Vale Ken Warby, MBE, (9 May 1939 – 20 February 2023) holder of the World Water Speed Record of 511.1 kph since 1978.
Furthest upriver ever - 556 km from the mouth.
Galena Bridge, Hardabut Rapids and Kalbarri.
From Milly Milly Station to Billabalong Station after Cyclone Emma flooded the Murchison River.
From Yallalong Station to Galena Bridge and then from Kalbarri upriver to 4Ways.
Along the back creeks of the Murray between Renmark and Wentworth and then along a section of Australia’s longest river, the Darling.
From Milly Milly Crossing 525 kilometres from the river mouth at Kalbarri through to Billabalong Station over the March long weekend.
One thousand kilometres along the Edward, Wakool and Murray Rivers from Picnic Point, New South Wales to Renmark, South Australia.
From Quindanning to Tumlo Plantation on the upper Murray River, Western Australia after good opening winter rains.
Six hundred kilometres down the Murray River in South Australia from Waikerie to Goolwa and then up The Coorong.
A three boat expedition from Duranillan to Bridgetown.
From Gillingarra on the upper Moore River.
The third expedition on the Murchison River started from Murchison Crossing in April 1997.
The upper Blackwood River was explored from Ualling Crossing to Bridgetown in September 1997 in preparation for the inaugural River Race held in 1998.
In October 1996 a short trip was made down the previously un-navigated Preston River and Collie River in Western Australia’s South West.
Power dinghies on the amazing Lake Boonderoo on the Nullarbor Plain after it had flooded for only the second time in more than 220 years.
The spectacular Kalbarri Gorges of the Murchison River were tackled in a five boat, 15 man expedition in March 1995. The Expedition started on the biggest floods in fifty years. This was to be the expedition to complete the full length of the boatable extent of the Murchison River. Unfortunately, the floodwaters determined otherwise.
A three boat, eleven man expedition fought falling floodwaters and 45OC heat in March 1994 to make the first ever boat trip down the Murchison River, Western Australia’s second longest waterway.
The largest continuously flowing river in Western Australia, the Blackwood was traced from its source for the first time in August 1994. A four boat, thirteen man Expedition navigated waters that had never before been successfully tackled.
The Murray River Expedition ’93 was a non-stop 2000 kilometre dash down the Murray River from Yarrawonga Weir, Victoria to Goolwa in South Australia that smashed the previous record by a massive 13 hours.
In November 1992 the upper reaches of the biggest river in Western Australia’s south were explored during the Upper Blackwood Expedition.
The Murray Sprint was a non-stop record attempt on the 2225 kilometre trip down the Murray River from Albury, NSW to Goolwa, SA.
A freakish 'one in a 100 year' cyclone hit Adelaide and the Riverland. Our Support Crew pulled us off the water at Swan Hill at 1.00.a.m. before hypothermia set in.
Circumstances beyond our control - but still a fail.
In October of 1985 the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee Rivers were tackled by power dinghy for the first time. This three boat, 2000 kilometre expedition was filmed for news features on the Nine Network.
In October 1983 a five boat trip was made down this wild river from Tumlo Plantation to Scarp Pool.
The Darling Descent ’82 is the longest journey ever made on a river in Australia. It was first time the Darling River had been fully navigated. It was the first time Australia's longest river had ever been navigated. Six boats powered 3500 kilometres down the Darling River in just 114 hours in March 1982 to complete a journey that had never before been made (though some had tried) and it has never been repeated nor ever will.
One of Australia's great boat journeys.
Update 2018. I put the 'never will be repeated' challenge out there and it went viral overnight with the keyboard warriors making all sorts of claims. Their hyperbole died an embarrassing death.
Update 2022. The floods in eastern Australia caused a number of groups to get excited about tackling/breaking this record. I proffered whatever support they wanted. They all failed for very good and legitimate reasons. But they still failed.
In March 1981 the 18 man Murray River Expedition smashed the existing 18 day record when it completed the 2225 kilometre Albury/Goolwa journey in 8 days.
An attempt on this record will be made in April 2024. It will be successful and will be reported here.