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SPLASH - March 2016
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Winter is Coming

Hello all, 

The long hot days of March are over. Darkness lingers longer into the morning. Is that a chill I feel? I must of been in Sydney too long, a Canberra boy would never call this a chill. 

The beginning of April sees the last gasp of summer, its a great time to paddle. The winds on the harbour hold their northerly grip, the water remains warm. Then comes Anzac day and it is all over. Suddenly the days are very short. The winds swing to the south, as water temperature heads down the same way. Soon my paddle home becomes more hazardous. I have to be on the water at 4pm, I want to be across the heads before the sun drops at 4.30pm.

Winter brings the opportunity to bring out our cool weather fashions. Colourful cags, full fingered gloves and long lycra all look good before the mirror - but the real statement is made with my beanie - full safety fluro orange.  Years ago the kids were very proud when I wore my fluro work vest, because for them, nothing said 'Dads got a job' like work fluros. But my paddling beanie is nothing about fashion, its all about safety.

During the long hours of the Hawkesbury Classic, I fought off sleep by conducting an assessment of the visibility qualities of the Vaikobi Hi Vis PFD. The first thing I had to come to terms with, is any paddler wearing a Vaikobl PFD is travelling a lot faster than me. So not only do they pass me, but soon they disappear into the darkness of the race. The second thing I noticed is they only come in two colours - orange and lime. So as each racer shoots past me, I start to watch their PFDs - which colour is more effective in the darkness.  I have to declare my kayak is orange as is my beanie, but lime is my favourite colour - so I am perfectly neutral to conduct this test. Finally the racing pack has caught me and I feel like I am standing still on George Street in peak hour. There are lots of lime and orange Vaikobis now passing me, then disappearing into the night, and yes I can confirm, orange is the colour you want if you really want to be seen in low to no light.

Our clubs' experienced paddlers are the model of safety - by all reports, our senior paddlers did a great job on the Murrumbidgee for the beginners white water weekend. Down at Bundeena on Sunday, I took 3 beginners into the swell, and in the midst of the multiple capsizes and rescues, the safety rationale underpinning the beginner program revealed itself all too quickly. Steve Molino's account of the trip down the Grose River, and the two videos, highlights the same safety ethos, so even when the river is 'not as advertised' - skill, preparation and effective decision making - brought everyone home safely.

Winter is coming - time to check the safety wardrobe.

Regards

Andy



 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday 17th April 2016
Transition to Open Water - Little Bay 
Moving from river / flat water to open water requires a shift to another level of safety, equipment, risk management and planning. This trip builds on the fundamentals taught in the beginners program to bring paddlers into the next level of trips.  Participation will require all paddlers to have the minimum level of safety equipment and suitable boats.  This is where self sufficiency kicks in.  We will launch from La Perouse, paddle around Cape Banks, visit Little Bay and coffee at Malabar, before the return journey. Limited places.  Click here for more information.
23rd to 25th April 2016 - Dunns Swamp, Rylstone
Here's an opportunity to mix flat water kayaking with camping, some day walks and relaxing. Your text caption goes here.  Click here for more details.
Monday 25th April 2016
ANZAC Day Dawn Paddle
 
Mark Anzac Day with a dawn paddle from Brooklyn to Refuge Bay where Z Special Unit trained before paddling into Singapore to attack the Japanese. Paddle through the darkness, see the sun rise over the horizon, and mark a special day at a special location. Click here for more information.
Sunday 1st May 2016 - Nominations - WomDomNom
This is the annual gold medal event for recreational kayakers - four days down the gentle Macquarie River, 150 kms - fully supported by the local volunteers - Glamping and kayaking in a single event. $300 for full event - limited to 100-150 paddlers - places will fill up within a month of nominations opening - so don't dither or you will miss out - For more information click here.
The WomDomNom is looking for experienced paddlers interested in acting as flat water guides (moving water).  Guides lead groups of paddlers (10-15) down the Macquarie River.  The major focus is crowd control to ensure not too many paddlers enter the tight sections at the same time. Paddlers may be interested in building up log book qualifications towards an AC award with 4 days in your log book.  I acted as a guide last year, and throughly enjoyed it.  Please email me president@rivercanoeclub.org if you are interested.
Sunday 15th May 2016 Hawkesbury Classic Training Windsor to Sackville
Here we go - the first stage of the race - approximately 30 kms of good flat water paddling. Train for the 111km or 65km race. Click here for more information.
Saturday 11th to Monday 13th June 2016
Transition to Expeditionary Kayaking (planning)

Its one thing to complete a day paddle, or a multi-day paddle from a base camp - but fully self sufficient kayaking either in flat water boats or white water boats requires greater planning and testing.  This trip is designed as a shake down cruise to test your camping and kayaking systems.  Estimated distance is 68 kms. Launching from Jugiong on Saturday morning, we will be in Gundagai for brunch on Sunday. For more information click here.  Alternatively, we might paddle Tumut to Gundagai - I can't decide.
Sunday 12th June 2016 - Return to Muddy Creek
Rob's planning another trip into the Royal National Park.  The big stags are watching and I hear banjos playing.  Fix your skirts and remember your bracing strokes.  Click here for more information.
Sunday 12th June 2016 Hawkesbury Classic Training Sackville to Wisemans
Here we go again - the second leg of the race - approximately 30 kms of good flat water paddling. Train for the 111km or 65km race. Click here for more information.
Sunday 19th June 2016
Winter Cafe Trip:
 South Cronulla 

Every Sunday morning locals gather at the Barefoot at the Beach Cafe on South Cronulla Beach and enjoy coffee sitting on the steps.  This is where the Australian dream comes true. We'll be launching at Yowie Bay (upon return we will raid the bottle shop for a post paddle beer).  Estimated return distance is 20kms with exposure to open water - Click here for more information.
Sunday 10th July 2016
Winter Cafe Trip:
  Patonga Fish'n Chips 
Launching from Parsely Bay, Brooklyn, we will paddle into Broken Bay and then into the Patonga Creek for high tide.  Lunch will be on the beach at Patonga Beach Seafood. Estimated return distance is 20kms with limited exposure to open water - Good transition from rivers to open water. Click here for more information.
Sunday 31st July 2016
Winter Cafe Trip:
  Little Manly Beach 
Launching from Rose Bay, we will paddle down the middle of the harbour and cross the heads. Timing will allow for kayaks to greet the cruise ships entering the heads.  Then we will continue on to one of Sydney's best beach cafes Little Manly Beach Cafe - enjoy coffee and some breakfast looking down the world's best harbour. Return trip will include the Quarantine Station and Old Mans Hat. Estimated return distance is 20kms with exposure to open water - Click here for more information.
Sunday 7th August 2016
Winter Cafe Trip:
  Chowder Bay
Launching from Rose Bay, we cruise through the lifestyle of the rich and famous and the bays and coves of the Eastern Suburbs, before heading over to Chowder Bay. Bacino cafe is a favourite with locals, sunning themselves with dogs in tow, reading the finance pages of the weekend paper looking for cheap companies to buy.  Return trip will be past Taronga Zoo. Estimated return distance is 20kms with exposure to harbour swells - Click here for more information.
Saturday 20th August 2016 Hawkesbury Classic Training NIGHT PADDLE Wisemans to Spencer
Stage three of the race and tonight we are going to hone our night padding skills - approximately 30 kms of good flat water paddling. Train for the 111km or 65km race. Click here for more information.
Sunday 16th October 2016 Hawkesbury Classic Training Mooney to Spencer (return)
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.
24th - 27th November 2016 WomDomNom
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.
TRIP REPORTS
White Water Introductory Weekend - Childowlah March 2016 - There were bubbles of fun to be had on the Murrumbidgee as our experienced senior paddlers showed the beginners a trick or two. Click here to read the story and see the photos.
Not as Advertised (Video 1) Sometime in January, a party of experience paddlers travelled deep into the Blue Mountains.  View Matt Veron's video of the trip by clicking on the left hyperlink. Their story will be retold.  Click here to read more.
Not As Advertised (Video 2) After substantial rain the Grose River rose to 4.4m overnight but dropped to 2.6m by the time we got on the water at 1:30pm on 6th January 2016. The 4.5 hour walk in was worth it as we paddled for 4.5 hours through 17km of grade 2, 3 and 4 whitewater. Steve Molino's video of the Blue Mountains trip here.
COMPETITION
2nd April 2016 Australian National Freestyle Championship
Penrith White Water Stadium Click here for more information.
7th - 10th April 2016
Australian National Canoe Polo Championships
Gold Coast Click here for more information. 
Sunday 12th April 2016 
PNSW Marathon Series Race 2
Wyong
 

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Saturday 30th April 2016 
PNSW Marathon Series Race 3
Windsor

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Sunday 29th May 2016
PNSW Marathon Series Race 4
Lane Cove

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Saturday 25th June 2016
PNSW Marathon Series Race 5
Sutherland

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Sunday 17th July 2016 
PNSW Marathon Series Race 6 Brisbane Waters

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Saturday 6th August 2016    
PNSW Marathon Series Race 7     Wyong

Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
7th to 11th August 2016 Kayak Slalom Rio Olympics
Watch the Gold Medal finals (Sydney time 1am - 5am) 12th August - who is up for a slumber party at the club house?
 
Saturday 3rd September 2016     PNSW Marathon Series Race 8 Burrill Lakes
Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Saturday 17th September 2016 
Myall Classic  

Tea Gardens is a great place to paddle, so why not see 47 kms quickly.  The Myall Classic is a great way of spending a day.  Stay for the weekend.   Click here for more information.
Saturday 1st October 2016 PNSW Marathon Series Race 9 Wagga Wagga
Building your paddling fitness and capabilities by competing in 10 kms or 20 kms racing. Click here for more information.
Sunday 29th October 2016 Hawkesbury Classic           The Race  
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.
UNASSIGNED TRIPS
Paddling with Kids  - Some club members have children.  Others have children, and paddle to get away from them. Some club members have indicated they would like a paddling with children trip.  We need a leader to organise - experience members will assist if you have never organised and led a trip. We need a location and a date. If you have an idea, email Rob flatwater@rivercanoeclub.org
Tumut to Wagga Wagga - Four day flat water trip, approximately 200 kms - fully self sufficient touring.

If you are interested in this trip, please contact Andy.
Paddling with Dogs - Pups @ Patagonia 
We are looking for a volunteer to step forward to organise and lead a kayaking with dogs day. Experienced members will assist.  If you have an idea, email Andy president@rivercanoeclub.org
Broughton Island - Located off Port Stephens, this is a popular sea kayaking destination.  We need three days - one for the outward journey, one for exploration and one for the return.  National Parks require bookings to be made for camping, so some preparation and planning is required.
This made was created by the Fisher family to mark their kayaking trip.

If you are interested in this trip, please contact Andy.
BEST BUYS (Maybe)
Wavesports Diesel $12000
The Diesels are popular white water boats, paddled by some of our most experienced members.  Maybe the advertisement is old and the kayak is in Tasmania - maybe this is overpriced for a second hand kayak.  Better keep looking. Available on Gear360
 
Wilderness Systems Wilderness 170 $1300 
The clubs' Wilderness System sea kayak is frequently fought over before trips.  Its embarrassing to see committee members in tears because a beginner grabbed the Wilderness before them.  Avoid the tears and buy your own.  At 26 kgs its a heavy kayak, but it has shark decals - did you hear that committee members? A Wilderness kayak with Shark decal.   See the ad on Kayaks & Skis.
Prijon Millenium Touring Kayak

With 5 days to go, the starting bid is $1800 for a good sea kayak and lots of equipment.  There is a lot to be said about German kayaks. Field tested in the 1940 invasion of Norway, they were a favourite of the kriegsmarine until they were fitted with torpedoes, and performance dropped off. At 5 meters long and 59 cmd, it could be described as short and fat. Made of fibreglass, I would keep it away from rivers.  Upon reflection, the only reason why this kayak made it ono Best Buys, was because there was very few interesting kayaks listed on ebay this month.  See the add on Ebay.
Club Information
2015-16 Club Committee
President - Andy Singh 0414922979
Vice President - Lynn Parker - 0406428331
Secretary - Tracy Hudson - 0411024088
Treasurer - Scott Button - 0412392839
Flat Water Convener - Rob Walker
Social - Dee Taylor - 0423831497
Splash Editor - Deborah Doherty - 0418243527
White Water Convener - Will Stone
Safety & Training - Jo Hendricks
House Officer - Nell Graham - 0402267246
Club Enquiries
 
New Member Contact
Andy Singh
0414 922 979
president@rivercanoeclub.org
 
CLUB MEETINGS– 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 & venue.
 
This Magazine is copyright to River Canoe Club. No part may be reproduced without permission. Non-profit canoeing clubs may reproduce any article without permission, as long as the source and copyright is acknowledged. 
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.
 
Kayaks Available
 
WhiteWater
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
 
Recreational
Barker Nymph
Perception Minnow
Perception Spectrum
Australis Platypus x 2
Q-Kayak Tui x 2
 
Open Water
Wilderness Zypher 16
Q-Kayak Penguin
Winner Double


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 Name: River Canoe Club of NSW  
  • Bank: St George 
  • BSB:               112 879 
  • Account No:    017455888
Advise the trip leader if paying via EFT
Include surname and reason eg:‘marqueJones’ or ‘boatJones’ in the payment comment. 
Next Splash Edition - Late April 2016

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