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Week 1 /June
Thursday, 2nd June, 2011
Women in the Avon Descent
Rosalie Evans (President, CWA) and Leonie Cockman (Marketing Co-ordinator, AKC) have organised experienced WA paddling women as a support network for all women contemplating the Avon Descent, this year or next, or some time, as a solo or in a team. There's a range of experience available to help you, and all women are encouraged to join in, whether it's for distance training or practice runs on parts of the course. You can find more detail <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=21695>here. All enquiries are welcome.

Epic Adventure Training: Avon Descent
Basic skills, weekly training sessions and, with water, ti-tree and valley runs are all available with Guy Power and his qualified instructors. You can also get your compulsory white water skills assessment if you're a new entrant in the Avon Descent. Go <http://www.epicadventure.com.au/>here for more info' or contact Guy, 0407 474 659 / <mailto:guy@epicadventure.com.au>guy@epicadventure.com.au .

Wildwater Series, Race #3
Sunday, 19th June, Upper Swan Ti-trees

Fingers crossed there will be water in the river for this popular race from lower Bells to Amiens Crescent, about 6km. (Walyunga has started to flow - rain in the hills.) This is the race for non- ruddered boats like Wavehoppers and downriver boats, or else tie up your rudder and enter "Sundries". All are welcome.  Meet at lower Bells for registration and payment between 8:00-8:30am. (Car shuffle is required so you need to sort this out before registration.) Helmets and PFDs are compulsory.

Please enter online <http://www.wildwaterwa.canoe.org.au/>here -  - from 6th June. (You will also be able to enter on the day, but entering beforehand helps with organisation.)

If the course is not paddleable an alternate race will run. Keep your eye on the website for details just before the event.

For more info' please contact Alan Moreby, 0421 543 586 or <mailto:oxfordpl@iinet.net.au>oxfordpl@iinet.net.au .

Rod Fry Memorial Race
Sunday, 3rd July

Meet at Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park, for this annual 10.5km race. There's a short course for juniors as well, 3km. Cash prize $250 for the winners of the two most contested classes. Other prizes as well. Race classes are: K1, K2, Molokai Surf Skis, Spec Surf Skis, Plastics and Sundries. Age groups are Under 18, Open, 35+, 45+ and 55+.

Registration closer to the date will be online <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/>here . Closing date is 29th June. (Only those who register online are eligible for prizes.) 

On the day: registration confirmation, 7:00am-8:30am, SHARP. Briefing is at 8:45am and the first grid will be away at 9:30am.  Join in the socialising afterwards with a sausage sizzle, cakes and light refreshments available as well as the raffle and handing out of spot prizes whilst results are being worked out.

Late entries accepted on the day (but, reminder: not eligible for prizes). 

Naming of this race:
The race is named after the late Rod Fry who was a long-time member of the club and keen and nationally successful C1 and C2 slalom paddler. He was sadly killed in a car accident whilst returning from a paddling holiday at Yallingup. There's photos of him at Swan Canoe Club.

Swan Canoe Club Time Trial Revival....with the arrival of our new timing clock!
All welcome Friday nights 6pm for a 6:20pm race start. Distances vary (3, 6, 9, 10, 18km), see <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/>website calendar for details. Options do exist . . . you don't have to do the stated distance for that night, eg., if race is 10km and you fancy getting a time for 6km that's fine or just come along and have a paddle with friends if you prefer and join everyone for a byo drink and bbq afterwards.

Ski Stolen  
"On Sunday, 29th May, my rudder cable broke while on the ocean, so I paddled in to shore (in circles!), left the ski on the beach and ran back to my car.  It took me 28min and 40secs to return to where I had left the ski but it wasn't there!

Today,  (1st June) someone called me in response to my posters in the area.  They saw a male aged in his late 20's to early 30's with dark hair and of an average build, walking from the beach through the dunes carrying my surf ski on that Sunday.  

The ski was a Stellar SES Advantage.  It was blue with a white stripe.  I've created a poster with full details here:

Contact Martin Danger if you see the ski, 0414 234 730. Martin has written his story at that above page as well, and it's an interesting read.

Marathon Events . . . Coming Up . . .
11th & 12th June: State Championships + Recreational Event + Schools Event

Do laps (varies from two to four, depending on age) of a six kilometre course which starts and finishes at the Bayswater Paddlesports Club, A.P. Hinds Reserve, near Garratt Road Bridge.  There's categories for everyone: K1& K2, Surf Spec Skis, Molokai, short plastic and long plastic. Young and not-so-young. The course involves portaging for most classes. This year you can race in a single craft on both days as composites are on the Saturday and plastics on the Sunday . <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/event.asp?ID=12499&format=popup>Check the programme for details.
Enter online <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/event.asp?ID=12499&format=popup>here by 9pm, Thursday, 9th June. Registration on both days is 8:00-9:00am at the A.P. Hinds Reserve.
Sunday, 26th June: Marathon #7, Upper Swan Race
27km course starts at Middle Swan, goes upstream to the footbridge at Barrett Street, then returns downstream to below Redcliffe Bridge, then upstream again to finish at AKC.  There's a short course as well, 12km. Registration: 7:00-7:45am.
Contact <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>Peter Martin for enquiries about marathon events.
The 2011 Marathon Series is sponsored by Kaos Kayaks.

Adventure Offer!
Kevin White, a Perth paddler and veteran of many South African Hansa Fish River marathons will be travelling back again this year to participate in "one of the greatest canoe marathons in the world". Kevin is keen for enthusiastic/adventure seeking Aussies to accompany him on this once in a life time trip. He is happy to give advice on all aspects of getting to the "Fish". 

Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon, 2011
7th & 8th October, Cradock, South Africa

The "Fish" is a great 8.8km two day race. Shorter than the Avon,   it is a mixture of rapids, weirs, flat water and short portages. Portages, only four, are just around non negotiable weirs. Most weirs have specially designed chutes which making shooting them very easy. There are some big rapids and weirs which you might see pictures of. Please note not everyone shoots these. Any paddler who has done the Avon Descent or even thought of doing it will easily handle the "Fish". 

Check out this slide show of pictures from last year: 

Also check out the Hansa Fish River Marathon website:

Please contact Kevin White, 0408 994 411 or <mailto:kjewhite@hotmail.com>kjewhite@hotmail.com if you are at all interested in participating in this event.

Boats for Hire
Leisure paddlers will be pleased to learn you can now hire family- friendly sit-on craft from Finn Kayaks. Available at present are the Gizmo for one person, the Dolfinn for two persons and the 3-seater open canoe, the Reflection. They're available for the day, weekend or on a weekly basis. Buoyancy vests and paddles are included in the hire charge. Check them out on the <http://www.finnkayaks.com/>website or contact Finn Kayaks, 9314 3109 or i<mailto:nfo@finnkayaks.com>nfo@finnkayaks.com .

Albany Canoe Club
Have just updated the Albany Canoe Club's calendar of paddles,<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albanycc.html> here. They also have a new editor of their informative and interesting newsletter, Mike Palmer, as a result of the recent AGM. This is an active and friendly club which has some of the best scenic river, estuary and ocean paddling in WA within easy reach and it's never crowded! They are happy for northern visitors to join them if visiting, with appropriate gear and skills.

New Front Page Pic
Paddlers, from left, Sue, Margaret, Helen and Richard, enjoy the leafy surrounds of the lower reaches of the Deep River near Walpole on a balmy autumn day. The suspension bridge leads to the Nuyts Wilderness walk trail, also worth exploring.

Aus Creeking, NSW
South-west of Canberra are some fun sections of rivers (Peak, Goodrabidgee and Murrumbidgee) for this group of keen steep-creekers, one of whom has captured their antics <http://vimeo.com/19199434>on video in December, last year. You never know who or what you might meet whilst exploring our wilderness. Watch till the end (just under ten minutes) to find out.

6th Annual Peel Region Canoe Week, 2011
Saturday, 27th August ­ Sunday, 11th September
Here's advanced notice of this increasingly popular event for all kinds of paddlers - or would-be paddlers! Venues are all in the Peel area: Dwellingup, Mandurah, Pinjarra & Shoalwater. Barry White tells us that last year there were 601 participants in a wide range of events for all ages and all levels of experience: 
Dragon Boating
Indoor & Outdoor Canoe Polo
Whitewater Events 
Sea Kayaking
Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing
Senior Paddles
Stand up Paddling
River and Estuary Paddles

Then there's a fun and challenging multi-sport event, a big hit with families: team building a raft, and then paddling it downstream.  

Details available in August at <http://www.visitmandurah.com.au/>www.visitmandurah.com.au then, "What's on in September?"

2011 Peel Region Canoe Week's Amateur Photographic Competition
This is open now to all amateur photographers, not just canoeists and kayakers. There's three categories: Paddling Action, Habitat Birds and Habitat Mammals. More details <http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/competitionlist.aspx>here.

G Power Paddle
-- adjustable, red tape left hand shaft. Last seen at UWA boatshed,  25/05/11. If found, please contact Karl, 0414 720 366.

For Sale
Vajda Minisonic Guppy K1
 - brand new, RRP $1390, sale price, $850. Ty, 0400 723 359 or <mailto:ty@precisionpaddling.com.au>ty@precisionpaddling.com.au.  

K1 Sprint Kayak
 - 85kg+ weight class. Nelo, Plastex or Vajda (Vajda preferred). Models from 2006 to now. Phone 0404 497 059. 
Nelo Viper -  any color, up to 12kg. Louise, 0409 953 337.
Epic V10 - performance lay up or better. Craig, 0417 181 658.  
Surf Ski - fibreglass or plastic, trailing rudder or fixed surf type, to paddle in surf or on estuary. Ian, <mailto:ianb8@iinet.net.au>ianb8@iinet.net.au  

Week 4 /June
Wednesday, 22nd June, 2011

Act-Belong-Commit 2011 Avon Descent, 6th & 7th August
Get your entries in by Thursday, 14th July. There's still plenty of time for good rains to come. Entries online are  here. 

The 2011 souvenir merchandise is only available for purchase until Thursday, 30th June. Go to the <http://www.avondescent.com.au/>event website to see this year's designs of the t-shirts and singlets, beanies and hats, jackets and gear bags and to get your orders in.

Who's coming from afar for this year's Descent?
Hank MacGregor will be coming to defend his 2010 title as well as other top South African paddlers, Clint Pretorius and Daryl Bartho. Also, Hilary Pitchford, a leading South African woman paddle marathoner, is coming. There's a couple of pics of her, <http://www.galloimages.co.za/image/hilary-pitchford-ngumeni-dusi-canoe-marathon/1061214/1> here and <http://theridgeonline.co.za/unlimited-ozzie-gladwin/>here (scroll down to below text).

Guy Leach is again bringing a large contingent from NSW and there's 27 WA firefighters joining in as well. So, plenty of interest!

River Levels
After some years of being out of order, the Department of Water's (DoW's) Wooroloo Brook water level site (Karl's Ranch) appears to have been repaired and reinstated. I've put it back on the list of all the sites which affect Avon paddlers <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonrivwatlev.html>here. You can see what to expect over a few days by checking out all the upstream and tributary stream water levels.

New Avon paddlers should check out that page for all sorts of useful information about paddleability of the river.

Avon Women Network

Rosalie Evans, President, CWA, has a message for potential Avon women paddlers and currently active ones as well: "A group of ladies have got together to encourage more women to participate in the Avon Descent. Now, if you are saying that it is too late for this year, so be it, but next year is the 40th anniversary of this mighty event and we are hoping that you get a friend or two and make contact with the Avon Women Network and start training now for next year. Of course, that is not to say that you should not be participating this year and joining one or more of the groups that are out paddling now.

Keep an eye on this newsletter for up and coming events, once the rain has come and we have water to paddle on up in the ti-trees or perhaps at Walyunga. We will organise some "women only" paddling trips with some expert blokes along to help out initially and then as a group we will organise our own trips."

For more information contact the following paddling ladies listed <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=21695>here.

Avon Descent Teams
<mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>Send your name in if you are considering a team entry and need to find one: team of 2 or 4.  Some folk don't have the time to do sufficient training for a solo entry or don't have the skills for paddling the valley. Teams is a fun way to participate in a great weekend.

Junior Avon Challenge
Sunday, 7th August: Middle Swan Bridge to Riverside Gardens 

17km paddle for U16 and U18 young paddlers on flat water, finishing at the same finish line as the Avon Descent. For the even younger ones there are relays over this course: a two stage for U14 and a three stage for U14 paddlers,  U12 Guppy and U10 Guppy. (Yes, they start 'em young these days!)

The older juniors, U16 and U18, can also participate in the two stage relay. There are also Canadian classes in the relays.

Contact <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>Peter Martin for more detail.

Northam to Toodyay Race
Sunday, 17th July

Come and practise the first 32km of Day One of the Avon Descent with other keen paddlers of all skill levels for company. The main event is just three weeks later. <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?ID=17175>Online entries are now open and close Thursday, 15th July at 5pm.  Enquires to Race Co-ordinator, Eric Cromb, 0439 070 307 or <mailto:akcpresident@gmail>akcpresident@gmail or <mailto:ford396@bigpond.com>ford396@bigpond.com.
This is organised by Ascot Kayak Club. Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.

Event Reminders
Sunday, 26th June: Marathon Series #7 - Upper Swan Race.
 Registration, 7:00-7:45am, @ Middle Swan. 27km paddle upstream and then downstream to finish at Ascot Kayak Club. Also a short course, 12km, and Guppy and Junior courses, 6-8km. Food and refreshments at the finish line. More details <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/wa/downloads/Mara%2520Hbook%2520all%25201011.pdf>here, page 18, or contact <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>Peter Martin. Sponsored by Kaos Kayaks.

Sunday, 26th June: Slalom Winter Series, Race #2: Will it be Walyunga or Hester Park? In case you're not notified by email contact <mailto:slalomWA@gmail.com>Charlie Collin for the update on location and times.

Sunday, 3rd July: Swan Canoe Club's Rod Fry Race - Entries are now open for this 10.5km race from Swan Canoe Club to Stirling Bridge and return. Short course, 3km, available for juniors as well. Go <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/?Page=21724>here for more info' and to enter online. You can enter on the day, but, only those who enter online are eligible for prizes. There's cash prizes of $250 for the fastest paddlers in the two most contested classes, plus many other prizes including spot prizes. "On the day" times are as follows - registration confirmation: 7:00-8:30am; briefing: 8:45am; race starts: 9:30am. Food and refreshments available afterwards.

Online registration closes 9pm, 29th June.

Paddling on the Swan River: once upon a time . . .
Patrick Irwin came across <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/tincanoeguildf.html>this canoe pic from 1943 in Andrew Gentile's 2004 book, The Swan River: images from Guildford into the upper reaches, which reminded him of his own attempts at canoe construction in NSW as a youngster. "As kids, on Lake Macquarie, we too made a canoe from flattened-out corrugated iron, with a plank across as a seat. You had to plug the nail holes. We folded the ends around as seams, so you got a reverse angle bow and stern. The edges used to cut you when you climbed in or fell out. Ugly but effective." Patrick also says that he's heard the old timers here in Perth used to use slightly shaped fence pickets as paddles. Those were the days!

More Canoe Storage @ Bassendean?
The idea to convert the old toilet block at Point Reserve for canoe storage has not been forgotten, but the paddler behind the idea, Graeme King, is away for some weeks. Fingers crossed this becomes a reality as boat storage is in short supply for the ever-growing numbers involved in our sport. 

In His Father's Footsteps?
Here's young <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/alcampbell.jpg>Campbell Duke learning the ropes at Finn Kayaks. (Doesn't he look just like his Dad?!) Alwyn and Andrea now also have a daughter, Lily, just one year old.

Dusi Canoe Marathon on Youtube
Check out this <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7pjuz0YD3k>dramatic short video of the 2011 Dusi Canoe Marathon in South Africa, filmed from a helicopter. There's mostly aerial footage of paddlers in rapids (which always make the best viewing)! Thanks to Kevin White for sending this in. (Plenty of water in South Africa, it seems.)

One For the Girls!
Here's a <http://www.mariannsaether.no/post/2011/05/31/Rheinfall-first-woman-to-paddle-Europe180;s-biggest-waterfall.aspx>report by, and one or two pics of, the first female to shoot Rheinfall, a rough, rather than very high, waterfall in Europe. (It is illegal to do this!) It's the biggest waterfall in Europe, at certain water levels. The paddler is obvious in the first pic, but look hard in the second pic for the paddler, Mariann Saether, one of the world's leading female white water paddlers. Her website has some great photos if you're into waterfalls and creeking. 

For Sale
2 x Necky Eskia plastic single sea kayaks
 - in good condition, one for $1000, the other $1500. Call Tom at Rivergods,  9259 0749.
Time Bandit Multisport Kayak ­ excellent condition, includes new skirt, cockpit cover and racing rudder. $1600. Antony, 0439 933 355.

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