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Week 1/April
Albany Canoe Club Events for April - from Ralph Flowers

(1)Middleton Beach Challenge - 8am Sat 26th April. Race from Middleton Beach to Green Island & return 12km.approx. Open to surf ski, ocean kayak & sit-on craft. This was held last year as a State Masters' Event.

(2) Pub to Perth 8am Sun 27th April .Social Paddle from Esplanade Hotel Middleton Beach Albany to HMAS PERTH (dive wreck) Returning via Whale World (morning tea in cafe) 20km approx.Open to surf ski,ocean kayak,&sit-on craft.

For info' on above events contact Ralph 0429 104 556 or  e-mail <mailto:ralph48@omninet.net.au>ralph48@omninet.net.au
From Last Week:
Huw Kingston did manage to organise a lift to Tamala for his kayak, with thanks to Helen & Stewart Cooksey and also says thanks for all the other offers of assistance.
He says: " This is my 6th City2City journey, this time mountain biking/kayaking/walking over 6000km from Perth2Darwin starting on 9th April kayaking out of Perth. This journey will raise funds for 4Wheels4Sean. Full details of the journey, previous City2City journeys and the
fundraising can be found on www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s
Can you sponsor me along the way? An amount per journey, an amount per day,
per kilometre or perhaps something more creative like an amount per flat
tyre or number of crocs spotted (or hit by) whilst paddling. You can
download a sponsorship form from www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s/perth2darwin
<http://www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s/perth2darwin> , donate by credit card on
the site (available from 2 April), or send an email to
4w4s@polarismtb.com.au <mailto:4w4s@polarismtb.com.au> pledging your
donation or send a donation to PO Box 218, Bundanoon, NSW 2578. Donations
of $2 or more are tax deductible."
Spirit sit-on racer or a Finn Endorfinn for the Avon / Ocean. Second hand. Sam Cockle 0408 206 586 or <mailto:scockle@baileysmarine.com.au>scockle@baileysmarine.com.au

Week 4/April
Walyunga Water Level

Thank you to those who sent this in after the recent heavy rains but - apologies - was not able to post it on the website as I was overseas for a few weeks.
Hyperactive Sports
Entry forms for Collie Marathon Relay on 28th September are now available from: <>http://www.hyperactive.oz.nf/CRVMR/2003/cmr%202003.htm

Marty Wallace of Collie has a website which has info or pics on several SW relay events with paddling: Blackwood Marathon, Collie Marathon Relay, Donnybrook Marathon. Check it out: http://www.hyperactive.oz.nf/
Read all about it . . .
Huw Kingston, the New South Welshman paddling,cycling, walking Perth to Darwin has reached Carnarvon with an amusing tale to tell - read it <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/Huw.html>here or click on the link on <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>WA Paddlers' News page.
Avon Descent Swim Tests
Terry Bolland will be conducting these: Saturday, 10th May & Saturday, 17th May.
7.45am Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean. Helmet and booties compulsory. Swim 150 metres in less than 7 minutes. Terry says that  Avon Descent entries open 25th May.
Canoeing Down Under Courses - Terry Bolland
1 Thursday evening fitness and skills improvement sessions, weekly, starting 8th May, Garrett Road, 5.45pm - 7.30pm Cost: $20.00 a session
2 Avon Descent Skills Training  - Started Tuesday, 29th April. Runs for six weeks.
3 Flat Water Intro - for beginners, 11th May, 9.30 - 3.00pm
4 Fitness Training - Saturday Morning fitness - join the group at any time. $10.00 a session, 8.00am, Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean.
Enquiries : Terry 9378 1333
Just Arrived in Albany
paddlers can now obtain Thule car racks and the full range of kayak related accessories locally at Auto Makeovers, 60 Sanford Road, Albany. 
For Perth paddlers, Thule is available through Canoeing Down Under, Finn Kayaks, Mainpeak Paddlesports and Snowgum .     
In Mandurah, Thule is serviced through Mandurah Sportz and in Bunbury through Sports Marine Boat Centre.
Winds & Waves
Ocean & estuary paddlers and others who wish to know forecasts of wind and swell conditions should check out these windsurfing sites:
<http://www.oceanoutlook.com.au>www.oceanoutlook.com.au for a five day swell and wind forecast at the following locations: Perth-Mandurah, Albany-Denmark, Margaret River, Esperance, Geraldton and Gnaraloo (which is from north of Carnarvon to Ningaloo Station).

<http://www.seabreeze.com.au>www.seabreeze.com.au for excellent live graphs of the current day's wind conditions at Ocean Reef, Swanbourne, Rottnest, Melville Water, Mandurah and Garden Island. It also archives up to the last 30 days.

<http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/forecast.asp>www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/forecast.asp for Bureau of Meteorology's local waters and coastal waters (Kalbarri toCape Leeuwin) wind forecasts.
(Thanks to Brad Reed who sent in these useful sites to which I have added links from my site - Robyn)
Blackwood Marathon Relay History - Clive Choate
Do you have any humorous or interesting canoe or team stories, short or long?
I have been asked to record some stories of the event for this year's race which celebrates the 25th anniversary. Any information send to : <mailto:blackwoodstories@hotmail.com>blackwoodstories@hotmail.com
Event Reminders
Canoe Polo
- next game is Sunday, 4th May. Next club meeting is Tuesday, 6th May. Enquiries - Sean Sinclair 0418 899 269
Marathon #6, Fremantle to Perth: Sunday 4th May. Registration from 7:30 am at Gilbert Fraser Reserve, Johanna St, North Fremantle, then paddle to The Narrows 12km (PFD recommended) - fry@smartchat.net.au
The John Sims Race: Saturday 10th May, AKC, Garvey Park. Registration from 12.30, 6km and 12km courses - fry@smartchat.net.au
suitable for Avon Descent around $500 2nd hand. Please contact Derek on 0408 135502 or <mailto:derek@leeuwin.com>derek@leeuwin.com
Finn plastic Kayak (sit in) Suitable for the Avon Descent. Contact Tony. AH. Ph. 9438 3245 or  <mailto:amnewman@subcorp.com.au>amnewman@subcorp.com.au
Double Avon Ski, good/very good condition. Peter Ferguson 040 338 1753 or <mailto:sarferg@iinet.net.au>sarferg@iinet.net.au
Kayak - Ex Lancer or where I can get one made up. Contact Clive at: <mailto:onethirteeneleven@hotmail.com>onethirteeneleven@hotmail.com
Minnow II. Reasonable condition. Contact Michael 0411 885 316
Double Surf Ski for Avon Descent. Any condition, plenty of leg room needed. <mailto:jbram386@yahoo.com.au>jbram386@yahoo.com.au
Sit on top Kayak 2nd hand Plenty of leg room. Contact Bob (08) 93413704 email <mailto:rmf@perthpcug.org.au>rmf@perthpcug.org.au
K2 with Sprint Hull Full kevlar for Avon Descent, Please contact Rob on 93801953 or <mailto:rdavidso@agric.uwa.edu.au>rdavidso@agric.uwa.edu.au
Interceptor Mk 3 fibreglass surf ski to suit 5' 3" paddler. Contact Robyn 042 299 0134 Email <>robynmacd@yahoo.com.au
Endorfinn sit-on ski, for Avon Descent. Call Mark on 9276 7043 or <mailto:zorbas@foxgold.net.au>zorbas@foxgold.net.au

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