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Syd's Rapid in Flood, 1996

 Race Description - General

  • Grade 2-3 rapids, weirs, ti-tree thickets, flatwater
  • Suitable for novices as well as international competitors
  • Single & double paddle craft (canoes, kayaks, surf skis & "sit-ons')
  • Power dinghies, 8 hp std & spt & 10 hp spt, also race but at a different time
  • Paddlers can race as individuals or in teams of 2 or 4 persons
  • Corporate Challenge

 Day One: Northam to Cobbler Pool, 57 km

  • Mainly moving flatwater. In low water years it can be shallow with sandbanks.
  • Man-made obstacles: Northam Weir, Extract's Weir. Portage is optional. Katrine Bridge is dangerous in high water and there may be compulsory portage.
  • 11 km of ti-tree thicket with channels alternating with pools
  • Small Grade 1-2 rapids: Glen Avon, Toodyay & Leatherhead

* click on map to see full size version



 Day Two: Cobbler Pool to Bayswater, 77 km

  • 1 km of open ti-tree channel followed by short section of dense ti-tree thicket where the channel is not obvious - portage optional
  • 38 km of Grade 2-3 rapids & pools. River falls approx 90 m in this section, "the valley": main rapids have been named - Super Chute, Emu Falls, Championships, Syd's & Bell's. Several others, however, demand as much attention!
  • 2 km of open ti-tree with moving water below Upper Swan Bridge
  • 27 km of flatwater where river widens and becomes tidal

* click on map to see full size version

  Recommended Reading:  Canoeing Down Under by Terry Bolland.

This comprehensive canoeing guide has accurate and detailed maps of all the rapids in the Avon valley. Available from the  author  and from canoeing outlets in Perth.

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