Disability Kayak Challenge

The three day Challenge involves kayaking from the Port of Sale to the sea at Lakes Entrance, a distance of 120km.  The new One Day Challenge has been introduced in the alternate year and covers a distance of 30km from Paynesville to Metung before returning to Paynesville.  All funds raised from both Challenges provide support to those within our Gippsland East community who have been affected by permanent or long term disability, assisting them to attain/gain an improved quality of life and independence.

Sale to Sea Inc is a Not for Profit Charity that assists others to reach their potential

Aims of the Challenge

  • Highlight the capacity that people living with a disability have to lead an active life
  • Encourage active sporting activities for people of all abilities
  • To raise funds for families and individuals experiencing hardship as a result of a permanent or long term disability
  • Encourage those living with a disability to live life on their terms.
  • To raise awareness of the importance of a fully inclusive society

The next Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge will be held on Saturday 14th March 2020 starting in Paynesville proceeding along the northern side of Raymond Island to Metung and returning via the southern side of Raymond Island to Paynesville.  Lunch will be provided in Metung prior to the return paddle to Paynesville.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, as a paddler or as part of the support team, download the forms below.

Age Requirement Conditions:  Any potential applicant under the age of 18 is required to make contact with the governing committee and complete an application form for flat water guide assessment to determine their competence to participate in the Challenge.  All participants under the age of 18 will require adult supervision.

Andrew Bedggood at Loch Sport
Paddlers getting ready on day 2 at Seacombe

Gippsport All-Abilities team

Amputee paddlers at Loch Sport

Entry Forms

Download 2020 Entry Form

Download 2020 Waiver

Download 2020 Terms and Conditions

Sale to Sea Itinerary – 3 Day Event

Day 1 –  Sale to Seacombe

All participants and support teams to meet at the Gippsland Kayak Club on the Longford road, Sale, at 7.00am for briefing and preparation of equipment and kayaks.   Participants to ensure that all safety equipment, sunscreen, headwear and Hydration packs are aboard their kayaks before launch with all boats & kayaks commencing launch procedures by 7.30am for a 8am departure.  All kayakers to obey direction of supporting boat crews and land based support teams.

Recommended material and Equipment to be carried in each kayak include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hydration pack or adequate water and/or energy drink supplies.
  • Sufficient headwear for protection from sun
  • Suitable eye-wear. (Suggest that participants have sunglasses for protection against glare).
  • PFD – Personal Flotation Device that suits activity and is required by law.  Failure to wear will exclude any participation in the Challenge
  • Suitable clothing in case of capsize.  Be realistic in what you wear as heavy clothing may result in placing you and those around you in danger if you enter the water unexpectedly.  One change of dry clothing to be placed on supporting craft that will be accompanying kayakers.
  • Adequate footwear
  • Small torch

Depart the kayak club at 8am and travel 17km to the Morass boat Ramp at the mouth of the Latrobe River for 1hr lunch break and rest stop.  Depart the river mouth at 12pm and traverse Lake Wellington via Tucker Point and the routes indicated on Support Boat Maps with preference in following south east shoreline.  Distance from shoreline will depend on prevailing wind conditions.  A short break will be taken at the mouth of the McLennan Straits at Plover Point before commencing final leg of today’s trip finishing at Seacombe Lodge for first nights stopover.  First nights accommodation at the Seacombe Lodge is provided as part of entry and will comprise of camping in tents and indoor facilities provided by the Seacombe Lodge. Estimated length of travel today is 40-45km.

Any soreness or injury from today’s leg to be reported to the Lead Kayaker, Andrew Bedggood or Chief Boat Captain, so that attending medical personnel can review.  All recommendations made by supporting medical teams will be final.

Day 2 – Seacombe to Paynesville

All rise at 6am for breakfast and briefing of today’s leg of the Challenge.  All boats and equipment to be ready for an 8am departure.

Depart Seacombe Boat ramp at 8am continuing down McLennan Straits to Holland’s Landing for a short break and changeover of Relay participants. Pods of dolphins can often be seen playing in this area and cause a lot of excitement as they are known to come close to the kayaks. On entering Lake Victoria we will head to Loch Sport via Red Bluff Camp and Waverly Point where we will stop for lunch before heading along the southern shoreline along Sperm Whale Head before crossing to northern Shoreline and entering Paynesville for second nights stop.

Today’s route may vary depending on weather conditions.  Today’s journey – 40km

Accommodation in Paynesville is the responsibility of the participants with a list of accommodation available in Participants Information package.  Captains Cove hosts, Chris and Tamara Cook, are always willing to assist with participants accommodation needs.

Day 3 – Paynesville to Metung

Today’s leg of our journey will be more relaxed with a departure at 10am following morning briefing and boat and equipment check.  On departing Paynesville, participants will paddle along the northern coast line of Raymond Island before crossing Lake King heading towards Metung.  This part of the journey maybe affected by tidal conditions that are present around Shaving Point. – Total distance today being 16-20km.

Today’s journey will end at The Moorings at Metung which has been a huge supporter of the event thanks to hosts, Jim and Barb Delaney.  Their support since the first Sale to Sea Challenge has been greatly appreciated and it is the goal of Sale to Sea to grow this relationship further for the success of the event.  Participants have the option of attending a barbecue or dining at the Metung Pub located a short distance from where the day’s stage finishes.  A list of available accommodation is provided in the Participants Information package and kayakers are encouraged to support those who have supported the Challenge.

Day 4 – Metung to Lakes Entrance (The Sea)

Participants will leave Metung at 10am heading towards Lakes Entrance visiting the Gnome Township along the way.  While paddling north towards Lakes Entrance, participants will enjoy the wildlife along the way that live on the islands that dot Reeves Channel.  This leg of the journey is heavily affected by tidal conditions and the planned route will depend on today’s tide times.  All kayakers on entering the North Arm at Lakes Entrance will wait there until all participants have arrived so that we all finish as a group.  This is not a race and there will be no winners and the only victory we will celebrate is one of accomplishment and achieving our personal best.  Total distance today 10-15km.  Estimated time of arrival – 1.30pm

Tonight we will all meet at the Lakes Entrance Bowls Club to celebrate our victory over adversity.

If you would like to participate in the next Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge, download the Entry Form below, print and send to: SALE TO SEA DISABILITY KAYAK CHALLENGE attn: Andrew Bedggood 4 Flint Court Maffra, VIC, 3860.  If paying via EFT, please ensure that you provide a reference regarding your payment.  All cheques should be made out to Sale to Sea Inc.