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Week 1 /April
Thursday, 1st April, 2010
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2010 Australian Canoe Polo Championships
3rd - 5th April, Champion Lakes, Armadale

Be sure to check out the nation's best this Easter weekend. Teams from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will be competing.

Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 9am - 4pm
Monday: 9am - 4pm

Grandfinals will be from 1:30pm on Monday.  Open grandfinal starts at 3:30pm.

Recreational Ocean Paddling Workshop
9:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday, 10th April
Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club

Organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Canoeing Western Australia (CWA) and Surf Life Saving, WA (SLSWA).  Though initially targeted at ski paddlers as a result of incidents over the years, this workshop will present a valuable forum for all ocean paddlers, including sea kayakers. This forum is directed at clubs and individuals.  Go to CWA website <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=18935>here for full details and for registration form.

Other Government Notices Affecting Paddlers
CWA members will already be aware of safety warnings issued by the government regarding the Swan, Canning and Southern rivers. Firstly, the water was not considered safe for recreational activities after the recent "100 Year" storm and overflow of sewers and the like. Secondly, the old Middle Swan bridge is now being demolished and to take care if paddling in the vicinity. This will take several weeks. Again, check out CWA's notices: <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=18939>river health and <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=18906>bridge demolition.

SA Riverland Paddling Marathon
12th-14th June

Just a reminder that the Marathon Canoe Club of SA is extending an invitation to interstate paddlers to come to South Australia for this event.

Interstate paddlers who would like to participate in the event on a 'fly in - fly out' basis are able to book a kayak with the MCC-SA and have it bought to the start of the event. You just have to get yourself to the start each day.

The RPM includes distances of 200km over 3 days, 100km over 3 days or 200km in relay over 3 days. Paddlers will find all sorts of craft on the water with K1, TK1, Sea kayaks, Surf skis, Dragon boats and even Surf boats competing. There is little or no flow in the river and paddlers can expect a genuine marathon challenge.
There is more info available at <http://www.mcc.canoe.org.au/>www.mcc.canoe.org.au or email us at <mailto:marathoncanoeclubofsa@live.com.au>marathoncanoeclubofsa@live.com.au

Precision Paddling Technique Clinics
Due to river health issues the next series of technique clinics will now start Sunday, 11th April. The sessions will be as follows:
Session 1: Sunday, 11th April, 8:30-12pm; Session 2: Saturday, 17th April, 9-12:30pm.
$140 incl. GST.  Registrations close on Tuesday, 6th April
You will truly refine your technique with these clinics.

Cooper Anchors for Sea Kayaks?
This new style anchor was featured on ABC's "The New Inventors" a couple of weeks back. It's nylon (therefore no sharp parts to damage fragile boats) and only weighs about 1kg. I was advised by the inventors that it is suitable for my sea kayak (5.3m and weighs about 19kg, empty) even though on <http://www.cooperanchors.com.au>their website they advertise it is suitable for canoes, up to 3.5m. Though generally we don't want to sit still on the ocean during sea kayaking trips there are uses for an anchor (large tidal range paddles, fishing) and at present it is a requirement to have one on board. Thanks to Terry Cicciora for sending the website address.

Whatever happened to . . .
Some of you may remember Sandra Fraser, a Swannie paddler from the 1990s who has gone over east to live.  She was married recently to Chris, the ceremony taking place on top of Mt Buller.

Also a word from Ann Coulson, ex-AKC, who now lives on the Isle of Wight. She hasn't been paddling for ages, having taken up sailing these days.  Who knows, we may even see her here in Perth on a 'round-the-world' sailing jaunt!

White Water Parks
Go <http://kayaksession.com/barre.php?no=http://cksblog.com/?p=3835%20>here to see a blog (rather lengthy) on constructing white water parks on natural rivers, "If You Build It They Will Come" in the USA. Colin Thorpe and helpers did a similar thing on the Harvey River below Stirling Dam (lower section) in the 1990s; before them the river paddling pioneers of WA had reorganised the top and middle sections of this former white water playground. 

Stolen Polo Kayaks and Gear
Though this occurred interstate you never know where stolen goods of this quantity will turn up next.

Theft of a CanoeSA trailer full of kayaks. "We now can confirm that the trailer has been recovered. However it was recovered without wheels, or any of its contents. There are still 16 polo kayaks emblazoned with the initials CSA floating out there somewhere. The kayaks are mostly red or yellow with a couple of black craft as well. Obviously the paddles, helmets and pfds are also still missing.

If anyone hears of any such equipment in a place it should not be you might immediately contact BankSA Crimestoppers." (or WA Police)

Sea Kayak Self Rescue
Here's<http://cksblog.com/?cat=335> a useful blog with very clear pics on getting yourself back in the boat after a capsize, with the aid of a paddle float.

Yukon River Classic
Paul Gill will be entering the Yukon River Classic this year.  Terry Bolland and Ed Vaneer competed in this also, a couple of years back.  (<http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au/trips.php>Here's the story.) Anyway, Paul is selling his ski to help fund the trip. See "For Sale", below.

Mainpeak Avon Descent Information Nights
6pm, Tuesday, 13th April and Tuesday, 11th May

Paddlesports store, 2A Railway St., Cottesloe
Presented by Ken Miller. Click <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pageInstance_Avon_Descent_2010/paddle/products.html>here for more info'.

Mainpeak Avon Descent Flatwater Training Courses
Saturday mornings, starting 17th April
Thursday evenings, starting 13th May

These will consist of three sessions at Freshwater Bay, Peppermint Grove, either 8:30 - 10:30am on Saturdays or 5:30 - 7:30pm on Thursdays.  Click <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pageInstance_Avon_Training_Course/paddle/products.html>here for more info'.

Events Coming Up . . .
Sunday, 18th April:
 Canning River Canoe Club, Canning Classic - 12km marathon on Canning River
Sunday, 25th April: Swan Canoe Club, Rod Fry Memorial Race - 12km marathon from Mosman Park to Stirling Bridge and return; short course available as well.
More details available for both club events closer to the date.

Canoeing Down Under Easter Sale
Dorado & Vision Double Skis,
 vacuum Infused. $3450 - Special $3200.
Dorado & Illusion Single, vacuum Infused skis. $2450 - Special $2200.
Guppy K2. $1550.00 - Special $1400.
South African Kevlar K1s $2200 ­ Special $2050.

Plus we have over 20 plastic kayaks, canoes, sit-ons and skis on sale from $50 to $200 off. Contact Terry: 9378 1333.

For Sale (This is an unusual craft!)
Avon racing ski - K2 hull with a modified Molokai seat making it a ski. Eddie Stolewinder built it for himself two years back and I paddled it this last Avon. Full kevlar construction with a carbon nose, venturi in the footwell. Light fast and strong. 13 kg and 6.5m.

I am asking $3200 for it; comes with cover, spare rudder and a little kevlar spray cover for the footwell. I can be contacted on <mailto:gillaquatic@gmail.com>gillaquatic@gmail.com or 0403 455 531 but I am offshore so wont be contactable until after 10th April.

Precision Paddling Second Hand Craft For Sale
Spirit Cross-Trainer
 $700 (RRP $1050) 
Spirit Racing Ski (for flatwater use) $650 (RRP $1295) 
Spirit Double Cross-Trainer $1000 (RRP $1495)

Contact Ty, 6278 1991 or <mailto:ty@precisionpaddling.com.au>ty@precisionpaddling.com.au .

Wanted
Arrow K1 -
 carbon/kevlar, trailing rudder for Avon in good condition. Ryan. 0438 209 939 or <mailto:rgoodchild77@hotmail.com>rgoodchild77@hotmail.com .
Epic V10 L ­ either construction ph Andrew 9339 5389 or 0400 096 963.

Week 4 /April
Monday, 26th April, 2010
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John Sims Race
Sunday, 2nd May

Come along and enjoy the camaraderie and friendly competition of this popular 11.5km race on the Swan from Garvey Park to Barkers Bridge, Guildford and return + a Guppy course.  All paddlers are welcome, whether in/on a fast boat or in/on plastic!  As well as K1 and K2 there's a K4 competition. There's heaps of prizes for all ages, men, women and juniors, but you have to be in it to win it!

There's fresh, healthy and (best of all) yummy food and drink available for after the race or BYO picnic to share on the lawns.

Entries close 28th April, so be quick. Here are the links with all the info' you need and the entry form:
Race summary information:
<http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=18982>http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=18982 .

To enter the race:
http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/event.asp?ID=11087&format=popup .

For more detailed information about the race :
http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=13121&MenuID=Club_Events/20045/0/ .

Registration on the day is 7:30-8:30am; briefing, 8:45am; race start, 9:15am.
Organised by Ascot Kayak Club. Generously sponsored by Canoeing Down Under, Dermalogica at Fresh, BHP and Peak Safety Solutions.
For more info' please contact Leonie Cockman, <mailto:akcevents@gmail.com>akcevents@gmail.com or 0412 101 949.

Finn Kayaks 2010 Paddle Challenge
Sunday, 16th May

Take advantage of our balmy autumn weather in another race on the Swan - good for your Avon training. Distances range from 18km for the long course, to 11km short course and 6km guppy/novice course. Meet at AP Hinds Reserve Bayswater. Enter online <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=2558>here .
Registration: 7:30-9:00am; race starts: 9:30am.
This occasion is also the official opening of entries for the 2010 Avon Descent.

Avon Descent
Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th August
Get a discount on your entry fee by entering early. Online early bird entries are open between 16th & 31st May.

Avon Descent Prizemoneys this Year!
Single paddle craft (male) prize money will be awarded to the first ten places, ranging from $10,000 (1st), $6,000 (2nd), $4,000 (3rd) down to $1,000 (10th). Full details are available on the website - click on "Prize Pool" on the side menu. 

Avon Support Unit
These are the guys and gals who stand at strategic locations (well known trouble spots) ready to help paddlers in trouble during the Descent. As well they help out in other roles which assist paddlers.  If you're not participating in the Descent this year maybe you'd like to join this group.  You will be trained and you're sure to have a lot of fun as well.  Go <http://www.avondescent.com.au/>here to learn more (click on the side bar menu).

Calling All Female Paddlers!
Jenni Bateman asks other women paddlers to contact her if they would like to see more encouragement and recognition of women paddlers in the Avon Descent. Email her <mailto:bodysolutions@gmail.com>here.  

Avon Catchment Rainfalls
Lots of folk like to predict the paddleability of the Avon after winter rainfalls. When we have rain here on the coastal plain it does not necessarily mean rain has fallen inland, as all Descenters know! Good rain in the hills enters the Avon via Woorooloo Brook and the Brockman River as well as via many small streams so the lower half of the Valley (below Lookout) benefits quickly, but the water drains away quickly. This is rain which sweeps in from the west/south-west with the passage of cold fronts. The wheat belt is in a rainshadow for west/south-west rain. The larger the mass of warm, humid air coming from the north/north west preceding cold fronts, however, then the more likely there will be good falls throughout the Avon catchment. So keep your eye on the radar, <http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR123.loop.shtml%23skip>here! As the catchment is large this rainfall is slower to reach Northam and downstream and takes longer to drain away.

This page has detailed rainfall figures for each of the past seven days for all stations in the Swan/Avon catchment: <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60225.html>
<http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60225.html>http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60225.html  .
Only those stations that received rainfall are listed <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60044.txt>here (daily) and <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60045.txt>here (weekly).  Scroll down to Central Wheat Belt.

Canoe Dreams
In case you have thoughts of paddling in the northern hemisphere this coming summer here's a German website which has information on links to water levels in Europe, USA and Canada as well as good places to canoe/kayak throughout the world.
<http://www.canoe-dreams.com/english/levels.php>http://www.canoe-dreams.com/english/levels.php .
<http://www.canoe-dreams.com/english/routes.php>http://www.canoe-dreams.com/english/routes.php .

Canoe and Kayak Trails, NSW
Closer to home: http://www.lands.nsw.gov.au/crown_land/canoe_and_kayak_trails?gclid=COD886_V558CFZAvpAodfGZaHw .

White Water Park
Warren Crawford and helpers ran another white water park promotion at the Armadale Shopping City on Saturday, 17th April. The results were again outstanding with 1,095 people signing up as Friends of the White Water Park. This brings our total number of registered Friends of the White Water Park to 10,966. If you like the idea of a white water park nearby the Champion Lakes flat water course but haven't signed up yet go to the <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/>website and register your support. It's free and, you never know, your name could make all the difference!

Warren has another promotion in the Armadale Shopping City planned for the middle of May. If you can help would you please contact Warren, 9291 9660. Colin Thorpe

A Race to the Midnight Sun
Perth paddler, Paul Gill, tells us more of his coming attempt at the 740km Yukon River Quest, "We have entered the race as Team Left Bank, (my wife runs the pub) so it's all set to go. I have never paddled a sea kayak before (we are hiring a Seaward Passat G3), have always been in a ski so should be a new experience for me. I am doing a double with a new friend who I have never paddled with and won't get the chance either as he works offshore as well. Those obstacles aside I am pretty sure we will do ok. I'm just hoping for good river levels." This is the longest annual canoe race in the world, held during the last week of June.  <http://www.yukonriverquest.com/>Here's the website. You can paddle all night as the sun never sets!

2010 Australian Canoe Polo Championships
This exciting competition held over three days at Easter culminated in the most exciting game of all - the Open Men's Final, with the deciding goal scored just seconds from the end of extra time, with South Australia the victors. Hope to have pics of some of the games uploaded for the next issue of this enews.

Mainpeak Goes Digital
Mainpeak will now mostly be contacting customers with sales info, events and reward vouchers by email - helps to save the environment. To get this info' sent to you, join up here: customer login .

Some Specials @ Canoeing Down Under
Dorado & Vision Double Racing Skis vacuum Infused. $3,450 - Special $3,200;
Dorado & Illusion Single Racing Skis vacuum Infused skis. $2,450 - Special $2,200;
Guppy K2  $1,550 - Special $1,400 ­ Great for children
Guppy K1 $1,090 ­ Special $950 - Great for children
Bayrunner Double Recreational Ski - fibreglass. $3,000 - Special $2,700
Biwok Double Sea Kayak with rudder. $2,500 - Special $2,200
Necky  Amaruk Double Plastic Sea Kayak. $3,200 - Special $2,700
Freeland Double Open Kayak with rudder. $1,790 - Special $1,650
Many other SPECIALS IN STORE ­ check out "Specials" on our <http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au>website. 
Ask about our Avon Descent Packages.

CDU's fortnightly newsletter has the latest updates on specials, social paddles, stories, Avon Descent training and other training courses. Just click on the box on the front page of the  <http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au>website and type in your details.

Wanted
Avenger Mark 4
 suitable for Avon Descent. Contact Alex, 0427 568 214. "Its my 10th Avon this year and it is time to get out of plastic!"
Epic V-10 Sport, good condition. Denis, 0422 497 129.


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