The most enjoyable paddling weekends on our calendar are those run by small, passionate pods of kayakers up & down the coast, & the one that captures that spirit more than most is the excellent Klancopia at Umina Beach, run by the Hunter Kayak Klan.
This year there were about 25 paddlers on the water, with the new starters heading over to Patonga with Sharon Betteridge & Shaan Gresser, and the sea dogs heading out into Broken Bay with Rob & I for some 'live' training.
We feel that we are among mates at Klancopia, and the community feel extends from the informal 'opening ceremony' among the tents on the Friday evening, through the Saturday night entertainment (both organised and 'ad hoc'), and on into Sunday's messing around in boats session on the beach at Patonga.
Organiser Shawn Armitage built on last year's more organised itinerary, and pulled together another cracker. The Saturday evening was a particular highlight, where Klan members gave short presentations on a subject of their choice, ranging from short on-water videos to comedy slideshows, to paddle explanations to fix-it advice.
|Beach line up|
I enjoyed the creativity & humour far more than listening to a typical presentation from a guest speaker, sometimes it's important to remember that everyone has a story to tell about their own paddling.I'll let the images tell the story of a fun weekend. Thanks to Sharon & Shaan for turning out a top day on the creek at Patonga, and to Shawn for remembering to bring the ukuleles.
Well done you Klanners….!
|The Xplore L|
|Annie in the Zegul 520|
|The Bill Gates of Klancopia|
|Colin in control|
|The graceful exit...|
|Dirk in the Reval|
|Saturday night dress code check|
|The opposite to a rescue|
|Strange south coast dude who just turned up|
|Posing in the Xplore L|
|Marty cruising in|
|Marty & Brad|
|Matt in the Xplore L|
|Camp site wisdom|
|..and then explaining why wing paddles are better that Greenland paddles….|
|…and then showing us why wing paddles are better that Greenland paddles….|
|Mercer judges the talent quest|
|And finishing the day|
|Wade shows his better side|
|Shags on a Lion|
|The Sebastian Coe of Klancopia|
|The Klan's favourite Telco CEO|
|Steve, Pace + GP|
|A trailer of expensive laminates|