By Paul Caffyn
Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main impressive trips ever undertaken through kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.
it really is an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged choice to satisfy 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 nearly in a category of his personal. For the longest time after he complete his outstanding 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 experience a top for sea kayaking, it's going to finally be well-known as one of many nice small voyages of contemporary historical past besides these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.
The narrative is a mix of early maritime historical past, interesting dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and wonder of the gigantic Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes together 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. rather within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight quarter of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs supply compelling reading.
Dreamtime Voyage will encourage all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own desires in reality.
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