Kayaker Tim Taylor’s circum kayak of New Zealand may resume this weekend with Tim having another go at the 90 Mile Beach and North Cape rounding leg.
“He’s been waiting for a window to get around the cape; he might get up there and it changes, but we are going to give it a go,” says his mum and support person Lyn Taylor.
“Two days are all he needs because once he can get on that east coast he has more places to shelter.”
Tim Taylor waiting out the weather at 90 Mile Beach last year. Photo: Lyn Taylor.
The return to Ahipara comes nearly eight months after winter seas closed out Tim’s attempt to kayak round the country in a single voyage.
The hard decision was forced on him after he had spent five months paddling more than 4000km around the rest of the country in a ‘summer’ that saw him spending nearly half the expedition time sitting on beaches waiting for storms to subside.
The delays meant winter caught up with him, and reduced daylight offered less paddling time.
Tim needs calm seas to paddle 85km north along 90 Mile Beach from Ahipara, and round the three capes; Maria Van Diemen, Cape Reinga, and North Cape.
He’s hoping to make the 60km from Ahipara to The Bluff on Sunday.
He needs a forecast with a swell of less than one metre and little wind.
“In the time that I spent waiting at Ahipara last year, I realised that 90 Mile Beach has different surf patterns to most other parts of the country,” says Tim on his blog.
“Looking at a marine chart it is easy to see why. The sea floor rises up very steeply and this creates heavy surf conditions. Basically I found I could double the swell height and this would give me the surf height eg. a 1m swell equals a 2m wave and I can tell you from experience that a 2m wave is extremely scary to deal with in a kayak... just imagine a wave breaking at the height of your front door.”
Tim’s getting his sea conditions from www.swellmap.com/Surfing/New-Zealand/The-Bluff
“I have found this site to be incredibly accurate for coastal sea kayaking because generally speaking, I am kayaking in the same zones as what surfers use,” says Tim.
“Well with all of this in mind, I am going to head up north and be ready for the right conditions.
“As my Dad said ‘take your fishing gear, have a holiday, and be ready for when the conditions arrive... what have you got to lose.’ So that’s what I plan to do.”
Even in calm conditions Tim’s facing some big paddling days, but Lyn says he’s been in a kayak all summer and is in shape for it.
Tim’s spot tracker will again be operating and Tim’s progress can be viewed at www.nzkayaker.com
Tim first set out from Tauranga on November 27, 2010 to become the first person to kayak around New Zealand in a single voyage.