A failed microadventure – Kayaking SAFYC to Sentosa

A great thing about microadventure is that we get to experience so many new parts of Singapore we have never visited before.

So last Sunday  morning Stephanie and I opted to try to paddle from SAFYC (the Singapore Armed Forces Yacht Club) all the way down the east coast to Sentosa Island.  This would be the longest paddle yet at 25km distance.  We humans sometimes think we are a little more important in the bigger scheme of things than we really are.  Maybe we are doing well at work, sport, academically, artistically, financially or whatever it is that makes us feel 6 feet high and bullet proof.  We only need to pop outside and try something in the great outdoors which mother nature is not in the mood for us to do, to realise our true size and importance on the planet.  We are actually tiny grain’s of sand in a huge, huge universe. All very humbling.

So to cut a long story short – even though we planned the tides and currents to have them working in our favor – the wind was blowing in the opposite direction.  It whipped the sea up into a choppy mess.  We battled for 10km, being blown backwards every time we stopped paddling ad the Divorce Machine filling constantly with water before we called it a day.  We refueled at the Manamana restaurant on the east coast with vanilla milkshakes and fish and chips.

So in the end not a success but we still had great fun and spent a quality 3 hours together as a husband and wife enjoying being ‘out there’.

As the great man Winston Churchill said:  “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Captain of the Divorce Machine setting her up at the SAFYC.

Captain of the Divorce Machine setting her up at the SAFYC.

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Ready to roll at at the SAFYC.

Passing the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Passing the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

A windy paddle

A windy paddle

Coming down the east coast

Battling down the east coast – Bedok Jetty in the distance

Stephanie stops for a rest and a relaxing view along the east coast.

Stephanie stops for a rest and a relaxing view along the east coast.

Passing underneath Bedok Jetty

Passing underneath Bedok Jetty

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The end – we chose to bail out early at the Mana Mana beach club after 10km.

The route we took from SAFYC to Manamana

The route we took from SAFYC to Manamana

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Posted on June 19, 2013, in Microadventure, Sea Kayaking, Singapore Micro Adventure. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. mate, thats not a failed microadventure, its an intelligent sensible microadventure
    like they say in mountain climbing,
    Summiting is Optional. Getting down is mandatory….

    failure is when you don’t make an effort or underestimate the risks and come off unecessarily worse for wear

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  2. Having been to Sentosa but certainly not in a Divorce Machine,I have a vague idea about the task you had set yourselves. Although things didn’t quite go according to plan you sound to have had an enjoyable time which at the end of the day is the most important thing. I enjoyed your photographs together with your little quips of humour and at least you were out there doing something not rotting at home behind closed doors. Cheers Kate

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