Just to blow the dust off this sub-forum
Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:55 pm
Planning my birthday paddle to celebrate 50 successful orbits of the sun middle of next month.
If anyone is up for a monster (but reasonably leisurely) paddle, register interest here please.
All paddles will pretty much follow the coast, blue water crossings are just tedious, with occasional skipping between headlands across entrances to bays.
Fishing will consist of targeting anything substantial on the sounder that we happen across, but will be a hit and move on. No drifting around for hours.
Likely launching just before dawn, and expect to be on the water pretty much a full 10-12hrs (depending on route and fish )
Several options being considered at this stage:
Taipa to Whangaroa - Â±45km (or vice versa depending on conditions)
Keri Inlet, slalom out through the islands, around Urupukapuka and back via Brampton - Â±45km (My classic Ratrun. Cruisey trip and have had a couple of guys join me on P13's without tears). Options to 'drop in' if you launch at Tapeka or Rawhiti for shorter trips.
Whangarei Town Basin - out to Smugglers and back - Â±60km (down one side of the harbour, back up the other with favourable tides both ways!)
Kerikeri Inlet to Whangaroa - Â±65km (Not reversible, as better options for bailout in latter stages this way - Currently last on the list as haven't done this distance for a while)
You will need:
A reasonable level of paddle fitness (aim to sustain 4-5km/hr)
Be able to look after yourself if the water gets choppy (I'll be pulling the pin if conditions are less than 90% - It's a long way at the best of times)
Your own shuttle-bunny (it's a long walk back to the car for some of these)
In all likelihood, I'll probably do the Ratrun - The scenery (and fishing) never gets boring and there's plenty of options to adjust route to suit playing with dolphins or particularly spectacular fishing.