James Warne is canoeing around Australia.
James Warne is canoeing around Australia.

All?s fine, apart from sharks, tricky weather

By Sally Gordon

Outdoor adventurist James Warne is not hitting the panic buttons every time a large shark fin slices the surface of the water a short distance from his kayak.

If the skies turn black and the wind starts to rip into the coastline then, it's a different matter.

The 27-year-old is only a quarter way into circumnavigating Australia in his 5.5metre kayak. He has spent the last two days resting in Yamba in the hope that a southerly may kick in and provide some natural northbound propulsion.

After leaving Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay on December 29 last year, James said yesterday his ocean encounter so far had been smooth sailing, bar a few brief but intimidating encounters.

The former teacher, who is using the adventure to help raise money for Camp Quality, said that south of Eden he had spotted a few 'really big sharks' offshore.

But it was only when Mother Nature turned on James a week ago that he had reason to panic.

"Sharks aren't really my major concern, it's more the weather," he said.

"It was about a week ago off Port Macquarie, we had an abrupt change of weather ... within five minutes I was trying to get my support crew to the beach where I was because it caved in that quickly."

James' journey will trace the way of the only successful circumnavigation by paddler Paul Caffyn in 1981.



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