Kayak jour­neys a long way from home

An ad placed in The Stan­dard helps re­unite Boularderie man with his kayak

The Victoria Standard - - Environment - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY

The Thanksgiving Day storm of 2016 is re­mem­bered by many as the flood that hit Syd­ney. How­ever, ar­eas out­side the CBRM were hit hard as well. For Fraser Mac­gre­gor, of Kempt Head Road, it was the day two of his boats got away from him.

"There was no beach - it was totally flooded. Ev­ery­thing was gone," said Mac­gre­gor via tele­phone.

Mac­gre­gor man­aged to find one boat dur­ing his week-long search, but the kayak was still un­ac­counted for. He had no luck with an ad he placed in “Swing Over the Moun­tain News”, a lo­cal news­let­ter and on­line blog serv­ing Boularderie Is­land.

Mean­while, at the tip of the Washabuck Pen­nin­sula, Mackay Point res­i­dent Char­lotte Ma­clean was walk­ing on her beach when she came across a kayak. Ma­clean alerted her hus­band Vince. The pair de­ter­mined they could not re­trieve the wa­ter­craft – it was jammed be­tween large boul­ders, full of wa­ter and quite heavy.

In the Spring, the Ma­cleans re­called the stranded kayak and re­turned to beach where they sited it. It was still there and still stuck. As good for­tune would have it, Mac­gre­gor de­cided to ex­pand his search and placed an ad in the Vic­to­ria Stan­dard in June. Ma­clean saw the ad and con­tacted Mac­gre­gor.

The two strangers met at Mackay Point.

"He helped me re­move it, carry it along the shore­line, and tie it down on my trailer. He was very nice about it,” said Mac­gre­gor of Vince Ma­clean.

"He seemed to be de­lighted to have found it," said Ma­clean of Mac­gre­gor.

Although the kayak sus­tained some dam­age, Mac­gre­gor in­tends to re­pair the hatches and rudder and have it back out on the wa­ter, even­tu­ally.

Kayak found Kayak lost The above map shows where Fraser Mac­gre­gor's kayak went miss­ing af­ter last year's Thanksgiving day storm, and where Char­lotte and Vince Ma­clean dis­cov­ered it at Mackay Point on Washabuck. Map cour­tesy of Google Maps.

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