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Week 3 /November
Thursday, 18th November, 2010

City of Perth Festival of Sport
There are three events scheduled to take place on the Swan, environs 'The City' over this coming weekend. The aim of conducting these events in such a prominent place is to promote our great sport to the general public. Read on for the details.

1 - Canoe Polo Exhibition PLUS "Come 'n Try"
Saturday, 20th November, 10:00- 12:00 at Barrack Street Jetty

Cafe goers will get a good view of the games. Otherwise stand along the foreshore to the east of the jetty. Paddlers' antics in these tiny, but fast and manouvrable boats are most entertaining.

2 -  Spirit Paddlesports Community Paddle*
Sunday, 21st November, 9am start.
Meet at Point Fraser Reserve, on the city's foreshore opposite Heirisson Island for either a 4km (1 lap) or 8km paddle (2 laps) on Perth Water. It's open to all craft (well, anything that floats) and to all paddling members of the community. There'll be great viewing along Riverside Drive and South Perth foreshore . Make sure you're early to sort out parking. 

Enter online <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=3185>here. Entries close, Saturday, 20th November, at midday. Entry fees are as follows: Seniors- $20pp; (Non-Canoeing Association Member) Seniors - $25pp; Juniors/Guppies - $15pp; 6 person outrigger - $60 ($10 pp).

*Marathoners should note that this race is in place of the previously scheduled Moore River race. Points earned in this race will  go towards your overall marathon points tally.

3 - 200m Sprint Showcase Invitational
Sunday, 21st November, 10:30-12:00.
See our elite paddlers in action. This Olympic class event will take place next to the WA Rowing Club, at Barrack Street Jetty.  The foreshore to the east of the jetty will make for the best viewing of the whole course. (I find this a most exciting spectator sport!)

K3 Craft Arrive in Perth
You may have noticed a small flotilla of K3 in the recent Classic Paddle, from The Narrows to The Left Bank.  The three teams were non-competitive: a family group, a mixed novice group and a social paddling group. Each team had an inexperienced paddler who would not have paddled unless they were offered a seat in the K3.  Apparently these craft are very stable but can still get up a good speed, even with a new or unfit paddler included. Kirsten, from the mixed crew, said "Normally I'm the supprt crew. I loved the experience of the race, paddling through the waves and even passing a few singles." Sounds a pretty good way to introduce a friend or family member to the thrill of going fast in a kayak race.

I believe Mark Cadle can tell you more about these craft if you're interested. Contact him, 0404 932 320.

Collie White Water Paddlers
Summer paddlers on the irrigation water of the Collie River may be wondering about the status of the proposed project to replace the open channels with pipes. (The downside of this for paddlers is that they would lose water access to the take-out below Burrekup Weir.) As federal funding for this $200m project is currently not available there is no likelihood that anything will happen in the next 5-10 years, I have been informed by the Water Corporation's Operations Manager for that area, Steve Iceton. The water is saline, being 12,000 ppm litres, due to all the land clearing in the catchment, and is therefore not a suitable source for potable water. (Needs to be only 150-200 ppm litres to be drinkable.) I believe it is even rather saline for agriculture. If the funding is provided at some stage in the future it will then take up to five years to complete the project, the piping of the outlet from the weir being the last to get done.

Intending paddlers on the Collie can check for summer water releases <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlevcoll.html>here.

Grand Canyon of Stikine, British Columbia
Big water and some warm weather for some white water paddlers in this Canadian short <http://www.kayaksession.com/video200.php>video. 

Albany Canoe Club
Trips coming up over the summer are as follows:
Sunday, 5th December: morning sea kayak paddle and bbq lunch, Frenchman Bay. Bruce, <mailto:bpope@westnet.com.au>bpope@westnet.com.au .
Sunday, 19th December: sea kayak evening paddle, Boat Shed to Middleton Beach and Xmas BBQ. Paul, <mailto:roberts@omninet.net.au>roberts@omninet.net.au .
Sunday, 9th January: Whaleworld paddle for sea kayaks. Andrew, <mailto:caique@westnet.com.au>caique@westnet.com.au
Sunday, 23rd January: afternoon paddle on Kalgan River and bbq, for all craft. Karin, <mailto:karinb@albanyis.com.au>karinb@albanyis.com.au .
Northern visitors are always welcome to join in these events, with appropriate skills and equipment. (In case you are down south with your gear over the holidays.)  You should contact the organiser as listed above.

In case you weren't able to connect through to this WA kayak fishing website mentioned in the last newsletter I have checked the link and <http://www.yakfishwest.com/>this is definitely correct.

Event Reminder
Sunday, 28th November: Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach

An event for competent paddlers with ocean going craft: from Mosman Bay to Cottesloe Beach, about 17km. There is self-assesment as to your skills suitability along with the entry form, available <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10999&MenuID=EVENTS%252Fc13288%252F10600%252F>here. A popular event with great viewing along the groyne at Fremantle, as the paddlers round the corner to the ocean and head north (hopefully with a tail wind). Entries close 11:59pm, 26th November, (Yes, this is Perth time: GMT+08:00.)

Mirage 530. 
Sue, 0408 897 265
TK1 Mirage - Any condition. Dave, 9275 5654
Spirit PRS
 570 - white, around 12 months old, with surf rudder and paddle. Must be good condition. Geoff, 0409 958 177 or <mailto:geoff@jmark.com.au>geoff@jmark.com.au .
Low/Stable K1 Seat: Adjustable with holes to fit single central post, craft is an Avon "Senta" ­ hull curve similar to Arro, Cleaver etc. <mailto:matt.kirby@ststephens.wa.edu.au>matt.kirby@ststephens.wa.edu.au or 0409 910 080. 

Week 4 /November
Thursday, 25th November, 2010

Flat Conditions Expected!
Ash Nesbit from canoeing association tells us, " . . . the weather is looking very mild for the weekend for the Bay 2 Beach, max 10 -13 knots in the east, so will be pretty flat.. the race should be nice and easy for intermediate paddlers." Entries close just before midnight, tomorrow, Friday, 26th. Event website is <x-msg://242/%20http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?ID=10999>here. Check out the wind and wave conditions as Sunday approaches <http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/wa.asp>here.

Wayno's Wacky Paddle Race Day
Sunday, 28th November, 9am-2pm - @ Ascot Kayak Club

This is a fun family day to raise funds for the Cancer Foundation. It's in memory of Wayne Lyon who died earlier this year of cancer. Wayne loved the river, paddling and had a quirky sense of humour, so there's a canoe rally with answers to find between Ascot and Sandy Beach. We have 2 person Canadian canoes for you to use or you can paddle your own.

In addition there will be canoe games and lots of land based games for kids. Police and Nurses Banking are the major sponsor, providing a $500 bank account to be raffled amongst those that secure additional donations. There will also be lots of spot prizes- hotel accommodation, La Premier tickets, $50 food hamper vouchers, bottles of wine and more.

There is a registration fee of $20 for adults, $10 for children or $50 for a family. This fee includes the water activities, land activities, a sausage sizzle, raffle tickets and face painting for the kids. You can register at any Police and Nurses branch or contact Tracy on 0403 319 969 or email her at <mailto:tracylyon@westnet.com.au>tracylyon@westnet.com.au  . . . or just turn up on the day.

10km Championships
Sunday, 19th December, Champion Lakes, Armadale

A circuit race on this man-made, strictly muscle-powered course. Short course, 5km, available. Registration: 8:00-8:30am; briefing: 8:45am.  More details closer to the date.

Mandurah Duel - Ocean versus Estuary - Downwind versus Flat Water
29th January, 2011 
Who will win?  Same distance, run at the same time. Here's a new concept in racing kayaks and skis.  Check out the website below for all details, including course maps and programme.
It's also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandurah-Duel/167774779909335?v=wall

Race Organiser, Colin Bartley, of Mandurah Ocean Club, says, "It's all happening people! We've got prize money coming, helicopters to film the race. . . it's going to be big!" Contact him, 0428 468 884 or <mailto:colin@bluedge.com.au>colin@bluedge.com.au for further info'.

Tassie White Water Action
Leven Canyon in north west Tassie is an impressive gorge with perhaps the best white water runs in that state. There's a video <http://www.vimeo.com/16052526>here of a Tassie river running group which also included a couple of Queenslanders and the "Penrith White Water Boys". Filmed the day after the Teva Lea Extreme Race in October. There's a video of that as well available <http://www.vimeo.com/15908802>here but it does not have as much action. Our thanks to Sue Walker who sent this in.

Changes to Collie River at Collie?
Anyone who has participated in the Collie Descent or Collie Multisport Relay might be interested in the proposed changes to the Collie River through the town of Collie. Information is available at  http://www.collie.wa.gov.au/services/environmental-management/river-revitalisation/ and public comment closes on 24th December. So if you have an opinion or think something could be done to improve paddling please make your views known.
Regards, Kelvin Lewis

Dusi , South Africa
17th-19th February, 2011

From Kevin White*: "I have been asked by the organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in South Africa to try and get some Australian paddlers to go and experience the canoeing phenomenon known as the "Dusi" Please see the website <http://www.dusi.org.za/>www.dusi.org.za

I am a veteran of 22 Dusi races and am more than happy to help paddlers together with the organisers to get over to South Africa and experience this most amazing and unique race. Please feel free to contact me, <mailto:kjewhite@hotmail.com>kjewhite@hotmail.com or 0408 994 411."

*Kevin is a recent arrival from South Africa and is most known locally for his second placing in 2010 Avon Descent.

If you peruse the 2010 results on the website you will see that this is predominantly a K2 race: about 700 craft as opposed to about 100 K1. The times ranged from 7h 42mts for the leading K2 to 21h 8mts, for the last boat, also a K2, over the three days. According to <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusi_Canoe_Marathon>Wikipedia, the total distance covered on the Msunduzi River is 125km; 45km on Day 1, 45km on Day 2 and 35km on Day 3 with a 15km portage on Day 1. Online entries are now open.

New Front Page Pic
Last weekend's City of Perth Festival of Sport included paddling events on display. Saturday saw a <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/index.html>canoe polo match held next to Barrack Street Jetty complex. Short races were to be held on Sunday.

Victorian Sea Kayak Forum
Adventurer extraordinaire, Terry Bolland, has written extensively of this recent informative event in his latest newsletter. Contact <x-msg://242/terry@canoeingdownunder.com.au>him if you want to read it. He's also included a short account of a croc attack on a sea kayaker in far north Queensland by Dave Winkworth, a good read of a terrifying happening. (The victim survived due to actions of his team mates.)

Mainpeak Club Members: Buyers' Night
Wednesday, 1st December, 2pm-8pm

There'll be one-day super specials as well as 20% off for club members, almost storewide (does not include paddle craft or electronic items).

Mainpeak Paddlesports Free Demo Day
Saturday, 27th November
 @ Freshwater Bay, 9am-1pm. Many canoes, kayaks and much gear to try out.

Training and Courses with Canoeing Down Under
Fitness training 
is held Saturday mornings @ Sandy Beach Reserve, 7:15am AND Monday evenings@ Katanning Street, Bayswater, 5:45pm. $5 per session.
Flat Water Intro Course: Sunday, 5th December, 9am-12pm, $85 including craft/ $65 with your own craft. Learn all the basics necessary to get started in kayaking and make new friends.
Contact the shop for more info' on either of the above, 9378 1333.

DR boat
, any condition for learner. Clarke, 9471 8684 or <mailto:krash@tpg.com.au>krash@tpg.com.au .

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