'Up a Creek .... with a TIWAL'
My idea of winding down is to get back to nature and getting on the water is a great way to do this. With the TIWAL strapped to the roof and the powerboat on the towbar, myself and travelling companion, Rob, took the long road through the National park to Middle Creek, one of the creeks in the Eurimbula National Park in Queensland.
Twenty minutes later, the TIWAL was on the water! Rob, a keen fisherman, decided to take his speargun, flippers, mask and snorkel as well - well, why wouldn’t you take your speargun out sailing?! We made our way down the creek trying to spot fish as we sailed along the mangroves. We watched a young fishermen in a kayak pull up a Flathead so we thought today could be our lucky day. The breeze increased and I got Rob sitting on the rack with his feet under straps for the first time! He liked it, so we headed towards the mouth of the creek and the sand bar and turned downwind to surf the waves back in. My Olympic days sailing kicked in - I wanted to have some fun - so I taught Rob how to ‘pump’ the sail as I steered down the next wave using my bodyweight to flatten the boat and we got the TIWAL surfing down the waves.
We saw a half sunk yacht, a bit sad to see but a potential fishing spot nonetheless, so out came the spear gun and flippers. The locals would blame our lack of catching fish on the northerly breeze - so did we!
We also sailed to where Captain Cook landed (in 1770) - it was a great place to meet the extremely laid back locals and campers and give the adults and kids a sail in the TIWAL.
It was an experience to remember - big red Aussie sunsets, Rob learnt how to sail and caught the 'sailing bug', and I learn’t how to catch all sorts of fish life in a creek! To make your life better better with a boat go to my website www.tiwal.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org to catch the video of the TIWAL surfing! Or follow my Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/Tiwalnzaustralia/
See you on the water!
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.