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Week 1 /June
Sunday, 30th May

Sprint Paddlers Overseas

Ty Stedman sends us news of local paddlers, Jesse Phillips (Bayswater) and Steve Bird (Canning River) on their quest for medals in World Cup races in Europe. Go <http://www.precisionpaddling.com.au/news/>here to read the full report. As I write (Saturday evening) racing is ongoing and they have been doing very well indeed.  More racing to come.  <http://results.mkksz.hu/en/timetable/>Here's the website link for results. Just click on the race you're interested in.

Avon Descent Entries
Emma Thomson from RLSSWA reminds us that early bird entries with discount close on Monday, 31st May, so get your entries in online at <http://www.avondescent.com.au/>www.avondescent.com.au before 5pm.

Avon Information Night: Precision Paddling
6:30-8:00pm, Wednesday, 2nd June
Joint Ty Stedman @ Unit 4/505 Walter Road East, Morley, for info on preparation, the race, equipment and nutrition as well as video footage of the ti-trees. You need to RSVP before 5pm, Tuesday, 1st June. <mailto:ty@precisionpaddling.com.au>ty@precisionpaddling.com.au or 0400 723 359.  Free entry. Light refreshments are served.  

Canoeing Down Under Assessments for Avon Descent
These will be available as soon as practicable (ie., when there's some white water!). There will be different assessment levels - some new Descenters already have white water experience, others don't. For full details contact Terry, 9378 1333. Courses and river trips information will be on hand as soon as the river is flowing sufficiently.

To Female Avon Descenters . . .
who are disgruntled with prize money allocation. Lisa Lilleyman, RLSSWA, informs us "Regarding the Avon Descent prize money for the single paddle craft open division this will be awarded to the first 10 competitors regardless of gender, not just male only."

Turkey Travels
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/turkeypaddle.html>Here's some pics of a week of sea kayaking in Turkey, across Koycegiz's huge freshwater lake, down the Dalyan River estuary and then along the Turquoise Coast in the Mediterranean, about 140km, camping from the kayaks.  Photos are by me, taken just recently in mid May. Our route took us past thermal areas, ancient Lycian and Roman ruins, picturesque coves, soaring limestone cliffs and caves and islands and through the yachties' paradise of Gocek Bay (where the likes of Bill Gates and Prince Charles have sailed!).This was a commercially-organised paddle, very well run and enjoyed immensely by all. If you want to know more details, <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>email me.

State of the Art at Champion Lakes
The starting system used at Olympics for flat water racing (Polaritas Starting Gate System) has been installed at the Champion Lakes venue. Ramon Andersson tells us,   , "Thanks to Lindsay Wiland, the Facility Manager of Champion Lakes who secured funding for the system, we are now the only regatta centre in the southern hemisphere to have one of these."

Slalom News
The winter series of slalom races is under way, though there's not quite enough at Walyunga yet for some white water training.  Still, there's Hester Park and also the ocean for some wave catching.  Bevan Dashwood, <mailto:bevan.dashwood@three.com.au>bevan.dashwood@three.com.au organises these sessions.

White Water Park Friends
There's now over 12,000 supporters of a white water park at Champion Lakes, Armadale, signed up!  This follows some successful recruiting at Armadale Shopping Centre by keen paddlers and their families. If you think having a white water park (a la Penrith style) in the surrounds of the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre is a good idea go <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/>here to find out more - and become a 'Friend'.

Katherine Canoe Marathon
Saturday, 5th June

This is an annual race on the Katherine River held by the Katherine Country Club. These days it's a one day event, 25km. (In the past it was much longer and held over two days.) Though the notice is no doubt too short for this year's participation, mark the Northern Territory long weekend (when it's usually held) in your 2011 calendar if you're planning an expedition up that way. Email <mailto:jicoop@bigpond.net.au>here or <mailto:JGoodings@redcross.org.au>here for the information leaflet on this year's event. The Katherine Tri Club Ultra Marathon will be holding their event on Sunday, 13th June (Queen's Birthday Weekend). The Canoe Marathon is good practice for the canoeing part of that event.

Around Australia . . . Again
Terry Bolland reminds of this latest attempt at circumnavigating Oz by a sea kayaker, Stuart Trueman.  His website is <http://nadgeekayaks.com.au/news-events/australia-by-kayak.html>here, a page on the Nadgee Kayaks site.

Good Luck Paul Gill and Partner 
"Good luck for canoeing the Yukon in June. I have done this river several times as well as lived near it in Whitehorse, and once, on the a spur of the moment, started chatting to several teams from several countries who were doing a centennial of something race that year and one team said, "Come along!", so I did! I eventually went from canoe to canoe. They put me in the lead for the first day, first day of canoeing in my life, and I didn't look behind, I just kept paddling hoping not to let the team down, but had to be lifted out and carried to my tent at the end of the day." Lyn Hancock, adventurer and paddler, author, former Perth girl, but a Canadian now.

Marathon State Championships
Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th June

This popular series of races culminates in the state titles over a weekend. After this there's just one more race left in the 2009-10 series, The Middle Swan Race, 27th June. <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=19268>Go here for all the info' you need to participate.

Down River Series, Race #3: Upper Swan Ti-trees
Sunday, 20th June

Paddle the Upper Swan ti-trees if there's enough water.  The back up plan is the section between Amiens Crescent and Barrett Street footbridge. This is one of the most popular races of the whole year.  Down River Racing is generously sponsored by Canoeing Down Under. More details as they come to hand.

Northam-Toodyay Race
Sunday, 18th July

This is a great practice run for Avon Descenters as well as a a good fitness test for others.  Organised by Ascot Kayak Club. Make sure you mark the date in your diary!

"I had my kayak (blue Spirit Cross Trainer with Avon numbers 545) stolen from Royal Perth Yacht Club just before Easter. So far I have not been able to locate it.  I wonder if people would look out for it."  Jan Stearne, <mailto:jan.stearne@iinet.net.au>jan.stearne@iinet.net.au .

"Great start to my paddling season - I inadvertantly left my paddle in Matilda Bay Monday, 17th May, at 7am on grass verge- it was gone when I realized my error! If someone has located it a reward will be offered for its return. Thank you." Helen 0422 937 277.

 - on Wednesday early morning 26/5, on cycle path at Blackwall Reach, opposite Kent Street. Contact David, 0418 921 908, if it's yours.

Viper or Raptor K1
, light weight marathon racing construction, good condition. Contact Matt, 0413 201 854.
Habitat 80 or Dagger Mamba 8.5 or other good creeker for tall paddler. Call Keith, 0422 377 279 or <mailto:keith_l_smith@hotmail.com>keith_l_smith@hotmail.com .
Epic V10, Finn XT etc. Relative novice looking to upgrade from Spirit Racing Ski. Contact Lloyd, 0403 761 855 or <mailto:lflint@gbucapital.com.au>lflint@gbucapital.com.au "
Fenn Mako 6 - carbon. My number is 0422 122 551.

Week 2 /June
Tuesday, 8th June

Capel Descent
Sunday, 13th June 

This is the second year of this 15km paddle race on the Capel River and on Geographe Bay, Peppermint Grove. Late entries are welcome. Go to the website, <http://www.capeldescent.com>www.capeldescent.com , to find out the details and to register, but be quick! 

Organiser, Peter Pavlinovich, who was hoping for a longer course, says, "The lack of rainfall does mean we have to start at the same place as last year instead of going further up river, but it should still be a fun day and the ocean/river combination can always throw up surprises. This has become the major yearly fundraiser for the Apex Club of Capel which directs the profits into the local community, in the form of youth sponsorship, Christmas Santas and seniors' lunches to name just a few." 

Major sponsor is Ranger Outdoors, Busselton and Bunbury, with prizes also donated by Spirit Paddlesports, Canoeing Down Under, Capel Vale Wines and many other businesses.

Denmark Adventure Race
Saturday & Sunday, 9th & 10th October

Organise your team now and start training for this great weekend event down south: paddle, run, mountain bike, explore . . . and more! It's a challenging but incredibly rewarding two day adventure race through towering karri trees, around mighty granite boulders and across the turquoise waters of Denmark and Walpole, for about 200km. It's designed for teams of four people, with intermediate level athletes in mind. Only three need be on the course at any one time.  There's lots more detail <http://www.DenmarkAdventureRace.com>here . 

New Front Page Pic
This <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/>fantastic pic was supplied by the organisers of the Denmark Adventure Race.  It's located somewhere along the Denmark-Walpole coastline, taken at last year's event. One of the best sea kayak pics I've seen! Don't know who the paddler is (but he's very experienced).

5th Annual Peel Region Canoe Week
28th August - 12th September

Here's advanced notice of a big week of paddling in the Peel Region. This includes the waterways at Mandurah, Pinjarra and Shoalwater as well as  the Murray River upstream at Dwellingup.  There's events for all: dragon boating, outrigger canoeing, canoe polo, whitewater, sea kayaking, river and estuary paddling and social paddles for all age groups and experience levels.  Something for every paddler! More details will be available closer to the date.  

Mainpeak News
Dave Jenkins brings you up-to-date with what is happening for Avon Descenters @ Mainpeak:
2010 Avon Descent Gear Packages and Specials are here:  paddles, PFDs, helmets, cags, neoprene clothing. Check it out and get it quick!
Avon Descent Training: Flat water, Level 2 training course begins Sunday, 13th June. More details:
Whitewater Training  and Competency Testing will commence as soon as the river levels are suitable. Please contact Mainpeak Paddlesports, 6103 4530, to register your interest.

Also for White Water Paddlers:
Two red hot deals for June: <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/014066.html>Wave Sport Project - Was $1499; Now $1200 (be quick - limited stock!) and a huge saving of over $350 on the <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/113585.html>Perception Acadia 11.5 plus accessories . . . Go here:

Competitive Paddler(s) Wanted
<http://www.lifesports.net.au>Lifesports, (a sporting store) Bridgetown, is looking for one (or two) male or female fast paddlers for the 2010 Blackwood Marathon. "We will be entering four teams again in this year's Blackwood Marathon and are in need of a fast paddler. We can offer accommodation, all fees will be paid and we give our team members a sponsored race jersey for their event on the day. (We can actually find places for two, if there's a good response.) " 

Here's the event website: <http://www.mccays.com.au/theevent/Tour_Canoe.htm>www.mccays.com.au/theevent/Tour_Canoe.htm  .

Give Tim Saunders a call at the shop in Bridgetown, 9761 4578, if you're interested and can call yourself fast.

Canoe Polo Champs
Well done to the two West Oz <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/acanpolwmn.jpg>canoe polo players who were selected for the Australian women's team at the April National Championships, played in Perth: Niki Lee, left and Libby LeCoultre. 

World Cup Races, Flat Water 
Also, well done, indeed, to the two local sprint paddlers, Jesse Phillips and Steve Bird, who competed in the K2 200m finals of the recent World Cup race which was being conducted during the last edition of this news. They finished 7th. More details <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=19359>here. And more to come in the 2010 World Cup Series. Good luck, guys!

Broke Inlet Road
Paul Tuckwell advises us that <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/broke.html>this road which leads to Camfield, on the north side of the inlet, is currently in a state of poor repair. Last weekend it was suitable for 4WD only, as one section, 7km in, and only about 100m long, is deeply rutted, such that normal clearance 2WD could not even be towed in by 4WD. He says, "Nornalup Inlet was a great alternative for our weekend of kayak camping."

Event Reminders
Marathon State Championships: Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th June.  
<http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=19268>Go here for info.  Enter by 9pm, Wednesday, 9th June.
Down River Series, Race #3: Upper Swan Ti-trees Sunday, 20th June. Details will be <http://www.wildwaterwa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=19298&MenuID=DR_Races/20743/19309/>here. The course will be determined by rainfall!
Marathon # 7: Middle Swan Race: Sunday, 27th June. Meet at Middle Swan Bridge to register, 7:00-7:45 am. Short course, 12km, available. Long course is 27km.
Northam-Toodyay Race, Sunday, 18th July. Details available closer to the date.

Finn Molokai 
or similar ski, ideally plastic. Needed for 6'3"paddler, want a light fast ski - doesn't have to be a pretty boat. Ben, 0402 297 754.

From Paul Gill, In Training for the Yukon Race
Hi All,
"I thought I would give you an update of where I am at with the Yukon. I am now in the UK paddling around the Plymouth region in an old
"Yellow Plastic Kayak" which is doing the job ok, not my first choice, but it's a freebie so it's great. The region here is beautiful - great paddling. We did a 9.5hr overnight to see how we would go. It was about ten degrees. I worked out that I needed better kit. My hands got cold and my cag was falling apart.

We were reported by some people who heard us paddling and thought we looked suspicious at 2am. We were meet by the police a little further down stream. We ducked behind a barge to get out of the way before realising it was the police. As we were foreign near the nuclear
facilty, in kayaks and behind what turned out to be an ammunition barge, they had taken the call seriously. Checked us out then let us go just before the hypo fully set in and we were on our way.

A month to go and still learning things. Kayaks are growing on me. Bendan, my paddling partner, is stuck on another boat with a rusty old
rower so his training isn't ideal but I think his mentality will get us over the line.

Will buy some more gear and report back before I head to Canada for the race.

Hope all is well and the river starts to flow as it looks like I may make it back for the Avon.

Oh, yeah, we have two team name changes, our other Aussie friends are the "Quokkas" and we are now the "Quick Quokkas".


Week 3 /June
Thursday, 17th June

Slalom World Cup Race

Two West Oz paddlers, Kynan Maley and Robbie Jeffery, originally SCC and AKC, respectively, will be participating in racing this Friday, 18th June, and hopefully during semis and finals this weekend in Prague, as both C1 competitors and as a team in C2. The results will be on the event website <http://www.slalomtroja.cz/>here.  Margie Jeffery tells us also of a <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OcMMv2yPJY>short video on Youtube of some of the team in training in Augsburg.

Our Thanks to the Slalom Group
Repairs to some of the eroded river banks at Walyunga were carried out last weekend by a slalom busy bee group, whilst the water level was still very low, under the direction of the Senior Ranger, Paul Udinga.  I believe Marg Jeffery had a big hand in organising this!

Down River Racing
The Upper Swan Ti-trees race will be held this Sunday, 20th June. Despite some rain a few days ago the river will not be quite deep enough to do the Bells' - Amiens Crescent course, so it has been announced (go <http://www.wildwaterwa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=19298&MenuID=DR_Races/20743/19309/>here for full details) that the course will now be from Amiens Crescent to Barrett Street bridge. This still involves some manouvring around obstacles and picking the shortest line in other places. Registration: 7:30-8:30am, at Amiens Crescent.

Down River Training Camp
Some lucky paddlers have enrolled in a residential mid Avon Valley training camp (with all mod cons) over a weekend in July, with some of the big names in DR paddling as coaches: Darryl Long, Neil Long and Dave Worthy. I have no idea if there are still vacancies or not, as numbers were limited, but contact the chief of DR paddling, <mailto:wildwaterwa@canoe.org.au>Leonie Cockman, if you are a DR or Wavehopper paddler with some experience and you're interested. Go <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=19356>here to see more details.

Mainpeak Collie Adventure Race
Saturday, 9th October

This is the tenth year of this multisport team relay/iron man event which includes a ten kilometre paddle on the Collie River. The other legs are a 27km road cycle, an optional 15km horse ride, 1km swim, 22km mountain bike ride and 10km run, to finish off the day, all in the scenic surrounds of Collie. Here's the <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pdf/Collie%2520Race%2520flyer.pdf>leaflet, with more info' and the contact details. You can let organisers know if you're looking for a team. They will also send you a reminder, closer to the date, if you register with them.

Rob Devenish
It is with sadness that I learnt that Rob Devenish, formerly member of Swan Canoe Club and Nth Cottesloe Surf Club, passed away recently.  According to a fellow paddler, he was a quiet and friendly man, a keen paddler and Avon Descenter, starting in 1990. He paddled sometimes in partnership with his daughter, Belinda. They were the first mixed K2 across the line in <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avrs01k2.html>2001.  There's a pic of their descent at Extracts' Weir <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/extr01devk2.jpeg>here.

Believe It or Not?
Paul Browne sends us <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/alaskwhale.jpeg>this pic of a paddler's encounter with a whale during its herring gathering time. "This is amazing.... or very good Photoshop work ....either way it's pretty cool." Pic is at Sitka Sound, Alaska.

Legendary Sea Paddler Poses
As most are aware, Paul Caffyn was the first to circumnavigate Australia by sea kayak. His epic journey took place in the early eighties, now <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/apaulcafmarg.jpeg>here he is in 2010, at a recent Whangarei, New Zealand, forum for sea kayakers. One of our local sea kayakers, Margaret Banks, until recently a Kiwi, also attended and sends in this pic of herself with the great man himself. (They look as though they've been partying, not paddling!)

Canoeing Down Under Avon Fitness Training
Saturday mornings and Monday evenings: these sessions are for beginner to advanced paddlers who like to train with like-minded folk and learn some tips and extra skills along the way.  Contact the shop, 9378 1333, for session times and locations.

Last Minute Avon Descent Wavehopper Deal
Dave Jenkins of Mainpeak, Cottesloe, reminds us, "$1099 includes Perception Wavehopper Kayak, Solution Skirt and Hiko Multisport Race PFD. Save a Massive $484.00 off recommended retail pricing. Get in quick, only a few left."  
<http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pdf/AvonPackagesFlyer.pdf>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pdf/AvonPackagesFlyer.pdf .

Avon Descent Competency Testing with Mainpeak Paddlesports
Competency testing will be held on the following dates depending on water levels and numbers:
Saturday, 6th June; Saturday, 3rd July; Sunday, 11th July; Saturday, 17th July; Sunday, 25th July; Sunday, 1st August; Monday, 2nd August.

Please contact Mainpeak Paddlesports, 6103 4530, to register your interest. Course information will be given out nearer to the date as some courses will be run before or after another class.

Fenn XT or Epic V10 Sport
, good condition. Contact Zane, 0428 116 968 or <mailto:zrandell@barrick.com>zrandell@barrick.com . 
Composite DR wanted for Avon.  Ok if some repair required. Contact Phil, 0413 887 270 or <mailto:phil.edwards@watercorporation.com.au>phil.edwards@watercorporation.com.au .

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