Sunday 29 March
Hillarys Boat Harbour
to Mindarie Marina, one-way (AP).
Saturday 4 April
Halls Head Beach
to Falcon Bay return, luna eclipse night paddle (ISSA). Note 1700 for 1730 start.
Sunday 12 April
Port Beach North Fremantle
to Swanbourne, return (AP). Program change.
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April
Jurien Bay weekend (ISSA).
Sunday 26 April
to Sisters, return (AP).
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
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.
Ken Burton has written up a fine trip to the Desolation Sound
British Columbia in Canada.
Sue Harrington and Pel Turner have now documented the fabulous Ionian Odyssey
Greece, where quite a few club members joined in to escape the Perth
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 club has produced 2 new maps showing locations of the Western Australian
Volunteer Marine Rescue groups. Go to the Safety and Training
page to view or download them.
Oskar Speck - West Bengal to the far east of Indonesia
Sandy has completed stages 1 and 2 of the journey and is the first
woman to paddle the west coast of India. She has completed the
circumnavigation of Sri Lanka, and has made the first kayak crossing of
the strait to India since 1935. She's paddled the coast of Thailand and has crossed to Malaysia on her way
See her website and blog here,
or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here.
Les Allen came across some year 2000 issues of the club newsletter,
which was called the WA Seakayaker, used to be printed off and mailed
out to members until 2008, when the internet took over. Some of the
articles in those old newsletters make quite interesting reading. PDF
versions of some issues are available here
An excerpt from Issue 21
Dagger Atlantis plastic 17' sea kayaks in pretty good condition with a
carbon bladed scoop paddle and neoprene skirt. $1,600.00 for the lot or
$850.00 each. Contact John 0418921986. There's a picture and more
information on the Noticeboard
Mirage 580 Sea Kayak and Werner paddle. Good condition, one hatch needs
replacing. $1200 ono.
Contact Colin 0428 468 884. See picture on the Noticeboard
There is also a Mirage 580 for $1500
listed for sale on the Noticeboard page.
Club has put together a do-it-yourself logbook kit, so that those
paddlers who would like a logbook can easily make one. The instructions
and files for printing are here
Ian Watkins from the Albany branch has put some great pictures taken by
various paddlers at last year's symposium on a YouTube
Tim Hale's YouTube video of
a gentle and fun paddle from Hillarys is here.
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.