We've fished the area for years, by land, boat and yak. We've done a few trips to this island and others in the Corner Inlet system and we discuss these places with other fishermen that know it even better than we do. We all have extensive hiking and camping experience, mostly in cold wet places like the Victorian highlands where hypothermia is one poor clothing choice away. We all have Level 2 First Aid, can swim, have practiced re-entry in rough water or a surf zone and have covered this and longer distances before and seen conditions as bad. We all carry VHF radios and test them before, during and after. We have an EPiRB, PFD's and clothing to suit the conditions. Our camping gear is excellent and we packed excess clothes and food in case we had to stay a few days. We pulled over to re-assess our plans and made collective decisions as to what we going to do. No one operated out of their comfort zone.
We also had a very comprehensive plan at home with a centralised contact who had everyone's next of kin, kayak description, phone number and route right there in front of them. We also rang in at pre-arranged check points and advised changes to the plan and there were redundancies built in in case all manner of crazy things happened. We also stopped a pair of kayakers coming out, simply because we didn't know their skill level.
Yes, we saw some exciting water. Yes, it was an annoying night listening to the wind. But it's nothing we hadn't expected. We can do this shit.
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