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Week 1 /October
Tuesday, 27th September, 2011
Marathon Series Starts
Sunday, 2nd October: Race 1, Island to Island

Registration: 7:30 - 8:30am at Ascot Kayak Club. Briefing: 8:45am.The full course is almost 12km, a circuit from AKC downstream to Clarkson Reserve, Maylands, then returning to the start via Ascot Waters. The short course is about 6km and the Guppy course is about 4km. Enquiries: <mailto:marathon@canoewa.asn.au>marathon@canoewa.asn.au. See below for the dates of races in the 2011-12 series.

The Ascot Junior Sprint Group will be providing good food for hungry paddlers afterwards. Also the annual presentations will take place then. 

Collie Adventure Race
Saturday, 8th October
Multi-sport event, Collie River Valley, based at Minninup Pool: road cycle, 25km; canoe, 10km; optional horse ride: 13km; swim: 1km; mountain bike, 25km; run, 10km. More info' is <https://sites.google.com/site/colliemultisports/collie-adventure-race>here on the website.

2011 Canning Nomination Race  
Rescheduled to Sunday, 9th October

Guess your race time with prizes being given to the persons closest to their nominated time. No watches or GPS. All paddlecraft welcome.
Long course 10 km (2 hour time limit applies)
Short course 5km

Registration 7.30 am - 8.30am at the Gazebo at Riverton Bridge. Briefing at 8:45 am, race starts 9.00 am.
Presentations 15 minutes after last paddler - approximately 11:00 am

Fees and prizes subject to sufficient entries. 
Long Course: $500 first prize; $200 second and $100 third.
Short Course: $100 first prize; $50 second and $25 third.
$50 to the first paddler to the pipe.

Organised by Canning River Canoe Club. 

Slalom: Race 1, Summer Series

Sunday, 16th October - Summer Series starts at Hester Park, Langford. Contact <mailto:ccollin@iinet.net.au>Charlie Collin if you want to know more about slalom or wish to be on their email list.

Classic Paddle, 2011
Sunday, 30th Octobe
Most opt to do the full course of this popular annual race: 12km from The Narrows to Stirling Bridge, East Fremantle. There's a short course, 4km, from Point Walter as well. All kinds of water craft take part, including surf boats, and it's quite a spectacle at the start line.  Enter just for fun or aim for part of the $12,000 worth of prizes.

Entries open, 29th September. Organised by Royal Life Saving with major sponsors Spirit Paddle Sports, The Left Bank and "Don't Drink and Drown" promotion. RLSSWA are inviting you to fundraise for this promotion. <http://www.clubsonline.com.au/site/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&orgid=1409>Go here to find out more about that and the race itself. And to enter.

Marathon Series, 2011-12
Race 2
:20th November, Moore River Race, Guilderton   

Race 3: 27th December, 10km Championships, Champion Lakes, Armadale 

Race 4: 15th January, 2012, Claisebrook Race (Doubles Race) Victoria Gardens, East Perth 

Race 5: 26th February, Canning Ascent, Deep Water Point to Hester Park

Race 6:25th March, Pinjarra-Ravenswood (Doubles Race), Murray River

Race 7: 22nd April, Double Barkers, Ascot Kayak Club

16th-17th June, State Titles, TBA

Race 8: 1st July, Upper Swan Race, Middle Swan Bridge to AKC via Barrett Street footbridge.

Mainpeak Multisport 
Sunday, 25th September

Organisers, Rapid Ascent, should be well pleased with the running of this inaugural event. For a complete coverage go to the <http://www.mainpeakmultisport.com.au/>website, where there's a full listing of the results. 

Just mentioning here the fastest overall of the paddling legs: Jenni Bateman, Sam Pilton, Bae Hooper and Nikki Lee were fastest females in the two paddling legs and Kris Plain, Rob Doherty, Dave Worthy, Adam Baker and Martin Gunda were the fastest males. All were in teams of three. I recognised lots of other names of paddlers who finished in the ironman category. What a challenge!  Congrats to all. 

Paddler Wanted . . .
for the Anaconda adventure race in Augusta on Sunday, 6th November. The paddle leg of this race is 13km of inlet and ocean. For more details of the event go to: <http://www.rapidascent.com.au/anacondaadventurerace/wa/>http://www.rapidascent.com.au/anacondaadventurerace/wa/

Contact Aaron Maxwell, 9337 7444 or 0411 471 146 or <mailto:niq_f@hotmail.com>niq_f@hotmail.com

Woe @ Walyunga
All the Mainpeak Multisport paddlers, Avon Descenters, slalom paddlers and those recreational paddlers just out for some white water fun at popular Walyunga will have noticed the deterioration in the bank at the "put-in" at the top car park this year. Some years ago wooden steps were put in place there by a group of Swan Canoe Club paddlers in conjunction with the then CALM department, all organised by Colin Thorpe. Those steps are long gone, now.

Everyone has difficulty getting in there these days!  Especially tired ironman paddlers at the weekend's multisport event.

Here's a couple of them: <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/atopcrpkkev.jpg>Kevin, 
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/atopcrpk4.jpg>same unknown, 
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/atopcrpk5.jpg>John.  Various methods tried!

To protect that bank from further erosion it's obvious some remedial work is overdue. If you have suggestions as to a course of action, either temporary or long term, please phone or <mailto:paul.udinga@dec.wa.gov.au>email Ranger, Paul Udinga, 9295 9107/0417 177 951, and/or our canoeing governing body, <mailto:canoewa@canoe.org.au>CWA, 9285 8501, before the trees start falling over! The ranger is happy to discuss solutions.

Bliss @ Bell's
The <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/index.html>new front page pic is of open Canadian canoeists, Richard Herbage, back, and Cain Davies, having a good time at the main drop, Saturday, 24th September. Photographer is Stephen Morup. They were all part of a group of four Canadians seen between  Walyunga and Bell's and on the upper Murray over the weekend. We don't often see these craft in white water. Here's a sequence of two others in the group, having a go at <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/cancanbells11.html>canoeing down under. (Sorry, Terry.)

The "Fish"
Kevin White from Canoesonline will be taking a squad of paddlers to compete in the South African K2 championships held at the famous Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7th and 8th October. 1700 paddlers from around the world will be competing and the "Fish" can be followed on <http://www.fishmarathon.org.za/>www.fishmarathon.org.za. 

Being the K2 championships the majority of the field will be paddling K2s. Approximately 700 K2s, 60 K3s and a few K1s will be on the start line. This is very different from the Avon Descent where the majority of the field paddles singles. The French duo Quentin Bonnetain and Loic Vynisale aim to threaten the South African stranglehold of the event where Hank McGregor (winner of Avon 2010, 2011) and Grant van der Walt are favourites.

The local squad consists of Darryl Long, Jenni Bateman, John Hilton and Mark Hardie, Dave Walter and Paul McLaren who will all be racing K2s and Rosie Evans, Chairperson of CWA, who is racing in a K3. Crews to watch will be Jenni Bateman and the experienced SA paddler Gavin Tarr who should be in the mix for the mixed doubles title. Also the crew of Darryl Long and Kevin White will hopefully be competitive in Open and Veterans Classes.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fish River Canoe Marathon Kevin White will give a presentation on his return or visit  <http://www.canoesonline.com.au/international-kayak-races.php>http://www.canoesonline.com.au/international-kayak-races.php

Mark Cadle

Kenaboi International River Challenge
3rd-4th December

Here's something different to think about! Malaysian paddlers organise this paddling weekend annually. A couple of the guys came over and took part in the Avon Descent this year. Water is guaranteed in this tropical country.  One day is a short white water race, Grade 2-3; the next day is a 32km marathon race with moving water assistance, all set in a scenic location. The event is located about 50km south east of Kuala Lumpur. John Tomczak of AKC is the go-between with all the info' as it comes to hand. You should contact him, 9275 7167 or 0419 275 712 to find out more.

Mandurah Ocean Club
The <http://mandurahoutriggers.blogspot.com/>Mandurah Ocean Club is "all about having fun and promoting the sport of ocean paddling be it on an outrigger, ski or SUP and at the same time getting fit. So please come down and say hi, and come out for a paddle with us. We are located at the Old Sailing Club off Halls Head Parade, Halls Head." Colin Bartly

Over the summer they will be holding monthly time trials, a way for paddlers to race against themselves and the clock, using the "Blast" race management system. Colin Bartly from the club will give you notice of the dates if you <mailto:colin@bluedge.com.au>email him. If you participated in the Mandurah Duel in 2010 you will already be on their email list.

Kalgan River Paddle
Champion Lakes Canoe Club in Perth are joining Albany Canoe Club for a Kalgan River paddle at the end of October. Some juniors are included in the trip.

Terry Bolland in Canada
Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under and paddling companions, Alaine Davin and Leonie Cockman have completed their epic paddle west to east across Canada. For a full account of the trip to 31st August visit Terry's blog <http://terryacrosscanada.wordpress.com/>here.

Storm Paddle
Christian Thompson tells us that just a few hardy souls turned up for the scheduled Canning race on one of the wettest and windiest Sundays for the whole year. The race was cancelled but, he says, "We ran a shorter more sheltered race because the conditions made it impossible to run the Nomination event (see above). The small field that turned out had a fun day and young Kent Jenkinson walked away with $150 cash prize."

Black Helmet
 with Avon Descent stickers on back, left on side of the road into Bells. It was on Fathers Day, Sunday, 4th September. Brent, 0409 996 500. 

Finn Kayaks
Al says, "We have a range of ex demo helmets for $20!!"  Hardly used. Visit the showroom, 4 Jones Street, O'Connor, to view or phone 9314 3109 for more info'.

Sandy Robson
In the steps of Oscar Speck:  Sandy Robson has reached Cyprus and is now exploring the Cyprus coast by sea kayak . . . see <http://www.sandy-robson.com/>www.sandy-robson.com for her trip notes.  Handy for anyone else thinking of paddling these waters. 

For Sale
The Lettmann Magellan sea kayak that Sandy has been using, an excellent craft, is now for sale if anyone would like to own a kayak based in Turkey? See <http://www.sandy-robson.com/>www.sandy-robson.com for details. Sandy now will be using a fold-up craft for the continuation of her trip. 

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