Sorry For what i said while we were trying to park the camper Camping pillow is available. It was 1969, the end of the September school holidays and two 17 year olds, Moe High school student Bill Lawler and Yallourn Tafe engineering student Andy Ringin decided to set out on a kayaking adventure on the Gippsland lake system. Bill had made his kayak out of plywood in woodworking class and Andy’s father had fashioned him a kayak from canvas. As the boys set out on their journey from Tom’s Bridge, Traralgon to Paynesville (without mobile phones or communication devices) it became clear that the Latrobe river was in flood.
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The boys soon found themselves having to navigate by compass as they could no longer see the banks of the river. The water had even submerged many bridges, making it difficult to find the historic Swing Bridge at Sale. There was water everywhere. Bill was even tipped out of his kayak at one point, losing his paddle in the fast Latrobe river flow. After retrieving the lost paddle, the pair found dry land, built a fire, dried off Bill’s clothes and shared a can of baked beans. They then persevered to Lake Victoria where they were met with 2 to 4 ft waves and battered by the choppy and windy conditions. The boys sheltered in some reeds on the banks of the lake waiting for the wind to subside.
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After spending a cold, windy, soggy night camping on an island in the Lake, the boys decided to abandon their trip. They made it to Loch Sport where they were able to flag down some fisherman for help and access a telephone. Although the Bill and Andy didn’t believe that they were ever in any real danger, their story made it all the way to the Herald Sun, as well as the local Latrobe Valley paper at the time. Around 42 years later in 2011, Bill and Andy decided to revisit their famous journey, by participating in the Sale to Sea Kayaking Challenge, which founder Andrew Bedggood was starting up. The 120km Sale to Sea course roughly followed the same route as the boys original 1969 expedition, so they thought it might be a fun experience to revisit the journey.
The boys, now men had such a wonderful time completing the Sale to Sea (albeit with modern kayaks, support vessels, plenty of fellow kayakers, mobile phones and pub feeds this time around!), that they decided to make a tradition of completing the Sale to Sea every year. Over the years, the two men have enjoyed the fitness challenge of participating in the event in their 60’s, while meeting new friends in a supportive environment. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bill and Andy’s original 1969 kayaking adventure. “When I think back”, says Bill, “It was a really great adventure and I would encourage people whether your 15, 17 or 77… If you want to have a crack at something, do it. Because you might not get the chance to do it again!”.