By Paul Caffyn
Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main amazing trips ever undertaken via kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.
it's an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged decision to meet 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 sort of in a category of his personal. For the longest time after he accomplished his notable solo circumnavigation of Australia the silence used to be 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 event a top for sea kayaking, it may finally be well-known as one of many nice small voyages of modern historical past besides these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.
The narrative is a mix of early maritime heritage, fascinating dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and sweetness of the large Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes together with his New Zealand aid crew.
Paul Caffyn's Dreamtime Voyage used to be additionally a trip of self discovery. For 4 months in Northern Australia he paddled solo with out probability of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. relatively within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight region of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs offer 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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