Sat 4 May - Lane Cove Seaside Scavenge

Willoughby Council and Seaside Scavenge have organised a clean-up with a difference at Rotary Athletics Field this weekend. Quoting from the website:
Did you know that 60-80% of marine debris is coming from land!? That’s why it’s important to make sure that we approach the problem at the source.

We have our first Lane Cove Scavenge happening in May. We’ll be set-up at Rotary War Memorial Athletic Field from 9am-1pm with all the trash trading action, pop-up, pre-loved markets, live music and all round good vibes to be enjoyed.

Do you like getting out in nature? Listening to live music? Learning about conscious consumerism and hanging out with passionate individuals who are out to make a change!?

Then come on down and get amongst it! The Seaside Scavenge is a litter clean-up where your trash, once sorted, becomes the currency in our pop-up, pre-loved market to purchase the funkiest of threads, books, toys and more that have been donated by local community!

Sat 4 May - MWKC State 10,000m Challenge

Quoting from the webscorer details:
MWKC challenges you and the rest of the State to test your skills over 10,000 metres. The State 10,000m Challenge will be held on Narrabeen Lake at the Manly Warringah Kayak Club on Saturday May 4.

Entries online till midnight Thursday May 2
Briefing: 10:30am May 4
Race Start: in four or five starts from 11am.

ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL GO TO THE MWKC JUNIOR COACHING PROGRAM organised by MWKC Coaching coordinator David Hipsley.

Entries will be accepted for ICF and non-ICF craft in all age groups U12, U14, U16, U18, U23, Open, Vet 35, Vet 40, Vet 45, Vet 50, Vet 55, Vet 60, Vet 65, Vet 70, Vet 75, Vet 80. SUP in U18, Open and Masters 35+. C craft and others can apply for a division by emailing or just enter as "Other".

The course will start at the club and head north with a 3.33km loop. It is a wind-free friendly course with good views for spectators.

Entry fee $22 for PNSW members $6 for juniors U18 per participant, so doubles need to pay individually (and list their partner).

This is an ideal race for those marathoners preparing for the National Champs, a final competitive hit out.

Certificates will be issued to all place getters in all ages that participate.

Parking is available at the nearby Berry Reserve Car Park. A combination of free and paid parking ($10) exists. Be early to secure a parking spot. You can also park on Pittwater Rd.

  • Note: This is a MWKC event (not a PaddleNSW event).

3 April - There is a light at the end of the K1 tunnel

Ruby Ardren

I’m unstable. I’m sure some would have something to add to that, but in terms of balance I can’t walk a slack line and even struggle to walk along a decent sized log. I was paddling a carbon Sladecraft Sonic, which was very lightweight and tippy enough itself. I’m not sure why on earth I thought I should take on a K1 but I do remember being encouraged to by Tony Hystek, who was in the early phase of his crusade to get Lane Covers into ICF boats.

In late 2014, with the marathon season over I decided to spend the next year competing in the K2 with Anjie Lees while I took on my husband’s old red K1. We think it was a Lancer type and it was a challenge to paddle. I was in tears one day when I fell in at the start at Lane Cove and tried three times to get back in next to the timekeepers with no success until Keiran Babich came down and showed me how to brace the paddle across the cockpit to the nearby ground. I managed to finish 12km after that without falling in, which was hugely satisfying.

In winter 2015, I bought my Vajda Spirit K1 and I was so proud. I’d found a boat I could fit my hips in and keep upright for more than a few metres. I spent months timidly inching my way around Narrabeen Lagoon, never more than a few metres from the edge. The morning training group at Lane Cove waited patiently on many occasions as I fell in and was rescued by Tony. I tried racing at Narrabeen but couldn’t survive the mass start. I lost several minutes off my regular time, falling in so regularly that I ended up saving my Spirit for training sessions and using the club’s Burn for Wednesday time trials and marathons.

Above: Spiriting towards the light..

I barely raced in 2016 due to weddings and honeymoons and various other distractions; so had my first marathon in my Spirit at Windsor in 2017. I fell in on the bottom turn right where the timekeepers could see me and ended up winning the Nemo award. I promptly returned to paddling more stable club K1s. Over the next year I became very disillusioned about my K1 and felt like I was becoming the club joke. People seemed to be far more focused on how much I was falling in rather than where I’d made improvements with my paddling. I discouraged any further nominations for Nemo and actively avoided paddling my Spirit in company.

Having moved to Narrabeen in 2016, I’d had to give up paddling with the Lane Cove squad in the mornings, as it took far too long to get home in peak hour traffic. I almost gave up my K1 altogether and on 21 November 2017 posted this plea on Lane Cove’s Facebook page: “I'm interested to know at what point people would accept defeat and drop back to a more stable K1. I've been paddling the Spirit for two years now and still fall in every few weeks, and while generally I feel more stable, I can't paddle to my full potential because of the time lost to maintaining stability (eg. bracing and not being able to aggressively wash ride).” The response was mixed, but in the end I decided to battle on and not allow this boat to defeat me.

In 2018 I ventured along to the squad Brett Greenwood runs at Narrabeen twice a week. I’m not sure what everyone thought of me – I was largely unknown to members of Manly Warringah as I’d been paddling on my own in the mornings up till then. The KAOS squad made a big difference to my paddling. Every session included multiple mass starts so I just had to harden up and learn to survive. I took a leaf out of Marni Kay’s book and learnt how to self rescue in deep water. I fell in twice each session, twice a week for the first six months, and then suddenly into winter and the dark I stopped falling in.

From mid-2018 a swim became an irregular occurrence rather than standard. I still used a more stable K1 in races when I knew it was going to be rough, and it’s only now in 2019 that I can confidently say I will paddle my Spirit no matter what. At some stage this last summer I became stable. I don’t know what changed, but suddenly I could get in my K1 and feel completely confident no matter what the conditions. 'And today I finally got my first PB in this K1 and my first PB in exactly three years.

Above: K1-ing the 2018 Myall [ED: won the Open Female Singles just quietly]

It’s taken me a very long time to become confident in my K1 and a lot of people have helped me along the way. The biggest improvement came with pushing myself to paddle in uncomfortable conditions. I suffered through the swims and still swim every now and then when I stop concentrating. It’s a relief to finally be able to paddle and enjoy it. No stress, no fear, being able to jump onto and off wash as I wish. You most likely won’t take as long as me to find your stability, but if you do take a while, push on because you’ll get there. I did.

24 Feb - Clean Up Australia Day!

For something so relatively low key, not directly associated with kayaking and not associated with competition, our Clean Up Australia day on the river was very well supported and by all measures another great success.

Above: Administration office

Above: Work in progress

Above: Holly & Kerrie

Above: Dave & Rich

We lost count of the number of full bags of rubbish that was collected (from up near Wirong to down to the 6km turn) because a Maritime Services barge showed up out of the blue and graciously helped us out by taking most of the rubbish bags directly from the river bank. Maritime were impressed by the number of our volunteers and want LCRK to call them if we ever have a need to remove obstacles from the river.

Above: Justin and Oscar

Above: Paul

Above: Jessica & Wade

Above: Maritime to the rescue

While it is completely bewildering that so much rubbish finds its way into our treasured Lane Cove river (mostly by carelessness), and this is unfortunately seen as normal, events like Clean Up Australia show the commitment to do something about it, reverse the trend and help educate the next generation.

Many thanks to Kerrie Murphy and her daughter Holly, Trevor Nicholls and his son Ewan, John & Jessica Duffy, Craig Selkeld, Jeff Tonazzi, Tim McNamara, Richard Yates, Paul van Koesveld, Dave Hammond, Oscar Cahill, Wade Rowston, Justin Paine, Kenji, Elke (complete with cupcakes) and Michael Thom.

Above: Tim McN

Above: Tim - where's the rest of it?

Our large turnout, in addition to helping make a big difference, was noticed by the elite athletes and their training teams who were using the oval. I received a couple of comments along the lines of “you’re voluntarily cleaning up the river?” and “amazing job”.

John Duffy LCRK Clean Up Australia co-ordinator

17 Feb - Ella shares Gold in NZ K2 500m sprints!

LCRK Member Ella Beere has been competing in the ICF Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships in New Zealand. The highlight perhaps the K2 paddle with Lisa Carrington in the K2 500m.

"It was probably one of the best days of my life" says Aussie Ella Beere, who had just teamed up with New Zealand legend Lisa Carrington to strike gold n the K2 500m. (source: Canoe Racing NZ)

Above: Ella and Lisa - happy!

Above: Race Results

9 Feb - Makai Cup

from Jezza Spear
Several LCRK paddlers competed in the Makai Cup and Mini Makai on Sat. Conditions on the day started very calmly with the 10km Mini Makai Cup from and to Ulladulla on a beautiful calm, still morning with very hot and flat conditions. The Makai Cup was then run northbound from Bawley Pt to Ulladulla in a building strong and gusty Westerly from 1pm. Organisers kept the fleet inshore and close to headlands via seamarks/gates. Winds were strong which pushed up a small strong WNW wind chop from the fwd left qtr, so not much assistance. The last third of the ocean leg offered a bit of almost tailwind assistance before skirting reefs rounding the headland closely for the final work into Ulladulla Harbour which sent in headwinds with gusts up to 46kts (85kph) recorded.

Some solid LCRK results.

Shark Island Paddlers sent a strong contingent and did well in results, as did the Northern Beaches crew. LCRK ski paddlers - you really should consider adding this event to your calendar next year - it is a fantastic event run really well by an excellent and very welcoming team from Makai.

Above: Track

Above: Portage detail

Above: Results

Above: Weather

2-3 Feb - Whitewater Weekend - Childowlah

Report from Warwick Sherwood
A series of white water training weekends is currently underway as part of a familiarisation for the Avon Descent later in the year. The idea is to develop white water skills as well as to have some fun in more challenging water. All are welcome so keep an eye out for communication on our web site.

Myself, Wade, Chris , Rich, Angie as well as three very talented Rover mates of Chris made a late Friday dash down the Hume to set up camp in the dark around 10.00pm

Saturday morning arrived to find light rain persisting over breakfast which did not dampen our enthusiasm The campsite was a stunner beside the river and under trees with the only complication not having any 'facilities'. Team members disappearing up the road looking like one of the seven dwarfs complete with a shovel over their shoulder was amusing.

A short drive to the launch site quickly alerted the LCRK paddlers to a possible gap in their experience. The 3 Rovers simply mounted their Creek boats and slid down the steep bank into the water while the rest of us struggled down to the water and timidly squeezing into our tight Creeker boats

We were informed the water was running at around 3000 mega litres and the rapids were grade 1-3. My view had them as minimum class 4-5

The morning was spent getting used to the new boats and taking valuable instruction from Rich, Chris and the Rovers. Getting used to Eddying Out, Ferry Crossings, Pressure Waves , Tail Flicks etc was great fun. Angie went great guns in her V5. She had some impressive runs and stayed (mostly) in the boat. A group lunch using an upturned boat as a cutting board/ table came just at the right time.

Above: Anjie in her element

Above: Warwick paddling uphill

The afternoon spent on more demanding sections tested the flat water crew riding pressure waves and more difficult fast sections. By now the Rover boys were doing one hand rolls going down the rough sections. Rich kept them honest with some amazing surf skills. His boat control and stroke selection enabled him to move in faster water with aplomb

Fifteen km later we ended the day in quiet water in front of camp with some rolling practice and a swim

A great bbq and a few refreshments enabled a solid night sleep to set the team up for a return run the next morning

Everyone was much more relaxed and we cruised quickly, selecting larger water to try out our new skills . Chris and Wade sitting in pressure waves and picking great lines looked to be having a ball. Angie looked to be completing smoother, faster runs and sharper turns in her longer craft. Rich continued his sharp routine and balanced attack. A great run ended too quickly once again at our camp site for the long drive home.

Another great white water weekend. Thanks to Angie for organising us and Chris for all the equipment!

Report from Wade Rowston
Richard Barnes has a plan to encourage more LCRKers over to Perth for the Avon Descent this year . Chris Stanley and Anjie Lees are already starters and Warwick Sherwood is likely, plus others have expressed interest. So it was that Richard, Chris and Anjie organised a white water weekend at short notice and Childowlah, south of Yass, water level was good.

After doing the Whanganui journey last year my taste for white water has returned and I joined in. Chris and Richard are leaders in the 2nd Gordon Scout Group who have a great set of white water plastic boats (same ones been used for boater-x at the last two LCRK Christmas Parties). We were joined by young Rovers (i.e. +19 year old scouts) Ben, Peter and Luke.

After arriving late on Friday night in the absolute darkness with a magnificent starry view we set up our bush camp. Saturday morning kick off was delayed by a bit of a storm then we drove to the start and put in about 8kms upstream.

We spent the next 6 hours making our way down the river playing around and having heaps of fun in the mostly friendly white water. Anjie paddled her Epic V5 with aplomb as it may be her boat for the Avon. Richard showed us all how to master white water and the lads Ben, Peter and Luke were dynamic, often tipping over deliberately just to practice their various rolling techniques. Warwick was getting stuck in, as was Chris. Lunch stop on the river bank was catered for and prepared by Ben, Peter and Luke using and upturned plastic boat as a chopping board.

Above: Chris "I have a dream...."

Above: Chris - dreaming

On arriving back at camp there was more mucking around in boats. The lads had a go at Anjies’ down river K1 which was also brought along to test. They were surprised at how tippy it felt but also at how fast it could go. A bit different to the short plastic. I attempted my first roll in over 20 years and lets just say I awarded myself 5 out of 100. I abandoned ship very quickly in the cold and dark water.

Sunday was hot on land but just right on the river, air conditioned by the cold water. We did the same section again over a 3 hour period. Everyone had a great time on the river. Special thanks to Chris and the lads for loading and carting the boats for the 4 hour drive each way. Where is the next one?

Sat 26 Jan - Cockatoo Cupcake Cup

Below are the results for LCRK associated paddlers - including top place overall in the 14km distance (James Pralija), top female (Caroline Marschner) - and also top place overall in the 7km distance (Brett and Jill Greenwood).



Sat 12 Jan - Dolls Point 20 Groynes Report

Report on The inaugural 20 Groynes run by Dolls Point Paddlers and PaddleNSW - by Jeff Hosnell (photos thanks to Mark Sundin!).


With a total of 40 entries Lane Cove was represented by Duncan Johnstone, Tony Hystek Jeff Hosnell in singles and the double pairings of Greg Morris/Warwick Sherwood, Caroline Marschner/Mark Hempel and the Hobbits of Gareth Stokes/Peter Faherty (semi LCRKers).

It was great to start the race at 8am because it was going to be scorcher. The format was 4K laps, past Dolls Point then bottom turn at the Sandringham swim nets Conditions early on were flat so Jeff in his first ever paddle in a ski thought this is easy! Well that changed after 6 laps with tides and breeze and boats, the water became very choppy moving in different directions, Dolls Point became very tricky. Jeff was worried he would end up on the rock wall - not good for the club boat so he went out wider and this turned out worse - big waves and strong currents not a happy chappie, and after 7 laps called it a day, little did he know they would drag him out again.

Duncan was out for a practice paddle "A really good way to start the New Year and for me to kick of my last minute decision to enter the Very Big Year Challenge. I was happy to do 15 as a warm up for the Cockatoo Cup, but Managed 20 in good but deteriorating conditions and being a little short of training was happy with my day after just under 3 hours. An event worthy of much greater support."


Tony started very conservative then really got going pulling in all the single and some doubles the only ones he couldn’t catch were Caroline and Mark they were so much faster then any others on the water. However Tony finished early "due mainly to my increasing instability in the conditions in the V14, but mainly due to my tender coccyx which was rubbed raw after I took my seat pad out (due to stability problems)! I hadn’t paddled the ski for 12 months, so wasn’t quite up to the conditions in what is a quite tippy ski. Fancy that! Was keeping good company with the leaders till a couple of hours in when things started turning sour. Some excellent performances on a very hot, windy day on the water. Next year, a different ski etc…who knows. I might even finish."

Caroline and Mark were in a 4 person team and did the first leg of an hour and set the rest of the team up for the race win, they became the first winners of The Best Groyne Trophy. Caroline also won first female across the line in the 50m sprint at the start this was because she was in the front of the double Mark just missed out in a photo finish.


Greg and Warwick in their new ski got around for 7 laps but had to stop because of an injury to Greg, this is where Jeff gets dragged back out, Warwick after 7 laps of suffering from the worst hangover, decides to ask Jeff if he wants to go in the front, he agrees but Greg’s around 6ft Jeff’s a stretch at 5’8 and they didn’t adjust the pedals, Warwick shouting power on try doing that when your lying flat!

Second lap we adjusted the pedals - lots of power but Jeff’ s stuffed so Warwick did all the work.

The Hobbits of Gareth and Peter used 2 boats the SR2 and a Ski. Gareth was using this race to complete his very big year - he needed just 49.25ks and they completed 13 laps (52ks) so both hobbits have had an amazing journey, down rivers, crossed lakes and many oceans and Peter also got to see his baby boy born. A very big year indeed!!!


This was a brilliantly run race, very safe course even if you fell in not far to swim to shore, the layout was good so that we had no trouble from pleasure crafts.

Like Burley Griffin’s 24hr race this is a good ultra marathon race, great for singles and relay teams.


Sat 19 Jan - MWKC Super Circuit

Manly Warringah Kayak Club have invited use to come and join them for an exciting new race - the Sydney Super Circuit.

Any Age Welcome!

Format: Record your fastest time in a 3 km hot lap and try as many times as you like. Craft: You can do this in a single, double or K4 craft. MWKC can supply K2 or K4 boats. Date: Saturday, 19 January 2019 Time: 10 am - 12 pm Cost: $20 - drink and sausage sizzle provided


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