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Week 1/March
From Richard Hathaway - Nothing to do with paddling . . . but what a good cause!

Can YOU help out?!
You can, if you have access to a dog and a ute! W.A. has just lost the world record for the longest queue of "a dog in a ute" and we wanna get it back! The new record breaking attempt will be held in Corrigin, 13th April (organised by Rotary & Apex). Check out the details on their website:
http://www.doginaute.com  or email Richard for a (web) leaflet:
It's Avon Time!
A new Avon boat, info' nights, new courses - read on . . .
New Boat
Davenwood have just designed and produced a lean, faster, tough plastic boat with rudder suitable for intermediate - advanced paddlers - based on the Wizzard - for the paddler who's not a novice any more. There's a demo to try. Just give Liz or Gunther a ring 9378 2747
Avon Descent Info Night - presented by NADA and Canoeing WA Inc.
Paddling Novices' Introduction evening on Monday, 18th March at Forster Park Hall, corner Keane St. and Abernethy Rd., (Cloverdale), 7:30 - 9 pm. Programme for the evening includes talks by 2001 Avon K1 winner, Graham Lawson, and long time paddler, Neil Long, as well as the Race Director, Jim Smith and Sports Medicine Australia. Gold coin donation.
Alwyn Duke's Avon Info' Night - Change of Venue
Please note that this will now be held in the Social Sciences Lecture Theatre at the University of Western Australia. Carpark 3, Hackett Drive Entrance 1, Nedlands.
Same date, same time - Tuesday 12th March 2002, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Admission is free. All welcome - bring your friends! (More info' ph. Carolyn, 0402 817 041)
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Terry Bolland's Avon Descent Group Training
Sessions start 26th March for novices & 4th April for paddlers with some experience.
Also:- Workshops - Sat, 6th April (both free) - Down River Racing, 9 am- midday. Learn how to paddle and handle your boat. Sea Kayaking, 1pm -4pm. Try different sea kayaks and be taught how to paddle them. Try a Feathercraft Folding Kayak.
Dan the Weatherman
from Ascot Kayak Club would like to share with you his observations about predicting the weather (& ultimately the water level for the Avon Descent). http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/TheWeather/long_term_avon_outlook_for_%20Mar2002.htm

Week 2/March
Avon Descent Web Pages

I have reorganised my pages which were formerly part of the official Avon Descent website and added more with new text, pics, & maps -  Most of this new mini- site is geared towards novices and/or interested members of the public, but the paddlers' tales make a good read for everyone. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesc.index.html>Click here or go to "Avon Descent" on the front page of my site.
For Collie Paddlers
SW Irrigation (which controls amount of water in Collie River) is investigating having the automated water release information on their website. If it goes ahead paddlers (& others) will be able to look up the water release which will be reliable info for up to 24 hours ahead and a less reliable figure for between 24 and 48 hours ahead.

In case you're wondering, release for tomorrow, Sat., is expected to be 250 megs (which is about 0.8 m at the gauging station - paddleable, but just).
Sea Kayak Club
According to Secretary, Eric Pyatt, membership of this active club increased fourfold over the summer months. At Easter they are joining the similarly active Albany Canoe Club for some southern paddles. If you would like to know more about sea kayaking contact Eric, 9339 2952.
Main Peak Paddlesports
Ken Miller runs demo mornings, every second Saturday, 9am to 11am, at Freshwater Bay - just head down Leake Street to the river. (There's one tomorrow, 16th) He usually has a wide range of boats for you to try - but if you want to try something specific just give him a call beforehand, 9284 3759.

 Week 4/March
Stolen - from locked garage

If you see these around please notify the owner, Peta (9438 2997 h or 0439 943 829) who can then follow it up:
Green Finn sit-on-top. Excellent condition - distinguishable as it has a non-standard rudder and red/pink cable running to the rudder (as opposed to the usual fluoro yellow that Finn uses). It also has black webbing behind the seat.
Yellow Spirit - it had done the Avon Descent (No: 793) and still had some stickers on. Skee paddle & 2 other aluminium shaft paddles as well.
Zoom in . . .
on aerial photos of the whole of the Avon River from Northam to Bayswater at The Department of Land Administration: http://www.landonline.com.au - click on Skyview WA. It won't help you to run the rapids! (but you might just figure out where you got lost in the ti-trees). They are summer photographs. Not available for Macintosh.
Albany Happenings -
Coming up on the Anzac weekend (a big weekend in Albany with Farmers Markets, beachside music,Crossed Oars Regatta - relay with kayak, whaleboat and surf boat legs, Masters Games and other sporting events)
presented by CELEBRATE ALBANY in conjunction with the WA MASTERS GAMES
10 A.M. Start
DISTANCE: 12 K.M. (approx)
CRAFT TYPE: only SURF SKIS, SIT-ON KAYAKS & SEA KAYAKS will be allowed. Safety requirements: all paddlers to wear/carry personal floatation device.
                     MARCUS GENEVE 98444832 (hm)
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More new boats
Here is a new range of plastic boats that will be coming to WA soon:
Swagman - open Canadian with 3 seats, flatwater
Bushranger - semi-enclosed Canadian with 2/3 seats, flatwater or easy whitewater
2 - Up -general purpose flatwater kayak for 1 or 2 people
Bass - roomy, stable kayak, flatwater or easy whitewater for 1 person.
Platypus - tourer, flatwater or estuary boat, with/without rudder
Trilogy - expedition sea kayak

They're manufactured by Australis in NSW. Alwyn Duke of Finn Kayaks will be distributing them. Contact him if you would like to know more, 9314 3109. They will be available from the shops & Terry Bolland.

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