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SPLASH - September 2016
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Mountain Rendezvous

In 1825 mountain men from across the American frontier converged on McKinnon, Wyoming for the inaugural Rendezvous. Over the following weeks participants engaged in "mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or Indians could invent." 

Flying out of Canberra today, I track the rise of the Brindabella mountains and their trek south, joining with the Snowy Mountains. Beneath my plane, the farms shimmer in the afternoon sun. Every dam full, ribbons of water weave down the hills, creeks spill with surging water, every depression a pond. Canberra records its wettest September.

What an omen for the club's Spring Safari. Our Whitewater coordinator Dave Burgess has constructed the safari in the spirit of the Rendezvous.  Starting at Long Bend, our experienced white water paddlers will converge with other furry animals to participate in the the Snowy Extreme Race.

Dave has promised great rivers, roaring campfires, fantastic company, beautiful country to explore and the company of a living legend or two.

My plane is now over the Blue Mountains, and I worry about Dave - has he seen The Revanant too many times? Is he just itching for an excuse to cut open a brumby and crawl inside?

Across the two weeks of the safari, paddlers will criss cross over the mountains seeking rivers and challenges suitable to their skills levels.  They will cross over to Oxley to the North East Canoe Club's Reel Paddling Film Festival where more mirth, songs and dancing will occur.

The plane is now coming over Royal National Park. I can see Wattamolla, Maianbar, Port Hacking and Botany Bay.  There are so many good places to paddle around Sydney.

The club's Spring Safari is a gold level expedition - an investment of time, skill and personality bound to repay in rewarding trips, fantastic memories, and as Dave would say, the opportunity to share a fire with living legends.

Last Sunday, twenty club members paddled 14 kms into and out of the Hawkesbury Gorge - it was a nice silver level trip.  For many of the beginners, it was the furtherest they had ever paddled. Proof distance can be overcome with practice.

Nell and Rob are leading the charge providing lots of bronze level opportunities to practice with their Wednesday afternoon social paddles or Thursday morning fitness paddles. In the meantime, the marathon racers hone their balancing skill in their narrow slices of fibreglass.

For our new beginners, the gap between returning to Tench Park on Sunday afternoon and the Spring whitewater safari, may seem insurmountable.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The club's whitewater beginners weekend on 22nd and 23rd October is your first step towards mirth.  Penrith Whitewater Stadium is your second step, where you can learn to sing.  Summer is the time to learn to roll, brace and ferry glide, so in no time, with emails heralding the Easter whitewater safari, you'll be thinking - I'm ready to dance with legends.

For all members on the safari - have a safe and wonderful journey.  For all our new members, dare to dance.


The Splash archive on the River Canoe Club website has now been updated to include all editions dating back to February 2012.
2016/17 RCC paddle shirts
This summer all the cool kids (and trendy adults) will be wearing the official RCC long sleeve paddling tops. The design offers the benefits of orange arms for high visibility and the 3/4 zip provides ventilation and fresh air for those long summer paddles. And fear not, these shirts are 'dry fit' - no evil lycra here. 

Green-white-orange is the new black. Milan Fashion Week will be buzzing with this colour combination throughout 2017. 

We need a minimum order of 10 shirts to get started, so please show your interest by contacting with your details. The indicative price is $35 per shirt, but this will be confirmed before we proceed.
Aussie kayaker nears end of 23,000km-paddle
An Australian adventurer is nearing the end of a journey that has taken her from Germany to Australia — in a kayak. Inspired by German explorer Oskar Speck, 48-year-old Sandy Robson began her 23,000-kilometre journey on the Danube River in 2011. Since then, she has done her best to paddle in the wake of the man who made the same journey 80 years earlier. Check out the rest of the article here.
Be sure to update your records with the new club bank account details:

Bank: ANZ
Branch: Sydney CBD
BSB:  012172 
Acct: 301865753
Name: River Canoe Club of NSW Incorporated
Mid-week Summer Paddle
October 2016 to March 2017

The mid-week paddles have now begun, and will continue to run during the summer months (making the most of daylight savings). The program offers two levels of paddles, one for beginners and another for fitness. Click here for more information.
Thursday Morning Fitness Paddle
September to November 2016

A regular Thursday Morning Fitness Paddle with Rob (photo may or may not be a true and accurate representation of Rob). The first attempt will be 6am at the Club House on Thursday 1st September. Click here for more information.
Hawkesbury Classic Training Mooney to Spencer (return)
Sunday 16th October 2016

Getting the finish right - don't have much memory of paddling this section on the night, so it will be good to do it during the day - Spencer does a good breakfast. Approximately 30 kms of good flat water paddling. Train for the 111km or 65km race. Click here for more information.
Beginners Whitewater weekend
22nd - 23rd October 2016

Following up on the Beginners Program and following the success of the last Beginners Whitewater Program, this will be a weekend for those who want to try out whitewater kayaking in a safe and supportive environment. The location will be decided closer to the date. Be prepared to learn a lot, get wet and have a great weekend! Click here for more information.
Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat (Shoalhaven)
29th - 30th October 2016

This trip is one of the most spectacular flatwater paddles in NSW and is only a short drive from Sydney. Saturday will consist of a 14km (3-4 hours) paddle along the flooded valley with steep sides and spectacular sandstone cliffs along the top of the ridge. We will camp the night by the river and retrace our paddle back to the dam on Sunday. Click here for more information.
Transition to Open Water
Sunday 13th November 2016

Transition to Open Water is an opportunity for new club members to continue their development and experience open water paddling. Building on the skills from the Beginners Program, we commence with a full safety briefing and explanation. Click here for more information.
24th - 27th November 2016

The gold medal event for recreational kayakers - four days down the gentle Macquarie River, 150 kms - fully supported by the local volunteers - This bring glamping and kayaking together in a single event. Options for Wednesday pre-paddle trip. Click here for more information.
The Sydney Circle
Sunday 11th December 2016

This is an aspirational gold level trip for all recreational paddlers. Here is the basic plan - sleep at the club house and hit the water very early - paddle 5 kms up the Alexandria canals, then the kayaks go onto our trolleys, and we walk 5kms to the fish markets - back on the water, then we'll stop at Chowder Bay for a recharge before paddling out the heads, then right turn and we head south for 20 kms before entering Botany Bay. The last leg will take us back up the Cooks River to our club house. Total paddle distance 50kms. Could it get any better? Contact Andy if you are interested.
Woolooware Bay trip
Saturday 17th December 2016

Paddle trip to explore the mangroves of Woolooware Bay, departing from Tarren Point. Click here for more information.
Royal Nation Park
Open Water

Wednesday 28th December 2016
and again on
Wednesday 4th January 2017

Departing from Port Hacking, the plan is to paddle down to Wattamolla for lunch, then return - 30 kms return - no short cuts, just tall cliffs and the deep blue sea. Click here for more information.
Dare to dream - Bass Strait Crossing 2018
Tempted? Contact Andy
Hawkesbury Classic The Race  
Sunday 29th October 2016

40th anniversary race - introducing a 65 km race for the first time - or the classic 111 kms - this is night racing at its very best.  Click here for more information.
BEST BUYS (possibly)
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Please see the ad here for more details.
A quick reminder it's time to renew your River Canoe Club membership.
Head over to the Australian Canoeing site and support your club.
  • Flight Centre group travel
  • Choice Hotels Australia up to 15% discount
Boats and Equipment
  • Performance Canoes & Kayaks 5% discount on  new kayaks
  • EPIC Kayaks Australia 5% discount not including Ultra
  • Bennett Paddles 10% discount on paddles and 15% on accessories
  • Floating Assets 5% discount
  • Think Kayaks 10% discount
  • Mirage Sea Kayaks 5% discount
  • Sydney Harbour Kayaks 15%-25% discount
  • Roof Rack City 5%-10% discount


  • Usana Health Sciences 25% off RRP
  • Megaburn Natural Nutrition
  • BUPA Health Insurance
  • CWX Conditioning wear 20% discount
  • Summit Gear 10% Discount
  • Smitten Merino 10% Discount
  • Catfish Designs 20% Discount
  • Experience Oz 10% Discount
  • Jervis Bay Kayaks 10% Discount
  • Cumec Magazine 40% off
  • Gift it Now 10% off
2016-17 Club Committee
President - Andy Singh - 0414922979
Vice President - Lynn Parker - 0406428331
Secretary - Tracy Hudson - 0411024088
Treasurer - Simon Wilkes - 0423779631
Flat Water Convener - Rob Walker - 0408446017
White Water Convenor - Dave Burgess
Social - Deborah Doherty - 0418243527
House Officer - Nell Graham - 0402267246
Web Master - John Larsen - 0412038085
Splash Editor - Kim Wyles - 0414603725
Club Enquiries
Andy Singh
0414 922 979
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Meetings are held periodically at either the Clubhouse, situated at Richardsons Crescent Marrickville (opposite Tempe Railway Station and next to the Concordia Club), or depending on trips away by a river somewhere. 

Check calendar for the dates and venue.
Kayak Hire
Evening hire:            $5
Single day hire:        $30
Weekend hire:          $50
Hire price includes:
  • boat
  • PFD
  • spray deck
  • paddle
Helmets: Club policy requires all members to provide their own helmet that fits comfortably and meets relevant standards.  Helmets are required for whitewater and surf trips.

Kayak Hire Booking

Discuss with trip leader well before the day of the trip. Access to the club can be arranged through committee members (see contact list).

Payment Options

Cash to Trip Leader at commencement.

Payment via Electronic Funds Transfer:
  • Account:       River Canoe Club of NSW Incorporated  
  • Bank:            ANZ
  • BSB:             012172
  • Account No:  301865753
Advise the trip leader if paying via EFT. Include surname and reason (eg: ‘marqueJones’ or ‘boatJones’ in the payment comment).
Kayaks Available
  • Necky Jive x 1
  • Dagger RPM x 2
  • Dagger GTX x 1
  • Nomads x 4
  • Bliss Stick mini
  • Pyranha Burn
  • Pyranha Fusion
  • Jackson Rogue
  • Feelfree – literally feel free
  • Eskimo Topo (Double) 
    The Torvill/Dean of WW
  • Perception Minnow
  • Perception Spectrum
  • Australis Platypus x 2
  • Q-Kayak Tui x 2
Open Water
  • Wilderness Zypher 16
  • Q-Kayak Penguin
  • Winner Double
  • Dag Miwok

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