Presidents Bull - August 2015

Greetings all - just a few items of Club news and some pleas for assistance follow.

The AGM was held last weekend.  Thanks to those who could make it.  We heard a typically excellent presentation from Stu Trueman complaining about coastal camping options in the UK - and a few other observations from his most recent circumnavigation.  Thanks also to Tony Murphy for joining the committee as Vice President and to those who renominated.  The AGM minutes will be posted on the website shortly when complete.

We still have a Committee vacancy for the treasurer/secretary role.  Please consider whether you could take on this important role and email or ring me if you would like to discuss what the role entails.

The next Rock n Roll will be at Jimmy's Beach Port Stephens March 11-14, 2016.  Block this out in your diaries immediately.

We will need a new Rock n Roll coordinator after next years' event.  If you might be interested in taking this on for 2017, please consider putting your hand up to assist Dave Linco for the 2016 event so you know what needs to be done the following year

The website upgrade remains in the 'incomplete' tray.  The next job is to upgrade the backbone of our site to the current Joomla version.  If the latter statement is not goobledegook to you and you have some experience with Joomla, please consider volunteering to assist.  We also have the beginnings of a social networking platform on a development website courtesy of Tim Wolstonecroft.  To develop this further we need a moderator who will manage the contents when we go live.  If you would be interested in this role or in discussing what it might entail, please drop me an email

Experience tells me that few members read this far down the emails so I will save the rest for next time.

Regards and see you on the water
Your President for one more year (and no more), Campbell Tiley (president[at]

Jason Beachcroft Completes Circumnavigation

Congratulations Jason Beachcroft

17,000 km, 533 days, Mainland Australia and Tasmania circumnavigation.  Departed Rose Bay January 2013, arrived back today.  What a mammoth erffort.  It was a pleasure and privilege to welscome Jason home and to share the occasion with him, his 'mountains' friends and a fine selection of NSWSKC paddlers.

Notice -Stolen Kayak

Over the Easter weekend  a Mirage 580 was stolen from the North Sydney Council boat shed at the bottom of Willoughby Street Kirribilli. It is white other than a small portion of the front deck which has the gel coat finished in a blue and green panel, which is unusual. If anyone sees a kayak of this description can you please contact David on david (at)

David has paddled it in the harbour twice a week for 8 years and would be grteful for any information.

Keppel Sea Kayak Forum 2014 Announcement

This event is being hosted by Paddle Capricornia Inc and the Qld Sea Kayak Club.  We have a great line up of Instructors & presenters who have offered to attend this year’s event and share their knowledge and experience with us.  These include Dave “Crocodile Winky” Winkworth, Rob Mercer, Eddie Safarik, Les Allen, Gary Forrest and others.

The event is limited this year to 50 participants as this will assist with management of the group and due to the fact that the facilities & catering on North Keppel Island are geared for this number of persons.  The base for the event is on North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre which is approx. 15 klm off the mainland from the township of Yeppoon.

On offer is a package which includes all meals and accommodation for the duration of the Symposium at a cost is $350 p/person.
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SAR Exercise Results - Currarong 26 Mar 12



A SAR Exercise was conducted in the Crookhaven Bight area on the morning of 26 Mar 12 involving the Ambulance Service of NSW Rescue Helicopter based at Illawarra Regional Airport (Callsign Rescue 26) and a group of Kayakers from the NSW Sea Kayak Club.

The exercise simulated a distress beacon being detected in the Currarong area, followed by airborne beacon homing and visual search. The kayakers used a 121.4 MHz training beacon and a number of pyrotechnics supplied by the ASNSW from AMSA Tier 2 SAR Unit stocks.

The aim of the exercise was to determine the effectiveness of different types of location aids and practice the use of electronic and visual search techniques.

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