Mirage 530 vs Epic 18X

Mirage 530 vs Epic 18x

A while ago I watched a youtude clip http://bit.ly/1DlEExo comparing an Epic sea kayak against a more traditionally designed sea kayak. As a new owner of a Mirage 530 IRT, I found the clip disturbing as the comparison clearly positioned the Epic ahead of the Mirage.

Last weekend I went on the club’s training paddle for the Hawkesbury Classic and was lucky enough to be lent an Epic 18x Sports by a fellow club member. The Epic was a revelation – fast and comfortable.

During the following week I sought to compare both the Mirage and Epic by paddling to work on consecutive days in each kayak.

RCC to the Rescue at Bombora

Sydney Harbour Map

On Sunday 24 January 2021, six RCC members participated in a club paddle to loop Sydney Harbour from Rose Bay to Little Manly. The risk management plan highlighted the dangers of motor vessels on a January Sunday with good weather forecast and the rising wind in the afternoon. The trip commenced as we departed Rose Bay, avoided ferries and sea planes and followed the mansions along Rose Bay and Double Bay before heading out to Clark Island and then directly across to Bradleys Head. In crossing this high vessel zone, we formed a tight group to aid visibility and safety.

2021 Australia Day Canoe Trip – Murrumbidgee River

Paul and Wilma

What a weekend, River Canoe Club’s first dedicated canoe journey in many years. Australia Day on the iconic Murrumbidgee River. 20 people, 10 canoes and 1 kayak, 100km of river, several beginner and novice canoeists, some seasoned expedition canoe families who had clocked over 800km of Murrumbidgee and a couple of former national and international canoe slalom paddlers who had not seen each other in 35 years. The stand out feature of this trip was the amazing group of people and how well the group bonded and worked together over the weekend.

Murrumbidgee River – Pine Island to Cotter Junction

Murrumbidgee River - Pine Island to Cotter Junction

The Shoalhaven was rising so I asked the group if they wanted to paddle Oallen Ford to the Power Lines. A few were interested but by Friday morning it had risen too high. So the trip was moved once again and the Murrumbidgee was the destination.

In the end there was just Ben Jones and Ian and Caroline Houghton who joined me. The river had risen mid-week but by the time we got on the water at Pine Island on Saturday it had dropped to 1.2m which was just enough to paddle everything. The water was an unusual dark brown colour but it soon became apparent that was due to runoff from bushfire ravaged areas upstream. The eddies were full of small pieces of charcoal and the banks were covered with a black mud from where the river have been more than a metre higher earlier in the week. The murky water made it very hard to see rocks which were just below the surface.

Spring Safari – Victoria

Spring Safari

This year’s Safari was very successful in terms of numbers attending and finding good levels to paddle on Snowy Creek, the Mitta Mitta and the Mitchell in Victoria, due to the snowmelt from the Victorian alps and some cold fronts that had come through in the weeks before the trip. By Tuesday our group had swelled to 21 with 6 paddlers joining us from the Snowy Race.