KAYAK TRAIL PLAN MUST BE WA­TER­TIGHT

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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

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