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					          WELLINGTON SEA KAYAK NETWORK
                                December 2007 – January 2008
                                          http://wskn.wellington.net.nz


Network and membership
enquiries:                                                        Guest Editor: Sandy Winterton
Mike Wilkin                                                              Correspondence for the
23a Ilam Grove                                                     next newsletter to Mike Wilkin
Kelson, Lower Hutt
04 565 0880
Mwilkin5@xtra.co.nz

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every other month.
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NEXT MEETING: Thursday 7 February 2008 6:30 pm
Members are invited to report and share photos/video clips on their summer kayaking activies.

        The evening host will be Beverley Burnett

Venue
Tararua Tramping Club Hall
Moncrieff Street, off Elizabeth Street, off Kent Terrace

   INSIDE THIS ISSUE                          Pool Nights
                                              You can attend a local club pool night to practice rolling and
                                              other relevant skills.
   .    Recent activity                       Hutt Valley Canoe Club: Naenae Pool, 8-8.30 for rolling and
                                              after this social polo $2.00 for the half-hour session, more for
      Calendar                               polo Tuesdays. $4 for HVCC members, $6 for non-members.
                                              Enquiries to Alan Bell at (04) 570-0232
      Trip Reports
                                              Kupe Canoe Club:
                                              In winter the club meets at Freyberg pool
http://www.kupe.org.nz/

Cannon’s Creek Pool:
Rescue technique and rolling training evenings at Cannons Creek will now only occur if at
least 4 people can commit to attending. Please contact Susan Cade if you are interested in getting these
going again. Evenings 5675593 or mobile 027 601 5528. The next sessions will be in 2008.


Editor’s note
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Thursday December 6 was the Christmas meeting and members brought generous food and beverage
contributions to share. Three people attended for the first time – Denise, Trish and Peter. Everyone enjoyed
the nibbles and had a social evening rather than a presentation. This was followed by a brief round of
members’ recent experiences and plans for the future.




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1 Recent personal kayaking activity and news

    Sandy had been on a number of local trips and to the upper Waikato river and the Waikanae estuary,
     where good spoonbill watching was done
    Beverley has her kayak back on the water after a break of 10 months
    Jennifer was out for 2 hours recently for the first time in quite a while
    David and Diane have done a few local trips recently and will be going to Anglesey in north Wales for
     the UK sea kayak forum
    Nick has not been out for quite a while
    Peter W has done a few short local trips
    Ian has recently returned from abroad and not kayaked for a while
    John recently took his young daughter from Balaena Bay to Scorching bay where the wind rose and an
     alternative plan was needed for coming home. He also highly recommends the Queen Charlotte
     walkway for mountain biking
    Douglas has done a couple of local trips and is looking to buy a folding boat to take overseas
    Peter has 2 kayaks and has been doing local harbour trips and training runs
    Karen has just got back to New Zealand and has just done her first trip in her new Greenland style
     kayak
    Denise lives at Te Horo, has a Storm kayak and is keen to get out on trips more often
    Trish is going to Antarctica in February and will be doing short exploratory kayak trips from the cruise
     ship she will be on. She also has a trip to Sweden planned
    Sue enjoyed the Pilgrimage trip written up in the last Newsletter and has done some other local
     paddling



2 Trip reports
8 Dec 2007      Doug Flux trip

Peter W, Peter Van V, Alistair, Diane, Karen, Douglas (org), Sandy
The group met at 09.00 at Seatoun wharf with a view to doing a round trip, but as weather was much better
than expected, a car was dropped off at Owhiro Bay in anticipation of a one way kayak journey. The party
headed off at about 9.50 am. Doug sent a trip report on our departure by VHF radio.

We passed Fort Dorset and The Pinnacles, the easternmost point of the Miramar peninsula, and entered
Breaker Bay. The group of 7 were all in different model kayaks and the group included polythene, fibreglass,
Kevlar, ABS and diolen craft. Karen was using her new Greenland style kayak for the second time, and it
performed well and looked fantastic. We passed outside the pinnacles to avoid some breakers between the
rocks of the passage on the inland side and headed across Breaker Bay and out round West Ledge – the line
of rocks that stretches south from Palmer Head on the western side of Wellington heads.

We cut across the mouth of Lyall Bay and passed several cray pot buoys on the way down the rocky shore
past the proposed site of the aquarium on Te Raekaihau point. The sea was calm with gentle ocean swells
of about a metre. We stopped on Taputeranga at Island Bay for lunch and scaled the island to take in the
view. After a break, the group paddled the short distance to Owhiro Bay and landed safely before shuttling
cars to retrieve the boats. It was a good trip in super conditions. Thanks to Douglas for organising.



3 TRIP IDEAS

       Douglas         Pencarrow lakes
       Karen           Mana island
       Sandy           Owhiro Bay to Makara




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4 CALENDAR

    New Years Day paddle on 1 January 2008. Start south of the wharf at Eastbourne at 1.00 pm for a
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     leisurely trip along to a café or two at Days Bay or similar and return. To confirm, call Beverley on 04
     5621 7881 or 021 464 516
    The Canterbury sea kayak network is organising a trip to Okains Bay on Banks Peninsula in mid – late
     January 2008
    Coastbusters in taking place in Auckland from 29 Feb – 1 March 2008
    ‘Coastbusters continued’ is going ahead straight afterwards at St Martin’s Bay north of Auckland from 3
     – 7 March 2008. There will be plenty of opportunity for local kayak trips over this period
    There is a kayak builders’ forum in Rotorua 8 – 9 March 2008
    The KASK forum is taking place at Ohope in the bay of Plenty 26 – 27 April 2008. A registration form
     is available on the KASK website.

5 SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

    Brent Harrison will be asked to do a talk about his recent trip to Canada at the April 2008 club night.
    A talk from someone who provides care and rehabilitation for little blue penguins


6 NOTICES

Cook Strait crossing interest
  Bill Hayes, an experienced Northland paddler is wanting to paddle Cook Strait over the summer around
  February / March. Anybody interested phone 09 4322553 or email colleen.bill@xtra.co.nz." Bill and
  Colleen will be paddling in Patagonia in January so he should have some good yarns about the canoeing
  over there.


7 NEWS

       Two Sydney adventurers set off from Forster on the NSW mid north coast in their bid to become the
        first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea. At 22 December they are 62% of the way to New Zealand
        and have spent several days tracking in a circle due to wind and currents, followed by a serious
        situation where their anchor line and then the retrieval line became tangled around the rudder.
        Fortunately they managed to free it and are under way again. See and listen to their reports on
        www.crossingtheditch.com.au
     Ian Jenkins will list all planned club nights on the network website
     The network is investigating ways to obtain a data projector for use on club nights. The Tararua
        Tramping Club is willing to hire out its one to the network at a cost of $65 per evening. A vote was
        held on whether people were happy to pay an extra $2 to attend on nights when a projector was used
        and the motion was carried. It was also agreed that we should look at who carries the risk e.g. the
        projector fails when the network is using it. The likelihood of a lamp failure should also be considered
        so the network does not hire the projector and find a lamp blows part way through the evening. Trish
        volunteered to call by the TTC and collect keys on a Tuesday if necessary. Other avenues will also
        be explored such as looking to buy a second hand one.
     Ferg’s is offering ‘Pod Training’ from their base on Thursdays from 5.15 – 7.15 pm (6.00 – 7.00 pm
        on the water). More details are available from Ferg’s.
     Freya’s Expedition around the South Island
Freya is well on in her quest to circumnavigate the South Island. Travelling clockwise from the Marlborough
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Sounds she had made it to about Hokitika by 20 December

Check out her website      http:// freyahoffmeister.blogspot.com


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 8 MEMBERSHIP LIST

                        Financial Members 2007 to 2008 at 23/12/2007

First name   Surname                    Address                    Phone                    email
  Alistair     Smith           5 Durham Cresc. Wellington        934 8315          alistair.smith@vuw.ac.nz
 Barbara       Leslie            23 Turkington St., Tawa         232 3805
 Beverly      Burnett         4/10 Muritai Rd., Eastbourne       562 7881           bburn55@hotmail.com
   Bob       Wellington      13 Kaitawa Cresc. Paraparaumu      04 905 3022        bob.pru@paradise.net.nz
  Brian      Pickering       93 Normandale Rd, Normandale        586 2611      brianandjessica@paradise.net.nz
  Bruce      Benseman         26 He Awa Cresc., Waikanae        04 293 3360       bbeneseman@clear.net.nz
 Cathye      Haddock        290 Normandale Rd, Normandale        566 2675      haddock.simpson@paradise.net.nz
              Wade-
  Celia       Brown              42 High St., Island Bay         938 6691      celia.wadebrown@paradise.net.nz
  David        Fisher          127 Grafton Road, Hataitai        386 1805          morgan.fisher@xtra.co.nz
  Denis        Taylor           4 Rakopi Dr., Newlands            478 8141          jennyt@paradise.net.nz
                                192c Blackrock Rd RD6,
 Dennis      Johnson                   Masterton                06 377 7393
  Diane       Morgan            127 Grafton Rd., Hataitai        386 1805          morgan.fisher@xtra.co.nz
 Douglas       Flux               204 Hill Rd., Belmont          565 0120            doug.flux@xtra.co.nz
 Douglas       Lush            82 Lyall Parade, Wellington       387 7365         douglas_lush@moh.govt.nz
  Family     Van Kuyk           7 Parnell St., Lower Hutt        567 4962          peter.vankuyk@hstx.com
                                                                 478 8141
  Jenny        Taylor            4 Rakopi Dr., Newlands         021 330 337         jennyt@paradise.net.nz
                                                                 384 2233
 Joanna        Poole               15/23 Tennyson St.           021 648 571     joanna.poole@poolecom.co.nz
   John      Andrews         37 Upper Watt St., Wadestown        495 8181         john.andrews@forbar.co.nz
  Julie       Woolfe          147 Mairangi Rd., Wellington        934 4256          nickc@paradise.net.nz
  Karen
  Lykke      Jacobsen       3a/131 Able Smith St., Wellington   021 250 3293    karenlykkejacobsen@gmail.com
  Kathy        Peers             6 Cambridge St., Tawa            232 6822
                                192c Blackrock Rd RD6,
Marianne     Joharver                  Masterton                06 377 7393
   Max         Grant            71 Salisbury St., Ashurst                           mgrant@inspire.net.nz
   Mike        Peers             6 Cambridge St., Tawa            232 6822
   Mike        Wilkin            23a Ilam Grove, Kelson          565 0880            mwilkin5@xtra.co.nz
   Neil      Newman           4/10 Muritai Rd., Eastbourne       562 7881         Neil.newman@hotmail.com
   Nick      Campion          147 Mairangi Rd., Wellington       934 4256           nickc@paradise.net.nz
  Peter      Van Kuyk           7 Parnell St., Lower Hutt        567 4962          peter.vankuyk@hstx.com
   Pru       Wellington      13 Kaitawa Cresc. Paraparaumu
 Richard      Spiers             23 Turkington St, Tawa          232 3805
  Shara       Dewes            3 Nebraska Way, Brooklyn          803 3799           dewes.sar@xtra.co.nz
  Sheryl     Benseman         26 He Awa Cresc., Waikanae        04 293 3360       bbeneseman@clear.net.nz
                                                                  567 5593
  Susan        Cade            48 Thornycroft Ave., Epuni       027 601 5528        susan.cade@xtra.co.nz
  Tanja      Petersen             1 Butt St., Wellington        0272 484 590        tanimeer@yahoo.com




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