By Paul Caffyn
Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main striking trips ever undertaken by means of kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.
it really is an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged choice to meet his very 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 amazing solo circumnavigation of Australia the silence was once 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 may ultimately be well-known as one of many nice small voyages of modern heritage besides these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.
The narrative is a mix of early maritime background, intriguing dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and sweetness of the enormous Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes along with his New Zealand help crew.
Paul Caffyn's Dreamtime Voyage was once additionally a trip of self discovery. For 4 months in Northern Australia he paddled solo with out likelihood of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. really within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight region of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs offer compelling reading.
Dreamtime Voyage will motivate all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own goals in reality.
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The sky used to be gray and overcast, with a sense within the air that the settled spell of climate used to be approximately to damage. 4 hours out, we paddled along a fishing boat and the skipper gave us recommendation for rounding Cape Liptrap. whilst the boat motored away, we have been left with a cloud of flies striking round our heads. They stayed with us until eventually we slipped contained in the reefs off the ridgeback backbone of the cape, to land on a shingle seashore. a powerful, stinking scorching northerly used to be blowing offshore, bringing rankings of exasperating black flies. because the subsequent leg concerned a 22 mile crossing of Waratah Bay, to Tidal River on Wilsons Promontory, and it used to be already mid-afternoon, we flagged away paddling for the remainder of the day. everybody was once in positive spirits for the final night of 1981, with an exceptional unity constructing. Onshore Liz and Lesley have been changing into company buddies whereas at sea, the makings of a bond of mateship used to be forming among Thom and that i. On a sandy song, close to the automated lighthouse, we pitched the 2 dome tents and crashed early, no longer ready to work out within the begin of 1982. Stormy, windy climate ushered within the new 12 months. The dome tents rocked and swayed. Unsecured equipment was once being blown round at sunrise. Thom and that i made a fast unanimous determination to stick placed instead of hazard being stuck offshore by way of the wind lifting. the choice was once clever, for later within the day we had an excellent chance to attempt a brand new wind velocity measuring equipment. at the uncovered headland, it registered among 30 and forty knots, sometimes lifting off scale at 50 knots. Offshore it used to be challenging to think it used to be an analogous sea that Thom and that i were at the day earlier than. the distance among the jagged tip of the cape and the dual offshore reefs was once buried by means of continually breaking white water. Gale strength south-westerly winds had lifted the swell into large toppling eco-friendly mountains of water. Spray and sheets of stable spume have been fanning out horizontally from the tops of the breakers, shrouding the beach in a misty white veil. The sight of the blue eco-friendly waves, rearing up and smashing opposed to the shore, sending sheets of white water 50 ft within the air, used to be awe inspiring. The unbridled strength of this Bass Strait blow introduced domestic to we all simply how extremely important it used to be to utilize each chance that settled climate and seas introduced. For the 1st 3 days of 1982, we remained stormbound on Cape Liptrap. there has been little lets do yet wait and wait and see. Lesley, in the course of an early morning jog, had her first come across with a red-bellied black snake. For a Kiwi with out snakes in any respect in her place of birth, the sight of the snake, stretched out around the song, set her nearly freewheeling in mid-air. The wind had eased a bit by means of sunrise on January four. Thom and that i determined to make a holiday for Tidal River. The promenade itself lay hidden by way of a ‘grey out’ yet shall we sometimes seize glimpses of the skyline levels throughout the swathes of murky cloud. even supposing marginally sheltered from the south-westerly swell, the gravel seashore the place we’d landed used to be a bad spot to be stuck.