Sunday 26 October
Mindarie Marina to Ocean Reef return (AP).
Saturday 1 November
Woodman Point East flare display and presentation by Dept of Transport Marine Safety, followed by paddle TBA (AP). 8:30 flare display.
There is a group of paddlers, many of whom are club members, that paddle from Hillarys Marina on a Saturday
morning. They meet at 0830 to be ready for a 0900 start, although that
will change to summer hours in October, meeting at 0800 for an 0830
start. All Sea Kayakers are welcome. This is a peer paddle, meaning it is an unsupervised non-club paddle.
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 photos.
...Details and more planned trips
In Memory of Helen Cooksey
Club members will greatly miss Helen, who lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. See the Noticeboard
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
Oskar Speck - India and Sri Lanka
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 currently back in Perth planning the next stage from eastern India to Australia.
See her website and blog here, or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here.
Sue Harrington and Pel Turner have now documented the fabulous Ionian Odyssey
trip in Greece, where quite a few club members joined in to escape the Perth winter.
Alan Hale has posted a great report of his trip paddling around Elba Island
in Italy in June (one of his many photos below).
Adrian Gawned has written an inspiring report of a trip he did at the Raja Ampat Islands
in West Papua in October-November.
Jacki Hollick's excellent report of the July-August Ningaloo trip
is there too.
See the Trip
Reports page for this and other reports.
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
Mirage 580, after market thigh braces, after market seat (no more dead
legs), bilge pump with air switch, compass, also included hand bilge
pump, spare break-down paddle, 10 litre water bladder with attachments
to cockpit and drinking hose. $1500 Call Tim 0438742853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See picture below and Noticeboard
for another picture. There is also a plastic Dagger Exodus sea kayak
listed for sale on the Noticeboard page for $1200 (price just reduced).
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.