beach appearing as a ring around the island. It can be seen for miles ย and is en route and can be a great place to land.
    • Ruth Henderson, known to just about everyone in the sea kayaking community is a resident of the island and plans to be on this trip so some great island knowledge is available to those wanting some 'insider' information.
    • This trip is a classic circumnavigation and is a worthy follow up to our Waiheke Island excursion.

    Hope to see you there!

    30k paddle quick rules

    Remember all you need to to do to go on this trip is to:

    Have been on a YAKITY YAK SEA KAYAK SKILLS COURSE

    Take SOLE RESPONSIBILITY for your PERSONAL SAFETY

    CHECK that the METSERVICE FORECAST Met Service Forecast

    at 7AM on the day is WITHIN THE PARAMETERS listed above.

    See you there!