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Week 2 /January
to Robbie Jeffery, 
who  became Australian C1 Slalom Champion on Friday. More info', results, etc., on the Natiionals here: 

Welcome, Marcus
We have a visitor from New York, Marcus Demuth, coming to inspect our dramatic southern coastline west of Albany and then on to Perth in February - by kayak.  He will be joined for some of the time by John di Nucci and Kelvin Lewis. His interesting website, <http://marcusdemuth.com/default.aspx>http://marcusdemuth.com/default.aspx  includes an amusing version of a New Yorker's perception of Australia: 

Moore River - Guilderton
Here's a great place for the family to spend a summer day. You can explore the river for about 8km or so upstream, past soaring sand dunes and the occasional small sandy beach nesteld amongst the trees. There's plenty of different boats to choose from - "pedalos", sit-ons, kayaks, even power boats at the hire business at Guilderton: <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/moorehire.html>Explorer Boat Hire

Not Only, But Also . . .
Terry Bolland reminds us that delightful Lake Leschenaultia in the hills is close by if you're looking for a shady picnic spot to spend the day with the family. It's a picturesque and a safe place to paddle and canoe hire is available.

Paddlers Wanted - Rottnest Swim
1. Female duo team looking for paddler/paddlers for Rottnest Swim on Saturday 17th February 2007. Please contact Jenni on 0438 673 225. (They will take about 5.5 hours for the trip - so they are not slow)

2. Looking for an individual who has nothing better to do on Saturday, 17th February, and who can paddle to Rottnest Island. This poor soul would be required to watch/direct/encourage/amuse/abuse/coerce a previously successful solo swimmer from Adelaide. Personal attributes are a sense of humour and the ability to paddle in a direct straight line to the island (or at the very least know where the island is approximately).   Please submit your successful application to <mailto:kent.nelson@parliament.sa.gov.au>kent.nelson@parliament.sa.gov.au

3. Paddler wanted for Rotto swim on 17th February 2007. Aim to get there in around 5 1/2 hours. Selection criteria is minimal. The primary selection criteria is the ability to be there on the day. If you are interested please contact John at 

Sisson Esprit multisport kayak
, manufactured in New Zealand. She's 5.2 m long, egg-shell blue, with a rudder. My Spirit scoop paddle was also taken. Stolen from East Fremantle during the afternoon of Friday, 15th December. My neighbour saw the kayak sitting on the side of Preston Point Road around 7pm Friday, 15th December, never to be seen again! Please contact Fremantle Police Station with information.

Canoeing Down Under - Courses and Training
Fitness Training
commences Saturday 13th January. Meet at Sandy Beach Reserve, on the Water for 7.30 a.m, $5.00. Own boats required and PFDs must be worn.
Avon Descent Flat Water Skills - Course: three, three hours sessions, starting Saturday 20th January. Venure is Sandy Beach Reserve, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Cost: $225.00 or $160.00 for those paddlers who have purchased a boat from us.
Avon White Water Courses, 2007. Due to the popularity of our white water courses numbers are limited and preference is given to customers who have purchased a boat from us. The cost of a full day White Water Course this year will be $110.00 for CDU members and $140.00 for non members.

Playboat Surfing in Action
If you want to know more about surfing in your kayak, here's a short clip:PlayBoat Thursdays 

Also a story and some pics on white water playboating in Canada
from Dave Gemmell

Advanced Notice -Murray Whitewater Festival, Dwellingup
Here's a new event to be run over the weekend of 25th and 26th August. Please mark it down if you are keen to paddle, watch or sponsor the event. The festival will include:

Full lower paddle
An informal throw down or two
Head to head race down the Steps, great for spectators
Party and sleep over at Nanga Bush Camp
and much more

2006 pictures http://www.galaxyadventure.net/mwfpictures.htm (Some great pics here, Mike - Robyn)
For more info' contact Mike Collister,

Event Reminders
Marathon # 4: Canning Ascent, Sunday, 28th January. 
14km from Deep Water Point to Hester Park, Thornlie. Short course, 6km, available. Registration 6:45 - 745am at Deep Water Point. Briefing 7:45am. Please note that the course is altered. Check your Marathon Handbook for details.
Mainpeak Paddlesports Summer Dash: Sunday, 4th February. There's a new course for this event, too. More details closer to the date.

For Sale
WaveSport Ace 4.7 white water kayak.
Great for beginner playboaters looking to head out into the ocean as well as the river. Carves great, and easy to get vertical. Would best suit a female paddler, b/t 50-70kg. Comes with helmet and can discuss paddle and skirt package. In good condition. Contact Dave 0429 991 302

(size XS or S) for woman and seeking a paddle for kayak/surfski. Paul 0410 521 379.
Avon 3, part kevlar, good condition, Ring Neil 9574 1414, business hours.
Two surf skis - one to suit a male 5'10", 85kg and one for a female 5'6" , 50kg.  Prefer a Spirit plastic racing ski or fibreglass skis trailing rudder or underneath. 0431 951 316 - Colin
Ocean kayak sprinter in good condition. Contact Bernie 0421 312 622 or 
Wavehopper seat suitable for customisation - 0412 076 173 Richard

Week 3 /January
Rotto Swimmers Need Paddlers!
Saturday, February 17

Urgently seeking a reasonably experienced paddler to replace me for this year's Rotto swim. I paddle for a Japanese team every year but I've just realised my parents 50th wedding anniversary is the same day. It is a paid position - around $200 and for a single swimmer (around 7-8 hrs swim).  John Igloi  0413 993 192

Solo swimmer requires a second paddler for solo crossing to share load. She is fairly fast swimmer and has been let down by another. Please ring myself so I can arrange phone numbers etc. - Alan Penny 0418 926 546 or 9300 8802.

Tasman Sea Crossing . . . 
Andrew Linton (local sea kayaker who has paddled across Torres Strait and Bass Strait) keeps us up to date with Tasmanian adventurer Andrew Mcauley's renewed effort at this 1600km open sea trip by kayak: " He left . . . days ago (Saturday, 13th) and this time it's looking good. My mate Laurie Ford saw him off again." The first attempt was aborted in order to solve one or two problems that arose. 
Go to the following web address to watch his real time progress.

Casper, the Cockpit
The Tasmanian adventurer has designed a simple but amazing piece of equipment which enables him to sleep easy at night whilst on the high seas - and the boat rights itself when capsized! Read more about it by perusing the website above. 

Other Amazing Sea Paddles
Andrew Linton also sends us this <http://www.paddlermagazine.com/issues/2003_4/article_221.shtml>link to a page on Paddler Magazine's website. They have listed what they consider are the ten greatest sea kayak voyages of all time. Australian Paul Caffyn's around Australia trip is there. Andrew (Linton) says, "Some nice info there, but they'll have to update it when Andrew gets to New Zealand !"

From West Oz paddler, Sandy Robson, on her way kayaking around Australia 
"There is now a map on my website for people to follow my progress. Click on the diary icon and the map comes up:

Collie River Water Level
The water release for this weekend is expected to be as follows:
Saturday, 350 - 400 megalitres/day (about 1m-1.05m at the gauging station)
Sunday, maybe up to 450 megalitres/day (1.15m) (good level)
It is hoped the "Wellington Dam Volume Release Report" on Harvey Water's website will be fixed on Monday. (IT person has been on hols). 
New white water paddlers should go <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlevcoll.html>here to see what all of the above figures mean.

"Real Men Wear Skirts"*
Go <http://www.cafepress.com/buy/sea%2520kayaking/-/cfpt2_/copt_/cfpt_/source_searchBox/x_25/y_10>here to see an amazing website with every kind of paddling logo &/or witticism imaginable on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other paraphernalia like calendars, caps, mouse pads, stickers and much more: "Roll Your Own", "Old Paddlers Never Die (they just keel over)", and so on. You can search for your preferred discipline, eg., white water/ flat water kayaking, touring, sea kayaking, canoeing, though there's a lot of overlap.
(*spray skirts)

Mainpeak Paddlesports Social Paddle
Sunday, 4th February, afternoon.
Paddle a peaceful 10km on the Murray River downstream to finish at Ravenswood. $50 per person (or $45 for members of Mainpeak Club). For more info and bookings call 9284 3759 or 

Event Reminders
WA Flatwater Sprint Regatta,
Saturday, 20th January. Races over 500m and 1000m. Event at AP Hinds Reserve, Bayswater.  Briefing: 6.50am Races start 7am. To register: <mailto:ramon@eon.net.au>ramon@eon.net.au (before Friday, 19th at 5pm)

Mainpeak Paddlesports Summer Dash: Sunday, 4th February. Paddle 12km or short course, 8km. Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10942&MenuID=Events/c13288/10600>here for online entries and more info'. There's also a map of the new course. This event includes the "Dash for Cash" which has $500 prize money for fastest male and female over the first 350 metres. Organised by canoeing association.

For Sale
Molokai 2004 Fenn Millennium.
 Good condition, suit approx 180cm, no leaks. $1650.00 call Peter Hinds - 0438 268 441
WaveSport Ace 4.7 white water kayak. Great for beginner playboaters looking to head out into the ocean as well as the river. Carves great, and easy to get vertical. Would best suit a female paddler, b/t 50-70kg. Comes with helmet and can discuss paddle and skirt package. In good condition. Contact Dave 0429 991 302
Pittarak Double Sea Kayak - Australian Made Expedition Sea Kayak, high spec, solid composite design, in perfect condition, fully fitted with all features. A beautiful boat!! $2,300. See<http://www.pittarak.com.au/pittarakdouble.html> http://www.pittarak.com.au/pittarakdouble.html and call Rivergods on (08) 9259 0749 <http://www.rivergods.com.au/>www.rivergods.com.au 

Seat to suit Cleaver X K1,
preferably low for stability. Patrick Burke, 0421 865 072
Endorfinn ski in reasonable condition for this year's Avon Descent. Contact Richard 0403 111 709 or <mailto:richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au>richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au
TK2 for Avon '07. Michael 0408 949 046
Spirit Cross trainer with paddle x 2 Pay up to $600 each, call Ash 0412 040 724

Week 4 /January
Summer Dash Entries

Avoid Late Entry Fee! Get your entry in by 10pm (WST) Thursday, 1st February. You can enter online: 


$20 CWA Members, $40 Standard Entry, $25 Short Course (Late Fee $20)

12km Long Course or 8km Short Course

Free Summer Dash t-shirt for all Short Course entrants!

And don't forget the "$500 Dash for Cash" for fastest male and female over the first 350 metres!

For any enquiries regarding entry or the event email <mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au

Slalom Results - from Colin Scully
"As you probably know, the WA slalom team did really well at the Schools' and National Championships in Eildon, Victoria. The official website doesn't rank the results by age group so I've gone through them to make it easier for anybody who may be interested in seeing how they all went. Needless to say they picked up a heap of medals." Go <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here to see the WA results by age group.

Down River Nationals - from Colin Scully
"On top of all that Josh Kippin did extremely well in the DR races winning gold in Schools 18 yrs and also gold (18) in two other races in the National DR races held after the slalom comps."

Another Paddler Wanted for Rotto Swim, Feb 17
"Mrs Daka Grobes would like a relief paddler to share the load. She can be contacted on 0434 919 471 or 9594 2167 . They are a team of four and have a 7m craft which is coming back to Freo after the event If someone can assist her please call."

Canoe Polo Champ
Local lad, Alastair Fyfe, 16 yrs, has been selected to play canoe polo in the Australian U18 team at the Oceania Championships to be held in Adelaide, 12th-14th April. He'll be playing against teams from USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South American countries. As well as being a canoe polo expert, Alastair is a keen white water paddler and play boater, tackles some of the marathon races and is a member of the Avon Support Unit (swiftwater rescue group which supports the Avon Descent).

"The Dreamtime Voyage"
I have just read this book, Paul Caffyn's tale of his 1981 around Australia paddle. What an amazing feat! It's recommended reading for all paddlers, not just sea kayakers. He had white water skills before he started undertaking marathon sea voyages and this certainly helped with handling the tidal races (like rapids in the ocean) that he met in the Kimberleys. He paddled alone for most of the voyage. Google is a great tool to let you zoom in on his route.

I came across a few familiar paddling names in the book: Terry Bolland gets a mention, as do Ian and Sandy Maley (parents of top C1 slalom paddler, Kynan) and Barry, the white water paddling guru from Albany. 

The book is available in the public library system (you may need to request it from other than your local library). However I'm going to add it to my paddling books collection, as it was such a moving read.

From Mike Wood, Mountain Designs: sea kayaking slide show
"Al Bakker from Southern Sea Ventures will be here tomorrow, Thursday, 1st February. 6pm, to do a slide show "Sea Kayaking Around The World - Antarctica, Fiji, Articand Europe". It'll be held at Mountain Designs, Perth, 862 Hay St, Al is a great presenter so come along and have a look at some fantastic trips around the world. I've personally done two with Al and he runs a great trip!"

More Boats Needed
"We are in the process of replacing the old kayaks used by the TID paddlers and increasing the number of available boats."
If you have a boat lying around in the shed the TID (Talent Identification Squad- sprint) need more boats for their beginners -so if you're feeling generous contact Edna Rovira, Chairman, Flatwater Committee - <mailto:rovira@bigpond.net.au>rovira@bigpond.net.au 

From Laurie Ford (Tasmanian sea kayaker)
"Deary me. Andrew McAuley is from NSW, NOT Tasmania." (For new readers Andrew is crossing the Tasman Sea in a kayak - alone.) <http://www.andrewmcauley.com/index.html>http://www.andrewmcauley.com/index.html

Canoeing Down Under - Events
Social Sunset/Moonlight Paddle:
Saturday, Feb 3. Meet at Hinds Reserve, Milne Street, Bayswater at 6:30pm. Paddle around Ascot Waters area. BYO everything.
Course: Flat Water Introduction, Sunday, Feb 11. $75 incl GST and craft or $60 with own craft. 3 hours. All proceeds from this course will got to helping children with Austism. 
More enquiries and bookings phone 9378 1333.

Double Sea Kayak,
fibreglass, good condition. Call Peter 0419 045 602
Fibreglass Surf Ski to suit 6 'paddler. Please call Martin 0403 800 428 or email <mailto:vontrapp@wxc.com.au>vontrapp@wxc.com.au
Fiberglass/carbon fiber surf ski and carbon fiber wing paddle
to suit paddler 5' 10". Must be suitable for Avon Descent with flip up rudder (not fixed). Contact Andy 0448 568 054, e-mail <mailto:andlor@aapt.net.au>andlor@aapt.net.au or 

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