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Week 2 /November
Perth Races: Men's Health Ocean Racing - Dean Gardiner
Saturday 19 Nov Race 1
-24 km, Fremantle Beach-Sorrento, Portages at Cottesloe Beach, City Beach, Scarborough. Short Course - Four person teams relay race. Average 6 km per paddler with changes at Cottesloe Beach, City Beach and Scarborough.
Sunday 20 Nov Race 2 - 30 km, Rottnest Island -Hillarys Boat Harbour/Scarbourough. Short Course - Four person teams' relay race from Rottnest to Hillarys. Teams will do changes from their escort boat. Changes can be done at any time during the course of the race. Note: Teams will have to supply their own escort boat.
Alternate Course - 30 km, Rockingham-Fremantle via back of Garden Island
Check the website for team categories.
World Cup Categories (Individual)
Points are awarded over the two races to decide the World Cup winner: Open Men, Open Women, Over 40 Men, Under 20 Men
National Teams Championships
Points are awarded to the all competitors over the two races. The Teams Championships is decided by combining the points from the following:Top 3 Open Men, Top 1 Open Women, Top 1 Over 40, Top 1 Under 20
Prize money
Prize money will be awarded to the top individual competitors as well as the top placed teams.
Online registration closes at 12 noon on the Friday prior to the event. There is a $10.00 late fee for all 'on the day' entries.

Save Point Peron Picnic : 9am to 2pm, Sunday, 27th November
Those who go kayak surfing or sea kayaking from Point Peron, Rockingham, may wish to find out more about this:- "Preserve Point Peron Inc." is an action group formed to maintain Point Peron's current status as a regional park and to oppose any marina development there. They are holding a picnic day with music, refreshments and other programmes and invite all who may be concerned at losing this park to come along. More info: Esther, 9528 7133 or 0417 904 404 or <mailto:grogan@southwest.com.au>grogan@southwest.com.au

Presentation -3 Poles Tour - Jon Muir: 7pm, Thursday, 10th November
Jon Muir is one of Australia's amazing explorers and he has done some incredible kayaking exploration journeys as well as amazing treks - he climbed Everest, twice, trekked to the South Pole in 1999 and then to the North Pole in 2002. In between this Jon travelled thousands of kilometres by sea kayak, including a 52 day solo journey and, in 2001, embarked on a unprecedented solo and unsupported 2500km odyssey walking across Australia from the south to the north coast on foot. He has been awarded the Medal of Australia for his pioneering adventure spirit. Come along to this special night to hear a incredible and humorous account of Jon's life in adventure.

To book call WORLD EXPEDITIONS 9486 9899.

- double bladed for kayak - aluminium shaft; blue blades fibreglass - lost in Swan River, Blackwall Reach, Bicton Sat 29 October 2005 - reward offered $20 for return in good condition phone Sean 0439 951 600.

New Gath Helmets Now Available - Tom at Rivergods
"Every year I see paddlers copping face and head injuries needlessly because they wear helmets that don't fit or cover properly - which is a bit crazy as the solution has been under our noses for years, being made by Mr Gath in Margaret River and now exported all over the planet. The new extreme sports helmet from Gath, the "Gedi" (with visor) is now available from Rivergods. If you couldn't get the older (but still the best - I think! ) Gath retractable visor helmet to fit, then the Gedi is worth a try as these fit more head shapes and sizes. " Anyway to try out either helmet contact Tom at Rivergods 9259 0749 or at <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au

Slalom Summer Series - Margaret Jeffery
Please diarise the next race which is on Sunday, 4th December, probably at Hester Park - will confirm the venue in due course. More info: <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au

Boat Reviews - Lincoln Kay
"I found this while looking for reviews of boats. Thought it might be useful a useful link for prospective boat buyers especially as it covers lots of common Avon boats."

Main Peak Bay2Beach
Results and story are here: http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/ There were some exciting finish line dashes amongst the top contenders, including Reese Baker and Clint Robinson on molokai skis and Matt Coutts and Peter Tomczak in multisport boats.

2 x Double Bladed Fibreglass Paddles for kayaks
- will pay about $20 each (or more for really good ones). Palmyra-Fremantle area Phone Sean 0439 951 600
PFD for Avon paddling in very good condition. To suit 5'10" paddler. Ideally with pockets/pouches. Contact Rob 0417 189 873 or <mailto:creasr01@student.uwa.edu.au>creasr01@student.uwa.edu.au
Spirit CTR ski for recreational and fitness purposes. Must have adjustable seat and be in good condition. Contact Darren 0438 459 728 or <darren.vile@brw.net.au>darren.vile@brw.net.au
Spirit Plastic Ski for next years Avon. Kick-up rudder, adjustable pedals, ideally with thigh straps. A 'pre-Avoned' boat is OK. Up to $850 for a nice one? Contact <mailto:menglebe@bigpond.net.au>menglebe@bigpond.net.au 
K1 Viper Marathon Kayak or similar, 8 kg. Contact Rob on 9761 1854 <mailto:slats@iprimus.com.au>slats@iprimus.com.au

Week 3 /November
Meet The Champions at UWA Watersports Complex

Hear Robin Bell, World Slalom C1 Champion, and Thomas Schmit, Gold Medallist, K1 Slalom, Athens Olympic Games, at the University of Western Australia Watersports Complex.
DATE: Wednesday 23 November 2005
TIME: 7.30 pm
VENUE: University of WA Watersports Complex, junction of Mounts Bay Rd and Hackett Drive (Car park 23 next to the University Boat Club)
ADMISSION: gold coin
Coffee and nibbles provided

Tour Guide Required - Penguin Island Eco Adventure
Casual Guide/s required for summer season
involving kayak, snorkel, environmental interpretation. Previous experience working with groups of people in the outdoors is desirable along with a high energy attitude and outstanding people and communication skills. An opportunity exists to continue with Western Blue between April and October for the Broome paddling tourist season. Please email a cover letter and your resume to Western Blue Sea Kayak, Belinda or Richard at <mailto:info@westernblue.com.au>info@westernblue.com.au

Paddle Bash Fridays at Swan Canoe Club
Our Friday paddle bash summer series continues until Dec 16. This Friday is a 6km paddle starting at 6.10pm. Each week all participants go into a draw for two $50 Mainpeak vouchers, with $500 vouchers for the overall series winners. Bring your friends and family to the BBQ afterwards, all food is provided (just $2/$4) just bring something to drink. For more info visit  <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au>www.swan.canoe.org.au or phone Paul 0419 191 166.

Champion Lakes
Colin Thorpe sends us this <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/champlkes05.jpeg>impressive aerial view of the new canoe sprint/marathon and rowing course at Armadale, taken recently - photo courtesy of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority. The white water park is proposed to be sited more or less opposite the large gap in the centre island.

Canoeing Down Under
"We have had requests to start the Saturday morning training. If you are interested in fitness training on a Saturday morning, just give us a call 9378 1333. If enough paddlers are interested we'll organise a start date soon.
The shop is now open Sundays from 10.30am - 3.00pm."

Downriver boat
for small female. Contact Linda: <mailto:linda.glover@doir.wa.gov.au>linda.glover@doir.wa.gov.au Ph: 0432 899 181

Week 4 /November
New Event - Saturday, 10th December

There's only a small paddling element in this triathlon but maybe you're a cross country run/mtb person as well. It's to be held on and around the new Harvey Dam which is quite full at the moment. The event is called H20. Starts off with a paddle across the dam, 600m, then a cross country run, 1km, a 10km mountain bike ride, another cross country run, 2.5km, and then the 600m paddle back across the dam to the finish line. You can do it in a team of 2 or 3 or as an individual.
For more info phone the visitor centre, 9729 1122 or <mailto:info@harveytourism.com>info@harvey tourism.com For an entry form go to: http://harveytelecentre.mysouthwest.com.au
Entries close November 28.

Paddle Pics - Are you here?
There's some pics mainly of local paddlers at the October Paddle Festival now on the <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/padfest05sa%26su.html>website - and a great canoe polo pic with long time paddler extraordinaire and polo devotee Benny Bennion, (still crazy after all of these years!) on <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>the front page. He's the one lying backwards.

From Mike Wood, Mountain Designs
Hi Guys,
Just a quick note to let you know the Mountain Designs Alliance Club Sale starts today. You have to be an Alliance Member (and you can join on the day for FREE!) to get the "20% Discount Off Everything" in store. There are other specials on selected products that are even better - up to 50%!!

The sale starts Thursday, November 24, and finishes Sunday, some Christmas Specials will continue after that but the "20% Off Everything" will cease. Hope to see you soon.

Go here for the Donnybrook Marathon - http://www.donnybrookmarathon.org
Last weekend's Men's Health Ocean Racing results will be here: http://www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au
(I hear an exciting time was had by all during the Rotto-Hillarys race on Sunday: a following sea with huge swells and >30 knot winds.)

Calling all paddlers! Take on the Katherine River to help the Australian Red Cross
The Katherine Canoe Marathon will be on again in 2006, celebrating 25 years! The one day event will be held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June - Sunday, 11th June, 2006
Team or individual, different classes.
At the conclusion of the race there is a Presentation Dinner to round off an exciting day.
Funds raised assist The Red Cross to provide services to vulnerable people in the Northern Territory through Community Programs and emergency services.
Entry form is available online.
More info <http://www.redcross.org.au/events_NTKatherineCanoeMarathon.htm>www.redcross.org.au/events_NTKatherineCanoeMarathon.htm or phone (08) 8971 1246 or e-mail <mailto:subrown@redcross.org.au>subrown@redcross.org.au

Paddle Training - Mandurah Style
Paddlers interested in paddling with a group in Mandurah, Saturday mornings, are welcome to join the ski paddlers of the Secret Harbour and Mandurah Surf Life Saving Clubs. You don't have to be a club member and are welcome to join us in a kayak or in/on a plastic. We try to cater for a wide range of abilities from semi-competitive to novices and the focus is on having a good time on the water followed by breakfast at the Dome. Ages range from late mid 20's to 60's. We meet at the Dome carpark every Saturday at about 7.15am to be on the water at 7.30. Any enquiries please call Evan 0409 040 169.

Stock up Your Cellar for Christmas (and help a good cause)
Help tiny tot Talia Rees raise funds to support her ongoing treatment of cerebral palsy (managed by Cerebral Palsy Association). Ultimo Catering and Liquor of Oxford St., Leederville, are offering Evans and Tate, Hardy and Miranda Wines of SA cleanskins @ $72 per case of 12 ($6 per bottle). You can have reds or whites or a mixed dozen - email Jim Hosking <mailto:jimwalho@iexpress.net.au>jimwalho@iexpress.net.au for more info. Hurry, because orders need to be in by 25th November. $10 from each case goes towards the charity.

Paddle in Paradise and Beyond - Sea Kayaking Slide Show
Wednesday 30th  November 2005 6 pm
- presented by Al Bakker of Southern Sea Ventures. "From the Tropics to the Mediterranean to the Ice". Southern Sea Ventures operates sea kayaking holidays in a variety of destinations, including Turkey, Fiji, Tonga, Panama, Antarctica, the Norwegian High Arctic, Greenland, Scotland and Australia. Al has pioneered sea kayak trips throughout the world and led expedition sea kayak tours for almost two decades.
Mainpeak Megastore 2/94 Hector St, Osborne Park, Perth. FREE ADMISSION Make your reservation by calling Main Peak (08) 9242 8600. Or contact SSV on 02 8901 3287 or <mailto:trips@southernseaventures.com>trips@southernseaventures.com

Mainpeak Paddlesports News
Ring Mainpeak Paddlesport on 9284 3759 to register your interest in these events or email <mailto:robc@mainpeak.com.au>robc@mainpeak.com.au
Educational evenings: most Paddlesports educational evenings are free. Check out the topics: <http://www.paddle.com.au/waterevents.aspx>http://www.paddle.com.au/waterevents.aspx
Mainpeak Coffee Club
Next one is Wednesday, 30th November, starting at 9.30am. This is a great way to get some fitness and meet like minded people.
Eskimo Rolling Classes
Numbers are strictly limited to 4 people per session only, so be quick. 6:00 - 8:00pm, Mondays, 21st November, 5th December, 19th December, 2nd January 2006, 16th January 2006
Learn How to Paddle: Flatwater Skills Level One: 12:30 - 3:00pm, Saturdays, 26th November, 10th December, 7th January 2006, 21st January 2006
Flatwater Skills Level Two: 12:30 - 3:00pm, Saturdays, 3rd December, 14th January 2006, 11th February 2006

Rapids, by Tim Parks
Here's a novel (not a bad read) with the setting a white water training camp in Europe. It's available from the State Library Service and in your local bookstore. Most white water paddlers and Avon Descenters will relate to this story! 

Anaconda Adventure Race - 4th December 2005
There are still many teams looking for paddlers, so if you're a paddler and keen to participate at Lorne (Victoria) on December 4, check out the notices on the home page of the website <http://www.anacondaadventurerace.com/>www.AnacondaAdventureRace.com Entries are still being accepted on-line. Information: 0408 035 261 

Week 5 /November
Coaching by Robin Bell

Robin Bell, 2005 C1 Canoe Slalom World Champion, will coach at Ascot Kayak Club on Wed, 30th October, at 5pm. The WA Slalom Technical Committee are thrilled to welcome Robin to Ascot, so if you would like to be part of this group, please be on the water at 5pm. The coaching session will be followed by a BBQ, BYO everything, but stay for an informal evening on the river bank. All are welcome.

Found - 4 man kayak!!
Washed up / abandoned on Quinns Rocks beach, foot of steps off Mary Street, seen Monday, 28th Nov, 05. Pale blue top, white bottom, numerous Avon stickers 1989-96, race number 556. Looks tired, full of sand, but potentially salvageable (needs fibreglass repairs on 2-3 areas). Brings back fond memories for someone / some 'four'? Get there quick before City of Wanneroo / the local kids find it:) - Mark Englebert

Courses Coming Up . . . FLAT WATER INTRO . . . Canoeing Down Under 9378 1333
This is a fun morning kayaking and an opportunity to meet other people $60.00 inc GST with own craft or $75.00 inc. GST and Craft 3 hours, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Sunday 11th December.
And don't forget, Tuesday mornings- Down River Training, 6.00am at Claughton Reserve at the end of Katanning Street,

How to Sh*# Ya Wetsuit!
Sent in by Ben Malone - guess the location. (This is a genuine pic) <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/benmalone.jpeg>Go here

Referring to <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>canoe polo pic on front page - last week's news: from Laura Cunningham - "Just a quick note - the player leaning back in the polo photo isn't Benny. It's actually Pete Ross. From left to right, the players are: Emma, Pete, Laura, Stan, Mark, Helen, Alistair and Amy ( no helmet as was refereeing)." Here's another pic (definitely <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/benny.jpeg>Benny) same canoe polo match - Robyn

Swan River Floods
<http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/1926flood.jpeg>Click here for a pic of an amazing Swan River at Guildford in 1926. The south-west of WA had 300-400mm of rain in July of that year. This pic appeared in my letter box as part of an advert and I could not resist searching the weather bureau's website to find out the rainfall that caused it. Imagine an Avon Descent on this river! My guess is the photographer was standing on the Bassendean side of Guildford Bridge and looking towards Guildford. (You'll need to scroll around to see it all). Any other guesses?

Event Reminder
Race 2 on the Marathon Calendar - Claisebrook on Sunday, 4th December.  Rego:  6.45 - 7.45, Briefing 8.00am.

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