The Dreamtime Voyage: Around Australia Kayak Odyssey

By Paul Caffyn

Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main outstanding trips ever undertaken via kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.

it really is an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged selection to meet his most unlikely dream opposed to all odds, together with tropical cyclones, raging surf, sharks, crocodiles, sea snakes and lengthy sections of sheer limestone cliffs.

John Dowd, writer of Sea Kayaking defined the voyage as follows:

Amongst sea kayakers Paul Caffyn is sort of in a category of his personal. For the longest time after he accomplished his notable solo circumnavigation of Australia the silence used to be deafening: few of his friends knew the importance of what he had performed, and maybe those that understood felt misplaced in his shadows. not just is Paul's Australian event a top for sea kayaking, it's going to ultimately be well-known as one of many nice small voyages of modern background in addition to these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.

The narrative is a mix of early maritime background, fascinating dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and sweetness of the substantial Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes together with his New Zealand help crew.

Paul Caffyn's Dreamtime Voyage used to be additionally a trip of self discovery. For 4 months in Northern Australia he paddled solo without likelihood of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. rather within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight sector of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs offer compelling reading.

Dreamtime Voyage will encourage all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own goals in reality.

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While black browed squalls neared the island, we pitched the tent in fast time to prevent being soaking wet. The rain used to be so heavy, we stuck a gallon of water in bowls positioned below the tent door. Early afternoon the sky brightened because the wind veered and settled as a mild northerly. We packed speedy and introduced, yet as we left the guard of the reef, I stated to Shaun, “How lengthy will it final? ” basically quarter-hour later I had my solution. a powerful north-easterly got here away, quick lifting the ocean. Plugging into the chop, we procrastinated for some time but if the waves begun breaking over us, we grew to become tail and fled again to Low Rocks. Shaun took one 9 foot excessive breaker over his head which tore the sprayskirt velcro shoulder straps off his shoulders. just a determined lunging brace stored him upright. either one of us felt gadgets thump solidly into the kayaks. They have been certainly tiger or hammerhead sharks, without doubt investigating our glossy aluminium rudders, and we have been either a bit relieved to arrive the protect of the reef back. It wouldn’t were so undesirable if Sandy Island used to be in sight, yet to persist into the chop without signal of our landfall used to be demoralizing. I had checked and rechecked the again bearing from Low Rocks to Maria Island and located a discrepancy of 15 levels. i may basically imagine that on my small map, one inch to 4 mile scale, Low Rocks was once plotted a number of miles too a long way to the west. on the grounds that i thought Sandy Island will be a low sandbank with out landmarks, we'd simply decide it up from a couple of miles out. i used to be nervous approximately what compass bearing to stick to. After the night meal, our rations have been all the way down to one closing dehi meal, plus jam, cheese, crackers and tea luggage. It rained seriously within the evening so we weren't wanting clean water. Settling down within the tent, we had a great yarn abouthow Shaun was once matching his expectancies of the journey to the chilly difficult fact of paddling. It was once no longer really what he anticipated and he reckoned it was once extra like a task than a excitement cruise. Paul at Low Rocks, bringing his diary modern on a plastic water bottle, by way of the sunshine from a driftwood hearth, whereas listening for a climate forecast on a small walkman radio. At evening we not often skilled hassle attending to sleep at the sandy seashores. My diary famous: Slept pretty much. i used to be having this very good dream a couple of canoeing journey. I had simply met this delicious, curvaceous blonde sailor on a catamaran and she or he requested me down into her cabin. issues have been simply warming up while Shaun woke me as much as say it was once 6. forty five a. m. , dam it.... sooner than dawn on may well 21, the wind had settled to a ten knot south-easterly. We headed out on a lumpy sea for Sandy Island. We caught to a bearing of 25 levels, simply in case the map was once correct, yet after 3 hours whilst Shaun first noticed a low line at the horizon, it used to be good out to the east, so i used to be confident the map used to be flawed. final on a low elongate sandbank, lined with millions of terns and their chicks, we it for a mile to the north. grownup birds, returning to the island, have been regurgitating tasty morsels for the chicks.

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