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Week 1/June
Lost & Stolen

Lost on Railway Pde, Bassendean near the CDU shop. Brand new Red Finn with rudder, pod knee/thigh bars and a stainless steel locking ring bolted just behind the seat. Only two in the state with all those features. Ring Terry at CDU if you see this boat floating around. 9378 1333
Dwellingup Adventures
has a new website - go to http://www.dwellingupadventures.com.au/
Warren River Paddling: Pemberton - Northcliffe
There's some delightful paddling on this river (avoid at flood times - logs can be dangerous), flat water and white water. One of the best places for groups to stay is Watermark Kilns, about midway between the two towns. The owners are happy to help paddlers with their car shuffles but this year will be away between 17 Sept and 20 October. Whilst the caretakers are looking after the accomodation they wil not be able to help with the car shuffles at this time. For more info' on this ideally located & comfortable converted tobacco kiln & marron farm (yes, you can buy your supper - absolutely fresh!) contact Trevor or Jeanette, <>hulcup@westnet.com.au
Walyunga National Park - from Steve Strachan, Ranger
Steve is very happy with the response by paddlers to last year's requests for co-operation regarding the 'rules' of the Park and says thanks to all. For new paddlers here is a summary of his requests:
Please . . .
obey STOP sign and speed limits;
take home paddling rubbish - such as gaffa tape, mars bars wrappers, foam bits, etc;
take note of park hours: 8am to 5pm and plan your valley trips accordingly;
keep gear off the garden beds.
Water Level
Once the water starts to flow (shortly?) Steve will be recording the level when necessary (couple of times/week and when there are dramatic changes) 9487 8855
Together with what's available on Water & Rivers Commission website (Great Nth Hway, Toodyay) and what paddlers send in when they're paddling at Walyunga we should know when it's worth getting up extra extra early for a valley run. 
Lots of White Water News . . .
The latest white water news is available in full <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here or email <mailto:burky@iinet.net.au>burky or <mailto:batesj@tnet.com.au>Penny with your email address to receive it hot off the press, so to speak. In a nutshell:-
Next Race: Walyunga to Bells, Sunday, 15th June. Meet at Walyunga Top Car Park at 12 midday - for those paddlers with basic white water skills.
Future Race Costs will be increased to $15.00 for CWA members and $25.00 for non members.  <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>Find out why
National White Water Championships are on!!  Bridgetown, 27th - 31st August. More news later. 
WANTED! organiser of fund raising movie evening
How would you like to spend 10 hours with experienced paddlers to do whatever you desire? Yes, you can choose your reward! Just volunteer for the above - would suit up and coming down river paddler(s): organise the venue,sale of tickets,advertising, and generally run the night. More details Penny Bates 9299 6512 <mailto:batesj@tnet.com.au>batesj@tnet.com.au
Compulsory CDU White Water Briefing
This briefing is compulsory for all paddlers wanting to enrol in CDU Avon Descent White Water training courses: Thursday 5th June (today) or Friday 6th June at the Canoeing Down Under Shop, 144 Railway Parade, Bassendean (Near Railway Museum)
Time: 7.00pm Cost: Free
The briefing is necessary to ensure paddlers know the following: what equipment and clothing is required; food and drink; meeting places for each trip; skill level required; safety procedures; white water techniques; transport. Please book which session is convenient for you. Ring Terry 9378 1333. Please tell others who may not be able to be reached by email.
UWA Paddle Challenge
Go <http://www.canoewa.asn.au/raceresults/index.html>here for results. There's also a pic on my redesigned front page and link to a few other pics. Are you there?
From Last News . . .
The Finnish paddler wanting to do the Avon Descent was kindly offered the loan of a boat (a Finn, of course) by Roger Smith, AKC.
Down River Boat
, preferably in reasonable condition although any boat considered. Please contact Ben 0403 322 611 or <mailto:mercerb@pto.wa.gov.au>mercerb@pto.wa.gov.au

Finn sit on, Affinity - good condition 9399 2735 anytime or <mailto:martin_ridley@hotmail.com>martin_ridley@hotmail.com

A "Darryl" kayak seat. Believed to have been moulded to Darryl Long's bum, it's the only kayak seat I can sit in for any length of time. Please phone Marty 08 9734 2316 or email <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au

Finn kayak (sit-in) For beginner. Please contact Sarah on 0402 553 767 or on <sarah.kepert@health.wa.gov.au>sarah.kepert@health.wa.gov.au

Finn Surfinn sit-on-top kayak, in good condition. Contact Andy on 9261 8534 daytime or <mailto:andymel@au1.ibm.com>andymel@au1.ibm.com

Week 2/June
 Have Your Say! From Vicki Winfield, CALM
Excerpt: "The Department of CALM is currently planning for new visitor facilities in the Warren Region in the south west of the state. This extends from Black Point to Denmark along the coast and inland almost to Mt. Barker, Bridgetown and Nannup. As part of the planning process we are keen to hear about the needs of paddlers . . . we would be pleased to hear what access and facilities you would like to see along the rivers." 

All paddlers are invited to attend a follow-up meeting to be held at a later date.

Go <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/calmwarren.html>here to read full text of CALM's request. Your input should be e-mailed to Vicki Winfield at vickiw@calm.wa.gov.au or mailed to DCLM, Regional Office, Brain St., Manjimup WA 6258
Avon Entries
There's just three weeks till the closing date, July 4 - so get your entries in.
Swim test may be done at scrutineering, though the handbook says, "by scrutineering". I have checked with the organisers, RLSS.
Teams of four need to print out or photocopy extra competitor details pages of the entry form.
Wild Water Special Announcement - from burky (aka Paul Burke)
Walyunga to Bell's race to be held this Sunday, 15th June will not be held due to lack of water. Instead:-
Meet at Barrett St (off Great Nth Hwy)  Registration 12-12.30 pm.  Briefing 12.45 pm. Paddle upstream to the start. Race start 1.45 pm. Free sausage sizzle and drink afterwards. Novices especially welcome. Helmets and PFD to be worn.
Proudly sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
Canoeing Down Under: Lecture - Avon Descent Nutrition & Injury
Monday, June 16, at 7.30pm, at the Bayswater Family Centre, Murray Street, (cnr Crowther) Bayswater
Cost: $5.00 . Presenter: Rae Collis - Qualified Naturopath & Exercise Physiologist
Must book - limited places. Ring Terry or Alaine 9378 1333.
Topics include: Diet - training, pre-race, during race & after; hydration, fatigue & cramp, inflammatory injuries
Avon Swim Test
This Sunday, 15th June, at Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean, 9.00am
Cost: Donation to the junior fund. Ring Terry at Canoeing Down Under 9378 1333 to confirm.
Paddlers' Dinner Party Trivia
What do "racecar" and "kayak" have in common? (Answer: see below)
Avon Descenters: Day One Ti-trees Water Level
Thanks to Will Blackshaw who sent in the reading from the wooden gauge in the trees for Saturday, 7th June - 0.15 m (WRC reading, Stirling Tce., Toodyay , 10.04 m) - "paddleable but plenty of portage".

From last year's experience I have found that 10.14m at Stirling Tce. is about the minimum required if you don't want to portage (about 0.2m on wooden gauge in trees), but every year is a bit different.
If paddlers send in the wooden gauge reading I will put on the same page as Walyunga's paddler readings.
Event Reminder
Slalom Race No 2
: Sunday 15th June 2003, now at Hester Park. Reg. 9-10am; Official Briefing 9.45am
Course setting 8-9am (helpers required urgently); Pre-Race Coaching 9-10am
Body Number Distribution 10.15am; Race Briefing - 10.30am
Race Start, Run 1 - 10.45am; Run 2 - 11.45am
We desperately need volunteers to help run the race. Please email me <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au if you can help on the day.
More information for competitors and volunteers is available from Margaret Jeffery at the above address.
For Sale
Marine Transceiver
27 Mhz. GME Electrophone GX292. As new condition - been used once in a protective sleeve. Requirement under safety legislation for sea kayaking. $195 with books. Contact Brad Reed 0417 900 752
Two or three man semi-enclosed Canadian canoes
eg. 'Bushranger' model/style. Need enough canoes to seat 7 people in regular tour group. Please contact Mark at Wander Inn, Bunbury, 0419 383724 or 97213242.

Kayak - sit in - Perception Acadia - Brian 9228 1265 or email <>kabri@ozemail.com.au
 black/blue Ripcurl shortjohn wetsuit, left at Garrat Rd Bridge carpark 6:30pm, Monday 9/6/03. If you have seen it call Martin on 9399 2735, 0417 936 383, or <mailto:martin_rifley@hotmail.com>martin_rifley@hotmail.com
and returned to its owner: a paddle lost last September at Emu Falls (but looking pretty crappy after 9 months outdoors!) Still the owner was pleased to be reunited!
Paddlers' Dinner Party Trivia Answer
They're the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Sent in by Merv Francis)

 Week 3/June
Avon Descent Support - can you help?

More volunteers are needed. There's a variety of jobs, plus training. For more info' contact Dave Crispin 0409 084 299 or
David Fyfe 9332 4691, 7:00pm-9:00pm, or check out the <http://www.avondescent.asn.au/index.asp?page=volInfo&col=2>webpage on the official Avon Descent site. Please check with your rellies, friends and workmates if you think they might like to help out.
From Tom at Rivergods
"If you're considering getting any Riot boat, or the plastic single sea kayak ,"Spitfire", from Azul , you need to place the order with me ASAP as the next container is leaving Canada soon." <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au
Cold feet?
Don't suffer - enjoy slipping your feet into the luxurious fleece of genuine high quality sheepskin footwear - great for after paddle wear!
uggs (3 lengths), desert boots, fitted uggs, side zip/laceup
several colours
suede or leather outer
sizes - kiddies' up to men's size 15
3 sole types
Check out the incredible range at either of two sites <http://www.aaaaustralia.com.au/llhp.html>http://www.aaaaustralia.com.au/llhp.html or <http://www.aaaaustralia.com>http://www.aaaaustralia.com - it's not available anywhere else in Perth. Or you can speak to long time paddler, Merv Francis, at AKC or phone 9315 2300. Fit out the whole family - 30% discount for paddling customers.
Canoeing Down Under Swim Test
8:00 am, Saturday, 21st June, Sandy Beach Reserve, West Rd., Bassendean. You must wear booties, helmet and what ever you choose to swim in. Cost: donation to the Canoeing Down Under Junior Paddling Fund. Call Terry 9378 1333 to say you're coming.
Avon Descenters' Diet and Nutrition
Rae Collis, trained naturopath and nutritionist, will repeat her recent lecture on this topic at 7pm, Monday, 30th June, if there is sufficient interest. A minimum of fifteen is required, so you must book with Canoeing Down Under, 9378 1333, if you want to go along. Rae's recent talk was well received as she related well to paddlers' needs, being a paddler herself. As well, her approach is slightly different to other nutrition talks we've had in previous years. Cost: $5.
Slalom Party - from Di Player
"A reminder that the State Slalom Medal Presentations for 2002 will be held upstairs at Swan Canoe Club, this Saturday, 21st June, at 7pm. Bring along family, friends, own drink - we're sharing pizza. "
"Find Out Who's The Smartest Paddler" Night . . . coming up!
Or you could just call it a Quiz Night, to be held at Sorrento Surf Club, 7pm, Saturday, 19th July. $10 per person - door prizes, continuous raffles, special auction. Reserve your table of 6 or 8. For enquires & tickets contact Robyn, 9440 6968 or Geoff , 93319684 (wk) 93172321 (a/h). As well as fun raising it's a fund raising night for the two junior athletes, Lee Davey and Jesse Phillips, who've been selected in the Australian team for the World Junior Olympic Sprint Kayak Championships to be held in Komatsu, Japan, this August.
Can you help these these junior paddlers?
If you have a business that can donate some prizes to help out these very supportive parents of our Olympic sprint potentials please contact either of the parents mentioned above for more details. All donations will be gratefully acknowledged.
Marathon Dinner - from Cathy Fry
Get together with your fellow marathon paddlers at an Italian restaurant in Belmont, Sunday, July 6, $20 per head, soft drinks included. Contact Cathy 9277 7489 home or <mailto:fry@smartchat.net.au>fry@smartchat.net.au
News of WA C1 Slalom Paddlers
Robin Bell and Kynan Maley are paddling & training hard at various locations in eastern Europe with Tasmanian, Justin Boocock, in preparation for the World's to be held at Augsburg. In one of the test races recently Robin was 0.10 sec behind current world champ, Mick Martikan, on a fairly technical course and in another race, Kynan was15th.
 Week 4/June
Walyunga Water Level - wooden gauge

Steve, the Walyunga Ranger says it's 0.35m & (hopefully) rising, Thursday, 26th June, 2pm. The canoeing association short message line on which Steve records the level couple of times weekly is currently inoperative but will be back in action soon, we hope.
Instructor Courses - from Colin Thorpe
Canoeing Western Australia Inc., the state canoeing association (CWA), has just announced its Instructor Courses which are to commence shortly - discount to members plus maybe further support from your club or discipline. Apply through Taryn at CWA ,9285 8501. Vacancies are limited.
Details <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/caninstruct.html>here Further queries please contact Colin 9386 6842 or <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au
Wildwater Race, Sunday, 29th June - from Penny Bates
The Lookout To Walyunga race which was to be run on Sunday has been changed. The new arrangements:-
Race - Walyunga to Bells
Meet - Walyunga upper Car Park
Time - 9am; Registration 9 -9.30am
Cost 15.00 - club members; all others - $25.00 Please note that some of your race fee goes to the Avon Rescue Unit which provides rescue services for our event.
Race Briefing - 9.45 am
Race Start - 10 am
Car Thieves Out and About
Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean, was targeted by car thieves last Saturday morning. Other favourite spots for paddlers' cars are Bell's Rapid and Upper Swan Bridge but they can strike anywhere. It's best to leave valuables at home. Thanks to Ken Smith for keeping us alert.
Torres Strait
Adventure paddlers should read Andrew Linton's <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/torres.html>story of the epic crossing of Torres Strait in a Klepper folding double kayak. It's just been reloaded onto my site as (amongst others) it got lost in one of my "re-organisations". In time I will also rescue other favourite stories from talented writers from the depths of my confused computer. Go to the front page of my site and click on "Paddlers' Stories" to see what's offering.
2 surf ski paddles,
preferably propeller blade (but not essential). To be used as spare paddles in Descent. Can be split or unsplit. Call Belinda 9288 2000 or <bskinner@srk.com.au>bskinner@srk.com.au
Bouyancy vest , suitable for use in Avon Descent & to fit average male. Contact Joel, 0411821109 or <mailto:Joel_Ferguson@bankwest.com.au>Joel_Ferguson@bankwest.com.au  
Dagger RPM or Finnatic or similar. Please email details <mailto:mlang@agric.uwa.edu.au>mlang@agric.uwa.edu.au   

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