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 Week 1/November

The Blackwood in late Spring
Kevin Piper reports that the Blackwood below Bridgetown was paddleable (just) in plastic canoes on weekend of 1st and 2nd November (WRC level on internet was about 10.9m at Bridgetown) but not for much longer - couple of weeks?
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New Pic on Home Page
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/index.html>Some summer paddling.
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Preston River, Boyanup - Bunbury
There's now <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/preston.html>some notes on this paddle on the website, but you'll probably have to wait for rain to paddle it. Thanks to Peter Fitzgerald and playboater, Alex Fox, who enjoyed the wave at the Boyanup weir.
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Men's Health Ocean Racing
The season has started in NSW. WA's race is January 17.  <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>Go here for more info' or contact Dean Gardiner <mailto:dean@oceanpaddler.com>dean@oceanpaddler.com  - a newsletter is available to keep you up to date.
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Main Peak Bay 2 Beach
<http://www.canoewa.asn.au/raceresults/bay2beach2003.html>Results are here - light winds, blue skies, huge turnout - a great event (congratulations to the organisers) - 19 sea kayaks as well as about 160 other sea going craft from outriggers to short plastic skis. Matt Coutts won the sea kayak class and most improved paddler award goes to Fitzy from Bunbury, 6th in that class. First across the line was a double ski paddled by Peter Leaversuch and Greg Tate. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/by2bchpics03.html>Some pics.
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Wanted
2 second hand canoes
- either 2 person kayaks or a Hawaiian Style canoe with paddles preferably for family of five - Mum & Dad and three boys aged 10, 13 & 16 years. Any condition for a reasonable price. Contact on 0404 009 641 or  <mailto:rgmullane@iprimus.com.au>rgmullane@iprimus.com.au
M.I. 415 in good condition for Swan Canoe Club, contact Colin Priest 9446 5505. Leave message if no answer.
TK1 or similar: age or looks not important, just looking for something light for under $500 Paula Davis 9328 7890 <mailto:pdavis@multiline.com.au>pdavis@multiline.com.au

Week 2/November 

White Water Paddlers
Collie River below Wellington Dam has been paddleable (but a bit rocky) during this week with water release 0.75m & above.  <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlevcoll.html>Go here to check the water level for the weekend - Sunday is likely to be better than Saturday. (Farmers have to order their irrigation water up to 28 hours in advance and this info is available on Harvey Water's website.)
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Get in Quick!
If you'd like to learn to eskimo roll for the summer season at Collie the Thursday sessions at Belmont Pool (7:30 pm) will continue until December 4 then break for the holiday period, resuming first Thursday in February. Enquiries - contact Dennis, 9342 0305 (h) or 0419 959 048.
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Learn to Paddle - Joy White, Pres, AKC
Ascot Kayak Club is conducting a four-hour "Canoeing for kids" certificated introductory course led by a qualified instructor. The course is to be held in the next week and bookings are essential, the cost is $23.30 per person including insurance. Eve Regnaud is the contact person 9274 4876 or 0409 291 085.
AKC is also taking names for the four-hour adult certificated introductory course, which is also to be held very soon at a cost of $25.50 including insurance.
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From Canoeing Down Under
Sea Kayaking Course:
- Lecture: Tuesday 18th Nov 7.15pm; Evening River Skill Session: Thurs 20th Nov, 5.45pm; Sea Paddles: Saturday 22nd Nov & Sunday 30th November. Fee: $250.00. If you have bought a Sea or Estuary Kayak from Canoeing Down Under $150.00.
Also day and overnight trips for participants later. Please register your interest 9378 1333.
Demo Day:- Sunday 16th Nov., Sandy Beach Reserve, West Road, Bassendean, 9.00am to 12.30pm
Please note: free demos also any day by appointment: 9378 1333.
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Albany Canoe Club
Calendar has been updated to end February, 2004 - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albanycc.html>go here.
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Marathon 2 - Pinjarra to Ravenswood
<http://www.canoewa.asn.au/raceresults/Marathon2PinRavenswood.html>Results here (canoeing association)
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Event Reminders
Slalom Summer Race 2
: Sunday 16th November at Hester Park. Course setting takes place 8am-9am
Registration 8am - 9am - entry fee $10 seniors, $5 juniors. Briefing 9am (five runs). Enquiries - Margaret 9293 1909 More details
2000m Handicap Sprint Regatta - Canning Bridge: Sun 16 November 6.30 - 9.00 am. Prize money on offer - queries please call Ramon Andersson 0407 426 596. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>More details
The BankWest Channel Seven Classic Paddle - Sunday, 23rd November. Closing date for entries: Friday, 14th. <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>More details Enquiries: <mailto:dhunt@rlsswa.com.au>dhunt@rlsswa.com.au
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Wanted
Single Downriver Kayak in good condition. Kevlar or similar lightweight. Please contact Mike 0419 925 290 or <mailto:mstevens@rcrtom.com.au>mstevens@rcrtom.com.au

Week 4/November

 New Zealand Tour For Junior Down River Paddlers - From Ben Jones
To give us a picture of numbers could any interested parties please contact Ben Jones
<mailto:downriverpaddler@tpg.com.au>downriverpaddler@tpg.com.au (or for further details).
Downriver New Zealand Selection Policy NOW Available:
http://www.canoe.org.au/pdf_rules/ss-2004wildwaterteamsupplement-VA.pdf
See clause 5 (other clauses not relevent to NZ tour)
Please pass this information on to any interested paddlers

Selection will occur at the Schools Event at Eildon VIC (visit
http://slalom.canoevic.org.au/news/index.htm)
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Course Change: from Donnybrook Marathon Committee 25/11/03
Mountain Bike
: after Yabberup Hall the course will be on the left hand side of the main road to the changeover with the runner (just past Trevena Road), not on the firebreak/sandy old railway track as in previous years.
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New from Finn Kayaks
Our local entrepreneurial kayak manufacturer, Alwyn, has now come up with a sea kayak.
What you will want to know:- fibreglass, 5.1m long, adjustable footrests, front hatch, day hatch and large oval hatch, bulkheaded behind seat. It retails at around $1600 and is available from Finn stockists. There will be a double version available within a few weeks.
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War Games
Members of the Sea Kayak Club were surprised by four navy ships AND a submarine speeding south whilst the paddlers were en route to Rottnest on Friday morning. Not being sure if they were friend or foe the paddlers decided to hide behind the 2m swells and white caps until the flotilla had passed.
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BankWest Channel Seven Classic Paddle
Perth to Freo Race results are here: <>http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au/
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News from Martin Kier at Blunt Kayaks -
Those paddling Riot boats did very well at the recent Oz team selection for the Australian Freestyle team to compete in the Pre Worlds 2004 at Penrith White Water Stadium. Rob Parker ( paddling an Air 55) in an awesome and very consistent display of Freestyle paddling totally dominated winning the Men's K1 events on both days. Robin Bell, paddling a Riot Tekno, won the Saturday Men's C1 event in a very strong field. Ali "Loop de Loop" Parker, paddled a Riot Air 45 and came third on both days. Anita Cowley also paddling a Riot Air 45, won the Junior Women's K1 and once again will be representing Australia at the Pre Worlds. (Riot boats are available in WA from Tom Suffling, 9259 0749).
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Wanted to Hire
A mould for a Canadian canoe, can anybody help, please? Eric Birnie <mailto:ebirnie@tccgroup.com.au>ebirnie@tccgroup.com.au
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Wanted to Buy
Two Bouyancy Vests
suitable for 9 and 10 year olds. Phone Andrew on 0411 556 927
Fibreglass Surf Ski to suit 5' 3 paddler for surf racing Ph Joey 0439943450 or <mailto:jcronin@healthway.wa.gov.au>jcronin@healthway.wa.gov.au
Single Sit-on Kayak, similar to Infinity or Finn, in good condition, length 4m or over,  wanted for general fitness. please contact nicky 0402 135 662 or <mailto:Velvetdoll@msn.com>Velvetdoll@msn.com
Endorfin plastic ski. Plse phone Dan Fisher 0419 944 019




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