A new world record
9 February 13
Today, Bellerive Beach on the eastern shore of Hobart’s waterways was packed out with kayaks as families came down to be part of something bigger than themselves. A couple kayaking at another beach a couple of days ago explained that as part of the Royal Hobart Regatta celebrations, an attempt was going to be made to simultaneously launch a record-breaking number of kayaks and canoes.
Today, a new Guinness World Record was created. Over 400 kayaks and canoes were launched in tandem (well, with just a bit of natural staggering) to set a new record, breaking the limit set by sportspeople at Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, Connecticut in 2006. We were there to watch it with one of our friends from New Zealand who now lives in Hobart.
Our girls really wanted to participate in the attempt, but we discovered we couldn’t fit a kayak into the bus to bring it to the beach. Perhaps with a bit more time we could have found an alternative method of transport, but today we were just spectators.
It’s been great to hang out with our Kiwi friend Marcus while visiting Hobart. We last saw him in Peria as well as Warkworth, and he’s travelling back to New Zealand next week, taking our warm wishes with him to all our mutual friends.
Marcus and KT have been house-sitting in the Hobart area since last April, demonstrating that alternative methods of living — free, even — are possible in this culture. They bunk in their vans in between house-sitting gigs, but this hasn’t been for very often.
Although we didn’t participate directly in the new record, it was enough to sit on the sidelines and cheer the participants. Hanging out with Marcus and KT at the beach has been lots of fun, and I’m glad we got to catch up with them while we’re down south.
We’ve got less than two weeks left in Tasmania, and already I’m starting to feel sad about the lost opportunity to explore more of the island. We’ve made some lovely friends down here, and they’re also a compelling reason to return. I’m planning to return in our bus in November, and that hope is sustaining me as we finish up this summer’s visit.