|WA Paddling News Emails|
To all Avon Descenters,
Please find below paddling news email for this week, with Descent news at the end. If you do not wish to receive the (about) weekly emails of paddling news please let me know by return email. Happy paddling.
Whopping Big Day Out - from Bevan Dashwood
State Slalom Titles
11th August, Walyunga National Park
Starts: 8am with registration; pre-race course coaching at 9am.
Bring your snaggers and beer, girl friends and boy friends, Mums and Dads.
For more info ring Bevan 9456 0464; Margaret 9293 1909; Brian 9382 3548
If you can help out on the day please ring Margaret beforehand.
Sponsored by Main Peak Paddle Sports
Bridgetown Downriver Paddling Weekend - August 17 & 18
Saturday: fun event - teams racing - must have 1 female, 1 plastic boat in each team of three paddlers. Please book by August 12.
Sunday: State Downriver Championships (Geegelup Cup) - 6km grade 2-3 rapids. Register 10am. All welcome - all classes, ages and novices.
*** Lots of great prizes on both days.***
Share Saturday night dinner with your paddling mates (soup, crusty bread, pasta & salad - all you can eat) at the Pottery Tearooms, $18. You must book by August 12.
For further details and bookings contact Robyn Harris of SWCC: 9720 2123 or <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgetown Tourist Centre can help with accomodation: 9761 1740
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
From Gunther (Davenwood)
Firstly, I would like to thank the paddling community for all the support they have shown to me over the years. If I have inconvenienced anyone with the demise of Davenwood, I must humbly apologise. I will be continuing to do plastic / composite repairs and glass / kevlar kayak /canoe building, but not accessories retail. I can be contacted on
0417042881, or call in at 31B Stanhope Gardens Rd, Midvale.
Kind regards, Gunther <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
October is multisport month in WA with 4 events in 4 weeks. One of them is the UWA Tetrathlon which will be run again like last year, an informal race for individuals. For those interested in tackling an event with some paddling (kayak or surf ski).
Check out more details at the following address:
Estimating Walyunga Water Level
Peter Ewing's updated graph is now at http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/watlevwalygr02.html or click on "River Levels" on front page of my site, then Avon/Swan, then go to 3 - Estimating Walyunga Water Level. This is the first year we have had so much data for the lower water levels since the telemetry became available.
Re' thieves at work - from Elaine Lennox
"Was up at Walyunga today where a car was broken into. A friend was nearly driven off the road by an old bronze coloured car then saw some paper fluttering in the breeze. When he stopped, he found a wallet with one or two cards in it (but not the important ones). When he reported the find to the Ranger it turned out that the Ranger had taken the license number of the car but when he had contacted the police on a previous occasion he was told that unless he actually saw them committing a crime, there was nothing they could do!
Moral of the story - 'Don't leave anything valuable in your car!'
Results - available at http://www.avondescent.asn.au/res2002.htm
thanks to Merv Francis
Photos at Toodyay Rapid and Syd's -www.aussiesinaction.com.au
TV Special on the Avon Descent will be broadcast on the Ten Network on 17th August, across Australia- at 3pm in WA - thanks to Ann Coulson for the reminder.
Presentation and Barbeque
Trophies and awards will be presented on Sunday, 11th August at the Power Dinghy Racing Club, Burswood. Full details in competitor handbook. A great place to catch up with fellow competitors. A different TV coverage of the event.
Some Statistics - from Merv Francis - Overall 69% finished - K1 83% - K2 56% - Ski 1 83% - Ski 2 70% - Teams 90% - Sundries 40% - 10hp spt 53% - 8hp spt 40% - 8hp std 51%. Similar overall times to 1997 when the Walyunga level was 0.3m.
Short wetsuit pants - left behind in the spa tent after finishing the Avon - XL or XXL, black on the outside and dk blue on the inside. There is a small spot of quick grip glue stuck to it. The tie string will have been tied to stop the ends falling through the hole. If someone has found them please contact me on 0897970312 or <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddle - Ricky van Dongen, no.755, lost a paddle at Syd's Rapid and is wondering if the paddle has been found. Unfortunately he didn't put any identification on the paddle. Please contact him: <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
- lost then found. Tony Fry who would like to convey his heartfelt thanks to Lee Edward's son who carried it down from Championships to Walyunga during the Descent.
Please keep your eye out . . .
for yellow Wavehopper, stolen off a car roof in the Harvey area (belongs to Julie Howlett). It had Avon stickers on it and a new custom fibreglass foot rest, black with an oval cut in the middle. If you see it for sale anywhere please contact Lesley, 0414 645 111
Lost at Bell's, 11/8/02
Mako propellar paddle, very distinct as it is purple and short in length. Has name and number on it, hopefully still visible
Sue Reid 9341 1501.
Avon Descent Video
Professional cameraman, Grant Stephenson, (Pro Cam Video Productions) also part of a support crew in this year's Avon Descent, has made a 70 minute video of this year's event. It is available at Terry Bolland's canoe shop (Railway Parade, Bassendean) or from Grant directly. Cost is $30 plus $5 postage if necessary. Ph: 9310 2151 Mob: 0412 551 522 E mail: <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Avon Descent Results
have been updated. http://www.avondescent.asn.au
The Crowne Plaza Interstate Cup and the One Day Novice Race results are now also online.
You may need to refresh your browser to see the changes - Merv Francis
I have just updated the link on my website to this famous race, a descent of the River Sella in northern Spain, held this year at the same time as our Avon Descent (only one day, 3rd August). Over 1400 craft in 1994. Guess who holds the record for the 20 km of this race? J. Jacoby (Aust) and our very own West Ozzie, Ramon Andersson! - 1 hour, 6 minutes and 36 seconds, 1988. In 2003 the event will be held on 9th August (just in case you'll be over that way).
More info on Teams Event, Bridgetown Paddling Weekend, 17th & 18th August - from Paul Burke
The teams race (fun event) consists of a group of three paddlers who go down the 6km course together and have to finish within fifteen seconds of each other. The object is to help/support the slowest paddler by showing them the way and getting them to wash ride, etc. Also it's a chance for people to go down the river in a group of three for safety before the BIG race on Sunday. It will be run on a similar format to the Australian championships' down river teams event. Each team should consist of a plastic boat, a female and one other. There is a major prize of a dinner for six at the Pottery Tearoom on Saturday night. Get a team together! The start is for 1-2 pm Saturday, so practice can be done in the morning.
State Down River Championships (Geegelup Cup): Registration - 10am; Race start approx. 11am, Sunday morniing.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under.
Two novices sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it, too
As I watched it I jotted down
some of the numbers of the paddlers who feature. Are you here?
The video is available from
Grant, Ph: 9310 2151 Mob: 0412 551 522 email@example.com
Racing started on Wednesday, but the qualification race for C1 West Ozzies starts on Thursday (today). It will see Justin Boocock (AIS/TIS), Robin BellAIS/WAIS), Kynan Maley (AIS/WAIS) and Hew Roberts (AIS/WAIS) in action.
The individual event finals commence on Saturday (C2 and K1) and Sunday (C1 and K1W), with the team event finals scheduled for Friday.
For more information on the competition visit the official website: www.lesarcs.com/canoe-kayak
2nd hand K1 "Woodpecker" Kayak - contact David Abbott 9448 5208
Double Cross Trainers (Second hand) Contact : Scott McDonnell at Emmanuel Catholic College PH. 94144000 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Surf Ski, fibreglass with ocean rudder. Good
Cond, no damage. Contact Neil PH: 9593 2453, or 0414 242 195