The Royal Life Saving Society has been appointed as the new event
The overnight camp for competitors and support crews will return
to Cobbler Pool, the Day One finish line;
Entries available from 25th May - collect forms from canoe shops,
UWA Paddle Challenge, Power Dinghy Racing Club, Royal Life Saving
Society and Canoeing WA (canoeing association);
Entries close 4th July;
Scrutineering 20th July, 9am to 1pm. Scrutineering for paddle
craft will return to Hind's Reserve, Bayswater, the finish line.
2003 Summit Homes Avon Descent Hotline: Ph: (08) 9287 1877 Fx:
(08) 9383 9922
Royal Life Saving Society (WA Branch), PO Box 28, Floreat
Forum, WA 6014 <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Visit the official website:- <http://www.avondescent.asn.au/>www.avondescent.asn.au
doing the Descent this year? Please consider . . .
joining the Avon Support Unit which assists competitors who experience
difficulty during the event. There are various tasks - you
will be provided with instruction and training. If you are aware
of others who may like to participate please pass on this message.
Further info':- Hotline 9287 1877 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
- Dave Crispin, Manager, Avon Support Unit.
Descent Special Deals from Mainpeak
includes paddle & spray skirt)
Finn - $1099; Perception Wavehopper - $1499; Current Designs
Pacifica - $1149
Sit-ons (deal includes paddle
& approved PFD)
Ocean Kayak Sprinter - $1400; Endorfinn Surf Ski - $1250; Finn
Sit-on - $1100
All deals also include free
Mainpeak Club membership.
For more details phone Mainpeak Paddlesports, 9284 3759.
Novice and first time paddlers and support crews are invited
to an Info night for the Avon Descent to be held at Mainpeak
Paddlesports, 35 Jarrad St., Cottesloe on Tuesday, 13th May,
6:30 pm. Enquiries: 9284 3759 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
the Prince Regent - Fiona Scarff
I am planning a canoeing expedition on the Prince Regent River
in the Kimberleys, and would very much like to talk with anyone
who has already been there and done it. Please contact me, <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
For most families sending our talented and enthusiastic younger
paddlers interstate to gain top competitive experience is a major
expense which eastern states paddlers don't have.
Terry Bolland's Avon Descent swim tests are free, but
he uses them as an opportunity to fund raise for young paddlers
- so If you're attending on either Saturday, 10th or 17th May,
please donate generously for this worthy cause! Meet at 7:45
am at Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean.
Check out this amusing photo story from NSW Sea Kayak Club's
website - paddler attempts rocky chasm in (he thought) calm seas:
UWA Paddle Challenge -
Sunday, 25th May
A huge event with generous prizes. Sandalford winery in the
Swan Valley makes for an idyllic setting for the social gathering
and presentation afterwards. The race is 18 km upstream from
Garratt Road Bridge to Middle Swan Bridge then back downstream
to the finish at Sandalford. It's for individuals or corporate/school
teams of four and just about all paddle craft are welcome. Entry
forms are available at canoe shops and canoeing association events.
Entries close 16th May, so hurry up and send in your entry! More
details from the organisers - 9285 8501 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
The John Sims Race - 12 km plus short course - this Saturday,
10th May at Ascot Kayak Club, Register 12:30 pm.
Canning Classic - 8am, Riverton Bridge, Sunday, 18th May,
for approx 12 km to Bull Creek & return.
#6 - Fremantle to Perth
Finn Plastic Kayak (sit in).Suitable for Avon Descent.
Contact Sheree. Ph. 9332 6394 or 0405 554 375 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Our International C1 Paddlers
Olympic slalom paddler, Robin Bell of Perth (originally Swan
Canoe Club), has made a good start to the 2003 slalom World Cup
series with a silver medal just behind Tasmanian, Justin Boocock,
in the first race held in Sydney recently. They will be attending
the rest of the world cup series together with that other local
slalom superstar, Kynan Maley, also SCC - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/worldcup.html>click
here for the dates.
To receive slalom competition news hot off the press send your
email address to Australian Canoeing - <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Department of Conservation and Land Management - re: Lane Poole
(Murray River, Dwellingup)
Kathryn Muir, Planning Officer, Visitor and Regional Services
"I'm about to commence work on a new management plan for
Lane Poole Reserve and am wanting to contact stakeholders, such
as canoeists, who may be interested in having some input into
the plan." If you represent a canoeing group
or just wish to have a say please contact Kathryn -
9334 0405 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
- Cara McNish
"To the woman from Swan Canoe Club who carries her paddle
on her roof (sorry I forgot your name), I found your paddle!
Cara 9384 4024 "
- for cyclists
Many canoeists also cycle so here's a news piece for you: The
Hartley Estate Chittering Challenge will be conducted on Saturday,
11th October, on the picturesque Hartley Estate Vineyard. There
is a mountain bike and road bike leg, plus a run. For more
info email: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
I have started a page devoted to Avon support crews with pics
from 2002 by Kelly Stubley, AKC, & more - if you have any
(humorous, in particular) photos that you would like to share
please email them (jpeg) <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Don't forget to include caption. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesphot02>Check
out the new page.
Time Change - Canning Classic - 12 km
Meet at 10 am this Sunday, 17th May, at Riverton Bridge
(not 8am as stated last week). (Now you can sleep in.)
Room for rent in South Fremantle: modern house, walking distance
to ocean! $80.00 / wk, including boat storage! Quiet location
next to shops and public transport: Please call - Ewen Macgregor
9433 3676 or mob 0419 3777 22
UWA Paddle Challenge - Sunday, 25th May. Hinds Reserve,
Bayswater to Sandalford Winery, Caversham. Entries now close
- 23rd May. For entry form contact : <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
(This is a good training run for Avon Descenters).
Sprint kayak, suitable for 85-90kgs paddler. 0407
Marathon Boat for Blackwood Marathon and flat water
races. Must be straight, reasonably stable and float. Contact
Lesley on 0414 645 111.
Kayak - Dancer or 415 - Need 2 second-hand plastic
boats complete with at least a spray deck, suitable for the Avon
Descent. Please contact Matt 0422 487 828 or <>firstname.lastname@example.org
| Week 3/May
Tuesdays, from 27th May, between 6 -7pm
Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park
Basic slalom technique will be taught over a 14 week period.
Come and enjoy this exciting sport! Must be a member of a canoe
club affiliated with the canoeing association.
Enquires: Di Player 9434 1871 or Colin Priest 9446 5505
News, 15th May 2003
Race #3 Upper Swan Ti-trees, Sunday 1st June, Registration
Memorial Ave 8am
Popular race, especially for aspiring Avon Descenters. Must have
basic white water skills and wear PFD and helmet - air bags recommended.
Morning tea afterwards, but BYO tea or coffee.
Practice for the Ti-trees Race: Saturday, 31st May - the
White Water Committee will be running a "Come and Try"
at the course for those wanting to know how it's done. Meet at
Upper Swan bridge 9am - must have basic paddling skills, your
own boat, PFD, helmet ,booties and buoyancy in the boat. Free
for club members, non members $10.00 (covers insurance for the
More details of race or 'Come and Try' - Penny Bates 9299 6512
looking for a Finn (or a 415)
A whitewater paddler from Finland, Esa Räikkönen,
currently living in Melbourne, would love to tackle the Avon
Descent. He has his own gear, except for a boat and a paddle
- is there anyone out there who could lend these to him for 1
- 2 weeks? He will be on his way home to Finland. Here's his
paddling background and a link to two great paddling pics:
"I am 23 years old and started to paddle 8 years ago. The
first 5 years I paddled actively slalom and now I have paddled
freestyle actively for 3 years. I take part in competitions,
but paddle mainly for fun. You can take a look at <http://www.hut.fi/~eraikkon/>http://www.hut.fi/~eraikkon/,
there is a picture of one playhole in Finland and of one rapid.
I'm in the first picture and my friend is in the second and I
have paddled in the both places."
If you can help contact Angus at <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
again . . .
The link to the Avon Descent Support Crews' photo page last
week was incorrect - if you want to check it out go here:
Despite all the modern technology somehow or other we all relate
best to the Avon water level reading from the old fashioned post
at Walyunga! It's just received a new coat of paint on the all
important upstream side so is very easy to read now. For the
information of new Avon paddlers I record the level from there
on my website - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlev99waly.html>http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlev99waly.html
but paddlers passing through or playing there need to email it
to me, as well as the time and date of the reading <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you read in this week's Australian Canoeing News that this
former SCC member is representing Australia at the Freestyle
World Championships at Graz, Austria, May 26 - 31? For the news
(in English) (and a kool musical accompaniment!) go to:
The paddler/walker/cyclist from NSW who is doing it the hard
way on foot and on his b_m, Perth to Darwin, in order to raise
money for disabled cyclists, has arrived in Broome. He's about
to tackle the gynormous tides and those big lizards up north
in his kayak. Read the latest instalment of his journey <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/huw2.html>here
or click on the link on the <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>WA
Paddlers' News page. If you would like to help the cause by donating
a few dollars email: <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
& The Blackwood Marathon, 1979 - 2003: 25 Years!
Clive Choate would like to remind you that he's looking for stories
from canoeists on this classic relay race. "A small book
of stories may be produced, and your story could be in it. Any
small snippet would be appreciated, serious or humorous. True
or almost true.
Longer articles are also welcome. Deadline is end of June. Please
send to email@example.com or phone 95354641, fax 95311991."
White Water Training, Swim Tests, Rolling, Briefings & More
If you need help with preparing for any aspect of the Avon Descent
or just want some white water skills contact Terry Bolland of
Canoeing Down Under for a copy of his newsletter which has
all the details <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
or visit his website <http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au>www.canoeingdownunder.com.au
or phone 9378 1333.
Davenwood Eradicator single
plastic surf-ski, good
condition, up to $650-$700. Contact Gerard Hoey 0412 109 910
Kayak Perception Minnow double 9228 1265 or 0429 204
445 Brian Armstrong