Sunday 8 January
Middle Swan Reserve (Middle Swan Road, off Reid Hwy) for Swan River paddle, return (AP). 8:00 for 8:30 start. Download waypoint here.
Saturday 14 January
Hillarys Boat Harbour to Ocean Reef, return (AP). 8:00 for 8:30 start.
Sunday 22 January
Beach Street Groyne Cottesloe to Trigg Island, return (SSA). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Saturday 28 January
Hillarys Boat Harbour to Port Beach using Downwinder Transport (Approx $20), followed by BBQ (ISSA). 16:00 for 16:30 start.
Sunday 4 February
Halls Head Beach, Halls Head for circumnavigation of Mandurah Island (SSA). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Saturday 11 February
Point Walter Jetty
to UWA Boat Club then portage across the road into UWA Somerville
Theatre Garden, get changed, picnic dinner and socialize, watch movie
(title LIKE CRAZY, $18 per ticket) then night paddle after the movie
back to Point Walter. Bring White light and headlamp for the paddle.
Details: perthfestival.com.au 15:45 for 16:15 start.
The Albany group meets on Saturdays at 1300, but with fickle
weather on the south coast there is not an advance program. More
information is on their Facebook page, where there are some excellent
...Details and more planned trips
Annual Seakayak Symposium 2017
The Symposium is open for business. It's on again at Albany and the dates are 3-7 March. Details can be found on the symposium website
Andrew Munyard has reinstituted the WA Seakayaker, our club Newsletter,
on a trial basis. There will not be printed versions as the WA Seakayer
once was, but downloadable PDF versions instead. The new issues, plus
an archive of all the old issues are now available from the Newsletter Page
. The November 2016 is
now available there.
Sandy Robson at the finish line on Saibai Island, Torres Strait.
Photo from ABC news website.
Sandy has completed her extraordinary 23,000km kayak expedition from Germany to Australia. Read the ABC News article about Sandy's voyage here. Congratulations Sandy for your amazing strength and tenacity! See
her website and blog here,
or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here. There's also an excellent article in Wild Magazine, downloadable here (PDF 205KB), and a fine report
of her Sundarbans section in Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
Ian Watkins's Shark
Albany member Ian Watkins has had a brush with a
very large shark. The ABC News article and video can be seen here
Photo: ABC News, Kendall O'Connor
The Club has a policy in the Safety Guidelines and Operating
on what to do in the event of a shark sighting (see page 23). To reduce
the risk, it is wise to paddle with others, close enough to be able to
communicate and raft up if a large shark is spotted. Carrying a radio
could be very useful too, as Ian's experience clearly shows.
Seabird Expedition XP 507 Kayak - $1200.
Length 507cm, width 58.5cm, depth 31cm, weight 27kg. Hybrid
carbon/kevlar, capacity 145 kg, paddler weight 60 – 95 kg.
Very stable kayak with two large and spacious hatches and a small
reachable one, where you can keep you cell-phone and keys. It also
comes with a special hatch for your fishing rod or a lantern.
Contact Yvonne 0412 827 193.
The Department has produced a new boating guide for the Swan and
Canning Rivers. Check out the full list of boating guides,
The WA Volunteer Marine Rescue Service has produced
a comprehensive guide to marine radio communications. It is
downloadable as a PDF document (4.7MB) from our Safety
page. Note that the club has also produced 2 maps showing locations of
the Western Australian Volunteer Marine Rescue groups. Go to the Safety and Training
page to view or download
The April 2016 Shark Bay trip was a great success
and Heidi & Pete have written up a fine report (see Shark Bay April 2016
was the 1st time that the whole contingent of an SKCWA club trip to
Rottnest paddled across, around and back. Judy Blight has written a
great report (see Rottnest 2015
Pete and Heidi Hutton did a 9 week trip down the Murray River from
Towong in Victoria to the outlet in South Australia in 2011. They've
written up a beautifully illustrated account, which has been posted on
our Members Only
page as a PDF
document (50MB) for download.
Last year's Dampier trip was big disappointment to all the paddlers due
to unseasonal weather. Andrew Munyard has written up a fine account
(see Dampier 2015
Adrian Gawned has posted another excellent article, this time on his
second trip to Raja Ampat
in West Papua. One of his images is shown below.
See the Trip
Reports page for this and other reports.
The Department of Transport has recently updated their Paddle Craft
guidelines. There are 2 major changes. One is that PLBs are now allowed
instead of EPIRBs. The other is that in the 400m to 2 nautical mile
offshore zone, either
an inshore flare kit or a PLB/EPIRB must be carried. For more
information see the DoT website
, or look at our updates for the club
Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures on our
safety and training page
The Sea Kayak
Tim Robinson's Forum for Sea
Kayakers in Australia is run independently of a club or business with
the idea that it would be of benefit to clubs and businesses and would
be available to kayakers world wide. There are posts on general kayak
talk, techniques, equipment etc., and if you register you can post
information yourself. See http://www.seakayakforum.com/.