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Week 1 /April
Sunday, 9th April- Bevan Dashwood Dash
9:00am registration
for 10:00am start. $5 jnr members $10 snr members. All +$5 for non members. Full course Hester Park to Shelley Bridge and return, portage at Kent Street. Short course Hester Park to Kent Street and return - no portage. Will set classes on the day -  all welcome!

Slalom will provide the usual top class "Apres Race Cafe" with BBQ, fruit, cakes and drinks, so plenty of sustenance for hungry paddlers and supporters. Organised by the Slalom Technical Committee. Enquiries Margie Jeffery 0415 221 058 or 9293 1909.

Ningaloo Reef
Capricorn Kayak Tours has just released the dates for winter trips to Ninagaloo Reef. Spend the days sea-kayaking, snorkelling and sun-bathing and the evenings sipping shiraz or an ice cold beer, watching the sunset. See the latest tour dates on <http://www.capricornkayak.com.au/>their website. The first "Ningaloo Reef 5 Day Sea Kayak Safari" heads off on 1st May. Please book on early to ensure you get your preferred departure.

A Little Paddle in the USA
Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under is off adventuring again in August - this time he's doing a 4,000km paddle down the Missouri. (For newcomers, Terry has done some amazing epic paddling trips around the world.) Best of luck, Terry, and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

Festival of Paddle
Riverside Gardens, Bayswater, Anzac Day, 25th April

3 x 3km relay event - open to school, corporate or club teams
200m Dash
K4 200m Club Challenge
PLUS - eskimo rolling demos, 'have-a-go' displays
This is a community paddling event, open to all and guaranteed to be a fun morning.
Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>here for all the info'. Organised by Canoeing Western Australia Inc.

This Looks Good . . .
Mainpeak in Osborne Park,
U2 / 194 Hector Street. are having a mega kayak sale starting this Saturday and going on until sale models are sold out (you will need to get in early for the best deals). Specials include demo boats 20% to 50% off, end of season and end of line stock including sea kayaks, sit-ons and touring craft, all with huge discounts. For more info go to  <http://www.mainpeak.com.au>www.mainpeak.com.au

Avon Descent Information Nights
There's two being held shortly - if you're really keen you'll want to go to both! All are welcome.
Mainpeak Paddlesports, Jarrad Street, Cottesloe: Monday, 10th April, 6:30pm. Conducted by experienced paddlers Dave Worthy and Ken Miller, who have 30 Descents between them. Booking necessary - 9284 3759.
Canoeing Down Under, 144 Railway Pde, Bassendean: Monday, 24th April, 7:30pm. $5.00 which goes to the Canoeing Down Under Junior Fund. Conducted by Terry Bolland. Booking is essential: 9378 1333 Terry or Alaine

Avon Swiftwater Unit (ASU) Collie weekend 8-9th April
The next swiftwater rescue training for the Avon Descent  is all happening down on the Collie River below Wellington Dam on the weekend April 8-9th. Learn how to throw a throwbag twice in 20 seconds or rescue someone with a foot entrapment. See what it feels like on a quick release tether in the middle of a rapid. No previous training necessary as long as you can swim.
Training starts at 8am on the Saturday and finishes up at Sunday lunchtime. Camping is at Potters Gorge and all gear is provided excepting wetsuits, bathers, personal camping equipment, etc for those wanting to swim. To help us arrange instructors it is essential to RSVP ASAP. For any other information please contact Dave Baronet on 0408 926 897 or <mailto:%3Cmailto:baronet@openaccess.com.au>baronet@openaccess.com.au or Bryan Lee  <mailto:bilee@iinet.net.au>bilee@iinet.net.au

Can you help?
Richard Baker, accomplished Avon Descenter and former Swan Canoe Club member, now resident in UK, (but his heart is here!) is coming all the way back for the 2006 Avon. He's looking to borrow/hire a plastic boat, just to take part and enjoy. He's arriving 15th July. Will need support crew as well. If you can help him out email him: <mailto:rbakerpsalm23@hotmail.com>rbakerpsalm23@hotmail.com

Free Boat!
"I have an old fibreglass K1 canoe suitable for up to about 75kg. It is in fair condition but needs a good clean as has just been sitting outside. It is free to anyone that is interested providing they come and pick it up." Scott Nicholson, 0418 994 085

Cyclone Glenda - Mike Collister
Hal Paine of Capricorn Kayak Tours was taking some Wesley College students on a five day trip at Ningaloo Reef when Cyclone Glenda came by. The paddling was cut a little short as they hunkered down in Exmouth waiting for the worst. Fortunately they missed the brunt of the cyclone. The floodwaters receded quickly and the boys returned safely with some great stories to tell.

Learn to Paddle
Introduction to Kayaking - Sunday, 9th April at Swan Canoe Club

Designed for people new to paddling and covers types of boats, safety features, getting in and out, a range of basic paddle stokes, capsize and self rescue. Will provide skills required to paddle on placid water. (Swan holds a regular series of courses throughout the year for beginners through to intermediate white water - details <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/?Page=9865>here).
Introduction to Flat Water Paddling Sunday 9th April, Canoeing Down Under
A great morning of learning how to kayak. The course covers - 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. 9.30am - 12.30pm. Book: 9378 1333 Terry or Alaine

Slalom Results - Margie Jeffery
Results of the first two slalom selection races held at Brady's Lake in Tasmania over the weekend. Our WA paddlers all did well. This is the link to the results:

Two surf skis,
glass, kevlar or carbon-kevlar, entry level. Scarab or MarkIII Interceptor. One to suit paddler 5'6", the other 5'8". 0409 366 814
Finn Multisport with bulkhead. Please phone mob: 0400 911 131
Double sea kayak - second-hand, condition not important, must have dry storage <mailto:amyandgary@hotmail.com>amyandgary@hotmail.com

Week 2 /April
Fantastic News - Mark Schutze

Nearly all of the stolen Canoe Polo gear has been recovered!! Police found our kayaks, trailer and other gear (along with lots of other stolen stuff) recently. Some of it was damaged, but the majority is usable. That means we can restart our B-grade games and Beginners courses.

Thanks to everyone that helped look for it. Thanks to the Perth paddling community in general for your support. Come down and enjoy a game some time ...

Australian Canoe Polo Championships
are happening here over the Easter weekend.  Come to Beatty Park Leisure Centre on Saturday, 15th, Sunday, 16th or Monday, 17th April to see the country's best polo players in action. Games will be on throughout the day in the outdoor 50m and dive pools. Some 100 players from around Australia, including national squad members, will be competing. This is the selection event for the Australian men's and women's teams which will be competing at the World Championships in Amsterdam later this year. 

WA has entered 6 teams - 2 Open, 2 Veterans, 1 Womens and 1 Junior (the first time we've had a junior team!). We would love to have a local crowd to support the WA players. So come down and scream for us! Should be a great weekend. Further info' <http://www.pcpc.canoe.org.au>www.pcpc.canoe.org.au Mark Schutze 0407 426 183, Nick O'Loughlin 0412 947 722

Marathon Canoe Club of SA - David and Sue Speck
"We are getting ready to host the Australian Marathon Championships here over Easter and then we will be working towards our big race the Murray 200, from Berri to Morgan over the Queens' birthday long weekend in June <http://www.mcc.canoe.org.au>www.mcc.canoe.org.au. We are envious of your paddling opportunities with the magnificent Swan River on your doorstepand of course the legendary Avon Descent."

Have you been here?
Harry Lauk sends us <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/crk.jpeg>this pic of a special place (many of us have been there!).

Old Avon Descent single kayak with number 380 and a Swan Canoe Club sticker - call Dale 9302 3041 to claim.

Avon Descent: Interstate Paddlers Needing Help
"My paddling partner from NZ and myself from Melbourne completed the Avon Descent in 2003 where we came 12th in the open K2 class. Having been a support crew on previous 2 occasions and not achieving our goal of top 10 finish in 2003 we were hoping to complete the race again in 2006.

I was wondering if anyone has a K2 ideal for the race that we could hire and pay for any repairs. We have a K2 in Melbourne specially built for the race which is hassle to transport to WA and really needs a little more rocker to improve its turning ability so we were hoping that we might be able to borrow a boat from WA which would allow us to fly across and spend more time on the river prior to the race. Ian and I have paddled for more than a total of 30 years on flat and white water so we are experienced paddlers (although the Avon is something different in a K2).
I was wondering if you could assist us as we are trying to finalise arrangements with support crew etc." David Jerram  <mailto:djerram1@bigpond.com>djerram1@bigpond.com

from recent canoeing association events - Rod Fry Race (Swan Canoe Club), Pinjarra to Ravenswood Marathon and Bevan Dashwood Dash are here when available (usually within a couple of days afterwards):

Event Reminder
Marathon #6, The Barkers Race,
Sunday, 23rd April - to Barkers Bridge and return x 2 : 23km or 12km short course. Meet at Ascot Kayak Club, Registration 6:45 -7:45am.

Double Surf Ski
suitable for Avon Descent, to suit 2 paddlers 6ft plus. Will look at any leg length or condition so long as it is competitive. Phone Jim 0412 090 965 or <mailto:jbram386@yahoo.com.au>jbram386@yahoo.com.au

Week 3 /April
Huge Surf Ski Sale
Sunday, 23rd April, from 11am.
Everything must go. New and used boats.
19 Spence Street, Trigg.
Over twenty boats to choose from, including ocean racing, Avon Descent and adventure racing boats for sale. Fenn Makos, XTs, Icons and Doubles
More info: Dean Gardiner 0400 389 730 or Ashley Nesbit 0413 177 927

Want to see the one that didn't get away?
<http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/>Click here. Paddler is Terry from Swan Canoe Club, at Easter.

Kalbarri, June long weekend - you'll love it!
"Fun for all" 
is the promise at the inaugural "Canoe and Cray Festival" 
Saturday June 3: Canoe Capers
Schools and community groups are invited to get creative, producing their own craft from which to paddle and compete in this fun race. With prizes to be awarded for "most highly decorated" canoe, "best dressed crew" and "most controversial craft" the event promises many madcap capers. Canoeing WA instructorswill provide free instruction for novices.
Sunday June 4: Canoe Carnival
6km Open Male and Female race divisions, also 3km school relay, individual primary and secondary student events plus family and corporate team relays. 

$7,500 in cash and prizes is up for grabs during the weekend's paddling.

Kalbarri cafés and restaurants are joining in the fun - adding delectable Coral Coast crayfish dishes to their menus. Other entertainment includes dancing at the Kalbarri Motor Hotel on Saturday night and music, rides and food stalls throughout the festival.

Event entry forms and info: Kalbarri Visitor Centre 1800 639 468 or <mailto:kalbarrivc@westnet.com.au>kalbarrivc@westnet.com.au . Check out the website: <http://www.kalbarriwa.info/>www.kalbarriwa.info . The Canoe and Cray Festival is proudly sponsored by Kalbarri Visitors Centre, Godiniland, Finn Kayaks, the Department of Sport and Recreation and Canoeing WA.

Festival of Paddle - Anzac Day, 25th April
Riverside Gardens, Bayswater (end of Milne Street). Entries close 5pm, Thursday 20th April.
Events: 3x3 relay, 200m dash, K4 200m Club Challenge. Also - 'have a go' at paddling and demonstrations of eskimo rolling. Late entries are accepted on the day up to 8am, with late fee $10 pp.  More info and entry form: http://www.wa.canoe.org.au

Albany Masters Games
Kayaking event scheduled for 22nd April has been cancelled. 

It's the Canoeing Down Under/Ascot Kayak Club Plastics Race !
Wednesday 26th April
, at Ascot Kayak Club. Registration 5.20 p.m. Race 5.50 p.m. $2.00 entry (includes a free sausage sizzle). There will be some great prizes donated by CDU. It's a great opportunity for you to check out the opposition! All welcome!

Canning Classic
Sunday, 30th April
, 12km marathon to Bull Creek and return from Canning River Canoe Club at Centenary Park, Wilson. More details soon.

"Leave No Trace Australia" - From Mike Collister
This is a not for profit organisation working hard to promote minimal impact outdoor activity. Their website is still under development but you can read the main principles here: <http://www.lnt.org.au/section01/01_04.html+>http://www.lnt.org.au/section01/01_04.html. Help them to preserve our natural environment by giving, as little as $15 will help. <http://www.lnt.org.au/section08/08_03b.html>http://www.lnt.org.au/section08/08_03b.html

Severn Bore Surfer Breaks World Record
Ewen MacGregor sends us this news from UK on this famous tidal wave (not a tsunami).

at a good price. Contact <mailto:maggieo@bigblue.net.au>maggieo@bigblue.net.au or 9335 3931
PFD small (90cm) and CAG small-med in good condition. <mailto:suet35@hotmail.com>suet35@hotmail.com
Wavehopper -please contact Dan Trainor <mailto:ljandspot@hotmail.com>ljandspot@hotmail.com or 9300 8129

Week 4/April
Marathon Series Race # 6: The Double Barkers Race
Sunday May 23, Registration 6:45am - 7:45am

Meet at Ascot Kayak Club, Garvey Park - Full course approx 22kms, to Barkers Bridge twice. Short Course will be available. $15.00 Members  $10.00 Juniors $20.00 Non-canoe club members $15.00 Junior non-members. Food after the race, proceeds to the new AKC building.

Canning Classic, Sunday 30th April: all the details - Nicole Orton
Race starts 9.30am. Rego from 8.00am
at the clubrooms, Centenary Ave, Manning. Seniors $15 members, $20 non-members, Juniors $10 members, $15.00 non-members and guppies free members, $5 non-members. The course will be from in front of clubrooms up to Kent St Weir, then back past Club to Salter Point and back to Club. We will have lovely hamburgers with salad and drinks to sell at finish of race. Guppy course to be decided on day. Cash Prizes. More information contact Bull Orton 0419 041 338

Swan Canoe Club Winter Paddle Bash Series Starts - Paul Smith
This week (tonight): 3km. Short plastics go at 6.10pm
; long plastics at 6.15pm; composites at 6.20pm
This series goes up to the Avon Descent and is sponsored by Main Peak Paddlesports with two $50 gift vouchers given as spot prizes every week. Please note this series is BYO food and alcohol for afterwards. The BBQ is available for use and some soup and bread will be able to be bought for those who do not have the time to organise some food for the night. Congratulations to Laura Cunningham (short plastic), Jan Garthwaite (long plastic) and Joel Ferguson (composite) for winning the $300 Main Peak voucher for their classes for the summer series. 

You get one point for completing a race and one point for doing a personal best. The winners of each class win the $300 Main Peak voucher at the end of the series. Therefore it is not the best paddler that wins, but the most improved paddler. All welcome!

Octocom, 135 Kewdale Road, Kewdale, 9353 3366
They are suppliers of communications equipment. For paddlers this means 2 way radio, EPIRB, marine GPS and land GPS. Courtney Powys, the owner, is an Avon Descenter and gives a good deal on this equipment to paddlers. Website: http://www.octocom.com.au or link from the logo on the front page <>here.

National Marathon Championships
Ten West Ozzies attended the meet in South Australia. Seniors who attended were Yvonne Regnaud, Peter Martin and Jerry Alderson (all AKC). Jenni Bateman (Sorrento) and Lee Davey (U22, Swan) were our representatives in the Open Class. The youngsters were there in force: Michael Ray (Canning), Alison Roberts (AKC), Hilary Farr, Melanie Schorer and Rosemary Langdale (all Sorrento). To see how they fared go here: http://www.canoe.org.au/?Page=10490 (Link to results is at the bottom of the page.)

The Yukon Revisited
Mal Gilbey sends us some more dazzling pics of canoeing in the Yukon Territories. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/gilbeyyukon.html>Go here.

Double Surf Ski
for Avon descent. To suit 5"8 and 6" paddlers. Needs to be Kevlar or Carbon-Kevlar. Would consider all options. Contact Dave - 0438 004 552 or email Gavin - <mailto:records@nationwiderecords.com.au>records@nationwiderecords.com.au
Wavehopper -please contact Dan Trainor <mailto:ljandspot@hotmail.com>ljandspot@hotmail.com or 9300 8129

Week 5/April
On Tonight! 
From Mike Wood, Mountain Designs, WA

"We are hosting Chris Fitzgerald who will be presenting a slide show on Big Wall Climbing in Pakistan on Thursday, April 27th, at Mountain Designs, 862 Hay St., Perth. Tickets are $5 and part proceeds go to the Bibbulmun Track Foundation. Chris and his climbing partner Nathan Kukathas are doing some hard and unique routes in the Himalaya and deserve some real encouragement so please come along and support these exciting new Australian climbers.
Please RSVP to MD's Perth on 08 9322 4774 or reply to this email: <mailto:perth@mountaindesigns.com>perth@mountaindesigns.com "

Paddles (2)
 left at Kings Meadow Guildford on 25/4/06 -  yellow plastic blades with alum shaft, suit fun kayaks.
Please contact Warren 9252 0361

Avon Descent: Interstate Paddlers Needing Help
My partner and I would like to compete in the K2 class of this year's Avon Descent. While we have a K2 here in Melbourne, we have found it will be difficult to transport it to W.A. We have also been told it may not be ideally suited to the particular demands of the Avon.

My partner has been paddling for over 20 years and is a former Australian representative in marathon. I, too, have been paddling for over 20 years, and while not quite at the same level, I have done a lot of marathon and wildwater (down river) racing.

We were wondering if anyone has a K2 ideal for the race that they aren't using and that we could hire and pay for any repairs. If you are able to help us out could you please contact me at <mailto:robrussell@alphalink.com.au>robrussell@alphalink.com.au "

2006 CWA Paddle Challenge, Sunday, 21st May
The state canoeing association, Canoeing Western Australia Inc., presents this major event open to all. Long course is 18km, from Bayswater to Middle Swan Bridge and return to the picturesque grounds of Sandalford Winery, Caversham Estate. Short course and relay are also available. Website has more info and online entry form: http://www.wa.canoe.org.au . Enquiries: <mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au or (08) 9285 8501.

Need a Partner?
Here's a virtual one for training and it doesn't argue! It's the Garmin Fore Runner 201 which is designed to help you pace yourself against an imaginary paddler (or runner, etc.). Strap it to your boat or your wrist and keep yourself in alert mode (rather than daydream mode) during training. Check out the details at the Garmin website: http://www.garmin.com/products/forerunner201/ There's also a model with a heart rate monitor, the ForeRunner 301: http://www.garmin.com/products/forerunner301/ They're both available at Octocom, 135 Kewdale Road, Kewdale, 9353 3366. (Don't forget to mention that you're a paddler - as the owner is, too, and he's promised to "look after you"!)

Coaching Tuition - from Rapid Ascent
Olympic Medalist and World Champion Ramon Andersson joins forces with WA's own paddling prodigy Lisa Oldenhoff to welcome paddlers of all ages and skill levels who are invited to attend coaching clinics designed to improve overall paddling technique. The cost is $50.00 per person for each session and will involve approximately 30 minutes of off-water tuition and 90+ minutes of on-water tuition. The Coaching Clinic will include expert tips on:
Technique including 2 Video Analysis sessions before and after stroke correction
Training Methods and Programming
Diet & Nutrition Race Preparation
Plus a Q&A forum

All the info on our website homepage, http://www.rapidascent.com.au/asp/Main.asp

Event Reminders
Canning Classic, Sunday, 30th April
, 12km, Meet at Canning River Canoe Club, Centenary Park, Manning, Rego: 8- 9:00am
John Sims Race, Sunday, 7th May, 12km, Meet at Ascot Kayak Club, Garvey Park, Redcliffe. Rego: to be announced - watch this space.
Wildwater Race, #2, The Drain Race. Sunday, 14th May. 4km twisting, flatwater course. Meet at Hester Park, Langford. Rego 8-8:30am
CWA Paddle Challenge, Sunday, 21st May, see above.

The Festival of Paddle - Lindsay Wiland, 21/4/06
"Event scheduled for ANZAC Day, April 25th is cancelled. We appologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Unfortunately a lack of entries received by late yesterday indicated the event would not be viable. Canoeing Western Australia will review the timing and scope of this event and consider any alternatives you can offer."

Playboat -
2nd hand up to $800. Contact Kyran 0405 328 777 or  <mailto:kyranlindsay@hotmail.com>kyranlindsay@hotmail.com
Wavehopper -please contact Dan Trainor <mailto:ljandspot@hotmail.com>ljandspot@hotmail.com or 9300 8129 

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