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Week 1/January
"Ledge Point to Lancelin
" - new event on the ocean racing calendar
Saturday, 8th January
Registration from 9am, briefing 11am, Race starts 11:30am.
Open to single & double surf skis, sea kayaks and outrigger canoes only.
All craft required to carry a buoyancy aid. Free t-shirt to all entrants.
Garth says, "This is an inaugural event as part of the big wind surfing race (The Ledge to Lancelin Windsurfing and Kite Surfing Ocean Classic) 12km, all down wind. Lots of prizes from Perth Kayaks".
Starts Ledge Point and finishes Endeavour Tavern, Lancelin.
Entry forms available from Garth Civil, <mailto:garth04@optusnet.com.au>garth04@optusnet.com.au or phone 9330 9011 or 0412 602 013.

Honeymoon Pool
Redevelopment works are under way - there is new decking going in at the main launching/takeout place at Honeymoon Pool. The construction site is, of course, out of bounds so you will need to find another place for river access. It's hoped it will be finished by Easter. The camp sites are also being reorganised with the former 'group camping' area now converted to individual sites. The sites opposite Honeymoon Pool put-in, always popular with canoeists, no longer exist. There will be more group camping going in near Gelcoat Rapid.

Beware of the Log
If you're doing a lower Collie River trip soon you need to put-in below a huge newly fallen tree which completely blocks the river just 50 metres downstream from Honeymoon Pool. (You can't get round the end where the roots are, either - well, not in your canoe.) The best place to put in that we found is another 20m or so downstream from the giant log - almost opposite the toilet block and near the river is a small path through the trees that leads down to a footbridge across a small (now dry) stream - cross this and you will come to a marroning spot where it is ok (though not easy) to put in. CALM is aware of the problem log and will be dealing with it as soon as possible.

Mainpeak's new shop in Osborne Park is now open! 
94 Hector St Osborne Park (Unit 2):
200m north of Hutton St - pull into the carpark at Tradelink.
"The display area is 4 times the size of any of our other shops . . . and includes a full Mainpeak Paddlesports shop within the store. Mainpeak Paddlesports at Osborne Park has all the same products that we have at Cottesloe." First 200 customers (who spend more than $50) get a FREE Mainpeak mug valued at $15.95

Mainpeak clearance sale continues at all shops - 15% off everything* Plus loads of other specials. Go to <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/images/sale12041.pdf>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/images/sale12041.pdf

*except paddlecraft and electronic items

Avon Valley
Bushfire ravaged about 400 hectares in the area of Lookout in mid December, racing up the hills on both sides of the river from the railway line. It appears to have been started by a braking train which set fire to the side of the railway tracks as it was going downhill at Jumperkine. On the southern side the fire was contained just below Lookout with about 50 hectares burnt in the national park. On the northern side mainly private property and shire land was burnt out.

You should get a surprise at the lower car park when you next visit as most of the redevelopment work is now finished with just paving and turf laying to be done.

Western Australian Recreational Trails Development in the Future
If you're interested in taking part in a survey on the above topic being undertaken by David Forster of the Dept. Education & Training please email him at <mailto:David.Forster@det.wa.edu.au>David.Forster@det.wa.edu.au for a copy of the survey. Those hoping to undertake canoe trails might be interested in this one.

Event Reminder
Marathon #3:
Sunday, 9th January, Shelley Twilight Race, 15.8km from Canning River Canoe Club to near Mt Henry Bridge, then upstream to Kent Street Weir and return to start. Registration 2-3pm, briefing 3:15pm. Short course available.

Week 2/January
Demise of Canoe Race

The Canoeing Association sadly announces there will be no "Fremantle to Perth" this year! However . . . (read on)

There's a New Race!
Canoeing Western Australia will be running this event on the same day, Sunday, 6th February: Mainpeak Paddlesports Summer Dash. From Pt Walter to Matilda Bay, the event will have 12km long course and 7km short course. $7500 in cash and prizes, the event is open to kayaks, skis and outriggers. Check <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>www.wa.canoe.org.au for entry forms and race details.  - Lindsay Wiland, Canoeing Association

Rottnest Swim - Paddlers Wanted
3 paddlers for 3 soloist swimmers for the Rottnest Swim, Saturday, 19th February. These people are from Victoria and have boats and crews in place but are in need of escort paddlers. Food and drinks supplied by boat, the boat will bring the paddlers back, and they are willing to pay $100 to paddlers. They are wanting to meet the paddlers the Friday before the swim and they are staying in Cottlesloe the night before. If interested please contact Nicky Davies, 9298 9423 or 0402 135 662 or : <mailto:nickandspence@optusnet.com.au>nickandspence@optusnet.com.au

Mainpeak Paddlesports Kayaking Adventures
Journey to Exotic places
- paddle trips to Antarctica, Spitzbergen Island in the Arctic (ship based sea kayaking), also Turkey, Croatia.
Penguin Island Seal Island Sea Kayak Paddle (Capricorn Kayak Tours) Saturday January 22; $79 with own boat, $109 including boat hire
Introduction to Sea Kayaking Saturdays January 15, February 26; $60 Members $75 Non-members
Collie Weekends (Whitewater Grade 2-3) January - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th; February - Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th; $250 Members $290 Non-Members (food not included)
Bookings essential for all trips. Phone Mainpeak Paddlesports 9284 3759 for more info' and to book.

No Mean Feat
Sixteen Year 11 students from Frederick Irwin Anglican School, Mandurah, had the adventure of their young lives paddling from the Blackwood River, Augusta, out through the surf, around Cape Leeuwin, past Cosy Corner and to Hamelin Bay over five days just before Christmas.

They were led by John Leyendekker of Bunbury and their outdoor ed teachers, Peter Skeggs and Kerina Puttman. Boys to girls ratio was about 2:1, some were in doubles, some in singles, both sit-ons and sit-ins. It is believed that they are the first school group to have accomplished this. Weather conditions were just about perfect to enable the trip to go ahead. Their teacher says, "The reason it was successful is because of the great (ten months) preparation by the students: paddling skills and fitness. emergency planning, navigation skills and campcraft."

Dolphins, dolphins everywhere . . . (apologies to The Ancient Mariner)
Paddling at Bunbury in December was quite a treat with dolphins everywhere, cavorting all over the place in the pristine waters. (Were we paddling over a school of fish?)

John Leyendekker who runs Dekked Out Adventures, Bunbury, runs paddling trips out to see the dolphins "safe for all; we've had 4 year olds and 76 year olds," on very easily paddled sit-on Cabots. No experience is needed. If you're going to be down Bunbury way and have a family who are interested in getting up close and personal with these friendly creatures ring Helen at Mountain Designs, Bunbury, 9791 9888, to find out more.

Murray Marathon, Victoria
Well done!!! to Leonie Cockman who was the best performing West Oz paddler. She kindly sends in the details of all the locals who entered this epic paddle:
22nd Leonie COCKMAN 28:58:26 TK1/WV40 (No. 61)
24th Philip ANNING 29:04:59 SS1/OV40 (No. 21)
50th Tony CHOUNDING 31:47:46 TK1/OV40 (No.52)
52nd Michael KOSIERADZKI 31:55:20 WWK1/O (No. 59)
90th Martin GRAVES 36:18:48 TK1/O (No.60)

"There was also a young fellow, Matt Coutts, who paddled a K2/0 but they withdrew on Day 3. He did paddle day 1 2 4 and 5 so maybe they had kayak trouble."

2 Life Jackets
: found on road, Cottesloe area, early Jan 05. Contact Colin on 0437 056 612.

Here's an alternative ( http://www.weatherzone.com.au/index.jsp) to the weather bureau's website for checking out the weather before your paddles. Info is based on the bureau's information, but presented in a different format. Sent in by long time paddling guru who's also an internet guru.

(Look what the youngsters are up to!)
Results: 2004 Australian Schools Whitewater Championships

Thanks to Peter Ewing for sending these in.
Held at Lake Glenbawn, NSW Jan 5-7th 2005 (Western Australian medal winners only)
Men K1

12 years Seb Ewing - 3rd
14 years Jonathon Rumford - 3rd
Men C1
17 years Robin Jeffery - 1st
Ladies K1
17 years Tiki Ewing - 2nd

Men K1

12 years Seb Ewing - 2nd
14 years Joshua Kippin - 2nd
Men C1
17 years Robin Jeffery - 1st
Ladies K1
17 years Tiki Ewing - 1st
Ladies C1
17 years Tiki Ewing - 2nd
Ladies C2
17 years Tiki & Sasha Ewing - 1st

Results and some pics to hand for the pre-Australian and the Australian Slalom Championships are available here:

Marathon Race Results
Race Two, the Canning Ascent results are here http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=7012 and Race Three, the Shelley Twilight are here http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=7052 . Congratulations to all (most) who stayed in their boats in very windy and rough conditions in the lower reaches for both these races, not helped by the water skiers attached to their power boats streaking past. 

One keen newcomer, whose name shall not be mentioned, was 'happily' managing on the rough ride up from Canning Bridge to Mt Henry Bridge in his K1 when who knows what happened but next minute he wasn't quite as happy, tipping over right next to the police launch (was it their wash which caused this mishap?) They very kindly helped him to shore to empty out, which saved the closest paddler having to try and help and tip in as well (me!).

Event Reminders
Marathon Race #4, Claisebrook Race,
Sunday, 23rd January. Rego: 6:45 - 7:45am, Claisebrook Cove, East Perth. 13km or 6.6km short course.

- kevlar Please call Mal 0413 887 084
Spirit CXT or Finn Affinity sit-on w/rudder (for female 5'2"). Please call Clare 0405 730 999 or <>c.taylor@iinet.net.au

For Sale - here's an unusual one:
Mirage 22s
racing sea kayak. Kevlar construction. Weighs 18 kg. Showroom condition. Includes skirt, 2 rudders and electric bilge pump. $2100. Contact Antony on 0439 933 344

Week 3/January
Rotto Paddler(s) Wanted

"We are a Melbourne solo swimmer coming to Rotto but as yet have no paddler. Our boat will bring the paddler back and we are prepared to pay $100 and supply food. We fly in Wed afternoon 16-2-05. Please contact Deborah Toogood <mailto:toogood@bigfoot.com.au>toogood@bigfoot.com.au or 03 97990193 if you can help."

Woodbridge (Guildford) Tides
These have just been updated for 2005 - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/tideindex.html>go here (PDF file).

Kayaking Anyone?
Thank you to all those who sent in the mpeg video clip variously named, "beware sea kayakers", " a bad day in the kayak", "anyone for kayaking?", "kayaking in the Swan River" , "next time in a kayak?", "kayaking anyone?", etc.

It's an amazing clip (if it's real, and if it's not, it's very clever!). I've installed it on the website <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here. (1.9 MB) When I orginally received it a few weeks back ("Better than running with the bulls"), from "Hutto", it was part of a Powerade advert!

Marine Conditions
Peter Skeggs and John Leyendekker both found http://www.buoyweather.com to be a very accurate source for weather, swell and wnd conditions on their trip round Cape Leeuwin recently.

Also "another page you might want to check out is Ocean Outlook (http://www.oceanoutlook.com.au/). It is run by a local surfer from Hillarys and covers both the east and west coasts (http://www.oceanoutlook.com.au/westcoast/forecast_pages/perth_forecast.htm). The forecasts are derived from reading and interpreting the WAVEWATCH III model courtesy NOAA/NWS/NCEP Ocean Modelling Branch and are updated every day at 9am.

The site gives swell size, direction, frequency and wind conditions at 8am, 2pm and 8pm for the next five days. It is very handy for ocean and river paddling, as well as the waves if you want to get some surfing done. We have found it to be very accurate and extremely easy to use. Everyone we have put on to it now hits it before floating the idea of a paddle or a wave around the email." - Brian W, CAD Resources

National Wildwater Championships Results
These are being held in Tassie currently and results should be available here soon:

Canadian canoe-fibreglass, floating, semi-submerged in Swan River, Bassendean. Call or email to identify and claim. Nancy 9279 1965 or <mailto:mocnan@wantree.com.au>mocnan@wantree.com.au

Wavehopper, Finn, 415, plastic sea kayak or similar call Anthony Congdon 0414 575 933 or 9313 7121.

Event Reminder
Mainpeak Paddlesports Summer Dash
- Sunday, 6th February, Point Walter to Matilda Bay - 12km or 7km short course, Reg: 7am , Briefing 8:15am, race starts 8:30am. Entries close 3rd February. Entry forms available <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au>online or 9285 8501. Late fee applies to entries after this date and up to 7:30am on the day.

Week 4/January
West Ozzie, Kynan Maley, is ripping up a storm at the World's Freestyle Champs in Penrith - from Ann Coulson

He's even made front page of a high profile USA website for his efforts. Go here: http://www.doubleyouess.com/news.php?type=1&limit=0
"Kynan Maley (team Wavesport Australia) broke his paddle at the start of his first ride and only scored a 20. He had to step up on his second ride, and he did, killing the hole with a 234 point rideway to come through in the clutch! Seth Chapelle of the US was 6th, Joe Stumpfel was 7th, and the current C1 World Champ Bill McKnight (team Wavesport USA) took 9th to just squeak in the top ten for semi-finals.
Further links to the Worlds are available through:

Claisebrook Marathon #4
More than 70 paddlers turned out for this one: perfect weather with only a few power boats whizzing past. There's some exciting pics <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/claisebrkmara05.html>here and <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/index.html>here. Thanks to Rob Davidson and Sam Tomkinson for sending these in. Results are here:  http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=7175

Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Here's how our local youths fared in this recently finished Sydney event: 
In Canoe/Kayak Slalom, Robin Jeffery won bronze in the C1 event, behind Paul Lang of France (gold) and Craig Borrows of Australia (silver). Kim Snowball placed 6th in C1 and Tiki Ewing was 11th (I think) in Ladies K1. Robin also came 2nd in the U18 C1 at the Pre-Australians and the Australians, putting him in good contention for selection to the Junior Australian Team for 2005. Final two selection races take place at Eildon, Victoria, on 5 & 6 Feb.
Thanks to Margie Jeffery for these results.

Beginner Paddling Lessons at Ascot Kayak Club
If you have rellies or friends who might like to learn to paddle (instead of sitting on the bank watching) Arnold Drok will be starting a new course on Wednesday, February 2 at 5pm. Non-members adults $60, juniors $40. Anyone interested should contact Yve 9274 4876 or  <mailto:regnaud@hotmail.com>regnaud@hotmail.com
If there is interest in a group of under 14s doing a training course, we can run a course at a separate time in conjunction with the Canoeing WA Paddle Academy. Please register your interest with Yve.   

Swan Canoe Club Friday night Time Trials
There have been some changes down at the Swan Canoe Club regarding the time trials on a Friday night. These include a new time trial co-ordinator (Paul Smith), no longer using the IRB and only first timers will need a debrief. Starts 11/2/05 at 6.00pm at the canoe club next to Meads in Mosman Park. All paddlers are welcome, kayaks, plastics, surf skis, outriggers. Turn up and we will give you a time. 3km distance for the first few races - after that the distance will vary.

Speedwing paddle
- on the beach at Garvey Park. The owner can contact me on 9275 8620 or at Mainpeak, Osborne Park on 9242 8650 where I will take the paddle for safe keeping - Roger Smith

Lost and found items that are sent to me are placed <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/lostfnd.html>here as they are sent in, so if you lose (or find) some paddling item, etc., keep checking that page.  

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