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Week 2 /October
Festival of Paddle - World Marathon Championships

A fun-filled weekend: Saturday saw a huge turnout for the warm-up event, the Island to Island Race. Sunday's unseasonal wintry weather (straight from the Antarctic) did not deter heaps of brave school students and others from the relay race, the canoe polo players or the K4 sprint teams from battling it out. All the results are <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>here.

Now we have the Masters' World Cup to look forward to on Wednesday and Thursday. There is a large local, national and international field so come down and enjoy the spectacle. Then the BIG event - the World Championships next weekend, Saturday and Sunday. There's some Aussies in for a good chance at medals. Go here for all info' including race times, start list and results.

Canoe Polo - from Mark Schutze
We have a beginners' course starting this Friday. All welcome! For more info' go to: <http://www.pcpc.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=9268>http://www.pcpc.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=9268
Our regular games are on Wednesday nights at Scotch College. 6-7pm is B-grade (great for new players, no push/hard tackle allowed) and 7-9pm is A grade.

The National Champs are being held HERE in Perth next year (April 15-17) - an opportunity for keen players to experience the sport at a high level.

Channel Seven Classic Paddle
The Narrows to The Left Bank, popular event open to all paddle craft, run by Royal Life Saving. Sunday, 23rd October. Info' and entry form here: Classic Paddle, or email rlindsay@rlsswa.com.au  or pick up your entry form from Spirit Paddle Sports or Royal Life Saving. This year's event has over $5000 in cash and prizes, having again this year the "Don't Drink and Drown" Prize Draw of $350.
Entries close Monday 17th October. Late entries will be accepted up to the briefing of the event, but you may not receive the free event cap as part of your entry.

Mens Health Landrover Ocean Racing Series
Perth hosts two races on 19th and 20th November. Paddle 24km along the coast, from Fremantle to Sorrento, either individual or a teams relay on Saturday. Sunday is Rottnest to Hilarys. "This year we are introducing a teams event back from Rottnest along with the other events. The teams will do their changes from an escort boat."
The website is <http://www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au>www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au or contact Dean, <mailto:dean@oceanpaddler.com>dean@oceanpaddler.com

Mainpeak Paddling News
The Mainpeak Bay to Beach
paddle race is on again this year. Sunday 6th November. Exciting news - Australian paddling sensation Clint Robinson is coming over for this year's race. And there will be several opportunites to catch up with Clint: Clint Robinson evening - Friday November 4th; Coaching Clinics conducted by Clint, Saturday Nov 5th.
Entry forms now at Mainpeak stores.

Sea Kayak Skills Training with Les Allen
"Due to the incredible success of this event I have had to formalise the training. From the next session all paddlers will be formally assessed in basic skill and all training will be recorded on their training card. All new paddlers will have to go through group 1 and be formally assessed before passing to group 2. I will also be introducing a buddy system to group 2."

If you're interested in these sessions contact Les: 0419 900 715 or 9470 9993.

Anaconda Adventure Race set to become national series
A national series of Anaconda Adventure Races will take place in 2006. Planning is currently under way for three events in the series (Qld, WA, Vic). Make sure you've <http://www.RapidAscent.com.au/asp/LeaveEmailAddress.asp>registered your e-mail address on our website to receive the latest information on these exciting new events.

Yarra Descent, Victoria
25th and 26th February, 2006. Go here for details of this inaugural 2 day event - white water and flatwater, for teams or individuals: http://www.vic.canoe.org.au/ or  <mailto:eric@canoevic.org.au>eric@canoevic.org.au

For Sale (be quick!)
Marathon K2
- marathon weight Vajda, in excellent condition. This boat would suit light to medium weight paddlers (belongs to the visiting Danish K2 women). The asking price is about $3,000. "It is a good deal & has a ripper of a pump in it," says Kate Forgione. Contact Ramon Andersson, home ph/fax: (08) 9379 1285 or mobile: 0407 426 596

Ocean Kayak 'Sprinter'
in good cond. Ph Larry 0408006050 or email gonebush@bigpond.net.au

Week 2 /October
World Marathon Champs and Paddle Festival

A most successful event which can't help but to have raised the profile of WA canoeing both locally and internationally. Results, some photos and all the goss are on the official website, <http://www.marathon.canoe.org.au/>here. I have a few pics <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/worldchmara.html>here. What is Manuel (world K1 and K2 champ) doing in the Swan River, just before K2 start? Find the answer <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/man.jpeg>here.

Food, Wine and An Insight into a Champion
Sandalford Winery, Caversham Estate, Friday, 4th November, 7:30pm

Clint Robinson, Olympic medalist in sprint paddling, will deliver a talk at this evening function.
$50 includes wine tasting on arrival, cocktail food served over a two hour period, beer, wine and soft drink.
Canoeing Western Australia has organized Feature Tour coaches for a pick up from Swan Canoe Club, Mosman Park and the carpark 100m South of Ascot Quays Inn, 150 Gt Eastern Hwy, Belmont.
For further details and bookings: (08) 9285 8501

Clint Robinson Coaching Clinics
ANA Rowing Shed, AP Hinds Reserve, Bayswater, Saturday, 5th November, 9am & 11am

If paddling technique and training methods are your focus learn from the best. Clint Robinson will offer two coaching clinics to local paddlers on Saturday, Nov 5th. Limited places are available so book early. $60 pp (08) 9285 8501

2005 Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach
Sunday, 6th November. Registration from 8.30am;  Briefing 9.30am
Johnson St Boat Ramp, Mosman Park

17km paddle from Mosman Bay to Leighton Beach. Download your entry form from<http://%20www.wa.canoe.org.au> www.wa.canoe.org.au
A legend of kayaking and surf, Clint Robinson, will be racing.
Over $7000 in prizes from Mainpeak, Teva, Carbo Shotz, Nudie Juice, Feature Tours, Cadbury Schweppes and more.
$2000 incentive prize to the surf club with the most participants.
$1000 incentive to kayak club with the most participants
Categories for Spec Ski, Molokai, Sea Kayaks, Long and Short Plastics
Packs for all participants and great spot prizes.
<mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au /  <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au>www.wa.canoe.org.au (08) 9285 8501

Kids' Kayak Now Available in Perth
From Tom Suffling at Rivergods -"Having scoured the planet for a kayak small enough for Carl (my 5 year old), not only have I found the perfect boat but I get to sell it as well! It is called a Vaya from Fluid Kayaks and it is a truly kid sized sit on top for ages five to ten. The performance is amazing and Carl loves it. If you would like to see pics or clips of the Vaya in action email me at <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au, or better still call 9259 0749 to arrange a try out (unless you want it to be a Xmas surprise of course - then Carl will demo it for you!). Paddling parents aside - every kayak club should have at least one of these to get the juniors paddling early.

Cross-Dress Paddling comes to Swan Canoe Club!
Friday, 28th October, is Twist Night at SCC with 2 x $50 Mainpeak vouchers for the best cross-dressed male and female (ie. guys dressed as women and vice-versa). Guys are already gearing up in their best mini skirts and stilettos! Be at the club house from 6pm to paddle or watch the spectacle, then from 7pm we party. Cheap BBQ food is provided on Friday nights or BYO BBQ and drink. Visit <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au>www.swan.canoe.org.au or phone Paul on 0419 191 166.
Paddlers from other clubs are always most welcome.
PS - Come this Friday, 21st October, as well - it's a 6km race starting at 6pm with a BBQ at 7pm. MainPeak Paddlesports generously sponsor us with 2 x $50 voucher prizes each week and huge end-of-season prizes.

Murray River Marathon, Victoria, 27th - 31st December
You need to get acting on this now if you're going! 5 days paddling over 404km along with hundreds of other paddlers and a fantastic atmosphere - just ask Leonie and Tony who did it last year. More details <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/murrmara.html>here. If you're planning on doing this epic paddle Antony Mee would like to hear from you as he's entering and would like to meet up with the other West Aussies over there. Contact him, <mailto:antonym@hendrygroup.com.au>antonym@hendrygroup.com.au

More on . . . "what you can see from outer space" - John Mulcahy
"I was interested to read in your wk 4 e-news for September that John Hilton had spotted a flotilla of paddlers on Google Earth near Blackwall Reach. I had a close look at the image and based on the number of cars parked near
Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and the marquees on the lawn at the end of Johnson Street, it's the start of the Bay 2 Beach with paddlers heading out towards Fremantle Harbour on their way to Leighton Beach.

As it turns out this year's Mainpeak Bay 2 Beach is fast approaching (it's Sunday, November 6th, and the entry forms are out now). So this year, anyone who wants their photo taken with Clint Robinson, had better enter the event and make sure they smile for the satellite!"
If you don't have Google Earth installed it's available at: http://earth.google.com

SBS Coverage - Slalom World Champs - Sandy Maley
"I was wondering if anyone has a tape/cd of the recent SBS coverage of the mens C1 and Ladies final Slalom World Champs. I was there but would love to see the TV coverage and attempts to get it have so far failed."  Please contact Sandy at <mailto:sandyknoll@it.net.au>sandyknoll@it.net.au (I would also like a copy - please email <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>rokhor@iinet.net.au - if you can help)

Courses Coming Up . . . Canoeing Down Under - 9378 1333
Flat Water Intro, Sunday 13th November, 9.00am - 12.00pm

This is a fun morning kayaking and an opportunity to meet other people. Learn about safety, forward and reverse paddling, emergency stop, sweep (turning) and draw strokes, a basic support stroke and a capsize drill. $75.00 inc. GST and craft or $60.00 inc GST with own craft. Venue TBA

Event Reminder
2005 Royal Life Saving Channel Seven Classic Paddle - this Sunday, 23rd October

Registration starts form 7am; race briefing starts at 8.45am; race starts at 9.30. Meet at The Narrows, South Perth side.
Late entries will be accepted up to the briefing. Open to everyone, 12km or 4km courses, ending up at The Left Bank Bar and Café in Fremantle.
Over $5000 in cash and prizes, including the "Don't Drink and Drown" Prize Draw of $350. Log onto <http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au/about_rls/classic_paddle.asp>http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au/about_rls/classic_paddle.asp for entry forms.

Week 4/October

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