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WA Paddling News, June, 2001

1/6/06 To all ti-trees race participants on Sunday, 3rd June:
Please note meeting time for the ti-tree race on yesterday's reminder was incorrect. Registration is at 8 am. Briefing is at 8:30 am.

Also from Penny Bates:
Special announcement Just to confirm that the Upper Swan Ti Trees race is on Sunday
Registration 8am at the Upper Swan Bridge PFD and helmut must be worn
Cost $10.00 $15.00 Non club Members
Details A easy paddle upstream for 3klms then paddle back to Memorial Ave The initial part of the race is over flat water until reaching the bridge when the river begins to make its way through ti-tree.The way is clear and reasonably obvious and this year the water is barely flowing. At the conclusion of the race valuable prizes donated by Terry Bolland's Canoeing Down Under will be presented The Down River Committee have a policy of not awarding prizes only to the best paddlers Everyone has a chance to win. Feast on soup, bread and cake courtesy of the white water women (and Tom Freeman) Practise runs 11.30 Sat Upper Swan Bridge with experienced Down River paddlers(phone Penny 92996512 for bookings)

6/6/01 To all new Avon Descenters,
Welcome to "Paddling News", regular emailouts to those with an interest in paddling. If you do not wish to receive these emails (about once weekly) please indicate by return email.

The emails are particularly useful for lost/found paddles and other gear during training for the Avon Descent, so do make use of them if you lose your paddle somewhere in the Valley!

As well as the Avon Descent website ( http://www.avondescent.asn.au ) you should check out "Canoeing in Western Australia" website http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe   which has useful information. Look at the 'Bulletin Board' (for sale, lost, found), 'Water Levels' and further down the main page 'News for local paddlers' to keep up to date.

cheers, Robyn Khorshid

7/6/01 MOODIARRUP MARATHON
which has been held in country WA for the last 17 years will now regretfully be discontinued. Organising committee would love to hearif you have any ideas for another fund raising event (sporting or otherwise). Email Roz Abbott - towerrinning@bigpond.com
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TOODYAY WATER LEVEL
on WRC website looks strange indeed! Reason being (according to local sources) the river has been dammed up at Goomalling Bridge where a new bridge is being built. But don't worry, the first good rains will see the dam washed away. Also, bypass construction around Northam has used water from Katrine Pool so it will have a bit further to fill up than usual before the river can flow.
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WALYUNGA WATER LEVEL
On Saturday arvo last weekend the level had made it to the bottom of the gauge (wooden). Still not paddlable, unless you want to go for a scrape. (Thanks to Will Blackshaw for this info.) Also from Elaine Lennox, "0.2 m on Sunday".
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FROM MARGARET JEFFERY, Slalom Racing Co-ordinator
Slalom Race 2 in the winter slalom series will take place on Sunday, 10th June.
THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE: THE RACE WILL BE HELD AT HESTER PARK, NEAR NICHOLSON ROAD, NOT
AT WALYUNGA AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED.
Unfortunately the water level at Walyunga is still too low, but this presents an opportunity for our novices
to hone their skills through the gates!
Pre-race coaching 9am - 10am
Registration 10am
Briefing 10.15am
Race commences 10.30am

Paddlers new to slalom are encouraged to come along and have a go. Pre-race
coaching is available at no cost prior to the race, and for those who do
not have slalom kayaks, some spare kayaks will be available. Juniors are
also very welcome. Race costs are $8 per adult, $5 per junior.
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REMINDER FROM PETER MARTIN, Pres, AKC
(This is a good warm-up race for Avon Descenters. New paddlers most welcome!)
Marathon No 7.
Sunday, 10th June, 2001.
Claisebrook Inlet, East Perth
Long -- 12 km, Short - 6 km.

Start Type: By Division

Briefing: 8.30am at Start Location.

Start & Finish: underneath footbridge over Claisebrook inlet.
Sorrento Kayak Club will be hosting a BBQ in the park after the race. Proceeds to aid the development of the SKC.

Enquiries: Dave Russell 9307 9602 E-mail: <mailto:davidmaryanne@bigpond.com>davidmaryanne@bigpond.com

11/6/01 To all new Avon Descenters,
Welcome to "Paddling News", regular emailouts to those with an interest in paddling. If you do not wish to receive these emails (about once weekly) please indicate by return email.

The mass emails are particularly useful for lost/found paddles and other gear during training for the Avon Descent, so do make use of them if you lose your paddle somewhere in the Valley!

As well as the Avon Descent website ( http://www.avondescent.asn.au ) you should check out "Canoeing in Western Australia" website http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe   which has useful information. Look at the 'Bulletin Board' (for sale, lost, found), 'Water Levels' and further down the main page 'News for local paddlers' to keep up to date.

cheers, Robyn Khorshid

12/6/01 AVON DESCENT TEAMS
The fees for teams entering the Coates Hire Avon Descent, 2001, will be announced after the Committee Meeting on 18th June.
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FROM PETER MALE
Thank you to the person who returned my lost paddle (Stirling Bridge carpark) - (he/she didn't leave a name or contact.)
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FROM CATH PEKIN, "PEKIN PERFORMANCE"
Owing to the success of the technique coaching sessions held earlier this month I am going to hold another two sessions. Dates are Saturdays, 16th & 23rd June - from 2 - 5pm. Held at Ascot Kayak Club. For beginning, intermediate and advanced paddlers. PHONE 0417 958 822 TO BOOK A SPOT. More details - http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/cathpek.html
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FROM PETER CARTER, WEBMASTER, AKC WEBSITE
<http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/Down%20River/index.html>Here are the results of Upper Swan Ti-trees Race. Enjoy
http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/Down%20River/index.html
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FROM PENNY BATES, DOWN RIVER COMMITTEE
Race 4 of the Down River Series, sponsored by Terry Bolland's "Canoeing Down Under"
As we are all aware the lack of white water will not stop the DR committee from running the 2001 dry river series. Yes, its on! Here are the details:

Date Sunday 17th June 2001
Venue Meet at the bottom of Bell's - 8am
Course Bottom of Bells to Memorial Ave(same boring course BUT longer)
Contact Neil Long 93790191 0417928676
If by any chance the water levels rise the race plan will be reviewed prior to the race starting.
Helmets and PFD compulsory. Ideal race for beginners - all welcome.
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FROM DAVE RUSSELL,SORRENTO KAYAK CLUB
Here are the results for Marathon # 7, East Perth, 10th June
http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/resueastpermara.html
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FROM PETER MARTIN, PRES., AKC
Following are the results of the Snowgum Inter-Club Shield: (Shelley Bridge & Return, Rod Fry Race, John Sims Race)
1st - AKC - 533 points
2nd - SCC - 481
3rd - PDCC - 263
4th - SKC - 191
5th - DRCC - 156
6th - CRCC - 124

19/6/01 FROM COATES HIRE AVON DESCENT COMMITTEE
The entry fee for 'Teams' in the 2001 event is $320 per team. This includes 2 t-shirts and 2 number bibs. Extra t-shirts may be purchased @ $19 each, extra bibs @ $15 each. (This fee is fixed and does not alter whether there are 2, 3 or 4 members in the team).

You should fill in one application form for each team member, indicating the team. Online registrations are available at the Avon Descent website:
http://www.avondescent.asn.au
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REMINDER FROM PETER MARTIN, PRES, AKC
A 'must do' paddle for all! When was the last time there was $3,000 in prizes up for grabs?
Be Active Sandalford Paddle Challenge, Sunday, 24th June 2001
--18 km paddle from Garratt Road Bridge, Bayswater, to Sandalford Winery, Caversham.
-- Entry fee: $20 individual
Registration: 8 am
Entries will now accepted until Sunday morning with no late fee.
Presentation & BBQ at the winery afterwards.
Phone 9201 1699 for more details.
Entry forms can be found at
http://www.canoewa.asn.au/comingevents/entryform.PDF
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SYD'S RAPID
Read the story behind the naming of this (for some) infamous rapid, written by one of the original WA canoeists.
http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/dearsyds.html
Or click on Paddlers' Yarns on my home page.
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DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
Leonie Cockman is not sure about installing the footrest on her Perception Swing Sit-on-top. If you can help out this novice Avon Descenter with some advice please email her: leoniec@space.net.au
1. Do the screws go on the inside of the boat? This is possible but quite tricky!!
2. Do the footrest systems come in different lengths for different models?
3.The bit the footrest slides up and down on seems to be a bit too long for the section I need to attach it to. It will have to bend a little for me to fit it securely. Is this the usual?

22/6/01 FROM MARGARET JEFFERY, SLALOM RACING CO-ORDINATOR
Slalom Race 3 which was to be held this Sunday, 24th June, at Walyunga has been re-scheduled for 8th July due to lack of water.

All being well, the program on Sunday 8th will be as follows:
Pre-race coaching 9am - 10am
Registration 10am
Briefing 10.15am
Race commences 10.30am

Hope to see you all on 8th July.
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FROM COATES HIRE AVON DESCENT COMMITTEE
Team entries for the 2001 event need to be entered in the one lot. You need to fill out a seperate form for each paddler but forward them together in the one envelope with the one cheque/credit card payment for the whole team.
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FROM MARTY WALLACE
In place of the cancelled Moodiarrup Marathon there will be a Collie River Marathon Relay held on Saturday, 6th October. Details are yet to be firmed. There will be a Donnybrook Marathon Relay later this year (date to be confirmed). 
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FROM CHRIS ROLL, COMPETITIONS CO-ORDINATOR
Results for the East Perth Marathon, Race 7, have been corrected and reformatted into the usual divisions and placed on AKC's Results page.
http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/mara/marathon%20series%20index.htm

The Bell's to Memorial Avenue Down River Race are also on this page.

Peter Carter, webmaster at AKC, has excellent maps of the marathon series courses which you can access from that page. As well, there are previous years' results.

22/6/01 TO ALL PADDLERS
It has just been announced that a brand new Sur-Finn sit-on-top will be raffled at the Be Active Sandalford Paddle Challenge on Sunday. It's the latest from Finn Kayaks, suitable for the ocean, white water or the river. All participants will automatically go in the draw. Tickets are available for others to be included in the draw. Proceeds go towards the running of the event.

You can still register for this event - up to Sunday (24th) morning. 18 km paddle from Garratt Road Bridge to Sandalford Winery in Caversham. $20 entry. 8 am registration. Contact Jason 9201 1699. Heaps of prizes. Everyone's in it! Look at the sponsors!

Heart Foundation, Be Active, Davenwood, Finn Kayaks, Terry Bolland's 'Canoeing Down Under', Spirit, Main Peak Paddle Sports, Hawke Bros., Snowgum

Great weather is forecast, so get the gang together and have a great day out.

25/6/01 Hello Avon Descenters,
your email addresses have just been added to the emailout list for paddling news. It's useful to let paddlers know quickly what is happening (especially lost/found paddles). If you do not wish to receive these emails (about once/ week) please let me know by return email.

cheers, Robyn Khorshid




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