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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
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, <>email@example.com
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
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
keep gear off the garden beds.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org>burky or <mailto:email@example.com>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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
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
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,
Down River Boat, preferably in reasonable condition although
any boat considered. Please contact Ben 0403 322 611 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Finn sit on, Affinity
- good condition 9399 2735 anytime or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Finn kayak (sit-in) For beginner. Please contact Sarah
on 0402 553 767 or on <firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Finn Surfinn sit-on-top
kayak, in good condition.
Contact Andy on 9261 8534 daytime or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
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.
to read full text of CALM's request. Your input should be e-mailed
to Vicki Winfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to DCLM,
Regional Office, Brain St., Manjimup WA 6258
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,
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 &
Monday, June 16, at 7.30pm, at the Bayswater Family Centre, Murray
Street, (cnr Crowther) Bayswater
Cost: $5.00 . Presenter: Rae Collis - Qualified Naturopath &
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
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.
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
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
if you can help on the day.
More information for competitors and volunteers is available
from Margaret Jeffery at the above address.
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
Kayak - sit in - Perception
Acadia - Brian 9228
1265 or email <>email@example.com
Wettie, 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:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Don't suffer - enjoy slipping your feet into the luxurious fleece
of genuine high quality sheepskin footwear - great for after
uggs (3 lengths), desert boots, fitted uggs, side zip/laceup
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
- 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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
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 -
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,
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.
Further queries please contact Colin 9386 6842 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
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.
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
A RAIN God
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
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