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Week 1 /August
Last Minute - House Available for Avon Descent Weekend

"Due to illness, a great house in West Toodyay has become available for the Avon Descent. Sleeps 6. Modern chalet style with open plan kitchen/lounge, 3 bedrooms, reverse cycle aircon. Location next to the river. Contact Angela at Foxburrow on 9574 5819, or email Cara on <mailto:cara@arach.net.au>cara@arach.net.au for more information."

Ti-trees Water Level Gauge
Notice when interpreting the Long Pool (Toodyay ti-trees) gauge that the notches are in increments of 0.2m.

The gauge at Walyunga has notches in increments of 0.1m.

Collie Marathon Relay - from Marty Wallace
"We've moved the event towards the summer a bit to warm things up and the date is 14th OCtober, 2006, which is two weeks before the Blackwood event." Here's an outline of the event: road cycle, 27km; optional horse ride, 15km; canoe, 10km; swim, 1km; mountain bike, 25km; run, 10km. Go <http://www.geo.net.au/~mart/CRVMR/2005/CMR2005.htm>here for details or email Marty: <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au

at Posselt's Ford, Sunday, 30h July, black Spirit Multisport (winged) paddle. Silver tape on left hand side around shaft. Please contact Adam 0408 479 187 if found.

Down River Boat
 required for 2007 Avon Descent. Email Troy <mailto:tjcocking@westnet.com.au>tjcocking@westnet.com.au or 0417-977-992

Week 2 /August
WA State Titles, Winter Slalom Race #5
Sunday, 13th August, Walyunga National Park  

As there has been so little white water this year paddlers who would like more experience can train in the morning. We will break for lunch and then start the race. Please register by email or telephone. See below. Entry fees are payable at Walyunga. There will be classes for plastics and playboats depending on entries.
ENTRY FEES: $10 per adult club member; $5 per junior club member. Non-club members $15 per adult, $10 per junior.
Late Registration:9am-11am Sunday 13th August at Walyunga.
Demonstration Run: 11.15am; LUNCH: 12 - 12.45pm; Briefing: 1.00pm; Run 1: 1.15pm
More info'? Please contact Margaret Jeffery 0415 221 058 or (h) 9293 1909 or <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au
Sponsored by Mainpeak Paddle Sports.

Avon Descent
Congratulations to all who participated in the driest Avon Descent in the 34 years of the event and in particular to the placegetters who put in a superb effort for their achievement.

There's some pics on the website of <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesphoto06d1.html>Day One (mainly the startline and Northam Weir) and <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesphoto06d2.html>Day Two at Super Chute which was an entertaining place for spectators. (You know that they like the dramas and 'carnage' and there was plenty!) I've added notes which may be of use to future novices who'd like to know what's going on - to both pages.

If your number is here then there's a pic of you at <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesphoto06d2.html>Super Chute: 351, 304, 433, 769, 465, 862, 904, 568, 916, 566, 512, 334, 583, 508, 445, 776, 529, 649, 957 - plus many more whose numbers are not decipherable but you should recognise yourself.

Info' Please
Did anyone at Walyunga, not paddling, on the Sunday of the Descent notice the water level on the wooden gauge? If you have that info', please email me with the approx time of the reading as well. Whilst Peter Ewing's <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/watlevwalygr02.html>graph of the estimated level there (from accumulated readings over a few years) is accurate for our purposes, I am curious for an actual reading. Thanks. 

Some great paddling events -  Coming Up! Read on . . .

Collie Descent
Saturday, 19th August, near Collie

Here's a paddling race with everything! Start with scenery, a section of trees and logs, a couple of small but tricky rapids, some flatwater, two portages, some ti-trees with current, a challenging rapid, more trees and logs to finish. and a wind-up at a winery. It's 27km on the Upper Collie River, from Harris River Winery to the headwaters of Wellington Dam. More info':
or contact Marty, <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au
PS. Mike Edmondson wrote a wonderfully entertaining story, with pics, on last year's race - look for it on the Collie Descent website. There was a very high water level for the race in 2005.

Wildwater State Championships - Geegelup Cup
Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th August, Bridgetown

This is a white water paddling weekend with lots of fun and camaraderie for those with white water skills. Plastic boats are welcome. The stretch of the Blackwood River used, from the bridge in the town downstream, is about 6km, with mainly rapid/pool and one section of trees and logs. There's some pics here: http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/geeg04rapid4.html
and a map of the course here: http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/blackwrbrdgdwn.html with hints and a couple more pics if you click on the links. Most of the rapids are easy, once you know, with four big or tricky ones, depending on the water level.  

If you're going down to reconnoitre beforehand watch out for any new trees which may be down.

A teams' race (3 per team) is held on Saturday and the individual State Championship on Sunday.

All are invited to the paddlers' communal dinner, held on the Saturday evening, 6.30pm, at a restaurant, called "1896", in the main street. Cost is $32.50 per person which will include salad buffet with a choice of chicken, fish, or steak, and a dessert buffet. You must book for this by Friday, 18th August - contact Kylie, 0408 822 997 or 9450 6275 or <mailto:kwilson74@bigpond.com>kwilson74@bigpond.com

Most people stay for the weekend - contact the Bridgetown Tourist Bureau, 9761 1740, or <mailto:tourist1@iinet.net.au>tourist1@iinet.net.au for availability.
Registration/race times to come. More info: Barb Fitzgerald, <mailto:barb@geo.net.au>barb@geo.net.au , or Robyn Harris, <mailto:rha75115@bigpond.net.au>rha75115@bigpond.net.au , South West Canoe Club, Bunbury.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under

Nanga Challenge
Sunday, 10th September, Lane Poole Reserve, near Dwellingup

More details later, but put aside this date if you might want to form a team or take part as an iron man/woman.

The Challenge consists of: 10.6km paddle, 2 x 11km laps mountain bike ride and 9.6km cross country run.

It's centred around the camping ground at Lane Poole Reserve where all the changovers take place, so there's plenty for spectators to watch. A course orientation day will be held the weekend before - more on this later. There is a strict limit to the number of starters (80) so work out your team now so as not to miss out. Entry forms will be available soon at sponsors, on AKC website and other places to be announced. Organised by Ascot Kayak Club - more info on websites soon or contact Grant, if you can't wait!
Sponsored by Mountain Designs & Canoeing Down Under  

Canoe suitable for flat water for weekends with the kids on the river. Greg Rankine 9295 6800 <mailto:tecsis@bigpond.com>tecsis@bigpond.com

Week 3 /August
Collie Descent - This Weekend!

27km on the Collie River from Harris River Estate Winery to Black Diamond Bridge (headwaters of Wellington Dam). Meet at 9am for a 10am start (sharp).
From Niall Reynolds (Co-organiser) "As I type the rain is bucketing down and there is a severe weather warning for this afternoon - Tuesday. The rain is expected for the next couple of days which, come Saturday, will give the Collie Descent excellent levels for the river. Paddlers should be aware that this is a social paddle, not a sponsored, insured event. There is no entry fee for the day".

Also from Marty: " An area at the top of The Chute has been cleared to make portaging easier, and there's also some minor clearing at the pool below. The Ewington Weir has been replaced with riffles . . . "
More info' -
or contact Marty, mart@geo.net.au

White Water Kayaking In New Zealand - Steve Myers
"I have booked a trip to NZ South Island (20th Dec-12th Jan) with accomodation and flights booked and the person I have booked it with can no longer go. Is there anyone who is looking to go? Will be paddling in Queenstown, Murchison & Hokitika. Please contact me 0438 090 617."

Werner Paddles Now Available in Perth
<http://www.wozwebs.net/westcoastkayaks/>West Coast Kayaks are now stocking Werner touring paddles, including Ikelos, Corryvrecken and Shuna paddles with neutral bent shafts. To try these paddles (some of the world's best) call Les 0419 900 715 . Check out their website: <http://www.wernerpaddles.com>www.wernerpaddles.com

WA Slalom Championships - Margie Jeffery
Well done to the new state champions: Josh Kippin (MU16 K1 & overall), Tiki Ewing (WK1), Peter Armstrong (MK1), Seb Ewing (U14), Amalee Oliver (WU16 K1), Ray Chatfield (PK1). C1: Josh Kippin; Teams: Josh Kippin, Jonathon Rumford and Bevan Dashwood. For a PDF of the full results (also for last weekend's results) email Margie <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au . "Many thanks to Peter Ewing and Deb Rumford for compiling."

Octocom Product of the Month
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For White Water Paddlers - Margie Jeffery
Plastic bath tub racing?! Aerial antics in a kayak jump?! "Here's an amazing set of photos from Ceske Budejovice, where Robbie Jeffery is currently racing. Just have a look at them for a whole new approach to white water action!!"

Capricorn Seakayaking
"Winter's finally hitting! Join us for our final Ningaloo Safari of the season Aug 28-Sept 1. Yes, it's late notice so we are offering over 25% OFF. Normally $995 NOW $700 per person ex Exmouth. More info': <mailto:bookings@capricornseakayaking.com.au>bookings@capricornseakayaking.com.au

Champion Lakes White Water Park - Progress Report, August, 2006
The Armadale Redevelopment Authority has advertised for registrations of interest to develop a white water park at Champion Lakes. They offered a 17 hectare site which will incorporate the white water park with grades 2 and 3 level white water in one or two channels. The remaining land will be available for other complementary use including short term accommodation, conference, dining and refreshment facilities.

They received several registrations of interest and have commenced discussions with these proponents. They have also commissioned a major feasibility study to assist the integration of the range of proposals with other commercial opportunities that have been proposed. This report should be completed by the end of September. Then it is about another 3 to 4 months before a final decision is made.
Enquiries: Colin Thorpe, Director, Canoeing WA, 08 9386 6842, <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au

Event Reminder . . .
Wild Water State Champs
at Bridgetown, 26th & 27th August. Book your accomodation (9761 1740, or <mailto:tourist1@iinet.net.au>tourist1@iinet.net.au), your dinner (Kylie - 0408 822 997 or 9450 6275 or <mailto:kwilson74@bigpond.com>kwilson74@bigpond.com) and just turn up for the paddling. Lawrence Greed on 9309 9525 <mailto:lagreed5@bigpond.net.au>lagreed5@bigpond.net.au has more info'. Meet at park under the bridge - times to be announced.

Training Buddy Wanted
Busselton area, flatwater and/or sea. Please email Joanne,  <mailto:sjkool@bigpond.net.au>sjkool@bigpond.net.au

Walyunga Water Level
Thanks to those who sent the Walyunga water level for the Sunday of the Avon Descent - 0.32m - in case you didn't know.

Canoeing Down Under on the Missouri
The shop tells us that Terry Bolland has started his paddle down the full length of the Missouri River- 57 km on his first day.

Many Thanks!
From Avon Descenter, Frank Patterson, to all those who responded with advice and suggestions for his sciatic nerve problem whilst paddling.

The Wild West White Water DVD
If you want to obtain a copy of Stuart Midgley's DVD of paddlers on big waves in the Murchison in flood, the lower Murray and Bell's Rapids just email him  <mailto:stuart.midgley@ivec.org>stuart.midgley@ivec.org (It was mentioned a few weeks back.)

TK1 in very good condition
, kevler preferred, glass ok. Preferably light in weight. Please e-mail Joanne <mailto:sjkool@bigpond.net.au>sjkool@bigpond.net.au   
Small Propellor paddle(or a Spirit plastic/carbon paddle about 212-214) and Small Buoyancy Vest for a girl. Please call Joel Ferguson 0411 821 109.

Week 4 /August
Mohaka Black 208cm paddle,
lost at Walunga on Sunday afternoon, 20th August. Please e-mail Jonathon Cawood from Swan Canoe Club juniors at <mailto:jonathon_cawood@hotmail.com>jonathon_cawood@hotmail.com if you have found it! Thank you very much.

 found at The Esplanade in Peppermint Grove on Thursday, 17th August. Contact Laura <mailto:lkcunningham2002@yahoo.com.au>lkcunningham2002@yahoo.com.au .
Black kayak helmet, found at Bells 20th August. I would like to return it to its rightful owner. If they call me with the make I will return it. Andrew Brown, phone 9420 5861.

SBS to broadcast highlights from Slalom World Championships - Margaret Jeffery
We can now report that a one hour highlights programme from the World Slalom Championships in Prague will be telecast nationally on Sunday, 27th August, at 11am. We need everyone to ring the SBS switch on Sunday afternoon, and compliment them on the broadcast, so make sure to watch it and ring up. The SBS switch board number is 1800 500 727 - a free call from anywhere in Australia (except mobiles).

Pacific Journey
Ann Coulson sends us <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/edgillet.html>this tale of endurance on the high seas by Ed Gillett - it's a brief account of his paddle from California to Hawaii - a truly amazing epic adventure.

Vancouver Island Paddle
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/canvictpad.html>Here's some pics of my interesting and pleasant paddle with Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, in their local waters. Sea kayaking is very popular around Vancouver Island and west coast mainland Canada due to the many sheltered waters surrounded by scenery +++.

Many of you will remember Pirra Reynolds who worked for the canoeing association (CWA) for some time, just a year or two ago. She was recently in the midst of it all when the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupted and had to be evacuated, along with the rest of the town, just in time. So there's a bit of excitement for you!

Collie Descent
This 28km is a great stretch of water for a paddling event. Results are here:

Organisers Marty and Niall gave all a good day and a safe day, adjourning to the now award- winning Harris River Estate winery for food, wine tasting and the event wrap-up. This included the novice Collie Descenters swapping their tales of terror of their survival or otherwise at the infamous "chute". See <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>this pic of two guys who had never done a paddling race or a rapid before! Did they make it? (* See below) Water level was good. There's many more pics on Marty's website, here:

Meeting times . . .
Wildwater Champs this weekend, Bridgetown

Saturday 26th - Teams Race** - registration closes 2 pm
Sunday 27th - Classic Race (solo time-trial) - registration closes 10 am
Paddlers start at 1-minute intervals.

**Teams Race: A Seriously Fun Event! 3-person teams racing together, mixing a male paddler, a plastic craft paddler and a female paddler. Teams can be picked on the day.

Entry fee: Teams and Classic race together - $25
Teams or Classic race - $20 each

Presentations: Teams Race - Saturday evening at the Down River Dinner; Classic Race - straight after the race.
Enquiries: Lawrence Greed 9309 9525 or  <mailto:lagreed5@bigpond.com.au>lagreed5@bigpond.com.au
Prizes: generously donated by Canoeing Down Under

For novice Blackwood River white water paddlers: there's some new pics with notes on perhaps the hardest of the rapids (Photographer's) here:
Pics are by Russell Miles.

Endorfinn ski
in good condition. ph 9572 1784

* Did they make it? Despite a threatening wobble at the third powerful stopper in this rapid these guys did get through in their MI 515. The driver, Rod Cable says, "It was our very first attempt at any kind of rapids, or any kind of race. So now we are hooked!"

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