The Hunter Kayak Klan is finally starting to take some shape. After a call to arms that went unheard for a year, some club paddlers, Simon and John, started the ball rolling. Then out of the blue David Gibbins signs up. There’s a few others too so to get things moving we agreed to a regular training paddle and I missed the first one but John and I went out last night. Despite electronic contact for some time this was the first time we’d met and we both had a sense of excitement that finally the Lake Macquarie sea-kayaking scene would actually be real.
We set off up Swansea channel into a 20kn wind which blew the water up into something interesting. Since it was a training paddle we decided to go into the lake against the windand once we were deep inside, conditions were decidedly interesting with waves breaking over the bows and the need for total concentration. We turned about toward Valentine and raced back with the tide and wind. My Eco Bezhig had an advantage over John’s Gecko here as it’s better speed allowed me to get onto waves and ‘surf’ a fair way. It was dark by the time we reached the channel, the wind had died down and we drifted peacefully home. The lake is awesome in the dark and I can’t wait to do it again.