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Darwin: Paddling, Cycling, Walking
an update from Huw Kingston who has reached Drysdale River Homestead.
Northern H'way - Walyunga Water Level Graph
Our thanks to Peter Ewing who has updated the graph which predicts
the water level on the wooden gauge at Walyunga from the water
level at Great Northern Highway (which is on WRC's website).
The graph now covers higher water levels, up to 1.5m at Walyunga.
You will find it <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/watlevwalygr02.html>here.
The level at Walyunga, mid afternoon, Tuesday, was 1.2m.
In the upper ti-trees this morning, Wednesday, 10am, Geoff
Barr says the gauge showed 1.2m (thanks!).
also struck at Fish Market Reserve, Guildford, a few days ago,
smashing a window,despite the car being unlocked. Paddlers are
obvious targets as the tell-tale roof racks indicate that the
owners are going to be away for some time, especially with the
Descent fast approaching.
Chris Cook in Sydney is the mastermind behind this new canoeing
He hopes it will become a place where "we can share ideas,
training methods, race results and basically have a bit of fun.
Unlike many other forums there is no pop up advertising and your
personal information such as email address is not displayed for
public viewing, therefore you won't be bombarded with spam."
Slalom Race 3, Walyunga
,Sunday 6th July.
9am 10am, Registration & Pre-race coaching; 10.15am,
Body Number Distribution; 10.30am, Race Briefing; 10.45am, Run
1; 11.45am, Run 2; 1.00pm, Presentation. More details contact
Margaret Jeffery <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Marathon 8, Upper Swan to AKC, 27 km, also this Sunday,
6th. Registration 7 - 7:40 am, Briefing 7:45 am (Div. 4), 8:15
am (Div 1, 2 & 3). Meet at Upper Swan Bridge. More details
contact Cathy Fry <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Steve, our Walyunga Ranger, is 'not happy' having to pick up
paddlers' hi-energy bar wrappers & banana peel (how does
he know they're ours?). We all have to be nice to Steve and
take our rubbish home as you never know when you will need him
to collect you from the valley one cold, wet night!
Paddle, 'Skee' with white blades, and blue and black
shaft, at Syd's Rapid, on Sunday, 29th June. The only other identifying
feature is a ragged bit of red gaffa tape on the shaft. If found
plse phone Gena Binet 9336 7753
Propellor blade paddle, just down river from Emu Falls
on the Avon 29/06/03, carbon shaft, black with radiator sticker
on the blades, please call Kieran 0404 860 922.
Black kevlar paddle just below Bells, Sunday, June 29th.
Anne Christie 9387 4978 or 9386 2278 during the day.
Spirit propellor paddle at the Upper Swan ti- trees on
Sunday 29th.Owner is Helen Martyn 0421 450 035 . Home phone
no. on blades is 9305 6997 .
Paddle, at the Coombe in Mosman Park. Anyone
who thinks it is theirs can call David 0417 877 879. ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-
Finn Kayaks has a range of second hand paddling
craft for sale - see what's offering <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/finn2ndhnd.html>here.
Perception Minnow, sit-in. Contact Brody (Perth) 9409
Helmet suitable for Avon Descent and I'm pretty sure it
needs to be large in size. Contact Joel, 0411 821 109 or <mailto:Joel_Ferguson@bankwest.com.au>Joel_Ferguson@bankwest.com.au
Finnatic, Dagger Infrared, RPM, or anything similar,
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com or 0439
Huw Kingston who is paddling, cycling & walking Perth to
Darwin, writes of his paddling the Kimberley coast & more
before he heads into Northern Territory. Read it here.
of Remedial Massage Student . . .
is looking for people who would like a one hour relaxation
massage for $15. Please phone Emily, 9448 8534.
Team member(s) needed for Avon Descent, either 1
or 2, for Northam-Toodyay and Walyunga- finish line. Please contact
John Igloi, <mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com
or 0413 993 192.
return . . .
Last year we lent out a BV, blue helmet and Stealth paddle, small
blades with white shaft (all with our names on).We cannot remember
who we lent them to and desperately need the gear for this year's
Avon. Can anybody help? Please ring Meg O'Leary 9447 2598 or
Paddlers who also cycle & run . . .
Hartley Estate Chittering
Challenge is on 11th
October: 1km Run - 10km MTB - 16km Road Ride - 5km Run. Info
& entry details available soon - Rick Lee, Cyclewest Promotions,
0413 867 440
will be held Sunday, 13th July - from Lookout to Walyunga.
Meet at Lower Walyunga Car Park at 8am
Cost $15.00 CWA members $25.00 non members Please note that a
part of your entry fee goes to the Avon Safety Unit who provide
rescue for our races
Race Notes: this race is not suitable for novices.
Several rapids will need to be paddled to reach Walyunga safely.These
rapids include Championships and Syd's.There is also a long walk
to the start of the race that requires a degree of fitness Having
said all that, this is a great race --lots of whitewater and
not too far to paddle.The water level should be high enough to
make for an exciting race for all. Please make sure that you
have paddled this stretch of river prior to the day We will have
rescue at some rapids but many smaller rapids will not be supervised.
Meet at Walyunga, drive to the start, a long walk down hill and
paddle to Walyunga. Another day in paradise. All enquiries to
Penny Bates 9299 6512, Grant Pepper 0417 945 577
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
Newer paddlers may like to read the story behind the naming of
this infamous stretch of river. Go here The author, Peter Dear,
is one of the founding fathers of canoeing in this state.
Paddles & Mobile Phone
Carbon propellor paddle, with purple/pink floral back and
big Mrs Mac's Beef Pies Stickers on the back, at last drop at
Bell's. Please contact Rob Jenkinson 08-9448 8041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Skee paddle, Sunday, 6th July, 1 km below Superchute,
blue shaft, white blades with pink spray pattern, Avon no. 307,
name & ph.no. on paddle. If found plse. contact Linda Glover,
9364 7735 or email@example.com
Spirit Carbon Propeller Paddle - Sunday, 6th July - between
Posselt's Ford and Emu Falls. Has white gaffa tape in middle
of handle with "Doyle 93850416" written, although writing
has probably washed off. Contact Jeremy on 93850416 or 0413 224098
or firstname.lastname@example.org Nokia 6210 Mobile Phone [silver]
with the number in black pen on the front 0439 990 059, at Bell's
Rapids, Sunday 6th July. Please contact Ken Sheldrick 9277 8893
: 9249 3522 or email@example.com
Carbon fibre scoop Paddle - lost in the middle of the
Ti trees on Saturday 5 July, it is clearly marked Alwyn 0412
Black Propellor paddle with name and phone number on it,
at Syd's. Alan Hardman 9296 1202. It is new and if returned I
will offer a reward.
Mako Paddle with white blades, black fibreglass shaft
and blue hand grips, at Bells 2/7/03. If found please contact
Michael Poole 9374 8300(wk) 9296 9326(a/h) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may have Swan Christian College marked on it somewhere.
Endorfinn ski for Avon, will pay good price. Must
be watertight and good cond. Please phone Catherine, 0419 160
Here's a Date for Saturday Night!
Come and have a bit of off-river fun with your fellow paddlers
& friends - Quiz Night - tickets available at the door
- it's for a very worthy cause - helping two of our dedicated
youngsters to achieve their paddling goals. Be at Sorrento
Surf Club rooms at 1900 hrs. Enquiries to Geoff Davey on 9317
2321. Bar available, byo supper. Make up a table of 6 or 8
or just come along and you'll be found some team members.
Paddling the Avon Descent? Looking for a Massage?
I am a student of Diploma of
Remedial Massage offering one hour massages, $15
Please phone Emily on 9448
Race No 4 - Slalom Winter
Racing Series, Walyunga,
Sunday 20th July in the afternoon.
12pm-1pm -Registration; 10am-12pm- Course Setting; 11am-12pm-
Pre-race coaching;1pm - Body Number Distribution; 1.15pm - Race
Briefing; 1.30pm - Run 1; 2.30pm - Run 2; 3,30pm - Presentation.
All competitors are requested to enter by email by Friday 18
July. Helpers are needed, please contact Margaret, <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Main Peak
Water Paddlers! Geegelup Cup & State Downriver Champs -
from Penny Bates
Aug 16th-17th, 2003
6km grade 2-3 whitewater suitable
for Avon descenters. Bring your support crew to Bridgetown for
the weekend as a reward. Contact the Bridgetown Tourist Bureau
for all accommodation needs.
Teams (3 persons mixed) race 16th @ 1300 - start under bridge
Geegelup Cup Downriver Race Sun 17th @1000 (register at dinner
Saturday or on day)
Plastics and skis welcome
Presentations @ Pottery tearooms. Sun (approx 2-3pm) +nibbles
or 9725 2584
Dinner Sat 17th 6pm @ The Pottery
BYOG $20 per person payable at door. Must book with Barb
on 9725 2584 or email@example.com by 13th Aug, Raffle & Door
Sponsored by Canoeing DownUnder
for Substitution . . .
Two entries to the Avon Descent - good condition (unlike the
paddler, who has withdrawn due to injury). Available as entry
for two person team or as two separate entries: includes: campsite
passes for 3 and 1 bag firewood. Phone: 0401 993 398
Since my team has had to withdraw
due to injuries we can change the names
on the entries, so if anyone was planning on entering but missed
closing date this could be their chance.
Does anyone know of anyone doing an Avon Descent video this year?
It was really good to have one last year, would love to see another
Dawn Lessard, President, Canoefest, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
I know we are located VERY far away from you, but we had some
very friendly and enthusiastic visitors from Australia last year,
so I'd like to encourage more people to attend from "down
under"! Held annually during the 3rd week in July in Atikokan,
Ontario, Canoefest offers many recreational and competitive canoeing/kayaking
events for the entire family. Atikokan is the headquarters for
Quetico Provincial Park and is an entry point to the White Otter
Wilderness Area, so the canoeing possibilities are endless! ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-
Calendar has been updated - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albanycc.html>July
Stranded - K2 orange plastic at Walyunga National Park.
(In fact, wrapped around a ti- tree, in the patch below Syd's).
If any one sees it floating in bits down the river please contact
Andrew York 0409 688 389 or <mailto:Andrew.York@cocwa.asn.au>Andrew.York@cocwa.asn.au
P.S. It was not even in a rapid (New paddlers take care
as this boat partially blocks the narrow channel - Robyn K.).
Breakdown paddle, on Sun 13 Jul. Black. Between Lookout
and Championships. Has brand and store markings. Please call
Bradley 0414 552 626 if you think it is yours. (Paddle was very
useful because I had just broken my own :-)
Black propeller blade paddle at Syd's on Sat 12 July. Has phone
number on it 0412 090 965 but numbers have faded. Would appreciate
anyone finding it to call. Reward for its return. Jim Bramley
0412 090 964
Paddle. Walyunga, 12/07/03. Ainsworth, black and
purple blade, no labels etc. Please phone Aaron, 0405 063 930.
of Wellington Dam
Non Avon Descenters may be interested to know that Wellington
Dam on the Collie is being scoured at present - water is released
annually in winter to reduce the salinity levels of the summer
irrigation water. According to the Water Corporation's media
release the discharge would be about 450,000 kilolitres of high
salinity water each day, equivalent to about 1.1 - 1.2 m at the
gauging station. Very paddleable. The scouring will continue
for next two weeks at this level, but after that may be variable
so check with Peter Buckley, Water Corporation, business hours,
9791 0493, or 0407 425 495, before you head off on your white
Thanks to Alex Fox for letting us know.
is specifically designed to energise and maintain performance
during activity. Carboshotz keeps the mind active, alert and
provides fast-sustained energy to the working muscles. During
the Avon Descent the challenge is to be able to maintain the
high levels of energy being used and replace the carbohydrate
based calories being exhausted. Because of the liquid/gel consistency
and ingredients, Carboshotz is absorbed quickly, will help you
feel strong and energised, maintain a consistent effort, feel
better when you finish.
Consume one Carboshotz sachet
with a mouth full of water 15 minutes before activity and every
30-45 minutes during, depending on intensity. Get them at:
Canoeing Down Under, Bassendean; Mainpeak Paddle Sports,Cottesloe;
Runners World, Perth.
Last Week . . . Stranded
"The K2 has been rescued from its watery demise. Thanks
for all the info' and to everyone who made a sarcastic comment.
Yes, we were paddling upstream into a rapid at the time and the
support strokes deserted us. (Anyway, that's my story)."
Homes 2003 Avon Descent Video
Yes, Belinda, someone is videotaping the whole Descent again
this year. Though Grant Stephenson who filmed it last year was
inspired to do the Descent himself this year, he has organised
three camera coverage, including one from the paddler's perspective,
a "kayak cam". This professional production by Pro
Cam Video Productions will be available for sale @ $40 each,
includes postage & GST. You can pre-order it by <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonvideo03order.html>clicking
here. Last year's is also available @ $30 each.
Take care with your speed on the way to Northam and environs
on the Avon weekend as (apart from being safe) speed cameras
are usually at favourite locations - on the outskirts of the
towns and the long straight with the turnoff to Emu Falls on
on Hartley Estate Chittering Challenge....
Entry forms are available by emailing Rick - <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Double plastic kayak - not for Avon, suitable for family
recreational use (wide and stable). Please contact Belinda 9288
K1 sprint boat under slung rudder system. Cleaver X or
Viper. Please contact Glen 0412722665 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com