Some Petanque Players have trouble staying within the 50 cm diameter of the circle when throwing the boule. But no chance of that for Barbie and Baard. They were playing inside a circle of around 1400 kilometres.
In another first for CPC, these 2 intrepid travellers braved the elements to be inside the Arctic Circle on a visit to Svalbard. This put the Club's representstives almost at the north pole. Well nearly. In the image of Baard at the moment of his very recognizable Launch, Barbie and Baard were only 1250 kms away from the Pole. Thats like a drive to Port Macquarie from the Club house.
What a feat! ( Did you see what I did there?) Anyway, to help understand a little of their fantastic voyage, here are a few facts on where they were:
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. One of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, it's known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The Northern Lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the "midnight sun"—sunlight 24 hours a day.
But more importantly petanque was played there. By our Club members. Whoo Hoo!
So this Geographically speaking, this trip beats all other contenders in distance and remoteness we have had in the last 12 months.....so far.