Still I lament the loss of so many wonderful photos. Gone is the photo of me surfing a rickety TK1 over a wicked sandstone reef (not a smart idea). Missing is the shot of Ben looking sheepishly up from the engine room after his 1930's wooden tugboat ran out of gas in the dead of night on sydney harbor. Absent is the photo I took of the front page newspaper article that, complete with a terrifying photo read: FUNNEL WEB SPIDERS REACH PLAUGE PROPORTIONS IN SYDNEY. (seriously) Alas, at least Tom captured poor Owens' kayak frame where I'd stashed it high in the trees, yet gone is the priceless shot I took of Owen beneath the frame above, looking hopeless after a half hour search failed to turn up any trace. What good fun!
So, to all my students in Sydney, my sincerest apologies for the lack of photo journal befitting our adventure, and thanks to Tom for driving me to buy another camera before I flew to Tassie.
While the rest of the kayaking world has slowly been homogenized by the influence of British style kayaks, the Tasmanians embrace huge rudders and generous canvas. With buy-it kayaking now the norm, the Tassies are still very do-it-yourself. I like the Tassie club for this reason, in fact, they have their own kayak design and boats are still being built off it today! It's been twenty years since that happened anywhere else. No one has made it down to Tasmania to tell them they are paddling bad boats in unsafe ways (sarcasm) and somehow they seem to keep on surviving.
Here I am chasing a classic Tassie rig, the sail on my own boat is a brilliant new design by a club member. It is a true hollow wing shape that is built and functions just like a mini windsurf sail complete with a mini vang and downhaul, I was literally blown away by the upwind capabilities of this sail, and after using it I understood just how ridiculous those Vee sails are. I was so impressed that I talked to Tim about possibly selling them in the States. The only caveat of these sails is the absolute need for a rudder, for rudderless kayaks, the best thing I've seen is the Flat Earth Kayak Sails by Mick MacRobb another Aussie sailor. I'll soon be adding one of his sails to my personal F1.
I also really liked this flower in Gregs and Anna's front yard.
(hey, Anna, thanks so much for cooking dinner and giving me a place to crash. I know Greg now has a ridiculous amount of kayaks, but just remember, kayaks cost nothing compared to Jet Skis, Antique Cars, or any of the other stuff blokes get into.)
Go to Tassie Week Two!