Saturday 25 March
Lancelin - Ledge Point, return (ISSA). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Sunday 2 April
Ocean Reef Boat Harbour - Hillarys via Little Island, return (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Sunday 9 April
Applecross Jetty for Unite on the Swan, return (AP). 5:30am for 6:00am start.
Sunday 9 April
Mersey Point - around Shoalwater Islands and perhaps a little surfing, return (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Saturday 15 April
Palm Beach Rockingham - Garden Island west side, return (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Sunday 23 April
Mindarie Keys Marina - Burns Beach, return (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.
Sunday 30 April
Hillarys Boat Harbour - skills training (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 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
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 February 2017 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
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.
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.
Where to Buy a Sea Kayak
you're at the stage of buying your first sea kayak, it would be a wise
move to ask experienced paddlers for advice. There are many different
sea kayaks out there, with very different characteristics. If you wish
to talk to a club member, see our Contacts
page. Below is a list of suppliers and manufacturers.
Perth Canoe Works
(online - Perth based)
(online - NSW)
Les Allen Kayaks
(online - Rockingham based)