KAYAK TRAIL PLAN MUST BE WATERTIGHT
I READ with interest about the newly launched Clarence City Council kayak trail (“Kayak trail opens for city explorers,’’ Sunday
Tasmanian, December 2) and commend the council and MAST for promoting this.
I totally agree with the concept. However, there are a couple of shortcomings in the plan. The starting point at Risdon is a great place to start, with lots to see, but the launching area needs a lot of attention as it would be very difficult to launch a kayak over the loose rocks and boulders. There is a mound of rocks to tackle, as well as an overgrown pathway to the water’s edge. It would be very easy to injure yourself.
This is a beautiful part of the river with lots of features as described in the brochure, but with an outgoing tide and river flow it would be very dangerous to try and kayak against a strong afternoon sea breeze. The narrow section of the river is a bottleneck with quite large waves.
The other detail that seems to have been overlooked by both organisations is that there is no mention of the paddlers’ ability to be able to swim. I think this is an important prerequisite for anyone contemplating kayaking and other small watercraft activities. Des Clark East Risdon