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Week 1 /November
Perth Canoe Polo Club
Beginners' Competition - starts Friday, 9th November

This competition series is for six weeks and will be held at Beatty Park Pool. It's ideal for those starting out as beginner rules don't allow hand or boat tackling. All gear is available to rent from the club if required. Competition cost is $50 plus pool entry in addition to any hire charges you may need to incur. Participants must be a member of CWA (canoeing association) for insurance purposes through another canoe club or we can arrange short term cover for the competition. Contact Bryan Lee <mailto:bilee@iinet.net.au>bilee@iinet.net.au ASAP to enter yourself or your team.

From Robin Bell, Australian Olympic C1 Slalom Paddler
Local paddler, Robin Bell, talks about his visit to the Beijing white water course.
"The new Beijing whitewater course has only 4 blocks of training before the Olympics. I missed the first one, resting up for the Worlds so it is important to utilise the rest of the training blocks available to get to know the course. They held a 10 day training block which started on 15th October. The course, similar to the Sydney and Athens whitewater parks, starts with something like a blank canvas which you then change with movable objects to get the desired river features. This process can take some time. The Chinese have a basic course set up but don't seem to want to change it. At the moment it feels like the impact zone of Margaret River main break with a similar survival rate. I was struggling a little, but then I looked across and saw Michal Martikan (Current World Champ) upside down stuck against a wall, and Tony Estanguet (2*Olympic Champ) try 3 times to cross a wave without a successful attempt. Made me feel a little better. The course may not be very smooth but at the end of the day everyone will be on the same river."

He sends us <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/robellchinaoct07.html>these pics of the course.

Summer Slalom
The slalom group has already held two of their summer series races. If you'd like to join in (slalom really helps white water skills) contact Greg Kippin, <mailto:dune@iexpress.net.au>dune@iexpress.net.au .

Kolocep Paddling, Croatia
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/kolocep.html>Here's some pics of a leisurely day paddle to and around one of the hundreds of islands of Croatia, this one being just off the coast north of Dubrovnik. The Adriatic Sea side of the island has high limestone cliffs and caves which made it an interesting paddle. As well, the mountains of the mainland are a scenic backdrop to paddling in this stunning area. Photos: R. Khorshid.

Change of Management
Canoeing Western Australia (the state governing body) has appointed long time paddler and Avon Descenter (amongst other things) Ash Nesbit as Executive Officer. Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=13596>here to read more about his background. We look forward to an era with Ash and wish Lindsay Wiland, the retiring 'boss', all the best in his appointment at the new Champion Lakes. We all appreciate his dedicated contribution to paddling in WA during his time with us. 

Nepal . . . Awesome!
"Big water, friendly people, magnificient scenery!" - Bryan Lee (one of a group of WA paddlers recently returned from a white water trip on the Sun Khosi.

Paddle Events Coming Up . . .
Pairs Enduro, Sunday, 11th November

Barrett Street footbridge to Ascot Kayak Club: 19km. Paddle with a mate of the same speed and share the ride! Late entries (late fee applies) accepted up to and on race day. Registration: 7:30-8:30am at the start. Briefing: 9am and start 9:30am. For more info' contact organiser Richard Molek <mailto:enduro@iinet.net.au>enduro@iinet.net.au or 0412 076 173.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.

Solahart Donnybrook Marathon Relay, Saturday, 17th November
This friendly event takes place in the hills and valleys behind Donnybrook and on the picturesque Glen Mervyn dam. It consists of:
34km road bike, 7km paddle, 1.4km swim, 20km mountain bike, 8.5km walk and 12.1km run. Entries preferred by 12th November but will be accepted up to 17th November. Contact Donnybrook Recreation Centre, 9731 1822, <mailto:donnybrookrec@westnet.com.au>donnybrookrec@westnet.com.au, for more details and entry form. There's a course description <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/donnymara.html>here.

24 Hour Paddle, Saturday & Sunday, 24th & 25th November
Ascot Kayak Club organises this event in W.A. Various teams paddle continuously for a whole day over a designated course. The team that completes the most laps wins, with handicaps applied. Sleep over at the new Ascot Kayak Club, well, when you're not paddling. Contact Peter Martin, <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>petermartin1953@aapt.net.au or 0427 004 035 if you'd like to enter or be part of a team. More info' <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=13123&MenuID=Club_Events/20045/0/>here. This is a Lake Burley Griffin Canoe Club, Canberra, initiative. 

Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach: Sunday, 2nd December
A river and ocean paddle combined - from Mosman Bay to Leighton Beach. For ocean going craft, including sea kayaks. Paddle competency required. Courses will be available at <http://www.paddle.com.au/eventDetails.aspx?eventID=50406>Mainpeak Paddlesports for those not as yet experienced enough. Phone them 9284 3759 for more info'. Online entries are available <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10999&MenuID=Events/c13288/10600/>here.

Spirit racing ski or Endorfinn.
Ex Avon is ok. Please phone 9377 7918.

Week 3 /November
Paddlers on a High . . .

Mountain, that is. Two well known Ascot Kayak Club members and Avon Descenters not only went white water paddling in Nepal but added this peak to their itinerary -<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/agrantstevemt.jpeg> a wonderful photo, courtesy Steve Myers, standing, with Grant Pepper. 

South Coast Rivers
As part of the response to the shortage of potable water sources to meet growing demand with a drier climate as well as other issues, the Department of Water is currently conducting a survey regards canoeists' values and usage of South Coast rivers, from Deep River to Cheyne's Bay. If you would like to see the scope of the survey and/or respond please contact Deb Booker, 9842 5760 or <mailto:deb.booker@water.wa.gov.au>deb.booker@water.wa.gov.au for a copy. Thanks to Albany Canoe Club for forwarding this info'.

There are concerns amongst some major players in the recreation and tourism industry that under new management plans there will be many more government restrictions to access to some of our wilderness areas which we currently enjoy. If you want to know more or wish to express concern please contact Mountain Designs proprietor, Mike Wood, who has helped form the "WA Recreation and Tourism Alliance". 9322 4774 or <mailto:perth@mountaindesigns.com>perth@mountaindesigns.com  . 

Crossing The Ditch
As you may have heard on the news, two paddlers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, both from Sydney, are making an attempt to kayak across the Tasman Sea. These guys are in a double. They are self- supporting, as was Andrew McAuley who died attempting this feat solo recently . They are paddling from Forster in NSW to the north island, New Zealand. You may remember that Andrew's attempt was much further south. They look to be making good progress. <http://www.crossingtheditch.com.au/>Here's the website with their current position and dispatches.

Transporting Your Kayak
A disgruntled paddler was recently fined $400 for carrying a molokai ski on a Magna station wagon. This prompted us to find out exactly what the regulations allow us to carry on roof racks.

Here are the official rules: <http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/lic_IB-117A.pdf>http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/lic_IB-117A.pdf regarding carrying loads on your roof rack - they're based around tradesmen's vehicles and loads, but seem to be the closest available to our craft situation, I have been advised by the government's licensing department. Those who use trailers for transporting kayaks/canoes may also like to read here: <http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/lic_IB-107A.pdf>http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/lic_IB-107A.pdf  .

In addition I contacted the WA Police by email and this was the reply:
"Clause 11 of Division 4 of Schedule 1 of The Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Regulations 2002 allows for a maximum projection of any load of 1.2m from the rear of a vehicle. This distance must be measured between two vertical lines at right angles to the rear of the vehicle and the end of the load.

The regulations further state where any portion of the load projects in such a manner it would not be readily visible to any person following immediately behind the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle must- mark the load with a brightly coloured piece of material or at night-time a red light.


Dave Eggett
Acting Sergeant 6242
Project Officer
Traffic Policy Unit

Ph: 9222 1091 Fax : 9222 1766
Email :   <mailto:dave.eggett@police%20wa.gov.au>dave.eggett@police wa.gov.au "

Rivergods - Employment Opportunities
Tom is looking for someone to help out in the office, as well as a sea kayak guide. Contact him for more details, 9259 0749 or r<mailto:ivergods@iinet.net.au>ivergods@iinet.net.au . To find out more about Rivergods go <http://www.rivergods.com.au/index.html>here.

 left on river bank at Bayswater boat ramp, Sunday, 18th November. Black shaft with red blades. Please contact Myra 0417 991 468 or <mailto:mhind@airflite.com.au>mhind@airflite.com.au if found.

Twenty Four Hour Paddle 
Get your entries in fast! It's on this weekend. Organiser, Peter Martin from AKC says, "So far we have had one solo entry and 3 teams getting together ( 1 x Women's , 1 x Fast men's , 1 x not-so-fast Men's ) . . .  Are there any other definites out there? Yes, you can have mixed sex, age and craft entries - Burley Griffen Canoe Club just averages the handicap. There was talk of a team from Swan Canoe Club -has there been any progress? Junior teams? Entries were due Wednesday afternoon, but you might still be lucky and have your entry accepted - contact Peter, 9277 4704 or 0427 004 035 or  <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>petermartin1953@aapt.net.au .

Mainpeak Bay 2 Beach
Sunday, 2nd December

14km race for ocean going craft from Mosman Bay to Leighton Beach. Online entry and all the info' for this popular event are available <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10999&MenuID=Events/c13288/10600>here. 
Registration: 7.30 - 9.30am at Johnson St Boat Ramp, Mosman Park. Briefing: 9.45am Start: 10.00am (Grid orders list will be posted in the week preceeding the event). Finish/Presentations are at Fremantle SLSC, Leighton Beach. Paddle competency required. Organised by Canoeing WA

Volunteers Wanted - Mainpeak Bay 2 Beach
Sunday, 2nd December, 7am-11am. 
If you'd like to help out and be part of this great event contact the canoeing association, 9285 8501 or <mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au . Jobs available are: registration desk, setting up and dismantling the start and finish areas (Mosman Bay and Leighton Beach) and paddler spotting at a couple of locations. Volunteers are rewarded with food and drink at the presentations and a big "thank you!" In addition, you will earn your club $25 (per volunteer).

The following email is from Steve Foreman.
"Video clip regis_fait_du_kayak1.mpeg posted on your WA Paddlers News Page. I thought you would be interested to know that the clip is a fabrication. More details of the clip's production can be found on the Snopes website at <http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/kayak.asp>http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/kayak.asp. Snopes is one of the more reputable authorities on urban legends."
Note: This is the video clip of an ocean paddler upended by a very large fish, like a whale. The paddler disappears, but then surfaces and easily rolls up. Yes, I think most paddlers half suspected it was not a real incident just 'accidentally' filmed! Even if not real, it's good entertainment value!

Molokai/Long Distance racing ski
around $1000. Prefer a stable ski like XT or Mark 1. Phone Richard 0403 111 709 or <mailto:richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au>richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au  .
3 person canoe in good condition <mailto:petel@westnet.com.au>petel@westnet.com.au in Albany 9842 5121 but can pick up from Perth.

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