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Week 1 /April
Autumn Festival of the River
Sunday, 1st April, 11am to 3pm -
this City of Belmont annual family fun day event is held at Garvey Park, Fauntleroy Avenue, Redcliffe. Here's your chance to have a gondola ride without having to go to Venice! There's also loads of other activities organised: "Walk for a Wish" to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation, a 'hole in one' golf competition, kayaking (of course) and camel riding, wine and cheese tasting, cooking demonstrations and music. As well there's free fish and chips for local residents. (You need your Opportunity Card for this.) Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under is providing sit-on-tops for the day. For more info' go to - 

Champion Lakes Launch Day 
Sunday, 29th April, 8:30am till 4:30pm -
the great new flatwater international regatta course is to be opened with much festivity - including canoeing races for most of the day. As well there will be rowing and dragon boating events and heaps of other family-friendly-and-fun activities.

Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, will be opening this fabulous new watersports venue.

As part of the celebrations, Canoeing WA (the state canoeing association) is holding the Inaugural 10km State Championship Race in conjunction with the 10km Community Paddle Event (late morning) as well as several other events. Everyone who can paddle 10km is invited to join in - any craft! There may be a short course for short/slower craft as well. More details when it's closer to hand! Online entry will be available soon, so keep your eye on the Canoeing WA website.

Go here for the whole canoeing programme: http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=12404&MenuID=Events%2Fc13288%2F10600 
The association will also be holding paddle classes at the facility sometime soon after the launch day. 

White Water Park Debated in Parliament - Colin Thorpe
On Wednesday, 28th March as part of the regular Parliamentary "Private members' time", debate commenced on the Liberal Party motion
"That this house calls on the government to ensure that the Water Corporation honours its commitment to provide $10.85 million in financial assistance to Canoeing WA to replace the Harvey international slalom course that it was forced to relinquish in 1998."

It was the third motion to be debated and time had virtually expired. We got 2 minutes. However as debate had commenced and is being continued it should mean it is first cab off the rank next Wednesday, 4th April, at 4.00 pm.

Our thanks to Trevor Sprigg and Tony Simpson of the Liberal Party and Terry Waldron from the National Party for their support. Come to the Visitors' Gallery at Parliament House if you want to observe the debate.

Here's a small business that will make to measure your paddling rashies/shorts/singlets/bibs at very reasonable prices. In fact they will make just about any active-wear you can think of in a wide range of colours in the usual range of lycra/fleecy/etc fabrics. Logos are no problem. They specialise in bulk orders for sporting teams and large events but are just as obliging with 'one-off' orders. Ask to speak to Jill at Bear-E-Sensuals, Unit 2, 160 Balcatta Road, Balcatta, phone 9240 4667 or 0417 936 437.

Mainpeak Paddlesports Beginners' Course
Saturday, 31st April -
all the basics you need to know to enjoy your boat. $55 Mainpeak members; $65 non-members. If you do not own a boat Mainpeak can supply one for a small extra charge.

Mainpeak Paddlesports Rod Fry Memorial Race - Rob Wallace
The Rod Fry was held on 18th March this year. Jesse Philips (girls, take a look at <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/jessephilrodfry07.html>this! - Robyn) took line honors and was rewarded with first prize of a Lettmann paddle, donated by Mainpeak. Other prizes included, Mainpeak gift vouchers, meal vouchers for The Left Bank, Mead's Oyster Bar and Anna's Cafe. Competitors had a great day followed by a sausage sizzle and refreshments after the race. Results can be viewed here - http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/swan/downloads/RodFry2007.pdf

Freo- Rotto Big Splash - John Guilfoyle
The photos from the Big Splash are available from <http://www.aussiesinaction.com.au/>www.aussiesinaction.com.au. They did a great job on the day and the photos look fantastic. (Yes, there's some pics of paddlers.)

Kayaks-4-U Mandurah Island Challenge
Last weekend's results are here: 

Event Reminders
Sunday, 1st April
Bevan Dashwood Dash 12km to Shelley Bridge & return. Short course as well.  Meet at Hester Park, Langford for registration at 9am.
Sunday, 15th April - Canning Classic 12km on the Canning between Kent Street Weir and Salter Point  - more details later
Sunday, 22nd April - John Sims Race - 12km from Ascot Kayak Club to Barker Bridge and return - more details later  

Swap ?
Swap Woodpecker composite K1,
trailing rudder, suit smaller paddler for Wavehopper, Dancer or similar plastic. Paul 9431 7175

Second hand ski
for Avon Descent. Contact James 9733 5761 w or 0418 949 855 or <mailto:james.miller@cimeco.com.au>james.miller@cimeco.com.au

Week 2 /April
John Sims Race - More Info'
Sunday, 22nd April - Registration- 8-9am.
 Long course 11.5km; short course 4km; Guppy course 2.1km. Long course is from Ascot Kayak Club to Barker's Bridge and return. Everyone is invited to have a go - all craft are welcome. There's heaps of prizes and heaps of food available for 'afters'. Generously sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.
(Who is John Sims? He's a long time paddler of marathons and Avon Descent, a kayak designer and builder, but the reason he has an AKC race named after him is that it was largely through his efforts that AKC occupies its present site.)

Register online <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au>here or pick up an entry form from AKC or from Canoeing Down Under. (Register before 4pm, Thursday, 19th April to go in the draw for a $100 gift voucher to spend at Canoeing Down Under.)

Downriver (same as Wildwater!) Racing Calendar, 2007
Calendar is available <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here. Whilst the races are designed for down river boats, they are also suitable for most plastic craft. New paddlers are most welcome for the flatwater events, though obviously you will need white water skills for white water events.

First race for the year is the AKC Race at Ascot Kayak Club, Saturday, 12th May. (This is a warm up race whilst waiting for the rains to come.) It's a fun afternoon on flatwater for individuals plus there is a teams event. Lawrence says it's "a demanding sprint around markers in the river at Ascot. Start practicing your turning and acceleration skills now!" Registration is at 1:00-1:30pm. 

Wildwater AGM
Wildwater (ie., Downriver) Racing is meeting Wednesday, 11th April, at 7.30pm at Ascot Kayak Club. As it is the AGM, some positions will fall vacant. There are a total of five positions and each is held for two years. Two positions will fall vacant (Chairman and one general position) this year and the remaining three next year. This rotates to maintain continuity on the Board. Please contribute to Downriver in WA and to give the new members an extra hand, we also very much need new input and new faces!
Lawrence Greed, Wildwater Technical Committee

Canning Classic
12 km circuit on the Canning River between Kent Street Weir and Salter Point. Advertised as being held this Sunday, 15th April but no details as to start/registration times have come to hand. If I receive them I will put them <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here.

New Multiplex Avon Descent Website
Check it out here: 

Entries will be open from 20th May.

Avon Descent Memorabilia Trivia
Perusing the 1980 "Northam's Avon Descent" handbook and souvenir programme I came across the following which was most interesting and caused me some amusement.
Entry Fee: $20 (all classes)
Entries: 132 power craft; 138 single canoes (I think they mean kayaks); 50 double canoes; 8 mixed double canoes; 31 surf skis; 45 Canadian canoes.
Prizes: Fastest Day One Craft in all the paddle classes: goods to the value of $200 (by kind courtesy of Kentucky Fried Chicken!) (Does this mean you could have an almost endless supply of chicken and chips? Who knows?)
Overall Fastest Craft: single canoes - goods to the value of $1000. All other classes - goods to the value of $500 (by kind courtesy of Midland Brick)
Thanks to Jo Turnbull for donating the old handbooks. It seems the first Descent was in 1973.

White Water Park - No Parliamentary Debate
There was no debate in Parliament on Wednesday 4th April as hoped. We were 4th on the agenda and debate centered on the lead issue in Esperance and never got to us. Disappointing but understandable. Our thanks to the Liberal and National Parties for their support. However wheels are still turning. Please keep sending your emails to John Kobelke, Minister for Water Resources. See <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/>www.whitewaterperth.org.au click on "How long must we wait?"  Colin Thorpe

Guildford Tide Charts . . .
have been updated for 2007. Go <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/tideindex.html>here (pdf file). Thanks to Warren Southwell for the reminder. The information is supplied by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Tides and Waves.

Spirit double cross trainer
, 0406 045 520 Patrick Verryn                                             
Spirit racing ski, poor ­ average condition, with kick up rudder for valley training. Scratches okay but prefer no holes, folds, serious warps, missing or seized parts. 0418 352 936    <mailto:danfish@bigpond.net.au>danfish@bigpond.net.au 
Second hand double kayak - prefer sit in plastic 515 Explorer with rudder for Avon. Budget around $1000. Please call Darren 0417 914 262.

Week 3 /April
For New Paddlers at the John Sims Race
Ascot Kayak Club, this Sunday

Experienced paddler and teacher par excellence, Neil Long, will be providing new paddlers (and old ones, too) all the best racing tips to help with start line procedures, correct racing turns, passing protocols and a few other handy hints just before the John Sims Race on Sunday, 22nd April.

Neil's racing tips will be at 8:50am, but register and be ready to race beforehand - registration is from 8:00am - 9:00am only.

Sponsor, Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under, says, "Anyone wearing a Canoeing Down Under t-shirt or hat during or after the race will go into a special draw to win a $100.00 CDU Gift Voucher." and there will be "several 'on spot' prizes donated by Canoeing Down Under".

Kalbarri Canoe & Cray Carnival - El Bennett 
People can get online entry forms from the website <http://www.kalbarriwa.info>www.kalbarriwa.info  or call me direct on mobile 0418 915 151. There are many more races and longer distances this year for the more capable paddler. Canoe events on Sunday morning will include short course, long course, relays and challenge for individuals and teams. This is all happening on the long weekend, 2nd and 3rd June.

"I lent a paddle to a mate last week and he left it on the river bank on private property in the Middle Swan area just under the footbridge and it has been stolen.  It is a bright yellow paddle that I had made, so easier to find, not lose. Anyone seeing this yellow paddle anywhere please call me 9296 1202 or 0418 947 935." Alan Hardman

Learn Sea Kayaking Skills
West Coast kayaks winter training program is starting now. It's on every second Sunday at Point Peron from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Only $20.00 to learn skills and gain confidence in a sea environment. Qualified instructors and a fun learning environment. For both novice and experienced paddlers. Phone Les for details - 0419 900 715.

Avon Valley Satellite Pics
Go to the following Naturebase link for some amazing detail of the Avon Valley. These satellite pics, (like the government sponsored Landgate online aerial photography available <http://www.landonline.com.au/skyviewwa/content/asp/skyviewwa_index.asp?product_group_id=78>here), are low water pics. (If you can get the latest version of Google Earth it's what the Naturebase images are based on and is a larger scale.)  

Much of the valley consists of a series of pools with rocky stretches in between. The path through the ti-trees is easily discernible, if you're 'in the know'! Even the new logs down in the ti-trees for last year's winter season are clearly visible. None of this will help you negotiate all the hazards in the Descent, but it's very interesting! 

Regular Weekly Races Around Perth
These are all great for your Avon Descent training. As the days are now shortening rapidly you will need an "all round white light" to participate. All paddle craft and all paddlers are welcome.
Tuesdays - Canning River Canoe Club - meet at the old Riverton Bridge, Shelley. Register at 5:30pm for 6pm start. You race around 7km, against your nominated time.
Wednesdays - Ascot Kayak Club - meet at the clubhouse, Garvey Park, Fauntleroy Avenue, Redcliffe, and be ready to race by 6:00pm. The courses are around 6km in length and vary upstream and downstream.  Starts are in grids, at two minute intervals, according to your speed, fastest last.
FridaysSwan Canoe Club - meet at the clubhouse in Johnson Parade (next to Mead's) Mosman Bay and be on the water by 6:00pm. Time trial varies in length: 3km, 6km, 12km or 18km. Classes: composite, plastic >4.5m and plastic <4.5m. Regular prize $50 Mainpeak voucher each week (winner by draw) and $150 Mainpeak voucher for each class winner in the series. Any queries contact Joel Ferguson, 0411 821 109. New series starts tonight!

Well Done!
Winners of the last Mainpeak sponsored time trial series at Swan Canoe Club were Yvonne Wallace (Short Plastic), Robert Wallace (Long Plastic) and Paul Smith (Composite).

Canning Classic 
Results are 

Canoeing Down Under Course: Introduction to Flat Water Paddling Learn all the basics. 9am - 12 midday, Sunday, 13th May (Mothers' Day) $75.00 inc. GST and Craft or $60.00 inc GST with own craft. Proceeds go to children with autism. 

For Sale
West Coast Kayaks is selling a Mirage 530 kevlar demo sea kayak. Save hundreds on this ultra light, fast sea kayak - deal for someone who wants a light, quality kayak. Be quick, 0419 900 715.

And Also For Sale . . .
Spirit CTR
- $780, with rudder, as new condition, used twice. Must sell to save marriage. Contact John: 0413 264 728

Three person ski/kayak
- replies to <mproud@legalaid.wa.gov.au>mproud@legalaid.wa.gov.au or 9261 6205
Down River K1, kevlar  ­ good condition. Samantha ­ <mailto:s.curtis@meddent.uwa.edu.au>s.curtis@meddent.uwa.edu.au or 0422 072 230 
Spirit plastic racing ski (5.2m) with variable leg length  <mailto:danfish@bigpond.net.au>danfish@bigpond.net.au or 0418 352 936  
Double surf ski (wanted for Avon Descent) to suit 2 x 6ft 2" paddlers. Please email  alexmans_@hotmail.com in first instance or call Tim 0439 342 625.

Also Wanted . . .
Second hand slalom equipment
- mainly paddles and boats but also helmets, spraydecks, PFDs for youngsters at Swan Canoe Club - Nicky Pope, 

And, last, but by no means least . . .
don't forget the grand opening of the new international regatta course, Champion Lakes, next Sunday, 29th April. If you're not joining in the racing the canoeing association was asking for volunteers to help run the canoeing side of things earlier in the week. Contact them: 9285 8501 or  <mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au if you'd like to help. Otherwise just come along to check out the new facility and enjoy the festivities, all day from 10:00am.

Week 4 /April
From the USA . . .

"One of the most beautiful coastlines to paddle in the world for beginner thru advanced sea kayakers is made more accessible through the Maine Island Trail (<http://www.mita.org/>www.mita.org) in the northeastern United States.  

The paddling season in Maine is from May to October (although some of us paddle year-round, weather permitting!) and is a mix of sandy beaches, granite islands and mountains with quaint New England towns and lobster villages. What a great place to escape the winter winds and rain!  West Australian Mish Morgenstern has paddled and sailed this coast for the last 8 years and is happy to help any sandgropers plan a trip in "downeast Maine" and help increase awareness of the Maine Island Trail as a fantastic resource for ocean-lovers. Contact her at <mailto:mish@ecokayak.com>mish@ecokayak.com."

Avon Descenters! - Next Mainpeak Avon Preparation Course
Commences Thursday, 3rd May, for five sessions, Thursdays and Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. There's on and off the water instruction in these evening sessions for which you must have an 'all round white light'. It can be teamed as part of a package with white water trips (see next topic, below) to save you $$$.

Further info can be obtained by calling Mainpeak 08 9284 3759 or click on the link below. Booking is essential.

Multiplex Avon Descent: Mainpeak Training Packages
Designed for solo paddlers, teams of two and teams of four. Each paddler in the package receives the Avon Descent Novice Course, Competency Assessment and an Avon Descent fleece and mug. Most importantly, guided trips through the Day One Ti-trees, the upper and lower sections of the Valley and the Upper Swan Ti-trees are included in each package - for the paddler doing that section of the event. You save money by buying a package. Go <http://www.paddle.com.au/avon.aspx>here for more info or phone Mainpeak Paddlesports, 9284 3759.

New! New! Wildwater Race
Saturday, 12th May
, at Ascot Kayak Club, Fauntleroy Avenue, Redcliffe.  Registration: 1:00-1:30pm. Open to all paddlers in rudderless craft under 4.5m. 

For 'Individual' and 'Team of Two' racing. New format: mass starts; less buoys to be negotiated.

Organiser, Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under says, "This race is for Wild Water (DR) kayaks and plastic kayaks under 4.5m. . . no rudders allowed. Take them off or tie them up. No long boats allowed. Select your team member now and train together!
If you don't have a DR or short plastic just ask and we will supply you with one."

There's some generous prizes for winners of classes ($50 - $100 CDU gift vouchers) and spot prizes as well, donated by Canoeing Down Under. Volunteers are needed to help run this event. To offer your help or ask for more info' contact Terry, 9378 1333.

Need Some Tips and Encouragement?
Just let Terry know if you're feeling like this!  Neil Long will be running an hour's coaching course at 12.00pm, just before the race if paddlers are interested.

Wildwater News
As a result of the Wild Water AGM it has been announced that most of the races in the Wild Water (Downriver) Series will be phased out this year, but not the weekend at Bridgetown for the State Championship, 25th-26th August.  The first race in the series, the AKC race, has been revamped (see above). The cancellation is due to lack of volunteers to run the series. In addiiton numbers have dropped off with few new DR paddlers joining in these days.

Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival
Entry forms for the paddling events at this fun weekend on 2nd and 3rd June are now available - <eljcbennett@yahoo.com.au>contact El for a copy - or to find out more about all the happenings there go to <http://www.kalbarriwa.info>www.kalbarriwa.info .

Not A Sausage In Sight!
AKC have thrown down the gauntlet to other clubs and organisations which hold paddling events, including the Avon Descent organisers who use catering businesses to provide food at Day One and Day Two finish lines. Lunch at the John Sims Race last Sunday consisted of:
home made pumpkin soup with crusty bread roll 
hot beef/ham rolls (the meat just roasted!) with honey mustard /salad /cheese
vegetable frittata 
home made small cakes 
coffee and tea, cold drinks

It was all delicious and healthy and not expensive. Platters of iced fresh cut fruit segments were also passed around for ravenous paddlers. Congratulations to those responsible and hope you have set a new trend!  Here's to the end of the 'sausage sizzle'!!! (and greasy hamburger.)

(PS. Some people said they missed out on these offerings as there wasn't enough. That's because the rest of us ate double 'cos it was so nice! Sorry 'bout that, Pete.)

Speaking of the John Sims Race . . .
Record numbers of paddlers attended and the results are <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/wa/downloads/CWA%2520Jan%2520-%2520Jun%25202007/Results/AKCJohnSims2007.pdf>

Positions Vacant
Mainpeak have the following positions vacant: assistant manager, paddle sales people, snowboard sales people, a warehouse person, admin assistant and retail salespeople. For more info' contact <%20jobs@mainpeak.com.au>jobs@mainpeak.com.au .

Event Reminders
Sunday, 29th April, all day from 10am. Opening of Champion Lakes Regatta Course with races and festivities. Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=12404>here for more detail.
Saturday & Sunday, 5th & 6th May, State Marathon Championships Meet at Ascot Kayak Club in Garvey Park, Redcliffe. Registration: 7:30-8:45am.
Saturday, 12th May: Wildwater Race at AKC - see above
Sunday, 20th May: Canoeing WA Paddle Challenge - from Garratt Road Bridge to Sandalford Winery via Middle Swan Bridge. 18km. Details to be announced.

Brian Morgan Boats For Sale
As Brian is often away with work please leave a message if you're interested in looking at either of his two boats for sale: Woodpecker K1 in good cond. $650 ono; 'Loisach' wildwater boat. $150 ono. Brian 0419 921 787; 9382 3548 (H).  

for Avon '07 Please contact Michael, 0408 949 046  
K1 for Avon Descent. Must be strong, light and in good condition. Contact Cameron - <mailto:cameronaa@hotmail.com>cameronaa@hotmail.com mob-0401 504 858

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