Kayak journeys a long way from home
An ad placed in The Standard helps reunite Boularderie man with his kayak
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.