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Week 1 /November
Some Paddling Pics from Canada

I've added some more pics of my paddling adventures in Canada <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/pinkertons.html>here. A special friend, Lyn Hancock, organised for us to use as our base an old (so old it 's almost historic) cabin on a privately owned island at the head of Barkley Sound in The Pinkertons. We were to explore the Broken Islands which are further down the sound. They are a popular paddling venue on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. 

The only way to get there was to paddle, taking all our water, wine, food, bedding, cameras, etc. Just the paddle to and around The Pinkertons was an adventure in itself and that's what I've recorded on this page. There'll be some pics of paddling the Broken Island Group later.

Lyn is the author of many charming and interesting books, her first and perhaps most well known being, "There's a Seal in my Sleeping Bag".

2006 Slalom Presentation Dinner
Friday, 10th November, 7:30pm

Hyde Park Hotel St James Function Room (entrance off the hotel,s car park on Bulwer Street)
Set menu number 2 (<http://www.hydeparkhotel.westaussie.com/images/m795.pdf>http://www.hydeparkhotel.westaussie.com/images/m795.pdf) with vegetarian options of Vegetable Lasagne or Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
Cost: $23.00. Please RSVP to Sue Oliver at <mailto:timsueoliver@optusnet.net.au>timsueoliver@optusnet.net.au  with numbers. All are welcome to attend.

Pairs Enduro
Sunday,12th November

Here's a new event on the canoeing calendar: it's a 19km race for teams of two in single kayaks, from the footbridge in the Swan Valley (at Barrett Street) to Ascot Kayak Club.

Grant says, "Grab a training partner and practise your wash-riding skills!"

All pairs must remain together (within 20 metres at all times) i.e., wash-ride their way to the finish. Times will be taken as the second paddler in the pair crosses the finish line. No pair may wash-ride another pair or any power craft at any time during the event. 

"Go on, get on that wash and get your entry in NOW to  <mailto:grant@alarmswa.com.au>grant@alarmswa.com.au ."

All boat types are welcome. A BBQ will be awaiting the last paddlers in.

Registration: 8:00 to 8:30am at Barrett Street, Herne Hill
Start is at intervals of approx 2 - 3 minutes
Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd outright; 1st, 2nd & 3rd on a handicap basis. (Handicapper's decision is final.) There may also be a prize for funniest mishap and a mixed class if numbers permit.

To enter: email details of you and your partner to: <mailto:grant@alarmswa.com.au>grant@alarmswa.com.au or deliver in person at Ascot Kayak Club, Wednesday evening between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. (names / boat class / age category).

Cost per person: $10.00 CWA members / $20.00 for non-members. Late entries (on-the-day): $20.00 and you may not be eligible for the handicapped placings / prizes.

More info' 0417 945 577.

Paddling Partner for Pairs Enduro Wanted
"Looking for a partner for this event. I paddle a Wizard, low deck, and expect 10.2-10.5km/hr. Please contact John Hilton, <mailto:fiasco_j@iinet.net.au>fiasco_j@iinet.net.au "

Paddler required for a solo Rottnest Channel swimmer 
" I am looking for a slightly mad person to accompany me to Rottnest on 17th February next year as I attempt my first solo swim. Have a boat and a great crew but I do need one or two paddlers to float alongside me on the 20km journey. (There's room on the boat for a second person if paddlers wish to share the journey). Please contact Heather if you are interested:  <mailto:pheather@tpg.com.au>pheather@tpg.com.au

"Kayak/racing ski REPAIRS
done at a reasonable price! I have some damage that needs fixing. Ph  Adam 0438 875 497.

DR boat
- not too battered, not too heavy. Please contact <mailto:julie.morgan@granherne.com>julie.morgan@granherne.com

Second-hand semi-dry cag or similar. Lge to xlge. Doesn't matter if the gaskets are blown. Please email details and/or photo to <mailto:pearces@southcom.com.au>pearces@southcom.com.au

White water playboat, suit 60-70kg person, must be reasonable condition. Please email details and/or photo to Emma, <mailto:johnsonemma1@yahoo.com.au>johnsonemma1@yahoo.com.au

Week 2 /November
Happy Birthday, Graham!

Slalom Summer Racing Series - Nicky Pope
First race of the season!
Sunday, 12th November, at Hester Park
Registration 9.00am; race briefing 10.00am; first runs start 10.30am.
Entry fees: $10 adults kayak club members; $15 adults non-kayak club members; $5 juniors under 18 (kayak club members); $10 juniors non-kayak club members.

Pre-race coaching will be available for those who are eligible - please contact your coaches.

Please email <mailto:kisama@bigpond.com.au>kisama@bigpond.com.au your details: name, age, category, class or classes and Aust. Canoeing membership number. Early registration helps with the organisation and will help speed up the program on the day. 

Many hands make light work
Can all slalom paddlers please bring a friend to help as a gate judge, time-keeper, start official, finish judge, compiler and radio operator to help at the above race?

Finn Kayaks Demo Day
10am to midday, Sunday, 19th November

Go to Lucky Bay, corner of Dunkley and Cunningham streets, Applecross.
"Test paddle our full range of exciting kayaks, sit-ons and racing skis with no obligation to buy"
For more info' contact Andy 0400 786 026 or 9314 3109. Check out the range of boats: http://www.finnkayaks.com

Home Again
Paddling guru and entrepreneur, Terry Bolland, is back from another of his epic paddles on rivers around the world. For his diary notes on the last of his Missouri trip go here: http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au/missouri.htm Yes, Terry will be holding a slide evening and talk on his Missouri River adventures within a few weeks. (And it's likely to be at the fantastic new AKC clubhouse at Garvey Park.) Date to be announced shortly.

"Crossing the Ditch"
Andrew McAuley, climber, sea kayaker and Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will shortly undertake a 1600km solo crossing of the Tasman Sea, from Tasmania to Milford Sound. Two previous attempts at this crossing (by Paul Caffyn and partner) were unsuccessful. Earlier this year Andrew, Laurie Geoghegan and Stuart Truman paddled 850km along the Antarctic Peninsula. All this and more interesting reading, including updates on the Tasman crossing on his website: http://www.andrewmcauley.com

Spy in the Sky
John Hilton sends us another interesting aerial photo, this from Landonline - it's at the rail bridge above the
Roe Hwy on the Canning. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>A nice little group?  

Finn Affinity with paddle
. Will to pay $500 to $600.  Please email <mailto:pmonty@hotmail.com>pmonty@hotmail.com
Minnow, Dolphinn or similar craft. Contact Jon 0417 956 629.

Week 4 /November
Canning River Canoe Club Changes - Richard King

The recent AGM saw Kim Bingham elected as President with Christian Thompson as the Secretary and Nicole Orton as the Treasurer. Paul Genovesi is the Vice President with Judith Thompson, Richard King and Phil Anning on the committee. Greg Kaeding is a life member. Bull Orton has resigned as President due to interstate work commitments. "We have kicked off a number of ideas to get CRCC active and growing again. The CRCC are still seeking a suitable available site, preferably on the Canning River. We are no longer using the Sea Scout Hall as our home but will instead be meeting on the Riverton foreshore between the two bridges. Our Tuesday nights will be the start of renewed activity. The CRCC has a long and colourful history. The committee is keen to revive interest in the club and keep the history alive!"

CRCC Club Race Nights - starting Tuesday, 5th December
Meet at the old Riverton Bridge (just downstream)
Registration: 5.30pm for 6pm start 
Races around 7 km - race against your nominated time. 
"We would like to encourage members from other clubs or anyone interested in having a paddle to come along." The events are open to all types of paddle craft.
The events will be weekly apart from a two week break for Christmas and New Year.
Call Richard 0438 822 216 for more details. 

7,933 Friends of the White Water Park!
Thank you to all who have registered. We really appreciate your support and would like to crack the 8,000 as soon as possible. If you or all of your family are not yet "Friends" please help our campaign to get a white water park for Perth and register at <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/>www.whitewaterperth.org.au
Thank you - Colin Thorpe

Circumnavigation of Australia
Local outdoor ed teacher, Sandy Robson, plans to circumnavigate Australia by sea kayak, starting soon, in December. She will set off from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, and paddle in an anti-clockwise direction, hoping to average 200-250km per week so as to finish within one year. She has a network of people to support her: family, friends, sea kayak clubs and others, mostly in NSW and Victoria. Though it is intended to be largely solo, she welcomes anyone who would like to join her for a paddle for some of the time. 

At this stage she is in need of assistance and contacts for Queensland, particularly in the north as well as the rest of our remote northern coastline. In addition, she would be grateful for the loan of charts for Qld from Bundaberg north and for around the top of Australia. If you can help out with charts or any kind of land support please contact her <mailto:robsos@penrhos.wa.edu.au>robsos@penrhos.wa.edu.au or 9291 3934 h or 0427 992 251. Maybe you know folk over that way who would be keen to get involved? Sandy is sponsored by Mainpeak Paddlesports and West Coast Kayaks.

A website on Sandy's trip will be online soon! Details to follow.

Capricorn Sea Kayaking
Rottnest Island
- half day tours $99. For bookings and dates visit http://www.capricornseakayaking.com.au/rottnest_discovery.php
Penguin & Seal Island - full day tour $139. For bookings and dates visit http://www.capricornseakayaking.com.au/penguin_and_seal_island.php
Paddling Helpers Wanted
John Tomczak, AKC, is looking for helpers for two days Thursday, 30th November and Friday, 1st December, from 9am- 12 noon and then from 1pm - 4pm at the Curtin University Rowing Club for an activities day for All Saints College students from years 9-11. It is going to be a basic come and try; a sausage sizzle will be provided for the helpers on both days. If anyone can help out it would be greatly appreciated - please contact John directly on 0419 275 712.

Mainpeak Buyers' Night - save heaps!
Wednesday, 22nd November, 2pm - 8:30pm - Cottesloe and Osborne Park stores

If you're not a Mainpeak Club member you can renew at the store to take advantage of 15% off everything (outdoor gear and clothing). This includes thermals and small waterpoof head torches for your winter paddling. More info' 9242 8600 (Osborne Park) and 9385 2552 (Cottesloe).

Finn Kayaks Relocated
I have just discovered that Finn Kayaks moved from Sainsbury Street in O'Connor to just around the corner, Unit 1, 4 Jones Street, O'Connor. The new premises have a bigger factory and there's a smart showroom for gear and accessories as well as all the boats. (This is not new news!)

For Sale
The last four Synchro Dble sit-on-tops, with paddles, belonging to Capricorn Sea Kayaking, $650 ph Hal 08 6267 8059

Spirit Cross trainer with paddle
, pay up to $600, call Kathryn 0423 331 900 or email khat13@hotmail.com
Fibreglass surfski to suit tall paddler: 6' 4" or fully adjustable to suit, eg., Fenn, Hayden etc. Please call Dave 0417 096 225.

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