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Week 1/March
Free Slide Night / Win a Holiday! - Ningaloo Reef with Capricorn Kayak Tours

Find out more about Ningaloo Reef with its pristine white beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and world class marine life. This presentation is sure to inspire even the most seasoned adventurer. These trips are for everyone - you don't need to be an experienced paddler - just reasonably fit. But go along to the slide night and find out for yourself:-
Monday, March 10, 2003  @ 7pm at Alexander State Library, Northbridge (Great Southern Room 4th floor)
Wednesday, March 12, 2003  @7pm  at Swan Yacht Club, Riverside Rd, East Fremantle
On the night someone will win a FIVE-DAY SEA KAYAK SAFARI WORTH $795!
<http://www.capricornkayak.com.au>www.capricornkayak.com.au FREECALL 1800 625 688
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Attention all Down River Paddlers!
Your Wildwater AGM will be held 6:30pm, Monday, 17th March, at Ascot Inn

Your current committee has been busy working over summer towards making the Winter Series better.
New News: - the Avon Support Unit will be running cover for our races. Also, we have been actively campaigning for the National titles this year and feel confident that this may be a goer but we need to discuss this at the AGM.
Issues about involvement with the Avon Descent are also to be discussed. A great year is planned.
All are welcome at the AGM
Wildwater paddling is sponsored by Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under
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Also for Down River Paddlers - from Penny Bates
The OFFICIAL Down River Calendar will soon be available. Some of the calendars circulating are incorrect.
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Paddle for Coogee Beach
Saturday, 15th March, 9am

Paddlers are invited to a paddle tour of the proposed Port Catherine Canal Development and the surrounding beaches which will be lost if the development goes ahead. This scenic tour incorporates the old power station, the CY O'Connor statue, the Omeo Diving Wreck and Coogee Jetty. The tour will include information highlighting environmental and planning issues. Following the tour, paddlers are free to swim, snorkel or in other ways enjoy the surrounding shoreline which features the Coogee picnic/bbq area and Woodman Point. The tour is approximately 6km in total and 2 _ hours duration.

Meet at 9am at the pink and blue polka-dotted water tank on the beach (the tank is highly visible from Cockburn Rd: it's slightly north of Ahoy Rd, Spearwood and 500m south of where the rail line crosses Cockburn Rd).
Coogee Coastal Action Coalition.
Contact: Andrew Sullivan 9433 3398.
This is a free event.
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Reminder- Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Info Night
This is for novices, support crews & interested persons - to be held at Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park (Next to Mead's Fish Café)
Tuesday, 11th March 2003, from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Presented by Alwyn Duke who has completed 15 Avon Descents.
All you need to know! The Event, Training & Commitment, Equipment, Paddling Technique, Diet/Hydration, Support Crew Information, Accommodation. For more information please phone Carolyn or Alwyn on 9314 3109 or 0402 817 041.

Week 3/March
All Paddlers Invited . . .

to play or learn to play canoe polo at the Development Camp, Sat & Sun, 5th & 6th April at Lake Leschenaultia. The campsite is leafy, the water is clear, it's a great social weekend and it's not far from Perth! Come for the day or camp overnight Families welcome. Boats and gear are available but BYO everything else. Australia was recently world champion nation at this most exciting canoeing sport and still has a top team.
More info: contact Sean <mailto:sean_p_sinclair@yahoo.com.au>sean_p_sinclair@yahoo.com.au or phone Benny 9299 7026
If you're going please inform Sean a week in advance.
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What's New in Your Local Canoe Shop?
Alwyn Duke has been sourcing some new products for canoeists. The following innovative ideas are available from WA canoe shops:
Roof Rack - but not quite - transport your boat inexpensively with this new product - vehicle soft wrap system - "Wrap Rax" suitable for surf boards and most kayaks. Available in single ($65) and double ($75).
Kayak Sail - local paddlers Andrew Linton, Alwyn Duke and others from SAS have designed a small bat wing sail for use on kayaks. There's one on display outside Finn Kayaks in O'Connor.
Combined Air/Dry Bag - store your gear dry as well as provide flotation - available S, M & L,
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Albany Canoe Club
Calendar for next three months <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albanycc.html>now available
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The Race with a Difference
Saturday, 26th April, enjoy some different scenery while you race in the Albany 'Middleton Beach Challenge' - to Green Island and back for sea kayaks or surf skis approx 10 Km - 8AM start. More details contact new Pres of Albany Canoe Club, Dave Everett 9840 9075 (hm) <mailto:deverett@omninet.net.au>deverett@omninet.net.au
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Wanted
Finn Endorfinn sit-on ski
wanted ASAP for Avon. Second hand or Cheap Deal. Trina Capps 0417 704 107
Spirit sit-on racer for the Avon or a Finn Endorfinn - second hand. Also - propellor type blade second hand. James Pearse 0427 291 008 or <mailto:jamesp@wafs.com.au>jamesp@wafs.com.au  
Kayak Ergo machine, any brand considered, please contact Duncan on 0419 413 877 or <mailto:duncan@kaa.com.au>duncan@kaa.com.au
Paddle, 214cm - 218cm of any construction & condition, but must be propeller/wing type design. Contact Tim <mailto:%20tj@perthmail.com>tj@perthmail.com
Sea kayak similar to Q-Kayaks Tasman Express or folding kayak similar to feather craft klonkile model. Contact Hung 02 6676 4248 or <mailto:hungeddywing@hotmail.com>hungeddywing@hotmail.com
Double Ski suitable for Avon Descent. Contact Mike Haederle 0409 107 094 or <mailto:mike.haederle@riotinto.com>mike.haederle@riotinto.com  

Week 4/March
White Water News, 18th March 2003

Results of the AGM and the plans for this season are available <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>here.

Dust off your DR boat for this Sunday's first race of the season at AKC: 1pm - registration from 12 midday.
Apart from the wake of speeding power boats there's unlikely to be any white water, but to make it interesting the organisers will be setting up an obstacle course - fun is guaranteed, plus practise your manouvring skills under pressure! All craft are welcome, so bring along your plastics and sit-ons, skis, marathon boats.
Sunday, 30th March - race 1 at Ascot
Sunday, 27th April - race 2 on the Canning
Sunday, 1st June - race 3 at Upper Swan ti-trees

Full 2003 Calendar <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>now available
Wild Water Series is Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
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From Huw Kingston in NSW - Help Needed
"As you all know, I'm setting off on 9th April from Perth en route to Darwin on my paddling/walking/mountain biking fundraising journey (see <http://www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s/perth2darwin>www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s/perth2darwin) I'm arriving in Perth on 5th April. The first few stages see me paddling from Perth to Cervantes (9-14 April) then riding from Cervantes to Tamala (southern end of Shark Bay) where I plan to paddle again up to Carnarvon.

A friend who was doing the gear shuffling for the first few legs has injured himself and whilst he can organize to pick up the kayak from Cervantes will be unable to get it to Tamala on or before 21/4 (Easter Monday). Is there anyone who can help out? I'm happy to pay fuel etc. Please contact <mailto:huw@polarismtb.com.au>huw@polarismtb.com.au
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"A Tourist in My Own Town"
Ex-patriot Perth author and travel/adventure writer, Lyn Hancock, for many years now resident in Canada, has an article about paddling and the charms of our local waters which I believe should appear in The West Australian, travel section, on April 5. She is an avid sea kayaker in west coast Canada (amongst other things - you should read her books! - eg. There's a Seal in My Sleeping Bag). Returning after many years' absence she views her home town water playgrounds through different (often humorous) eyes.
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For Sale
Wave ski
, for the surf or river, very stable, hardly used, exc. condition, great for beginner, includes paddle, $270. ph 9386 1737 . This is a bargain!
There's heaps of other boats for sale <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/newsfl.html>here.




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