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Week 3 /January
Tuesday, 15th January, 2008
Social Paddle
Dawesville Cut and Harvey Estuary - Sunday, 20th January

Paddle <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/daweslynbr.jpeg>out of the cut to a small ocean beach just around the corner (weather permitting), check out the <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/daweslynbouv.jpeg>real estate in the Bouvard canals, the boats at the marina and stop for a picnic lunch at a <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/daweslynbch.jpeg>pristine sandy beach on the shores of Harvey Estuary before the homeward leg back to the start.  (My paddling companion in these recent pics is Lyn Hancock, a visiting Perthite and prolific author who has lived in Canada most of her life.)

This is a peer group paddle (which means you are responsible for yourself). As well as an interesting paddle for the more experienced it is suitable for newer paddlers who are used to a bit of chop - I guess it's similar to paddling Blackwall Reach on a busy morning. A rudder is a plus. 

All are welcome but we'd like to keep those joining in at around ten paddlers.  Meet at 9:30am for a 10am start. Enquiiries: contact Robyn 9386 1737 or <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>rokhor@iinet.net.au if interested and to find out the starting point.

If you don't have a boat and/or roof rack it is possible to hire from "Kayaks 4 U" which is on the foreshore, southern side, just opposite Mandurah town (King's Carnival).  Ring Wayne, 0419 885 710, to let him know you want a craft.  He will also deliver to and collect from our starting point.

Esperance to Albany . . .  and Beyond
Sandy Robson, Matt Erkins and Martin Burgoyne set out to paddle this wild and beautiful stretch of our southern coast around beginning of January.  Sandy and Matt will then paddle further - the plan is to Hamelin Bay.  That's camping every night on a different beach! Albany Canoe Club members are kindly helping support the paddlers. Thanks to Mike Palmer, Paul  Robertson and Laurie Collett for this info'! (Sandy paddled the full length of the eastern coast, mostly alone, in 2007. See her <https://netstorage.penrhos.wa.edu.au/slap/>website.)

Collie River - Wellington Dam Releases
White water paddlers will be pleased to know that Harvey Water's <http://www.harveywater.com.au/irrigator_information_releases.asp>webpage which outlines the expected dam releases into the Collie River is functioning again. What do the different levels mean regards paddleability?  Go <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlevcoll.html>here to find out. The next couple of days sees some big releases.

Some Updates
I have updated much of the <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/canclubs.html>club contacts page on my website, long overdue! 

Paddle Bash Series Starts
Swan Canoe Club's Friday night time trial got under way for '08 last Friday evening. All are welcome to join in. The aim is to beat your own personal best time for different length races in this most scenic locale. BYO barbeque afterwards. Contact Joel, <mailto:joel.ferguson@metso.com>joel.ferguson@metso.com for more info'.

To race on other nights of the week go to <http://www.canningriver.canoe.org.au/>Canning River Canoe Club (between Shelley and Riverton bridges) on Tuesdays, 6pm start and <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/>Ascot Kayak Club (Garvey Park) on Wednesdays, also 6pm start.

New Front Page Pic
That's <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/>Sara from Swan Canoe Club just outside the Nornalup Inlet mouth (Walpole) on a perfect summer's morning with hardly a breath of wind. There's heaps more pics of this scenic area to come - but I'm still in holiday mode!

Here's a beaut boat for sale . . . but you need to be a bit cashed up!
Sea Kayak, Paddling Perfection, "Sea Bear"
 - full kevlar construction, orange/yellow deck, white hull, 5.6m, 24kg, as new. Deck box and padded seat included. $3500 ono.  Phone James, 9472 5364. 

K1 for Avon -
 kevlar, under $800. Please contact Pete, <mailto:pegs1978@yahoo.com.au>pegs1978@yahoo.com.au or 9332 0801.
Arro Kayak -  preferably kevlar. Please contact Toby <mailto:sam_toby@optusnet.com.au>sam_toby@optusnet.com.au or 0417 975 102.
Surf Ski - Mako/SpiritXT or similar to suit paddler 186cm tall. Please phone Jim 0419 901 155 or <mailto:jim@Cumberlandconsulting.com.au>jim@Cumberlandconsulting.com.au .
Canadian Canoe - preferably with paddles. May be plastic or fibreglass.  Please contact Pete or MIke 9309 1402 or 0413 252 842 .
Fibreglass surf ski, Mako, XT, not fussy. For 6'1" upwards. Prefer kick up rudder. Phone Karen 0417 519 241 or <mailto:k.staudte@murdoch.edu.au>k.staudte@murdoch.edu.au. 

Week 4 /January
Thursday, 24th January, 2007
New Canoe Club for WA
Yes, another canoe club has been formed, "Mandurah Paddling Club", located on the Western Foreshore.  Their <http://www.mandurah.canoe.org.au/>website, though only partially complete, is up and running.  The club is affiliated with the state association, Canoeing WA (CWA). Their first official event was held 13th January with about twenty participants.

Here's an excerpt from their website about their proposed activities:
"Regular training for events or just social paddles Mon ­ Fri 5.30pm. and weekends from 8.00am. Murray River Coolup to Pinjarra, Pinjarra to Ravenswood, Ravenswood to Mandurah are just some of the regular activities club members practise."

Another Boys' Own Adventure !
Terry Bolland and Tony Chounding, AKC, will set off in May for Canada and some challenging self supported canoeing through the magnificent landscape of this part of the world. They follow the Athabaska River from Jasper, Alberta, for 2,000km through the foothills of the Rockies to Lake Athabaska, then the Slave River to the Great Slave Lake. There they will be joined by Alaine from CDU and Leonie Cockman, President AKC, for the more gentle paddle, just another 2,000km down the Mackenzie River to the mouth, on a Girls Own Adventure!  They end up somewhere in the Beaufort Sea, North West Territories. Check out the route on Google.  The boys will meet many friendly rapids (<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/amaligne.jpeg>like this) very significant rapids and waterfalls (<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/athafalls.jpeg>like this) which will require portaging. But some of the time it will be <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/athariv.jpeg>like this! as they head north. Then there's bears to watch out for!  I would say we can expect some amazing stories from the group when they return.

Death of Trevor Sprigg
As you probably know Trevor Sprigg died last week. As Shadow Minister for Sport, Trevor was a great supporter of the campaign for a white water park. He raised the matter of the park and Water Corporation's role, in parliament, where it was debated for over an hour. He also issued several press releases on the subject. His active support was greatly appreciated. He will be sadly missed.
Colin Thorpe
Canoeing WA

Paddler Wanted - Rottnest Swim
Paddler (or two) wanted for Rotto solo swimmer. Please call Warren Andrews ­ 0409 276 404 for details.

Stealth Paddle -
M Distinctive fibreglass repair on one blade, carbon/kevlar shaft. Accidently left behind in park near Dolphin Quay in the Mandurah Marina. Ph. Tony 0438 106 194 or <mailto:tony.bowman@hotmail.com>tony.bowman@hotmail.com .

Plastic Craft Invited to Flatwater State Champs (Sprint)
Saturday & Sunday, 26th & 27th January, 8am-11am, Champion Lakes, Armadale

Join in the fun at this state of the art venue. Just about any craft is welcome!  Entries due Thursday, 24th. Open to Canoeing WA (CWA) members only. Contact <mailto:jesse@canoewa.asn.au>Jesse, or 9285 8501 or visit the <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>web page.


Changed Course for Summer Dash
Sunday, 3rd February, 3pm, Swan Canoe Club

CWA's Summer Dash is now a twilight race with a changed format and venue: four laps of 3km from Swan Canoe Club to Chidley Point and return which can be done in a team of four paddlers or the 12km can be done as an individual. For more details go to the <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>web page or contact <mailto:jesse@canoewa.asn.au>Jesse . All paddlers are welcome at this event  - it's a 'community' event. Sponsored by Mainpeak Paddlesports.

2008 Australian Marathon Canoe Championships
21st - 23rd March, Sydney International Regatta Centre

Here's the link to all the info' you need if you're considering taking part in this year's national marathon champs <http://www.marathon.canoe.org.au/>www.marathon.canoe.org.au . 

Click on the title 2008 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships under Latest News. The on-line entries will be activated in the very near future - Jerry Dunn

Wild Water Racing Series, 2008
The new Wild Water Technical Committee, chaired by Richard Molek, has issued the following programme for this most exciting series of river races.
Autumn Races: 10th May - Race 1, AKC Buoys Race; 25th May ­ Race 2, Drain Race; 15th June ­ Race 3, Upper Swan Ti Trees; 
Winter Races: 16th August ­ Race 4, Scorpion's Tails (Posselt's Ford to Emus); 23rd and 24th August ­ Race 5, Geegelup Cup, Bridgetown;7th September ­ Race 6, Bells Sprints. Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.

In addition the committee has organised a comprehensive set of Saturday morning training sessions, mostly geared to newcomers to this form of racing, but many sessions will be valuable to 'old hands' as well. These are only available to members of CWA affiliated clubs, the main ones with DR paddlers being AKC and SCC. To benefit from the sessions you need a suitable craft which must not have a rudder (but you can tie it up) and be less than 5m in length. Owing to the nature of DR paddling skis will not benefit and therefore may not participate. The sessions will run from 1st March to 26th April, so save your Saturday mornings for some expert tuition and lots of encouragement! 

Contact<mailto:wwwdr@iinet.net.au> Richard for more info'  or visit the WWDR page on AKC's website. Wild Water paddling is sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.

Some Cool Gear!
Browsing around Mainpeak Paddlesports in Cottelsoe I came across some new items (well, new to me!). Girls, there's some very smart lycra sun protection tops, in either red or black with the yoke panel and sleeves in bold jungle prints in black and white. "Jungle Mamma" is the label. 

On the more practical side there are some very 'state of the art' carbon-kevlar <http://www.paddle.com.au/whatsnewp.aspx>helmets from Hungary by Sweet (limited edition) in matt irridescent bold colours - great for surf and playboaters. They not only look good but are the best available for your head!  

Lastly, I found some more state of the art, as far as materials are concerned, combined cag & deck "ensembles" or "<http://www.hiko.cz/index.php?lang=en&kat=133&id=84>topdecks" - that is, in one piece - by Hiko (very lightweight, but still strong). Great for slalom paddlers. These hail from the Czech Republic. 

But drop in and see for yourself if you're thinking of upgrading (while stocks last)! 35 Jarrad St., Cottesloe.

Pete, Helping to Save the Whales
Many of you will know keen paddler and Avon Descenter, Peter Fitzgerald, from Bunbury. Here's a short video clip of Pete as Sea Shepherd's representative in Bunbury.
<http://vietson.com/video/index.cfm?search=Whaling>http://vietson.com/video/index.cfm?search=Whaling  or alternately put search words "sea shepherd protest bunbury" into Google.

Canoeing Down Under Events and Courses - 9378 1333
Fitness Training
 recommenced 19th January. Join the group Saturday mornings at Sandy Beach, 7:15am
Intro to Flat Water Paddling - Sunday, 17th February, 9am -12pm. For absolute beginners. $75 or $60 with own craft (inc. GST).
Avon Descent Flat Water Skills Sessions - commence February - Saturday mornings and possibly Tuesday evenings. $200 or$160 if you have purchased a boat from CDU. Contact the shop for more details.

Ascot Kiosk Opens
The new Ascot Kayak Club building at Garvey Park, Belmont, includes premises for a public kiosk, until recently not occupied. Now you can paddle (or cycle or walk the dog or . . .) along this section of river and finish up with a cuppa capuccino! It's called Captain Bream Cafe and has all the usual cafe fare, including all day breakfasts. Seafood is a specialty.  Hours are 9:30am-4:30pm, Tuesdays-Fridays; and weekends 7:30am-4:30pm. Closed Mondays.

Events Coming Up . . .
Flatwater State Champs 
(Sprint), Saturday & Sunday, 26th & 27th January, 8am-11am, Champion Lakes, Armadale
Twilight Summer Dash, Sunday, 3rd February, Swan Canoe Club. Registration 3pm, briefing 3:45pm, race start 4pm.
Marathon No. 4, Canning Ascent, Sunday, 10th February - 14km from Deep Water Point to Hester Park, Langford. Meet at Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant. Registration 6:45-7:45am; briefing 8am. Short course, 6km, also available.

Newer-style ski 
for mid-level ski-paddler upgrading from 8+year old Interceptor Mark 3. Something that's a step-up in speed like a used Epic, HUKI, Icon, Mako, Robberg or similar of that style. Budget is variable, depends on what is out there. Contact:  <mailto:mark.englebert@twcs.com.au>mark.englebert@twcs.com.au
Playboat - size suitable for 160cm, 50kg paddler. Please phone Jan 9257 3727.
Kevlar Zephyr Max or Odyssey K2.
 Must be in good conditon suitable for Avon Descent. Call Ben 0433 996 780 or <mailto:kingweb@ststephens.wa.edu.au>kingweb@ststephens.wa.edu.au .

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