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Week 1/November
1500m Sprint Regatta
Sat 6 Nov
, 7am start (Registration 6.15am), Hinds Reserve Bayswater (Garratt Rd)
Members - $10; non members - $15. K1, K2, K4 Junior and Senior events. Special Events for surf skis, plastics and other non Olympic class craft (provided there is sufficient interest). Have the opportunity to race in a composite K4 crew with Olympians and some of the best Sprint Paddlers in Australia.
Contact: Ramon Andersson, home ph/fax: (08) 9379 1285 or mobile: 0407 426 596

Don't Miss . . .
Canoeing Western Australia's Gala Dinner
Guest Seaker: Nathan Baggaley, World Champion and Dual Olympic Silver Medallist - The Methodology of Success
Stunning location, three course banquet and music
Friday, 3rd December, 7.30pm, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
For bookings contact Canoeing Western Australia, 9285 8501
Members and Non Members welcome
$80 Single $150 Double. 10% discount off single rate for tables of 10.

The Ideal Craft
Ex-patriot Perth writer now resident in Canada, Lyn Hancock, sends us a <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/idealcraft.html>humorous story about the watery paradise discovered in her backyard on Vancouver Island, once she dusted off the sea kayak and learnt to paddle.

Blackwood Marathon
Results are <http://www.mccays.com.au/theevent/results_2004/brmr2004_finish.html>here, but you can look up competitors' team numbers beforehand, <http://www.mccays.com.au/theevent/results_2004/brmr2004_name.html>here.

Week 3/November
Big Paddling Weekend, 20th & 21st November
Saturday - Donnybrook Marathon:
the Flying Femmes are at it again - this time with the help of two hurtling he-men, one a former Peugeot rider - they must be the ones to watch in the Super Vets class. . . and the Mad Melville Males will be there to contest the 35+ Vets - so stay tuned for the outcome of this annual sporting tussle in cherry orchard country*. Better still, turn up with your team and take part!
*Overheard: "We only go for the cherries!"
Then make a quick getaway to be back in Perth for . . .

Sunday - Channel 7 Classic Paddle - Perth to Freo - rego opens 7:30am
"Join in the fun - if you can paddle it, enter it! The Channel Seven Classic Paddle is a community event organised by The Royal Life Saving Society. The paddle aims to help create greater awareness of the importance of aquatic safety at the start of summer.

The focus is definitely on fun and the variety of craft involved, the picturesque course, as well as great prizes offered, all gives paddlers every reason to become involved.

The event is:
*Open to all recognised categories of paddle craft
*Consists of a 12.5 kilometre course for open, masters and junior competitors
*OR a 4 kilometre course for recreational and novice paddlers, malibu boards and schools.

Download an entry form now! <file://www.lifesavingwa.com.au>www.lifesavingwa.com.au

Entries close Friday, 19th November. Forward entries to PO Box 28 Floreat Forum 6014 or deliver in person at office in grounds of Challenge Stadium if you're too late for the post.

Remember the club with the most entries in a designated category will win either a Spirit ski or Sonic board."
- Rhianon at RLSSWA

Mainpeak Bay 2 Beach
Results are <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=5902&MenuID=Race_Results/385/0>here. Story and pics are <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=6566>here.

Christmas Buyers Night at Mainpeak
Join us at Mainpeak Cottesloe and Subiaco this Wednesday from 2pm for Christmas cheer and bargains galore. We have giveaways and prices that will make xmas pessy buying easy.
Here are some of the bargains at the Paddlesports store for this Wednesday
Play boats
One only Perception Lucid was $1795 now $1000 save $795
Liquid Logic one only Skip was 1795 now $1100 save $695
One only Pop was $1795 now $1100 save $695
Old Town Discovery 158 USED (as new) $1500 (new price is $2199)
Sit on Tops
Perception Swing was $1450 now $1195 (including paddle)
Avon descent t shirts: were $27 now $5
Adrenaline T shirts, were $27 now $12
Avon descent fleece vests were $69 now $25
Rip curl slickskin paddling tops 40% off
Add H2o Groover cags were $179 now $135

Week 4/November
Bremer Bay & Environs

A long drive but it takes you right to the doorstep of Fitzgerald River National Park. There's several rivers with estuaries and lower reaches (Pallinup, Bremer, Gairdner and Hammersley) to paddle and they're full of fish. There's some new info and pics on my website about the Bremer and Gairdner rivers <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/bremerbay.html>here. The ocean and spectacular coastal scenery also beckons, but that's another story.

Historic Quaalup Homestead is a most interesting place to stay, located right near the Gairdner River in the middle of the national park with all its scenic attractions. The property has a range of modern accomodation: a chalet, cabins, self contained units as well as camping. Their website, http://www.whalesandwildflowers.com.au will be online in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can contact them <mailto:richelmann@web.de>richelmann@web.de or (08) 9837 4124.

Solahart Donnybrook Relay Marathon
Results are <http://www.touristradio.com.au/temp/dbk_marathon_overall.htm>here

Channel 7 Classic Paddle
Results are <http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au/news/news_detail.asp?id=48>here

Goodbye, Spam!
My server, Iinet, has a new filter which eliminates spam - I'm now getting about 5 per day instead of 105! However, occasionally it might filter out your emails so please resend if you don't get the response that you should have.

Mountain Designs - new store
"Mountain Designs GARDEN CITY is now OPEN!!! The store is outside, just opposite the Post Office. If you live south of the river then drop in and have a look, we'd love to get feedback from you on what you think of it. Sean Robson is the manager (from Whitford City) with Dee and Seriah covering the extra hours" - Mike Wood, Managing Director.

Also from Mountain Designs . . .
"Just a quick heads up about our Alliance Club Sale this weekend: 20% OFF EVERYTHING - 3 DAYS ONLY - FRIDAY 26TH TO SUNDAY 28TH - Perth, Fremantle & Garden City will be open Sunday. Claremont & Whitford City on Friday & Saturday only."

<http://www.lifejacketadventures.com/>Here's the website of a Perth-based holiday company that conducts adventures in Croatia, including sea kayaking on the Dalmatian coast. Long-time paddler, Geoff Mullins, who recently enjoyed a holiday there, sends in this tip for those looking for a change of scene to WA.

2005 Australian Wildwater Nationals
Entries are now available. They're being held in Tasmania from 17th to 25th January, 2005. The series of events
comprises 7 races, Australian Championships in both Classic and Sprint (14 Years held at the Forth River, remainder at the Mersey), a pre-Australians (non-stop) seeding race as well as a further 2 associated selection races. There will be an event dinner, at Gowrie Park, following the final Australian Championship race, which will include the awarding of trophies.
Information regarding dates, venues, courses and entries can be found from the Australian Canoeing Wildwater website, Canoe Tasmania website or directly from
We're looking forward to a great event with Hydro Tasmania providing some great wildwater! Please forward any enquiries to David Gray at adgray@ozemail.com.au or Bruce Cameron at PO Box 41, Don, TAS, 7310 (Phone
03 6424 3066).

Event Rules: boat dimensions and weights
All boats must be fitted with air bags in both the front of the boat (in front of the foot rest) and the back of the boat (behind the seat). The minimum total volumes capable of being contained in the air bags are to be
as follows:
Class Front Back
K1 30 Litres 50 Litres
C1 40 Litres 50 Litres
C2 60 Litres 60 Litres

Nathan Baggaley comes to town
Just another brief reminder! It's a busy time of year but if you're not already booked up take this rare opportunity to listen to this Athens medal winning sprint paddler at the dinner, Friday, 3rd December and learn his style secrets and training regime at the coaching clinic next day. More info <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=6626>here. Organised by Canoeing Western Australia: (08) 9285 8501.

Looking for a good condition double sit on top ski - nothing too serious. <mailto:grant.patrick@centrelink.gov.au>grant.patrick@centrelink.gov.au
Slalom Kayak - Kevlar and/or carbon in reasonable condition to suit adult. Please call Peter 08 9284 6500

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