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This year (2021), well known Ultra Marathon paddlers Kate and Steve Dawson paddled 2400km down the Murray River from Bringenbrong Bridge at the edge of the Snowy Mountains to Goolwa on the coast of South Australia. It was to take 45-50 days of continuous paddling, starting on April 19th and finishing at the start of June.
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!!Irish International Liffey Descent Canoe Race
by Oisin Cahill

The Liffey Descent is recognised as one of the toughest canoe race in the world where paddlers test their skills as they negotiate 10 weirs rapids and one portage along the 30 kilometre stretch of flooded river on the River Liffey. The race starts at the K Club (Golf course) in Co. Kildare all the way to the finish line in Islandbridge, Dublin.

The race first started in 1960 and has continued yearly until interrupted by Covid 19 last year. The number of paddlers in all classes usually number over 1000. Competitors have to prequalify to complete in the race due to the skill level required to survive the course. Water levels are guaranteed as the Liffey is controlled by two dams.

Much like major running races there will be a mix of international paddlers in racing classes and those who are taking part just to have competed the race.

From the start, competitors race flat out for 1000m to get to the first of the big weirs Straffan weir. With so much capsizes at this weir and a big crowd cheering you on it is imperative that you arrive with the top paddlers to try to avoid the yearly carnage. As a competitor of 24 Liffey Descents it gives me goose bumps just thinking of the approach to Straffan weir.

From there it is a race down through what is called the jungle where the flooded river closes in with overhanging trees. For this 10km section (which includes two weirs and a set of rapids ) is where one has to insure that you do not get pushed in under a tree, spun in the turbulent water and also keep with the leading group to stay on the wash.

The first bit of flat water comes when you hit Leixlip 3km lake. The first half of the lake has a lot of bottom drag and really pulls the strength out of your body. Once across the lake one has to get out of your canoe and run the 500m around Leixlip dam. It is so hard to get your legs going at this stage having spent so long racing flat out.

Below the dam one jumps back into your canoe where you are back into the full force of the Liffey flow. Getting back into your rhythm is so difficult and avoiding the bridge just after you get going again is challenging.

Over the next few km you shoot Sluce weir where the Liffey flows between two walls of 2.5m distance on a bend. It on to Lucan weir where big crowd come out to cheer on the carnage. Lucan weir take a lot of canoes out of the race due to damage on this big weir.

If you are still upright it’s then on to Wrens Nest weir which is another big “A” weir. It can make a K2 look small and the crowd love it. Now feeling confident it is on to the weir that most of us dread. Palmertown big “A” is big and nasty with two big stoppers and lot of back flow. At this stage your body has raced close to 20km and your body is starting to burn and the last thing you want it to get stuck in the stopper and fight to stay afloat.

From there is a long hard paddle over two more weirs and on to the last stretch of 2km of flat water to the finish line where you are cheered by the large crowd that has gathered to witness your achievement.

Many canoe clubs from home and abroad attend the event, returning year after year, adding to the fun and experience of the entire race weekend.

As one who has completed 24 Liffey descents with medals in classes from K2, K1, WW, C1 I have to say having travelled Europe canoeing I would have to say that this race is a must for canoeists.

More information on the Liffey Descent can be found at www.liffeydescent.ie
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!!Ocean Crusaders Quest - Broken Bay 21-22Aug 2021
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A PaddleNSW sanctioned 2-day team event on one of Sydney’s finest waterways designed to challenge both brain and body and to promote better care of our marine environment. Best described as rogaining on water where teams vie for points (and prizes!) on offer gained (and lost) through varying means

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I blame our good friend Richard Barnes for this. Let me explain.... Pre covid we occasionally caught the 288 bus from the city to the Wed TT together and his stories of adventure including his many Bass Strait crossings fascinated me. Roll on last year's Christmas party and I had the fortune of chatting to Adrian Clayton about some of his experiences and asked his advice. This he explained is best learnt by doing short sea kayak trips in the ocean. Adrian then very generously organised this 3 day trip to Broughton Island, his 19th trip there, and put it out to club members. There were 4 LCRK takers in Lee Wright, Mark Hempel, Don Johnstone and myself. In order to round the numbers out Lee's Shark Island paddler mate, Bruce Moller, joined us. This made 4 relative sea kayaking novices with Adrian and Mark being seasoned hands at this so I took on the equipment list, Lee the maps and Don the safety plan. What could possibly go wrong hey...
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I blame our good friend Richard Barnes for this. Let me explain.... Pre covid we occasionally caught the 288 bus from the city to the Wed TT together and his stories of adventure including his many Bass Strait crossings fascinated me. Roll on last year's Christmas party and I had the fortune of chatting to Adrian Clayton about some of his experiences and asked his advice. This he explained is best learnt by doing short sea kayak trips in the ocean. Adrian then very generously organised this 3 day trip to Broughton Island, his 16th trip there, and put it out to club members. There were 4 LCRK takers in Lee Wright, Mark Hempel, Don Johnstone and myself. In order to round the numbers out Lee's Shark Island paddler mate, Bruce Moller, joined us. This made 4 relative sea kayaking novices with Adrian and Mark being seasoned hands at this so I took on the equipment list, Lee the maps and Don the safety plan. What could possibly go wrong hey...
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I blame our good friend Richard Barnes for this. Let me explain.... Pre covid we occasionally caught the 288 bus from the city to the Wed TT together and his stories of adventure including his many Bass Strait crossings fascinated me. Roll on last year's Christmas party and I had the fortune of chatting to Adrian Clayton about some of his experiences and asked his advice. This he explained is best learnt by doing short sea kayak trips in the ocean. Adrian then very generously organised this 3 day trip to Broughton Island, his 19th trip there, and put it out to club members. There were 4 LCRK takers in Lee Wright, Mark Hempel, Don Johnstone and myself. In order to round the numbers out Lee's Shark Island paddler mate, Bruce Moller, joined us. This made 4 relative sea kayaking novices with Adrain and Mark being seasoned hands at this so I took on the equipment list, Lee the maps and Don the safety plan. What could possibly go wrong hey...
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I blame our good friend Richard Barnes for this. Let me explain.... Pre covid we occasionally caught the 288 bus from the city to the Wed TT together and his stories of adventure including his many Bass Strait crossings fascinated me. Roll on last year's Christmas party and I had the fortune of chatting to Adrian Clayton about some of his experiences and asked his advice. This he explained is best learnt by doing short sea kayak trips in the ocean. Adrian then very generously organised this 3 day trip to Broughton Island, his 19th trip there, and put it out to club members. There were 4 LCRK takers in Lee Wright, Mark Hempel, Don Johnstone and myself. In order to round the numbers out Lee's Shark Island paddler mate, Bruce Moller, joined us. This made 4 relative sea kayaking novices with Adrian and Mark being seasoned hands at this so I took on the equipment list, Lee the maps and Don the safety plan. What could possibly go wrong hey...
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The route out we took is the blue one on the track Adrian created after the trip [PHOTOS 1+2]. The green one is what we did in the morning of day 2, the orange one that afternoon, and the red one the return leg on Thursday. We decided not to go around Cabbage Tree Island on the way out as would do that on the way home and we would just maximise the downwinder heading 45 degrees east straight to the island. We did split into 2 when Bruce, Mark and I could not contain ourselves from catching as many runners as possible in lieu of conversation. Time for that later! We all had heaps of fun with a good 12 to 15 knot SW breeze and a nice wind swell pushing us along. Before we knew it Mark was having a look at the cleft passage through Looking Glass Isle but there was too much swell to safely go through. A few minutes later we all regrouped and went round to the campsite and set up shop in no time.
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The route out we took is the blue one on the track Adrian created after the trip. The green one is what we did in the morning of day 2, the orange one that afternoon, and the red one the return leg on Thursday. We decided not to go around Cabbage Tree Island on the way out as would do that on the way home and we would just maximise the downwinder heading 45 degrees east straight to the island. We did split into 2 when Bruce, Mark and I could not contain ourselves from catching as many runners as possible in lieu of conversation. Time for that later! We all had heaps of fun with a good 12 to 15 knot SW breeze and a nice wind swell pushing us along. Before we knew it Mark was having a look at the cleft passage through Looking Glass Isle but there was too much swell to safely go through. A few minutes later we all regrouped and went round to the campsite and set up shop in no time.
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There were no other campers which added to
the experience as did the magnificent sunset that evening. The equipment list may or may not have mandated bringing a drink or two and Don took it upon himself to be the barman once our tents were up [PHOTO 4]. Now to match the bottle to the paddler... we had a bottle of fancy lemon infused gin from the north shore, a fine scotch, spicy rum from some shark infested location, underaged port, award winning cab merlot of a fine vintage and a German inspired Cointreau.
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There were no other campers which added to the experience as did the magnificent sunset that evening. The equipment list may or may not have mandated bringing a drink or two and Don took it upon himself to be the barman once our tents were up. Now to match the bottle to the paddler... we had a bottle of fancy lemon infused gin from the north shore, a fine scotch, spicy rum from some shark infested location, underaged port, award winning cab merlot of a fine vintage and a German inspired Cointreau.
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Day 2 was dead calm at dawn and before long Adrian was analysing the forecasts from several nearby stations to announce that it was going to be more windy than Tuesday with the possibility of SW winds over 15 knots mid morning. The plan was to circumnavigate the archipelago and get going before the wind picked up. Evan at 9am the wind swell was a bit daunting for some of us novices. I was pleased to get around to the leeward side of Little Broughton leaving Adrian and Mark to explore a few sea caves and was more pleased when we found more seacaves on the northern side that we were shown how to back into [PHOTO 5]. It is quite a thrill to go into a cave and feel the swell roll in and out under your boat. After paddling to North Rock the south westerly really picked up and it got very rough. So instead of battling through the waves all the way down the west side of the island Adrian took the wise decision to pull in at back of Broughton and walk to the camp for an early lunch. After a few hours it did die down enough to paddle back to camp and we decided to go through Fishermans Passage as it was high tide and the waves were straight on. Mark tested it out and gave the all clear by waving his paddle once through. Time to swallow hard, feel the adrenaline pumping and just keep paddling through the passage and all the whitewater from the breaking waves. I felt totally safe doing it and once through let out a yelp that was drowned out by the roar of the ocean. Experiences like that is what living is about for me.
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Day 2 was dead calm at dawn and before long Adrian was analysing the forecasts from several nearby stations to announce that it was going to be more windy than Tuesday with the possibility of SW winds over 15 knots mid morning. The plan was to circumnavigate the archipelago and get going before the wind picked up. Evan at 9am the wind swell was a bit daunting for some of us novices. I was pleased to get around to the leeward side of Little Broughton leaving Adrian and Mark to explore a few sea caves and was more pleased when we found more seacaves on the northern side that we were shown how to back into. It is quite a thrill to go into a cave and feel the swell roll in and out under your boat. After paddling to North Rock the south westerly really picked up and it got very rough. So instead of battling through the waves all the way down the west side of the island Adrian took the wise decision to pull in at back of Broughton and walk to the camp for an early lunch. After a few hours it did die down enough to paddle back to camp and we decided to go through Fishermans Passage as it was high tide and the waves were straight on. Mark tested it out and gave the all clear by waving his paddle once through. Time to swallow hard, feel the adrenaline pumping and just keep paddling through the passage and all the whitewater from the breaking waves. I felt totally safe doing it and once through let out a yelp that was drowned out by the roar of the ocean. Experiences like that is what living is about for me.
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!!November 2020 - Reverse HCC to celebrate 19 years of living!
''by Trevor Nichols''\\

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With the HCC cancelled and in a moment of exuberance, Darren Williams mentioned to a few of us that it might be fun to paddle the length of the Hawkesbury socially. Darren found an article from an early HCC when it was once 100 mile, and with the pain of last year’s HCC long forgotten 100 miles seemed like a tremendous plan, so Craig Salkeld, Don Johnstone and Trevor Nichols signed up.

Don and Trevor did a recce paddle in early Oct from Devlin Road at Castlereagh down the Hawkesbury towards Windsor. Well that was the idea.... Because there had not been much rain, the water level was low and they spent a lot of time portaging around rapids and in 2 hours had only paddled as far as the Bells Line of Road bridge where the river becomes tidal! So the plan was changed to start from this bridge and “only” paddle the ~110kms down to Deerubbun Reserve (Mooney Mooney) as going through rapids and portaging with skis was not appealing.

We decided on paddling over 2 days so we could stop overnight to rehydrate and watch the mighty Wallabies in action. Darren found a lovely cabin exactly halfway between Windsor and the finish called Clifftonville Lodge which we highly recommend (''google it - waterfront and road access''). Having dinner from their BBQ area above the river watching the sunset was a highlight. We chose 6th – 7th of Nov as we would still have our fitness from the Morison 50 and it marked the 19th anniversary of Darren’s bone morrow transplant. Being given an 8 month life expectancy due to his Leukaemia diagnosis then a 20% survival chance for the transplant is a good reminder why we need to enjoy the camaraderie, fitness and joy of life on the water that paddling offers us. One drawback of this weekend was the tides were more suited to starting from Mooney Mooney than above Windsor. Luckily Fitz quickly worked this out and suggested we consider doing the event in reverse. Naturally we ignored his advice and continued our planning.

As usual the week before the event involved a lot of text messages between us to finalise planning and to share some excitement / nervous energy. With the pain of the last 25km of paddling into the tide during the Morison still fresh we wisely decided to start at Mooney Mooney. Thanks Fitzy. We even could have a leisurely 9am start to maximise the run in tide.

'''Day 1''' \\
Come Saturday and the conditions were promising with a fairly stiff southerly predicted from mid-day. First stop was at a new cafe in Spencer that has just opened. They do a mean breakie roll even though they are a Thai restaurant- we highly recommend supporting them. After that, we had a nice down-winder and running tide to Wisemans. Just what we all signed up for!! We even had a massive cruiser came past with a swell that would interest ocean paddlers. Don began smiling as he saw the wave and managed to get several bursts of speed as a couple of waves went past. His new GPS told him he reached over 20kmh! He was still grinning by the time we stopped for our next feed at Wisemans. We learnt this weekend that Don is truly a yes man; would you like extra everything on your breakie roll Don? There’s a huge cruiser travelling at 30 knots kicking up a 2m wave Don, should we try to wash ride? We’ve now paddled +100km so Don should we sprint the final few K’s? Don’s answer is always yes!

The final 10km of day 1 was a prelude to day 2. Many ski boats zooming past and a slight head wind. We arrived at Cliftonville just before 4pm where Darren’s wife Anne had arrived with all our bags, cold beer and the finest steaks on offer. Life was good and then the footy started. Life got better for most of us. Darren being a Kiwi knows his rugby and shared with us his views on the ref’s top notch officiating.
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'''Day 2''' \\
After 30 minutes of day 2 we knew we were going to get some serious practice at handling bumpy conditions with all the wake boarders, skiers and lunatics racing their boats along the river. Keeping the paddling line gets somewhat perilous when crossing someone attempting a water speed record. Luckily they are easy to hear coming with not only thundering/wailing inboard/outboards, but also even louder Aussie rock classics. We did a bit of a side trip up the Colo river to regain composure - it looks just beautiful and does not get much boat traffic. Watch this space for a future expedition...

None of us had actually seen the river up to Sackville in daylight so enjoyed that experience. Wasn’t that the tree/boat buoy/reeds I hit that year in the HCC?? After a packed lunch on the beach where the HCC stop is, we continued for the last leg thinking surely the tide will start running soon. It never really did and perhaps some of this was due to flow from recent rains? The boat traffic was nonstop for 30kms making us a bit slow and appreciative of the slog back for all the Morison competitors. We quickly decided to finish at Windsor and not near Richmond at the Bells Line of Road bridge.

Overall a fun weekend with great mates on a beautiful river. Just don’t mention the rugby....
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!!October 2020 - Clarence 100 and more
''by Jeff Hosnell''

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!!!!2020 Recap
What a year 2020 has been I had so much to look forward to National’s and then World’s in Norway teaming up with Rob L-J! but then Covid arrived and our life’s changed, all racing called off, time trials postponed. Duncan and I were lucky we travelled to Albury and Batemans for races early in the year so we had those good memories.

Thanks also to Brett at Australian Paddle Sports for organising the Virtual races to coincide with the cancelled marathon race dates. We at least had something to push ourselves to get better, and a chance to say hi on the water to other paddlers. When on the water I think we all noticed the amount of recreational paddlers on the water, I think the sale of boats must have increased during the lock down.

We finally had a chance to do an actual race in late August at Windsor and we had a good turn out and everyone did there best to limit the contact with others, then we were told Wyong was on 30k’s I was so looking forward to that race then it was cancelled, again we had the virtual race to at least have a go, Duncan and I also did the Gregory River Race as a virtual we received a great Polo and Hat and stubby cooler hopefully next year we will go and do it for real.

Then all the Ultra Marathon Races were cancelled in order Myall, Hawkesbury and finally Clarence, Duncan and I had made our accommodation bookings for Myall and Clarence and decide we would still go and treat them like a race.
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!!!! Myall Classic
Saturday morning start for the Myall we had a good paddle tide coming in and for a few km’s we were flying I was in the front in Zero then the river offered no help so a hard slog to the top turn, during this time I noticed Duncan kept hitting me on the right shoulder I thought it was to go faster but this started happening all the time, so on the return trip we switched spots much better I tried so hard to hit Duncan but couldn’t reach I must lengthen my paddle next time, we were happy with 4.44hrs. Pity no others came up for the weekend.

!!!! Clarence 100
There was a good turnout of Lane Cove Ultra Marathon Paddlers, Brett, James, Wade, Michael, Daniela, Rodrigo, Karen, Annie L-G, Duncan and Jeff. There were about 30 paddlers who came up to race or just to have a paddle. Ben the organiser supplied us the best times to start each day these were very helpful, each day we had 2 start times early for recreational, slower and SUP’s then the faster paddlers 30mins later, at the start one of Ben’s friends from the race organiser’s was there to take names and give us information about the river, he was also at the half way point and finish ticking of names a big thank you.

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Duncan and I decided to paddle a ski instead of Matts Zero, on the Monday before we left we tried the LCRK clubs V10 and Carbonology, I have only paddled a ski once before, after taking each up and back to the top bridge 3kms Duncan wanted the V10 I wanted a challenge so we decided to take the other.

'''Day 1 42kms Copmanhurst to Grafton'''
We were to start with Rodrigo, Daniela and Michael but they didn’t wait for us so they were always 500 meters in front of us. Wade started with Brodie.

Well 40+Kms is a lot different to 4kms, about the 20km mark my left arm was hurting and I was chafing on my lower back, I was pushing back on my seat to try and get leg drive but I couldn’t get any, so the whole 40kms it was all arms.

The conditions were fast and the ski was easy to get speed, but the first day we found it very tippy so lots of slap supports coming in stroke, stroke, slap etc.

Daniela, Rodrigo and Michael had a great paddle although Daniela went a bit hard and Rodrigo and Michael were suffering at the finish as a result.

Brett, James and Brandon in a ski from Wollongong who won it last year started 15mins after us, the conditions were perfect for the K1’s. Their time was so much faster than last year, Brandon did amazingly to stay with them.

That afternoon I sent out a request to our club paddlers on how I can get leg drive and be more comfortable, I had a great response and moved my foot pedals further forward to get off the back seat.

'''Day 2 Grafton to Maclean 44kms'''
We started with Daniela and Rodrigo. Wade, Michael, Brett and James didn’t paddle, again smooth conditions out-going tide but today we had a deep fog you couldn’t see the sides of the river you could only see a few feet in front of the boat this was with us for nearly 10kms, we took the front and Daniela and Rodrigo on either side, it was a very fast paddle straight down the middle, last year we had to hug the banks it was so windy and in-coming tide Duncan and I took nearly 30 minutes off last year’s time. I thought we all had a great paddle but Rodrigo told us later he really struggled - he really wanted to call it a day so many times, he just kept saying to himself another km and then call it a day, then I had trouble with my foot strap and stopped 3 or 4 times - he said that saved him.
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We had such a fun time paddling together Daniela singing Opera and me a couple of Beatles and Queen songs.

'''Day 3 Maclean to Yamba 24kms'''
This leg last year was really bad - strong cross winds in coming tide, lots of capsizes! This year the river was like glass!

Today Michael joined us and we set off at a really fast pace again Duncan and I in front it was really fast hitting 13’s 14’s 4.42min kms splits I have never gone under 5min kms! Again straight down the middle, then Brett and Brandon caught us and Daniela jumped on their wash and it was on, following them pushed us then after 3-4kms Daniela had found it too hard and dropped off their wash. Amazing effort, she had put nearly a km space between us and we couldn’t close the gap. Towards the end there is an island with channels left and right, last year we were told you had to go right, I was always looking where Daniela was going and she would have been following Brett, she went left and we were in that channel and were flying. Duncan wanted to go right and me left - well the boat nearly got split in half but in the end we went left! It was a great choice we were hitting high 13’s the hairy part was we had to go through a narrow break in the storm wall with incoming tide and side chop Rodrigo and Michael could see we were having trouble and gave us plenty of room which helped them because they also found it tricky, after lots of support strokes we got through and hit the finish line 1hr 57 (vs last year 2hrs 20). On this leg we had everyone on the water, SUPs etc, so everyone stayed and supported the boats as they came in!

I would like to make special mention about the paddle Karen H did over the 3 days, she is a new paddler from Manly but comes to Lane Cove often, she had never paddled further than 20kms on her own so to take on the Clarence 100 is truly amazing, on the second day both her hands had large blisters and burst. She was so determined to paddle day 3, the ladies in our group rallied around and got her hands wrapped, Wade volunteered to paddle with her - he said she just kept going averaging around 11kms hr well Done both of you!!!

All in all I have had some great races in 2020 even though they didn’t happen.

!!!!Bring on the Morison 50 Race!!!
I have fond memories of Joan Morison - when I first came from New Zealand I paddled with her club, and she was so kind, she lent me the clubs Canoe and I took my daughter and dog up Woronora river and camped up the gorge for 4 days.


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!!October 2020 - Richard Barnes Q and A
* %newwin%[[Attach:RB-QnA.pdf|Full article (republished from SALT magazine with thanks to NSW Sea Kayak Club)]]
An excerpt of the article below - click on the link above for the full 6 page PDF

''In December this year Richard Barnes is planning to paddle his purpose-built kayak, Blue Moon, out of Sydney Harbour across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. His goal is to be the first person to complete the journey solo and unsupported, and without making landfall on the way. Early in August Richard took the time out between his job and his expedition preparation to answer some questions put to him by your editor about his quest.''

''Richard: Well, I’m coming up to 60 years old. If all goes according to plan I’ll have my 60th birthday alone in the middle of the Tasman Sea. I am a civil engineer by profession. I got introduced to paddling through Venturers within the Scouting movement. I started paddling white water, then tried canoe polo and then got serious about marathons and did my first Hawkesbury Classic in 1981. I’m down to do my 40th HCC this year. In 2014 I did the Yukon 1,000, paddling a double with the legendary Buzz Powell. I’m a member of the Sydney University Canoe Club and we’ve done white water paddling in New Zealand, Nepal, Ecuador and Chile. Sea kayaking came later – a little at first then a sampling in Patagonia and the Antarctic. In 2007. I paddled a Mirage 580 around Tasmania with my very good friend Phil Newman paddling his Greenland kayak....''



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!!Sep 2020 - PNSW Awards
We're delighted to report that two LCRKers have been recognised in the annual PNSW AGM awards. Details below including nominations.

'''Naomi Johnson – PaddleNSW Female Paddler 2019/20'''\\
Naomi had a huge 2019/20. Serious focus on training led to Naomi competing in 2019 as part of the Australian Team at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing China where she paddled a double kayak with Windsor paddler Laura Lee competing against Olympic level female paddlers.
A key local achievement was the 2019 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic seeing Naomi cross the finish line at Mooney Mooney just before 2:45am in an official time of 9hrs 28 mins 55 secs. In doing, so Naomi achieved a number of firsts:-
# Broke the existing HCC Women’s Open K1 record by almost half an hour.
# Set the fastest EVER Women’s time in the HCC’s 43 year history
# Was the fastest finishing woman on the night
# Was fourth fastest single boat on the night (male competitors in first three positions)
# Was fourth fastest on handicap for the night.
Naomi whilst particularly pleased to have set this record is keen to see more female paddlers competing in the HCC and kayak racing generally. Before its’ ultimate cancellation Naomi was instrumental in promotion and publicity for the 2020 HCC event.

Her outstanding achievements in 2019/20 were recognised by Paddle Australia when Naomi was announced PA Open Female Marathon Paddler of the Year, and now leading female paddler in NSW & ACT can be added to the CV.

Naomi had this to say: ''Many thanks are in order for this award, most importantly to Lane Cove for both the nomination and your belief in me throughout last year. I set myself some pretty crazy goals, and it was great to have such an enthusiastic team and cheer squad behind me when the going got tough (and it always does!). I don't think that the Hawkesbury Classic record would have been possible without the club, both for your huge wealth of knowledge, and the buzz that you bring to the night itself. Records and goals aside, paddling is such a fun and community-focused sport, and I really hope that this factor will help it to become even more diverse and vibrant in years to come. And also a big shout-out to Tony H, whose coaching award is incredibly well-deserved. Thanks for your patience, belief in me, pushing my beyond where I felt comfortable, and in the Classic for letting me chill out on your wash most of the way to Wiseman's!''

'''Tony Hystek – PaddleNSW Coach of the Year 2019/20'''\\
Fittingly – Tony Hystek has been recognised for his ongoing Coaching efforts with PNSW Coach of the Year. Below is the nomination.
As a coach, Tony is committed to engaging with the whole range of paddlers at their own level.
He is the regular volunteer coach of Lane Cove’s Tuesday/Friday morning squad, leading a mixed-ability group of up to 16 paddlers with an eye for inclusion and core skill development. In 2019/20, this group has included one open-age Australian representative paddler, high-performing masters, and several who have been paddling for less than two years or are new to K1s.

The camaraderie and sense of team growth fostered in the squad is important for many of these paddlers, giving them a sense of structure in their paddling, and a community who are all committed to improvement.

Outside the squad, Tony is extremely generous with his time, always finding the space to work with a new paddler on basic technique or to work on specific skills with individual club members. Though he has personal paddling goals, he seems to take the greatest pleasure from seeing those around him improve and achieve their goals, and as such is an irreplaceable part of the LCRK paddling community. Congratulations to PNSW Life Member Tony and thank you for all the selfless work you do at club and state level.

Tony provided this reflection on receiving the award: ''Coaching is something that improves over time. I’m grateful that LCRK has given me the time to build up my coaching skills, and the patience to put up with my sessions that may not have been ideal. There is still more work to be one. The camaraderie of the morning squad, and the willingness and gratitude of those individuals who sought specific training has made coaching a very rewarding paddling activity for me. Thank you LCRK.''

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:2020-01TT.jpg|''Above: Coach of the year accompanies Female Paddler of the year - Jan 2020 TT''

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[[#AGM2020]]
!!Sunday 16 Aug - LCRK AGM
* %newwin%[[Attach:AGM2020agenda.pdf|AGM Agenda (1 pg PDF)]]
* %newwin%[[Attach:LCRK_Committee_Nomination_Form_for_2020_2021.pdf|Committee Nomination Form (1 pg PDF)]]

The Annual General Meeting of Lane Cove River Kayakers Incorporated will be held on Sunday 16th August 2020, 11.00am, seated outdoors (to be Covid compliant) in the carpark of the Rotary Athletics Field carpark. Wet weather arrangements are under the canteen shelter. RSVP's are ESSENTIAL - email the Committee

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!!Sun 1 Mar - Clean Up Australia Day - LCRK
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157713326456723|Flickr album - assorted pix]]

Satellite photos of NSW over summer just showed bushfire smoke covering Sydney and the whole east coast. Contrast that with today’s photo that shows a brilliant sparkle bouncing off Lane Cover river because 20 volunteers worked to give our favourite waterway a good scrub.
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Excluding the two wheelie bins collected, there was less “big stuff” to pick up this year on account of previous successful clean up days but the early February flood in the river deposited significant amounts of small items that are just as big a blight on the environment. Some 30 bags of rubbish were extracted from the river banks between Wirong and the 6km turn; unfortunately we could probably pick up another 30 bags if we went back tomorrow.

The biggest job was the 3 hours spent removing the tangle of logs at Fullers bridge. A big thank you to Trevor Nichols who brought his purpose built motor boat and worked with Don Johnstone and Darren and Anne Williams to untangle it all then shift the wood to a location for Maritime to hopefully pick-up. Darren even went home to collect his chainsaw so the big logs could be cut up and moved above the high water mark.

Oscar Cahill and Ian Wrenford concentrated on removing the hundreds of plastic bags high up in the mangroves but only managed to get as far as the first rocks upstream from the pontoon (Fairyland rocks). There is much more to do but that will have to wait to another day. Stay tuned.

Jeff Collins was happy with himself when in the first 15 minutes he found a $5 note in the mangroves near the pontoon. He was ecstatic when he then found a $100 note at another spot. Despite our insistence that he respect the “finders keepers” rule, Jeff graciously donated the $105 to the club. (That story should get more kids along next year.)

Many other volunteers worked tirelessly in the mangroves, the car park and athletics oval to pick up lots of trash. I am sure they all went home with the same feeling of satisfaction that they have when they cross the finish line on Wednesday night time trials.

The crew collected the obligatory car tyres and old rusty fish traps, but plastic in all its forms represented the bulk of the trash. It really is a sad reflection of society, however with our great club’s help much of the rubbish does get removed (around our area anyway). But of course there is more to do.

It was a hot and humid day and not easy work trudging around so it was really appreciated that 20 club members volunteered, and were able to enjoy a hearty BBQ prepared by Justin Paine at the end. The club is grateful to these members who were able to help out … Oscar Cahill, Ian Wrenford, Kenji Ogawa, Duncan Johnstone, Don Johnstone, Trevor Nichols, Darren Williams (and wife Anne), Justin Paine, Jeff Collins, Matt Swann, Tony Hystek, Rodrigo Matamala, Paul Gibson, Jeff Tonazzi, Merry Sugiarto, Wade Rowston, Peter Manley, Naomi Johnson and Chris Johnson.

Thanks to Willoughby Council for attending to the truckload of rubbish now near the amenities block and of course a RIP to Ian Kiernan – founder of Clean Up Australia – who died in October 2018 but whose legacy lives on.

Until next year (or until the next call up to finish what we started) …

John Duffy
Site Supervisor


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!!Sun16 Feb - Oura to Wagga Bidgeee Bash
*%newwin%[[https://vic.paddle.org.au/|Further info)]]
Quoting from their website:
''The iconic Oura to Wagga Bidgee Bash is back after ten years!

Quoting from WCC FB post: ''Well, the Oura to Wagga race has been run for 2020, albeit after the course was altered after the river dropped around 80cm in the last couple of days. Although we had smallish numbers, it was pleasing to see those that attended enjoy themselves despite the low water.''

''The Mitta Mitta club had the most members represent their club out of the visiting clubs, and their members performed admirably, with Russell Wood and Emma Flower being the fastest male and female respectively.''

''A very big thankyou for all those that took the time and effort to take part. It's the visitors that make events like this worthwhile and the Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club very much appreciates your involvement. There were plently of volunteers who made the day possible, who also deserve our gratitude. Thankyou to all.''


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!!Sat 11 Jan - 20 Groynes (Dolls Point Paddlers)
*%newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=205154&fbclid=IwAR3gmoHs59k1P2ZLbPcWdKy3ZmatmCXuCIOcdjFrsnGE2sT2YbbNFKgLxqA|Entries via Webscorer (open)]]
%maroon%Thanks to the generosity of Dolls Point Paddlers and the Sutherland Shire Canoe Club, all proceeds from this Saturday's 20 Groynes Race will go to bushfire affected communities on the South Coast.

The detail below is copied from the Entry Page[[<<]]
''Welcome to the second running of the "Dolls Point 20 Groynes", ......a Community Paddling event.''

''The "20 Groynes" is a Community Paddling event, run this year over 4 hours, offering a paddling challenge on the ever changing waters of Botany Bay, where competitors will paddle a 4 kilometre lap course, completing as many (or as few) laps as possible within the four hour period.''

''Paddlers should expect to pass at least twenty (20) of the infamous Botany Bay 'Groynes' each hour.''

''This is intended as a 'fun' event, and paddlers of all craft and ages are encouraged to enter.''

''You can paddle the full distance/time on your own, or you can get a few mates together, have a bit of fun, and paddle the event as a Relay.''

''Relay Teams can be any combination of boats/gender/ages (Singles, Doubles, Combination)''

''As an example, in the "Relay" category, it is absolutely acceptable to enter a Team made up of combination of OC6's, OC2's and Ski's, and even SUP's, paddled by a mix of ages and genders.''

''You must nominate a Team Name in your entry, whether you are a Team of 1, or a Team of 20.
It is important that in Teams of more than 1, that ALL paddlers enter EXACTLY the same Team Name.''

''Your Entry Fee also includes a drink in the bar at the Georges River 16' Sailing Club afterwards, where the Presentations will be made while we all enjoy a few laughs and swap some tall tales.''

''All entries close at midnight Thursday 9th January.''

''Paddler Check-in from 7:00am on race day, and Race Start at 8:00am.''

''Presentations, Drinks and Lunch in the bar from 12:45pm.''

'''PARKING'''

%maroon%''A dedicated parking area has been provided for this event, and is accessed via McMillan Avenue, Sandringham. Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park. It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.''

''A Parking Permit will be provided to you when you enter the McMillan Ave car park''


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!!Massive Murray Paddle 18-22 Nov 2019
*%newwin%[[https://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/|Massive Murray website]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/mmp50|MMP progressive Results (webscorer)]]
*%newwin%[[Attach:MMP18-susanwilliams.pdf|MMP18 report - by visiting US paddler Susan Williams - 9 pages!]]

Quoting the MMP website: ''The Massive Murray Paddle is an amazing 5 day paddling adventure & paddling race, that raises funds to assist local charities or community-driven programs. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Massive Murray Paddle this year in November''

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More sooooooon......
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!! October - ICF Marathon World Championships
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/xfcvMQtFaE4|Youtube streaming of Naomi/Laura - jump to 8h 44m for their event start)]]
* %newwin%[[http://shaoxing2019.spotfokus.com/|Results]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.canoeicf.com/|Planet Canoe website - lots of info including links to above]]

Race report by Naomi Johnson

One thing I’ve learned in spades this year is that there’s a big difference between a race lead-up and the lead-up to a BIG DEAL race. And, having done a bit better than expected at Australian Marathon Nationals, the biggest and in many ways scariest race of my life was the Open Women’s K2 at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China on October 20th. With months of solid training under our belts, doubles partner Laura Lee and I knew we were lining up with the fastest marathoners in the world. No matter how you look at that, it’s a tiny bit daunting!

In many ways it was a relief to actually get on the plane to begin the tour proper. It meant I had already sorted my visa, ticked off all my gym sessions, put Alanna’s lovely K2 in a China-bound container, booked this and that, and paddled my way through a winter of very chilly mornings out on Lane Cove river. I was in the best shape of my life strength and fitness-wise, and the improvements I’ve made as a paddler this year have both surprised and delighted me. With a rousing send-off from LCRK the night before, I finally felt like I had earned the right to wear my Aus team tracksuit pants on the plane. It was the right choice – those things are very comfy!

Two flights, an Aussie gang at Hong Kong airport and a late-night bus ride later, and we were at the Shaoxing Holiday Inn, our home base for the next week and a half. I was sharing with VIC-based C1 paddler Reka Abraham in a room that looked like it might have been designed for the younger age group, but with a nice skyline view of the modern part of Shaoxing. The World Champs course was a shuttle bus ride away, or a 40-min walk when one got sick of trying to predict shuttle bus times!

%float width=650px%Attach:191010worlds.jpg|Above: the Australian Masters contingent (photo-bombed by Naomi) at the ICF Worlds (photo: Australian Paddle Sports).

Everyone was keen to get on the water and check out the course. Not paddling singles, I managed to borrow a boat from team manager Max, though by the time I’d by the time I’d got my head around the pedals Laura and Daniela had taken off and my first trip out was solo. Not at all sure of the course and its various bridges, I managed to take a wrong turn under a bridge that was very much off-course and had a rather confusing lap around a canal bordered by small allotments. Back on the correct canal for the race, I was rather pleased to find it wasn’t quite as scary as the map made out. Yes, there were some rather tight bridges, and a few more of them than shown on Google Earth a few weeks ago (!!), but at least there was always a choice of arches, and water to spread out on in between. My resolution for the rest of the week was to avoid pedal steering at all costs!

Masters raced singles on the Monday and doubles on the Tuesday, with the Australian Masters team the biggest and loudest of the lot. It was a pity that more hype wasn’t made of this part of the event, with the Chinese organisers still in the process of finishing off the venue and basically using the Masters paddlers as course guinea-pigs. The singles racing saw four starts of K1s and C1s, with paddlers ranging from 35+ to those in their 70s. While the men’s races, particularly those in the 45-65 range were well-populated, many of the others were not, especially the women’s classes. Worthy of a mention was the Men’s 55-59 K1 race, with no fewer than seven Australians among the 12 starters! Brett Greenwood took out the gold medal with a solid lead on the field.

Among those in contention for the most races of the competition, Laura paddled to a decisive win in her 40-44 K1 race, while Daniela fought right to the finish line with a South African paddler to take out silver in the 50-54 class. It was great to watch the energy and enthusiasm of all the paddlers, as well as paying close attention to the course and the way they dealt with the various buoys and bridges. Then it was time for the Masters to make last-minute adjustments to doubles before an early night, and for me to sneak out in Laura’s K1 for a bit of paddling myself.

By Tuesday, there was finally some clarity about when finish line and short-course buoys were in play, and yes, all the Masters K2s could go through the finish line buoys on their first lap (it would’ve made sense if you were there)! Along with a solid contingent of all-Australian K2s, a couple of paddlers took up last minute offers of international partnerships – when at the World Championships, why not paddle? Laura and Daniela were undeterred at being the sole paddlers in the Women’s 40-44 K2, setting themselves up as the fastest women’s crew and paddling a solid raced despite having only been out in Alanna’s K2 the afternoon before! Brett G teamed up with Brett MacDonald from WA to win gold in the Men’s 50-54 K2.

%float width=650px%Attach:Shaoxing_Masters_K2.jpg|Above: Laura and Daniela ready to race! (Photo: Naomi J)

Paddling in NSW where most of the paddlers are of a masterly age, I spent most of the first half of the China trip hanging out with the Masters paddlers, doubly useful since they had worked out where the good coffee was! So naturally I ended up at the Masters ‘after-party’ on the Tuesday evening before undertaking any racing at all! We all trekked out to a hot-pot restaurant around the corner from the hotel, where each table was presented with two steaming bowls of hot spicy liquid in which to cook our selection of meat and vegetables. It was lots of fun to sample the various skewers of lotus root, unknown veggies and tofu (being vegetarian, I didn’t make a beeline for the unknown meat!), though the general consensus was that we might need some local knowledge to bring out all the different flavours. I noticed I was the only one dunking my veggies in the spicier of the two soup options!

Wednesday, and I was able to tick ‘has attended an opening ceremony as one of the athletes’ as one of my new experiences for the year. With an impressive stage set up beside the main lake, we were treated to speeches, videos about Shaoxing, and theatre and dance spectacles that showcased the local culture. One of the most interesting features of the region is a small canal boat that the oarsman powers not with his hands but with an oar attached to his foot. A second short oar out the back is used only for steering. Far from looking cumbersome, the wizened old boatmen made it look ridiculously easy – one even managed to play a short flute with his spare hand!

That evening, I ended up attended the team managers dinner, a ‘rice wine tasting’ at the more upmarket of the two competition hotels. Clearly designed to impress the team managers, ICF officials and other ‘important’ people, the dinner had some twelve courses of creatively presented food (quite a lot of meat, quite a few soups), with each new course seeming to come out the moment we had finished the previous one. The little old Chinese ladies busily changing over courses were also keen for us to drink as much rice wine as possible, and it seemed to cause mild offence that I stuck with Sprite. Dipping a finger in the rice wine, and it tasted like thin port with a slightly bitter aftertaste – not necessarily something I will be looking out for in the future!

Competition began early on Thursday morning, but Laura and I were out earlier, catching the first shuttle bus to arrive at the venue for 6:40am. With almost back-to-back races, early in the morning was the only sanctioned time to train on the course, and we wanted some solid time in the boat together now that Laura’s Masters commitments were over. Out onto the glassy lake, round the canal and under tight bridges. Was this the best line through here? How shallow did the water get around that corner? Nope, that’s a rock.
For the rest of the day, we were treated to the U/18 K1 races and then the Open Short Course Marathon. Despite my reservations about whether Short Course is really marathon, the 3.5km race with two portages is certainly an exciting addition to the marathon championships. It’s fast and furious, favouring paddlers with a keen eye for tactics, excellent portaging skills, and the speed to keep them in the game. Aussies Kate Leverett and Josh Kippin finished 7th and 6th respectively in their short course races, giving the team a great buzz to round off the first day of competition.

%float width=320x%Attach:Shaoxing_Temple.jpg|Above: There have always got to be a few touristy moments! (Photo: Laura Lee)

Along with Hungary and Spain, China was the third country to field a full complement of paddlers in every event. We had been watching these paddlers with interest throughout our training paddles – while China doesn’t have a particularly strong history in marathon kayaking (read: one or two paddlers at a World Champs, ever!), they are also known for stringent training and a lot of money put into sports they want to excel in. We had also heard that most of the squad were sprint paddlers rather than marathon, witnessing an early morning portage session which looked like the first time some of the team had ever tried to exit the boat at speed. Given that, the Chinese paddlers did surprisingly well in the U/18 races, going out very hard and sometimes managing to hang in the top five or ten right to the end. They even took out two bronze medals in the U/18 C1 events! All the paddlers were tall, with tiny hips and big shoulders, not just in a way that says many paddlers look like that, but in a way that says they had been selected for that look, probably rather young.

Day two, and I was sick of sitting around and ready to race. Arriving so early and not racing until the very last day meant a lot of time to paddle on the course, but also a lot of time sitting around watching everyone else race. It was great to watch the tactics involved, especially as racing started to move up the age groups. The grand stands had a huge screen set up with the live stream, so that we could watch paddlers travel round the course and then cheer them on in real life as they came hurtling through the portage. This really was a standard of racing beyond anything I’d seen in Australia.

Day three, and I was trying to convince myself that the butterflies were excitement and not gradually mounting nerves! The Open K1 races were fabulous to watch, showing the strength, stamina and race savvy of the world’s very best paddlers. Kate Leverett hung on in her K1 race to finish a fabulous 5th, while the Hungarian woman again took out the gold and silver medals. The Men’s K1 came down to a hair-raising final portage and sprint that had the whole grand stand on its feet cheering for a young Dane Mads Pedersen (he also won the U/23s!) to hold off paddling veteran Andy Birkett from South Africa. As for me…I felt strong, fit and as ready as I could be, but some of these people were from a different planet! The start, a focus of my own personal anxiety, was dancing around in my mind. We had been seeded right on the end of the pontoon, so while there were fewer wash choices we could also head up the side with relatively flat water. But I still hadn’t experienced the feeling of being snuggled up close to all the other boats with someone firmly holding your tail. Early dinner, final race plan in place, kit laid out and checked for the next morning, then me and my butterflies headed for bed.

%float width=650px%Attach:Shaoxing_Race.jpg|Above: Absolute focus! (Photo: Carolyn J. Cooper)

Race morning arrived with a strange sense of calm. I finally unpacked my one serve of oats (be prepared not to get along with hotel breakfasts) and we headed over to the course with plenty of time to get everything organised. The weather was warm and a bit humid, nothing too extreme though it would pay to be well-hydrated. We caught the shuttle bus (happily on time) to the venue in time for the final laps of the Open Men’s C2 and with plenty of time to get organised. Perhaps too much time – I was a bundle of bouncy excited energy next to Laura’s meditative calm. It felt surreal to pin a racing bib to my Australian team singlet, to go through the final checks and then have a tracker fitted to the back of the boat as we headed to the water for our warm-up.

With out spot on the end of the start pontoon nice and accessible, we ended up backing in almost the moment that we were called up. Looking down the line of boats and paddles, I felt at once terrified and excited to be sitting on the start line with such a stellar line-up of women. Hungary, Spain, South Africa, France, so many of the big names in marathon paddling.

Then it was “Ready, Go” and we were off in one collective surge. My eyes were fixed on Laura’s back, trying to be a perfect mirror of motion coupled with as much strength as I could possibly muster. We were in the fray of the wash waves, trying to keep powering forwards while looking for a spot in a pack. One moment you’re there, and then you’re a boat length behind looking for the next best option. But the first turn – a long sweep round to the right – we were sitting a boat length or so behind the Swedish crew, with most of the other boats forming into two packs a little further ahead. We settled in for the chase, eyeing up how much water was between us and the Swedes. Were they forming up into a pack with a Chinese crew and the other Aussies Bec and Hannah? Or was that group falling apart?

Round into the canals for the first time, through the bridges and round the pre-planned corners. We could definitely catch that Swedish boat! Locals on the bank called out “Jai-yo, Jai-yo”, which several days of competition had taught us meant “Come on, come on”. Out of the canal and round the back of the island and Laura kept us tight into the bank. Two more bridges, another turn to the right, and we were approaching the first of our six portage. Running through the lanes in front of the grandstand felt like something else, with the assembled crowd shouting and cheering. “Go Australia”, “Go girls” spurred us on as we got back in and refocused for the next lap.

With so many laps of the course to get through, my memory of the blow-by-blow from here gets a bit foggy. I think we caught the Swedish pair a couple of hundred metres before the next portage, arriving into the pontoon with them before they sprinted off at speeds unknown to my legs. But then again, it might have been the portage after that. It was becoming clear that we had a very slight edge on them in terms of marathon grind, but that their portages were far slicker, and they wanted to catch the Chinese boat just in front. Portage four and I grabbed a gel. Was that the one where we overtook the Chinese crew as well? They were fading, particularly clear in their attention to detail on the portage pontoons, but the Swedish girls were proving harder to pull in.

The penultimate portage and we were both feeling the burn and still focused. My exits were becoming decidedly less graceful, but we were on track for a solid time and enjoying ourselves in the boat. The Swedish crew seemed to have final burst of energy, opening up the gap between us again. Despite having eyeballed them for almost two hours, we were destined to finish behind the identical pairs of blonde braids! As we rounded a corner just before the canal entrance, we were within spitting distance of the front end of the pack and their final short lap.

Through the canal one more time, round the back of the island and into the final portage. The venue played ‘The Final Countdown’ as paddlers ran through the portage lane for the last time, and suddenly it was us running through, cheered on by the crowd. We had agreed to sprint at the end no matter where we were or how we were feeling, and yet as we jumped back in the boat at (finally) the second exit pontoon the distance to go felt like the longest yet. 350m up to the short lap turn buoy, then eyes fixed on the finish line, and with 200m to go we threw everything at a final sprint. We finished 12th out of 15 boats, about 12 minutes behind the Hungarian crew that won. I couldn’t stop smiling!

The journey to China and the World Championships this year has been a huge challenge and yet so much fun. Jumping in a boat with Laura has taught me a huge amount about paddling and been a wonderful new friendship. I hope the partnership will continue! Tony H’s commitment and enthusiasm as a coach has been second to none, and the generosity of Lane Cove paddlers and committee in supporting this venture has made me feel so very loved. Alanna’s lovely K2 has been an integral part of the team, journeying with us to Nationals and then China by much longer routes than we ourselves took. It feels awesome, almost surreal to wear the green and gold to paddle for my country, and this race is something I will hold with me for a very long time.

%float width=650px%Attach:191020finish.jpg|Above: Laura and Naomi at the finish - a great effort! (Screen snip from live Youtube stream)

%float width=650px%Attach:191020results.jpg|Above: results for the Womens K2 (from Planet Canoe)

%float width=650px%Attach:191021worlds.jpg|Above: results for the AU Open, U/23 & U/18 squad at Marathon Worlds


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!!October - the Spirit of Kayaking - Justin Paine
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!!14 Sep - PNSW AGM

Notice is hereby given that the 71st Annual General Meeting of Paddle NSW shall be held on Saturday, 14th September 2019 at River Canoe Club of NSW, Richardsons Crescent, Tempe, commencing at 3:30pm sharp.
Members are most welcome to attend.

For catering purposes, please notify the State Office of your intention to attend no later than Friday, 6th September.
Email – admin@paddleNSW.org.au
Phone – (02) 8736 1254


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!!10 Aug - MHYC Spit to the Zoo
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=190581|RESULTS (via webscorer)]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.mhyc.com.au/events/latest-news/1501-2019-spit-to-zoo-paddle|MHYC Race Report]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157710228539326|150+ Pix on LCRK Flickr - thanks to Marg Fraser-Martin!]]

%lfloat width=650px%Attach:190810s2z-results.jpg|Above: Results for LCRKers and regular TTers
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:190810s2z-triple.jpg|Above: James, James and Brett - winning combo Male long distance (Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin)
Welcome to The 2019 Spit to the Zoo Race, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (assisted by SIP)
This is NOT a PNSW Harbour Series event. It is sanctioned by PNSW but you must be a member of PNSW or be covered by a PNSW Day License or a member of Australian Sailing or SLSA to enter.

Spit to the Zoo Race takes place wholly within the enclosed waters of Port Jackson / Sydney Harbour.
Long Course ~ 16km
Short Course ~ 8km
Long Course paddlers must be able to cover 9km within an hour or risk being DNF. Pls enter Short if unsure.
In the event of heavy weather we may elect to run the Long Course as 2 laps of the Short Course in the more sheltered waters of Middle Harbour.

Several Wave starts (Long / Short / Doubles).
Deep Water Start.
The finish is between a buoy and the Marina Arm at MHYC for all divisions.

Race notes:

PFDs to be worn by ALL paddlers in this event.
Leg Leashes to be available for use on the day for all paddlers in this event. Race Director will make call on day if to be worn. SUPs to wear Leashes.

Standard Entries are $35 per paddler and close at midnight on Tuesday 6th August
Late Entries are $45 per paddler .

All entries close at midnight on Thurs 8th August

There will be No On-The-Day Entries

Paddler Registration is compulsory on site from 7am to 8am.
All paddlers MUST attend Registration to be checked in to the race. No Rego = No Result (DNS)
Race Briefing - 8:30 am.
Race Start - 9:00 am.

Trophies / Awards / Prizes from our generous sponsors may include:
- Surfski purchase discount vouchers;
- Paddling gear, accessories & apparel
- Medals for Divisional Categories >4 entrants.

Other Long Course prizes awarded on the day eg:
1st Double (M / F / Mixed)
1st OC1 (M / F)
1st SUP (M / F)
1st Sea Kayak (M / F)
Lucky Draw prizes for all entrants
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[[#AVON2019]]
!! 3-4 August Avon Descent
* %newwin%[[http://bluechipresults.com.au/Results.aspx?CId=11&RId=1281&EId=2|Avon 2019 Results]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.avondescent.com.au/|Avon Descent home page]]

A snippet from Anjie Lees (ex FB): ''Definitely been a tough Avon. 1 paddle lost and 2 paddles broken. 2 holes in the boat fibreglassed last night (special Thank you to Byron from Albany Surf Club) another big one today and I have had no other choice than to pull out just before Emu Falls this morning. Super tough year with very low water levels meant I portaged probably 50 times yesterday meaning I missed the last checkpoint by 3 mins. So awesome to get back in this morning cant wait to see some pics from this morning''

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[[#AGM2019]]
!! 26 July - LCRK AGM and Social Evening - Willoughby Hotel
LCRK's AGM for the year ended 30 June 2019 was held at Willoughby Hotel, 315 Penshurst St, North Willoughby on Friday Jul 26, 2019.

The venue for 2019 was a switch from prior years with a more informal event and a really good vibe in private upstairs rooms at the Willoughby Hotel. Food orders from the Bistro required a bit of upstairs/downstairs exercise but didn't seem to cause any issues - and the Hotel was very accommodating with our needs.

The formal part of the evening was the AGM. Alanna Ewin provided an excellent Presidents report for the 2018-19 year (shortened version to go in the PNSW Annual Report), and Ian Wrenford an update on the Clubs financial position. In general business there was some discussion on the prospects for future redevelopment of the Athletics Field buildings. The 2018-19 Committee were stood down with elections then held for the 2019-20 Committee. Your Executive Committee for 2019-20 comprises Alanna Ewin as President, Rich Yates for Vice, Wade Rowston is Secretary and Ian Wrenford as Treasurer. Also on the Committee are Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Tracey Hansford, Duncan Johnstone and new for this year Trevor Nicholls and Grant Kretzmann.

Naomi Johnson, with the support of the Committee was running a fundraising raffle to support her upcoming trip to the Marathon World Championships in China. Naomi was well pleased with the result and provided the following: ''Thanks so much to all who took part in my raffle, raising some money to help me get to the World Marathon Championships in Shaoxing, China this October. I was really blown away by everyone's enthusiasm for my goal, and their generosity in supporting it. The raffle raised $425, which was a lot more than I was expecting! With the Committee's offer to match anything I raised up to $500, the total from last night comes to $850. This will cover my team uniform ($298), visa ($109), the Paddle Australia tour admin fee ($200) and probably boat transport costs as well! (We're still waiting on a quote for the boats) The World Champs are now three months away, and I'm feeling really excited to keep training hard and make LCRK proud!''

Richard Barnes provided an update on his planning for a non-stop, unassisted paddle across the Tasman Sea in 2020 - including progress on his much-modified double Mirage. There was plenty of interest from attendees.

A lucky door prize (well, prizes!) was on offer including a $200 voucher for Prokayaks (funded by both the $5 registration fee, and a Prokayaks contribution). David Young had the winning ticket and a big smile.

Thanks to the Willoughby Hotel for helping us make the event 'work' - there's been plenty of positive feedback all round.

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[[#threerivers]]
!! 11 August - Three Rivers Challenge - Port Macquarie
* %newwin%[[https://www.revolutionise.com.au/pmrc/events/40679/|More info, registrations et]]
(Looks like circa 20km - will try and find out exactly...)

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[[#lcss]]
!!Sat 4 May - Lane Cove Seaside Scavenge
* %newwin%[[https://www.seasidescavenge.org/upcoming-scavenges/2019/5/4/lane-cove-seaside-scavenge|Lane Cove Seaside Scavenge info]]
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!''

[[#mwkc10000]]
!!Sat 4 May - MWKC State 10,000m Challenge
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=178673|Results (via webscorer)]]

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 mwkcpresident@gmail.com 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).

[[#rubyk1]]
!!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.

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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''.

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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.

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[[#cuad19]]
!!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.

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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.

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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.

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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


[[#ellanz19]]
!!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)

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[[#makai19]]
!!9 Feb - Makai Cup

* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=169072&fbclid=IwAR3_jX8CQvJwLWFCTS26zIkRx8gu2f7mvixt26DhscRTh2O-IcR2mhWhBDg|Makai Cup results (webscorer)]]

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.

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[[#white19]]
!!2-3 Feb - Whitewater Weekend - Childowlah
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157706581620514|100 pix, 4 videos on Flickr]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/naFOJHesNqA|Youtube video - from Anjie's headcam]]

'''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.

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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.

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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?


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[[#ccup19]]
!!Sat 26 Jan - Cockatoo Cupcake Cup
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=167487|Results - via Webscorer]]

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).
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[[#Groynes]]
!!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!).

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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."''

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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.

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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!!!

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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.
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[[#MWKCSS]]
!!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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[[#broughton21]]
!!Broughton Island Kayak Trip
by Trevor Nichols\\
I blame our good friend Richard Barnes for this. Let me explain.... Pre covid we occasionally caught the 288 bus from the city to the Wed TT together and his stories of adventure including his many Bass Strait crossings fascinated me. Roll on last year's Christmas party and I had the fortune of chatting to Adrian Clayton about some of his experiences and asked his advice. This he explained is best learnt by doing short sea kayak trips in the ocean. Adrian then very generously organised this 3 day trip to Broughton Island, his 19th trip there, and put it out to club members. There were 4 LCRK takers in Lee Wright, Mark Hempel, Don Johnstone and myself. In order to round the numbers out Lee's Shark Island paddler mate, Bruce Moller, joined us. This made 4 relative sea kayaking novices with Adrain and Mark being seasoned hands at this so I took on the equipment list, Lee the maps and Don the safety plan. What could possibly go wrong hey...

In the days leading up to it we got a favourable weather forecast with no rain and ok winds from the SW and a lovely NW wind to bring us home on day 3 so it was all systems go. We met up at Jimmys Beach at Hawks Nest last Tue at 10am with a departure at 11am. It is only a short distance from the car park to the beach but with so much gear this took longer than planned. It is simply amazing how much one can put into a kayak. Was great to see Adrian in action calling Marine Rescue to log our trip, check the winds for the duration of the crossing and brief us on the departure, arrival point, alternate exits, instructions to follow on the water and fun sights to look out for. Mark and Adrian then agreed a channel for their VHF radios and we were off.

The route out we took is the blue one on the track Adrian created after the trip [PHOTOS 1+2]. The green one is what we did in the morning of day 2, the orange one that afternoon, and the red one the return leg on Thursday. We decided not to go around Cabbage Tree Island on the way out as would do that on the way home and we would just maximise the downwinder heading 45 degrees east straight to the island. We did split into 2 when Bruce, Mark and I could not contain ourselves from catching as many runners as possible in lieu of conversation. Time for that later! We all had heaps of fun with a good 12 to 15 knot SW breeze and a nice wind swell pushing us along. Before we knew it Mark was having a look at the cleft passage through Looking Glass Isle but there was too much swell to safely go through. A few minutes later we all regrouped and went round to the campsite and set up shop in no time.

There were no other campers which added to the experience as did the magnificent sunset that evening [PHOTO 3]. The equipment list may or may not have mandated bringing a drink or two and Don took it upon himself to be the barman once our tents were up [PHOTO 4]. Now to match the bottle to the paddler... we had a bottle of fancy lemon infused gin from the north shore, a fine scotch, spicy rum from some shark infested location, underaged port, award winning cab merlot of a fine vintage and a German inspired Cointreau.

Day 2 was dead calm at dawn and before long Adrian was analysing the forecasts from several nearby stations to announce that it was going to be more windy than Tuesday with the possibility of SW winds over 15 knots mid morning. The plan was to circumnavigate the archipelago and get going before the wind picked up. Evan at 9am the wind swell was a bit daunting for some of us novices. I was pleased to get around to the leeward side of Little Broughton leaving Adrian and Mark to explore a few sea caves and was more pleased when we found more seacaves on the northern side that we were shown how to back into [PHOTO 5]. It is quite a thrill to go into a cave and feel the swell roll in and out under your boat. After paddling to North Rock the south westerly really picked up and it got very rough. So instead of battling through the waves all the way down the west side of the island Adrian took the wise decision to pull in at back of Broughton and walk to the camp for an early lunch. After a few hours it did die down enough to paddle back to camp and we decided to go through Fishermans Passage as it was high tide and the waves were straight on. Mark tested it out and gave the all clear by waving his paddle once through. Time to swallow hard, feel the adrenaline pumping and just keep paddling through the passage and all the whitewater from the breaking waves. I felt totally safe doing it and once through let out a yelp that was drowned out by the roar of the ocean. Experiences like that is what living is about for me.

No amazing sun set on day 2 but we did have a magnificent view of the stars whilst we polished off our nibbles, dinner and a drink or two whilst collectively solving all the world's paddling troubles! I recall the only bit of contention being where the next trip will be to as we are spoilt for choice in God's country.

The wind stayed from the SW unfortunately for the trip home so had a slog straight into wind that ranged from 11 to 15 knots. It was again too rough to go through the cleft so that is one still on my bucket list as have seen some footage on YouTube of it. I made a novice error in packing my windbreaker out of easy reach and got cold but the cameraderie and sights of turtles, seals, a small shark and dolphins made the 3.5 hours go by quickly. One slight hiccup was when Mark and I, who were ahead of the others, pulled up about 500m too far south of the exit at Bennets Beach. This made the logistics of getting our gear into our cars tricky but if that is the worst of any trip I would take it upfront.

Ok the beverages belonged to Don, Lee, Bruce, Trevor, Adrian and Mark respectively. And yes they did make it through night one I remember correctly.....
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!!LCRK/MWKC Self rescue and assisted rescue training day 11 April
LCRK and MWKC are combining forces to present a fun day of competition, food and instruction, based at the MWKC clubhouse. The programme is as follows:
* 8.00-8.15am: Arrive at MWKC clubhouse, register for timetrial
* 8.30am MWKC timetrial from clubhouse, scratch start approx. 12km.
* 9.45am: BBQ breakfast at clubhouse
* 10.15am: Group introductory session and breakout planning at clubhouse
* 10.30am: Breakout groups paddle to training areas and get wet
* 11.45-12.00am: Session concludes

The breakout sessions will be in two groups, Kayaks and Skis.
* Each group will be limited to 16 paddlers maximum; it will be busy but a whole lot of fun.
* As always, the better our training, the better overall paddlers we will become.
* And the fear of falling out won’t be such a deterrent to trying out new boats.

''Part 1: Rescue Session Introduction'''\\
An introduction to the concept of safety on the water, self-rescue, and assisting others.

'''Part 2: Assisted Rescue and Self Rescue : 1 hour'''\\
We will learn basic self-rescue or remount skills close to shore, and do assisted rescue and self-rescue in pairs, each paddler assisting the other in turn. Those who really excel will be able to get back into their K1 unassisted! Everyone will be able to get back on their ski unassisted!
If you are bringing your own K1, please ensure it has sufficient buoyancy to stay afloat and support you when full of water, and also that the deck behind the cockpit is supported by a foam spine to prevent it collapsing. We will have blocks of foam on site if you need some.

The assistance of any who have attended the previous self-rescue day would be greatly appreciated, and who knows, you may even need a ‘refresher’

Lifejackets are mandatory, and paddle footwear highly recommended.

Bring:
* lifejacket
* paddle (we will have spares)
* your boat to practice rescues
* water shoes/booties - low profile to fit into K boats
* sunscreen and hat
* legleash for skis
Both kayaks and skis will practice alerting rescuers, and methods of best preparing for rescue.

'''Ski Session'''\\
The breakout session for Skis will give options for self-rescue and assisted rescue. Additional focus will be on managing rough water. Leg leashes are mandatory, and instruction will be given in correct remount procedures while using leg leashes.

'''Kayak Session'''\\
This will involve minimising water ingress after capsize, preparing your craft for self-rescue, and methods of self-rescue without remount. Additionally, assisted rescue techniques will be practiced, where you will be assisted and then you will assist others. Finally, some will attempt remount in one of several techniques. Those in sea or touring style kayaks and with spray skirts can even try eskimo roll training. You will need goggles (swim or snorkel) and a nose plug.
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!!March 2021 - Clean Up Australia Day #15
Like cockroaches scattering when the lights turn on, 21 Lane Cove members scurried in all directions as part of Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday. Downstream from the footbridge on both sides, the hard-to-get-to-nook downstream from the timekeepers, the not-often scouted far bank opposite the pontoon and upstream as far as Wirong, the worker bees bent down thousands of times to collect the rubbish and ferry the bags back to base. The car park, athletics area and gutters near the shed also got their share of attention. The end result? 130kg of junk that inexplicably founds its way into the river or communal areas that is now no chance of clogging up our favourite waterway.

There were less plastic bags on account of new supermarket rules and probably less plastic bottles on account of previous clean-up visits, but any enthusiasm that things are getting better was dampened by the appearance of the usual milk crates, rusting steel dumped on the banks and ubiquitous styrofoam. There was no cash discovered this year and perhaps the most peculiar item was a swag of faded letters for postage delivery (no sign of the postie or their bike) located by Dave Hammond and son Thomas. And after years of false hopes, this year we actually did locate two time trial number boards for the first time (92 & 112).
The morning was topped off again by chef Justin Paine (and Kenji Ogawa 2IC) with a complementary BBQ brunch.

CUA at LCRK has been running for at least 15 years, and judging by Sunday’s enthusiasm I gather it has at least another 15 years to run.

Thank to all who were able to help, with many backing up from the Windsor marathon the day before; Wade Rowston, Merry Sugiarto, Rodrigo Matamala, Trevor Nichols, Richard, Alex and Ben Yates, Naomi Johnson, Duncan Johnstone, Chris and Robert Johnson, Ian Wrenford, Dave and Thomas Hammond, Lee Wright, Li Xin, Jeff and Laura Hosnell, Justin Paine, and Kenji Ogawa. My apologies if I missed anybody from the list.

John Duffy
LCRK President and CUA Co-ordinator
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%maroon%'''Paddlenote:''' The K4 course runs downstream around the 12km turn pin, but then keeps going around the green pin and through under Figtree bridge. Proceed straight for the southern red floaty, around the point then head directly for the centre of the Harbour Bridge, usually emblazoned with a red light at the top. Do a U-turn when your GPS indicates you have paddled 6km.

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!!Feb 2021 - Struer K4 - the phoenix arises!
Is approx. 1985 model Commander, and unsure how it came to Australia, but probably used for Olympics preparation. Was broken in half possibly on Sydney Harbour when there was racing years ago to the Opera House, but expertly repaired.

Was used for many years by BGCC, with several Murray Marathons (one I think establishing the outright race record), and then residing in the BGCC clubhouse till renovations required its removal. With no-one able to store it in Canberra, a consortium of 4 LCRK paddlers (Tim Hookins, Jeremy Spear, Steve Paget and Tony Hystek) purchased it and Tim transported it to Sydney direct to Tony’s warehouse.

First thing needed was our own boat trailer. Tony purchased a large boat trailer, stripped it of fittings and he and Jezza constructed the framework needed for the 11-boats it could carry. The club paid for materials used.

Now we had as boat trailer, the club purchased its own K4 Struer copy from Central Coast Canoe Club, which sat forlornly on the trailer in the back street at Tony’s till the new clubhouse was built.

The Struer meanwhile sat in the warehouse high on one wall, occasionally getting some work done to seats, footplates and general wear and tear. It had been well used! Finally, with Covid allowing some breathing space in the warehouse, the finishing touches were applied….enough at least to get it seaworthy.

It still needs some additional touch-ups on the timberwork but is largely good to paddle. As proven last night it is a great boat, stable, comfortable and smooth, and a little lighter than the club K4.

We are hoping for some regular K4 races now we have the two craft, though Tim and Tony will probably have a regular spot in the ‘woody’, there are still two spots available, and 4 more in the club K4.

Last night was a lot of fun, with the K4 crew blasting off the line but unable to maintain that pace over the longer distance. As the Struer crew wearied towards the finish, the Club K4 made a late charge and almost pipped the Struer at the line. Great fun all round
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The 2021 20 Groynes - Sat Jan 9 8am

Welcome to the "Dolls Point 20 Groynes", ......a Community Paddling event.

The "20 Groynes" is run over 4 hours, offering a paddling challenge on the ever changing waters of Botany Bay, where competitors will paddle a 4 kilometre lap course, completing as many (or as few) laps as possible within the four hour period.

Paddlers should expect to pass at least twenty (20) of the infamous Botany Bay 'Groynes' each hour.

This is intended as a 'fun' event, and paddlers of all craft and ages are encouraged to enter.

You can paddle the full distance/time on your own, or you can get a few mates together, have a bit of fun, and paddle the event as a Relay.

Relay Teams can be any combination of boats/gender/ages (Singles, Doubles, Combination)
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[[#Groynes2020]]
!!January 2020 - 20 Groynes!
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With the HCC cancelled and in a moment of exuberance, Darren Williams mentioned to a few of us that it might be fun to paddle the length of the Hawkesbury socially. Darren found an article from an early HCC when it was once 100 mile, and with the pain of last year’s HCC long forgotten 100 miles seemed like a tremendous plan, so Fitzy, Craig Salkeld, Don Johnstone and Trevor Nichols signed up.
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With the HCC cancelled and in a moment of exuberance, Darren Williams mentioned to a few of us that it might be fun to paddle the length of the Hawkesbury socially. Darren found an article from an early HCC when it was once 100 mile, and with the pain of last year’s HCC long forgotten 100 miles seemed like a tremendous plan, so Craig Salkeld, Don Johnstone and Trevor Nichols signed up.
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!!November 2020 - Reverse HCC to celebrate 19 years of living!
''by Trevor Nichols''\\
With the HCC cancelled and in a moment of exuberance, Darren Williams mentioned to a few of us that it might be fun to paddle the length of the Hawkesbury socially. Darren found an article from an early HCC when it was once 100 mile, and with the pain of last year’s HCC long forgotten 100 miles seemed like a tremendous plan, so Fitzy, Craig Salkeld, Don Johnstone and Trevor Nichols signed up.

Don and Trevor did a recce paddle in early Oct from Devlin Road at Castlereagh down the Hawkesbury towards Windsor. Well that was the idea.... Because there had not been much rain, the water level was low and they spent a lot of time portaging around rapids and in 2 hours had only paddled as far as the Bells Line of Road bridge where the river becomes tidal! So the plan was changed to start from this bridge and “only” paddle the ~110kms down to Deerubbun Reserve (Mooney Mooney) as going through rapids and portaging with skis was not appealing.

We decided on paddling over 2 days so we could stop overnight to rehydrate and watch the mighty Wallabies in action. Darren found a lovely cabin exactly halfway between Windsor and the finish called Clifftonville Lodge which we highly recommend (''google it - waterfront and road access''). Having dinner from their BBQ area above the river watching the sunset was a highlight. We chose 6th – 7th of Nov as we would still have our fitness from the Morison 50 and it marked the 19th anniversary of Darren’s bone morrow transplant. Being given an 8 month life expectancy due to his Leukaemia diagnosis then a 20% survival chance for the transplant is a good reminder why we need to enjoy the camaraderie, fitness and joy of life on the water that paddling offers us. One drawback of this weekend was the tides were more suited to starting from Mooney Mooney than above Windsor. Luckily Fitz quickly worked this out and suggested we consider doing the event in reverse. Naturally we ignored his advice and continued our planning.

As usual the week before the event involved a lot of text messages between us to finalise planning and to share some excitement / nervous energy. With the pain of the last 25km of paddling into the tide during the Morison still fresh we wisely decided to start at Mooney Mooney. Thanks Fitzy. We even could have a leisurely 9am start to maximise the run in tide.

'''Day 1''' \\
Come Saturday and the conditions were promising with a fairly stiff southerly predicted from mid-day. First stop was at a new cafe in Spencer that has just opened. They do a mean breakie roll even though they are a Thai restaurant- we highly recommend supporting them. After that, we had a nice down-winder and running tide to Wisemans. Just what we all signed up for!! We even had a massive cruiser came past with a swell that would interest ocean paddlers. Don began smiling as he saw the wave and managed to get several bursts of speed as a couple of waves went past. His new GPS told him he reached over 20kmh! He was still grinning by the time we stopped for our next feed at Wisemans. We learnt this weekend that Don is truly a yes man; would you like extra everything on your breakie roll Don? There’s a huge cruiser travelling at 30 knots kicking up a 2m wave Don, should we try to wash ride? We’ve now paddled +100km so Don should we sprint the final few K’s? Don’s answer is always yes!

The final 10km of day 1 was a prelude to day 2. Many ski boats zooming past and a slight head wind. We arrived at Cliftonville just before 4pm where Darren’s wife Anne had arrived with all our bags, cold beer and the finest steaks on offer. Life was good and then the footy started. Life got better for most of us. Darren being a Kiwi knows his rugby and shared with us his views on the ref’s top notch officiating.

'''Day 2''' \\
After 30 minutes of day 2 we knew we were going to get some serious practice at handling bumpy conditions with all the wake boarders, skiers and lunatics racing their boats along the river. Keeping the paddling line gets somewhat perilous when crossing someone attempting a water speed record. Luckily they are easy to hear coming with not only thundering/wailing inboard/outboards, but also even louder Aussie rock classics. We did a bit of a side trip up the Colo river to regain composure - it looks just beautiful and does not get much boat traffic. Watch this space for a future expedition...

None of us had actually seen the river up to Sackville in daylight so enjoyed that experience. Wasn’t that the tree/boat buoy/reeds I hit that year in the HCC?? After a packed lunch on the beach where the HCC stop is, we continued for the last leg thinking surely the tide will start running soon. It never really did and perhaps some of this was due to flow from recent rains? The boat traffic was nonstop for 30kms making us a bit slow and appreciative of the slog back for all the Morison competitors. We quickly decided to finish at Windsor and not near Richmond at the Bells Line of Road bridge.

Overall a fun weekend with great mates on a beautiful river. Just don’t mention the rugby....
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What a year 2020 has been I had so much to look forward to National’s and then World’s in Norway teaming up with Rob L-J! but then Covid arrived and our life’s changed, all racing called off, time trials postponed. Duncan and I were lucky we travelled to Albury and Batemans for races early in the year so we had those good memories.
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What a year 2020 has been I had so much to look forward to National’s and then World’s in Norway teaming up with Rob L-J! but then Covid arrived and our life’s changed, all racing called off, time trials postponed. Duncan and I were lucky we travelled to Albury and Batemans for races early in the year so we had those good memories.
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There was a good turnout of Lane Cove Ultra Marathon Paddlers, Brett, James, Wade, Michael, Daniela, Rodrigo, Karen, Duncan and Jeff there were about 30 paddlers who came up to race or just to have a paddle. Ben the organiser supplied us the best times to start each day these were very helpful, each day we had 2 start times early for recreational, slower and SUP’s then the faster paddlers 30mins later, at the start one of Ben’s friends from the race organiser’s was there to take names and give us information about the river, he was also at the half way point and finish ticking of names a big thank you.
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There was a good turnout of Lane Cove Ultra Marathon Paddlers, Brett, James, Wade, Michael, Daniela, Rodrigo, Karen, Annie L-G, Duncan and Jeff. There were about 30 paddlers who came up to race or just to have a paddle. Ben the organiser supplied us the best times to start each day these were very helpful, each day we had 2 start times early for recreational, slower and SUP’s then the faster paddlers 30mins later, at the start one of Ben’s friends from the race organiser’s was there to take names and give us information about the river, he was also at the half way point and finish ticking of names a big thank you.
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There was a good turnout of Lane Cove Ultra Marathon Paddlers, Brett, James, Wade, Michael, Daniela, Rodrigo, Karen, Duncan and Jeff there were about 30 paddlers who came up to race or just to have a paddle. Ben the organiser supplied us the best times to start each day these were very helpful, each day we had 2 start times early for recreational, slower and SUP’s then the faster paddlers 30mins later, at the start one of Ben’s friends from the race organiser’s was there to take names and give us information about the river, he was also at the half way point and finish ticking of names a big thank you.
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I would like to make special mention about the paddle Catherine did over the 3 days, she is a new paddler from Manly but comes to Lane Cove often, she had never paddled further than 20kms on her own so to take on the Clarence 100 is truly amazing, on the second day both her hands had large blisters and burst. She was so determined to paddle day 3, the ladies in our group rallied around and got her hands wrapped, Wade volunteered to paddle with her - he said she just kept going averaging around 11kms hr well Done both of you!!!
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I would like to make special mention about the paddle Karen H did over the 3 days, she is a new paddler from Manly but comes to Lane Cove often, she had never paddled further than 20kms on her own so to take on the Clarence 100 is truly amazing, on the second day both her hands had large blisters and burst. She was so determined to paddle day 3, the ladies in our group rallied around and got her hands wrapped, Wade volunteered to paddle with her - he said she just kept going averaging around 11kms hr well Done both of you!!!
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Daniela, Rodrigo and Michael had a great paddle although Daniela went a bit hard and Rodrigo and Michael were suffering at the finish.

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This leg last year was really bad strong cross winds in coming tide, lots of capsizes! This year the river was like glass!

Today Michael joined us and we set off at a really fast pace again Duncan and I in front it was really fast hitting 13’s 14’s 4.42 kms splits I have never gone under 5min kms! Again straight down the middle, then Brett and Brandon caught us and Daniela jumped on there wash and it was on, following them pushed us then after 3-4kms Daniela had found it too hard and dropped off there wash. Amazing effort, she had put nearly a km space between us and we couldn’t close the gap. Towards the end there is an island with channels left and right, last year we were told you had to go right, I was always looking where Daniela was going and she would have been following Brett, she went left and we were in that channel and were flying. Duncan wanted to go right and me left - well the boat nearly got split in half but in the end we went left! It was a great choice we were hitting high 13’s the hairy part was we had to go through a narrow break in the storm wall with incoming tide and side chop Rodrigo and Michael could see we were having trouble and gave us plenty of room which helped them because they also found it tricky, after lots of support strokes we got through and hit the finish line 1hr 57 (vs last year 2hrs 20). On this leg we had everyone on the water, SUPs etc, so everyone stayed and supported the boats as they came in!
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This leg last year was really bad - strong cross winds in coming tide, lots of capsizes! This year the river was like glass!

Today Michael joined us and we set off at a really fast pace again Duncan and I in front it was really fast hitting 13’s 14’s 4.42min kms splits I have never gone under 5min kms! Again straight down the middle, then Brett and Brandon caught us and Daniela jumped on their wash and it was on, following them pushed us then after 3-4kms Daniela had found it too hard and dropped off their wash. Amazing effort, she had put nearly a km space between us and we couldn’t close the gap. Towards the end there is an island with channels left and right, last year we were told you had to go right, I was always looking where Daniela was going and she would have been following Brett, she went left and we were in that channel and were flying. Duncan wanted to go right and me left - well the boat nearly got split in half but in the end we went left! It was a great choice we were hitting high 13’s the hairy part was we had to go through a narrow break in the storm wall with incoming tide and side chop Rodrigo and Michael could see we were having trouble and gave us plenty of room which helped them because they also found it tricky, after lots of support strokes we got through and hit the finish line 1hr 57 (vs last year 2hrs 20). On this leg we had everyone on the water, SUPs etc, so everyone stayed and supported the boats as they came in!
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!!October 2020 - Clarence 100 and more

!!!!2020 Recap
What a year 2020 has been I had so much to look forward to National’s and then World’s in Norway teaming up with Rob L-J! but then Covid arrived and our life’s changed, all racing called off, time trials postponed. Duncan and I were lucky we travelled to Albury and Batemans for races early in the year so we had those good memories.

Thanks also to Brett at Australian Paddle Sports for organising the Virtual races to coincide with the cancelled marathon race dates. We at least had something to push ourselves to get better, and a chance to say hi on the water to other paddlers. When on the water I think we all noticed the amount of recreational paddlers on the water, I think the sale of boats must have increased during the lock down.

We finally had a chance to do an actual race in late August at Windsor and we had a good turn out and everyone did there best to limit the contact with others, then we were told Wyong was on 30k’s I was so looking forward to that race then it was cancelled, again we had the virtual race to at least have a go, Duncan and I also did the Gregory River Race as a virtual we received a great Polo and Hat and stubby cooler hopefully next year we will go and do it for real.

Then all the Ultra Marathon Races were cancelled in order Myall, Hawkesbury and finally Clarence, Duncan and I had made our accommodation bookings for Myall and Clarence and decide we would still go and treat them like a race.

!!!! Myall Classic
Saturday morning start for the Myall we had a good paddle tide coming in and for a few km’s we were flying I was in the front in Zero then the river offered no help so a hard slog to the top turn, during this time I noticed Duncan kept hitting me on the right shoulder I thought it was to go faster but this started happening all the time, so on the return trip we switched spots much better I tried so hard to hit Duncan but couldn’t reach I must lengthen my paddle next time, we were happy with 4.44hrs. Pity no others came up for the weekend.

!!!! Clarence 100
There was a good turnout of Lane Cove Ultra Marathon Paddlers, Brett, James, Wade, Michael, Daniella, Rodrigo, Catherine, Duncan and Jeff there were about 30 paddlers who came up to race or just to have a paddle. Ben the organiser supplied us the best times to start each day these were very helpful, each day we had 2 start times early for recreational, slower and SUP’s then the faster paddlers 30mins later, at the start one of Ben’s friends from the race organiser’s was there to take names and give us information about the river, he was also at the half way point and finish ticking of names a big thank you.

Duncan and I decided to paddle a ski instead of Matts Zero, on the Monday before we left we tried the LCRK clubs V10 and Carbonology, I have only paddled a ski once before, after taking each up and back to the top bridge 3kms Duncan wanted the V10 I wanted a challenge so we decided to take the other.

'''Day 1 42kms Copmanhurst to Grafton'''
We were to start with Rodrigo, Daniella and Michael but they didn’t wait for us so they were always 500 meters in front of us. Wade started with Brodie.

Well 40+Kms is a lot different to 4kms, about the 20km mark my left arm was hurting and I was chafing on my lower back, I was pushing back on my seat to try and get leg drive but I couldn’t get any, so the whole 40kms it was all arms.

The conditions were fast and the ski was easy to get speed, but the first day we found it very tippy so lots of slap supports coming in stroke, stroke, slap etc.

Daniela, Rodrigo and Michael had a great paddle although Daniela went a bit hard and Rodrigo and Michael were suffering at the finish.

Brett, James and Brandon in a ski from Wollongong who won it last year started 15mins after us, the conditions were perfect for the K1’s. Their time was so much faster than last year, Brandon did amazinly to stay with them.

That afternoon I sent out a request to our club paddlers on how I can get leg drive and be more comfortable, I had a great response and moved my foot pedals further forward to get off the back seat.

'''Day 2 Grafton to Maclean 44kms'''
We started with Daniela and Rodrigo. Wade, Michael, Brett and James didn’t paddle, again smooth conditions out-going tide but today we had a deep fog you couldn’t see the sides of the river you could only see a few feet in front of the boat this was with us for nearly 10kms, we took the front and Daniela and Rodrigo on either side, it was a very fast paddle straight down the middle, last year we had to hug the banks it was so windy and in-coming tide Duncan and I took nearly 30 minutes off last year’s time. I thought we all had a great paddle but Rodrigo told us later he really struggled - he really wanted to call it a day so many times, he just kept saying to himself another km and then call it a day, then I had trouble with my foot strap and stopped 3 or 4 times - he said that saved him.

We had such a fun time paddling together Daniela singing Opera and me a couple of Beatles and Queen songs.

'''Day 3 Maclean to Yamba 24kms'''
This leg last year was really bad strong cross winds in coming tide, lots of capsizes! This year the river was like glass!

Today Michael joined us and we set off at a really fast pace again Duncan and I in front it was really fast hitting 13’s 14’s 4.42 kms splits I have never gone under 5min kms! Again straight down the middle, then Brett and Brandon caught us and Daniela jumped on there wash and it was on, following them pushed us then after 3-4kms Daniela had found it too hard and dropped off there wash. Amazing effort, she had put nearly a km space between us and we couldn’t close the gap. Towards the end there is an island with channels left and right, last year we were told you had to go right, I was always looking where Daniela was going and she would have been following Brett, she went left and we were in that channel and were flying. Duncan wanted to go right and me left - well the boat nearly got split in half but in the end we went left! It was a great choice we were hitting high 13’s the hairy part was we had to go through a narrow break in the storm wall with incoming tide and side chop Rodrigo and Michael could see we were having trouble and gave us plenty of room which helped them because they also found it tricky, after lots of support strokes we got through and hit the finish line 1hr 57 (vs last year 2hrs 20). On this leg we had everyone on the water, SUPs etc, so everyone stayed and supported the boats as they came in!

I would like to make special mention about the paddle Catherine did over the 3 days, she is a new paddler from Manly but comes to Lane Cove often, she had never paddled further than 20kms on her own so to take on the Clarence 100 is truly amazing, on the second day both her hands had large blisters and burst. She was so determined to paddle day 3, the ladies in our group rallied around and got her hands wrapped, Wade volunteered to paddle with her - he said she just kept going averaging around 11kms hr well Done both of you!!!

All in all I have had some great races in 2020 even though they didn’t happen.

!!!!Bring on the Morison 50 Race!!!
I have fond memories of Joan Morison - when I first came from New Zealand I paddled with her club, and she was so kind, she lent me the clubs Canoe and I took my daughter and dog up Woronora river and camped up the gorge for 4 days.
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''Richard: Well, I’m coming up to 60 years old. If all goes according to plan I’ll have my 60th birthday alone in the middle of the Tasman Sea. I am a civil engineer by profession. I got introduced to paddling through Venturers within the Scouting movement. I started paddling white water, then tried canoe polo and then got serious about marathons and did my first Hawkesbury Classic in 1981. I’m down to do my 40th HCC this year. In 2014 I did the Yukon 1,000, paddling a double with the legendary Buzz Powell. I’m a member of the Sydney University Canoe Club and we’ve done white water paddling in New Zealand, Nepal, Ecuador and Chile. Sea kayaking came later – a little at first then a sampling in Patagonia and the Antarctic. In 2007. I paddled a Mirage 580 around Tasmania with my very good friend Phil Newman paddling his Greenland kayak....''
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!!October 2020 - Richard Barnes Q and A
* %newwin%[[Attach:RB-QnA.pdf|Full article (republished from SALT magazine with thanks to NSW Sea Kayak Club)]]
An excerpt of the article below - click on the link above for the full 6 page PDF

''In December this year Richard Barnes is planning to paddle his purpose-built kayak, Blue Moon, out of Sydney Harbour across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. His goal is to be the first person to complete the journey solo and unsupported, and without making landfall on the way. Early in August Richard took the time out between his job and his expedition preparation to answer some questions put to him by your editor about his quest.''

''Richard: Well, I’m coming up to 60 years old. If all goes according to plan I’ll have my 60th birthday alone in the middle of the Tasman Sea. I am a civil engineer by profession. I got introduced to paddling through Venturers within the Scouting movement. I started paddling white water, then tried canoe polo and then got serious about marathons and did my first Hawkesbury Classic in 1981. I’m down to do my 40th HCC this year. In 2014 I did the Yukon 1,000, paddling a double with the legendary Buzz Powell. I’m a member of the Sydney University Canoe Club and we’ve done white water paddling in New Zealand, Nepal, Ecuador and Chile. Sea kayaking came later – a little at first then a sampling in Patagonia and the Antarctic. In 2007. I paddled a Mirage 580 around Tasmania with my very good friend Phil Newman paddling his Greenland kayak.''
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Naomi had this to say: ''Many thanks are in order for this award, most importantly to Lane Cove for both the nomination and your belief in me throughout last year. I set myself some pretty crazy goals, and it was great to have such an enthusiastic team and cheer squad behind me when the going got tough (and it always does!). I don't think that the Hawkesbury Classic record would have been possible without the club, both for your huge wealth of knowledge, and the buzz that you bring to the night itself. Records and goals aside, paddling is such a fun and community-focused sport, and I really hope that this factor will help it to become even more diverse and vibrant in years to come. And also a big shout-out to Tony H, whose coaching award is incredibly well-deserved. Thanks for your patience, belief in me, pushing my beyond where I felt comfortable, and in the Classic for letting me chill out on your wash most of the way to Wiseman's!''
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Tony provided this reflection on receiving the award: ''Coaching is something that improves over time. I’m grateful that LCRK has given me the time to build up my coaching skills, and the patience to put up with my sessions that may not have been ideal. There is still more work to be one. The camaraderie of the morning squad, and the willingness and gratitude of those individuals who sought specific training has made coaching a very rewarding paddling activity for me. Thank you LCRK.''

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!!Sep 2020 - PNSW Awards
We're delighted to report that two LCRKers have been recognised in the annual PNSW AGM awards. Details below including nominations.

'''Naomi Johnson – PaddleNSW Female Paddler 2019/20'''\\
Naomi had a huge 2019/20. Serious focus on training led to Naomi competing in 2019 as part of the Australian Team at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing China where she paddled a double kayak with Windsor paddler Laura Lee competing against Olympic level female paddlers.
A key local achievement was the 2019 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic seeing Naomi cross the finish line at Mooney Mooney just before 2:45am in an official time of 9hrs 28 mins 55 secs. In doing, so Naomi achieved a number of firsts:-
# Broke the existing HCC Women’s Open K1 record by almost half an hour.
# Set the fastest EVER Women’s time in the HCC’s 43 year history
# Was the fastest finishing woman on the night
# Was fourth fastest single boat on the night (male competitors in first three positions)
# Was fourth fastest on handicap for the night.
Naomi whilst particularly pleased to have set this record is keen to see more female paddlers competing in the HCC and kayak racing generally. Before its’ ultimate cancellation Naomi was instrumental in promotion and publicity for the 2020 HCC event.

Her outstanding achievements in 2019/20 were recognised by Paddle Australia when Naomi was announced PA Open Female Marathon Paddler of the Year, and now leading female paddler in NSW & ACT can be added to the CV.

'''Tony Hystek – PaddleNSW Coach of the Year 2019/20'''\\
Fittingly – Tony Hystek has been recognised for his ongoing Coaching efforts with PNSW Coach of the Year. Below is the nomination.
As a coach, Tony is committed to engaging with the whole range of paddlers at their own level.
He is the regular volunteer coach of Lane Cove’s Tuesday/Friday morning squad, leading a mixed-ability group of up to 16 paddlers with an eye for inclusion and core skill development. In 2019/20, this group has included one open-age Australian representative paddler, high-performing masters, and several who have been paddling for less than two years or are new to K1s.

The camaraderie and sense of team growth fostered in the squad is important for many of these paddlers, giving them a sense of structure in their paddling, and a community who are all committed to improvement.

Outside the squad, Tony is extremely generous with his time, always finding the space to work with a new paddler on basic technique or to work on specific skills with individual club members. Though he has personal paddling goals, he seems to take the greatest pleasure from seeing those around him improve and achieve their goals, and as such is an irreplaceable part of the LCRK paddling community. Congratulations to PNSW Life Member Tony and thank you for all the selfless work you do at club and state level.
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The Annual General Meeting of Lane Cove River Kayakers Incorporated will be held on Sunday 16th August 2020, 11.00am, seated outdoors (to be Covid compliant) in the carpark of the Rotary Athletics Field carpark. Wet weather arrangements are under the canteen shelter. RSVP's are ESSENTIAL - email the Committee
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!!Sunday 16 Aug - LCRK AGM
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RIP Ian Kiernan – founder of Clean Up Australia – who died in October 2018 but whose legacy lives on.
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Thanks to Willoughby Council for attending to the truckload of rubbish now near the amenities block and of course a RIP to Ian Kiernan – founder of Clean Up Australia – who died in October 2018 but whose legacy lives on.
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The crew collected the obligatory car tyres and old rusty fish traps. but plastic in all its forms represented the bulk of the trash. It really is a sad reflection of society, however with our great club’s help much of the rubbish does get removed (around our area anyway). But of course there is more to do.
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The crew collected the obligatory car tyres and old rusty fish traps, but plastic in all its forms represented the bulk of the trash. It really is a sad reflection of society, however with our great club’s help much of the rubbish does get removed (around our area anyway). But of course there is more to do.
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Satellite photos of NSW over summer just showed bushfire smoke covering Sydney and the whole east coast. Contrast that with today’s photo that shows a brilliant sparkle bouncing off Lane Cover river because 20 volunteers worked to give our favourite waterway a good scrub. Excluding the two wheelie bins collected, there was less “big stuff” to pick up this year on account of previous successful clean up days but the early February flood in the river deposited significant amounts of small items that are just as big a blight on the environment. Some 30 bags of rubbish were extracted from the river banks between Wirong and the 6km turn; unfortunately we could probably pick up another 30 bags if we went back tomorrow.
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Excluding the two wheelie bins collected, there was less “big stuff” to pick up this year on account of previous successful clean up days but the early February flood in the river deposited significant amounts of small items that are just as big a blight on the environment. Some 30 bags of rubbish were extracted from the river banks between Wirong and the 6km turn; unfortunately we could probably pick up another 30 bags if we went back tomorrow.
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[[#CUAD2020]]
!!Sun 1 Mar - Clean Up Australia Day - LCRK
Satellite photos of NSW over summer just showed bushfire smoke covering Sydney and the whole east coast. Contrast that with today’s photo that shows a brilliant sparkle bouncing off Lane Cover river because 20 volunteers worked to give our favourite waterway a good scrub. Excluding the two wheelie bins collected, there was less “big stuff” to pick up this year on account of previous successful clean up days but the early February flood in the river deposited significant amounts of small items that are just as big a blight on the environment. Some 30 bags of rubbish were extracted from the river banks between Wirong and the 6km turn; unfortunately we could probably pick up another 30 bags if we went back tomorrow.

The biggest job was the 3 hours spent removing the tangle of logs at Fullers bridge. A big thank you to Trevor Nichols who brought his purpose built motor boat and worked with Don Johnstone and Darren and Anne Williams to untangle it all then shift the wood to a location for Maritime to hopefully pick-up. Darren even went home to collect his chainsaw so the big logs could be cut up and moved above the high water mark.

Oscar Cahill and Ian Wrenford concentrated on removing the hundreds of plastic bags high up in the mangroves but only managed to get as far as the first rocks upstream from the pontoon (Fairyland rocks). There is much more to do but that will have to wait to another day. Stay tuned.

Jeff Collins was happy with himself when in the first 15 minutes he found a $5 note in the mangroves near the pontoon. He was ecstatic when he then found a $100 note at another spot. Despite our insistence that he respect the “finders keepers” rule, Jeff graciously donated the $105 to the club. (That story should get more kids along next year.)

Many other volunteers worked tirelessly in the mangroves, the car park and athletics oval to pick up lots of trash. I am sure they all went home with the same feeling of satisfaction that they have when they cross the finish line on Wednesday night time trials.

The crew collected the obligatory car tyres and old rusty fish traps. but plastic in all its forms represented the bulk of the trash. It really is a sad reflection of society, however with our great club’s help much of the rubbish does get removed (around our area anyway). But of course there is more to do.

It was a hot and humid day and not easy work trudging around so it was really appreciated that 20 club members volunteered, and were able to enjoy a hearty BBQ prepared by Justin Paine at the end. The club is grateful to these members who were able to help out … Oscar Cahill, Ian Wrenford, Kenji Ogawa, Duncan Johnstone, Don Johnstone, Trevor Nichols, Darren Williams (and wife Anne), Justin Paine, Jeff Collins, Matt Swann, Tony Hystek, Rodrigo Matamala, Paul Gibson, Jeff Tonazzi, Merry Sugiarto, Wade Rowston, Peter Manley, Naomi Johnson and Chris Johnson.

RIP Ian Kiernan – founder of Clean Up Australia – who died in October 2018 but whose legacy lives on.

Until next year (or until the next call up to finish what we started) …

John Duffy
Site Supervisor
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''The iconic Oura to Wagga Bidgee Bash is back after ten years! Come and paddle the Murrumbidgee River from Oura to Wagga Wagga over a 26km downriver course. The event will be raising money for the local Riverina Highlands RFS with all entry fees being donated.''

Sunday, 16th February 2020
26kms Downstream
9:15am Race Brief
, 9:30am RACE START from Oura Beach
Various Categories, 3 Hr Time Limit to Finish at Wagga Beach
Off-river
water stations provided at various intervals along the way
Luck draw and spot prizes on offer!

A 7.5km warm-up (social) paddle from Eunony Bridge back to Wagga Beach will be held on Saturday the 15th at 5pm
. The warm-up paddle will be followed by dinner at a local pub at 7pm.
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''The iconic Oura to Wagga Bidgee Bash is back after ten years!

Quoting from WCC FB post: ''Well, the
Oura to Wagga race has been run for 2020, albeit after the course was altered after the river dropped around 80cm in the last couple of days. Although we had smallish numbers, it was pleasing to see those that attended enjoy themselves despite the low water.''

''The Mitta Mitta club had the most members represent their club out of the visiting clubs, and their members performed admirably, with Russell Wood and Emma Flower being the fastest male and female respectively
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''A very big thankyou for all those that took the time and effort to take part
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[[#Wagga2020]]
!!Sun16 Feb - Oura beach to Wagga race
*%newwin%[[https://vic.paddle.org.au/2020/02/02/oura-to-wagga-bidgee-bash-sunday-16th-february/|Further info and incl Entries (open)]]
Quoting from their website:
''The iconic Oura to Wagga Bidgee Bash is back after ten years! Come and paddle the Murrumbidgee River from Oura to Wagga Wagga over a 26km downriver course. The event will be raising money for the local Riverina Highlands RFS with all entry fees being donated.''

Sunday, 16th February 2020
26kms Downstream
9:15am Race Brief, 9:30am RACE START from Oura Beach
Various Categories, 3 Hr Time Limit to Finish at Wagga Beach
Off-river water stations provided at various intervals along the way
Luck draw and spot prizes on offer!

A 7.5km warm-up (social) paddle from Eunony Bridge back to Wagga Beach will be held on Saturday the 15th at 5pm. The warm-up paddle will be followed by dinner at a local pub at 7pm.
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Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park. It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.''
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%maroon%''A dedicated parking area has been provided for this event, and is accessed via McMillan Avenue, Sandringham. Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park. It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.''
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The detail below is copied from the Entry Page
Welcome to the second running of the "Dolls Point 20 Groynes", ......a Community Paddling event.

The "20 Groynes" is a Community Paddling event, run this year over 4 hours, offering a paddling challenge on the ever changing waters of Botany Bay, where competitors will paddle a 4 kilometre lap course, completing as many (or as few) laps as possible within the four hour period.

Paddlers should expect to pass at least twenty (20) of the infamous Botany Bay 'Groynes' each hour.

This is intended as a 'fun' event, and paddlers of all craft and ages are encouraged to enter.

You can paddle the full distance/time on your own, or you can get a few mates together, have a bit of fun, and paddle the event as a Relay.

Relay Teams can be any combination of boats/gender/ages (Singles, Doubles, Combination)

As an example, in the "Relay" category, it is absolutely acceptable to enter a Team made up of combination of OC6's, OC2's and Ski's, and even SUP's, paddled by a mix of ages and genders.

You must nominate a Team Name in your entry, whether you are a Team of 1, or a Team of 20.
It is important that in Teams of more than 1, that ALL paddlers enter EXACTLY the same Team Name.

Your Entry Fee also includes a drink in the bar at the Georges River 16' Sailing Club afterwards, where the Presentations will be made while we all enjoy a few laughs and swap some tall tales.

All entries close at midnight Thursday 9th January.

Paddler Check-in from 7:00am on race day, and Race Start at 8:00am.

Presentations, Drinks and Lunch in the bar from 12:45pm.

PARKING

A dedicated parking area has been provided for this event, and is accessed via McMillan Avenue, Sandringham.
Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park.
It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.
A Parking Permit will be provided to you when you enter the McMillan Ave car park re
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Welcome to the second running of the "Dolls Point 20 Groynes", ......a Community Paddling event.''

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The "20 Groynes" is a Community Paddling event, run this year over 4 hours, offering a paddling challenge on the ever changing waters of Botany Bay, where competitors will paddle a 4 kilometre lap course, completing as many (or as few) laps as possible within the four hour period.''

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Paddlers should expect to pass at least twenty (20) of the infamous Botany Bay 'Groynes' each hour.''

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This is intended as a 'fun' event, and paddlers of all craft and ages are encouraged to enter.''

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You can paddle the full distance/time on your own, or you can get a few mates together, have a bit of fun, and paddle the event as a Relay.''

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Relay Teams can be any combination of boats/gender/ages (Singles, Doubles, Combination)''

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As an example, in the "Relay" category, it is absolutely acceptable to enter a Team made up of combination of OC6's, OC2's and Ski's, and even SUP's, paddled by a mix of ages and genders.''

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You must nominate a Team Name in your entry, whether you are a Team of 1, or a Team of 20.
It is important that in Teams of more than 1, that ALL paddlers enter EXACTLY the same Team Name.''

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Your Entry Fee also includes a drink in the bar at the Georges River 16' Sailing Club afterwards, where the Presentations will be made while we all enjoy a few laughs and swap some tall tales.''

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All entries close at midnight Thursday 9th January.''

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Paddler Check-in from 7:00am on race day, and Race Start at 8:00am.''

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Presentations, Drinks and Lunch in the bar from 12:45pm.''

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PARKING'''

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A dedicated parking area has been provided for this event, and is accessed via McMillan Avenue, Sandringham.
Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park. It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.''

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A Parking Permit will be provided to you when you enter the McMillan Ave car park''
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!!Sat 11 Feb - 20 Groynes (Dolls Point Paddlers)
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The detail below is copied from the Entry Page
Welcome to the second running of the "Dolls Point 20 Groynes", ......a Community Paddling event.

The "20 Groynes" is a Community Paddling event, run this year over 4 hours, offering a paddling challenge on the ever changing waters of Botany Bay, where competitors will paddle a 4 kilometre lap course, completing as many (or as few) laps as possible within the four hour period.

Paddlers should expect to pass at least twenty (20) of the infamous Botany Bay 'Groynes' each hour.

This is intended as a 'fun' event, and paddlers of all craft and ages are encouraged to enter.

You can paddle the full distance/time on your own, or you can get a few mates together, have a bit of fun, and paddle the event as a Relay.

Relay Teams can be any combination of boats/gender/ages (Singles, Doubles, Combination)

As an example, in the "Relay" category, it is absolutely acceptable to enter a Team made up of combination of OC6's, OC2's and Ski's, and even SUP's, paddled by a mix of ages and genders.

You must nominate a Team Name in your entry, whether you are a Team of 1, or a Team of 20.
It is important that in Teams of more than 1, that ALL paddlers enter EXACTLY the same Team Name.

Your Entry Fee also includes a drink in the bar at the Georges River 16' Sailing Club afterwards, where the Presentations will be made while we all enjoy a few laughs and swap some tall tales.

All entries close at midnight Thursday 9th January.

Paddler Check-in from 7:00am on race day, and Race Start at 8:00am.

Presentations, Drinks and Lunch in the bar from 12:45pm.

PARKING

A dedicated parking area has been provided for this event, and is accessed via McMillan Avenue, Sandringham.
Please DO NOT use Sanoni Avenue or park in the 16' Sailing Club Car Park.
It is important that we leave the public car parking available for the Club and Kiss the Barista (Coffee Shop) customers.
A Parking Permit will be provided to you when you enter the McMillan Ave car park re
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Race report by Naomi Johnson

One thing I’ve learned in spades this year is that there’s a big difference between a race lead-up and the lead-up to a BIG DEAL race. And, having done a bit better than expected at Australian Marathon Nationals, the biggest and in many ways scariest race of my life was the Open Women’s K2 at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China on October 20th
. With months of solid training under our belts, doubles partner Laura Lee and I knew we were lining up with the fastest marathoners in the world. No matter how you look at that, it’s a tiny bit daunting!

In many ways it was a relief to actually get on the plane to begin the tour proper. It meant I had already sorted my visa, ticked off all my gym sessions, put Alanna’s lovely K2 in a China-bound container, booked this and that, and paddled my way through a winter of very chilly mornings out on Lane Cove river. I was in the best shape of my life strength and fitness-wise, and the improvements I’ve made as a paddler this year have both surprised and delighted me. With a rousing send-off from LCRK the night before, I finally felt like I had earned the right to wear my Aus team tracksuit pants on the plane. It was the right choice – those things are very comfy!

Two flights, an Aussie gang at Hong Kong airport and a late-night bus ride later, and we were at the Shaoxing Holiday Inn, our home base for the next week and a half. I was sharing with VIC-based C1 paddler Reka Abraham in a room that looked like it might have been designed for the younger age group, but with a nice skyline view of the modern part of Shaoxing. The World Champs course was a shuttle bus ride away, or a 40-min walk when one got sick of trying to predict shuttle bus times!
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Everyone was keen to get on the water and check out the course. Not paddling singles, I managed to borrow a boat from team manager Max, though by the time I’d by the time I’d got my head around the pedals Laura and Daniela had taken off and my first trip out was solo. Not at all sure of the course and its various bridges, I managed to take a wrong turn under a bridge that was very much off-course and had a rather confusing lap around a canal bordered by small allotments. Back on the correct canal for the race, I was rather pleased to find it wasn’t quite as scary as the map made out. Yes, there were some rather tight bridges, and a few more of them than shown on Google Earth a few weeks ago (!!), but at least there was always a choice of arches, and water to spread out on in between. My resolution for the rest of the week was to avoid pedal steering at all costs!

Masters raced singles on the Monday and doubles on the Tuesday, with the Australian Masters team the biggest and loudest of the lot. It was a pity that more hype wasn’t made of this part of the event, with the Chinese organisers still in the process of finishing off the venue and basically using the Masters paddlers as course guinea-pigs. The singles racing saw four starts of K1s and C1s, with paddlers ranging from 35+ to those in their 70s. While the men’s races, particularly those in the 45-65 range were well-populated, many of the others were not, especially the women’s classes. Worthy of a mention was the Men’s 55-59 K1 race, with no fewer than seven Australians among the 12 starters! Brett Greenwood took out the gold medal with a solid lead on the field.

Among those in contention for the most races of the competition, Laura paddled to a decisive win in her 40-44 K1 race, while Daniela fought right to the finish line with a South African paddler to take out silver in the 50-54 class. It was great to watch the energy and enthusiasm of all the paddlers, as well as paying close attention to the course and the way they dealt with the various buoys and bridges. Then it was time for the Masters to make last-minute adjustments to doubles before an early night, and for me to sneak out in Laura’s K1 for a bit of paddling myself.

By Tuesday, there was finally some clarity about when finish line and short-course buoys were in play, and yes, all the Masters K2s could go through the finish line buoys on their first lap (it would’ve made sense if you were there)! Along with a solid contingent of all-Australian K2s, a couple of paddlers took up last minute offers of international partnerships – when at the World Championships, why not paddle? Laura and Daniela were undeterred at being the sole paddlers in the Women’s 40-44 K2, setting themselves up as the fastest women’s crew and paddling a solid raced despite having only been out in Alanna’s K2 the afternoon before! Brett G teamed up with Brett MacDonald from WA to win gold in the Men’s 50-54 K2.

%float width=650px%Attach:Shaoxing_Masters_K2.jpg|Above: Laura and Daniela ready to race! (Photo: Naomi J)

Paddling in NSW where most of the paddlers are of a masterly age, I spent most of the first half of the China trip hanging out with the Masters paddlers, doubly useful since they had worked out where the good coffee was! So naturally I ended up at the Masters ‘after-party’ on the Tuesday evening before undertaking any racing at all! We all trekked out to a hot-pot restaurant around the corner from the hotel, where each table was presented with two steaming bowls of hot spicy liquid in which to cook our selection of meat and vegetables. It was lots of fun to sample the various skewers of lotus root, unknown veggies and tofu (being vegetarian, I didn’t make a beeline for the unknown meat!), though the general consensus was that we might need some local knowledge to bring out all the different flavours. I noticed I was the only one dunking my veggies in the spicier of the two soup options!

Wednesday, and I was able to tick ‘has attended an opening ceremony as one of the athletes’ as one of my new experiences for the year. With an impressive stage set up beside the main lake, we were treated to speeches, videos about Shaoxing, and theatre and dance spectacles that showcased the local culture. One of the most interesting features of the region is a small canal boat that the oarsman powers not with his hands but with an oar attached to his foot. A second short oar out the back is used only for steering. Far from looking cumbersome, the wizened old boatmen made it look ridiculously easy – one even managed to play a short flute with his spare hand!

That evening, I ended up attended the team managers dinner, a ‘rice wine tasting’ at the more upmarket of the two competition hotels. Clearly designed to impress the team managers, ICF officials and other ‘important’ people, the dinner had some twelve courses of creatively presented food (quite a lot of meat, quite a few soups), with each new course seeming to come out the moment we had finished the previous one. The little old Chinese ladies busily changing over courses were also keen for us to drink as much rice wine as possible, and it seemed to cause mild offence that I stuck with Sprite. Dipping a finger in the rice wine, and it tasted like thin port with a slightly bitter aftertaste – not necessarily something I will be looking out for in the future!

Competition began early on Thursday morning, but Laura and I were out earlier, catching the first shuttle bus to arrive at the venue for 6:40am. With almost back-to-back races, early in the morning was the only sanctioned time to train on the course, and we wanted some solid time in the boat together now that Laura’s Masters commitments were over. Out onto the glassy lake, round the canal and under tight bridges. Was this the best line through here? How shallow did the water get around that corner? Nope, that’s a rock.
For the rest of the day, we were treated to the U/18 K1 races and then the Open Short Course Marathon. Despite my reservations about whether Short Course is really marathon, the 3.5km race with two portages is certainly an exciting addition to the marathon championships. It’s fast and furious, favouring paddlers with a keen eye for tactics, excellent portaging skills, and the speed to keep them in the game. Aussies Kate Leverett and Josh Kippin finished 7th and 6th respectively in their short course races, giving the team a great buzz to round off the first day of competition.

%float width=320x%Attach:Shaoxing_Temple.jpg|Above: There have always got to be a few touristy moments! (Photo: Laura Lee)

Along with Hungary and Spain, China was the third country to field a full complement of paddlers in every event. We had been watching these paddlers with interest throughout our training paddles – while China doesn’t have a particularly strong history in marathon kayaking (read: one or two paddlers at a World Champs, ever!), they are also known for stringent training and a lot of money put into sports they want to excel in. We had also heard that most of the squad were sprint paddlers rather than marathon, witnessing an early morning portage session which looked like the first time some of the team had ever tried to exit the boat at speed. Given that, the Chinese paddlers did surprisingly well in the U/18 races, going out very hard and sometimes managing to hang in the top five or ten right to the end. They even took out two bronze medals in the U/18 C1 events! All the paddlers were tall, with tiny hips and big shoulders, not just in a way that says many paddlers look like that, but in a way that says they had been selected for that look, probably rather young.

Day two, and I was sick of sitting around and ready to race. Arriving so early and not racing until the very last day meant a lot of time to paddle on the course, but also a lot of time sitting around watching everyone else race. It was great to watch the tactics involved, especially as racing started to move up the age groups. The grand stands had a huge screen set up with the live stream, so that we could watch paddlers travel round the course and then cheer them on in real life as they came hurtling through the portage. This really was a standard of racing beyond anything I’d seen in Australia.

Day three, and I was trying to convince myself that the butterflies were excitement and not gradually mounting nerves! The Open K1 races were fabulous to watch, showing the strength, stamina and race savvy of the world’s very best paddlers. Kate Leverett hung on in her K1 race to finish a fabulous 5th, while the Hungarian woman again took out the gold and silver medals. The Men’s K1 came down to a hair-raising final portage and sprint that had the whole grand stand on its feet cheering for a young Dane Mads Pedersen (he also won the U/23s!) to hold off paddling veteran Andy Birkett from South Africa. As for me…I felt strong, fit and as ready as I could be, but some of these people were from a different planet! The start, a focus of my own personal anxiety, was dancing around in my mind. We had been seeded right on the end of the pontoon, so while there were fewer wash choices we could also head up the side with relatively flat water. But I still hadn’t experienced the feeling of being snuggled up close to all the other boats with someone firmly holding your tail. Early dinner, final race plan in place, kit laid out and checked for the next morning, then me and my butterflies headed for bed.

%float width=650px%Attach:Shaoxing_Race.jpg|Above: Absolute focus! (Photo: Carolyn J. Cooper)

Race morning arrived with a strange sense of calm. I finally unpacked my one serve of oats (be prepared not to get along with hotel breakfasts) and we headed over to the course with plenty of time to get everything organised. The weather was warm and a bit humid, nothing too extreme though it would pay to be well-hydrated. We caught the shuttle bus (happily on time) to the venue in time for the final laps of the Open Men’s C2 and with plenty of time to get organised. Perhaps too much time – I was a bundle of bouncy excited energy next to Laura’s meditative calm. It felt surreal to pin a racing bib to my Australian team singlet, to go through the final checks and then have a tracker fitted to the back of the boat as we headed to the water for our warm-up.

With out spot on the end of the start pontoon nice and accessible, we ended up backing in almost the moment that we were called up. Looking down the line of boats and paddles, I felt at once terrified and excited to be sitting on the start line with such a stellar line-up of women. Hungary, Spain, South Africa, France, so many of the big names in marathon paddling.

Then it was “Ready, Go” and we were off in one collective surge. My eyes were fixed on Laura’s back, trying to be a perfect mirror of motion coupled with as much strength as I could possibly muster. We were in the fray of the wash waves, trying to keep powering forwards while looking for a spot in a pack. One moment you’re there, and then you’re a boat length behind looking for the next best option. But the first turn – a long sweep round to the right – we were sitting a boat length or so behind the Swedish crew, with most of the other boats forming into two packs a little further ahead. We settled in for the chase, eyeing up how much water was between us and the Swedes. Were they forming up into a pack with a Chinese crew and the other Aussies Bec and Hannah? Or was that group falling apart?

Round into the canals for the first time, through the bridges and round the pre-planned corners. We could definitely catch that Swedish boat! Locals on the bank called out “Jai-yo, Jai-yo”, which several days of competition had taught us meant “Come on, come on”. Out of the canal and round the back of the island and Laura kept us tight into the bank. Two more bridges, another turn to the right, and we were approaching the first of our six portage. Running through the lanes in front of the grandstand felt like something else, with the assembled crowd shouting and cheering. “Go Australia”, “Go girls” spurred us on as we got back in and refocused for the next lap.

With so many laps of the course to get through, my memory of the blow-by-blow from here gets a bit foggy. I think we caught the Swedish pair a couple of hundred metres before the next portage, arriving into the pontoon with them before they sprinted off at speeds unknown to my legs. But then again, it might have been the portage after that. It was becoming clear that we had a very slight edge on them in terms of marathon grind, but that their portages were far slicker, and they wanted to catch the Chinese boat just in front. Portage four and I grabbed a gel. Was that the one where we overtook the Chinese crew as well? They were fading, particularly clear in their attention to detail on the portage pontoons, but the Swedish girls were proving harder to pull in.

The penultimate portage and we were both feeling the burn and still focused. My exits were becoming decidedly less graceful, but we were on track for a solid time and enjoying ourselves in the boat. The Swedish crew seemed to have final burst of energy, opening up the gap between us again. Despite having eyeballed them for almost two hours, we were destined to finish behind the identical pairs of blonde braids! As we rounded a corner just before the canal entrance, we were within spitting distance of the front end of the pack and their final short lap.

Through the canal one more time, round the back of the island and into the final portage. The venue played ‘The Final Countdown’ as paddlers ran through the portage lane for the last time, and suddenly it was us running through, cheered on by the crowd. We had agreed to sprint at the end no matter where we were or how we were feeling, and yet as we jumped back in the boat at (finally) the second exit pontoon the distance to go felt like the longest yet. 350m up to the short lap turn buoy, then eyes fixed on the finish line, and with 200m to go we threw everything at a final sprint. We finished 12th out of 15 boats, about 12 minutes behind the Hungarian crew that won. I couldn’t stop smiling!

The journey to China and the World Championships this year has been a huge challenge and yet so much fun. Jumping in a boat with Laura has taught me a huge amount about paddling and been a wonderful new friendship. I hope the partnership will continue! Tony H’s commitment and enthusiasm as a coach has been second to none, and the generosity of Lane Cove paddlers and committee in supporting this venture has made me feel so very loved. Alanna’s lovely K2 has been an integral part of the team, journeying with us to Nationals and then China by much longer routes than we ourselves took. It feels awesome, almost surreal to wear the green and gold to paddle for my country, and this race is something I will hold with me for a very long time.
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!!Massive Murray Paddle 18-22 Nov 2019
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Quoting the MMP website: ''The Massive Murray Paddle is an amazing 5 day paddling adventure & paddling race, that raises funds to assist local charities or community-driven programs. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Massive Murray Paddle this year in November''

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!! 14 Sep - PNSW AGM

Notice is hereby given that the 71st Annual General Meeting of Paddle NSW shall be held on Saturday, 14th September 2019 at River Canoe Club of NSW, Richardsons Crescent, Tempe, commencing at 3:30pm sharp.
Members are most welcome to attend.

For catering purposes, please notify the State Office of your intention to attend no later than Friday, 6th September.
Email – admin@paddleNSW.org.au
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A snippet from Anjie Lees (ex FB): ''Definitely been a tough Avon. 1 paddle lost and 2 paddles broken. 2 holes in the boat fibreglassed last night (special Thank you to Byron from Albany Surf Club) another big one today and I have had no other choice than to pull out just before Emu Falls this morning. Super tough year with very low water levels meant I portaged probably 50 times yesterday meaning I missed the last checkpoint by 3 mins. So awesome to get back in this morning cant wait to see some pics from this morning''

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!! 26 July - LCRK AGM and Social Evening - Willoughby Hotel
LCRK's AGM for the year ended 30 June 2019 was held at Willoughby Hotel, 315 Penshurst St, North Willoughby on Friday Jul 26, 2019.

The venue for 2019 was a switch from prior years with a more informal event and a really good vibe in private upstairs rooms at the Willoughby Hotel. Food orders from the Bistro required a bit of upstairs/downstairs exercise but didn't seem to cause any issues - and the Hotel was very accommodating with our needs.

The formal part of the evening was the AGM. Alanna Ewin provided an excellent Presidents report for the 2018-19 year (shortened version to go in the PNSW Annual Report), and Ian Wrenford an update on the Clubs financial position. In general business there was some discussion on the prospects for future redevelopment of the Athletics Field buildings. The 2018-19 Committee were stood down with elections then held for the 2019-20 Committee. Your Executive Committee for 2019-20 comprises Alanna Ewin as President, Rich Yates for Vice, Wade Rowston is Secretary and Ian Wrenford as Treasurer. Also on the Committee are Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Tracey Hansford, Duncan Johnstone and new for this year Trevor Nicholls and Grant Kretzmann.

Naomi Johnson, with the support of the Committee was running a fundraising raffle to support her upcoming trip to the Marathon World Championships in China. Naomi was well pleased with the result and provided the following: ''Thanks so much to all who took part in my raffle, raising some money to help me get to the World Marathon Championships in Shaoxing, China this October. I was really blown away by everyone's enthusiasm for my goal, and their generosity in supporting it. The raffle raised $425, which was a lot more than I was expecting! With the Committee's offer to match anything I raised up to $500, the total from last night comes to $850. This will cover my team uniform ($298), visa ($109), the Paddle Australia tour admin fee ($200) and probably boat transport costs as well! (We're still waiting on a quote for the boats) The World Champs are now three months away, and I'm feeling really excited to keep training hard and make LCRK proud!''

Richard Barnes provided an update on his planning for a non-stop, unassisted paddle across the Tasman Sea in 2020 - including progress on his much-modified double Mirage. There was plenty of interest from attendees.

A lucky door prize (well, prizes!) was on offer including a $200 voucher for Prokayaks (funded by both the $5 registration fee, and a Prokayaks contribution). David Young had the winning ticket and a big smile.

Thanks to the Willoughby Hotel for helping us make the event 'work' - there's been plenty of positive feedback all round.

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!! 3-4 August Avon Descent
* %newwin%[[http://bluechipresults.com.au/Results.aspx?CId=11&RId=1281&EId=2|Avon 2019 Results]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.avondescent.com.au/|Avon Descent home page]]

A snippet from Anjie Lees (ex FB): ''Definitely been a tough Avon. 1 paddle lost and 2 paddles broken. 2 holes in the boat fibreglassed last night (special Thank you to Byron from Albany Surf Club) another big one today and I have had no other choice than to pull out just before Emu Falls this morning. Super tough year with very low water levels meant I portaged probably 50 times yesterday meaning I missed the last checkpoint by 3 mins. So awesome to get back in this morning cant wait to see some pics from this morning''

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!! 26 July - LCRK AGM and Social Evening - Willoughby Hotel
LCRK's AGM for the year ended 30 June 2019 was held at Willoughby Hotel, 315 Penshurst St, North Willoughby on Friday Jul 26, 2019.

The venue for 2019 was a switch from prior years with a more informal event and a really good vibe in private upstairs rooms at the Willoughby Hotel. Food orders from the Bistro required a bit of upstairs/downstairs exercise but didn't seem to cause any issues - and the Hotel was very accommodating with our needs.

The formal part of the evening was the AGM. Alanna Ewin provided an excellent Presidents report for the 2018-19 year (shortened version to go in the PNSW Annual Report), and Ian Wrenford an update on the Clubs financial position. In general business there was some discussion on the prospects for future redevelopment of the Athletics Field buildings. The 2018-19 Committee were stood down with elections then held for the 2019-20 Committee. Your Executive Committee for 2019-20 comprises Alanna Ewin as President, Rich Yates for Vice, Wade Rowston is Secretary and Ian Wrenford as Treasurer. Also on the Committee are Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Tracey Hansford, Duncan Johnstone and new for this year Trevor Nicholls and Grant Kretzmann.

Naomi Johnson, with the support of the Committee was running a fundraising raffle to support her upcoming trip to the Marathon World Championships in China. Naomi was well pleased with the result and provided the following: ''Thanks so much to all who took part in my raffle, raising some money to help me get to the World Marathon Championships in Shaoxing, China this October. I was really blown away by everyone's enthusiasm for my goal, and their generosity in supporting it. The raffle raised $425, which was a lot more than I was expecting! With the Committee's offer to match anything I raised up to $500, the total from last night comes to $850. This will cover my team uniform ($298), visa ($109), the Paddle Australia tour admin fee ($200) and probably boat transport costs as well! (We're still waiting on a quote for the boats) The World Champs are now three months away, and I'm feeling really excited to keep training hard and make LCRK proud!''

Richard Barnes provided an update on his planning for a non-stop, unassisted paddle across the Tasman Sea in 2020 - including progress on his much-modified double Mirage. There was plenty of interest from attendees.

A lucky door prize (well, prizes!) was on offer including a $200 voucher for Prokayaks (funded by both the $5 registration fee, and a Prokayaks contribution). David Young had the winning ticket and a big smile.

Thanks to the Willoughby Hotel for helping us make the event 'work' - there's been plenty of positive feedback all round.

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!! 3-4 August Avon Descent
* %newwin%[[http://bluechipresults.com.au/Results.aspx?CId=11&RId=1281&EId=2|Avon 2019 Results]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.avondescent.com.au/|Avon Descent home page]]

A snippet from Anjie Lees (ex FB): ''Definitely been a tough Avon. 1 paddle lost and 2 paddles broken. 2 holes in the boat fibreglassed last night (special Thank you to Byron from Albany Surf Club) another big one today and I have had no other choice than to pull out just before Emu Falls this morning. Super tough year with very low water levels meant I portaged probably 50 times yesterday meaning I missed the last checkpoint by 3 mins. So awesome to get back in this morning cant wait to see some pics from this morning''
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Naomi Johnson, with the support of the Committee was running a fundraising raffle to support her upcoming trip to the Marathon World Championships in China. Naomi was well pleased with the result and provided the following: ''Thanks so much to all who took part in my raffle, raising some money to help me get to the World Marathon Championships in Shaoxing, China this October. I was really blown away by everyone's enthusiasm for my goal, and their generosity in supporting it. The raffle raised $425, which was a lot more than I was expecting! With the Committee's offer to match anything I raised up to $500, the total from last night comes to $850. This will cover my team uniform ($298), visa ($109), the Paddle Australia tour admin fee ($200) and probably boat transport costs as well! (We're still waiting on a quote for the boats) The World Champs are now three months away, and I'm feeling really excited to keep training hard and make LCRK proud!''

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The venue for 2019 was a switch from prior years with a more informal event and a really good vibe in private upstairs rooms at the Willoughby Hotel. Food orders from the Bistro required a bit of upstairs/downstairs exercise but didn't seem to cause any issues.

The formal part of the evening was the AGM. Alanna Ewin provided an excellent Presidents report for the 2018-19 year (shortened version to go in the PNSW Annual Report
), and Ian Wrenford an update on the Clubs financial position. In general business there was some discussion on the prospects for future redevelopment of the Athletics Field buildings. The 2018-19 Committee were stood down with elections then held for the 2019-20 Committee. Your Executive Committee for 2019-20 comprises Alanna Ewin as President, Rich Yates for Vice, Wade Rowston is Secretary and Ian Wrenford as Treasurer. Also on the Committee are Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Tracey Hansford, Duncan Johnstone and new for this year Trevor Nicholls and Grant Kretzmann.

Naomi Johnson, with the support of the Committee was running a fundraising raffle to support her upcoming trip to the Marathon World Championships in China [insert report]

Richard Barnes provided an update on his planning for a non-stop, unassisted paddle across the Tasman Sea in 2020 - including progress on his much-modified double Mirage. There was plenty of interest from attendees

Thanks to the Willoughby Hotel for helping us make the event 'work' - there's been plenty of positive feedback all round.
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LCRK's
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The event is a combination of an AGM (6:45pm for ~1 hour
), and a social evening from 6:00pm, which becomes increasingly social after the AGM has finished (7:45pm).

We have booked the private upstairs area in the hotel which has it's own bar and plenty of seating/socialising options. We have access to the full Willoughby Hotel Bistro menu downstairs (you order and pay for what you want). The upstairs Bar will have a LCRK funded bar tab open from 6pm and will run until the set cap expires (at which point you can order and pay for what you want).

Partners, family, lapsed members and friends are all welcome and are sure to also enjoy the social aspect of the evening.

Tickets are modest cover charge of $5 per booking (ie a booking might be 1,2 or more people). This gives us a good idea of attendance - which ensures the Willoughby Hotel has enough staff and food to cater for our presence. The proceeds from the booking will go towards a Lucky Door Prize (must be there to claim!) which is a $200 Voucher to %newwin%[[https://www.prokayaks.com.au/|Prokayaks Narrabeen]] (member Matt Blundell's shop). Please book via RegisterNow (link above):


'''Entertainment'''
Yes - there's even entertainment provided! For those who are not aware - LCRK member Richard Barnes is planning a solo crossing of the Tasman Sea (yep, that's the ditch between Lane Cove River and New Zealand) and is going to provide us an update on his planning, and some engaging Q&A.

For a taster - check out again the story of Richard Barnes (& friends) Bass Strait crossing on the LCRK website in January 2018 [[http://lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2018News#bs18|here]] - Richard 'did a Barnsey' paddling solo to cross the Bass Strait in 'Prototype 1' of his double Mirage...
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Welcome to The 2019 Spit to the Zoo Race, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (assisted by SIP)
This is NOT a PNSW Harbour Series event. It is sanctioned by PNSW but you must be a member of PNSW or be covered by a PNSW Day License or a member of Australian Sailing or SLSA to enter.

Spit to the Zoo Race takes place wholly within the enclosed waters of Port Jackson / Sydney Harbour.
Long Course ~ 16km
Short Course ~ 8km
Long Course paddlers must be able to cover 9km within an hour or risk being DNF. Pls enter Short if unsure.
In the event of heavy weather we may elect to run the Long Course as 2 laps of the Short Course in the more sheltered waters of Middle Harbour.

Several Wave starts (Long / Short / Doubles).
Deep Water Start.
The finish is between a buoy and the Marina Arm at MHYC for all divisions.

Race notes:

PFDs to be worn by ALL paddlers in this event.
Leg Leashes to be available for use on the day for all paddlers in this event. Race Director will make call on day if to be worn. SUPs to wear Leashes.

Standard Entries are $35 per paddler and close at midnight on Tuesday 6th August
Late Entries are $45 per paddler .

All entries close at midnight on Thurs 8th August

There will be No On-The-Day Entries

Paddler Registration is compulsory on site from 7am to 8am.
All paddlers MUST attend Registration to be checked in to the race. No Rego = No Result (DNS)
Race Briefing - 8:30 am.
Race Start - 9:00 am.

Trophies / Awards / Prizes from our generous sponsors may include:
- Surfski purchase discount vouchers;
- Paddling gear, accessories & apparel
- Medals for Divisional Categories >4 entrants.

Other Long Course prizes awarded on the day eg:
1st Double (M / F / Mixed)
1st OC1 (M / F)
1st SUP (M / F)
1st Sea Kayak (M / F)
Lucky Draw prizes for all entrants
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Tickets are modest cover charge of $5 per booking (ie a booking might be 1,2 or more people). This gives us a good idea of attendance - which ensures the Willoughby Hotel has enough staff and food to cater for our presence. The proceeds from the booking will go towards a Lucky Door Prize (must be there to claim!) which is a $200 Voucher to %newwin%[[https://www.prokayaks.com.au/|Prokayaks Narrabeen]] (member Matt Blundell's shop). Please book via RegisterNow (link above):
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[[#Clarence100]]
!! 18-20 October - Clarence 100
* %newwin%[[http://www.clarence100.com.au/|Clarence100 Website]]
* %newwin%[[http://www.clarence100.com.au/Event-Details/Race-Maps|Clarence 100 Course Maps]]
A 100km paddle over 3 days from Copmanhurst to Yamba on the North Coast.....

Quoting from the offical website: ''In 2015, a group of local and ex local paddlers came together to undertake a personal physical challenge and renew some old friend ships. The task ahead was to paddle together 100km down the “Mighty Clarence”. This was such a great experience for those paddlers; it just had to happen again''

''Due to its overwhelming positive feedback, it has been held each year since growing in size gradually mostly due to a great format that caters for both the competitive and social participant....''

''The Clarence 100 also known now as the C100 comprises a three stage, 3-day paddle and passes through numerous river townships from start to finish. Each day paddlers aim to finish by lunchtime whereby paddlers can refresh themselves, rest and enjoy the local hospitality provided by the river hotels and eateries...'''
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!! 18-20 October - Clarence 100
* %newwin%[[http://www.clarence100.com.au/|Clarence100 Website]]
* %newwin%[[http://www.clarence100.com.au/Event-Details/Race-Maps|Clarence 100 Course Maps]]
A 100km paddle over 3 days from Copmanhurst to Yamba on the North Coast.....

Quoting from the offical website: ''In 2015, a group of local and ex local paddlers came together to undertake a personal physical challenge and renew some old friend ships. The task ahead was to paddle together 100km down the “Mighty Clarence”. This was such a great experience for those paddlers; it just had to happen again''

''Due to its overwhelming positive feedback, it has been held each year since growing in size gradually mostly due to a great format that caters for both the competitive and social participant....''

''The Clarence 100 also known now as the C100 comprises a three stage, 3-day paddle and passes through numerous river townships from start to finish. Each day paddlers aim to finish by lunchtime whereby paddlers can refresh themselves, rest and enjoy the local hospitality provided by the river hotels and eateries...'''

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For a taster - check out again the story of Richard Barnes (& friends) Bass Strait crossing on the LCRK website in January 2018 [[http://lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2018News#bs18|here]] - Richard 'did a Barnsey' paddling solo to cross the Bass Strait in 'Prototype 1' of his double Mirage...
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LCRK's AGM for the year ended 30 June 2019 is to be held to be held at Willoughby Hotel, 315 Penshurst St, North Willoughby on Friday Jul 26, 2019.

The event is a combination of an AGM (
6:45pm for ~1 hour), and a social evening from 6:00pm, which becomes increasingly social after the AGM has finished (7:45pm).

We have booked the private upstairs area in the hotel which has it's own bar and plenty of seating/socialising options. We have access to the full Willoughby Hotel Bistro menu downstairs (you order and pay for what you want). The upstairs Bar will have a LCRK funded bar tab open from 6pm and will run until the set cap expires (at which point you can order and pay for what you want).

Partners, family, lapsed members and friends are all welcome and are sure to also enjoy the social aspect of the evening.

Tickets are modest cover charge of $5 per booking (ie a booking might be 1,2 or more people). This gives us a good idea of attendance - which ensures the Willoughby Hotel has enough staff and food to cater for our presence. The proceeds from the booking will go towards a Lucky Door Prize (must be there to claim!) and the Bar tab (helpful to be there to claim). Please book via RegisterNow (link above):


'''Entertainment'''
Yes - there's even entertainment provided! For those who are not aware - LCRK member Richard Barnes is planning a solo crossing of the Tasman Sea (yep, that's the ditch between Lane Cove River and New Zealand) and is going to provide us an update on his planning, and some engaging Q&A.

For a taster - check out again the story of Richard Barnes (& friends) Bass Strait crossing on the LCRK website in January 2018 here - Richard 'did a Barnsey' paddling solo to cross the Bass Strait in 'Prototype 1' of his double Mirage...
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[[#2019AGM]]
!! 26 July - LCRK AGM and Social Evening - Willoughby Hotel
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(Looks like circa 20km - will try and find out exactly...)
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!! 11 August - Three Rivers Challenge - Port Macquarie
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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.''
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!!Sat 4 May - Lane Cove Seaside Scavenge
* %newwin%[[https://www.seasidescavenge.org/upcoming-scavenges/2019/5/4/lane-cove-seaside-scavenge|Lane Cove Seaside Scavenge info]]
Quoting from the website:
''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!''
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This is an ideal race for those marathoners preparing for the National Champs, a final competitive hit out. Also if you are a country member keen to transport your craft to Perth we are offering free boat storage for the Kayak Transport Truck. Email mwkcpresident@gmail.com
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!!Sat 4 May - MWKC State 10,000m Challenge
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=175140&fbclid=IwAR0NxRqoy46Bhqrowe7wX9Kjis8h1HFpZZhkDVb4fCj8_Nzc0wR33zLPmMI|Entries (via webscorer) - close midnight Thu]]

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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 mwkcpresident@gmail.com 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. Also if you are a country member keen to transport your craft to Perth we are offering free boat storage for the Kayak Transport Truck. Email mwkcpresident@gmail.com

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).
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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.
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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. 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.
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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.
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!!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.

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. 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''.

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.
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!!Wed 19 Dec - LCRK XMAS event and presentations
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LCRK’s end of year Xmas presentation was held on the evening Wed 19 Dec. Temperatures were mild, there was little wind and the tide peaked out with a 1.4m high at 6:45pm. A good turnout of 53 paddlers (well actually paddlers, friends, partners and children) arrived in 6 boats.

The Boatercross course was laid out by Wade Rowston with assist from Tony, Rich, Chris and consisted of a mirrored triangle - actually Wade was taking no chances and used his GPS to lay out a golden triangle (also known as the sublime triangle, it is an isosceles triangle in which the duplicated side is in the golden ratio to the distinct side). Wade has also devised first-over-the-line scoring system with paired paddlers running difference courses and vying for hole shot at the first corner. Freestyle tricks earned bonus points determined it would seem by noise level on the pontoon.

Needless to say those early on the scene were keen to get out on the water for the qualifying rounds, changing into their paddling togs faster than a formula 1 pit stop.

Unfortunately approaching storms (light and noise) meant we had to get off the water earlier than we’d hoped for The extent of the darkening skies is evidenced by the darkening photos.

A couple of highlights from the Boatercross:-
* The children taking to the boats like ducks to water (and some taking to the water as well). Dave Hammond with Tommy, Areti; Tim Binns with Thomas, Dylan, Chris Johnson with Anna, Robert, Alex and Rob L-J with Emma.
* Tony H, Keg and Rich Yates repositioning craft from the water back onto the pontoon (paddler still aboard)
* Naomi Johnson (and Rich Barnes) both proving you can use a whitewater boat as a Sup (and Emma [Rob L-J’s daughter] emulating and showing it wasn’t really that hard at all).
* Ruby demonstrating how eskimos roll
* Rich Barnes nonchalantly adjusting his seat, footrest, lumbar support and rearview mirror (whilst others assuming they were a one-size-fits-all craft).
* Rich Barnes doing a reverse seal launch with double twist from the pontoon (more than once)
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The food 'spread' was literally that, with a great feed including nibblies on arrival, roast chicken, prawns, salads and a range of desserts.

In terms of the awards:-
* HCC fastest LCRKers – Peter Fitzgerald and Brendan Trewartha 8:54:10 in a V10 double
* HCC fastest LCRKer on handicap – Tom Simmat 9:18:48 in a SRec
* HCC – Arrow Trophy (an official HCC Trophy for group raising most sponsorship) – Peter Fitzgerald and the SHocKers team (~$16,000 in 2018 adding to overall tally now of ~$230,000 raised!)
* Womerah Cup (fastest womens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Naomi Johnson 63:22
* Turrumburra Cup ((fastest mens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Dave Coward 51:31
* Rookie of the Year (new Member, new to paddling improving and embracing the sport) – Chris Johnson
* Most Improved - James Pralija and Peter Manley jointly.
* Beat-your-age (12km singles paddling less minutes than years) – Tom Simmat (7.2 years younger!)
* Doubles Cup – David Young 435pts
* Coffee Cup – (not awarded)
* Sugarloaf Cup – Ian Wrenford 445pts
* Crudslime Cup – James Pralija 437pts

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Thanks are due to many people – pitching in to help with set-up and set-down, getting the course set up and the boats on and off the water (and washed). Particular thanks to Alanna who sourced most of the main course, Roger Deane for the prawns, Caroline/Ruby and who else for yummy desserts, Carly Rowston for trophy engraving, table decorations, Ian for transporting the boatercross boats (and 2nd Gordon Scouts via Rich Barnes/ Chris Stanley for making them available) etc etc - more to come!

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!!2018 - a VERY big year - by Ruby Ardren
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/w1kqtgqHMHA|Ruby's VBY on Youtube - nicely edited to 6m 45s]]

When the Very Big Year was introduced in 2017, I knew straight away I wanted to do it myself but just couldn't find the time that year. I figured I'd start my Big Year with the Massive Murray Paddle because it was a big commitment that I felt was the hardest one to complete and with that 400km in the bag I'd be well on my way towards the 1000km target. That was a good idea, but at the beginning of 2018 I got all motivated and decided this was the year and couldn't wait any longer, so a few days before the Canberra marathon, I sent in my list of nominated races to Shannon and embarked on my year.

When you align your Very Big Year with the calendar year it's a long slow start. The only races available are shorter ones, so you slowly rack up 20km races and finally get your first 100km after five marathons. For me my first hundred included racing at Canberra, Wagga, Woronora, Lane Cove and Grays Point (State Championships).

Canberra was a slow start to the year thanks to falling in twice out of my Vajda Spirit (once before the race had started), giving me the option of dropping to Division 6 in the Marathon Series - an option I took up at Wagga, as I had a history of not racing well there. I followed that day up by paddling a more stable Vajda Voyageur out onto the open lake for the 15km Burley Griffin Dash. I had planned to paddle the longer 30km Bash but wasn't quite up to backing up so early in the season. Wagga was hot and I, along with many others, was a little concerned about getting overheated and suffering from dehydration. Most solved this problem by falling in during the race. By once again resorting to a more stable K1 I didn't fall in, won my division and promptly got promoted to Division 5 again. I'm afraid Don suffered my wrath - I was a little unhappy about the promotion after paddling well over two hours. Reluctantly resigned to my fate, I had slow paddles at Woronora and Lane Cove, with a swim at Lane Cove after a disagreement with a steam boat belching thick fumes across the river about who was going to go right. He went right and I went right in. A quick remount and I finished. I paddled well at Grays Point and had fun in the doubles with Anjie.

That first hundred was hard work. By then I was already well into May and realised that I was going to have a lot of work to do in the latter part of the year.

The Riverland Paddling Marathon brought the chance to knock over 200km in one weekend and also satisfied the requirement to complete one race in another state. I travelled down with Duncan and Kyla and was wonderfully supported by Duncan, Craig, Richard, Keg and Alanna, as I didn't have my own land crew. What a great trip. I loved the Riverland the first time I did it in a double with Anjie because the scenery is spectacular with the cliffs glowing in the sunrise and the people are wonderful and this year was no different. This year wasn't too cold - we didn't even need beanies in the morning. I once again elected to paddle in a Voyageur and was pretty happy with my choice as I was able to put on a sprint to catch a wash ride when I needed to and found the wind and chop didn't stop me. I spent the majority of the three-day race wash riding two different doubles. One of them dropped out part way through day two and the other really didn't like me being on their tail and were overheard muttering that I was cheating. I also had people wash riding me, suffering twenty taps to my tail in one day from a double canoe paddled by the Routleys (yes I counted). I only let them off because they were otherwise such good company; they've now become friends that I've kept in touch with and seen in other races.

It was back to a few more short races after the Riverland with marathons at Penrith, Windsor and Davistown with a hiatus in between in Greenland. I hit my stride in this period, getting a place at Penrith and an actual Division 5 time (first time this year). The race at Penrith had never really appealed to me in the past because the course was straight and boring, but the much improved new course takes paddlers through continuous bush away from the urban scrum and only has ONE turn! Following a swim at Windsor prior to the race after losing a game of chicken with Rob Llewellyn-Jones, I continued on to come close to last in my division, but still scored some points for my club by doing portages having realised that I would probably be slow. Windsor is one of my favourite marathons. I like the course, there's an easy beach launch and it's just a nice atmosphere. Davistown was a nightmare of waves and wash from passing motor boats and ferries, but fortunately I had once again brought a more stable K1 and finished third.

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My confidence slightly boosted, I decided to paddle the Myall Classic the following weekend in my Spirit and finished soundly, not with a spectacular time but still with a trophy. I think this had been one of the easier Myall Classics in memory, at least for most - I followed along with Tom Simmat most of the way who stopped regularly to fiddle with his rudder. It turned out one of his pedals had broken at the beginning of the race and he had done a temporary fix by putting a stick through his rudder to hold it straight. It didn't seem to dampen his spirits much, but did slow him down a little.

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I was now looking at October and still only had just over 400km under my belt. I became more concerned when I realised that the Central Coast Marathon of 30km I had banked on had been run in September (already gone) instead of October. I looked at a few harbour races and tossed around the idea of paddling an outrigger to get my single blade paddle requirement, but it was all too hard at the time. I finished my last race of the Marathon Series at Burrill Lake with a win in Division 5, and I was even paddling my Spirit. Wonders will never cease. It wasn't enough to get me a place in the division - something to set as a goal for next year maybe. The crowd was a bit smaller than usual at Burrill Lake, with some away at the Clarence 100km, some at the Sprint Series event on the Sunday at Narrabeen, and yet others deciding to begin their taper for the next week's Hawkesbury.

This year's Hawkesbury was tough. Fortunately I'd been able to attend the last Famil paddle from Wisemans Ferry to Mooney Mooney, which had some rough conditions after Spencer, similar to what I'd experience in the race itself. I surfed my way in a lightweight Voyageur K1 in the dark into Wisemans Ferry and then cut through some more surf for good measure when I got to the stretch after Spencer. I went home with my first Hawkesbury record, which I was pretty happy about. I was finally over the halfway mark in my Very Big Year. Are you kidding? It was already November!!

I was prepared to do the Murray in a K1 when my husband decided that he too would like to do the Murray and would do it with me in a double. This didn't mean he suddenly had a lot of time to commit to training, and I warned him that he had to paddle whether he liked it or not because I wasn't about to paddle a double home on my own a la Richard Barnes and Kenji. He embarked on the first day of the Murray with his longest paddle having been about 40km. I was a little nervous, but knew he was a stayer so the chances of us finishing were good. We decided not to race the Murray because we were both first-timers and wanted to enjoy it, so the checkpoint tour it was. We both really enjoyed the week despite the crazy weather, I caught up with lots of the paddlers I had met on the Riverland, and didn't even get tapped on the tail once. Suddenly I'd finished another 400km and the end of my Very Big Year was in sight.

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I'd become friends with Brodie Cambourne, a friendship fraught with some competitiveness because she keeps beating me in every race we paddle in together (Riverland, Hawkesbury, Murray). Another goal I suppose! Brodie however, offered to bring her SUP to the Burley Griffin 24 Hour, giving me the opportunity to get my single blade bit done without having to go to another race. I decided to enter the 24 Hour twice - once as part of a K1 relay team with Naomi, Wade and Jeff, which would get me the remaining distance I needed, and once in a single blade craft (undefined at the time). At the last minute David Tongway agreed to lend both Brodie and I his TC1, which I was much happier to try paddling than a SUP after seeing the pain Meg Thornton had been in after doing one lap at Canberra at the beginning of the year.

The 24 Hour was the perfect way to finish my Very Big Year. Doing it as a relay was fun and nowhere near as stressful or exhausting as doing lap after lap on your own. Doing one lap in four meant you had time to eat and rest and all of us were only tired after the race, not sore. I did my canoe lap (and as a result have the record for the shortest ever 24 Hour race distance - one lap of 4.7km) and have to say I enjoyed it far more than I expected. I would happily try canoeing again. This was a surprising side-benefit of doing the Very Big Year and despite being a little sceptical about this rule to start with, I'm really happy I was forced to comply with it in the end. I saw Peter Faherty taking his newfound interest in canoes a bit further after finishing his paddle at the 24 Hour - giving a kneeler a go (and testing the water temperature while he was at it). I finished my Very Big Year distance requirement halfway through the 24 Hour but didn't abandon my team, which meant that I finished comfortably clear of the 1000km.
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I was finally finished and so proud of what I had achieved. I'm not a fast paddler but I am a stayer so the 1000km Challenge was perfect for me. I didn't have to win anything or try and beat someone's time, I just had to paddle the distance. But it was so much more than that. I made friends, saw new places and genuinely enjoyed (nearly) all of the races. I've fallen in love with ultra-marathons, and am leaving the year behind with a new interest in canoeing.

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The Very Big Year 1000km Challenge is absolutely worth doing for so many reasons. Save up your pocket money - getting to all these races and paying for entries isn't cheap; secure a land crew that has lots of leave or is retired; have a couple of kayak options; and get on the water. You won't regret it.

You don't win an award or get a trophy and there's no record but you'll have the satisfaction of setting a goal, and not an easy goal, and achieving it. Good luck!


Check out my Very Big Year video at the link up the top.

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!!1st-2nd December: Burley Griffin 24hr Paddle Challenge
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT
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* [[http://www.lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2015News#bgcc24|Rich Yates report from 2015 event]]
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Race report by Naomi Johnson

About this time last year, Wade mentioned that he was keen to get a team together for the Burley Griffin 24 hr Paddle Challenge, specifically a team of K1s. Considering that the preferred LCRK craft is still the ski, this was rather an odd choice. Yet with the force of Very Big Year goals, recent Hawkesbury success and a thirst for just one more race before Christmas, we ended up with a competitive team of four who were all prepared to sit it out for the long haul in a K1. Named Lane Cove Lightning by Naomi and Ruby when they were short of alliterative words, the team was:

Naomi "sure someone said 5km sprints" Johnson\\
Wade "can sleep anywhere" Rowston\\
Ruby "Ms Very Big Year" Ardren\\
Jeff "ACDC me up" Hosnell

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Frazer "mostly in it for the pizza" Ruddick\\
Laura "packed to feed a small army" Hosnell\\
Laura's parents, and Bailey the dog.

Noticeably absent went Caiomhin "when in Canberra, go rock climbing" Ardren and Carly "when the paddlers are away, have a baking weekend" Rowston.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_NaomiSprint.jpg|''Above: Naomi kicks off the race with a sprint.''\\\

Our preparation for the race mostly involved reading Rich Y's report on the sagas of Team Pablo in 2015. We decided it was safest to copy many key features of their plan, including single 4.7km laps during the day and serious attention to one's on-bank arrangements. For some reason, though, we didn't copy their Tim Tam plan. In fact...we didn't have a Tim Tam plan at all!

9:00am at Molongolo Reach and we were all raring to go. Wade had brought down the Lane Cove marquee and two K1s, along with Richard "24 hrs in the boat or go home" Barnes' kit in a large white tub. Richard himself had chosen to take the train. With the marquee erected, the Lightning team set to confirming the race plan and compare all the food we'd packed. Richard piled half his supplied into a BGCC-loaned Epic 18x, and donned a well-worn pair of pyjamas.

%lfloat width=310px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_NaomiJeffTag.jpg | ''Above: Jeff finishes a lap and hands over to Naomi.''

9:30am and most paddlers were on the water ready for the start. Naomi went for the tactic of get in front and stay in front, kicking off with a sprint that set the fastest lap time for the whole race at 25:25. Others set off at a more leisurely pace, with Peter "Very Big Hobbiting Year" Faherty missing the start by half a minute, and another VBY paddler turning up an hour later!

LCRK Lightning quickly settled into a rhythm of swapping laps, with the incumbent paddler sitting out in the middle of the river waiting for the change. Ruby decided to test the water temperature on one of those occasions, but she hadn't been tagged in yet so it doesn't really count. The day grew hotter and the wind gradually increased, with the marquee shade gradually shifting across the grass. Jeff seemed to be settling in for most consistent paddler of the race, and Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_RubyCanoe.jpg|''Above: Ruby getting down on the TC1 paddling technique.''\\\

Along with the K1 relay team and about 30kms of VBY paddling, Ruby also needed to complete the single-blade component of her 1000kms. After a few minutes testing canoe stability and technique in the shallows, she polished off a lap in a TC1 while waiting to tag back into the relay. She hit the 1000km mark mid-afternoon, posed for some photos, took a deep breath and tagged in for her next lap (yes, it was beginning to feel like the same two hours on repeat).

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_RichardSunset.jpg | ''Above: Richard takes on provision.''

Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and Stephen in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!

The sun finally set into a fiery sky, and both the temperature and the wind dropped suddenly. Richard pulled over briefly to don his lifejacket and take on more supplies, though stayed firmly seated in the boat. Frazer ordered his pizza, Laura and her parents retreated to their hotel, our BGCC hosts lit a brazier and everyone started to think about the optimal tent-free sleeping arrangements. Naomi, Frazer and their becurtained van definitely won on this front, offering a more refined night's rest than Wade's camping-mat-by-the-river option. From 10pm the Lightning team switched to double laps, aiming for one hour on the water and then three for sleeping. Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_Brasier.jpg | ''Above: Molongolo Reach just after sunset.''

Out on the water at night was eerie and beautiful. Far from the isolation of the Hawkesbury, there was definitely a city somewhere out there in the distance. Car lights flickered past, shining the occasional glance on a mercifully still river. The family of geese who had been making themselves known on the bank earlier were totally oblivious to the ongoing race. They sat right in the centre of the paddle line, honking with offence if a boat came too close. We chatted with boats that we passed, cheered those that came past the beach, and marvelled at the stars.\\\

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_WadeSleep.jpg | ''Above: Wade circa 5:30am.''

Dawn finally came, with the geese still claiming ownership of the river and Richard still paddling along cheerfully. Wade wanted to be convinced that Naomi was up for another double lap at 6am, dashing down to the river a little after she crossed the changeover line. For those that had got some shut-eye, the returning light increased average speed by half a km per hour, and suddenly it seemed like the 24 hr mark might be achievable. As we got closer to 9:30am, we realised that there was a distinct possibility of fitting in a final lap – bringing the total to 51 – before the cut-off. But we would have to be quick about it. Another 26-and-a-half minuter from Naomi, and then Wade headed off as the morning wind began in earnest. If he could make it in by 9:02am, we had chance of one final lap. Jeff plugged himself into ACDC for maximum motivation. Wade crossed the line at 9:01am, and the race for the final lap was on. Jeff pulled out a cracker of a paddle to finish with a minute to spare, and the team Lighting sprint for the line was a fabulous conclusion to the 24 hours of racing.

With 51 laps up our sleeve, Lane Cove Lighting paddled a total of 239.7kms, the furthest of the three relay teams. Richard clocked up 178kms, with reported lap speeds ranging from 34min to 41min overnight. In the style of Team Pablo 2015, we're also fairly sure that LCRK was the loudest team, had the biggest marquee, took the most showers (Naomi managed three) and the most photos. By general consensus Richard was the craziest paddler out on the water, and had the smelliest set of pyjamas by the end.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_TeamLightning.jpg|''Above: Team Lightning at the end of 24hrs. Still smiling!''\\\

BGCC were fabulous hosts, welcoming us into their clubhouse space and cheering everyone along no matter what time of the day or night. While the 2018 edition of the 24hr paddle challenge was on the light side, it would be fabulous to see some more relay teams take on the race next year. Team Lightning is already discussing tactics to fit in a few more laps, maybe with a Tim Tam plan!

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!!Massive Murray Paddle 19-23 Nov 2018
*%newwin%[[https://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/|Massive Murray website]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=162195&lang=en|Outright Results]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=162200&dist=Full+distance&fbclid=IwAR1SARoAerCwQoX4axxPGkJoLZ2V2wb5VEQa0zo88a7gBHQZo6wxeo4K9Ro|Handicap results]]
*%newwin%[[Attach:MMP18-susanwilliams.pdf|MMP18 report - by visiting US paddler Susan Williams - 9 pages!]]

Quoting the MMP website: ''The Massive Murray Paddle is an amazing 5 day paddling adventure & paddling race, that raises funds to assist local charities or community-driven programs. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Massive Murray Paddle this year in November''

%rfloat width=650px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:MMP18group.jpg | [-''Above: MMP 2018 Race briefing.''-]
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'''50th Massive Murray Paddle - Race Report - by Ruby Ardren'''

The representation from Lane Cove at the 50th Massive Murray Paddle was slim this year but we still made ourselves known.

Everyone was agreed at the end of the event that it had the craziest weather anyone had ever experienced. Veteran paddlers said they had never seen the like. We started off on the Monday with a heatwave, with everyone paying a lot of attention to fluids and sun protection. Tuesday was by far the best day until there was a thunderstorm in the early afternoon that brought with it heavy rain, thunder and lightning that struck disturbingly nearby. The storm was short lived and followed by heavy humidity, so I think some would have preferred the storm. Wednesday was tolerable and probably the better day of the week, and with a slightly shorter distance of 80km, it felt almost easy. Thursday fell apart early. Overnight in Echuca it had rained mud - everything we owned was covered in it - our cars, boats, gear, tents, everything. It was soon washed off by the continuous light rain that fell all day. Unfortunately this rain was accompanied by colder temperatures and 20 knot plus winds. By Checkpoint B Ruby was shaking so much she had to visit the car to change into winter paddling gear including a cag. This worked for a little while, but there was much shivering every time there was a stop. Paddlers fell like flies on this day, withdrawing from the race with many on the verge of hypothermia. To top it off, the slightly slower paddlers were hit by hail close to the end of their day's paddle. Friday only improved in terms of dryness; the strong winds and cold weather stayed. Fortunately the river meanders constantly, so the wind was never in your face for long, but also never seemed to follow for very long either.

%lfloat width=650px%Attach:181120MMP.jpg|[-Start of Day 2 - Photo: MMP Facebook -]

Despite this wild assortment of weather, the event was great fun. Tom wasn't seen by many all week because he was on early starts and stayed in front, usually finishing in the top five each day. Ruby and Caoimhin saw lots of people because they were on a late start, passed lots of people, then passed them again, and sometimes again (this happens when you stop at all the checkpoints). Richard and Linden saw Ruby and Caoimhin every day, and spoke to everyone they passed (of course), even an older couple of farmers sitting on the riverbank on Day 5 watching their last ever Murray from their property, as they've just sold up. Richard and Linden appeared to spend much of the race sitting in trees over the river (Ruby and Caoimhin spotted them in this type of position twice). On one occasion, they found a koala between them (there is photographic evidence), and saw a koala on another occasion too. Ruby spent the remaining days scanning the trees to no avail.

Tom Simmat won the entire event on handicap, with a handicap time of 25:18:24, coming tenth overall with 33:30:36. Christine (the current wife) was ever present, supporting Tom and bemoaning the fact that Cathy Miller no longer had a landcrew that paddled upstream of the checkpoint to deliver tea and food on the water.

Age and boat did no favours for Ruby and Caoimhin Ardren, who in their SLR2 came 19th overall with a paddle of 35:45:53, but slipped to 27th on handicap. Given this couple decided to enjoy the Murray as a second honeymoon, which included stops at all checkpoints and a couple of other spots as well, this wasn't a bad result. They have also disproved the theory that doubles are divorce boats, as the event saw them getting on very well (except when trying to pull the boat in to checkpoints).

%lfloat width=320px margin-top=5px margin-right=5px%Attach:MMP18ra.jpg | [-''Above: Ruby & Caoimhin.''-]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=5px margin-right=5px%Attach:MMP18ra2.jpg | [-''Above: Ruby & Caoimhin.''-]

Richard Barnes took the recreational approach, fitting a bit of bushwalking, tree climbing and picnicking in with his sister Linden. I think Ruby even spotted them set up one lunch time with their land support's caravan and a table and chairs - very civilised. They were paddling Kermit, festooned with several small ducklings {''Ed: Team name - 2 Barnes and 6 ducks''}, which led Ruby at one point to gesticulate wildly just after passing Richard and Linden because she'd just seen a real duckling of similar size! Richard thought Ruby was suggesting he duck, rather than look for a duck...

Some of you will know Kim Navera, who spent many time trials at Lane Cove partnering Jason Han in the canoe. He's more commonly seen in a ski these days, but had Jason landcrewing for him in the Murray. He was always cheerful and finished well with a time of 36:57:32. Cathy Miller was seen legs out on a Mirage sit-on-top and did the Murray minus landcrew because she had volunteered to ferry boats to and from the event for the organisers. She came in with a very similar time to Richard, even though they were rarely seen together on the water...

Honorary Lane Cover's the Hobbits won the entire event in a battle to the death with Steve and Kate Dawson. With a lot of strategic moves that involved never EVER stopping, the Hobbits finished in 28:58:58, which was also a UN2 record. After five days, with different boats winning on each day, the Hobbits only beat the Dawsons by 11:42, which shows just how close it was.

Some of you will know Marg and Rob Cook, who paddled hard (also in an SLR2) to finish 7th overall, keeping Tom on his toes on the handicap award but eventually giving in to come 3rd on handicap.

The report by Susan Williams that can be found on the club's Facebook page {''Ed: a link to a PDF of Susan's report is up the top of this report''} is well worth a read, giving very detailed feedback on the race.

Ruby and Caomhin proudly finished the race without a single blister between them and no other sores or soreness either, despite Caoimhin never having paddled more than 40km in a day before the event. Tom and Richard are such veterans that you wouldn't have even known they had just paddled 400km, and the Hobbits were, well, shattered - understandably.

%lfloat width=650px margin-top=5px margin-right=5px%Attach:MMP18lcrk.jpg | [-''Above: LCRKers past and present''-]

%lfloat width=420px margin-top=5px margin-right=5px%Attach:MMP18tom.jpg | [-''Above: Tom gets the handicap gong''-]
%rfloat width=220px margin-top=5px margin-right=5px%Attach:MMP18hob2.jpg | [-''Above: The Hobbits get the Outright gong''-]


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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - Sunday 7th October Wiseman's to FINISH.
*[[Attach:181007famil3a.pdf|Details for 181007 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
Wiseman’s (Naughty Wiseman’s) to Mooney Mooney Pontoon (Hawkesbury Classic finish)

Despite it being post the AFL and NRL Grand Finals, the weekend of the famous Bathurst 1000, the middle of the School Holidays and even the start of daylight saving at 2:00am Sunday morning and on top of that a pretty grey 6:30 assembly with a 30km/h plus wind blowing pretty briskly own the fetch from Milson Island, 12 warmly clad Kayakers said “Let’s do it!”

We had all come to make the final LCRK training paddle from Wiseman’s to the pontoon at Deerubbin Reserve, Mooney Mooney.

This was also the last paddle in our experiment to utilise the club trailer and cars to transport as many boats and paddlers as possible to avoid the normal two way shuttle to the finish and back again.

Though still time consuming, an hour and 10 minutes, it gave us another hour to paddle instead of sitting on the road.

We arrived at Wiseman’s buoyed by the change in weather conditions. The rain had stopped. The wind disappeared and the only movement on the water was an indication of the still incoming tide.

Frazer and Naomi were beginning to wonder whether we were coming at all, but we arrived shortly after 7:30am. Time to prep boats for a first departure at 8:15 after a course and safety briefing. With an experienced group of Lane Covers we were able to quickly organise start times and decide who would be paddling with who.

The K4, still in her cradle on top of the trailer, decided to show off the amount of water she can carry on her own........
Or so we thought..........
%lfloat width=325px%Attach:181007k41.jpg|[-Yes, the rain affected the K4 too. -]
%rfloat width=325px%Attach:181007k42.jpg|[-But wait.. no it’s our venerable coach up to mischief -]

It also took somewhat longer to get the K4 organised. Everything is multiplied by four. 4 times as much equipment, paddles, spray deck covers, caps, caggs, water, nutrition bladders, food and changes of clothing. It’s a wonder the old lady could accommodate it all.

%lfloat width=425px%Attach:181007wendy.jpg|[-Wendy! soooo much stuff. -]
%rfloat width=225px%Attach:181007david.jpg|[-David, our driver, wonders what an earth he’s looking at -]

Making it to Wiseman’s in the Hawkesbury means you’ve broken the back of this famous journey down the Hawkesbury. It just remains for you to complete the stretch to Spencer and down to the infamous Bar Point and up through the slot inside Milson Island to the finish.

The last 10 km can be the making or breaking of your success in the Classic and if the weather is up as it was this morning it was going to be a challenge for the K4 women and the rest of us.

So it was with this on our minds that we set off in pairs to complete the last two legs.

Ruby in her K1, Nick in his sea kayak, Rob and Duncan in their ski’s set off into the incoming tide at 8:15am. With the K4 following 15 minutes later and Tony in his Vampire, Naomi in the club Bettong and the now famous “Hobbits”, Peter and Gareth in their SLR2 in hot pursuit at 9:00am.

Following Tom’s tips on beating the tide we all made it down past Low Tide Pitstop in fairly close company before the tide turned to run us to the finish. A metre too far off the bank could mean losing over half a kilometre an hour round the big bends and not cutting the corners at the right point and time could mean you’ll end up paddling an extra two or three kilometres over the full distance, maybe an extra 15 to twenty minutes on your time on the night.

Seeing Ruby and Nick taking a quick break on the only ‘beach’, the K4 couldn’t resist and took a break on the mudbanks opposite Spencer. They found sinking up to the their thighs in mud wasn’t hard.

The rest of us rounded the final corner leading to the long straight down to Bar Point only to be met by a strong Southerly blowing against the outgoing tide. Waves stood up in parts a metre high and it was on for young and old.

Braving the short passage across to the left bank and then hugging the shoreline proved to be the best strategy. Whilst the pairs stuck together, the double turned back to check on the K4 to find them struggling to escape the mud. Thanks, Peter and Gareth. Great support. Hope you made your 50th Birthday Party.

With advanced notice from the double appearing on the scene, the K4 and double were too, able to break free of the effects of the wind after half a kilometre of challenging paddling, and reach the calm waters down to Bar Point where we all found the wind had died off and the waters had flattened out. There was only the rushing of the tide through the the slot to the finish left to challenge everyone. Incredible after the scene we faced at 6:30am this morning. Time: A little over 4 hrs for most.

David, Darren and Craig and friend decided to start out at 6:00am from Mooney Mooney and had to endure pretty tough conditions out and back. So it could have been different.

Finally, the K4 Women’s Hawkesbury Classic Campaign has been supported by many club members making up the numbers on training paddles, by the club providing new equipment in pumps and spray deck covers and facilitating the updating of seats, foot plates and the addition of foot straps, all installed or fitted with the help of skilled members. The use of the club trailer and Clayton, doubling up as the driver and transporter for the rest of us. Avery big thanking to all who have assisted and supported them.

Wendy, Kerrie, Jana and Anjie after months of training and careful practice and preparation announced at the end of today’s paddle they are ready to take on the Classic.

We hope the rest of you participating in this year’s Hawkesbury Classic are too.

I hope, for those of you who were able to participate, you got everything you were looking for out of the Training Paddles your club put on. For those of you who didn’t.. maybe we’ll see you next year.

Good luck, fair and safe paddling to all those taking part.

Duncan


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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor to Sackville

[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor to Sackville. Start: [[<<]]
TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]


*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of the paddle (thanks Rich!)]]
*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--windsor.html|Willy Weather Windsor]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #2]]

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%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2a.jpg|[-Above: Windy you say? -]
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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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“Rodrigo, care to comment on your performance today beating everyone home?” “Huh! I wasn’t sure if we were training for the Classic or the Avon Descent. At times felt like a downwinder in a K1. Everyone managed the conditions really well just hope we are not facing near gale force winds and white caps in the Classic. Never seen the Hawkesbury River so angry”. “Rodrigo, I believe you have a new nickname?” Wendy: “Yes! The ‘Chris Froome’ of paddling! He stuck with us all day, and then left us for dead in the home stretch”.
Shipping was few and far between on the river this morning with the exception of some skiers. Richard thought the air force had come to town as some ski race competitors ramped up their practice for the “Hawkesbury 120”. Made us all feel rather pedestrian.
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However the real culprit of the day was the wind. With a forecast for strong winds for coastal waters and up to 30km/h on the Hawkesbury for Sunday, nobody expected what was thrown at us in the closing stages of the Windsor to Sackville paddle
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%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2b.jpg|[-Above: Windy apparently? -]
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When Rob and Matt were asked for a comment there was simply silence and perhaps that is where we should leave it. But for a shout out to Clay and Frazer for your support and providing the essential transport. Many thanks, guys.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 29 Jul 2018 1st LCRK Training Paddle - Sackville to Wiseman’s
LCRK always provides a series of training paddles to prepare for the HCC.

[+'''Sunday 29th July'''+] - Sackville to Wiseman's. Briefing: 7:30am First Start: 7:45am. [[<<]]
TIDE Sackville 07:15am LOW
*[[Attach:180729famil.pdf|Details for 180729 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--sackville.html|Willy Weather Sackville]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #1]]

A day full of foreboding turns out to be a perfect day to get to grips with the “Big W”

A promise of 5 degrees, a strong incoming tide and 30km/hr plus winds had everyone more than a little unsettled on Saturday night. Duncan’s warnings and precautions to be taken just raised anxiety further.

The dawning of a new day after a spectacular eclipse, and what a perfect way to introduce our prospective Women’s K4 crew and committed members to the most challenging part of the Hawkesbury Classic - 14 degrees and windless.
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcct1a.jpg|[-Above: The K4 crew - Jana, Wendy, Anjie, Kerrie -]

14 paddlers arrived at “Naughty Wiseman’s” to load their boats onto our club trailer for transport upriver to the start at Sackville. With the K4 coming on board it was decided to use the trailer to see if we could reduce the time spent shuttling equipment and paddlers back and forth. Apologies to Pete who, keen as ever, ended up on his own at Sackville very early in the morning! It worked a treat with our K4 team able to get the support they needed in manouvering the K4 off the top of the trailer.

%lfloat width=400px%Attach:18hcct1c.jpg|[-Above: early morning at Sackville-]
%rfloat width=250px%Attach:18hcct1b.jpg|[-Above: and we're off-]
After an excellent briefing from Tom Simmat on how to tackle the Sackville to Wiseman’s leg against the tide, including a detailed map, and more wise words from our wizards, Jezza and Dave Young, it was onto the water with the tide turning to challenge us.

Chris Johnson, looking to take part in his first Classic, was sent off 15 minutes early and showed he’s well placed to do a good time on the night. “Hot shots” Pete Manley and Dave Young decided to paddle off upstream while the rest headed off to Wiseman’s and of course were later to prove their worth. Jezza, Don Johnstone, Naomi Johnson quickly set the pace upfront. At Dargle they appeared to lose their way in broad daylight keeping to the right on the river around the sharp left hand bend. Maybe they were just testing the waters?

Coming from behind, the K4 caught the back markers just before Lower Portland with plenty of "working out who was suppose to be doing what" going on. It is clear though with good style and rhythm there is the making of a good crew for the Classic. Good on you Wendy, Kerrie, Jana and Anjie!

Tom Simmat, with Rob Llewellyn-Jones and Duncan Johnstone were taking Tom’s advice to heart and really testing speeds over the shallows, finding the eddies and cutting the corners to get in behind the strong incoming tide.

The low water afforded some crews picnic-like opportunities en route to Wiseman’s. Greg Morris and Warwick Sherwood were on occasion seen to be taking a break, facing the wrong way up river. Perhaps a last minute decision to duck into an attractive looking beach to stretch the legs or was it a weed freeing exercise? You need a retractable rudder, guys!

Expectations were high that we were going to be accompanied by Mitch and Suzie in their Boost. Either we were too slow, or they decided tidal issues were going to make it a hard day on the water. They started from “ Naughty Wiseman’s and turned 20kms up river from Wiseman’s to top the distance covered (40kms) for the day.

So everyone, you only experienced my dire warnings with a km to go. I think an excellent way to lock in the route to take in October. Good paddling until then. Look out for details of the next LCRK HCC Training Paddle.

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!!22 Sep 2018 - Myall Classic
* %newwin%[[http://myall.paddlensw.org.au/|Myall Classic website]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=152469|Myall Classic Results (via Webscorer)]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/sets/72157701635524905|LCRK Flickr album 400+ pix]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/123301968@N08/albums/72157701600181935|PNSW Flickr Album 1000+ pix]]

Race report compiled by Naomi Johnson

Tucked away north of Newcastle is the idyllic Myall River, winding north from Tea Gardens into what feels like the middle of nowhere. For some, it's a fast and furious race for the line, for others a gentle paddling getaway, and for many a test of whether this year's Hawkesbury might be on the cards. With 47km, 27km and 12km distances on offer, it's a race for all goals and abilities, and there's a fabulous atmosphere. Needless to say, Lane Cove was out in force for the event, with paddlers across all the distances and many smiling faces in amongst the volunteers as well.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018Myall_StartView.jpg|''Above: Saturday morning view of the Myall. Beautiful conditions and a stunning spring day!''\\\

Saturday 22nd dawned bright, clear and warm, with spring arriving somewhat unexpectedly overnight. Whether to wear long or short sleeves seemed to be the question of the morning (for LCRKers at least...one school group was overheard debating which end of the boat was the front), and all had an eye on the volatile Myall tide. Would it turn during the race? If so, when?

Race director Tony Hystek shares his thoughts on both paddling and the organisational side of things:

->''"Having spent the last 5 years watching paddlers heading off on their annual pilgrimage to Tamboy, I was very grateful that Bob Turner insisted I paddle this year. That is until around 15km from home, when a wall of water appeared in front of me. The group of six I was travelling with seemed to get through it unscathed but I was left floundering behind.''
->''It had been a great ride till then, with six of us often line abreast, other times squeezed against the shallows, with a huge wash wave formed behind that would put Bondi to shame on an average day. James P and Peter M shared leads most of the way up, with the Robinsons VJ team, the hobbits (Gareth and Peter), Mark H and Caroline M, myself and a couple of others on occasions. We had a target ahead, the fast-starting crew of Suzie and Mitch, who seemed to be able to put in another effort any time we looked like making ground.''
->''The river was just as I remembered, even down to the same bits of pipe along the bank and the same masses of weed in Brasswater, the beautiful scenery along the way, and the perfect weather. Tony, the local Maritime BSO did a great job as usual co-ordinating the river closure and negotiating with Myall River Camp patrons. Motorised boater behaviour was the best I have seen, with only two minor incursions at the top end, both turning back when advised.''
->''The usual afternoon sea breeze from the northeast created choppy conditions across the broadwater near home, and James Harrington the early singles leader and still suffering the effects of a prior illness, had to slow his pace. Local improver James Prajlia took the singles honours, previously won for four year straight by Matt Blundell. Original co-organiser of the Myall Classic, Liz van Reece, took home the winning female singles trophy, a fantastic achievement. The perpetual trophy is named after her and husband Murray!''
->''Organising the Myall is another aspect entirely, and without Bob taking over the reins this year, either race management would have fallen in a heap, or my business would have gone belly-up. As it was, Alanna and I managed to finish work at 1.00pm on the Thursday, throw everything in the car and be off to Tea Gardens by 4.00pm. Arrived at 7.00pm, and looking for my dinner jacket realised I had left ALL my clothes at home! Frantic phone calls to work staff had them breaking into home and grabbing the WRONG bag of clothes, so I ended up with plenty of paddling options and not much more. My problems pale to insignificance compared to Anjie’s traumas, which I’m sure are documented elsewhere.''
->''Friday was spent doing safety boat deployments, shopping, signage, briefing notes, PNSW grant applications etc, then up at 4.30am on race day to set up the site, then do the paddler and safety crew briefings. Oh dear…I have to paddle too? Off to grab the boat, throw in the compulsory gear and pretend nothing had happened.''
->''The results system was an improvement on past years, with a TV monitor displaying the results and presentations conducted half an hour earlier than usual. Even though the tides were unfavourable, there were only a handful of turn-backs due to insufficient progress, while there were also 4 x time adjustments back to 4hrs 30 for early finishers who should have entered the later starts.''
->''The future of the Myall is looking rosy, as we try to improve the event each year and involve more locals. The major problem however, is the shortage of volunteers. Without the huge contribution of Lane Cove paddlers and families, we would not have had an event to run, and PNSW is very grateful to all who contributed. Nigel Weeks, a local paddler from Buladelah, also worked like a Trojan all day, one of the unsung heroes who gets things done in the background. He just phoned me one day a few years back offering his services, and has been coming ever since.''
->''This is a very special event, and one that will continue to grow and improve if we can find enough volunteers."'' – '''Tony Hystek'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_JamesOpenMens.jpg | ''Above: James P flying to victory in the Men's Singles''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_TonyPaddling.jpg | ''Above: Tony looking very happy to be paddling.''\\\

Tony and the lead pack seem to have been going a bit too fast to notice the tide, which everyone else would report was ripping out for just about the entire race. From Tea Gardens, the course heads upstream, across the blustery broadwater and into the more enclosed part of the river proper. For the first few kilometres there are houses and campsites to be seen along the banks, which then stop abruptly. Up at Eagle's Reach, both the 13km checkpoint and 27km course turn-buoy, the lone jetty feels almost out of place on the otherwise deserted riverbank. The odd cabin here, another jetty there, the channel markers across Brasswater, there isn't much more to indicate human habitation.

For those doing both the 47km and 27km courses it was a hard slog up to the top turn, and everyone was much happier coming back down the other side. Wash ride or not, as least the boats were now pointing in the direction of the finish line!

Chris Johnson was paddling the Myall for the first time, and for the photos looks like he was having an absolute ball:

->''"Things went a little 'pear shaped' getting ready when my number plate would not slot into its holder, so I borrowed some tape from Anje then realised then number holder was broken. Got that sorted and then borrowed some sun cream, then started to stress out that we had to carry a mobile phone (my brain had forgotten this safety requirement). Got 2x glad bags and promised my new work iPhone 7 I would not fall out of the kayak.''
->''The event (not really a race for me) started by getting into boat, an interesting challenge on the beach! I must admit the waves from the other kayaks were making my boat unstable but I got past the first few green markers and on the tail of a couple of other kayaks. A running mate Jono P from Sydney Uni was also on my wave so paddled with him more or less to the turn around.''
->''On the out stage I paddled hard, but technique is not up to scratch really. Highlights of this stage were talking to a chap from Tamworth who paddles on a dam with 6% capacity, plus being overtaken 4 km from the turning buoy by a Mirage double, single sea kayak and Jono, who encouraged me to jump on the back. It was about this stage I noticed some new blisters on my hands. I made it to turn around buoy and promptly forgot to get back on the tail of the double, so meandered my way back somehow in roughly the same time it took for first half. I could still see Jono and the Mirage double for most of the way though.''
->''It was great to see so many participants in the other events. The final sections were a little choppy, certainly made it interesting. I must admit the last 8 km was a long way. Elizabeth van Reece swept past not far from the end, she was going well. Finally at the finish line, greeted with lots of smiling Lane Cove faces, I requested one of the chaps from TAS to hold my kayak as I got out at the end so both I and the iPhone stayed dry!''
->''My total time was 4:56, and the 47 km distance is a long way! Technique needs to improve, and I need get lighter and fitter. By Sunday, I felt like the muscles near my glutes needed replacement, and the tops of my thighs were pink too!"'' – '''Chris Johnson'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_RichardKermit.jpg | ''Above: Richard with a different take on doubles paddling''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_ChrisJ.jpg | ''Above: Chris on the way upstream.''\\\

Ian W and Paul van K decided that the best view of the river was definitely not achieved by paddling on it, and join the small army of volunteers that made the day run so smoothly. Ian's only regret, it seems, was that he didn't get back to Tea Gardens in time to photograph everyone crossing the finish line:

->''"Paul van Koesveld and I again took on one of the safety boats for this year's Classic. Our duties were largely a 'roving' role keeping an eye on some of the known trouble spots and taking the opportunity for a bit of photography between rescues. Having pre-launched the boat (PNSW IRB) the night before it was nevertheless an early start helping to set up the site, attending the safety briefing, slapping on the 50+ etc.''
->''We headed off a matter of minutes ahead of the 8am 47km start. The 4 knot limit for the first kilometre meant we were predictably being hauled in - but before they could catch our wash, we were out onto the Broadwater and able to sprint ahead and set anchor just at the Dredges Island exit. Some minutes later the lead boats rounded the corner with some tight bunchings of boats manoeuvring four abreast round the navigation markers. Some came close, keen to get photographic evidence of them still fresh, and others were head down focussed purely on the job at hand. Some of the lead boats already looked like they'd have been better off in the 9am start (to ensure they didn't return before the finish line opened at 12:30pm).''
->''With a 1 hour gap for the 9am 47km start, we motored up to the 12km turn to ensure the turn buoy was correctly positioned then returned back to the top of the Campground for the 200 series boats. This is where most of the fast (and winning) boats were entered and tight groupings of boats were again in evidence. The next start was the 27km student challenge and we had positioned ourselves at the Slot to ensure they followed the correct course - well at least as far as the Campground which seemed the distance goal many had set! The two 'proper' 27km starts then followed at half hour intervals from the students with many of the faster paddlers having overtaken the students in the first 5km - despite the half hour head start. These paddlers were much more spread out all finding their own way to tackle the difficult tide.''
->''The closest we came to a rescue was refitting a boat number to one of the student boats (came loose in the startline melee apparently) - oh and we also rescued boat number 330 (just the number, not the boat). Highlights for us were:''

**''A very happy Liberty Blundell in the double with Matt, charging through to win the VJ 12km class.''
**''A chattering Alanna and Allison broadcasting their presence from hundreds of metres away.''
**''An enthusiastic Rich Barnes paddling solo in Kermit (Mirage 730) - couldn't see his smile due to his sun protection, but we could hear it!''
**''Rich and Craig (8am starters) charging through to the finish line (so they could wait for it to open).''
**''Greg and Warwick having to check with the Safety boat if their paddling was photogenic (ie. synchronised) - yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.''
**''The smile on Tony Hysteks face - finally having the opportunity to paddle the Myall (vs. supervise it from shore).''
**''Phil G's bellowed "Aaagh" of pain and frustration one km before the finish as he reminded himself that semi-fitness for a 12km paddle is not a great basis for entering a 27km event with strong tides and shallow water.''
**''The Students, all very much into the spirit of the day with accompanying music and ever willing to stop paddling and pose for a photo (some took it seriously too). We spotted a total of three student picnics and four raft-ups, and are sure there were more!''
**''The Maritime boat and Captain (another Tony), who did a sterling job of preventing powerboats going upriver from Tea Gardens (his first job with Maritime was overseeing the Murray Marathon - 400km at ~4 knots..).''
**''Paul really enjoyed being able to stand up in the rubber ducky this year without any hip or back-provoked wobbles. Not yet confident that this improved balance translates to better paddling balance.''
**''The lucky dip lunch goodies bag, provided to relieve the hunger pangs caused by strenuous safety boating (Alanna traditionally prepares a packed lunch for ALL the safety boat crews - thanks Alanna)"'' – '''Ian Wrenford'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_WarwickGreg.jpg | ''Above: Warwick and Greg's photo evidence''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_BlundellDuo.jpg | ''Above: Liberty: Dad...I'm sure you can paddler harder!''\\\

The SHOcKERs have been much more regular faces at Lane Cove this year, and they were out in force at the Myall. No doubt honing their race plan and paddling formation for the end of October:

->''"Out of the SHOcKERs group, Fitzgerald/Trewartha managed to pilot the Red7 to a fast time despite it having the weight characteristics of a log in the shallow water. Fitz seems to have an affinity for heavy doubles post Yukon adventure! Trevor Nichols continued his speed increase doing 4hr12, 40min ahead of last year's time. The Williams snr /jnr combination of Reece/Darren improved with a PB on very little training. Lastly for me my hastily devised weed deflector seemed to work well with much more weed on top of the V10s than dragging below."'' – '''Craig Sallked'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_CraigS.jpg | ''Above: Craig on the way downstream''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_TrevorN.jpg | ''Above: Trevor on the way to a sizeable PB.''\\\

Trevor Nichols continued the speculation on the Fitz/Trewartha double:

->''"I am over the moon with my time. I registered for the 8am start but luckily John Duffy suggested I change to the 9am whilst we were time keeping on Wednesday. He said you are likely to be faster than 4:30 so would arrive before the finish gates opened at 12:30. He was right and I had a 40 minute PB from last year.''
->''The Myall was a trial for Fitzy and Brendan in the Red7 double. Although their time was respectable the experiment ended with them agreeing to either do the Hawk in singles or a faster double. Also Craig Salkeld’s son Kyle won the uni students 27km."'' - '''Trevor Nichols'''

It was fabulous to see a Lane Cove K4 padding the Classic, with Anjie's great work coordinating the team and boat maintenance in recent months coming to fruition. Kerrie was out with family commitments so Gaye Foster kindly stepped into the second seat at late notice, joining the crew of Wendy, Jana and Anjie.

->''"We had a great start full of enthusiasm chatting to some marathon veterans for the first 12kms. After the top turn we aimed to have a pee stop but it proved to be difficult to park K4 and so took several tries. It was nice to pick up tide on the way back but at about 13km to the finish Gaye started to have serious problems with her back. We stopped again to give her a rest and take some drugs. The sweep boat was right behind us and Gaye declined to have a ride. Stubborn as she is she paddled on, determined to finish. Hitting headwinds about 5km to finish was really hard work while Gaye continued to struggle almost lying flat on the boat, but pushed on and finished. Lovely waterway."'' – '''Jana Osvald'''

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018Myall_K4Crew.jpg|''Above:The K4 crew on the way upstream.''\\\

The K4 crew received the K4 Cup perpetual trophy for their paddle, along with Peter Manley taking out the Masters 50+ award and James Pralija leaving everyone shocked by winning the Open Singles trophy over the full distance. Richard and Guy Robertson set a new record in the Vet-Junior category, posting a stunning time of 4:06:08 over the full 47km distance to claim the trophy. It was also fantastic to see the Williams and Blundell Vet-Junior combos encouraging younger paddlers to give the race a go.

Of course, 47kms isn't for everyone, and the 27km and 12km courses were also strongly contested. With a massive list of some 27 paddlers contesting the 27km Masters 50+ race (five of them were from Lane Cove), a great spread of boats across all the other classes, and of course a host of students, there was still plenty going on after the 9am start.

Lachie Wrenford was among the paddlers in the final start for the 12km course:

->''"Despite having some doubts about doing the Myall Classic, it turned out to be quite an enjoyable and challenging race. Having the latest start I was quite eager to get stuck into this race. The start had a few shaky moments but I was soon able to settle down. The trickiest part of the race was getting through the more open water areas. As the wind battered the boat it was always a relieving feeling to make it into the more closed sections. In the end I managed to complete the race without consecutive sleeps with little Nemo!"'' – '''Lachie Wrenford'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_LachieW.jpg | ''Above: Lachie heading for the finish line''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_AlannaAlison.jpg | ''Above: Alanna and Allison, the chatty duo.''\\\

A big thank you to those that make the Myall such a special event, in particular Tony and Alanna for their tireless efforts in getting everything ready and making sure that everything went well on the day. Anjie towed the trailer (with a few more boats than the K4), Lesley Manley was instrumental in getting the Myall-standard fruitcake, oranges and watermelon on platters in time for the finishing paddlers, and Ian W, Lachie W, Allison B, Phil G, Paul vK, Frazer R and Kieren W (of team Johnson) were all on hand to help out with tasks through the day. Hopefully nobody has been left out!

%width=660px%Attach:myall18resultsb.jpg|[-''Above: Results for LCRK associated paddlers''-]

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!!Sep 2018 - Tony Hystek & Tim Hookins Life Members of PNSW
From PNSW: [[<<]]
'''Induction of PaddleNSW Life Members''' [[<<]]
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:PNSWAGM18.jpg|[-''Above: Tim and Tony receive Life Membership''-]
''Tim Hookins and Tony Hystek have been inducted as the 24th and 25th Life Members of PaddleNSW respectively. The huge accolade occurred at the 70th PNSW AGM held at Tempe in the presence of existing Life Members Helen Brownlee AM, Jeff Cottrell and Lynn Parker.''

''Both gentlemen have given magnificent service to PaddleNSW and their respective clubs for more than a decade - both being past Chairperson of PaddleNSW for many years. Tim was also the Chair of the PNSW Harbour Racing Committee and the champion driver behind the PNSW Harbour Series. Tony is still a PaddleNSW Director and coordinates the state iconic events Myall Classic and Parra Paddlefest, as well as chairing the PNSW Safety Committee.''

''The conferring of Life Membership is the ultimate honour in any organisation, and Tim and Tony are thoroughly deserving of this highest possible recognition''

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!!Sep 2018 - ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup in Portugal
* %newwin%[[http://timetable.canoemarathonportugal.com/index.php?gmt=10&gmt2=-600|Full results]]

'''Day 1 Results - Australians'''
K1 Men 65-69 19km (27 starters)
12th Ron Clarke
18th Geoff Baggett

K1 Men 55-59 19km (37 starters)
12th Stuart Bryson
25th David Little

K1 Men 60-64 19km (28 starters)
6th Peter Currie
10th Mark Lawson
17th Peter Clyne

K1 Women 35-39 19km (7 starters)
4th Laura Lee

K1 Women 40-44 19km (9 starters)
2nd Cathy Venning
3rd Jenni Bateman

K1 Women 50-54 19km (12 starters)
5th Daniela Torre

K1 Women 55-59 15.4km (7 starters)
3rd Pauline Findlay

K1 Women 60-64 15.4km (7 starters)
2nd Lorraine Harper-Horak

K1 Women 65-69 15.4km (3 starters)
2nd Ann Lloyd-Green

K1 Men 45-49 22.6km (32 starters)
11th Mario Vesely
27th Darren Tye

K1 Men 50-54 22.6km (36 starters)
4th Brett Greenwood
7th Darren Lee
16th Dominic Scarfe

K1 Men 40-44 22.6km (33 starters)
9th Brad Hagan

'''Day 2 Results - Australians'''
K2 Men 50-54 22.6km
5th Darren Lee / Elio Henriques
12th Dominic Scarfe / Stuart Bryson

K2 Men 60-64 19km
2nd Peter Currie / Mark Lawson
12th Geoff Baggett / Peter Clyne

K2 Women 40-44 19km
1st Jenni Bateman / Cathy Venning

K2 Women 60-64 15.4km
3rd Dallas Newman / Lorraine Harper-Horak

K2 Mixed 40-44
1st Darren Lee / Cathy Venning

K2 Mixed 50-54
1st Brett Greenwood / Daniela Torre

K2 Mixed 55-59
2nd David Little / Pauline Findlay

K2 Mixed 65-69
1st Ron Clarke / Ann Lloyd-Green

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!!8 Sep 2018 - PNSW AGM and Annual Forum
*[[Attach:2018pnswagm.pdf|Full details of the AGM and Annual Forum]]
The PaddleNSW Annual Club Forum will be held at the clubhouse of River Canoe Club of NSW on Saturday 8th September 2018. Location is Richardson’s Crescent, Marrickville. Park at Concordia Club or Tempe Railway Station next to Unwin’s Bridge.

The Forum will include the AGM, Annual Awards presentation, Club/ State/ National Forum, all preceded by a social paddle if interested.

* 9:30am - Social Paddle (Cooks River - boats supplied)
* 12:30pm - BBQ for the hungry.
* 1:45pm - PNSW Club Forum
* 4:00pm - PNSW AGM and Awards
* 5:15pm - Close



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!!4-5 Aug 2018 - Avon Descent
*[[Attach:180807AvonRB.pdf|Richard Barnes report PDF]]
*[[Attach:Laloli-avon2018.pdf|%maroon%Michael Laloi 13 page report PDF - wow!]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/v-yyFzTH4hU|%maroon%Youtube Coverage #1]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/3EWCd5aowsw|%maroon%Youtube Coverage #2]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157672364950778|%maroon%Michael Laloli Flickr album (100+ pix)]]

!!! RACE REPORT - from Richard Barnes
5am Sunday, race day 2. Its been raining on and off all night. River height 2.1m. It hasn’t been this high since who knows when. Michael Laloli, our host in WA, has finished the race three times before and run the rapids at many levels, but never this high. He decides to pull the pin and opt to stay safely ashore. Dave Hammond has already had his share of swims on the river at lower level on Day 1. His decision is also sealed to stay on land. My partner Chris Stanley has to decide whether the risks outweigh the thrills to continue our doubles run in our cacky green plastic 515 named Gangrene. Safety rules, and Chris too opts out.\\
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To Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.
%lfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3c.jpg|[-''Above: Exemplary host, Michael Laloli shares lunch break''-]
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3d.jpg|[-''Above: Riverside repairs below Bells Rapid to the Wavehopper''-]

Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and transport.\\
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Dave and his family Maria, Tommy and Areti took two weeks holiday and drove across the Nullabor to get an Epic V7 to the start line. Dave’s parents were to drive the rig and caravan home, whilst they flew back to school and work.\\
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There was plenty of excitement for all on Day 1 of the Descent. The motorboats screamed off first from the start at Northam, and had to cope with the worst of the morning rain. By the time we started, the powerboats were almost at the finish 52km downstream.\\
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Kayaks are started in grids of around half a dozen craft. It makes the pile-ups on the concrete ramp of Northam weir 300m from the start slightly less hectic. By chance Dave and Gangrene were in the same start. Dave won that initial flatwater duel, and successfully led us down the ramp. Dave’s Epic had legs on Gangrene on the flats, whilst swims on the rapids turned the tables. Next meetup was a picnic break on the bank for morning tea. Dave stopped only briefly; then sped off not to be headed before the day’s finish.\\
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Michael also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.
%lfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3a.jpg|[-''Above: Pre-race practice for Dave on Waylunga''-]
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3b.jpg|[-''Above: Chris Stanley in heaven after safe descent of Extracts''-]

Ti-trees are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?\\
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Our thanks in bucketloads to Michael Laloli, Christie and John for their hospitality and support. We’d highly recommend other LCRK head west August 2019.\\
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!!!RACE REPORT - (from our WA correspondent Michael Laloli) \\
*[[Attach:Laloli-avon2018.pdf|%maroon%Michael Laloi 13 page report PDF - wow!]]

'''Sat 4 August''' - Update on the LCRKers at Avon... Dave Hammond slogged through a big day and beat the rest of us into cobblers pool. Didn’t see much of him so seems to be going well.. Chris and Richard are having a great time of course , asked me if I was shooting extracts 500m out... so they agreed , and nailed it! Hilarious because of course the plan was to portage and river levels came up significantly overnight... They were buzzing for about the next 10km.. river is big, flooding in parts and fast, now flooding at 2m. But a lot of enjoyment and a big day tomorrow;)
%lfloat width=425px%Attach:18avon2b.jpg|''Above: Rich n Chris''
%rfloat width=225px%Attach:18avon1a.jpg|''Above: Michael and Dave''
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''Sun 5 August''' .... Wow, wheww , OK where to start ... It was off the charts, almost literally! The water gauge didn't have much height left on it!!

OK yesterday and overnight the rains continued... I woke up and the river was at 2.25m at Walyunga. We had paddled it the day before at 1.3. I had previously paddled the valley at 1.3 and a small sect at 1.9. I made the decision I would not start day 2. Which was a big call. We were feeling , fit , skilled and had total control during day 1. But I was aware of the severity of consequences of small mistakes and while waiting for baby number one to come next month decided this risk was unnecessary. Dave Hammond made the call the night before of the same. And so at breakfast both Richard and Chris were surprised but understood. We discussed the situation and Chris then decided he was best to stop... And so left was Richard.....

With absolute zero hesitation, Richard still wanted to run it and I agreed for him to switch into my WWR k1 "short plastic wavehopper".. we got to the start , adjusted the boat.. The water had now lapped into the boat holding area and so organizers had changed to a land based start given you could not hold your boat in a fast running river.

We had "acquired" a valley access pass and managed to follow Richard through the valley, speed checking him with the car speedo, Richard was cruising at a gentle 20-25km/hr, looking in total control and carving through the rapids.

Richard had no opportunity to recce the valley rapids and was reading the river at speed.. I could not recognize anything... Rapids I was looking for were gone, rapids I did not know exist had surfaced, and the river in flood was forking into unknown territories.

We saw Richard hit Moondyne through the chicken chute, see several skis, switch to a separate flow and carve past with ease..

We lost sight of Richard and witnessed the angriest , most bad arse avon I have ever seen.... Such a contrast to Richards personality but he was slaying this monster.. Syds had turned into a multitude of rivers with rapids, containing plastic skis wrapped around trees, a diversion to a waterfall which looked like a monster standing up and turning the river over upside down... To our dismay we could see paddlers being sucked against their will through it and prayed Richard knew to KEEP LEFT!!!!

We could not stop at Bells but Dave Hammond was on the bridge. Bells is one of the few man made obstacles in the race and few rapids we had reviewed on Friday . Richard knew what to do here and the lines to take to avoid the jumbo stoppers that had developed...

We received calls from Dave Hammond... Richard needed a spare paddle... But how could this be , he had one tucked up into the wings of the boat? How did he not know this... Then we started getting messages about the story..
%lfloat width=320px%Attach:18avond2d.jpg|''Above: One bent boat''
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon2f.jpg|''Above: Down the creek without a paddle''
Richard, had crashed into bells going under the bridge, wrapped the boat. Climbed out of the boat. placed his paddle on the bridge. Spent 5min removing the boat from the pylon, the commentator had not seen him come out the other side.. The bridge covered in people could not advise as could not see what was going on... And so Richard then loosing his paddle while perched onto the pylon, climbed back into the mangled boat and proceeded to paddle the swamped wreck 500m down bells ... What the hell??...

He hit the shore , re grouped, gaffa tapped the boat and paddled it into Bayswater a further 30km to the finish..

So while we were all disappointing not to complete the race , we made the right call and expect everyone was happy with what we got.. the storied are flooding in , and numerous top level Perth paddlers had very rough days.. But we saw some amazing paddling from Richard today... Give this guy a microphone when he gets back to Lane Cove he has some stories to tell!


[[#AGM18]]
!!3 August 2018 - LCRK AGM
LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL. Good venue, good food, good company.

*[[Attach:2018AR.pdf|Presidents Report 2017-18 (Phil Geddes)]]

Named roles for the Committee are:
* Alanna Ewin - President
* Tracey Hansford - Vice President
* Duncan Johnstone - Secretary
* Ian Wrenford - Treasurer
with extra ordinary committee member roles taken by Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Jana Osvald, Wade Rowston, Louise White, Rich Yates.

Thanks are due to the outgoing committee, particularly now ex-President Phil Geddes who had reached the 2 year limit for that role. Phil also made special mention of Paul van Koesveld who after many many years on the Committee including a stint as President is now stepping back just a little (although we expect he'll still be in the thick of it).
%lfloat width=660px%Attach:agm18b.jpg|''Above: The 2018-19 Committee''

A number of awards were also made:
* The Frank Harrison Memorial Prize for literary contribution went to Naomi Johnson for her continued contribution to Marathon Series, Myall, HCC Race Reports. Always looked forward to.
* Awards were made to our regular photographers - Lesley Manley, Ian Wrenford, Jana Osvald, Tom Holloway and Oscar Cahill
* The award for best 'Vivid' light display went jointly to Oscar Cahill (for the great lighting around the shed and pontoon) and Ian Wrenford (for his Sydney Harbour Bridge themed boat)

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[[#ZAM18]]
!!Zambezi River Trip – July 2018 – John Duffy
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699026794964|LCRK Flickr Album (12 pix)]]
* %newwin%[[http://www.natureways.com/safaris/explorer|Natureways Safaris website]]

When planning a holiday in Africa, I was interested in including a 4 day/3 night canoe safari down the mighty Zambezi river that I had heard about from a friend who did it some years ago and assured me it was safe. Natureways Safaris conducts these guided tours down the river which borders Zimbabwe and Zambia.

While Jessica and I got back in one piece and so you could deduce it was safe, some of the risks were probably a bit understated but I would do it again in a flash. In fact I would propose the longer 10 day version.

The wildlife was plentiful, especially the thousands of hippos, hundreds of crocodiles, many elephants, buffaloes and antelope. The beautiful array of birdlife was something we learned to appreciate more as the days progressed. Scenery was spectacular and it was a great feeling to be on a river which I had heard about since childhood. Many times I just stopped to fully appreciate the environment and where we were.
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18zam1.jpg|Above: Did we mention the scenery?

The river runs at about 5 km/hr and so covering 70km was not a strenuous undertaking. You needed to be alert at all times to spot and dodge the hippos, and to ensure the boat went parallel to the river and in single file (again to reduce the risk from hippos).

The camping aspect was really roughing it, except for the three hearty meals a day which were prepared by the two guides. These river guides are very experienced and their qualification includes a minimum 1,000 hours of day time guiding. Our lead guide had 20 years experience and the second guide was well and truly qualified. We become very close to these fine men. They were very appreciative of us doing the trip as it provides them more continuous work opportunities in a country where the official unemployment rate is around 95%.

Jessica commented one day that “Lane Cover River won’t cut it after this”. It certainly was different and terribly exciting but I will always point my bow to Lane Cove.
%lfloat width=350px%Attach:18zam2.jpg|Above: But can't hippos swim?
%rfloat width=300px%Attach:18zam3.jpg|Above: John and Jessica with guides
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[[#YUK18]]
!!27 Jun - 1 July - Yukon River Quest
* %newwin%[[Attach:YRQ2018c.pdf|%maroon%'''Tony's 10 page report on Team Sheepstations 715km 52 hours of paddling in 62 hours effort''']]
* %newwin%[[Attach:yrqFitzies18.pdf|%maroon%'''The Fitzies 5 page report on Team SHocKers 54 hour effort''']]
* %newwin%[[https://www.yukonriverquest.com/|Yukon River Quest website]]
* %newwin%[[https://yukonriverquest.ca/yrq/app/entry7/tracker_results.php?race=18yrq|'''Race Tracker''']]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157670591125368|LCRK Flickr album (ex FB uploads)]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.yukonriverquest.com/information-for-racers-support-crews/faq/|YRQ FAQ's - this gives you a really good feel for the challenges of this event]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.yukonriverquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/YRQ-2018-racers-briefing.ppt|and the Racers briefing is even better!]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/yukon/whitehorse|Generic weather report - Whitehorse]]

Per the official website: ''The Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon canoe, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard race. Paddlers come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night to the Klondike on one of North America’s great rivers. It is open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, solo SUP, and C4 and Voyageur canoes.''

It's summer in the Yukon which means average min/max temperatures in the 8-23 celsius range (although 36 celsius was experienced back in 2004). Summer that far North means they days are looooong with a ~4:30am sunrise and a ~11:30pm sunset. And civil twilight runs from ~11:30pm to ~4:30am which means it never quite gets dark! That's why they call the YRQ the "Race to the Midnight Sun"

LCRKers Tony Hystek (Team #41 Sheepstations) and Peter Fitzgerald (Team #5 SHockers Lane Cove) are both heading over to tackle the Yukon River Quest. Details will be added here as reports come in. The tracker above will give you their current locations once the race starters (find them in numerical order by Bib #)

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:Yukon-general.jpg|Above: Google map showing general location of event - and proximity to Alaska. Blue path is showing the walking route - it's shorter than the paddle!

Putting iconic Australian paddling events into perspective - the race briefing for the YRQ includes the following snippets:-
* ''If you are lucky you will see “charismatic mega-fauna”: moose, bear, sheep, fox, etc. Nine times out of 10 they see you, you do not see them. They are not interested in the race, or the racers. Don’t make them interested in you, keep your distance.''
* ''It can be hot: Drink enough, watch your electrolytes. If you are hot, dip your hat in the water. If you run out of water, drink the river. Dehydration is an immediate threat, giardia takes much longer to affect you''
* ''The YRQ is a RACE, not a trip down the river. Be good sports! No interference with another team’s progress or you could face disqualification. Do not dawdle. Drop out and become a tourist if you have to, but do not waste safety boat and volunteers’ time. You have 14 hours to reach the end of the Lake, 35 hours to get to Carmacks, and '''84'' hours to get to Dawson.''
* ''Lake Laberge: The lake is long - 49 km. In good weather, crossings take 6-7 hours (faster teams) to 8-10 hours (slower teams). Teams must make the crossing by 2 a.m. Thursday to remain in the race. The lake can be rough with waves up to 2m (6 feet)''
* ''If the lake becomes too rough and unsafe for passage after teams are on the lake, an airplane will signal teams by waving its wings (weather permitting). Use good judgment! Teams should pull off at the safest spot possible. Watch for a return of the plane waving and dipping its wings when it is safe to resume. If weather is too bad to launch a plane, use your own good judgment and stay on shore until it is safe to proceed.''

!!!Live Reports
'''Tony Hystek 180624:''' Been a few days without WiFi so a bit of catching up to do. Now, where were we…oh yes, the search for sheep stations in Hawaii. They’re here somewhere (evidence), but no substantial sightings. We must abandon…
Off to Vancouver, which is remarkably similar to Sydney, only more compact. We met our travelling companions Eric (Alanna’s brother), and partner Liz. A nice feel about the place. Bit of shopping at the HUGE outdoors shop MEC (could have spent a week there), and off to Whitehorse.
We collected our land yacht (RV), and attempted to get a local phone connected, without much success. Left it too late to get a spot in an RV park for the night so we joined the multitudes in Walmart carpark for the night. We sure did feel trashy! A sleepless night, with the street sweeper circling the carpark most of the night.
Day 2 and we are off to Skagway for a ride on the White Pass train following the route of the gold rush prospectors to the headwaters of the Yukon…spectacular scenery, and 2 brown bears thrown in for wow factor.
Back to Whitehorse and the first test paddle today…after doing an hour’s work sanding the shoddy repairs in the rented Epic 18x sport. One saving grace…the boat is incredibly light for this model….maybe they forgot a layer of fibreglass?
It’s a roughie but a goodie. Hire company is a bit lackadaisical but nice nonetheless.

'''Peter Fitzgerald 180624:''' Fitzies have arrived in the Yukon - carb loading at the Dirty Northern Pub first - then off find kayak which looks like Barnesy Kermit ! Green and white
%lfloat height=400px%Attach:18yuk-1.jpg|Above: Kermit
%rfloat height=400px%Attach:18yuk-2.jpg|Above: Carb loading

%lfloat height=250px%Attach:18yuk4.jpg|Above: Found Tony!
%rfloat height=250px%Attach:18yuk3.jpg|Above: Fitzys best ever photo of Tony - following!


'''Tony Hystek 180625:'''We were entertained by a local band at the council rotunda..apparently a free concert every day from 6pm - 7pm. Now that's community! Test paddles are definitely a must, especially with a moose sighting. Not quick enough to get the camera out, unfortunately.

'''Peter Fitzgerald 180625:''' After Tonys cross training hike he / Alanna took us on the Fitzgerald’s more beer carb loading at Gold Pans Saloon with some country and Western
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%lfloat height=230px%Attach:18yuk8.jpg|Above: Aussie flag flying
%rfloat height=230px%Attach:18yuk5.jpg|Above: Kermit on the water
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'''Tony Hystek 180626:''' Yesterday’s paddle was in interesting company. One woman paddling a timber boat she made off the plan...very similar to Alan Newhouse’s boats. And Wolfram from Germany who brought his boat over in the plane... a folding rubber skin boat he designed himself, looks very sleek. Unfortunately he hadn’t finished a Yukon yet. Hope this is his year. Will send photos when I can get my technology to talk to each other. One double set off today with the paddler in the back seat, paddle back to front. Didn’t notice... Another said the test paddle today was their first time on the water. Then there are the fast ones! Heaps of 18X sport kayaks here. Almost half the fleet of single kayaks I think
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%lfloat height=300px%Attach:18yuk6.jpg|Above: More carb loading
%rfloat height=300px%Attach:18yuk7.jpg|Above: The lake to be paddled tomoz
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'''Alanna Ewin 180627:''' Along with my trusty personal crew, brother Eric and his partner Liz, we are arrived in Carmacks! Had a win on the RV site - powered and looking straight down to where the paddlers disembark! Tony will be pleased - a 50m walk to shower, tucker, bed.
We were super organised this morning and had our first ever truly relaxed race start. Tony got off well - he did run to his boat and was in his boat pretty fast and off!
Photos are a mix of the trip so far including a day trip to Skagway Alaska, a little canoe trip Eric Liz and I took from Whitehorse to Takhini Bridge and race prep and race day. And off I go now to cook up a bolognaise storm for Tony to eat when he arrives at Carmacks some time tomorrow (after 24hrs or so on the water!). Weather is all looking good for the entire race. Maybe some rain last day but we could be lucky. Temperatures good. Cool, but maybe a 24 degree day into Dawson. I'm a bit buggered so just can't think what you'd like to hear so if you have any questions just ask! I'm on the net for a while now. All is well, and as Emma Llewellyn-Jones observed at the tender age of nine, after her father entered the HCC: Eat Sleep Kayak Repeat!

%lfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk24.jpg|Above: Bol test in the RV
%rfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk30.jpg|Above: Miles Canyon suspension bridge
%lfloat height=300px%Attach:yuk34.jpg|Above: Positioned for start
%rfloat height=300px%Attach:yuk40.jpg|Above: Ready for Le Mans start
%rfloat width=650px%Attach:yuk41.jpg|Above: Tony (middle of pix) is off!
%lfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk44.jpg|Above: 50km Lake Laberge (YRQ FB picture)
%rfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk45.jpg|Above: 50km Lake Laberge (YRQ FB picture)

'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Tony left Carmacks not feeling great, noisy campsite and didn't get a lot of sleep. Saw him at Minto and he was looking pretty good and in good spirits. Pleased to see some Aussies! Now sleeping at Coffee Creek and we will see him at Dawson about 11pm our time. Tony was coming 1st in the solo kayaks for most of the way to Carmacks but had to get off the water for an hour or so and slipped back to third. Internet awkward and I'm just busy. I'll post from Dawson with pics and full story.

%lfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk50.jpg|Above: Carmacks stopover (YRQ FB picture)
%rfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk79.jpg|Above: Carmacks approach
%lfloat height=270px%Attach:yuk78.jpg|Above: Tony comes in
%rfloat height=270px%Attach:yuk53.jpg|Above: Charismatic mega-fauna?

%lfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk77.jpg|Above: Fitz's at Carmacks with landcrew
%rfloat height=240px%Attach:yuk84.jpg|Above: Tony's hands after ~23hrs paddling
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[Progress - some 52 hours into the race (of which circa 42 hours of paddling) Tony is currently 5th in the solo kayaks, and John & Peter Fitzgerald 7th in the double kayaks - with Tony about 12km (one Time Trial!) ahead of them. Distance to the finish line looks like another ~150km, a HCC and a bit]
%rfloat width=650px%Attach:yuk-day2-hour5.jpg|Above: Proximity to finish line 2 days and 5 hours into the YRQ. Scale shown on map

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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anne at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anne since.
%lfloat height=310px%Attach:yuk75.jpg|Above: Anne
%rfloat height=310px%Attach:yuk74.jpg|Above: 2nd day Bol is best!

So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that I think he may have been sharing stories with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
As support crew it has been busy. Just when you think you can have a moment there is something that needs doing - cooking, driving sleeping, washing, leaning, sorting. It's run smoothly in our RV and been an interesting journey. The company of my family has made all the difference and it would have been a bit stressful first time around if I was on my own. Lovely country and lovely people. The Canadians I have met have all been very gentle, kind and helpful. There is a contented relaxed manner about the volunteers and it seems everyone is a friend. It's the 20th Anniversary of the race and there was a party at Carmacks and the Coal Mine Campground did the catering from the menu for everyone for free! Lots of fun and we even got ice cream! Photos attached describe the trip best [see the Flickr link above]. Thanks to everyone for your support and sorry to not do much updating. I don't think I've had all that much more sleep than Tony! There is no darkness and mostly just a dimming of the sun from about midnight to 4am and that's about it. Quite bizarre and has us all having very late nights and odd eating habits! Anyway......now we wait.......
I just checked again he is dropping back a bit I think. Not sure how accurate the race tracker is but looking like a 55 hr race for him at this stage

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%rfloat width=650px%Attach:yuk60.jpg|Above: Dawson City - the finish!

'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' He is in and pretty content! Third solo overall. Loves his thermal skins! In pretty great shape really and said the scenery on the paddle is beautiful. I asked him if he'd like to say a word to you all but he declined suggesting he couldn't think of anything funny to say :) It's now 3am, he is now sound asleep and I will be following close behind him! Goodnight :)

%lfloat width=320px%Attach:yuk90.jpg|Above: Done!
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:yuk91.jpg|Above: Can I sleep now?

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:yuk92.jpg|Above: Tony - 3rd in the Solo Kayaks!
%rfloat width=650px%Attach:yuk93.jpg|Above: Peter & John Fitzgerald - 7th in the Double Kayaks!

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[[#RPM18]]
!! 9-11 June - Riverland Paddling Marathon
* %newwin%[[http://riverlandpaddlingmarathon.com/|RPM Website]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157692077223370|Flickr Pix (~100)]]
* %newwin%[[http://riverlandpaddlingmarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RPM_2018_Results.pdf|RPM full results (PDF)]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6g9btheon326h24/AAChyUS2XpzA4fzXBePqYfBHa/rpm18_241?dl=0|Boat #241 Pix Rich/Craig/Keg/Duncan]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6g9btheon326h24/AAAEm7jKOKAmMeRAbbdO3jgLa/rpm18_210?dl=0|Boat #210 Pix - Tony]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6g9btheon326h24/AAB552g1MY5g-ucpfGP6kVF0a/rpm18_100?dl=0|Boat #100 Pix - Kyla]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6g9btheon326h24/AADN4IzYTY2VJdDOBykCol4Ea/rpm18_207?dl=0|Boat #207 Pix - Ruby]]
* [[http://lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.News#RPM2017|RPM 2017 - LCRK report]]

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:RPM2018results.jpg|Above: Results for the LCRK team]]

Hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA since 1988 the Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) is not just a marathon it is a festival of paddling marathons with 6 possible events over 3 days on 1 weekend in the chilly month of June each year. Every June long weekend paddlers from all over the country gather on the Murray River in South Australia’s beautiful Riverland to meet, greet and most importantly to paddle.

The Six events which run consecutively over the weekend include – \\
The Murray 200 – a 208 km continuous paddle over 3 days from Berri to Morgan \\
The 200 Relay – the same 208 km course from Berri to Morgan but paddled in relay with baton exchanges \\
The Murray 100 – a 93km course over 3 days covering sections of the longer Berri to Morgan course \\
The Murray 50 – a 49km course over 3 days, sharing day 1 and 3 with the Mini and day 2 with the M100 \\
Single day paddle – on Sunday of the event weekend, 26km from Devlins Pound to Waikerie \\
Mini-marathon – an opportunity to try the event by paddling 11 or 12km on any single day or on multiple days \\
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From LCRK for 2018 we have a number of paddlers - including Kyla Johnstone, Duncan Johnstone, Ruby Ardren Rich Yates, Keg D'Andretti, Craig Ellis, Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:RPM18z.jpg|Above: The LCRK team

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!!!!Fri 8 June
Ruby: After the first day's racing I'm behind Kyla by a nose. Duncan Johnstone hasn't yet found his boat or his team and Tony Hystek is way behind because he's elected to take the scenic degustation route.

Alanna: On way to RPM, some of us on the Hay Plain, some of us in a plane over the Hay Plain and Craig Ellis just plain old waiting for everyone to arrive. Breakfast involved a few different carb loading strategies....

%lfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18a.jpg|Above: On the road again...
%rfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18c.jpg|Above: Rich n Keg - carbing up?

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!!!!Sat 9 June
Alanna: Kyla will get cracking soon on her RPM100. She got to sleep in unlike the full distance bunnies up before dawn. Everyone off to a good start and the sun has come up now after some very welcome rain overnight.

%lfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18b.jpg|Above: Tony making sure he paddles downstream
%rfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18d.jpg|Above: Rich helping get the boat off the kayak stands

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!!!!Sun 10 June
Alanna: Day 2 catchup- all well and happy and did some great times. Tony Hystek not particularly enjoying the 18x as he can’t really race, but then it’s all about Yukon prep right??

Ruby: Absolutely wrecked tonight because I stayed on wash rides all day that really pushed me. 69km today (7:00:05 so again about 10km/hr), running total is now 145km in 14:49:38. Have to get up again in the dark tomorrow to do another 63km and then start the drive home. I’m in the blue kayak

%lfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18e.jpg|Above: Another lock - another day.
%rfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18f.jpg|Above: Ruby - wrecked, and relieved!
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!!!!Mon 11 June
Alanna: Last day of the RPM and everyone’s feeling it. With a headwind dampening the spirits and the relay suffering rudder problems they’ve been doing it a bit tougher. Happy landcrew though with coffee cakes and brekky at The Claudo sangria winery checkpoint! Oh and Kyla is out. Pulled up sick this morning with her cold returned.

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:RPM18g.jpg|Above: check out that backdrop!

Alanna: All done! Ruby Ardren second lady home - not by much and a good record set! The relay team hammered it home after yet more rudder trouble steering them up the garden path. Although Sally Ellis said the lads didn’t try hard enough because they didn’t puke when they got out of the boat! I’m just hoping they didn’t beat our time from last year or I might have to do the race again! The big fella Tony Hystek managed yet another of the prized orange caps for fastest vet 55 in the 18x (that gave us all a bit of a giggle). Kyla Johnstone enjoyed her day 3 as landcrew. Soaking up the sun we chatted the day away as we waited at riverside checkpoints for our paddlers to come through. All in all a great club and family weekend as usual. Fabulous to have the Yates and Ellis partners and kids along again. They visited the zoo and wineries and cheered on the paddlers from the winery this morning! Thanks everyone for the well wishes and support. We’ve all had a ball.

%lfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18m.jpg|Above: Tony coaches a K4 (Photo: Carolyn Cooper).
%rfloat width=325px%Attach:RPM18n.jpg|Above: Duncan and Kyla - tis done!
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[[#VIVID18]]
!! 31 May - LCRK does VIVID (as part of our normal TT)
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157696845865044|2018 Flickr Album ]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/aECXnRwFt5M|2018 Youtube footage ]]

This event coincides with Sydney's annual VIVID festival. It's an opportunity to light up your boats, yourself and the river with a bit of a light and sound show. Contributions range from the simple (recycled Christmas lights, glow sticks etc) to more extravagant programmed LED light shows and kayak modifications.

Check out the Flickr album and Youtube footage at the links above ....

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:2018vivid.jpg|Above: 2018 LCRK Vivid - the pontoon walkway - Photo: Oscar Cahill


[[#CUAD18]]
!!4 March 2018 - Clean Up Australia Day Report
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157692466820071|Flickr Album - CUAD 2018]]

Clean Up Australia Day 2018.
We had a great turnout for Clean Up Australia Day this year with nearly 20 folks turning up for a few hours on Sunday Morning.

Feeling empowered in my official fluoro vest, I quickly put folks to work in various different parts of the river. Double kayaks, canoes and skis were dispatched upstream as far a Wirrong Boat Ramp while Adrian Clayton towed his garbage kayak downstream for others to fill with Crudslime accoutrements.
Others took to the carpark and banks of the river on foot.

Bags were quickly filled, particularly around the carpark. More than once Jeff Collins was seen lugging a bulging bag of rubbish back to the shed, like some Anti-Santa, despite the smile. The boats returned with mother lodes of rubbish including sofas, tyres, bottles and rusty boat snaggy bits of metal. Most of it from downstream.

Oscar and Daughter Emer turned up with the widest canoe I have ever seen. Great for this type of work. It fit better sideways on the roof of Oscars car. As well as Emer, we had Dave Hammonds two kids Areti and Thomas plus Chris’s son Robert. What a good parent and child bonding opportunity!

Out of interest it seems the most common rubbish type was bottles, both glass and plastic. I was encouraged (but not surprised) to see a distinct lack of tape remnants, Gu sachets and other paddling mess around the shed and river.

Not much in the way of treasure, Oscar found most of a $5 note and has generously offered it to the person who finds the missing corner next Wednesday night. Johns number remains at large somewhere on the river.
On a barter system of 30 seconds per kg of rubbish found, the following folks should have PB’s of around 53.30 next Time Trial:

Chris Johnson, Rodrigo, Jeff Collins, Adrian, Don, Kenji, PVK, James P, Duncan, Warwick, Wade, Oscar, Dave H, John D and Pete M (55:30). Being supervisor I’ve awarded myself the course record, sorry Matt. (I told you the fluoro vest was empowering).

Thanks everyone involved. It’s a satisfying job. Well done.

Rich (Thanks John Duffy for all lead up organising work)


[[#LCRKmarathon18]]
!!22 Apr 2018 - LCRK Marathon Series #5 - Special Doubles Round
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=130134|Webscorer entries - OPEN]]

Lane Cove Marathon – paddler options
Our Lane Cove Marathon, Round 5 of the 2018 Marathon Series is on Sunday 22 April. This Round has been nominated as the 2018 Doubles Round with the intention of attracting additional paddlers to try the joys of competitive doubles paddling and maybe even to try competitive Marathon paddling itself while sharing the effort, risk and reward with a mate. If you haven’t tried a Marathon Series event or haven’t competed for a number of years, this is a great way to get a taste of competition AND help our club compete for the Brian Norman Club Trophy for the most successful club in the 2018 Marathon Series.

What does this offer on 22 April?
In additional to the up-to 50 club points that participants can earn depending on their race position, a further 80 club points is offered for each doubles craft that finishes, irrespective of position in the race. The usual rules apply to the competition for the up-to-50 points: paddlers need to enter the correct Division – PNSW will police this, especially for new Marathon Series combinations.

Unlike in any other Round, a doubles combination does NOT need to have completed a ranking race beforehand to earn club points on 22 April. A combo can come together just for that day (but, hopefully, some will really enjoy the experience and continue to compete together).

What does this mean for you and LCRK? Points up for grabs
- 80 Club points per double that finishes PLUS
- 40 Individual points to each individual doubles paddler that finishes PLUS
- Individual place points as normal

Here's where we are currently at - firstly the almost definitely (subject to any late shuffling):
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||!Paddler 1||!Div||!Paddler 2||!Div||!Doubles Div||!Boat||!Boat source||!Entered?||
||Suzie Rhydderch||4||Mitch Coffey||1||1||Carbonology Blast||Own||yep||
||Tony Hystek||1||Alanna Ewin||6||1||K2||own||yep||
||Tim Binns||2||James Pralija||3||1||Epic V10||Ewin/Hystek||yep||
||Mark Hempel||2||Caroline Marschner||8||1||V10||Own||yep ||
||Trevor Nicholls|| -||Brendan Trewartha||-||1||Red 7 ski||Fitz||yep||
||David Young||3||Peter Manley||3||2||Carbonology||LCRK||yep||
||Craig Salkeld||-||Peter Fitzgerald||-||3||Carbonology ski||Fitz||yep||
||Naomi Johnson||4||Alex Brown||4||3||Vadja Tornado||LCRK||yep||
||Richard Yates||4||Keg D'Andreti||6||3||Sladecraft SLR2||Own||yep||
||Greg Morris||-||Warwick Sherwood||-||3||Zero Tolerance||Own||yep||
||Don Johnstone||4||Jeff Hosnell||5||3||Stellar ski||Jack Kesby||yep||
||Stuart Reid||-||Johanna Diment||-||3||Stellar S2E ski||Own||yep||
||Rob Hiley||-||John Rowberry||-||4||Knysna G42 ski||Own||yep||
||Darren Williams||-||Graham Cleland||-||4||Mirage 730||Own||yep||
||Anjie Lees||7||Meg Thornton||?||6||K2 Club||LCRK||yep ||
||Tim McNamara||8||Jana Osvald||?||8||Simon K2||Geddes/van K||yep ||
||Kerrie Murphy||-||Wendy Andrews||-||8||Popemobile||LCRK||yep ||
||Tom Simmat||4||Tim Hookins||5||8||Sladecraft||Own||yep||
||Matt Swann||6||Bruce Goodall||9||9||Zero Tolerance||Own||yep ||
||Paul Burges||10||Dave Veivers||?||9||Vulcan||LCRK||yep||
||Duncan Johnstone||5||Phil Geddes||5||9||Stellar Double||Own||yep||
||Matt Blundell||1||Liberty Blundell||-||13||?||Own||yep ||

NOTE: Master tactician Duncan Johnstone has been overseeing and addressing questions, giving advice etc - and is still happy to take questions..

[[#LCRKmarathon18vol]]
Below is an evolving list of LCRK volunteers who are helping to make this all happen.
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[[#portage18]]
Here's the portage detail:
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[[#parking18]]
Here's the offsite parking detail for Avian Crescent Lane Cove:
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and for Magdala Road North Ryde
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!!18-20 May 2018 - AC Marathon Nationals - SA
* %newwin%[[http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-marathon-national-championships/|AC Marathon Nationals Website]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/paddleaustralia?pg=results|AC Results]]

The Australian Canoe Marathon Technical Committee and Paddle South Australia hosted the 2018 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships between 18 and 20 May 2018 at Westlakes, Adelaide, South Australia.

Only a few LCRK members in attendance - but check out the results anyway!

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!!January 2018 - Classic Bass Crossing
*[[Attach:bs18.pdf|Printable PDF download of this article]]
* %newwin%[[http://lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2016News#BS2016|Link to article from last crossing in 2016]]

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When is an expedition to the summit of Mt Everest complete? When the expeditioner reaches the summit? When this person is within 100m of the summit? Or when the party has made it safely back to Base Camp? Did Andrew Macauley make it in his kayak to NZ when he was in sight of land? These thoughts went through the minds of the Classic Bass team as we waited for windows of calm weather around Flinders Island. We had made it across the “big” crossings, from Wilsons Promontory to Flinders, via Hogan and Deal Island hops. These legs were respectively 55km, 45km and 65km, or 9.5hrs, 7.5hrs and 12.5hrs paddling time. Then there were only the shorter legs along coastlines of the Furneaux Group Islands and a final crossing of Banks Strait to negotiate.
We had waited a day on Hogan Island, as a storm with windspeeds recorded over 100kmh swept over us. It was hard even to walk up to Hogan Lighthouse, let alone be out in a kayak that day. Then we had waited 4 full days on Deal Island as winds over 20 knots kept us cosily off the water. There was plenty to see and do on Deal, including walking up to the highest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere, and sharing tea and scones with the current lighthouse caretakers, Jo and Justin and their seven year old son Murphy.
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However five days waiting meant there were few spare days left if we were to make it to Tasmania in time to catch Spirit, the ferry to get us back the easy way across Bass Strait northward to Melbourne. Could we hitch a lift on the barge that services the little town of Whitemark on Flinders, or even fly out from one of the grass strips on Cape Barren or Long Islands, and still claim to have crossed Bass Strait?

Fortunately weather forecasting is more reliable now than ever in the past. On my first crossing in 2001, we tuned in on a crackly radio with a wire aerial strung between trees, to hear someone reading a forecast for the whole of Tasmania for the next day. Now forecasts come via BOM on the internet to mobile phones, with predictive maps for windspeed, swell and wind direction, in 2-hourly increments up to four or five days into the future. For our last week of paddling, they showed generally relatively strong winds, but with small windows of calm. And so it turned out.

Ultimately, we targeted two relatively calm weather windows to make the final crossings of Banks Strait, splitting the 35km distance from Clarke Island to the NE tip of Tassie into two with our final camping night midway on Swan Island. These were to be our two hardest paddles. Our one and only team capsize occurred on the leg from Clarke to Swan, just off Swan Island. Strong counter currents slowed our pace so the weather window became too short to reach Swan Island. Just off the lighthouse, the rising wind broke the top off big steep swells, and Kevin got caught by one of these breaking giants. However Kevin has a great party trick, a re-enter and roll. Whilst his kayak was upside down, he did an underwater somersault to get back into an inverted seating position in the cockpit, then proceeded to roll up. It would be impressive at Lane Cove, but it was doubly so in rough water.
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The very last paddle was a mere 7km direct from Swan Island to Little Musselroe Bay. The weather decided to have a final hurrah, and combined with strong adverse tide to thwart our expedition arrival. For the whole Bass Strait crossing, we covered just on 400km, in a total time in the kayaks of 76hours. That is an average of just under 5kmh. Not quite Matt, Dave, Brett or Stu’s 12km lap speed at Lane Cove, but realistic for Mirage kayaks each weighing around 200kg fully loaded. Our final 7km took 3 hours, an average just over 2kmh. As we wryly noted, we could have walked the kayaks along Musselroe Beach faster than we were able to paddle.
The moral is that the journey is never over, until we step across the finish line. For us, that was a greeting from our invaluable landcrew Dee Taylor and Andy Singh, two of the original team from Rivers Canoe Club who had planned to be paddlers on this crossing. From a starting crew of ten or so hopefuls, just two, Nicole Bartels and Kevin Kelly, had made that finish line. Both are Hawkesbury Classic regulars, so perhaps that is a key step in training for a Bass odyssey.

I had joined Nicole and Kevin only a few months before the trip. One reason was to help make sure their dreams were realised. Another was to use this crossing as a trial for a prototype Tasman sea kayak. This prototype started life as former LCRK member Ken Holmes’ Classic-completing Mirage 730.

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With a lot of guidance from LCRKer Tom Simmat, I constructed a pod over the front cockpit large enough to potentially be sleeping quarters. It certainly solved all issues of lack of space for equipment, but did bring its own set of steerage problems in strong winds. In the time we waited on Deal Island, I constructed a fin out of our emergency fibreglass repair kit to try to help control my prototype kayak’s wayward wanderings.

!!!Equipment
Space is at a premium in a single Mirage. We set off from Port Welshpool with 15 days food supply, and about 20 litres of water each. Add in tent, sleeping bag, stove, clothes and spares, and the last of the equipment usually ends up sharing the final corners of the cockpit with the paddler. Food and equipment sums to around 75kg, and made the 580s float just below the deck join line. Both Kevin and Nicole still found room for luxuries such as sleeping mat and pillows. Oddly, Kevin pulled out a grater on Deal, along with real potatoes, and set about making us hash browns. Kevin’s occupation is chef, so he also couldn’t be parted from his creamer, a huge device which is pressurised by C02 cannisters and turns longlife cream into whipped coffee mousse. Kevin is not a camper, and borrowed a tent and camp chair from John Duffy. He commented on being woken by sore elbows when his arms slipped off his narrow camp mat and rested alongside on the hard ground.
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!!!Inner Sister Island
One of the goals of this trip was to try to camp on Inner Sister Island, off the north tip of Flinders. It promises safe landings with beaches on both sides. This would be something new and a little unique, as this island is not part of a regular crossing being slightly north of the most direct route. We set out from Deal with our bearings set for Inner Sister. Along the way were the landmarks Wright Rock and Craggy Island. Wright Rock is only 20km from Deal, but is small and only visible from about 10km. At about that distance one’s sense of smell confirms its proximity, as the large seal colony there is very smelly. We’d aimed to paddle in amongst the seals. However tide had other ideas, and after battling counterflow, our closest pass to the seals was 3km before we turned away. Next waypoint Craggy, where the ebbing tide looked like it would sweep us past its northern rugged shore, on course for Inner Sister. After a few more hours paddling, we were closing on Craggy. The tide turned, and suddenly was flowing strongly SW, against our course and into the rising westerly breeze. I promptly got seasick and threw up. Nicole got nervous running downwind in the big swells that developed. Kevin chimed in with a preference to head for whichever was closer of Inner Sister, or the traditional Flinders landing at Killiecrankie. Consulting our GPS, Inner Sister was 22.3km northeast, whilst Killiecrankie was 22.2km east. Destiny diverted, Inner Sister remains an elusive goal for some future Bass journey.
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!!!The Wrap
Bass Strait remains a paddlers’ Mecca, combining so many of the features which create an epic journey. At 400km and 16 days, the time and distance are of grand proportions. Paddling is at times out of sight of land, so there is a real reliance on self to achieve the day’s destination. The campsites are pretty wild and special. Some, like Whitemark, are relatively suburban, with access to showers, a hotel, general store, cafes and a bakery. The wildlife is always interesting, and interested. Seals are abundant, and always inquisitive. So too are the gannets and large Pacific gulls, whilst albatross fly by imperiously. Penguins are so human in their characteristics, especially when their regular path from sea to burrow is blocked by one of our tents. We were particularly lucky this trip to have a pod of killer whales glide toward and around us. The sea can be wild, but with patience there is always a window through which to paddle safely. Scenery always amazes and alone is adequate temptation, in particular the red lichen-covered granite boulders and sculptures round Cape Barren, Clarke and Flinders Islands.
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Newy Paddlers has shared details of a fundraising paddle event (~10km) being held Sun 28 Jan. Go to the link above for all the details.

''“Paddle 4 Good” this year is supporting a local Women’s Refuge that is in need of appliances for their venue. The refuge is a community based organisation and is currently self funded which is why they are in seeking assistance. The Refuge helps women and families that are under enormous stress and do amazing work in finding these women and families support in housing, financial, counselling and legal assistance. Please note that all proceeds will be going to the Women’s Refuge''

* When: SUNDAY, Jan 28th, 2018
* Registrations: will open from 8:00 - 9:00am
* Race briefing 9:15am
* Race starts 9:30am (slower boats will be sent first)
* Where: Throsby Creek “Beach” - Tully Street Carrington (Newcastle)
* Cost: A donation of $10 (entry fee) which all proceeds are going to the women’s refuge.


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!!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.

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.

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.

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”.

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!!9 Feb - Makai Cup

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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.
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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
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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.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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?
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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 semi Hobbits of Gareth Stokes/Peter Faherty (semi LCRKers).
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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. "''
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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."''
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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. Caroline an
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.
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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. "''

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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.
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'''Report on The inaugural 20 Groynes run by Dolls Point Paddlers and PaddleNSW''' - by Jeff Hosnell

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 semi Hobbits of Gareth Stokes/Peter Faherty (semi LCRKers)
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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.........

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. Caroline an 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.
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The children taking to the boats like ducks to water (and some taking to the water as well). Dave Hammond with Tommy, Areti; Tim Binns with Thomas, Dylan, Chris Johnson with Anna, Robert, Alex and Rob L-J with Emma.
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* Ruby demonstrating how eskimos roll
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HCC fastest LCRKers – Peter Fitzgerald and Brendan Trewartha 8:54:10 in a V10 double
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Womerah Cup (fastest womens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Naomi Johnson 63:22
Turrumburra Cup ((fastest mens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Dave Coward 51:31
Rookie of the Year (new Member, new to paddling improving and embracing the sport) – Chris Johnson
Most Improved - James Pralija and Peter Manley jointly.
Beat-your-age (12km singles paddling less minutes than years) – Tom Simmat (7.2 years younger!)
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LCRK’s end of year Xmas presentation was held on the evening Wed 19 Dec. Temperatures were mild, there was little wind and the tide peaked out with a 1.4m high at 6:45pm. A good turnout of 53 paddlers (well actually paddlers, friends, partners and children) arrived in 6 boats.

The Boatercross course was laid out by Wade Rowston with assist from Tony, Rich, Chris and consisted of a mirrored triangle - actually Wade was taking no chances and used his GPS to lay out a golden triangle (also known as the sublime triangle, it is an isosceles triangle in which the duplicated side is in the golden ratio to the distinct side). Wade has also devised first-over-the-line scoring system with paired paddlers running difference courses and vying for hole shot at the first corner. Freestyle tricks earned bonus points determined it would seem by noise level on the pontoon.

Needless to say those early on the scene were keen to get out on the water for the qualifying rounds, changing into their paddling togs faster than a formula 1 pit stop.

Unfortunately approaching storms (light and noise) meant we had to get off the water earlier than we’d hoped for The extent of the darkening skies is evidenced by the darkening photos.

A couple of highlights from the Boatercross:-
• The children taking to the boats like ducks to water (and some taking to the water as well). Dave Hammond with Tommy, Areti; Tim Binns with Thomas, Dylan, Chris Johnson with Anna, Robert, Alex and Rob L-J with Emma.
• Tony H, Keg and Rich Yates repositioning craft from the water back onto the pontoon (paddler still aboard)
• Naomi Johnson (and Rich Barnes) both proving you can use a whitewater boat as a Sup (and Emma [Rob L-J’s daughter] emulating and showing it wasn’t really that hard at all).
• Ruby demonstrating how eskimos roll
• Rich Barnes nonchalantly adjusting his seat, footrest, lumbar support and rearview mirror (whilst others assuming they were a one-size-fits-all craft).
• Rich Barnes doing a reverse seal launch with double twist from the pontoon (more than once)

The food 'spread' was literally that, with a great feed including nibblies on arrival, roast chicken, prawns, salads and a range of desserts.

In terms of the awards:-
• HCC fastest LCRKers – Peter Fitzgerald and Brendan Trewartha 8:54:10 in a V10 double
• HCC fastest LCRKer on handicap – Tom Simmat 9:18:48 in a SRec
• HCC – Arrow Trophy (an official HCC Trophy for group raising most sponsorship) – Peter Fitzgerald and the SHocKers team (~$16,000 in 2018 adding to overall tally now of ~$230,000 raised!)
• Womerah Cup (fastest womens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Naomi Johnson 63:22
• Turrumburra Cup ((fastest mens singles averaged over 15 TT’s) – Dave Coward 51:31
• Rookie of the Year (new Member, new to paddling improving and embracing the sport) – Chris Johnson
• Most Improved - James Pralija and Peter Manley jointly.
• Beat-your-age (12km singles paddling less minutes than years) – Tom Simmat (7.2 years younger!)
• Doubles Cup – David Young 435pts
• Coffee Cup – (not awarded)
• Sugarloaf Cup – Ian Wrenford 445pts
• Crudslime Cup – James Pralija 437pts

Thanks are due to many people – pitching in to help with set-up and set-down, getting the course set up and the boats on and off the water (and washed). Particular thanks to Alanna who sourced most of the main course, Roger Deane for the prawns, Caroline/Ruby and who else for yummy desserts, Carly Rowston for trophy engraving, table decorations, Ian for transporting the boatercross boats (and 2nd Gordon Scouts via Rich Barnes/ Chris Stanley for making them available) etc etc - more to come!
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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.
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Article - Very Big Year
When the Very Big Year was introduced in 2017, I knew straight away I wanted to do it myself but just couldn't find the time that year. I figured I'd start my Big Year with the Massive Murray Paddle because it was a big commitment that I felt was the hardest one to complete and with that 400km in the bag I'd be well on my way towards the 1000km target. That was a good idea, but at the beginning of 2018 I got all motivated and decided this was the year and couldn't wait any longer, so a few days before the Canberra marathon, I sent in my list of nominated races to Shannon and embarked on my year.

When you align your Very Big Year with the calendar year it's a long slow start. The only races available are shorter ones, so you slowly rack up 20km races and finally get your first 100km after five marathons. For me my first hundred included racing at Canberra, Wagga, Woronora, Lane Cove and Grays Point (State Championships).

Canberra was a slow start to the year thanks to falling in twice out of my Vajda Spirit (once before the race had started), giving me the option of dropping to Division 6 in the Marathon Series - an option I took up at Wagga, as I had a history of not racing well there. I followed that day up by paddling a more stable Vajda Voyageur out onto the open lake for the 15km Burley Griffin Dash. I had planned to paddle the longer 30km Bash but wasn't quite up to backing up so early in the season. Wagga was hot and I, along with many others, was a little concerned about getting overheated and suffering from dehydration. Most solved this problem by falling in during the race. By once again resorting to a more stable K1 I didn't fall in, won my division and promptly got promoted to Division 5 again. I'm afraid Don suffered my wrath - I was a little unhappy about the promotion after paddling well over two hours. Reluctantly resigned to my fate, I had slow paddles at Woronora and Lane Cove, with a swim at Lane Cove after a disagreement with a steam boat belching thick fumes across the river about who was going to go right. He went right and I went right in. A quick remount and I finished. I paddled well at Grays Point and had fun in the doubles with Anjie.

That first hundred was hard work. By then I was already well into May and realised that I was going to have a lot of work to do in the latter part of the year.

The Riverland Paddling Marathon brought the chance to knock over 200km in one weekend and also satisfied the requirement to complete one race in another state. I travelled down with Duncan and Kyla and was wonderfully supported by Duncan, Craig, Richard, Keg and Alanna, as I didn't have my own land crew. What a great trip. I loved the Riverland the first time I did it in a double with Anjie because the scenery is spectacular with the cliffs glowing in the sunrise and the people are wonderful and this year was no different. This year wasn't too cold - we didn't even need beanies in the morning. I once again elected to paddle in a Voyageur and was pretty happy with my choice as I was able to put on a sprint to catch a wash ride when I needed to and found the wind and chop didn't stop me. I spent the majority of the three-day race wash riding two different doubles. One of them dropped out part way through day two and the other really didn't like me being on their tail and were overheard muttering that I was cheating. I also had people wash riding me, suffering twenty taps to my tail in one day from a double canoe paddled by the Routleys (yes I counted). I only let them off because they were otherwise such good company; they've now become friends that I've kept in touch with and seen in other races.

It was back to a few more short races after the Riverland with marathons at Penrith, Windsor and Davistown with a hiatus in between in Greenland. I hit my stride in this period, getting a place at Penrith and an actual Division 5 time (first time this year). The race at Penrith had never really appealed to me in the past because the course was straight and boring, but the much improved new course takes paddlers through continuous bush away from the urban scrum and only has ONE turn! Following a swim at Windsor prior to the race after losing a game of chicken with Rob Llewellyn-Jones, I continued on to come close to last in my division, but still scored some points for my club by doing portages having realised that I would probably be slow. Windsor is one of my favourite marathons. I like the course, there's an easy beach launch and it's just a nice atmosphere. Davistown was a nightmare of waves and wash from passing motor boats and ferries, but fortunately I had once again brought a more stable K1 and finished third.

My confidence slightly boosted, I decided to paddle the Myall Classic the following weekend in my Spirit and finished soundly, not with a spectacular time but still with a trophy. I think this had been one of the easier Myall Classics in memory, at least for most - I followed along with Tom Simmat most of the way who stopped regularly to fiddle with his rudder. It turned out one of his pedals had broken at the beginning of the race and he had done a temporary fix by putting a stick through his rudder to hold it straight. It didn't seem to dampen his spirits much, but did slow him down a little.

I was now looking at October and still only had just over 400km under my belt. I became more concerned when I realised that the Central Coast Marathon of 30km I had banked on had been run in September (already gone) instead of October. I looked at a few harbour races and tossed around the idea of paddling an outrigger to get my single blade paddle requirement, but it was all too hard at the time. I finished my last race of the Marathon Series at Burrill Lake with a win in Division 5, and I was even paddling my Spirit. Wonders will never cease. It wasn't enough to get me a place in the division - something to set as a goal for next year maybe. The crowd was a bit smaller than usual at Burrill Lake, with some away at the Clarence 100km, some at the Sprint Series event on the Sunday at Narrabeen, and yet others deciding to begin their taper for the next week's Hawkesbury.

This year's Hawkesbury was tough. Fortunately I'd been able to attend the last Famil paddle from Wisemans Ferry to Mooney Mooney, which had some rough conditions after Spencer, similar to what I'd experience in the race itself. I surfed my way in a lightweight Voyageur K1 in the dark into Wisemans Ferry and then cut through some more surf for good measure when I got to the stretch after Spencer. I went home with my first Hawkesbury record, which I was pretty happy about. I was finally over the halfway mark in my Very Big Year. Are you kidding? It was already November!!

I was prepared to do the Murray in a K1 when my husband decided that he too would like to do the Murray and would do it with me in a double. This didn't mean he suddenly had a lot of time to commit to training, and I warned him that he had to paddle whether he liked it or not because I wasn't about to paddle a double home on my own a la Richard Barnes and Kenji. He embarked on the first day of the Murray with his longest paddle having been about 40km. I was a little nervous, but knew he was a stayer so the chances of us finishing were good. We decided not to race the Murray because we were both first-timers and wanted to enjoy it, so the checkpoint tour it was. We both really enjoyed the week despite the crazy weather, I caught up with lots of the paddlers I had met on the Riverland, and didn't even get tapped on the tail once. Suddenly I'd finished another 400km and the end of my Very Big Year was in sight.

I'd become friends with Brodie Cambourne, a friendship fraught with some competitiveness because she keeps beating me in every race we paddle in together (Riverland, Hawkesbury, Murray). Another goal I suppose! Brodie however, offered to bring her SUP to the Burley Griffin 24 Hour, giving me the opportunity to get my single blade bit done without having to go to another race. I decided to enter the 24 Hour twice - once as part of a K1 relay team with Naomi, Wade and Jeff, which would get me the remaining distance I needed, and once in a single blade craft (undefined at the time). At the last minute David Tongway agreed to lend both Brodie and I his TC1, which I was much happier to try paddling than a SUP after seeing the pain Meg Thornton had been in after doing one lap at Canberra at the beginning of the year.

The 24 Hour was the perfect way to finish my Very Big Year. Doing it as a relay was fun and nowhere near as stressful or exhausting as doing lap after lap on your own. Doing one lap in four meant you had time to eat and rest and all of us were only tired after the race, not sore. I did my canoe lap (and as a result have the record for the shortest ever 24 Hour race distance - one lap of 4.7km) and have to say I enjoyed it far more than I expected. I would happily try canoeing again. This was a surprising side-benefit of doing the Very Big Year and despite being a little sceptical about this rule to start with, I'm really happy I was forced to comply with it in the end. I saw Peter Faherty taking his newfound interest in canoes a bit further after finishing his paddle at the 24 Hour - giving a kneeler a go (and testing the water temperature while he was at it). I finished my Very Big Year distance requirement halfway through the 24 Hour but didn't abandon my team, which meant that I finished comfortably clear of the 1000km.

I was finally finished and so proud of what I had achieved. I'm not a fast paddler but I am a stayer so the 1000km Challenge was perfect for me. I didn't have to win anything or try and beat someone's time, I just had to paddle the distance. But it was so much more than that. I made friends, saw new places and genuinely enjoyed (nearly) all of the races. I've fallen in love with ultra-marathons, and am leaving the year behind with a new interest in canoeing.

The Very Big Year 1000km Challenge is absolutely worth doing for so many reasons. Save up your pocket money - getting to all these races and paying for entries isn't cheap; secure a land crew that has lots of leave or is retired; have a couple of kayak options; and get on the water. You won't regret it.

You don't win an award or get a trophy and there's no record but you'll have the satisfaction of setting a goal, and not an easy goal, and achieving it. Good luck!

Check out my Very Big Year video at the link up the top.
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Richard Barnes took the recreational approach, fitting a bit of bushwalking, tree climbing and picnicking in with his sister Linden. I think Ruby even spotted them set up one lunch time with their land support's caravan and a table and chairs - very civilised. They were paddling Kermit, festooned with several small ducklings {''Ed: Team name - 2 Barnes and 6 ducks''}, which led Ruby at one point to gesticulate wildly just after passing Richard and Linden because she'd just seen a real duckling of similar size! Richard thought Ruby was suggesting he duck, rather than look for a duck...
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The report by Susan Williams that can be found on the club's Facebook page {''Ed: a link to a PDF of Susan's report is up the top of this report''} is well worth a read, giving very detailed feedback on the race.
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Looking for the results for the Crudslime, Sugarloaf and Coffee Cups?

How about you come to the LCRK Christmas event - including some on water fun, a sit down meal AND presentation of all the awards for your 2018 paddling efforts?
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Despite this wild assortment of weather, the event was great fun. Tom wasn't seen by many all week because he was on early starts and stayed in front, usually finishing in the top five each day. Ruby and Caoimhin saw lots of people because they were on a late start, passed lots of people, then passed them again, and sometimes again (this happens when you stop at all the checkpoints). Richard and Linden saw Ruby and Caoimhin every day, and spoke to everyone they passed (of course), even an older couple of farmers sitting on the riverbank on Day 5 watching their last ever Murray from their property, as they've just sold up. Richard and Linden appeared to spend much of the race sitting in trees over the river (Ruby and Caoimhin spotted them in this type of position twice). On one occasion, they found a koala between them (there is photographic evidence), and saw a koala on another occasion too. Ruby spent the remaining days scanning the trees to no avail.
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Despite this wild assortment of weather, the event was great fun. Tom wasn't seen by many all week because he was on early starts and stayed in front, usually finishing in the top five each day. Ruby and Caoimhin saw lots of people because they were on a late start, passed lots of people, then passed them again, and sometimes again (this happens when you stop at all the checkpoints). Richard and Linden saw Ruby and Caoimhin every day, and spoke to everyone they passed (of course), even an older couple of farmers sitting on the riverbank on Day 5 watching their last ever Murray from their property, as they've just sold up. Richard and Linden appeared to spend much of the race sitting in trees over the river (Ruby and Caoimhin spotted them in this type of position twice). On one occasion, they found a koala between them (there is photographic evidence), and saw a koala on another occasion too. Ruby spent the remaining days scanning the trees to no avail.
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!!1st-2nd December: Burley Griffin 24hr Paddle Challenge
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT
* %newwin%[[https://https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157704211350794|LCRK Flickr album with photos from Naomi and Wade]]
* %newwin%[http://www.lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2015News#bgcc24|Rich Yates report from 2015 event]]

Race report by Naomi Johnson

About this time last year, Wade mentioned that he was keen to get a team together for the Burley Griffin 24 hr Paddle Challenge, specifically a team of K1s. Considering that the preferred LCRK craft is still the ski, this was rather an odd choice. Yet with the force of Very Big Year goals, recent Hawkesbury success and a thirst for just one more race before Christmas, we ended up with a competitive team of four who were all prepared to sit it out for the long haul in a K1. Named Lane Cove Lightning by Naomi and Ruby when they were short of alliterative words, the team was:

Naomi "sure someone said 5km sprints" Johnson\\
Wade "can sleep anywhere" Rowston\\
Ruby "Ms Very Big Year" Ardren\\
Jeff "ACDC me up" Hosnell

And then of course, there was the fabulous support crew:\\
Frazer "mostly in it for the pizza" Ruddick\\
Laura "packed to feed a small army" Hosnell\\
Laura's parents, and Bailey the dog.

Noticeably absent went Caiomhin "when in Canberra, go rock climbing" Ardren and Carly "when the paddlers are away, have a baking weekend" Rowston.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_NaomiSprint.jpg|''Above: Naomi kicks off the race with a sprint.''\\\

Our preparation for the race mostly involved reading Rich Y's report on the sagas of Team Pablo in 2015. We decided it was safest to copy many key features of their plan, including single 4.7km laps during the day and serious attention to one's on-bank arrangements. For some reason, though, we didn't copy their Tim Tam plan. In fact...we didn't have a Tim Tam plan at all!

9:00am at Molongolo Reach and we were all raring to go. Wade had brought down the Lane Cove marquee and two K1s, along with Richard "24 hrs in the boat or go home" Barnes' kit in a large white tub. Richard himself had chosen to take the train. With the marquee erected, the Lightning team set to confirming the race plan and compare all the food we'd packed. Richard piled half his supplied into a BGCC-loaned Epic 18x, and donned a well-worn pair of pyjamas.

%lfloat width=310px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_NaomiJeffTag.jpg | ''Above: Jeff finishes a lap and hands over to Naomi.''

9:30am and most paddlers were on the water ready for the start. Naomi went for the tactic of get in front and stay in front, kicking off with a sprint that set the fastest lap time for the whole race at 25:25. Others set off at a more leisurely pace, with Peter "Very Big Hobbiting Year" Faherty missing the start by half a minute, and another VBY paddler turning up an hour later!

LCRK Lightning quickly settled into a rhythm of swapping laps, with the incumbent paddler sitting out in the middle of the river waiting for the change. Ruby decided to test the water temperature on one of those occasions, but she hadn't been tagged in yet so it doesn't really count. The day grew hotter and the wind gradually increased, with the marquee shade gradually shifting across the grass. Jeff seemed to be settling in for most consistent paddler of the race, and Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_RubyCanoe.jpg|''Above: Ruby getting down on the TC1 paddling technique.''\\\

Along with the K1 relay team and about 30kms of VBY paddling, Ruby also needed to complete the single-blade component of her 1000kms. After a few minutes testing canoe stability and technique in the shallows, she polished off a lap in a TC1 while waiting to tag back into the relay. She hit the 1000km mark mid-afternoon, posed for some photos, took a deep breath and tagged in for her next lap (yes, it was beginning to feel like the same two hours on repeat).

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_RichardSunset.jpg | ''Above: Richard takes on provision.''

Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and Stephen in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!

The sun finally set into a fiery sky, and both the temperature and the wind dropped suddenly. Richard pulled over briefly to don his lifejacket and take on more supplies, though stayed firmly seated in the boat. Frazer ordered his pizza, Laura and her parents retreated to their hotel, our BGCC hosts lit a brazier and everyone started to think about the optimal tent-free sleeping arrangements. Naomi, Frazer and their becurtained van definitely won on this front, offering a more refined night's rest than Wade's camping-mat-by-the-river option. From 10pm the Lightning team switched to double laps, aiming for one hour on the water and then three for sleeping. Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_Brasier.jpg | ''Above: Molongolo Reach just after sunset.''

Out on the water at night was eerie and beautiful. Far from the isolation of the Hawkesbury, there was definitely a city somewhere out there in the distance. Car lights flickered past, shining the occasional glance on a mercifully still river. The family of geese who had been making themselves known on the bank earlier were totally oblivious to the ongoing race. They sat right in the centre of the paddle line, honking with offence if a boat came too close. We chatted with boats that we passed, cheered those that came past the beach, and marvelled at the stars.\\\

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_WadeSleep.jpg | ''Above: Wade circa 5:30am.''

Dawn finally came, with the geese still claiming ownership of the river and Richard still paddling along cheerfully. Wade wanted to be convinced that Naomi was up for another double lap at 6am, dashing down to the river a little after she crossed the changeover line. For those that had got some shut-eye, the returning light increased average speed by half a km per hour, and suddenly it seemed like the 24 hr mark might be achievable. As we got closer to 9:30am, we realised that there was a distinct possibility of fitting in a final lap – bringing the total to 51 – before the cut-off. But we would have to be quick about it. Another 26-and-a-half minuter from Naomi, and then Wade headed off as the morning wind began in earnest. If he could make it in by 9:02am, we had chance of one final lap. Jeff plugged himself into ACDC for maximum motivation. Wade crossed the line at 9:01am, and the race for the final lap was on. Jeff pulled out a cracker of a paddle to finish with a minute to spare, and the team Lighting sprint for the line was a fabulous conclusion to the 24 hours of racing.

With 51 laps up our sleeve, Lane Cove Lighting paddled a total of 239.7kms, the furthest of the three relay teams. Richard clocked up 178kms, with reported lap speeds ranging from 34min to 41min overnight. In the style of Team Pablo 2015, we're also fairly sure that LCRK was the loudest team, had the biggest marquee, took the most showers (Naomi managed three) and the most photos. By general consensus Richard was the craziest paddler out on the water, and had the smelliest set of pyjamas by the end.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_TeamLightning.jpg|''Above: Team Lightning at the end of 24hrs. Still smiling!''\\\

BGCC were fabulous hosts, welcoming us into their clubhouse space and cheering everyone along no matter what time of the day or night. While the 2018 edition of the 24hr paddle challenge was on the light side, it would be fabulous to see some more relay teams take on the race next year. Team Lightning is already discussing tactics to fit in a few more laps, maybe with a Tim Tam plan!
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!!1st-2nd December: Burley Griffin 24hr Paddle Challenge
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT
* %newwin%[[https://https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157704211350794|LCRK Flickr album with photos from Naomi and Wade]]

Race report by Naomi Johnson

About this time last year, Wade mentioned that he was keen to get a team together for the Burley Griffin 24 hr Paddle Challenge, specifically a team of K1s. Considering that the preferred LCRK craft is still the ski, this was rather an odd choice. Yet with the force of Very Big Year goals, recent Hawkesbury success and a thirst for just one more race before Christmas, we ended up with a competitive team of four who were all prepared to sit it out for the long haul in a K1. Named Lane Cove Lightning by Naomi and Ruby when they were short of alliterative words, the team was:

Naomi "sure someone said 5km sprints" Johnson\\
Wade "can sleep anywhere" Rowston\\
Ruby "Ms Very Big Year" Ardren\\
Jeff "ACDC me up" Hosnell

And then of course, there was the fabulous support crew:\\
Frazer "mostly in it for the pizza" Ruddick\\
Laura "packed to feed a small army" Hosnell\\
Laura's parents, and Bailey the dog.

Noticeably absent went Caiomhin "when in Canberra, go rock climbing" Ardren and Carly "when the paddlers are away, have a baking weekend" Rowston.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_NaomiSprint.jpg|''Above: Naomi kicks off the race with a sprint.''\\\

Our preparation for the race mostly involved reading Rich Y's report on the sagas of Team Pablo in 2015. We decided it was safest to copy many key features of their plan, including single 4.7km laps during the day and serious attention to one's on-bank arrangements. For some reason, though, we didn't copy their Tim Tam plan. In fact...we didn't have a Tim Tam plan at all!

9:00am at Molongolo Reach and we were all raring to go. Wade had brought down the Lane Cove marquee and two K1s, along with Richard "24 hrs in the boat or go home" Barnes' kit in a large white tub. Richard himself had chosen to take the train. With the marquee erected, the Lightning team set to confirming the race plan and compare all the food we'd packed. Richard piled half his supplied into a BGCC-loaned Epic 18x, and donned a well-worn pair of pyjamas.

%lfloat width=310px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_NaomiJeffTag.jpg | ''Above: Jeff finishes a lap and hands over to Naomi.''

9:30am and most paddlers were on the water ready for the start. Naomi went for the tactic of get in front and stay in front, kicking off with a sprint that set the fastest lap time for the whole race at 25:25. Others set off at a more leisurely pace, with Peter "Very Big Hobbiting Year" Faherty missing the start by half a minute, and another VBY paddler turning up an hour later!

LCRK Lightning quickly settled into a rhythm of swapping laps, with the incumbent paddler sitting out in the middle of the river waiting for the change. Ruby decided to test the water temperature on one of those occasions, but she hadn't been tagged in yet so it doesn't really count. The day grew hotter and the wind gradually increased, with the marquee shade gradually shifting across the grass. Jeff seemed to be settling in for most consistent paddler of the race, and Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_RubyCanoe.jpg|''Above: Ruby getting down on the TC1 paddling technique.''\\\

Along with the K1 relay team and about 30kms of VBY paddling, Ruby also needed to complete the single-blade component of her 1000kms. After a few minutes testing canoe stability and technique in the shallows, she polished off a lap in a TC1 while waiting to tag back into the relay. She hit the 1000km mark mid-afternoon, posed for some photos, took a deep breath and tagged in for her next lap (yes, it was beginning to feel like the same two hours on repeat).

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_RichardSunset.jpg | ''Above: Richard takes on provision.''

Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and Stephen in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!

The sun finally set into a fiery sky, and both the temperature and the wind dropped suddenly. Richard pulled over briefly to don his lifejacket and take on more supplies, though stayed firmly seated in the boat. Frazer ordered his pizza, Laura and her parents retreated to their hotel, our BGCC hosts lit a brazier and everyone started to think about the optimal tent-free sleeping arrangements. Naomi, Frazer and their becurtained van definitely won on this front, offering a more refined night's rest than Wade's camping-mat-by-the-river option. From 10pm the Lightning team switched to double laps, aiming for one hour on the water and then three for sleeping. Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_Brasier.jpg | ''Above: Molongolo Reach just after sunset.''

Out on the water at night was eerie and beautiful. Far from the isolation of the Hawkesbury, there was definitely a city somewhere out there in the distance. Car lights flickered past, shining the occasional glance on a mercifully still river. The family of geese who had been making themselves known on the bank earlier were totally oblivious to the ongoing race. They sat right in the centre of the paddle line, honking with offence if a boat came too close. We chatted with boats that we passed, cheered those that came past the beach, and marvelled at the stars.\\\

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_WadeSleep.jpg | ''Above: Wade circa 5:30am.''

Dawn finally came, with the geese still claiming ownership of the river and Richard still paddling along cheerfully. Wade wanted to be convinced that Naomi was up for another double lap at 6am, dashing down to the river a little after she crossed the changeover line. For those that had got some shut-eye, the returning light increased average speed by half a km per hour, and suddenly it seemed like the 24 hr mark might be achievable. As we got closer to 9:30am, we realised that there was a distinct possibility of fitting in a final lap – bringing the total to 51 – before the cut-off. But we would have to be quick about it. Another 26-and-a-half minuter from Naomi, and then Wade headed off as the morning wind began in earnest. If he could make it in by 9:02am, we had chance of one final lap. Jeff plugged himself into ACDC for maximum motivation. Wade crossed the line at 9:01am, and the race for the final lap was on. Jeff pulled out a cracker of a paddle to finish with a minute to spare, and the team Lighting sprint for the line was a fabulous conclusion to the 24 hours of racing.

With 51 laps up our sleeve, Lane Cove Lighting paddled a total of 239.7kms, the furthest of the three relay teams. Richard clocked up 178kms, with reported lap speeds ranging from 34min to 41min overnight. In the style of Team Pablo 2015, we're also fairly sure that LCRK was the loudest team, had the biggest marquee, took the most showers (Naomi managed three) and the most photos. By general consensus Richard was the craziest paddler out on the water, and had the smelliest set of pyjamas by the end.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_TeamLightning.jpg|''Above: Team Lightning at the end of 24hrs. Still smiling!''\\\

BGCC were fabulous hosts, welcoming us into their clubhouse space and cheering everyone along no matter what time of the day or night. While the 2018 edition of the 24hr paddle challenge was on the light side, it would be fabulous to see some more relay teams take on the race next year. Team Lightning is already discussing tactics to fit in a few more laps, maybe with a Tim Tam plan!
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'''50th Massive Murray Paddle - Race Report - by Ruby Ardren'''

The representation from Lane Cove at the 50th Massive Murray Paddle was slim this year but we still made ourselves known.

Everyone was agreed at the end of the event that it had the craziest weather anyone had ever experienced. Veteran paddlers said they had never seen the like. We started off on the Monday with a heatwave, with everyone paying a lot of attention to fluids and sun protection. Tuesday was by far the best day until there was a thunderstorm in the early afternoon that brought with it heavy rain, thunder and lightning that struck disturbingly nearby. The storm was short lived and followed by heavy humidity, so I think some would have preferred the storm. Wednesday was tolerable and probably the better day of the week, and with a slightly shorter distance of 80km, it felt almost easy. Thursday fell apart early. Overnight in Echuca it had rained mud - everything we owned was covered in it - our cars, boats, gear, tents, everything. It was soon washed off by the continuous light rain that fell all day. Unfortunately this rain was accompanied by colder temperatures and 20 knot plus winds. By Checkpoint B Ruby was shaking so much she had to visit the car to change into winter paddling gear including a cag. This worked for a little while, but there was much shivering every time there was a stop. Paddlers fell like flies on this day, withdrawing from the race with many on the verge of hypothermia. To top it off, the slightly slower paddlers were hit by hail close to the end of their day's paddle. Friday only improved in terms of dryness; the strong winds and cold weather stayed. Fortunately the river meanders constantly, so the wind was never in your face for long, but also never seemed to follow for very long either.

Despite this wild assortment of weather, the event was great fun. Tom wasn't seen by many all week because he was on early starts and stayed in front, usually finishing in the top five each day. Ruby and Caoimhin saw lots of people because they were on a late start, passed lots of people, then passed them again, and sometimes again (this happens when you stop at all the checkpoints). Richard and Linden saw Ruby and Caoimhin every day, and spoke to everyone they passed (of course), even an older couple of farmers sitting on the riverbank on Day 5 watching their last ever Murray from their property, as they've just sold up. Richard and Linden appeared to spend much of the race sitting in trees over the river (Ruby and Caoimhin spotted them in this type of position twice). On one occasion, they found a koala between them (there is photographic evidence), and saw a koala on another occasion too. Ruby spent the remaining days scanning the trees to no avail.

Tom Simmat won the entire event on handicap, with a handicap time of 25:18:24, coming tenth overall with 33:30:36. Christine (the current wife) was ever present, supporting Tom and bemoaning the fact that Cathy Miller no longer had a landcrew that paddled upstream of the checkpoint to deliver tea and food on the water.

Age and boat did no favours for Ruby and Caoimhin Ardren, who in their SLR2 came 19th overall with a paddle of 35:45:53, but slipped to 27th on handicap. Given this couple decided to enjoy the Murray as a second honeymoon, which included stops at all checkpoints and a couple of other spots as well, this wasn't a bad result. They have also disproved the theory that doubles are divorce boats, as the event saw them getting on very well (except when trying to pull the boat in to checkpoints).

Richard Barnes took the recreational approach, fitting a bit of bushwalking, tree climbing and picnicking in with his sister Linden. I think Ruby even spotted them set up one lunch time with their land support's caravan and a table and chairs - very civilised. They were paddling Kermit, festooned with several small ducklings, which led Ruby at one point to gesticulate wildly just after passing Richard and Linden because she'd just seen a real duckling of similar size! Richard thought Ruby was suggesting he duck, rather than look for a duck...

Some of you will know Kim Navera, who spent many time trials at Lane Cove partnering Jason Han in the canoe. He's more commonly seen in a ski these days, but had Jason landcrewing for him in the Murray. He was always cheerful and finished well with a time of 36:57:32. Cathy Miller was seen legs out on a Mirage sit-on-top and did the Murray minus landcrew because she had volunteered to ferry boats to and from the event for the organisers. She came in with a very similar time to Richard, even though they were rarely seen together on the water...

Honorary Lane Cover's the Hobbits won the entire event in a battle to the death with Steve and Kate Dawson. With a lot of strategic moves that involved never EVER stopping, the Hobbits finished in 28:58:58, which was also a UN2 record. After five days, with different boats winning on each day, the Hobbits only beat the Dawsons by 11:42, which shows just how close it was.

Some of you will know Marg and Rob Cook, who paddled hard (also in an SLR2) to finish 7th overall, keeping Tom on his toes on the handicap award but eventually giving in to come 3rd on handicap.

The report by Susan Williams that can be found on the club's Facebook page is well worth a read, giving very detailed feedback on the race.

Ruby and Caomhin proudly finished the race without a single blister between them and no other sores or soreness either, despite Caoimhin never having paddled more than 40km in a day before the event. Tom and Richard are such veterans that you wouldn't have even known they had just paddled 400km, and the Hobbits were, well, shattered - understandably.
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Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and friend in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!
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Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and Stephen in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!
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!!1-2 December BGCC 24 Hour Paddle
* %newwin%[[https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=31879|Entries via RegisterNow (Open)]]
*[[Attach:BGCC24h2018.pdf|1 Page Flyer for the Event]]
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT (BGCC clubhouse)


This year BGCC are again planning for a low-key event. BYO: everything. Shelter tents permitted in a limited area, not under trees. We are not trying to raise funds for any charities, but if you feel like donating to the BGCC Club Shed Building Fund – all monies will be gratefully received!

Entries: via Register Now, by Saturday 2nd December, 2017.


Entry Fee: $30 up to 26th November; $50 between 27th to 1st December

Course: 4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River

Briefing: 9:00 a.m.

Start Time: 9:30 a.m., Saturday 1st December, 2018

Finish Time: 9:30 a.m., Sunday 2nd December, 2018

Enter As: Solo; Team of maximum 4x boats (competitive); or any number of boats (fun)
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!!1st-2nd December: Burley Griffin 24hr Paddle Challenge
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT
* %newwin%[[https://https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157704211350794|LCRK Flickr album with photos from Naomi and Wade]]

About this time last year, Wade mentioned that he was keen to get a team together for the Burley Griffin 24 hr Paddle Challenge, specifically a team of K1s. Considering that the preferred LCRK craft is still the ski, this was rather an odd choice. Yet with the force of Very Big Year goals, recent Hawkesbury success and a thirst for just one more race before Christmas, we ended up with a competitive team of four who were all prepared to sit it out for the long haul in a K1. Named Lane Cove Lightning by Naomi and Ruby when they were short of alliterative words, the team was:

Naomi "sure someone said 5km sprints" Johnson\\
Wade "can sleep anywhere" Rowston\\
Ruby "Ms Very Big Year" Ardren\\
Jeff "ACDC me up" Hosnell

And then of course, there was the fabulous support crew:\\
Frazer "mostly in it for the pizza" Ruddick\\
Laura "packed to feed a small army" Hosnell\\
Laura's parents, and Bailey the dog.

Noticeably absent went Caiomhin "when in Canberra, go rock climbing" Ardren and Carly "when the paddlers are away, have a baking weekend" Rowston.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_NaomiSprint.jpg|''Above: Naomi kicks off the race with a sprint.''\\\

Our preparation for the race mostly involved reading Rich Y's report on the sagas of Team Pablo in 2015. We decided it was safest to copy many key features of their plan, including single 4.7km laps during the day and serious attention to one's on-bank arrangements. For some reason, though, we didn't copy their Tim Tam plan. In fact...we didn't have a Tim Tam plan at all!

9:00am at Molongolo Reach and we were all raring to go. Wade had brought down the Lane Cove marquee and two K1s, along with Richard "24 hrs in the boat or go home" Barnes' kit in a large white tub. Richard himself had chosen to take the train. With the marquee erected, the Lightning team set to confirming the race plan and compare all the food we'd packed. Richard piled half his supplied into a BGCC-loaned Epic 18x, and donned a well-worn pair of pyjamas.

%lfloat width=310px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_NaomiJeffTag.jpg | ''Above: Jeff finishes a lap and hands over to Naomi.''

9:30am and most paddlers were on the water ready for the start. Naomi went for the tactic of get in front and stay in front, kicking off with a sprint that set the fastest lap time for the whole race at 25:25. Others set off at a more leisurely pace, with Peter "Very Big Hobbiting Year" Faherty missing the start by half a minute, and another VBY paddler turning up an hour later!

LCRK Lightning quickly settled into a rhythm of swapping laps, with the incumbent paddler sitting out in the middle of the river waiting for the change. Ruby decided to test the water temperature on one of those occasions, but she hadn't been tagged in yet so it doesn't really count. The day grew hotter and the wind gradually increased, with the marquee shade gradually shifting across the grass. Jeff seemed to be settling in for most consistent paddler of the race, and Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_RubyCanoe.jpg|''Above: Ruby getting down on the TC1 paddling technique.''\\\

Along with the K1 relay team and about 30kms of VBY paddling, Ruby also needed to complete the single-blade component of her 1000kms. After a few minutes testing canoe stability and technique in the shallows, she polished off a lap in a TC1 while waiting to tag back into the relay. She hit the 1000km mark mid-afternoon, posed for some photos, took a deep breath and tagged in for her next lap (yes, it was beginning to feel like the same two hours on repeat).

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_RichardSunset.jpg | ''Above: Richard takes on provision.''

Along with Richard, there were a handful of other paddlers aiming to go for the full 24 hours. Mad Mick and friend in a double canoe (huk to you too) gleefully called out "still smiling" every time they passed the timekeepers tent. James in the single canoe paddled with a much steelier look while the Dawsons powered along in a sea kayak. Joanne from Scotland had a well-oiled support crew for her 24-hour SUP endeavour and was usually out on the water with a buddy in tow. We were amazed at how chatty and enthusiastic she was through the night!

The sun finally set into a fiery sky, and both the temperature and the wind dropped suddenly. Richard pulled over briefly to don his lifejacket and take on more supplies, though stayed firmly seated in the boat. Frazer ordered his pizza, Laura and her parents retreated to their hotel, our BGCC hosts lit a brazier and everyone started to think about the optimal tent-free sleeping arrangements. Naomi, Frazer and their becurtained van definitely won on this front, offering a more refined night's rest than Wade's camping-mat-by-the-river option. From 10pm the Lightning team switched to double laps, aiming for one hour on the water and then three for sleeping. Richard just kept paddling.

%lfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_Brasier.jpg | ''Above: Molongolo Reach just after sunset.''

Out on the water at night was eerie and beautiful. Far from the isolation of the Hawkesbury, there was definitely a city somewhere out there in the distance. Car lights flickered past, shining the occasional glance on a mercifully still river. The family of geese who had been making themselves known on the bank earlier were totally oblivious to the ongoing race. They sat right in the centre of the paddle line, honking with offence if a boat came too close. We chatted with boats that we passed, cheered those that came past the beach, and marvelled at the stars.\\\

%rfloat width=210px height=310px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018BG24_WadeSleep.jpg | ''Above: Wade circa 5:30am.''

Dawn finally came, with the geese still claiming ownership of the river and Richard still paddling along cheerfully. Wade wanted to be convinced that Naomi was up for another double lap at 6am, dashing down to the river a little after she crossed the changeover line. For those that had got some shut-eye, the returning light increased average speed by half a km per hour, and suddenly it seemed like the 24 hr mark might be achievable. As we got closer to 9:30am, we realised that there was a distinct possibility of fitting in a final lap – bringing the total to 51 – before the cut-off. But we would have to be quick about it. Another 26-and-a-half minuter from Naomi, and then Wade headed off as the morning wind began in earnest. If he could make it in by 9:02am, we had chance of one final lap. Jeff plugged himself into ACDC for maximum motivation. Wade crossed the line at 9:01am, and the race for the final lap was on. Jeff pulled out a cracker of a paddle to finish with a minute to spare, and the team Lighting sprint for the line was a fabulous conclusion to the 24 hours of racing.

With 51 laps up our sleeve, Lane Cove Lighting paddled a total of 239.7kms, the furthest of the three relay teams. Richard clocked up 178kms, with reported lap speeds ranging from 34min to 41min overnight. In the style of Team Pablo 2015, we're also fairly sure that LCRK was the loudest team, had the biggest marquee, took the most showers (Naomi managed three) and the most photos. By general consensus Richard was the craziest paddler out on the water, and had the smelliest set of pyjamas by the end.

%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018BG24_TeamLightning.jpg|''Above: Team Lightning at the end of 24hrs. Still smiling!''\\\

BGCC were fabulous hosts, welcoming us into their clubhouse space and cheering everyone along no matter what time of the day or night. While the 2018 edition of the 24hr paddle challenge was on the light side, it would be fabulous to see some more relay teams take on the race next year. Team Lightning is already discussing tactics to fit in a few more laps, maybe with a Tim Tam plan!
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Some boats of interest: Tom Simmat #116, Linden & Richard Barnes #75, Caoimhin Ardren and Ruby Ardren #163, The Hobbits #61, Steve Dawson and Kate Dawson #111

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Quoting the MMP website: ''The Massive Murray Paddle is an amazing 5 day paddling adventure & paddling race, that raises funds to assist local charities or community-driven programs. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Massive Murray Paddle this year in November''

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!!Massive Murray Paddle 19-23 Nov 2018
*%newwin%[[https://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/|Massive Murray website]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.phasezero.com.au/massive-murray-paddle.aspx|Live Tracker - follow your fave boats]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=162195&dist=Full+distance&fbclid=IwAR2XR6LB4Gb2_1rJYaoqwJyfGsyFoHNbWLizVLVnyqUnWDkC-6sLzkObujM|Outright Results]]
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Fraser and Naomi were beginning to wonder whether we were coming at all, but we arrived shortly after 7:30am. Time to prep boats for a first departure at 8:15 after a course and safety briefing. With an experienced group of Lane Covers we were able to quickly organise start times and decide who would be paddling with who.
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Frazer and Naomi were beginning to wonder whether we were coming at all, but we arrived shortly after 7:30am. Time to prep boats for a first departure at 8:15 after a course and safety briefing. With an experienced group of Lane Covers we were able to quickly organise start times and decide who would be paddling with who.
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Next Sunday will be the final Club Training Paddle on the Hawkesbury before the BIG day on the 27th October.
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Wiseman’s (Naughty Wiseman’s) to Mooney Mooney Pontoon (Hawkesbury Classic finish)

Despite it being post the AFL and NRL Grand Finals, the weekend of the famous Bathurst 1000, the middle of the School Holidays and even the start of daylight saving at 2:00am Sunday morning and on top of that a pretty grey 6:30 assembly with a 30km/h plus wind blowing pretty briskly own the fetch from Milson Island, 12 warmly clad Kayakers said “Let’s do it!”

We had all come to make the final LCRK training paddle from Wiseman’s to the pontoon at Deerubbin Reserve, Mooney Mooney.

This was also the last paddle in our experiment to utilise the club trailer and cars to transport as many boats and paddlers as possible to avoid the normal two way shuttle to the finish and back again.

Though still time consuming, an hour and 10 minutes, it gave us another hour to paddle instead of sitting on the road.

We arrived at Wiseman’s buoyed by the change in weather conditions. The rain had stopped. The wind disappeared and the only movement on the water was an indication of the still incoming tide.

Fraser and Naomi were beginning to wonder whether we were coming at all, but we arrived shortly after 7:30am. Time to prep boats for a first departure at 8:15 after a course and safety briefing. With an experienced group of Lane Covers we were able to quickly organise start times and decide who would be paddling with who.

The K4, still in her cradle on top of the trailer, decided to show off the amount of water she can carry on her own........
Or so we thought..........

It also took somewhat longer to get the K4 organised. Everything is multiplied by four. 4 times as much equipment, paddles, spray deck covers, caps, caggs, water, nutrition bladders, food and changes of clothing. It’s a wonder the old lady could accommodate it all.

Making it to Wiseman’s in the Hawkesbury means you’ve broken the back of this famous journey down the Hawkesbury. It just remains for you to complete the stretch to Spencer and down to the infamous Bar Point and up through the slot inside Milson Island to the finish.

The last 10 km can be the making or breaking of your success in the Classic and if the weather is up as it was this morning it was going to be a challenge for the K4 women and the rest of us.

So it was with this on our minds that we set off in pairs to complete the last two legs.

Ruby in her K1, Nick in his sea kayak, Rob and Duncan in their ski’s set off into the incoming tide at 8:15am. With the K4 following 15 minutes later and Tony in his Vampire, Naomi in the club Bettong and the now famous “Hobbits”, Peter and Gareth in their SLR2 in hot pursuit at 9:00am.

Following Tom’s tips on beating the tide we all made it down past Low Tide Pitstop in fairly close company before the tide turned to run us to the finish. A metre too far off the bank could mean losing over half a kilometre an hour round the big bends and not cutting the corners at the right point and time could mean you’ll end up paddling an extra two or three kilometres over the full distance, maybe an extra 15 to twenty minutes on your time on the night.

Seeing Ruby and Nick taking a quick break on the only ‘beach’, the K4 couldn’t resist and took a break on the mudbanks opposite Spencer. They found sinking up to the their thighs in mud wasn’t hard.

The rest of us rounded the final corner leading to the long straight down to Bar Point only to be met by a strong Southerly blowing against the outgoing tide. Waves stood up in parts a metre high and it was on for young and old.

Braving the short passage across to the left bank and then hugging the shoreline proved to be the best strategy. Whilst the pairs stuck together, the double turned back to check on the K4 to find them struggling to escape the mud. Thanks, Peter and Gareth. Great support. Hope you made your 50th Birthday Party.

With advanced notice from the double appearing on the scene, the K4 and double were too, able to break free of the effects of the wind after half a kilometre of challenging paddling, and reach the calm waters down to Bar Point where we all found the wind had died off and the waters had flattened out. There was only the rushing of the tide through the the slot to the finish left to challenge everyone. Incredible after the scene we faced at 6:30am this morning. Time: A little over 4 hrs for most.

David, Darren and Craig and friend decided to start out at 6:00am from Mooney Mooney and had to endure pretty tough conditions out and back. So it could have been different.

Finally, the K4 Women’s Hawkesbury Classic Campaign has been supported by many club members making up the numbers on training paddles, by the club providing new equipment in pumps and spray deck covers and facilitating the updating of seats, foot plates and the addition of foot straps, all installed or fitted with the help of skilled members. The use of the club trailer and Clayton, doubling up as the driver and transporter for the rest of us. Avery big thanking to all who have assisted and supported them.

Wendy, Kerrie, Janna and Anjie after months of training and careful practice and preparation announced at the end of today’s paddle they are ready to take on the Classic.

We hope the rest of you participating in this year’s Hawkesbury Classic are too.

I hope, for those of you who were able to participate, you got everything you were looking for out of the Training Paddles your club put on. For those of you who didn’t.. maybe we’ll see you next year.

Good luck, fair and safe paddling to all those taking part.

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Please read the attached briefing carefully. You will be required to advise your attendance in order to be included in the transport arrangements we are putting in place. Depending on the final attendance we may change the meeting place to reduce travel time. Please register your attendance as soon as possible to enable us to finalise details to duncan [AT] aquashop.com.au or text me on 0433 133 206.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor
to Sackville

[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor
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TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]


*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of
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*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)
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- Flash - Nick Blacklock [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Suzie Rhydderch and Mitch Coffey [[<<]]
- Double - Gareth Stokes and Peter Faherty [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin [[<<]]

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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor to Sackville

[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor to Sackville. Start: [[<<]]
TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]


*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of the paddle (thanks Rich!)]]
*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--windsor.html|Willy Weather Windsor]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #2]]

Who said you can’t fly on the Windsor to Sackville Leg of the Hawkesbury Classic? [[<<]]
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2a.jpg|[-Above: Windy you say? -]
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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“Rodrigo, care to comment on your performance today beating everyone home?” “Huh! I wasn’t sure if we were training for the Classic or the Avon Descent. At times felt like a downwinder in a K1. Everyone managed the conditions really well just hope we are not facing near gale force winds and white caps in the Classic. Never seen the Hawkesbury River so angry”. “Rodrigo, I believe you have a new nickname?” Wendy: “Yes! The ‘Chris Froome’ of paddling! He stuck with us all day, and then left us for dead in the home stretch”.
Shipping was few and far between on the river this morning with the exception of some skiers. Richard thought the air force had come to town as some ski race competitors ramped up their practice for the “Hawkesbury 120”. Made us all feel rather pedestrian.
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However the real culprit of the day was the wind. With a forecast for strong winds for coastal waters and up to 30km/h on the Hawkesbury for Sunday, nobody expected what was thrown at us in the closing stages of the Windsor to Sackville paddle
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2b.jpg|[-Above: Windy apparently? -]
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When Rob and Matt were asked for a comment there was simply silence and perhaps that is where we should leave it. But for a shout out to Clay and Frazer for your support and providing the essential transport. Many thanks, guys.
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“Rodrigo, care to comment on your performance today beating everyone home?” “Huh! I wasn’t sure if we were training for the Classic or the Avon Descent. At times felt like a downwinder in a K1. Everyone managed the conditions really well just hope we are not facing near gale force winds and white caps in the Classic. Never seen the Hawkesbury River so angry”. “Rodrigo, I believe you have a new nickname?” Wendy: “Yes! The ‘Chris Froome’ of paddling! He stuck with us all day, and then left us for dead in the home stretch”.
Shipping was few and far between on the river this morning with the exception of some skiers. Richard thought the air force had come to town as some ski race competitors ramped up their practice for the “Hawkesbury 120”. Made us all feel rather pedestrian.
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However the real culprit of the day was the wind. With a forecast for strong winds for coastal waters and up to 30km/h on the Hawkesbury for Sunday, nobody expected what was thrown at us in the closing stages of the Windsor to Sackville paddle
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%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2b.jpg|[-Above: Windy apparently? -]
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When Rob and Matt were asked for a comment there was simply silence and perhaps that is where we should leave it. But for a shout out to Clay and Frazer for your support and providing the essential transport. Many thanks, guys.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddles
LCRK always provides a series of training paddles to prepare for the HCC. The set below are ALL on sections of the Hawkesbury River. The early starts are aimed to pretty much match the tidal conditions you will experience on the Hawkesbury - and get a head start avoiding too much river traffic (ie powerboats etc).


[+'''Sunday 29th July'''+] - Sackville to Wiseman's. Briefing: 7:30am First Start: 7:45am. [[<<]]
TIDE Sackville 07:15am LOW
*[[Attach:180729famil.pdf|Details for 180729 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--sackville.html|Willy Weather Sackville]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #1]]

'''REPORT - 1st LCRK Training Paddle - Sackville to Wiseman’s'''

A day full of foreboding turns out to be a perfect day to get to grips with the “Big W”

A promise of 5 degrees, a strong incoming tide and 30km/hr plus winds had everyone more than a little unsettled on Saturday night. Duncan’s warnings and precautions to be taken just raised anxiety further.

The dawning of a new day after a spectacular eclipse, and what a perfect way to introduce our prospective Women’s K4 crew and committed members to the most challenging part of the Hawkesbury Classic - 14 degrees and windless.
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcct1a.jpg|[-Above: The K4 crew - Jana, Wendy, Anjie, Kerrie -]

14 paddlers arrived at “Naughty Wiseman’s” to load their boats onto our club trailer for transport upriver to the start at Sackville. With the K4 coming on board it was decided to use the trailer to see if we could reduce the time spent shuttling equipment and paddlers back and forth. Apologies to Pete who, keen as ever, ended up on his own at Sackville very early in the morning! It worked a treat with our K4 team able to get the support they needed in manouvering the K4 off the top of the trailer.

%lfloat width=400px%Attach:18hcct1c.jpg|[-Above: early morning at Sackville-]
%rfloat width=250px%Attach:18hcct1b.jpg|[-Above: and we're off-]
After an excellent briefing from Tom Simmat on how to tackle the Sackville to Wiseman’s leg against the tide, including a detailed map, and more wise words from our wizards, Jezza and Dave Young, it was onto the water with the tide turning to challenge us.

Chris Johnson, looking to take part in his first Classic, was sent off 15 minutes early and showed he’s well placed to do a good time on the night. “Hot shots” Pete Manley and Dave Young decided to paddle off upstream while the rest headed off to Wiseman’s and of course were later to prove their worth. Jezza, Don Johnstone, Naomi Johnson quickly set the pace upfront. At Dargle they appeared to lose their way in broad daylight keeping to the right on the river around the sharp left hand bend. Maybe they were just testing the waters?

Coming from behind, the K4 caught the back markers just before Lower Portland with plenty of "working out who was suppose to be doing what" going on. It is clear though with good style and rhythm there is the making of a good crew for the Classic. Good on you Wendy, Kerrie, Jana and Anjie!

Tom Simmat, with Rob Llewellyn-Jones and Duncan Johnstone were taking Tom’s advice to heart and really testing speeds over the shallows, finding the eddies and cutting the corners to get in behind the strong incoming tide.

The low water afforded some crews picnic-like opportunities en route to Wiseman’s. Greg Morris and Warwick Sherwood were on occasion seen to be taking a break, facing the wrong way up river. Perhaps a last minute decision to duck into an attractive looking beach to stretch the legs or was it a weed freeing exercise? You need a retractable rudder, guys!

Expectations were high that we were going to be accompanied by Mitch and Suzie in their Boost. Either we were too slow, or they decided tidal issues were going to make it a hard day on the water. They started from “ Naughty Wiseman’s and turned 20kms up river from Wiseman’s to top the distance covered (40kms) for the day.

So everyone, you only experienced my dire warnings with a km to go. I think an excellent way to lock in the route to take in October. Good paddling until then. Look out for details of the next LCRK HCC Training Paddle.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - Sunday 7th October Wiseman's to FINISH.
*[[Attach:181007famil3a.pdf|Details for 181007 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
Next Sunday will be the final Club Training Paddle on the Hawkesbury before the BIG day on the 27th October.
It will start at Wiseman's and finish at Mooney Mooney, approx. 45kms.
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[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor to Sackville
. Start: [[<<]]
TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]

'''REPORT - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor to Sackville'''
*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of
the paddle (thanks Rich!)]]
*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)
]]
*%newwin%[[https://www
.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--windsor.html|Willy Weather Windsor]]
*%newwin%[[https://www
.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #2]]

Who said you can’t fly on the Windsor to Sackville Leg of the Hawkesbury Classic? [[<<]]
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2a.jpg|[-Above: Windy you say? -]
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Please read the attached briefing carefully. You will be required to advise your attendance in order to be included in the transport arrangements we are putting in place. Depending on the final attendance we may change the meeting place to reduce travel time. Please register your attendance as soon as possible to enable us to finalise details to duncan [AT] aquashop.com.au or text me on 0433 133 206.
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Currently registered and confirmed for a place on the trailer are the following paddlers. Three spots are also currently available on 2 other MV's [[<<]]
- K4 - Anjie, Jana, Kerrie and Wendy [[<<]]
- Flash - Nick Blacklock [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Suzie Rhydderch and Mitch Coffey [[<<]]
- Double - Gareth Stokes and Peter Faherty [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin [[<<]]

We currently have 13 paddlers taking part and you can look forward to pretty much a carbon copy paddle of what you will be experiencing on the night. [[<<]]
Against the tide out of Wiseman's with an increasing falling tide into the finish at Mooney Mooney. The extent of this and the tidal influence on the night will of course depend on your final finishing time.
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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
to:
I look forward to seeing you on the water on Sunday [[<<]]
Happy paddling [[<<]]
Duncan Johnstone for LCRK Committee [[<<]]
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor to Sackville

[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor to Sackville. Start: [[<<]]
TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]


*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of the paddle (thanks Rich!)]]
*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--windsor.html|Willy Weather Windsor]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #2]]

Who said you can’t fly on the Windsor to Sackville Leg of the Hawkesbury Classic? [[<<]]
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2a.jpg|[-Above: Windy you say? -]
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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!!! LCRK Training Paddle Report - 29 Jul 2018 1st LCRK Training Paddle - Sackville to Wiseman’s
LCRK always provides a series of training paddles to prepare for the HCC.

[+'''Sunday 29th July'''+] - Sackville to Wiseman's. Briefing: 7:30am First Start: 7:45am. [[<<]]
TIDE Sackville 07:15am LOW
*[[Attach:180729famil.pdf|Details for 180729 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--sackville.html|Willy Weather Sackville]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #1]]

A day full of foreboding turns out to be a perfect day to get to grips with the “Big W”

A promise of 5 degrees, a strong incoming tide and 30km/hr plus winds had everyone more than a little unsettled on Saturday night. Duncan’s warnings and precautions to be taken just raised anxiety further.

The dawning of a new day after a spectacular eclipse, and what a perfect way to introduce our prospective Women’s K4 crew and committed members to the most challenging part of the Hawkesbury Classic - 14 degrees and windless.
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcct1a.jpg|[-Above: The K4 crew - Jana, Wendy, Anjie, Kerrie -]

14 paddlers arrived at “Naughty Wiseman’s” to load their boats onto our club trailer for transport upriver to the start at Sackville. With the K4 coming on board it was decided to use the trailer to see if we could reduce the time spent shuttling equipment and paddlers back and forth. Apologies to Pete who, keen as ever, ended up on his own at Sackville very early in the morning! It worked a treat with our K4 team able to get the support they needed in manouvering the K4 off the top of the trailer.

%lfloat width=400px%Attach:18hcct1c.jpg|[-Above: early morning at Sackville-]
%rfloat width=250px%Attach:18hcct1b.jpg|[-Above: and we're off-]
After an excellent briefing from Tom Simmat on how to tackle the Sackville to Wiseman’s leg against the tide, including a detailed map, and more wise words from our wizards, Jezza and Dave Young, it was onto the water with the tide turning to challenge us.

Chris Johnson, looking to take part in his first Classic, was sent off 15 minutes early and showed he’s well placed to do a good time on the night. “Hot shots” Pete Manley and Dave Young decided to paddle off upstream while the rest headed off to Wiseman’s and of course were later to prove their worth. Jezza, Don Johnstone, Naomi Johnson quickly set the pace upfront. At Dargle they appeared to lose their way in broad daylight keeping to the right on the river around the sharp left hand bend. Maybe they were just testing the waters?

Coming from behind, the K4 caught the back markers just before Lower Portland with plenty of "working out who was suppose to be doing what" going on. It is clear though with good style and rhythm there is the making of a good crew for the Classic. Good on you Wendy, Kerrie, Jana and Anjie!

Tom Simmat, with Rob Llewellyn-Jones and Duncan Johnstone were taking Tom’s advice to heart and really testing speeds over the shallows, finding the eddies and cutting the corners to get in behind the strong incoming tide.

The low water afforded some crews picnic-like opportunities en route to Wiseman’s. Greg Morris and Warwick Sherwood were on occasion seen to be taking a break, facing the wrong way up river. Perhaps a last minute decision to duck into an attractive looking beach to stretch the legs or was it a weed freeing exercise? You need a retractable rudder, guys!

Expectations were high that we were going to be accompanied by Mitch and Suzie in their Boost. Either we were too slow, or they decided tidal issues were going to make it a hard day on the water. They started from “ Naughty Wiseman’s and turned 20kms up river from Wiseman’s to top the distance covered (40kms) for the day.

So everyone, you only experienced my dire warnings with a km to go. I think an excellent way to lock in the route to take in October. Good paddling until then. Look out for details of the next LCRK HCC Training Paddle.
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[+'''Sunday 7th October'''+] Wiseman's to FINISH.
*[[Attach:181007famil3a.pdf|Details for 181007 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
Next Sunday will be the final Club Training Paddle on the Hawkesbury before the BIG day on the 27th October.
It will start at Wiseman's and finish at Mooney Mooney, approx. 45kms.
[[<<]]
Please read the attached briefing carefully. You will be required to advise your attendance in order to be included in the transport arrangements we are putting in place. Depending on the final attendance we may change the meeting place to reduce travel time. Please register your attendance as soon as possible to enable us to finalise details to duncan [AT] aquashop.com.au or text me on 0433 133 206.
[[<<]]
Currently registered and confirmed for a place on the trailer are the following paddlers. Three spots are also currently available on 2 other MV's [[<<]]
- K4 - Anjie, Jana, Kerrie and Wendy [[<<]]
- Flash - Nick Blacklock [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Suzie Rhydderch and Mitch Coffey [[<<]]
- Double - Gareth Stokes and Peter Faherty [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin [[<<]]

We currently have 13 paddlers taking part and you can look forward to pretty much a carbon copy paddle of what you will be experiencing on the night. [[<<]]
Against the tide out of Wiseman's with an increasing falling tide into the finish at Mooney Mooney. The extent of this and the tidal influence on the night will of course depend on your final finishing time.
[[<<]]
I look forward to seeing you on the water on Sunday [[<<]]
Happy paddling [[<<]]
Duncan Johnstone for LCRK Committee [[<<]]
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October 14, 2018, at 05:48 AM by IanW - training paddles
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!!! LCRK Training Paddles
LCRK always provides a series of training paddles to prepare for the HCC. The set below are ALL on sections of the Hawkesbury River. The early starts are aimed to pretty much match the tidal conditions you will experience on the Hawkesbury - and get a head start avoiding too much river traffic (ie powerboats etc).


[+'''Sunday 29th July'''+] - Sackville to Wiseman's. Briefing: 7:30am First Start: 7:45am. [[<<]]
TIDE Sackville 07:15am LOW
*[[Attach:180729famil.pdf|Details for 180729 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--sackville.html|Willy Weather Sackville]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #1]]

'''REPORT - 1st LCRK Training Paddle - Sackville to Wiseman’s'''

A day full of foreboding turns out to be a perfect day to get to grips with the “Big W”

A promise of 5 degrees, a strong incoming tide and 30km/hr plus winds had everyone more than a little unsettled on Saturday night. Duncan’s warnings and precautions to be taken just raised anxiety further.

The dawning of a new day after a spectacular eclipse, and what a perfect way to introduce our prospective Women’s K4 crew and committed members to the most challenging part of the Hawkesbury Classic - 14 degrees and windless.
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcct1a.jpg|[-Above: The K4 crew - Jana, Wendy, Anjie, Kerrie -]

14 paddlers arrived at “Naughty Wiseman’s” to load their boats onto our club trailer for transport upriver to the start at Sackville. With the K4 coming on board it was decided to use the trailer to see if we could reduce the time spent shuttling equipment and paddlers back and forth. Apologies to Pete who, keen as ever, ended up on his own at Sackville very early in the morning! It worked a treat with our K4 team able to get the support they needed in manouvering the K4 off the top of the trailer.

%lfloat width=400px%Attach:18hcct1c.jpg|[-Above: early morning at Sackville-]
%rfloat width=250px%Attach:18hcct1b.jpg|[-Above: and we're off-]
After an excellent briefing from Tom Simmat on how to tackle the Sackville to Wiseman’s leg against the tide, including a detailed map, and more wise words from our wizards, Jezza and Dave Young, it was onto the water with the tide turning to challenge us.

Chris Johnson, looking to take part in his first Classic, was sent off 15 minutes early and showed he’s well placed to do a good time on the night. “Hot shots” Pete Manley and Dave Young decided to paddle off upstream while the rest headed off to Wiseman’s and of course were later to prove their worth. Jezza, Don Johnstone, Naomi Johnson quickly set the pace upfront. At Dargle they appeared to lose their way in broad daylight keeping to the right on the river around the sharp left hand bend. Maybe they were just testing the waters?

Coming from behind, the K4 caught the back markers just before Lower Portland with plenty of "working out who was suppose to be doing what" going on. It is clear though with good style and rhythm there is the making of a good crew for the Classic. Good on you Wendy, Kerrie, Jana and Anjie!

Tom Simmat, with Rob Llewellyn-Jones and Duncan Johnstone were taking Tom’s advice to heart and really testing speeds over the shallows, finding the eddies and cutting the corners to get in behind the strong incoming tide.

The low water afforded some crews picnic-like opportunities en route to Wiseman’s. Greg Morris and Warwick Sherwood were on occasion seen to be taking a break, facing the wrong way up river. Perhaps a last minute decision to duck into an attractive looking beach to stretch the legs or was it a weed freeing exercise? You need a retractable rudder, guys!

Expectations were high that we were going to be accompanied by Mitch and Suzie in their Boost. Either we were too slow, or they decided tidal issues were going to make it a hard day on the water. They started from “ Naughty Wiseman’s and turned 20kms up river from Wiseman’s to top the distance covered (40kms) for the day.

So everyone, you only experienced my dire warnings with a km to go. I think an excellent way to lock in the route to take in October. Good paddling until then. Look out for details of the next LCRK HCC Training Paddle.

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[+'''Sunday 19th August'''+] - Windsor to Sackville. Start: [[<<]]
TIDES: Windsor HIGH at 07:33am (1.21m) LOW at Sackville at 12:13pm (.6m) [[<<]]

'''REPORT - 2nd LCRK Training Paddle -Windsor to Sackville'''
*%newwin%[[https://www.relive.cc/view/g23884083797|%maroon%Relive Video track of the paddle (thanks Rich!)]]
*[[Attach:FAMIL-2-2018-V2.pdf|Details for 180819 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/greater-western-sydney/hawkesbury-river--windsor.html|Willy Weather Windsor]]
*%newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157699219318804|LCRK Flickr Pix from Paddle #2]]

Who said you can’t fly on the Windsor to Sackville Leg of the Hawkesbury Classic? [[<<]]
%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2a.jpg|[-Above: Windy you say? -]
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The back bone of this year’s LCRK Hawkesbury Representatives braved the coldest day in a month on a clear winter’s morning to take part in the Club’s second Hawkesbury Training Paddle. The rest must have been put off by the prospect of strong and gusty winds forecast by the weather bureau for past week.
Anjie, Jana, Wendy and Richard, standing in for Kerry, showed ominous form blasting down the course in quick time with Rodrigo, in his new Infusion K1, in hot pursuit for all but the last 4kms.
Naomi, in the Club’s Bettong K1 struck a lone figure behind them.
Duncan and Matt, in their Elliott Zero Tolerance stood by Rob in his Vault as he tested out his ideas on seat cushions for the Classic.
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Our young journalist on the spot filed the following commentary from exhilarated paddlers.
From onboard the K4 - Richard commented “I’m having a great time. Lots of fun in these trying conditions. The River is angry this morning but Anjie is a cool Captain and Wendy and Jana are soaking up the conditions (literally) and asking for more”.
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At the finish, “Anjie, care to comment on your experience today?”
“It was a great run for us. I have to tell you, Richard is the King of Eye Spy with something starting with R. It took us several kilometers to work out reflection. Rodrigo wash rode us all the way until the final turn down to Sackville and then took off into the rolling white capped waters making it look easy”.
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“and Jana and Wendy you women okay? Jana: “Yes, we had a great time. I think we are starting to work really well as a team”. “and Wendy?” “Hi, OMG. I’m still pinching myself I’m still alive and not at the bottom of the Hawkesbury. There were times I thought we were in the ocean such were the tailwinds and times when I thought we were going down like the Titanic, but I feel tougher and stronger but slightly more apprehensive as to what Anjie has signed us up to”. Jana: “Yes, the gale force winds at the end were very challenging. Good training though, but I hope it’s not going to be like this on the day.
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Naomi, glad to finish? “I had a lovely paddle, though on my own for the whole 30kms! It was a good chance to test the tide, corners and my mental staying power. I had some fun with the Bettong in the waves on the final approach to Sackville”.
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“Rodrigo, care to comment on your performance today beating everyone home?” “Huh! I wasn’t sure if we were training for the Classic or the Avon Descent. At times felt like a downwinder in a K1. Everyone managed the conditions really well just hope we are not facing near gale force winds and white caps in the Classic. Never seen the Hawkesbury River so angry”. “Rodrigo, I believe you have a new nickname?” Wendy: “Yes! The ‘Chris Froome’ of paddling! He stuck with us all day, and then left us for dead in the home stretch”.
Shipping was few and far between on the river this morning with the exception of some skiers. Richard thought the air force had come to town as some ski race competitors ramped up their practice for the “Hawkesbury 120”. Made us all feel rather pedestrian.
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However the real culprit of the day was the wind. With a forecast for strong winds for coastal waters and up to 30km/h on the Hawkesbury for Sunday, nobody expected what was thrown at us in the closing stages of the Windsor to Sackville paddle
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%lfloat width=650px%Attach:18hcc2b.jpg|[-Above: Windy apparently? -]
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When Rob and Matt were asked for a comment there was simply silence and perhaps that is where we should leave it. But for a shout out to Clay and Frazer for your support and providing the essential transport. Many thanks, guys.
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[+'''Sunday 7th October'''+] Wiseman's to FINISH.
*[[Attach:181007famil3a.pdf|Details for 181007 Training Paddle (1 page PDF)]]
Next Sunday will be the final Club Training Paddle on the Hawkesbury before the BIG day on the 27th October.
It will start at Wiseman's and finish at Mooney Mooney, approx. 45kms.
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Please read the attached briefing carefully. You will be required to advise your attendance in order to be included in the transport arrangements we are putting in place. Depending on the final attendance we may change the meeting place to reduce travel time. Please register your attendance as soon as possible to enable us to finalise details to duncan [AT] aquashop.com.au or text me on 0433 133 206.
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Currently registered and confirmed for a place on the trailer are the following paddlers. Three spots are also currently available on 2 other MV's [[<<]]
- K4 - Anjie, Jana, Kerrie and Wendy [[<<]]
- Flash - Nick Blacklock [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Suzie Rhydderch and Mitch Coffey [[<<]]
- Double - Gareth Stokes and Peter Faherty [[<<]]
- Double Ski - Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin [[<<]]

We currently have 13 paddlers taking part and you can look forward to pretty much a carbon copy paddle of what you will be experiencing on the night. [[<<]]
Against the tide out of Wiseman's with an increasing falling tide into the finish at Mooney Mooney. The extent of this and the tidal influence on the night will of course depend on your final finishing time.
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I look forward to seeing you on the water on Sunday [[<<]]
Happy paddling [[<<]]
Duncan Johnstone for LCRK Committee [[<<]]
Added lines 37-38:
%lfloat width=650px %Attach:2018Myall_StartView.jpg|''Above: Saturday morning view of the Myall. Beautiful conditions and a stunning spring day!''\\\
Changed lines 43-52 from:
->''"Having spent the last 5 years watching paddlers heading off on their annual pilgrimage to Tamboy, I was very grateful that Bob Turner insisted I paddle this year. That is until around 15km from home, when a wall of water appeared in front of me. The group of six I was travelling with seemed to get through it unscathed but I was left floundering behind.
->It had been a great ride till then, with six of us often line abreast, other times squeezed against the shallows, with a huge wash wave formed behind that would put Bondi to shame on an average day. James P and Peter M shared leads most of the way up, with the Robinsons VJ team, the hobbits (Gareth and Peter), Mark H and Caroline M, myself and a couple of others on occasions. We had a target ahead, the fast-starting crew of Suzie and Mitch, who seemed to be able to put in another effort any time we looked like making ground.
->The river was just as I remembered, even down to the same bits of pipe along the bank and the same masses of weed in Brasswater, the beautiful scenery along the way, and the perfect weather. Tony, the local Maritime BSO did a great job as usual co-ordinating the river closure and negotiating with Myall River Camp patrons. Motorised boater behaviour was the best I have seen, with only two minor incursions at the top end, both turning back when advised.
->The usual afternoon sea breeze from the northeast created choppy conditions across the broadwater near home, and James Harrington the early singles leader and still suffering the effects of a prior illness, had to slow his pace. Local improver James Prajlia took the singles honours, previously won for four year straight by Matt Blundell. Original co-organiser of the Myall Classic, Liz van Reece, took home the winning female singles trophy, a fantastic achievement. The perpetual trophy is named after her and husband Murray!
->Organising the Myall is another aspect entirely, and without Bob taking over the reins this year, either race management would have fallen in a heap, or my business would have gone belly-up. As it was, Alanna and I managed to finish work at 1.00pm on the Thursday, throw everything in the car and be off to Tea Gardens by 4.00pm. Arrived at 7.00pm, and looking for my dinner jacket realised I had left ALL my clothes at home! Frantic phone calls to work staff had them breaking into home and grabbing the WRONG bag of clothes, so I ended up with plenty of paddling options and not much more. My problems pale to insignificance compared to Anjie’s traumas, which I’m sure are documented elsewhere.
->Friday was spent doing safety boat deployments, shopping, signage, briefing notes, PNSW grant applications etc, then up at 4.30am on race day to set up the site, then do the paddler and safety crew briefings. Oh dear…I have to paddle too? Off to grab the boat, throw in the compulsory gear and pretend nothing had happened.
->The results system was an improvement on past years, with a TV monitor displaying the results and presentations conducted half an hour earlier than usual. Even though the tides were unfavourable, there were only a handful of turn-backs due to insufficient progress, while there were also 4 x time adjustments back to 4hrs 30 for early finishers who should have entered the later starts.
->The future of the Myall is looking rosy, as we try to improve the event each year and involve more locals. The major problem however, is the shortage of volunteers. Without the huge contribution of Lane Cove paddlers and families, we would not have had an event to run, and PNSW is very grateful to all who contributed. Nigel Weeks, a local paddler from Buladelah, also worked like a Trojan all day, one of the unsung heroes who gets things done in the background. He just phoned me one day a few years back offering his services, and has been coming ever since.
->This is a very special event, and one that will continue to grow and improve if we can find enough volunteers." – Tony Hystek''
to:
->''"Having spent the last 5 years watching paddlers heading off on their annual pilgrimage to Tamboy, I was very grateful that Bob Turner insisted I paddle this year. That is until around 15km from home, when a wall of water appeared in front of me. The group of six I was travelling with seemed to get through it unscathed but I was left floundering behind.''
->''It had been a great ride till then, with six of us often line abreast, other times squeezed against the shallows, with a huge wash wave formed behind that would put Bondi to shame on an average day. James P and Peter M shared leads most of the way up, with the Robinsons VJ team, the hobbits (Gareth and Peter), Mark H and Caroline M, myself and a couple of others on occasions. We had a target ahead, the fast-starting crew of Suzie and Mitch, who seemed to be able to put in another effort any time we looked like making ground.''
->''The river was just as I remembered, even down to the same bits of pipe along the bank and the same masses of weed in Brasswater, the beautiful scenery along the way, and the perfect weather. Tony, the local Maritime BSO did a great job as usual co-ordinating the river closure and negotiating with Myall River Camp patrons. Motorised boater behaviour was the best I have seen, with only two minor incursions at the top end, both turning back when advised.''
->''The usual afternoon sea breeze from the northeast created choppy conditions across the broadwater near home, and James Harrington the early singles leader and still suffering the effects of a prior illness, had to slow his pace. Local improver James Prajlia took the singles honours, previously won for four year straight by Matt Blundell. Original co-organiser of the Myall Classic, Liz van Reece, took home the winning female singles trophy, a fantastic achievement. The perpetual trophy is named after her and husband Murray!''
->''Organising the Myall is another aspect entirely, and without Bob taking over the reins this year, either race management would have fallen in a heap, or my business would have gone belly-up. As it was, Alanna and I managed to finish work at 1.00pm on the Thursday, throw everything in the car and be off to Tea Gardens by 4.00pm. Arrived at 7.00pm, and looking for my dinner jacket realised I had left ALL my clothes at home! Frantic phone calls to work staff had them breaking into home and grabbing the WRONG bag of clothes, so I ended up with plenty of paddling options and not much more. My problems pale to insignificance compared to Anjie’s traumas, which I’m sure are documented elsewhere.''
->''Friday was spent doing safety boat deployments, shopping, signage, briefing notes, PNSW grant applications etc, then up at 4.30am on race day to set up the site, then do the paddler and safety crew briefings. Oh dear…I have to paddle too? Off to grab the boat, throw in the compulsory gear and pretend nothing had happened.''
->''The results system was an improvement on past years, with a TV monitor displaying the results and presentations conducted half an hour earlier than usual. Even though the tides were unfavourable, there were only a handful of turn-backs due to insufficient progress, while there were also 4 x time adjustments back to 4hrs 30 for early finishers who should have entered the later starts.''
->''The future of the Myall is looking rosy, as we try to improve the event each year and involve more locals. The major problem however, is the shortage of volunteers. Without the huge contribution of Lane Cove paddlers and families, we would not have had an event to run, and PNSW is very grateful to all who contributed. Nigel Weeks, a local paddler from Buladelah, also worked like a Trojan all day, one of the unsung heroes who gets things done in the background. He just phoned me one day a few years back offering his services, and has been coming ever since.''
->''This is a very special event, and one that will continue to grow and improve if we can find enough volunteers."'''''Tony Hystek'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_JamesOpenMens.jpg | ''Above: James P flying to victory in the Men's Singles''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_TonyPaddling.jpg | ''Above: Tony looking very happy to be paddling.''\\\
Changed lines 62-71 from:
"Things went a little 'pear shaped' getting ready when my number plate would not slot into its holder, so I borrowed some tape from Anje then realised then number holder was broken. Got that sorted and then borrowed some sun cream, then started to stress out that we had to carry a mobile phone (my brain had forgotten this safety requirement). Got 2x glad bags and promised my new work iPhone 7 I would not fall out of the kayak.

The event (not really a race for me) started by getting into boat, an interesting challenge on the beach! I must admit the waves from the other kayaks were making my boat unstable but I got past the first few green markers and on the tail of a couple of other kayaks. A running mate Jono P from Sydney Uni was also on my wave so paddled with him more or less to the turn around.

On the out stage I paddled hard, but technique is not up to scratch really. Highlights of this stage were talking to a chap from Tamworth who paddles on a dam with 6% capacity, plus being overtaken 4 km from the turning buoy by a Mirage double, single sea kayak and Jono, who encouraged me to jump on the back. It was about this stage I noticed some new blisters on my hands. I made it to turn around buoy and promptly forgot to get back on the tail of the double, so meandered my way back somehow in roughly the same time it took for first half. I could still see Jono and the Mirage double for most of the way though.

It
was great to see so many participants in the other events. The final sections were a little choppy, certainly made it interesting. I must admit the last 8 km was a long way. Elizabeth van Reece swept past not far from the end, she was going well. Finally at the finish line, greeted with lots of smiling Lane Cove faces, I requested one of the chaps from TAS to hold my kayak as I got out at the end so both I and the iPhone stayed dry!

My total time was 4:56, and the 47 km distance is a long way! Technique needs to improve, and I need get lighter and fitter. By Sunday, I felt like the muscles near my glutes needed replacement, and the tops of my thighs were pink too!" – Chris Johnson
to:
->''"Things went a little 'pear shaped' getting ready when my number plate would not slot into its holder, so I borrowed some tape from Anje then realised then number holder was broken. Got that sorted and then borrowed some sun cream, then started to stress out that we had to carry a mobile phone (my brain had forgotten this safety requirement). Got 2x glad bags and promised my new work iPhone 7 I would not fall out of the kayak.''
->''
The event (not really a race for me) started by getting into boat, an interesting challenge on the beach! I must admit the waves from the other kayaks were making my boat unstable but I got past the first few green markers and on the tail of a couple of other kayaks. A running mate Jono P from Sydney Uni was also on my wave so paddled with him more or less to the turn around.''
->''
On the out stage I paddled hard, but technique is not up to scratch really. Highlights of this stage were talking to a chap from Tamworth who paddles on a dam with 6% capacity, plus being overtaken 4 km from the turning buoy by a Mirage double, single sea kayak and Jono, who encouraged me to jump on the back. It was about this stage I noticed some new blisters on my hands. I made it to turn around buoy and promptly forgot to get back on the tail of the double, so meandered my way back somehow in roughly the same time it took for first half. I could still see Jono and the Mirage double for most of the way though.''
->''It
was great to see so many participants in the other events. The final sections were a little choppy, certainly made it interesting. I must admit the last 8 km was a long way. Elizabeth van Reece swept past not far from the end, she was going well. Finally at the finish line, greeted with lots of smiling Lane Cove faces, I requested one of the chaps from TAS to hold my kayak as I got out at the end so both I and the iPhone stayed dry!''
->''
My total time was 4:56, and the 47 km distance is a long way! Technique needs to improve, and I need get lighter and fitter. By Sunday, I felt like the muscles near my glutes needed replacement, and the tops of my thighs were pink too!"'''''Chris Johnson'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_RichardKermit.jpg | ''Above: Richard with a different take on doubles paddling''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_ChrisJ.jpg | ''Above: Chris on the way upstream.''\\\
Changed lines 73-92 from:
"Paul van Koesveld and I again took on one of the safety boats for this year's Classic. Our duties were largely a 'roving' role keeping an eye on some of the known trouble spots and taking the opportunity for a bit of photography between rescues. Having pre-launched the boat (PNSW IRB) the night before it was nevertheless an early start helping to set up the site, attending the safety briefing, slapping on the 50+ etc.

We headed off a matter
of minutes ahead of the 8am 47km start. The 4 knot limit for the first kilometre meant we were predictably being hauled in - but before they could catch our wash, we were out onto the Broadwater and able to sprint ahead and set anchor just at the Dredges Island exit. Some minutes later the lead boats rounded the corner with some tight bunchings of boats manoeuvring four abreast round the navigation markers. Some came close, keen to get photographic evidence of them still fresh, and others were head down focussed purely on the job at hand. Some of the lead boats already looked like they'd have been better off in the 9am start (to ensure they didn't return before the finish line opened at 12:30pm).

With
a 1 hour gap for the 9am 47km start, we motored up to the 12km turn to ensure the turn buoy was correctly positioned then returned back to the top of the Campground for the 200 series boats. This is where most of the fast (and winning) boats were entered and tight groupings of boats were again in evidence. The next start was the 27km student challenge and we had positioned ourselves at the Slot to ensure they followed the correct course - well at least as far as the Campground which seemed the distance goal many had set! The two 'proper' 27km starts then followed at half hour intervals from the students with many of the faster paddlers having overtaken the students in the first 5km - despite the half hour head start. These paddlers were much more spread out all finding their own way to tackle the difficult tide.

The
closest we came to a rescue was refitting a boat number to one of the student boats (came loose in the startline melee apparently) - oh and we also rescued boat number 330 (just the number, not the boat). Highlights for us were:

- A
very happy Liberty Blundell in the double with Matt, charging through to win the VJ 12km class.
- A chattering Alanna and Allison broadcasting their presence from hundreds of metres away.
- An enthusiastic Rich Barnes paddling solo in Kermit (Mirage 730) - couldn't see his smile due to his sun protection, but we could hear it!
- Rich and Craig (8am starters) charging through to the finish line (so they could wait for it to open).
- Greg and Warwick having to check with the Safety boat if their paddling was photogenic (ie. synchronised) - yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.
- The smile on Tony Hysteks face - finally having the opportunity to paddle the Myall (vs. supervise it from shore).
- Phil G's bellowed "Aaagh" of pain and frustration one km before the finish as he reminded himself that semi-fitness for a 12km paddle is not a great basis for entering a 27km event with strong tides and shallow water.
- The Students, all very much into the spirit of the day with accompanying music and ever willing to stop paddling and pose for a photo (some took it seriously too). We spotted a total of three student picnics and four raft-ups, and are sure there were more!
- The Maritime boat and Captain (another Tony), who did a sterling job of preventing powerboats going upriver from Tea Gardens (his first job with Maritime was overseeing the Murray Marathon - 400km at ~4 knots..).
- Paul really enjoyed being able to stand up in the rubber ducky this year without any hip or back-provoked wobbles. Not yet confident that this improved balance translates to better paddling balance.
- The lucky dip lunch goodies bag, provided to relieve the hunger pangs caused by strenuous safety boating (Alanna traditionally prepares a packed lunch for ALL the safety boat crews - thanks Alanna)" – Ian Wrenford
to:
->''"Paul van Koesveld and I again took on one of the safety boats for this year's Classic. Our duties were largely a 'roving' role keeping an eye on some of the known trouble spots and taking the opportunity for a bit of photography between rescues. Having pre-launched the boat (PNSW IRB) the night before it was nevertheless an early start helping to set up the site, attending the safety briefing, slapping on the 50+ etc.''
->''We headed off a matter of minutes ahead
of the 8am 47km start. The 4 knot limit for the first kilometre meant we were predictably being hauled in - but before they could catch our wash, we were out onto the Broadwater and able to sprint ahead and set anchor just at the Dredges Island exit. Some minutes later the lead boats rounded the corner with some tight bunchings of boats manoeuvring four abreast round the navigation markers. Some came close, keen to get photographic evidence of them still fresh, and others were head down focussed purely on the job at hand. Some of the lead boats already looked like they'd have been better off in the 9am start (to ensure they didn't return before the finish line opened at 12:30pm).''
->''With
a 1 hour gap for the 9am 47km start, we motored up to the 12km turn to ensure the turn buoy was correctly positioned then returned back to the top of the Campground for the 200 series boats. This is where most of the fast (and winning) boats were entered and tight groupings of boats were again in evidence. The next start was the 27km student challenge and we had positioned ourselves at the Slot to ensure they followed the correct course - well at least as far as the Campground which seemed the distance goal many had set! The two 'proper' 27km starts then followed at half hour intervals from the students with many of the faster paddlers having overtaken the students in the first 5km - despite the half hour head start. These paddlers were much more spread out all finding their own way to tackle the difficult tide.''
->''The
closest we came to a rescue was refitting a boat number to one of the student boats (came loose in the startline melee apparently) - oh and we also rescued boat number 330 (just the number, not the boat). Highlights for us were:''

**''A
very happy Liberty Blundell in the double with Matt, charging through to win the VJ 12km class.''
**''A
chattering Alanna and Allison broadcasting their presence from hundreds of metres away.''
**''An
enthusiastic Rich Barnes paddling solo in Kermit (Mirage 730) - couldn't see his smile due to his sun protection, but we could hear it!''
**''Rich
and Craig (8am starters) charging through to the finish line (so they could wait for it to open).''
**''Greg
and Warwick having to check with the Safety boat if their paddling was photogenic (ie. synchronised) - yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.''
**''The
smile on Tony Hysteks face - finally having the opportunity to paddle the Myall (vs. supervise it from shore).''
**''Phil G's
bellowed "Aaagh" of pain and frustration one km before the finish as he reminded himself that semi-fitness for a 12km paddle is not a great basis for entering a 27km event with strong tides and shallow water.''
**''The
Students, all very much into the spirit of the day with accompanying music and ever willing to stop paddling and pose for a photo (some took it seriously too). We spotted a total of three student picnics and four raft-ups, and are sure there were more!''
**''The
Maritime boat and Captain (another Tony), who did a sterling job of preventing powerboats going upriver from Tea Gardens (his first job with Maritime was overseeing the Murray Marathon - 400km at ~4 knots..).''
**''Paul
really enjoyed being able to stand up in the rubber ducky this year without any hip or back-provoked wobbles. Not yet confident that this improved balance translates to better paddling balance.''
**''The
lucky dip lunch goodies bag, provided to relieve the hunger pangs caused by strenuous safety boating (Alanna traditionally prepares a packed lunch for ALL the safety boat crews - thanks Alanna)"'''''Ian Wrenford'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_WarwickGreg.jpg | ''Above: Warwick and Greg's photo evidence''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_BlundellDuo.jpg | ''Above: Liberty: Dad...I'm sure you can paddler harder!''\\\
Changed lines 95-97 from:
"Out of the SHOcKERs group, Fitzgerald/Trewartha managed to pilot the Red7 to a fast time despite it having the weight characteristics of a log in the shallow water. Fitz seems to have an affinity for heavy doubles post Yukon adventure! Trevor Nichols continued his speed increase doing 4hr12, 40min ahead of last year's time. The Williams snr /jnr combination of Reece/Darren improved with a PB on very little training. Lastly for me my hastily devised weed deflector seemed to work well with much more weed on top of the V10s than dragging below." – Craig Sallked
to:
->''"Out of the SHOcKERs group, Fitzgerald/Trewartha managed to pilot the Red7 to a fast time despite it having the weight characteristics of a log in the shallow water. Fitz seems to have an affinity for heavy doubles post Yukon adventure! Trevor Nichols continued his speed increase doing 4hr12, 40min ahead of last year's time. The Williams snr /jnr combination of Reece/Darren improved with a PB on very little training. Lastly for me my hastily devised weed deflector seemed to work well with much more weed on top of the V10s than dragging below."'''''Craig Sallked'''

%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_CraigS.jpg | ''Above: Craig on the way downstream''
%rfloat width=310px height=210px margin-top=5px margin-right=10px%Attach:2018Myall_TrevorN.jpg | ''Above: Trevor on the way to a sizeable PB.''\\\
Changed lines 102-107 from:
"I am over the moon with my time. I registered for the 8am start but luckily John Duffy suggested I change to the 9am whilst we were time keeping on Wednesday. He said you are likely to be faster than 4:30 so would arrive before the finish gates opened at 12:30. He was right and I had a 40 minute PB from last year.

The Myall was a trial for Fitzy and Brendan in the Red7 double. Although their time was respectable the experiment ended with them agreeing to either do the Hawk in singles or a faster double.

Also Craig Salkeld’s son Kyle won the uni students 27km." - Trevor Nichols
to:
->''"I am over the moon with my time. I registered for the 8am start but luckily John Duffy suggested I change to the 9am whilst we were time keeping on Wednesday. He said you are likely to be faster than 4:30 so would arrive before the finish gates opened at 12:30. He was right and I had a 40 minute PB from last year.''
->''
The Myall was a trial for Fitzy and Brendan in the Red7 double. Although their time was respectable the experiment ended with them agreeing to either do the Hawk in singles or a faster double. Also Craig Salkeld’s son Kyle won the uni students 27km."'' - '''Trevor Nichols'''
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"We had a great start full of enthusiasm chatting to some marathon veterans for the first 12kms. After the top turn we aimed to have a pee stop but it proved to be difficult to park K4 and so took several tries. It was nice to pick up tide on the way back but at about 13km to the finish Gaye started to have serious problems with her back. We stopped again to give her a rest and take some drugs. The sweep boat was right behind us and Gaye declined to have a ride. Stubborn as she is she paddled on, determined to finish. Hitting headwinds about 5km to finish was really hard work while Gaye continued to struggle almost lying flat on the boat, but pushed on and finished. Lovely waterway." – Jana Osvald
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->''"We had a great start full of enthusiasm chatting to some marathon veterans for the first 12kms. After the top turn we aimed to have a pee stop but it proved to be difficult to park K4 and so took several tries. It was nice to pick up tide on the way back but at about 13km to the finish Gaye started to have serious problems with her back. We stopped again to give her a rest and take some drugs. The sweep boat was right behind us and Gaye declined to have a ride. Stubborn as she is she paddled on, determined to finish. Hitting headwinds about 5km to finish was really hard work while Gaye continued to struggle almost lying flat on the boat, but pushed on and finished. Lovely waterway."'''''Jana Osvald'''

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"Despite having some doubts about doing the Myall Classic, it turned out to be quite an enjoyable and challenging race. Having the latest start I was quite eager to get stuck into this race. The start had a few shaky moments but I was soon able to settle down. The trickiest part of the race was getting through the more open water areas. As the wind battered the boat it was always a relieving feeling to make it into the more closed sections. In the end I managed to complete the race without consecutive sleeps with little Nemo!" – Lachie Wrenford
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->''"Despite having some doubts about doing the Myall Classic, it turned out to be quite an enjoyable and challenging race. Having the latest start I was quite eager to get stuck into this race. The start had a few shaky moments but I was soon able to settle down. The trickiest part of the race was getting through the more open water areas. As the wind battered the boat it was always a relieving feeling to make it into the more closed sections. In the end I managed to complete the race without consecutive sleeps with little Nemo!"'''''Lachie Wrenford'''

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As stated on the Myall website: ''The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddler's calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September on the last Saturday before the school holidays, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.''

''There are a range of distances and starting times, intended to see all paddlers complete their chosen course by early afternoon, and in time for Presentations at 2:45pm.''

''Distances offered are 12km, 27km and 47km, the longer course being a perfect shakedown for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held in late October.''
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Race report compiled by Naomi Johnson

Tucked away north of Newcastle is the idyllic Myall River, winding north from Tea Gardens into what feels like the middle of nowhere. For some, it's a fast and furious race for the line, for others a gentle paddling getaway, and for many a test of whether this year's Hawkesbury might be on the cards. With 47km, 27km and 12km distances on offer, it's a race for all goals and abilities, and there's a fabulous atmosphere. Needless to say, Lane Cove was out in force for the event, with paddlers across all the distances and many smiling faces in amongst the volunteers as well.

Saturday 22nd dawned bright, clear and warm, with spring arriving somewhat unexpectedly overnight. Whether to wear long or short sleeves seemed to be the question of the morning (for LCRKers at least...one school group was overheard debating which end of the boat was the front), and all had an eye on the volatile Myall tide. Would it turn during the race? If so, when?

Race director Tony Hystek shares his thoughts on both paddling and the organisational side of things:

->''"Having spent the last 5 years watching paddlers heading off on their annual pilgrimage to Tamboy, I was very grateful that Bob Turner insisted I paddle this year. That is until around 15km from home, when a wall of water appeared in front of me. The group of six I was travelling with seemed to get through it unscathed but I was left floundering behind.
->It had been a great ride till then, with six of us often line abreast, other times squeezed against the shallows, with a huge wash wave formed behind that would put Bondi to shame on an average day. James P and Peter M shared leads most of the way up, with the Robinsons VJ team, the hobbits (Gareth and Peter), Mark H and Caroline M, myself and a couple of others on occasions. We had a target ahead, the fast-starting crew of Suzie and Mitch, who seemed to be able to put in another effort any time we looked like making ground.
->The river was just as I remembered, even down to the same bits of pipe along the bank and the same masses of weed in Brasswater, the beautiful scenery along the way, and the perfect weather. Tony, the local Maritime BSO did a great job as usual co-ordinating the river closure and negotiating with Myall River Camp patrons. Motorised boater behaviour was the best I have seen, with only two minor incursions at the top end, both turning back when advised.
->The usual afternoon sea breeze from the northeast created choppy conditions across the broadwater near home, and James Harrington the early singles leader and still suffering the effects of a prior illness, had to slow his pace. Local improver James Prajlia took the singles honours, previously won for four year straight by Matt Blundell. Original co-organiser of the Myall Classic, Liz van Reece, took home the winning female singles trophy, a fantastic achievement. The perpetual trophy is named after her and husband Murray!
->Organising the Myall is another aspect entirely, and without Bob taking over the reins this year, either race management would have fallen in a heap, or my business would have gone belly-up. As it was, Alanna and I managed to finish work at 1.00pm on the Thursday, throw everything in the car and be off to Tea Gardens by 4.00pm. Arrived at 7.00pm, and looking for my dinner jacket realised I had left ALL my clothes at home! Frantic phone calls to work staff had them breaking into home and grabbing the WRONG bag of clothes, so I ended up with plenty of paddling options and not much more. My problems pale to insignificance compared to Anjie’s traumas, which I’m sure are documented elsewhere.
->Friday was spent doing safety boat deployments, shopping, signage, briefing notes, PNSW grant applications etc, then up at 4.30am on race day to set up the site, then do the paddler and safety crew briefings. Oh dear…I have to paddle too? Off to grab the boat, throw in the compulsory gear and pretend nothing had happened.
->The results system was an improvement on past years, with a TV monitor displaying the results and presentations conducted half an hour earlier than usual. Even though the tides were unfavourable, there were only a handful of turn-backs due to insufficient progress, while there were also 4 x time adjustments back to 4hrs 30 for early finishers who should have entered the later starts.
->The future of the Myall is looking rosy, as we try to improve the event each year and involve more locals. The major problem however, is the shortage of volunteers. Without the huge contribution of Lane Cove paddlers and families, we would not have had an event to run, and PNSW is very grateful to all who contributed. Nigel Weeks, a local paddler from Buladelah, also worked like a Trojan all day, one of the unsung heroes who gets things done in the background. He just phoned me one day a few years back offering his services, and has been coming ever since.
->This is a very special event, and one that will continue to grow and improve if we can find enough volunteers." – Tony Hystek''

Tony and the lead pack seem to have been going a bit too fast to notice the tide, which everyone else would report was ripping out for just about the entire race. From Tea Gardens, the course heads upstream, across the blustery broadwater and into the more enclosed part of the river proper. For the first few kilometres there are houses and campsites to be seen along the banks, which then stop abruptly. Up at Eagle's Reach, both the 13km checkpoint and 27km course turn-buoy, the lone jetty feels almost out of place on the otherwise deserted riverbank. The odd cabin here, another jetty there, the channel markers across Brasswater, there isn't much more to indicate human habitation.

For those doing both the 47km and 27km courses it was a hard slog up to the top turn, and everyone was much happier coming back down the other side. Wash ride or not, as least the boats were now pointing in the direction of the finish line!

Chris Johnson was paddling the Myall for the first time, and for the photos looks like he was having an absolute ball:

"Things went a little 'pear shaped' getting ready when my number plate would not slot into its holder, so I borrowed some tape from Anje then realised then number holder was broken. Got that sorted and then borrowed some sun cream, then started to stress out that we had to carry a mobile phone (my brain had forgotten this safety requirement). Got 2x glad bags and promised my new work iPhone 7 I would not fall out of the kayak.

The event (not really a race for me) started by getting into boat, an interesting challenge on the beach! I must admit the waves from the other kayaks were making my boat unstable but I got past the first few green markers and on the tail of a couple of other kayaks. A running mate Jono P from Sydney Uni was also on my wave so paddled with him more or less to the turn around.

On the out stage I paddled hard, but technique is not up to scratch really. Highlights of this stage were talking to a chap from Tamworth who paddles on a dam with 6% capacity, plus being overtaken 4 km from the turning buoy by a Mirage double, single sea kayak and Jono, who encouraged me to jump on the back. It was about this stage I noticed some new blisters on my hands. I made it to turn around buoy and promptly forgot to get back on the tail of the double, so meandered my way back somehow in roughly the same time it took for first half. I could still see Jono and the Mirage double for most of the way though.

It was great to see so many participants in the other events. The final sections were a little choppy, certainly made it interesting. I must admit the last 8 km was a long way. Elizabeth van Reece swept past not far from the end, she was going well. Finally at the finish line, greeted with lots of smiling Lane Cove faces, I requested one of the chaps from TAS to hold my kayak as I got out at the end so both I and the iPhone stayed dry!

My total time was 4:56, and the 47 km distance is a long way! Technique needs to improve, and I need get lighter and fitter. By Sunday, I felt like the muscles near my glutes needed replacement, and the tops of my thighs were pink too!" – Chris Johnson

Ian W and Paul van K decided that the best view of the river was definitely not achieved by paddling on it, and join the small army of volunteers that made the day run so smoothly. Ian's only regret, it seems, was that he didn't get back to Tea Gardens in time to photograph everyone crossing the finish line:

"Paul van Koesveld and I again took on one of the safety boats for this year's Classic. Our duties were largely a 'roving' role keeping an eye on some of the known trouble spots and taking the opportunity for a bit of photography between rescues. Having pre-launched the boat (PNSW IRB) the night before it was nevertheless an early start helping to set up the site, attending the safety briefing, slapping on the 50+ etc.

We headed off a matter of minutes ahead of the 8am 47km start. The 4 knot limit for the first kilometre meant we were predictably being hauled in - but before they could catch our wash, we were out onto the Broadwater and able to sprint ahead and set anchor just at the Dredges Island exit. Some minutes later the lead boats rounded the corner with some tight bunchings of boats manoeuvring four abreast round the navigation markers. Some came close, keen to get photographic evidence of them still fresh, and others were head down focussed purely on the job at hand. Some of the lead boats already looked like they'd have been better off in the 9am start (to ensure they didn't return before the finish line opened at 12:30pm).

With a 1 hour gap for the 9am 47km start, we motored up to the 12km turn to ensure the turn buoy was correctly positioned then returned back to the top of the Campground for the 200 series boats. This is where most of the fast (and winning) boats were entered and tight groupings of boats were again in evidence. The next start was the 27km student challenge and we had positioned ourselves at the Slot to ensure they followed the correct course - well at least as far as the Campground which seemed the distance goal many had set! The two 'proper' 27km starts then followed at half hour intervals from the students with many of the faster paddlers having overtaken the students in the first 5km - despite the half hour head start. These paddlers were much more spread out all finding their own way to tackle the difficult tide.

The closest we came to a rescue was refitting a boat number to one of the student boats (came loose in the startline melee apparently) - oh and we also rescued boat number 330 (just the number, not the boat). Highlights for us were:

- A very happy Liberty Blundell in the double with Matt, charging through to win the VJ 12km class.
- A chattering Alanna and Allison broadcasting their presence from hundreds of metres away.
- An enthusiastic Rich Barnes paddling solo in Kermit (Mirage 730) - couldn't see his smile due to his sun protection, but we could hear it!
- Rich and Craig (8am starters) charging through to the finish line (so they could wait for it to open).
- Greg and Warwick having to check with the Safety boat if their paddling was photogenic (ie. synchronised) - yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.
- The smile on Tony Hysteks face - finally having the opportunity to paddle the Myall (vs. supervise it from shore).
- Phil G's bellowed "Aaagh" of pain and frustration one km before the finish as he reminded himself that semi-fitness for a 12km paddle is not a great basis for entering a 27km event with strong tides and shallow water.
- The Students, all very much into the spirit of the day with accompanying music and ever willing to stop paddling and pose for a photo (some took it seriously too). We spotted a total of three student picnics and four raft-ups, and are sure there were more!
- The Maritime boat and Captain (another Tony), who did a sterling job of preventing powerboats going upriver from Tea Gardens (his first job with Maritime was overseeing the Murray Marathon - 400km at ~4 knots..).
- Paul really enjoyed being able to stand up in the rubber ducky this year without any hip or back-provoked wobbles. Not yet confident that this improved balance translates to better paddling balance.
- The lucky dip lunch goodies bag, provided to relieve the hunger pangs caused by strenuous safety boating (Alanna traditionally prepares a packed lunch for ALL the safety boat crews - thanks Alanna)" – Ian Wrenford

The SHOcKERs have been much more regular faces at Lane Cove this year, and they were out in force at the Myall. No doubt honing their race plan and paddling formation for the end of October:

"Out of the SHOcKERs group, Fitzgerald/Trewartha managed to pilot the Red7 to a fast time despite it having the weight characteristics of a log in the shallow water. Fitz seems to have an affinity for heavy doubles post Yukon adventure! Trevor Nichols continued his speed increase doing 4hr12, 40min ahead of last year's time. The Williams snr /jnr combination of Reece/Darren improved with a PB on very little training. Lastly for me my hastily devised weed deflector seemed to work well with much more weed on top of the V10s than dragging below." – Craig Sallked


Trevor Nichols continued the speculation on the Fitz/Trewartha double:

"I am over the moon with my time. I registered for the 8am start but luckily John Duffy suggested I change to the 9am whilst we were time keeping on Wednesday. He said you are likely to be faster than 4:30 so would arrive before the finish gates opened at 12:30. He was right and I had a 40 minute PB from last year.

The Myall was a trial for Fitzy and Brendan in the Red7 double. Although their time was respectable the experiment ended with them agreeing to either do the Hawk in singles or a faster double.

Also Craig Salkeld’s son Kyle won the uni students 27km." - Trevor Nichols

It was fabulous to see a Lane Cove K4 padding the Classic, with Anjie's great work coordinating the team and boat maintenance in recent months coming to fruition. Kerrie was out with family commitments so Gaye Foster kindly stepped into the second seat at late notice, joining the crew of Wendy, Jana and Anjie.

"We had a great start full of enthusiasm chatting to some marathon veterans for the first 12kms. After the top turn we aimed to have a pee stop but it proved to be difficult to park K4 and so took several tries. It was nice to pick up tide on the way back but at about 13km to the finish Gaye started to have serious problems with her back. We stopped again to give her a rest and take some drugs. The sweep boat was right behind us and Gaye declined to have a ride. Stubborn as she is she paddled on, determined to finish. Hitting headwinds about 5km to finish was really hard work while Gaye continued to struggle almost lying flat on the boat, but pushed on and finished. Lovely waterway." – Jana Osvald

The K4 crew received the K4 Cup perpetual trophy for their paddle, along with Peter Manley taking out the Masters 50+ award and James Pralija leaving everyone shocked by winning the Open Singles trophy over the full distance. Richard and Guy Robertson set a new record in the Vet-Junior category, posting a stunning time of 4:06:08 over the full 47km distance to claim the trophy. It was also fantastic to see the Williams and Blundell Vet-Junior combos encouraging younger paddlers to give the race a go.


Of course, 47kms isn't for everyone, and the 27km and 12km courses were also strongly contested. With a massive list of some 27 paddlers contesting the 27km Masters 50+ race (five of them were from Lane Cove), a great spread of boats across all the other classes, and of course a host of students, there was still plenty going on after the 9am start.

Lachie Wrenford was among the paddlers in the final start for the 12km course:

"Despite having some doubts about doing the Myall Classic, it turned out to be quite an enjoyable and challenging race. Having the latest start I was quite eager to get stuck into this race. The start had a few shaky moments but I was soon able to settle down. The trickiest part of the race was getting through the more open water areas. As the wind battered the boat it was always a relieving feeling to make it into the more closed sections. In the end I managed to complete the race without consecutive sleeps with little Nemo!" – Lachie Wrenford

A big thank you to those that make the Myall such a special event, in particular Tony and Alanna for their tireless efforts in getting everything ready and making sure that everything went well on the day. Anjie towed the trailer (with a few more boats than the K4), Lesley Manley was instrumental in getting the Myall-standard fruitcake, oranges and watermelon on platters in time for the finishing paddlers, and Ian W, Lachie W, Allison B, Phil G, Paul vK, Frazer R and Kieren W (of team Johnson) were all on hand to help out with tasks through the day. Hopefully nobody has been left out!

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As stated on the Myall website: ''The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddler's calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September on the last Saturday before the school holidays, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.''

''There are a range of distances and starting times, intended to see all paddlers complete their chosen course by early afternoon, and in time for Presentations at 2:45pm.''

''Distances offered are 12km, 27km and 47km, the longer course being a perfect shakedown for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held in late October.''

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''There are a range of distances and starting times, intended to see all paddlers complete their chosen course by early afternoon, and in time for Presentations at 2:45pm.''

''Distances offered are 12km, 27km and 47km, the longer course being a perfect shakedown for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held in late October.''

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LCRK always has a good showing at the Myall and it is an important staging paddle for the longer HCC.

Start Times:

08:00am. 47km General Entry Early Start
09:00am. 47km General Entry Late Start
09:30am. 27km Student Challenge (for Students only)
10:00am. 27km General Entry Early Start
11:00am. 27km General Entry Late Start
11:30am. 12km General Entry Start

Race Briefings will be held 45 minutes prior to the start of each race and are COMPULSORY for ALL paddlers.

Remember that the Finish Line does not open until 12:30pm, and paddlers finishing before then will be given a finish time of 12:30pm. Select your start time wisely if you are a faster paddler.

Minimum time/progress for all paddlers will be measured as follows:
47km Distance
• 8:00am start - must reach Engels Reach Wharf (13.5km) before 09:45am
• 9:00am start - must reach Engels Reach Wharf (13.5km) before 10:30am

27km Student Challenge Distance
• 9:30am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 10:30am

27km Distance
• 10:00am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 11:00am
• 11:00am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 11:45am

Medal and Trophy Presentations will be held at 2:45pm
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!!1-2 December BGCC 24 Hour Paddle
* %newwin%[[https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=31879|Entries via RegisterNow (Open)]]
*[[Attach:BGCC24h2018.pdf|1 Page Flyer for the Event]]
* Location: Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT (BGCC clubhouse)


This year BGCC are again planning for a low-key event. BYO: everything. Shelter tents permitted in a limited area, not under trees. We are not trying to raise funds for any charities, but if you feel like donating to the BGCC Club Shed Building Fund – all monies will be gratefully received!

Entries: via Register Now, by Saturday 2nd December, 2017.


Entry Fee: $30 up to 26th November; $50 between 27th to 1st December

Course: 4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River

Briefing: 9:00 a.m.

Start Time: 9:30 a.m., Saturday 1st December, 2018

Finish Time: 9:30 a.m., Sunday 2nd December, 2018

Enter As: Solo; Team of maximum 4x boats (competitive); or any number of boats (fun)
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!!Sep 2018 - Tony Hystek & Tim Hookins Life Members of PNSW
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'''Induction of PaddleNSW Life Members'''
''Tim Hookins and Tony Hystek have been inducted as the 24th and 25th Life Members of PaddleNSW respectively. The huge accolade occurred at the 70th PNSW AGM held at Tempe in the presence of existing Life Members Helen Brownlee AM, Jeff Cottrell and Lynn Parker.''

''Both gentlemen have given magnificent service to PaddleNSW and their respective clubs for more than a decade - both being past Chairperson of PaddleNSW for many years. Tim was also the Chair of the PNSW Harbour Racing Committee and the champion driver behind the PNSW Harbour Series. Tony is still a PaddleNSW Director and coordinates the state iconic events Myall Classic and Parra Paddlefest, as well as chairing the PNSW Safety Committee.''

''The conferring of Life Membership is the ultimate honour in any organisation, and Tim and Tony are thoroughly deserving of this highest possible recognition''
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!!Sep 2018 - ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup in Portugal
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'''Day 1 Results - Australians'''
K1 Men 65-69 19km (27 starters)
12th Ron Clarke
18th Geoff Baggett

K1 Men 55-59 19km (37 starters)
12th Stuart Bryson
25th David Little

K1 Men 60-64 19km (28 starters)
6th Peter Currie
10th Mark Lawson
17th Peter Clyne

K1 Women 35-39 19km (7 starters)
4th Laura Lee

K1 Women 40-44 19km (9 starters)
2nd Cathy Venning
3rd Jenni Bateman

K1 Women 50-54 19km (12 starters)
5th Daniela Torre

K1 Women 55-59 15.4km (7 starters)
3rd Pauline Findlay

K1 Women 60-64 15.4km (7 starters)
2nd Lorraine Harper-Horak

K1 Women 65-69 15.4km (3 starters)
2nd Ann Lloyd-Green

K1 Men 45-49 22.6km (32 starters)
11th Mario Vesely
27th Darren Tye

K1 Men 50-54 22.6km (36 starters)
4th Brett Greenwood
7th Darren Lee
16th Dominic Scarfe

K1 Men 40-44 22.6km (33 starters)
9th Brad Hagan

'''Day 2 Results - Australians'''
K2 Men 50-54 22.6km
5th Darren Lee / Elio Henriques
12th Dominic Scarfe / Stuart Bryson

K2 Men 60-64 19km
2nd Peter Currie / Mark Lawson
12th Geoff Baggett / Peter Clyne

K2 Women 40-44 19km
1st Jenni Bateman / Cathy Venning

K2 Women 60-64 15.4km
3rd Dallas Newman / Lorraine Harper-Horak

K2 Mixed 40-44
1st Darren Lee / Cathy Venning

K2 Mixed 50-54
1st Brett Greenwood / Daniela Torre

K2 Mixed 55-59
2nd David Little / Pauline Findlay

K2 Mixed 65-69
1st Ron Clarke / Ann Lloyd-Green
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*[[Attach:180807AvonRB.pdf|Richard Barnes report PDF]]
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!!8 Sep 2018 - PNSW AGM and Annual Forum
*[[Attach:2018pnswagm.pdf|Full details of the AGM and Annual Forum]]
The PaddleNSW Annual Club Forum will be held at the clubhouse of River Canoe Club of NSW on Saturday 8th September 2018. Location is Richardson’s Crescent, Marrickville. Park at Concordia Club or Tempe Railway Station next to Unwin’s Bridge.

The Forum will include the AGM, Annual Awards presentation, Club/ State/ National Forum, all preceded by a social paddle if interested.

* 9:30am - Social Paddle (Cooks River - boats supplied)
* 12:30pm - BBQ for the hungry.
* 1:45pm - PNSW Club Forum
* 4:00pm - PNSW AGM and Awards
* 5:15pm - Close
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LCRK always has a good showing at the Myall and it is an important staging paddle for the longer HCC.
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LCRK always has a good showing at the Myall and it is an important staging paddle for the longer HCC.

Start Times:

08:00am. 47km General Entry Early Start
09:00am. 47km General Entry Late Start
09:30am. 27km Student Challenge (for Students only)
10:00am. 27km General Entry Early Start
11:00am. 27km General Entry Late Start
11:30am. 12km General Entry Start

Race Briefings will be held 45 minutes prior to the start of each race and are COMPULSORY for ALL paddlers.

Remember that the Finish Line does not open until 12:30pm, and paddlers finishing before then will be given a finish time of 12:30pm. Select your start time wisely if you are a faster paddler.

Minimum time/progress for all paddlers will be measured as follows:
47km Distance
• 8:00am start - must reach Engels Reach Wharf (13.5km) before 09:45am
• 9:00am start - must reach Engels Reach Wharf (13.5km) before 10:30am

27km Student Challenge Distance
• 9:30am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 10:30am

27km Distance
• 10:00am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 11:00am
• 11:00am start – must reach the 6km turn point before 11:45am

Medal and Trophy Presentations will be held at 2:45pm
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with extra ordinary committee member roles taken by Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Jana Osvald, Louise White, Rich Yates.
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*[[Attach:2018AR.pdf|Presidents Report 2017-18 (Phil Geddes)]]
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LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL.
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LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL. Good venue, good food, good company.
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A number of awards were also made:
* The Frank Harrison Memorial Prize for literary contribution went to Naomi Johnson for her continued contribution to Marathon Series, Myall, HCC Race Reports. Always looked forward to.
* Awards were made to our regular photographers - Lesley Manley, Ian Wrenford, Jana Osvald, Tom Holloway and Oscar Cahill
* The award for best 'Vivid' light display went jointly to Oscar Cahill (for the great lighting around the shed and pontoon) and Ian Wrenford (for his Sydney Harbour Bridge themed boat)
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To Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.\\
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To Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.
%lfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3c.jpg|[-''Above: Exemplary host, Michael Laloli shares lunch break''-]
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3d.jpg|[-''Above: Riverside repairs below Bells Rapid to the Wavehopper''-]

Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and transport
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Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and transport.\\
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Michael also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.\\
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Michael also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.
%lfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3a.jpg|[-''Above: Pre-race practice for Dave on Waylunga''-]
%rfloat width=320px%Attach:18avon3b.jpg|[-''Above: Chris Stanley in heaven after safe descent of Extracts''-]

Ti-trees are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?
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Ti-trees are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?\\
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!!!RACE REPORT - (from our WA correspondent Michael Laioli) \\
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5am Sunday, race day 2. Its been raining on and off all night. River height 2.1m. It hasn’t been this high since who knows when. Michael Laloli, our host in WA, has finished the race three times before and run the rapids at many levels, but never this high. He decides to pull the pin and opt to stay safely ashore. Dave Hammond has already had his share of swims on the river at lower level on Day 1. His decision is also sealed to stay on land. My partner Chris Stanley has to decide whether the risks outweigh the thrills to continue our doubles run in our cacky green plastic 515 named Gangrene. Safety rules, and Chris too opts out.
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To
Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.
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Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and
transport.
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Dave
and his family Maria, Tommy and Areti took two weeks holiday and drove across the Nullabor to get an Epic V7 to the start line. Dave’s parents were to drive the rig and caravan home, whilst they flew back to school and work.
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There
was plenty of excitement for all on Day 1 of the Descent. The motorboats screamed off first from the start at Northam, and had to cope with the worst of the morning rain. By the time we started, the powerboats were almost at the finish 52km downstream.
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Kayaks
are started in grids of around half a dozen craft. It makes the pile-ups on the concrete ramp of Northam weir 300m from the start slightly less hectic. By chance Dave and Gangrene were in the same start. Dave won that initial flatwater duel, and successfully led us down the ramp. Dave’s Epic had legs on Gangrene on the flats, whilst swims on the rapids turned the tables. Next meetup was a picnic break on the bank for morning tea. Dave stopped only briefly; then sped off not to be headed before the day’s finish.
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Michael
also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.
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Ti-trees
are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?
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Our
thanks in bucketloads to Michael Laloli, Christie and John for their hospitality and support. We’d highly recommend other LCRK head west August 2019.
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5am Sunday, race day 2. Its been raining on and off all night. River height 2.1m. It hasn’t been this high since who knows when. Michael Laloli, our host in WA, has finished the race three times before and run the rapids at many levels, but never this high. He decides to pull the pin and opt to stay safely ashore. Dave Hammond has already had his share of swims on the river at lower level on Day 1. His decision is also sealed to stay on land. My partner Chris Stanley has to decide whether the risks outweigh the thrills to continue our doubles run in our cacky green plastic 515 named Gangrene. Safety rules, and Chris too opts out.\\
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To
Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.\\
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Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and
transport.\\
\\
Dave
and his family Maria, Tommy and Areti took two weeks holiday and drove across the Nullabor to get an Epic V7 to the start line. Dave’s parents were to drive the rig and caravan home, whilst they flew back to school and work.\\
\\
There
was plenty of excitement for all on Day 1 of the Descent. The motorboats screamed off first from the start at Northam, and had to cope with the worst of the morning rain. By the time we started, the powerboats were almost at the finish 52km downstream.\\
\\
Kayaks
are started in grids of around half a dozen craft. It makes the pile-ups on the concrete ramp of Northam weir 300m from the start slightly less hectic. By chance Dave and Gangrene were in the same start. Dave won that initial flatwater duel, and successfully led us down the ramp. Dave’s Epic had legs on Gangrene on the flats, whilst swims on the rapids turned the tables. Next meetup was a picnic break on the bank for morning tea. Dave stopped only briefly; then sped off not to be headed before the day’s finish.\\
\\
Michael
also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.\\
\\
Ti-trees
are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?\\
\\
Our
thanks in bucketloads to Michael Laloli, Christie and John for their hospitality and support. We’d highly recommend other LCRK head west August 2019.\\
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!!! RACE REPORT - from Richard Barnes
5am Sunday, race day 2. Its been raining on and off all night. River height 2.1m. It hasn’t been this high since who knows when. Michael Laloli, our host in WA, has finished the race three times before and run the rapids at many levels, but never this high. He decides to pull the pin and opt to stay safely ashore. Dave Hammond has already had his share of swims on the river at lower level on Day 1. His decision is also sealed to stay on land. My partner Chris Stanley has to decide whether the risks outweigh the thrills to continue our doubles run in our cacky green plastic 515 named Gangrene. Safety rules, and Chris too opts out.
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To Plan B, and Michael is willing for me to press on solo in his Wavehopper downriver racer. A quick switch of gear, aided by Michael and I being similarly sized, and I’m off on a flood-fuelled dig-dipper ride of exhilaration. All goes just fine up to 40km, and the last rapid of the day, Bells, before the flat run into Perth. There is a long low footbridge across the river, and its full of hundreds of spectators. We’ve run it two days prior in practice, unlike most of the other rapids I’ve just run blind. The safe route was just to the left of the second yellow pole. Or was that just to the right? But now there seem to be 5 yellow poles. Which one? Indecision freezes my mind, and instead of making a rational choice, I run squarely straight into the closest yellow pole. If only Chris was still in the back being my memory. The bow of Wavehopper wedged into a gap between the pole and a bridge pylon, and then the rest of the kayak proceeded to be swept round at 180 degrees to its bow. Things were looking grim. I was able to step out of the cockpit and onto the cross-bracing of the bridge, underneath the crowd, and rest my paddle on the underside of the bridge. From there I wrestled the kayak upstream to unjamb the bow, restraighten it and then empty some of the water out of the cockpit. With cold hands I held onto the kayak with one and fumbled for my paddle with the other. I gave up on trying to refit my spraydeck. I knocked the paddle off its safe perch, then watched it bob out of reach and disappear downstream. That left only my hands to help negotiate the second half of the rapid in a submersible craft. Luck played a hand, and we washed down a few drops then safely into the far bank. With a lot of duct tape, I was able to wrap the bow of the kayak sufficiently to plug a 70mm crack in the hull. At that point, Dave, who’d been watching the drama, popped up with a spare paddle. After eating a slab of fruit cake, I was on my way again to the finish with no further dramas.
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Some of you will remember Michael Laloli from last year’s Hawkesbury Classic. As part of his quest to complete Very Big Year, he flew over to Sydney, and LCRK took him under our wing and landcrewed him to his first Classic finish. He was so encouraging for LCRK members to fly over and join him in WA’s big race. It was only with his help and encouragement that Dave, Chris and I were able to enter. Michael arranged a fabulous plastic double for Chris and me to paddle. Gangrene had been paddled by its owner John Hayes in previous Descents, so it was a proven reliable finisher. Gangrene is also lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable than our usual Wednesday night racer Kermit. Mike and his partner Christie arranged all our weekend accommodation, food and transport.
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There was plenty of excitement for all on Day 1 of the Descent. The motorboats screamed off first from the start at Northam, and had to cope with the worst of the morning rain. By the time we started, the powerboats were almost at the finish 52km downstream.
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Kayaks are started in grids of around half a dozen craft. It makes the pile-ups on the concrete ramp of Northam weir 300m from the start slightly less hectic. By chance Dave and Gangrene were in the same start. Dave won that initial flatwater duel, and successfully led us down the ramp. Dave’s Epic had legs on Gangrene on the flats, whilst swims on the rapids turned the tables. Next meetup was a picnic break on the bank for morning tea. Dave stopped only briefly; then sped off not to be headed before the day’s finish.
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Michael also caught us from his late grid start at morning tea. We were to spend the rest of the day in close proximity. This was to be particularly advantageous at Extracts Weir. We’d surveyed this signature trouble spot prior to the race. Chris was in control of deciding whether Gangrene would run or portage the 5m drop. At race start the verdict was to portage, as around 50% of the field opted to do. Yet with Michael alongside, and confirming he was a runner, Chris made a last minute decision to give it a go. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Memory has a way of blotting out big fear, like on a bungy jump, and Chris doesn’t remember the middle section of the run. He knows our approach was according to plan, and the elation of still being upright in the ripples and foam at the bottom of the drop. There was also a huge smile to accompany still being alive. We had avoided being part of the reported 40% swimmers who tried Extracts. Chris was even able to share the moment of triumph with his wife Judy back in Sydney whilst paddling on from Extracts via the whiz-bang technology of a wristwatch mobile.
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Ti-trees are a unique feature of the last 10km of Day 1. Alien to eastern state paddlers, the paddling experience is like following the edges of a jigsaw piece. Twist and turn to wind through tree vegetation that chokes the whole river. Throw in high level flow, and this game is played on a swiftly moving baseboard under the tree canopy. We had Michael part time as a guide. There was the need for some swift coordinated manoeuvring, and a fair bit of ducking and weaving. Gangrene took on a fair bit of barky debris and displaced spiders in the closer calls. But we didn’t tangle with any other kayaks, or any solid trees. We didn’t get scooped out of the cockpit by any ultra-low limbo branches. And we didn’t run out of water on a dead-end eddy. We felt like apprentice jigsaw masters by Day 1 finish line. Who knows how the powerboats get through ti-trees?
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!!3 August 2018 - LCRK AGM
LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL.

Named roles for the Committee are:
* Alanna Ewin - President
* Tracey Hansford - Vice President
* Duncan Johnstone - Secretary
* Ian Wrenford - Treasurer
with extra ordinary committee member roles taken by Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Jana Osvald, Louise White, Rich Yates.

Thanks are due to the outgoing committee, particularly now ex-President Phil Geddes who had reached the 2 year limit for that role. Phil also made special mention of Paul van Koesveld who after many many years on the Committee including a stint as President is now stepping back just a little (although we expect he'll still be in the thick of it).
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!!3 August 2018 - LCRK AGM
LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL.

Named roles for the Committee are:
* Alanna Ewin - President
* Tracey Hansford - Vice President
* Duncan Johnstone - Secretary
* Ian Wrenford - Treasurer
with extra ordinary committee member roles taken by Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Jana Osvald, Louise White, Rich Yates.

Thanks are due to the outgoing committee, particularly now ex-President Phil Geddes who had reached the 2 year limit for that role. Phil also made special mention of Paul van Koesveld who after many many years on the Committee including a stint as President is now stepping back just a little (although we expect he'll still be in the thick of it).
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!!4-5 Aug 2018 - Avon Descent
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018 Avon Descent.... Wow, wheww , OK where to start ... It was off the charts, almost literally! The water gauge didn't have much height left on it!!

OK yesterday and overnight the rains continued... I woke up and the river was at 2.25m at Walyunga. We had paddled it the day before at 1.3. I had previously paddled the valley at 1.3 and a small sect at 1.9. I made the decision I would not start day 2. Which was a big call. We were feeling , fit , skilled and had total control during day 1. But I was aware of the severity of consequences of small mistakes and while waiting for baby number one to come next month decided this risk was unnecessary. Dave Hammond made the call the night before of the same. And so at breakfast both Richard and Chris were surprised but understood. We discussed the situation and Chris then decided he was best to stop... And so left was Richard.....

With absolute zero hesitation, Richard still wanted to run it and I agreed for him to switch into my WWR k1 "short plastic wavehopper".. we got to the start , adjusted the boat.. The water had now lapped into the boat holding area and so organizers had changed to a land based start given you could not hold your boat in a fast running river.

We had "acquired" a valley access pass and managed to follow Richard through the valley, speed checking him with the car speedo, Richard was cruising at a gentle 20-25km/hr, looking in total control and carving through the rapids.

Richard had no opportunity to recce the valley rapids and was reading the river at speed.. I could not recognize anything... Rapids I was looking for were gone, rapids I did not know exist had surfaced, and the river in flood was forking into unknown territories.

We saw Richard hit Moondyne through the chicken chute, see several skis, switch to a separate flow and carve past with ease..

We lost sight of Richard and witnessed the angriest , most bad arse avon I have ever seen.... Such a contrast to Richards personality but he was slaying this monster.. Syds had turned into a multitude of rivers with rapids, containing plastic skis wrapped around trees, a diversion to a waterfall which looked like a monster standing up and turning the river over upside down... To our dismay we could see paddlers being sucked against their will through it and prayed Richard knew to KEEP LEFT!!!!

We could not stop at Bells but Dave Hammond was on the bridge. Bells is one of the few man made obstacles in the race and few rapids we had reviewed on Friday . Richard knew what to do here and the lines to take to avoid the jumbo stoppers that had developed...

We received calls from Dave Hammond... Richard needed a spare paddle... But how could this be , he had one tucked up into the wings of the boat? How did he not know this... Then we started getting messages about the story..

Richard, had crashed into bells going under the bridge, wrapped the boat. Climbed out of the boat. placed his paddle on the bridge. Spent 5min removing the boat from the pylon, the commentator had not seen him come out the other side.. The bridge covered in people could not advise as could not see what was going on... And so Richard then loosing his paddle while perched onto the pylon, climbed back into the mangled boat and proceeded to paddle the swamped wreck 500m down bells ... What the hell??...

He hit the shore , re grouped, gaffa tapped the boat and paddled it into Bayswater a further 30km to the finish..

So while we were all disappointing not to complete the race , we made the right call and expect everyone was happy with what we got.. the storied are flooding in , and numerous top level Perth paddlers had very rough days.. But we saw some amazing paddling from Richard today... Give this guy a microphone when he gets back to Lane Cove he has some stories to tell!
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WHEN:

Fri 3rd August 2018
Drinks from 6pm
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A casual and relaxed social event. Cocktail food service (i.e. lots of finger food). Pre-meeting drinks are on the outgoing President, thanks Phil. After that drinks are an additional cost.

Partners, lapsed members and friends are welcome. Tickets $30 per person must be pre-purchased – this covers cost of venue hire and food. Tickets for the AGM and Social Evening are now available via this link [Wade can you set up in Register Now?] Please take
a moment to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later.

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LCRK held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 3rd August - which was well attended by 44 members, partners and guests at the North Ryde RSL.

Named roles for the Committee are:
* Alanna Ewin - President
* Tracey Hansford - Vice President
* Duncan Johnstone - Secretary
* Ian Wrenford - Treasurer
with extra ordinary committee member roles taken by Oscar Cahill, John Duffy, Phil Geddes, Jana Osvald, Louise White, Rich Yates.

Thanks are due to the outgoing committee, particularly now ex-President Phil Geddes who had reached the 2 year limit for that role. Phil also made special mention of Paul van Koesveld who after many many years on the Committee including
a stint as President is now stepping back just a little (although we expect he'll still be in the thick of it).
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!!Zambezi River Trip – July 2018 – John Duffy
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When planning a holiday in Africa, I was interested in including a 4 day/3 night canoe safari down the mighty Zambezi river that I had heard about from a friend who did it some years ago and assured me it was safe. Natureways Safaris conducts these guided tours down the river which borders Zimbabwe and Zambia.

While Jessica and I got back in one piece and so you could deduce it was safe, some of the risks were probably a bit understated but I would do it again in a flash. In fact I would propose the longer 10 day version.

The wildlife was plentiful, especially the thousands of hippos, hundreds of crocodiles, many elephants, buffaloes and antelope. The beautiful array of birdlife was something we learned to appreciate more as the days progressed. Scenery was spectacular and it was a great feeling to be on a river which I had heard about since childhood. Many times I just stopped to fully appreciate the environment and where we were.

The river runs at about 5 km/hr and so covering 70km was not a strenuous undertaking. You needed to be alert at all times to spot and dodge the hippos, and to ensure the boat went parallel to the river and in single file (again to reduce the risk from hippos).

The camping aspect was really roughing it, except for the three hearty meals a day which were prepared by the two guides. These river guides are very experienced and their qualification includes a minimum 1,000 hours of day time guiding. Our lead guide had 20 years experience and the second guide was well and truly qualified. We become very close to these fine men. They were very appreciative of us doing the trip as it provides them more continuous work opportunities in a country where the official unemployment rate is around 95%.

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As stated on the Myall website: ''The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddler’s calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September on the last Saturday before the school holidays, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.''

''There are a range of distances and starting times, intended to see all paddlers complete their chosen course by early afternoon, and in time for Presentations at 2:45pm.''

''Distances offered are 12km, 27km and 47km, the longer course being a perfect shakedown for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held in late October.''

LCRK always has a good showing at the Myall and it is an important staging paddle for the longer HCC.
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* %newwin%[[https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=30871|Tickets via RegisterNow - $30]]

WHEN:

Fri 3rd August 2018
Drinks from 6pm
AGM 6:45-7:45pm
Social Event from 7:45pm

WHERE:

North Ryde RSL Club
Grand Pittwater Function Centre
Cnr Pittwater & Magdala Rds
North Ryde



A casual and relaxed social event. Cocktail food service (i.e. lots of finger food). Pre-meeting drinks are on the outgoing President, thanks Phil. After that drinks are an additional cost.

Partners, lapsed members and friends are welcome. Tickets $30 per person must be pre-purchased – this covers cost of venue hire and food. Tickets for the AGM and Social Evening are now available via this link [Wade can you set up in Register Now?] Please take a moment to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later.

Note: Must be a current paid up 2018-19 LCRK member to attend the formal part of proceedings – the AGM. If not up to date, follow the instructions at the Membership link at the right hand side of this webpage.

There will be a continuous video slide show and the usual awards for Best media article/contribution for the previous year, and Best Vivid entry. It’s always an enjoyable evening so I look forward to seeing you all there.

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LCRK hosted a FREE workshop session for Club members at Narrabeen Lake to improve skills to get back into your own boat in deep water, and assist others do likewise. The event was over-subscribed - so much so that we ended up splitting it into two sessions the first being for K1's at 8:30am and the second for sea kayaks, recs and skis at 10:00am. We're still doing a final count but something like 20-25 Members took advantage of the workshop in great weather conditions.

Our trainers were Tony Hystek, Tracey Hansford and Adrian Clayton - who all sacrificed more than a couple of hours to provide Members with the benefit of their knowledge and experience. Thank you Tony, Tracey and Adrian!

Tony took on an early K1 class who spent quite some time wrangling their kayaks through the assisted and unassisted cowboy/cowgirl/scramble technique. A good crowd had gathered on and off the beach to observe - including Phil Geddes, Paul van Koesveld, David Young and Allison Bilbow, dropping in during morning paddles.

For the 10am session Adrian and Tracey pick up the sea kayak/rec kayak class and taught a variety of techniques for assisted recovery including heel hook, and seal launch - although couldn't find any takers to try out the T-recovery and eskimo! From there we moved through to self-rescue technique including seal launch, cowboy/cowgirl/scramble, and some ski techniques - with varying degrees of success it should be noted - but invariably with the confidence to continue to practise and refine. Tony in the meantime took on the ski group and took them through their paces.

Overall, it is fair to say that the average skill level has moved ahead in leaps and bounds, and this will no doubt pay some dividends for our overall safety back on the Lane Cove River. Special thanks are also due to Alanna Ewin for making this happen - it didn't happen by itself!

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There will be future opportunity for the same or similar workshops - well worth doing for the safety of yourself and fellow paddlers.

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!!Sat 2 Dec - Working Bee
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157667088852439|LCRK Photos on Flickr]]

This working bee was all about the Club boats - fitting foam, foraging floatation, fettling footplates, fixing fibreglass. There was (as always) a great turnout of Members including Phil Geddes, Ian Hoffstetter, Tony Hystek, Rodrigo Matamala, Dave Veivers, Dave Young, Paul van Koesveld, Louise White, Jeff Hosnell, Duncan Johnstone, Allison Bibow, and Peter Harris (who have we missed?).
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Work completed was extensive and is a bit of a blur (no doubt due to the time spent with heads buried inside boats) - but is known to include:
* Ascent Double - Floatation added, seats modified to give better location and fixing.
* Pope Mirage double - Extra fast ion added, seats modified, new footplate front and back, carry handles removed and holes plugged, number holder added. Rudder ground down for better fit.
* Sonic - Foam reinforcing for back deck, footplate cabling repaired and cable guides replaced.
* Barracuda - Split hull repaired, rudder recabling assessed for replacement.
* Club K2 - Floatation added front, center and back, number holder replaced.
* Grey Nurse K2 - Floatation fixed in, both combings temporary repair.
* Both TK1's - combing re-fixed to Hull, footplate retaining wires replaced.
* Carbonology Double - number holder added.

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[[#MMP2017]]
!!20-24 Nov Massive Murray Paddle
* %newwin%[[https://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/|Massive Murray Paddle website]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=121008&dist=Full+Distance&gender=O|Race Results (live)]]

''"The Massive Murray Paddle is an amazing 5 day paddling adventure & paddling race, that raises funds to assist local community-driven programs"''

A contingent of LCRK paddlers are tackling this event including Tom Simmat, Richard and Linden Barnes, David Hammond, Meg Thornton, Cathy Miller and our adopted WA paddler Michael Laloli (anyone else?)

Race report soon!!
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[[#WDN2017]]
!!23 Nov WomDomNom (Western NSW)
* %newwin%[[http://www.womdomnom.com/|WomDomNom website]]

''"WomDomNom" is a organised four day paddle starting from Wellington on Thursday 23 November 2017.''

''It is designed to be recreational paddle, with an emphasis to encourage paddling on the Macquarie River. It is a fully supported paddle, with your camping equipment transported between camping spots. All meals and soft drinks are provided over the 4 days, and you will be on the water for roughly 6 hours per day.''

''Why "WomDomNom"? It stands for Wellington on Macquarie (Wom), Dubbo on Macquarie (Dom), Narromine on Macquarie (Nom)!''

Elke van Ewyk from LCRK is paddling this event in the LCRK Barracuda. Race report soon!!

[[#Doctor2017]]
!!Sat 25 Nov - The Doctor - WA
* %newwin%[[http://oceanpaddler.com/events/the-doctor/|The Doctor - website]]

The Doctor in Perth, WA is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach covering 27kms (or vice versa depending on wind conditions).

The event is scheduled to race on Saturday 25th November 2017 starting at Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach. This will be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. In the advent of dangerous conditions on Saturday the event will move to Sunday 26th November.

We have a number of LCRKers paddling in the Doctor including Tim Hookins, Suzie Rhydderch, Dave Coward, Peter Conway, Chris Allchin, and we think Matt Blundell (who else??)


[[#MYALL2017]]
!!16 Sep 2017 Myall Classic
* %newwin%[[http://myall.paddlensw.org.au/|PNSW Myall Official Website]]
* %newwin%[[https://regattas.canoe.org.au/?regatta=1144|AC 2017 Results]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157686749502844|2017 LCRK Myall on Flickr (180+ Pix)]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddlenswmyallclassic/albums/72157685988414531|Myall Classic 2017 Flickr Page (600+ pics)]]

''The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddlers calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September on the last Saturday before the school holidays, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.''

%lfloat width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:17Myall.jpg|[-Above: Myall Classic marshalling area from the water-]
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'''Race Report – Naomi Johnson'''

Tea Gardens really is an idyllic little corner of NSW, and it didn't disappoint on Saturday, with a pink and orange sunrise greeting paddlers arriving early for the 2017 Myall Classic. A stoic crew of volunteers, many of them LCRKers, were up at the crack of dawn to launch safety boats, erect marquees, set up shop and, of course, take beautiful photos of the sunrise! By 7am though, the grass was teeming with paddlers and boats, with veterans of many Classics setting up alongside excited students preparing to take on the challenge for the first time. With three distances and five starts, there was a steady stream of briefings and strings of paddlers making their way onto the water.

%lfloat height=330px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:MyallMap.jpg|[-Above: The Myall Course 47km return-]

The first start at 8am was among the biggest, with those planning to paddle the full 47kms at a more leisurely pace than four and a half hours setting out in some 70 singles and doubles. The tide was thundering out, and all steeled themselves for a hard slog up to Mungo Brush and the top turn. With camera in hand at the 6km turn, Ian reported that most paddlers were still in good spirits at the end of their first forty or fifty minutes. However some had perhaps been a little optimistic about their abilities, and the final 8am-starting boat to reach the mark took 2h 17min, wisely deciding to transfer to the 12km course and head for home!

Those in the 9am start leapt off the line with an energy set to defy even the strongest of tides. Sisters Naomi and Sophie Johnson almost missed the start all together, accidentally jamming their rudder wire into a readjusted footplate and extracting it with only minutes to spare. Leading the pack, the phalanx of Toby Hogbin/Andrew Love, Matt Blundell, Brett Greenwood powered up the river in formation past the 6km mark at 0h 30min and then back down the river in exactly the same formation past the 6km some two hours and forty three minutes later.

%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_Phalax.jpg|[-''Above: The 'phalanx' powering home''-]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_JasonKimFace.jpg|[-''Above: Jason and Kim wondering what they've signed up for ''-]
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Those paddling the 27 and 12km courses had the opportunity for a more leisurely morning, with starts at 10, 11 and 11:30am. Though they might have had the time for an extra coffee, all noticed that the winds were gradually getting stronger, even blowing a few student doubles round to face downstream within metres of the 10am start.

Though not quite as summery as last year, the course wound upstream through camping grounds and then densely forested banks. Twisting and turning round great loopy bends, it was easy to lose sight of the boats ahead, only to hit the next corner and be almost on top on them. Those with a keen race plan quickly drew together into wash packs, taking full advantage of any possible rest as the tide continued to sweep out. Thankfully, the top turn of both the 47km and 27km courses provided some relief, with paddlers finding themselves with the tide for a while rather than against it, at least for a while. Back down through the sheltered river and then out onto the broad water of the final few kms, it was clear the wind had if anything got stronger. Every stroke counted, especially when the still-low tide presented surprise sand bars and weed enough to trap a fleet of boats.

%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_DavidHSmiles.jpg|[-''Above: Smiles from David H on the way upstream''-]

Barely an hour's rest back at Tea Gardens, and the finish line was open from 12:30pm. A strong show of LCRKers in the entries was reflected in great racing across all the course distances. Over 12kms, Ann Lloyd-Green was first across the line in the Masters 50+ Women's, while Anjie Lees came 2nd in the Open Women's alongside all her work on the rego desk in the morning.

Over the 27km distance, it was 1st and 2nd for David Coward and Peter Conway in the Open Men's, while Derek Simmonds came 9th in an impressively large field of 14 in the Masters 50+ Men's. Rumour is that he did the 'usual' morning paddle from his Hawkes Nest holiday digs before the start, and then headed home by boat afterwards as well. Also a 1st/2nd affair was the Masters 50+ Doubles, where Warwick Sherwood and Greg Morris pipped the newly-formed duo of Matt Swann and Wade Rowston by about five minutes. Despite vowing that she hadn't spent any time in a boat, Roz Green put in a fantastic effort to finish 2nd in the Masters 50+ Women's, and a big well done to Elke van Ewke for her 2:14:25 paddle of a little under 27kms which had all the timekeepers convinced she'd outdone David Coward!

%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_GregWarwickFace.jpg|[-''Above: Greg and Warwick amusing the photographers''-]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_RichardSmiles.jpg|[-''Above: Richard B still cheerful after 40kms''-]
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For those who paddled the full 47km distance, there were a number of big trophies up for grabs. Matt B's ever-speedy finish in the Open Men's ensured that nobody else was getting their name on the Mike & Shirley Eggleton Trophy for another year, and Suzie Rhydderch put in a phenomenal effort (which possibly included wash-riding a speed boat?) to win both the Open Women's race and the Murray & Liz Reece Trophy for the fastest women's boat. Darren Williams stormed home with son Reece to win the Vet-Junior Doubles Trophy in a field that will hopefully continue to see keen interest, while Toby Hogbin and Andrew Love teamed up to win with Sladecraft Trophy for fastest double, along with the speediest outright time for 47kms.

Also in the Open Men's, Brendan Trewartha finished 5th, Rodrigo Matamala 6th and Trevor Nicols 9th in a strong field of 14 paddlers. Tim Binns and Alanna Ewin were the fastest mixed double pair, finishing 3rd in the Open Doubles category ahead of Richard Yates/Craig Ellis (5th), Robert Hiley/John Rowberry (7th) and Jason Han/Kim Navera (9th) paddling a double outrigger. Good way to test a friendship? Naomi and Sophie J took out the rather slim field in the Open Women's Doubles, while Meg Thornton was the single Masters 50+ Woman to complete the 47km course – a stellar performance. Finally, the ever-popular Masters 50+ Men's race saw no fewer than 26 competitors, with LCRK paddlers Craig Salkeld (16th), Richard Barnes (18th) Jeff Hosnell (19th), David Hammond (20th), Phil Geddes (23rd) and Adrian Clayton (25th).

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Congratulations to all who paddled – it really was a tough race for both body and mind. Whether we achieved goals or were a little short of them, the Myall is a great test for the upcoming Hawkesbury Classic, proving just how sore we can be after a few hours in the boat! A huge thank you to Tony Hystek and his team of tirelessly enthusiastic volunteers who dedicated hours, days and weeks of their time to making sure that the race ran without a hitch.

''Since I've only got one pair of eyes, which for the best part of five hours were fixed on my sister a metre in front, here are a few other stories from the day:''
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%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_RichFIFO.jpg|[-''Above: Richard and Craig on a flying visit''-]

'''Timing is Everything – Richard Yates'''

Craig (my FIFO paddler) braved the winds at Mascot aboard a Boeing 737 only to face stronger winds on Saturday's homeward paddle. We enjoyed a collegiate start with two other double skis forming a triumvirate across the narrow waters. Chris Quirk and a fast hipster in a horizon rocket (well he had a beard and he was quicker than us) hung onto the side wash in singles.

Stroke for stroke we matched each other 'til the top turn, then we leapfrogged one another home. Two boys in a stellar ski turned on the gas about 14km out and like mother Hubbard our cupboard was bare so away they went. Perhaps driving up on the morning for the early start took its toll. The tide pushed us home and despite the head and cross wind we finished fashionably on time for the finish to open at 12:30pm. Timing is everything.

We bolted back to Sydney so FIFO could make his connection. Thanks to Murphy the flight was delayed due to mechanical issues, and Craig of course offered to fix the plane with some spare gaffa tape.
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%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_AdrianSmile.jpg|[-''Above: Adrian with a newly fixed rudder cable''-]

'''Rudder Cables, Tides and Wind – Adrian Clayton'''

Unfortunately I was unable to give my all to the Classic due to a snapped rudder cable two minutes into the 8:00am start. A return to the start to enlist some aid jerry-rigging the rudder system had me heading off 30 minutes after the start in a despondent state. It was a lonely paddle up the river against the flow. The only company I had from the Engels Reach mark (where I gave serious consideration to turning back) until the top mark were the later starting flyers who started passing me well before I reached the Brasswater. Shortly after rounding the top mark I started overtaking some of the 8:00am starters and this lifted my spirits. Another bonus was the surface flow that continued downstream much further than I expected (my downriver time was more than 8 minutes faster than my upriver time). The sting in tail was my rudder proving to be almost ineffective countering the wind coming across the broad expanse at Shearwater and I’m told my protestations (to put it mildly) could be heard some distance away!
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%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_JeffFocus.jpg|[-''Above: Jeff almost there with his 47km K1 challenge''-]

'''K1 for all weathers? – Jeff Hosnell'''

I did the 47k in my green K1 and got a shock at the start, finding that only myself and the guns were paddling them. I know why now, it was bloody hard with lots of support strokes. Nerve racking, and not enjoyable at all. Also had trouble with a leaky drink bladder, running out with 20kms to go. Asked the rescue team at the 27km turn if they had any water, they gave me two bottles, and it got me to the finish line.
I can tick this of my bucket list now!
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%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_TimAlannaGroup.jpg|[-''Above: Tim and Alanna, 2nd from the right''-]

'''47km debut – Alanna Ewin'''

Having never paddled together, and with Tony’s encouragement, Tim Binns and I entered the 47km Open Doubles. A couple of runs together at Lane Cove suggested the combination worked, and indeed race day proved it! My synch wasn’t as good as with Tony (sorry Tim), as Tim rated much slower. But this was to my advantage – my arms got a lot less tired and miraculously I didn’t suffer any fatigue.

This sort of distance is new to me, and I wasn’t keen, but we had a corker of a paddle together, achieved a very respectable time and had a good time doing it! We started cautiously, taking it easy off the start, cruising up the river with a few other paddlers. Tim was struggling to contain his enthusiasm, and once we spotted a pack ahead we made it our mission to catch them. The idea was to washride them for a bit of a break, but we caught them just before the turn buoy, where refuelling plans broke up our group and we ended up headed for home with a single and a few doubles. It came down to a final kilometre sprint with them that went in our favour.

The most striking thing about my experience was enjoying paddling with a group for the entire race. I’m usually paddling on my own (or our own with Tony) and have never experienced the encouragement of group paddling, how fast it makes the day go and how much incentive the company gives you to get cracking. It was thoroughly enjoyable and despite the tides and winds, we simply had a great fun race!
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%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_MattWade.jpg|[-''Above: Matt and Wade with the scenic course''-]

'''Wind for Two in the 27kms – Wade Rowston'''

The 11am start only had about 12 boats in it and I was in the back seat of the double with Matt Swann. By then the wind was almost a gale from the west and the tide was ripping out. Most started shakily, except for Dave Coward and Peter Conway who cruised off into the distance seemingly unaffected by the wind and tide. The first 3 or 4kms were no fun at all, with a strong gusting wind from the left and big side chop in the broadwater areas, and it was a demoralisingly slow paddle against the tide all the way to the 27km turning buoy. We began to spot 47km paddlers heading home. None seemed happy, except for cheery Richard Barnes, though even he seemed to be only about 70% of his usual chipper self, and Matt B who probably hadn't noticed the tide at all he was going at such speed.

It took us about 1hr 35mins to get to the turning buoy, and while most thought the tide change was due at around 12:30pm, it was still flowing out as we rounded the buoy. We had a good ride home, with slackening winds and chop on the broadwater area spurring us on for the final few kms. We had to sprint at the end to stop one of the singles sneaking away but still like most other paddlers were much slower than we had initially hoped.
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%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:2017MC_IanSafetyBoat.jpg|[-''Above: Safety boat captain Ian finds himself in a photo!''-]

'''View from the rubber ducky - Paul van K'''

Firstly, it needs to be known that Ian W and I were on the water much longer than any paddler: 7:30am to 3:00pm. OK, OK, we were generally lolling about but about a thousand photos were shot.

Our role had two stages and two elements:

'''Stage 1 at the 6km turn'''
'''The paddlers''': the highlight was the smiles and silly expressions of joy from many paddlers and the grim determination of the others. Most smiles came from the university and school paddlers but I do recall eliciting great smiles from Richard B (of course, and he even crossed over the river for a smile and a chat), Anjie, Darren and Reece, Annie L-G, Rozanne G, Elke, Dave H, Peter C, Derek and both Jeff J and Matt S/Wade R (sort of). Wazza S wins my silly-expression-of-joy award and he did it while he and Greg M were maintaining a great pace. No smiles from Matt B, Andrew L, Toby H, Dave C, Suzie R and such serious types but it was great to watch them at pace, both against and with some tide. The quiet smiles from the tired 12km paddlers turning back with the tide was also a joy to see.

'''The rubber ducky crew''': a bit cold initially but protected from the early winds at our own private picnic ground.

'''Stage 2 at the broad water (as distinct from the Broadwater) with the afternoon cross-wind up'''
'''The paddlers''': not too many smiles but much determination amongst the experienced paddlers and eyeball rolling hope from those struggling to finish. No rescues required.

'''The rubber ducky crew''': now getting a bit cold and wet as we patrolled the gaps between the little islands that provide some wind protection. Escorted the last school/double home.
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'''Message from the Race Director'''
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:17MyallTH.jpg|[-''Above: Tony tucks into a Classic Big Breakfast the morning after''-]
The Myall Classic couldn’t run without LCRK. Big statement, but without the selfless assistance of LCRK club members, we wouldn’t be set up in time, process the entries, ensure cars were put where they belong, crew the safety boats and pack up everything afterwards.

Toby Hogbin hand crafted and donated yet another set of magnificent trophies for our winners. Paul VK ensured Ian Wrenford maintained focus on photography at the 6km turn – a hefty task with some 280 paddlers to capture on camera. Roger Deane kept tabs on SMS messages from the safety boats, putting the Uni students to shame with his dextrous thumbs. Anjie Lees served up a storm of number boards and wristbands at the rego desk, while Alanna Ewin did all the shopping and prepared lunches to keep the volunteers happy and energised. Phil Geddes helped with all number of things as befits a man of his talent, then paddled 47km, got out, and helped pack everything up again. Remarkable. A similar donation of assistance from Matt Swann kept things moving during setup and packup. Anjie’s Clay piloted the top turn IRB with Newy's Ian Davey, from Mungo Brush down to Brasswater and back, reporting all paddlers made the top turn by 11.30am and apparently getting a spot of fishing in along the way.

Once again, LCRK performed generously and beyond all expectation. Thank you all.

Tony H


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[[#Venice2017]]
!!July 2017 Tony Carr's Venice Trip
Just another Wednesday …

Most of us know that Tony Carr runs the kayak touring and training company Freedom Outdoors.
He has 2,500 paddlers on his books and organises day trips around Sydney, weekends away and longer trips to Fiji, New Zealand, Ningaloo Reef in WA, Antarctica and soon, Croatia.

LCRK Wednesday night regular Adrian Clayton helps Tony with many of his trips and a number of LCRK members have taken part in them.

Tony has just returned from running back-to-back trips in Italy. LCRKer Richard Diaz accompanied Tony on one of these and on a recent Wednesday they paddled the canals and lagoon in Venice. “We got special permission to kayak the Grand Canal and that was quite a thrill,” said Tony (see pic, Tony with back to camera). The groups went on from there to Parma, the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre National Park, Elba Island and Florence.
Next year Tony has trips planned to Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand, Ningaloo Reef, Fiji, Italy again, Croatia and possibly the Antarctic. If you’d like to get onto Tony’s mailing list, email him at tonycarr@ozemail.com.au

%rfloat width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:201707-Venice.jpg|[-Above: Time trials in Venice - Tony Carr-]


[[#AGM2017]]
!!21 July 2017 LCRK AGM
The LCRK AGM was held last Friday 21 July at North Ryde RSL with around 40 in attendance. The 'AGM' part of the evening took under an hour with the rest of the meeting devoted to more social pursuits.

In terms of the 2017-18 Committee - the 'executive' roles were picked up by Phil Geddes (Prez), Duncan Johnstone (Vice Prez), Alanna Ewin (Secretary) and John Duffy (Treasurer). And the 'ordinary' roles were picked up by Wade Rowston, Rich Yates, Louise White, Tracey Hansford, Paul van Koesveld, Oscar Cahill, Ian Wrenford. (hope I didn't forget anyone there!!)

A special welcome to incoming committee Tracey Hansford and Louise White who'll provide some necessary balance to proceedings.

And extra special thanks to outgoing Committee Members Jeff Tonazzi, Ruby Ardren, Don Johnstone for the time and effort they have put in (and still will!!).

There were a couple of annual awards made:-

1. Media Award (for contribution to all the 'content' LCRK produces)
* Awarded to Naomi Johnson - for her prompt and interesting reports on the Marathon Series races (and all the other regular report too!!).
* And also Ian Wrenford for many of the weekly TT reports, and the series of local history articles.

2. Vivid Award (for our annual 'light show' accompanying the Sydney Vivid festival)
* Awarded to Oscar Cahill for his psychedelic LED kayak lighting (self-programmed!), and the above-water and below-water lighting on the pontoon on the evening.





[[#SPORTSAWARDS2017]]
!!June 2017 - NSW Community Sports Awards - awards for paddling Volunteers
See copy below of a report on the above event from the PNSW Facebook page 1 July 2017. Winner Roger Deane is of course a Life Member of LCRK and has been heavily involved with our Club (as well as his other pursuits) for many years/decades. Congrats to Roger, and also to Robert and Nick!!

''Congratulations to three of our wonderful volunteers. Robert Walker, Roger Deane and Nick Naughton were recognised for their outstanding service to paddling at this week's NSW Community Sports Awards held at Parliament House.''

''Robert - Finalist in Community Sport Administrator of the Year category for his innovative and very successful Beginner's program at River Canoe Club.''

%maroon%''Roger - Official of the Year finalist and integral to the Hawkesbury Classic for 17 years. Our premier starter at so many state sprint races.''

''Nick - Mr Central Coast Canoe Club. Over 65 years of significant and passionate involvement in our sport. A humble recipient of the Distinguished Long Service Award and Nick was quick to acknowledge the wonderful support of wife Margaret too.''

''Thank you all for your magnificent contributions, and indeed to all our volunteers in each and every club and paddlesport. It is great to see PaddleNSW on the podium sharing the limelight with other back-page sports. Enjoy your time on the water folks and remember to thank our volunteers next time you paddle.''

%rfloat width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:pnswvolunteer17.jpg|''[-Above: Robert Walker, Roger Deane and Nick Naughton receive awards - with Peter Tate. Photo: PNSW-]''
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[[#RPM2017]]
!!10-12 June 2017 Riverland Marathon (South Australia)
%rfloat width=200px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-lock4.jpg|''Above: Riverland Lock''
* %newwin%[[http://riverlandpaddlingmarathon.com/|Riverland Paddling Marathon 2017 - official website]]
* %newwin%%maroon%[[http://riverlandpaddlingmarathon.com/results|2017 RPM Results]]
* %newwin%%maroon%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157684747129616|2017 LCRK Flickr Album]]
* %newwin%%maroon%[[https://www.facebook.com/tony.bond.90813/media_set?set=a.1631378796892459.1073741981.100000610621424&type=3|Tony Bond album on FB (600+ pix)]]
* %newwin%[[http://riverlandpaddlingmarathon.com/hall-of-fame|RPM Hall of Fame (including Tom Simmat!]]
* %newwin%[[Attach:RPM2016v2.pdf|Tony Hystek report from the 2016 event (PDF 750K)]]
* %newwin%[[http://mcc.canoe.org.au/|Marathon Canoe Club of SA website]] and %newwin%[[https://www.facebook.com/marathoncanoeclubofsa/|MCCSA Facebook page]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/with/72157669470365246|2016 LCRK Flickr Album]]
* %newwin%[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gbcidgg3Dg&feature=youtu.be|Video of some of the 2015 event (LCRKers Anjie & Ruby)]]

The Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) has been hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA since 1988 - and is a series of 6 possible events over 3 days on 1 weekend in the chilly month of June. LCRK entrants were Rich Yates, Tony Hystek, Alanna Ewin, Craig (in a Double-ski relay). Kyla Johnstone, Tim Binns and Dave Hammond (Double 200), Tom Simmat 200. Meg Thornton 200, Richard Barnes and Linden Barnes in Kermit (Double 200).

'Live' race reports, initially on Facebook have been brought over to this web page as they arrived.
%rfloat width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-river.jpg|[-Above: River on arrival Photo: DJ-]

As can be seen from the table below - there were some great results including 1st outright, 1st double and also acknowledging all those who completed the iconic event!
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!!!!Thu 8/6/17

3pm Duncan J.
''"Great, we'll be there. Looking forward to seeing everyone. For all you jet setters, we've almost reached Goulburn on our trek west. U don't know what you're missing!"''

5pm Duncan J.
''"Just out of Gundagai. What a gorgeous evening. Crisp 12 degrees. Love the winter"''

5:30pm Alanna E
''"We've just landed in Adelaide. It's raining!! You guys are making me miss that road trip - but not the Sydney traffic Dave, or the bad back it always gives me. We just have to tell them by Saturday about dinner. I'll book us all in!"''

9pm Dave H.
''"We're at the dog on the tucker box but our meal is not worth a photo. Good night all. We have an hour or so to go for today"''



!!!!Fri 9/6/17 [[<<]]
8am Christine S.
''"Hi all. We left Sydney 6pm on wed night to avoid traffic. Stayed o'night in the Jugiong Showgrounds ( we are grey nomads now). Last night at Hay caravan park, Vonnie and Michael? from the kayak club near the airport are here also travelling to the race. Our gypsy van makes life very social. Everyone wants to have a chat."''

6pm Duncan J
''"Wishing you all a wonderful and enjoyable RPM200/100 tomorrow. Another amazing 3 days on the most beautiful part of the mighty Murray await you. Fair weather and fair winds. I look forward to cheering you all on the river. Go LCRK!"''

!!!!Sat 10/6/17 [[<<]]
RPM Day One (from our local correspondent: Rich Yates)[[<<]]
''After a loooong drive to Waikerie (or a not so long drive and flight for the FIFO paddlers) day one is an early start on the chilly banks of the mighty Murray. Registration happened in the dark while the starter loaded the starters rifle with 100 grains of buckshot.''

''Today we were treated to a full moon setting as the first start lined up. Meg, in a very selfless gesture tested the temperature of the water with a quick dip and could confirm that the water was as cold as it looked.''

''The first leg of 12k was like a quick Wednesday night TT as a warm up for the day. Staggered starts see all the boats of various speeds arrive at the lock in close proximity.''

''The second leg of 27km saw all the boats leave the swirling waters of the lock together. The fleet is diverse with plenty of singles, skis, doubles, c1s and c2s a k4 and a sup. Most are doing the full 200 with Craig, Richard, Tony and Alanna paddling in the 200 relay. Tom Simmat is paddling a ski as is Meg Thornton. Tim Binns and Dave Hammond are in the blue double while the Barneses are showing Kermit the way downriver. Kyla Johnstone is paddling the 100 in the LCRK Club Renegade.''

''Conditions have been ideal with the worst waves being provided by, ironically, the safety boat. Craig and Richard went toe to toe, literally, with the K4 and swapped some gelcoat. Tim and Dave also made friends with a washriding k1. Predictably Tony znd Alanna ate up the miles in speedy style. Tim and Dave had a blinder finishing in a great time. We are still waiting for official times and results but spirits are high in the whole Lane Cove contingent. Clear skies and cool temps are forecast for tomorrow. Stay tuned.''

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!!!!Sun 11/6/17 [[<<]]
RPM Day 2 (from local correspondent Alanna Ewin)[[<<]]
''Beautiful morning and a warm 3 degree start has smiles on everyone's dials! Lock 3 day 2 Alanna Ewin and Tony Hystek nailed it this morning. Did our 20km Div one time. Boys headed out looking strong. Timothy Binns and David Hammond still hammering along and looking good. Tim's hands a bit second hand. Rich and Lynden happy as Larry - not even cold but can't do the crossword this morning because it's a bit hard with pogies on! Tim Simmatt soldiering on looking a bit cold but found his precious ladder in lock 3 to hold on to so all is well. Meg Thornton cheery and really enjoying the scenery and sunrise. Just another day on the Murray.''

%lfloat width=450px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-blunderbuss.jpg|''Above: Real muzzle-loaded starting guns!!''

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RPM Day Two (from our local correspondent: Rich Yates)[[<<]]
''Day 2 of the RPM saw perfect paddling conditions. A chilly and foggy start had the 200 starters off at dawn for the 20km first leg.The relay K4 switched legs matching up their A crew with Tony and Alanna who had the bit well and truly between their teeth and set a cracking pace as usual.''

''We could have portaged across the dock as it was full of carp. All the Lane Cove contingent made solid starts and rafted up together waiting for the gates to open.''

''Leg 2 was another 23km in calm waters with only 1 motor boat to deal with. The wakes are lively and bounce around off the cliffs. No fun for the tippy boats. The second checkpoint was at Devlins Pound, a pumping station on the side of the river. This was also the start for Kyla and the rest of the 100.''
%rfloat width=300px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-richcraig.jpg|[-''Above: Rich & Craig at finish of their last leg Day 2''-]

''The last leg into Waikerie is a heartbreaker with the finish just beyond the ferry crossing, paddlers are often stopped within a stones throw of the finish. Tony and Alanna finished as strongly as they started as did Tim and Dave who are outright 2nd, leading the K4 relay team. Some tendon issues for Tim to deal with but I'm sure tomorrow will be a boomer for them. Another solid day for Tom, Meg, Kyla and team Barnes.''

''We make Race dinner at the Waikerie Club before early nights all round. Race results are hard to find online so we are relying on our own maths at this stage.''

''Early pre dawn start tomorrow. Craig lost rock paper scissors with Tony so we get a turn at the start line.
Go Lane Cove.''
%rfloat width=640px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:170612-steamer.jpg|[-''Above: Tim & Dave off the bow of the 'Princess' PWAAAAAAAAAARRRRRPPP!!!! '' Photo: MCC SA-]

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!!!!Mon 12/6/17
Watch this space!

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%rfloat width=300px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-davetim.jpg|[-''Above: Dave & Tim -1st full 200km paddlers ''-]
%rfloat width=640px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-meg.jpg|[-''Above: Meg finishing!''-]
%rfloat width=640px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:rpm17-kermit.jpg|[-''Above: Richard & Linden Barnes finishing ''-]

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[[#WM2017]]
!!21-30 Apr 2017 World Masters Games - Auckland NZ
* %newwin%[[http://www.canoeracing.org.nz/events/results|World Masters Results]]
The World Masters Games were held in NZ from 21 to 30 April 2017. A number of LCRKers attended and the results are available from the above link. Attendees include Richard Barnes, Matt Blundell and Tony Carr.

We'd LOVE a report from those who attended!!

[[#DYWorlds]]
!!10 Apr 2017 - 2017 MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS ANNOUNCED
* %newwin%[[http://wmc2017.co.za/|Marathon Worlds website]].
* An extract from their home page: [-''A warm welcome to the on line home of the ICF Marathon Masters World Cup 2017, which will be held at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from 4 to 6 September, in the days before the ICF Marathon World Championships. Pietermaritzburg lies in the heart of a province known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, and we look forward to extending typically warm African hospitality to each and every visitor to this event. In the great Zulu tradition befitting greeting the King, we will recognise all the 2017 title winners in the Zulu language : “Bayete!” Hail the champions!” ''-]

As reported by %newwin%[[http://canoe.org.au/2017/04/10/2017-marathon-world-championship-teams-announced/|Canoeing Australia]]: ''The Marathon World Championship and Masters World Cup Teams have been selected after athletes raced for a spot at the 2017 Canoe Marathon National Championship at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith from 11th to 12th March 2017. Australian Canoeing would like to acknowledge all athletes that competed and nominated for selection on their efforts throughout the event.''

Our very own David Young has been selected as part of the Mens Masters Team along with Marc Brehin (SA)
John Donkersloot (QLD), Rain Metsoja (QLD), Mark Rickard (QLD) and Neil Thomson (SA).

Congratulations David!!
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%rfloat width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:DY-SIRC17.jpg|[-Above: David in action at the Penrith SIRC earlier this year. Photo: Alanna Ewin-]

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[[#CUAD2017]]
!!Sun 5 Mar - Clean Up Australia Day Report

From John Duffy (Coordinator)
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A very enthusiastic group of 23 members and their families left no mangrove unturned on Sunday 5 March and extracted a breathtaking 30 huge bags of rubbish from the river and its banks. And that was only between Wirong and the pump station just downstream from the footbridge; just imagine what is still out there along the rest of the river.

I read somewhere over Christmas that these sort of clean-up activities rate near the top of volunteering experiences in terms of feel good and satisfaction indexes; I’m not surprised because while the amount of garbage was somewhat depressing everyone really enjoyed helping out and “giving back” to a river which is the source of so much pride and enjoyment for LCRK.

%lfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=5px%Attach:cuad17-james.jpg|[-Above: James, Sophie and Liv with a raft load -]
%rfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:cuad17-bigstuff.jpg|[-Above: Ian hiding behind the 'big stuff'-]

The surprise collections included a very large plasma TV from the carpark, two chairs, a huge rusty fishing trap, a swing set, a number of large pieces of sheet metal and the obligatory milk crates. I would like to think the dead duck that Richard Yates stuffed into a bag was the result of me hitting it last Wednesday at high speed, but sadly it was more likely due to the poor thing choking on Lane Cove styrofoam.

%lfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=5px%Attach:cuad17-oscar.jpg|[-Above: Oscar and Ciara with an esoteric collection-]
%rfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:cuad-th-ae.jpg|[-Above: Alanna, Tony and Duncan (how did the steel get there?)-]

I would like to thank all these people for helping out; Duncan Johnstone, Jeff Tonazzi, Rodney Walker and his daughter Sophie with friend Liv Hutchinson, Oscar and Ciara Cahill, Don Johnstone, Richard Yates, Phil Geddes (extra thanks to Don, Richard and Phil for cleaning up the dead tree blocking the turn at the Steakhouse), Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin (and for bringing their rafts), Ian Wrenford, Lee Wright, Karen Darby, Paul van Koesveld, Jana Osvald, Tim McNamara, Adrian Clayton, James Farrell, Matt Swann, and Dave Hammond and his kids. Terribly sorry if I have missed anybody.

%lfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=5px%Attach:cuad-rich.jpg|[-Above: Rich returns from duck hunting expedition-]
%rfloat width=325px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:cuad-loot2.jpg|[-Above: More loot -]

We unfortunately live among litterbugs and we can only do our little bit to help reduce that, but it all counts. Well done to the Clean-up Australia initiative.

%width=650px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:CUAD17-whale.jpg|[-Above: Sighted on the way home - a northbound humpback mistaking the freshened up River for the Eastern Australia Current...-]

[[#Hystek17]]
!!State Award to PaddleNSW Chair Tony Hystek
* %newwin%[[https://www.sportnsw.com.au/news/4399/|NSW Sports Awards media release]]

Sport NSW is the industry body for sport in New South Wales - an independent not-for-profit organisation, representing NSW sporting organisations as The Voice of Sport. As part of their activity, Sport NSW hosts the prestigious Sports Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in sport across 16 categories, covering athletes, teams, coaches, officials, organisations, events, organisations, & Distinguished Long Service.

The spectacular Awards Gala Dinner is held in February each year and attracts around 400 guests including the 'who's who' of sport in NSW. At the 2016 Awards Ceremony held on 23 February, '''Tony Hystek''' was awarded the Volunteer Director of the Year award for his many activities associated with PaddlesNSW and our sport. Tony was a very deserving winner for all the work he does, and only the second ever winner in our sport, behind Olympic medalist Jessica Fox. The Awards have been held since 1992.

From Pete Tate and the PNSW Website... [[<<]]
''At the 2016 NSW Sports Awards held last week, PaddleNSW Chairperson Tony Hystek won the coveted Volunteer Director of the Year Award. Tony has been very busy managing the Myall Classic and the Parra Paddlefest, whilst also chairing the PaddleNSW Board of Management and the PNSW Safety Committee, and leading our representation to NSW Maritime for fairness in lifejacket legislation. Apparently despite all this service on behalf of our members, he still has time to paddle - in marathon, open water and sprint. Tremendous effort Tony''

''We had another recipient at the gala event in front of 450+ dignitaries, with mercurial volunteer Helen Tongway receiving a Distinguished Long Service Award. It is great to see Helen's outstanding contribution to Burley Griffin Canoe Club, PaddleNSW and AC over 26 remarkable years duly recognised.''

''In an auspicious evening for our sport on the industry's night of nights, PaddleNSW also had three other finalists for 2016 annual awards. Jessica Fox was narrowly pipped for Athlete of the Year by Rio gold medal sailor Tom Burton. Rio sprinter Dylan Littlehales was a finalist in the Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability category, and Pauline Findlay in the Masters Athlete of the Year category.''

''Congratulations to all our finalists and we hope 2017 is just as rewarding.''

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[[#PPF2017]]
!!Sun 12 Feb - Parramatta Paddlefest LCRK Report
* Parra PaddleFest Website: %newwin%[[http://parrapaddlefest.com.au/|here]]

The inaugural Parramatta Paddlefest was held on Sunday 12 Feb from 3pm to 7pm - a PNSW initiative aimed to to showcase paddling to the community.

It started bright and early, hot and humid with Lane Cove volunteers arriving to set up the water entry slides for boatercross and slalom, and stages for boat access to the river. Ian Wrenford, Adrian Clayton, Richard Yates, Ross Fraser, Wade Rowston, Duncan Johnston, Anjie Lees and Tracy Hansford all got stuck in and pulled it together with guidance from Tony Hystek. Then on to the PA, timing, Lane Cove marquee, signage and a whole lot of bunting, all ready for the big day.

Down the other end of the river, Heidi Cheney and her canoe polo team set up the polo field, and Lynn Parker managed the Come and Try boats for passers-by. The Polo provided non-stop entertainment and come’n’try an opportunity for spectators to get themselves on the water.
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-lucien.jpg|[-Above:Lucien Delfour - 2016 Rio Olympian-]
As the day cooled down for showtime at 3pm, we saw very impressive contributions from Canoe Polo paddlers, Ros Lawrence’s Slalom crew and Come’n’ Try paddlers dominating the river and making a big splash on the paddling stage. The slalom and boatercross slide entries into the water were spectacular and a whole lot of fun. Well done Tony Hystek with the idea and construction of those slides to give the day the splash it deserved. The slalom paddlers set up a great event course and what an entertaining lot they are! Alternating commentary on each other they showcased their sport with gusto – having the spectators in stitches with their cheeky outlook and fun attitude. Lane Cover’s Duncan, James Farrell, Wade and Naomi Johnson all had a go at boatercross, mounting the slides with trepidation hidden behind excited grins! John Thearle and James enjoyed pushing them down the slides to ensure their quick getaway!
%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf-duncan.jpg|[-Above: Duncan on the launch ramp-]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-duncan.jpg|[-Above: Duncan off the launch ramp -]

%rfloat width=300px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-barnes.jpg|[-Above: Richard Barnes at left in the thick of the polo-]
The Canoe Polo was a hoot, with Richard Barnes showing us all how it’s done in style! Naomi, Wade and James got themselves kitted up in polo paraphernalia and had a go too. James learned that keeping a canoe polo boat upright might not be quite as easy as it looks! Games were played throughout the afternoon and the argy-bargy made for a most entertaining show of a great team sport. Once again, the calibre of the paddlers and their cheerful inclusive demeanour did them proud.

Spectators lapped up the opportunity to have a go a kayaking with the Come’n’ Try boats at a premium and queues to get on the water. The catch cry seemed to be ‘is there a club we can do this with in Parramatta’? Tracey Hansford was a champ, helping get new people into boats and paddling around the river with them, giving assistance and good cheer. Dave Hammond, Bruce Goodall and Joy Robinson bought family along to enjoy the day too!
%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-wadenaomi.jpg|[-Above: Wade & Naomi boatercrossing-]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-polo1.jpg|[-Above: Richard coaching, James, Naomi, Wade-]
Sprint was a bit light on competitors but certainly entertaining, and the reports from the paddlers was that it was pretty hard work! Roger Deane was our Starting Captain and did a fine job as always, while Anjie, Adrian, Paul VK and John Thearle ensured the Lane Cove paddlers had the benefit of any doubt about timing. Laura White provided an informative commentary, and entries from Jason Han, Wade, Bruce Gynther, Naomi and James helped turn it into an event. Naomi did the girls proud paddling like a champion, coming in first in her field and wining a bit of prizemoney too-boot! Jason provided the canoe sprint showcase holding up well under the conditions, and showed us just how you get back into a canoe and get on with the race! Bruce held his own against some serious competition and the other lads did LCRK proud too.
%lfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-wadebruce.jpg|[-Above: Wade & Bruce sprint -]
%rfloat width=320px margin-top=0px margin-right=0px%Attach:ppf17-jamesnaomi.jpg|[-Above: James & Naomi sprint -]
Prizemoney totalled nearly $3000 and was distributed amongst the winners of the Slalom and Sprint entrants, who were very pleased to be rewarded for having a go. It was heard by one sprinter that he’d never won so much money! As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

A big shout out to all the Lane Cover’s that put in the hard yards setting up, participating in and packing down this event. Heartfelt thanks come from Tony Hystek who knows this day would not have happened without your participation. And thanks too to those who stayed until well past their bedtimes, helping dismantle and pack into trucks an enormous amount of equipment: Paul VK, Duncan, Naomi, John, Anjie, and Wade. It was a long but rewarding day. Heartfelt thanks too to all the fabulous non-LCRK volunteers who made this day such a great success – there are just too many to mention in this LCRK article, but I will mention Luke Hagan from Southside who championed along with LCRK’s all day from set up to pack down. Invaluable assistance!

I think the flavour of the day was just a whole lot of fun. If you missed it this year, come along next year, bring the family, get them on the water too, and show them what you do best!

Alanna Ewin

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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' He is in and pretty content! Third solo overall. Loves his thermal skins! In pretty great shape really and said the scenery on the paddle is beautiful. I asked him if he'd like to say a word to you all but he declined suggesting he couldn't think of anything funny to say :) It's now 3am, he is now sound asleep and I will be following close behind him! Goodnight :)

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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anna at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anna since. So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that I think he may have been sharing stories with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
As support crew it has been busy
. Just when you think you can have a moment there is something that needs doing - cooking, driving sleeping, washing, leaning, sorting. It's run smoothly in our RV and been an interesting journey. The company of my family has made all the difference and it would have been a bit stressful first time around if I was on my own. Lovely country and lovely people. The Canadians I have met have all been very gentle, kind and helpful. There is a contented relaxed manner about the volunteers and it seems everyone is a friend. It's the 20th Anniversary of the race and there was a party at Carmacks and the Coal Mine Campground did the catering from the menu for everyone for free! Lots of fun and we even got ice cream! Photos attached describe the trip best. I'll try and label them as I go. Thanks to everyone for your support and sorry to not do much updating. I don't think I've had all that much more sleep than Tony! There is no darkness and mostly just a dimming of the sun from about midnight to 4am and that's about it. Quite bizarre and has us all having very late nights and odd eating habits! Anyway......now we wait.......
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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anna at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anna since.
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%rfloat height=305px%Attach:yuk74.jpg|Above: 2nd day Bol is best!

So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that
I think he may have been sharing stories with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
As support crew it has been busy. Just when you think you can have a moment there is something that needs doing - cooking, driving sleeping, washing, leaning, sorting. It's run smoothly in our RV and been an interesting journey. The company of my family has made all the difference and it would have been a bit stressful first time around if I was on my own. Lovely country and lovely people. The Canadians I have met have all been very gentle, kind and helpful. There is a contented relaxed manner about the volunteers and it seems everyone is a friend. It's the 20th Anniversary of the race
and there was a party at Carmacks and the Coal Mine Campground did the catering from the menu for everyone for free! Lots of fun and we even got ice cream! Photos attached describe the trip best [see the Flickr link above]. Thanks to everyone for your support and sorry to not do much updating. I don't think I've had all that much more sleep than Tony! There is no darkness and mostly just a dimming of the sun from about midnight to 4am and that's about it. Quite bizarre and has us all having very late nights and odd eating habits! Anyway......now we wait.......
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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anna at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anna since. So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that I think he may have been sharing wash rides with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anna at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anna since. So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that I think he may have been sharing stories with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
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[Progress - some 52 hours into the race (of which circa 42 hours of paddling) Tony is currently 5th in the solo kayaks, and John & Peter Fitzgerald 7th in the double kayaks - with Tony about 12km (one Time Trial!) ahead of them. Distance to the finish line looks like another ~150km, a HCC and a bit]
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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Carmacks was noisy! Tony had a problem with the water after Lake Laberge, along with several other paddlers, leaving him crook and losing time. Some helpful paddlers gave him some immodium but according to the race doctor it was a double dose and knocked him out for an hour. Anna at one of the checkpoints (pictured here - black jacket) saw him struggling to stay awake, and kindly helped him out of the water, laid him down next to the fire, woke him after an hour and told him to get back in his boat and finish his race! He was very grateful (as am I) and I've spent some fun times with Anna since. So he came into Carmacks disappointed by the forced delays having lost his well earned first place to two other solo kayakers (Lake Laberge was pretty tough so he really nailed it on that flat water), and woke even more disappointed as he really didn't get much sleep at all with the noisy campground. He came into Minto looking content and with a double that I think he may have been sharing wash rides with? I think he's been slowly catching up to boat 57 AlaskaEileen. Look her up. She is a delightful cheery lady (like a dignified version of Mad Mick chatting to the crowds as she passes by) and I believe she made the boat she is paddling. It's beautiful and clearly pretty quick in her trusty hands. So it's now up to Tony to see what he can pull out of the bag. Expecting him at Dawson in the wee small hours (around 1.45am)
As support crew it has been busy. Just when you think you can have a moment there is something that needs doing - cooking, driving sleeping, washing, leaning, sorting. It's run smoothly in our RV and been an interesting journey. The company of my family has made all the difference and it would have been a bit stressful first time around if I was on my own. Lovely country and lovely people. The Canadians I have met have all been very gentle, kind and helpful. There is a contented relaxed manner about the volunteers and it seems everyone is a friend. It's the 20th Anniversary of the race and there was a party at Carmacks and the Coal Mine Campground did the catering from the menu for everyone for free! Lots of fun and we even got ice cream! Photos attached describe the trip best. I'll try and label them as I go. Thanks to everyone for your support and sorry to not do much updating. I don't think I've had all that much more sleep than Tony! There is no darkness and mostly just a dimming of the sun from about midnight to 4am and that's about it. Quite bizarre and has us all having very late nights and odd eating habits! Anyway......now we wait.......
I just checked again he is dropping back a bit I think. Not sure how accurate the race tracker is but looking like a 55 hr race for him at this stage
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'''Alanna Ewin 180629:''' Tony left Carmacks not feeling great, noisy campsite and didn't get a lot of sleep. Saw him at Minto and he was looking pretty good and in good spirits. Pleased to see some Aussies! Now sleeping at Coffee Creek and we will see him at Dawson about 11pm our time. Tony was coming 1st in the solo kayaks for most of the way to Carmacks but had to get off the water for an hour or so and slipped back to third. Internet awkward and I'm just busy. I'll post from Dawson with pics and full story.

[Postscript - some 52 hours into the race (of which circa 42 hours of paddling) Tony is currently 5th in the solo kayaks, and John & Peter Fitzgerald 7th in the double kayaks - with Tony about 12km (one Time Trial!) ahead of them. Distance to the finish line looks like another ~150km, a HCC and a bit]
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'''Tony Hystek 180626:''' Yesterday’s paddle was in interesting company. One woman paddling a timber boat she made off the plan...very similar to Alan Newhouse’s boats. And Wolfram from Germany who brought his boat over in the plane... a folding rubber skin boat he designed himself, looks very sleek. Unfortunately he hadn’t finished a Yukon yet. Hope this is his year. Will send photos when I can get my technology to talk to each other. One double set off today with the paddler in the back seat, paddle back to front. Didn’t notice... Another said the test paddle today was their first time on the water. Then there are the fast ones! Heaps of 18X sport kayaks here. Almost half the fleet of single kayaks I think
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'''Tony Hystek 180626:''' Yesterday’s paddle was in interesting company. One woman paddling a timber boat she made off the plan...very similar to Alan Newhouse’s boats. And Wolfram from Germany who brought his boat over in the plane... a folding rubber skin boat he designed himself, looks very sleek. Unfortunately he hadn’t finished a Yukon yet. Hope this is his year. Will send photos when I can get my technology to talk to each other. One double set off today with the paddler in the back seat, paddle back to front. Didn’t notice... Another said the test paddle today was their first time on the water. Then there are the fast ones! Heaps of 18X sport kayaks here. Almost half the fleet of single kayaks I think

'''Alanna Ewin 180627:''' Along with my trusty personal crew, brother Eric and his partner Liz, we are arrived in Carmacks! Had a win on the RV site - powered and looking straight down to where the paddlers disembark! Tony will be pleased - a 50m walk to shower, tucker, bed.
We were super organised this morning and had our first ever truly relaxed race start. Tony got off well - he did run to his boat and was in his boat pretty fast and off!
Photos are a mix of the trip so far including a day trip to Skagway Alaska, a little canoe trip Eric Liz and I took from Whitehorse to Takhini Bridge and race prep and race day. And off I go now to cook up a bolognaise storm for Tony to eat when he arrives at Carmacks some time tomorrow (after 24hrs or so on the water!). Weather is all looking good for the entire race. Maybe some rain last day but we could be lucky. Temperatures good. Cool, but maybe a 24 degree day into Dawson. I'm a bit buggered so just can't think what you'd like to hear so if you have any questions just ask! I'm on the net for a while now. All is well, and as Emma Llewellyn-Jones observed at the tender age of nine, after her father entered the HCC: Eat Sleep Kayak Repeat!
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'''Tony Hystek 180625:'''We were entertained by a local band at the council rotunda..apparently a free concert every day from 6pm - 7pm. Now that's community! Test paddles are definitely a must, especially with a moose sighting. Not quick enough to get the camera out, unfortunately.

'''Peter Fitzgerald 180625:''' After Tonys cross training hike he / Alanna took us on the Fitzgerald’s more beer carb loading at Gold Pans Saloon with some country and Western
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'''Tony Hystek 180624:''' Been a few days without WiFi so a bit of catching up to do. Now, where were we…oh yes, the search for sheep stations in Hawaii. They’re here somewhere (evidence), but no substantial sightings. We must abandon…
Off to Vancouver, which is remarkably similar to Sydney, only more compact. We met our travelling companions Eric (Alanna’s brother), and partner Liz. A nice feel about the place. Bit of shopping at the HUGE outdoors shop MEC (could have spent a week there), and off to Whitehorse.
We collected our land yacht (RV), and attempted to get a local phone connected, without much success. Left it too late to get a spot in an RV park for the night so we joined the multitudes in Walmart carpark for the night. We sure did feel trashy! A sleepless night, with the street sweeper circling the carpark most of the night.
Day 2 and we are off to Skagway for a ride on the White Pass train following the route of the gold rush prospectors to the headwaters of the Yukon…spectacular scenery, and 2 brown bears thrown in for wow factor.
Back to Whitehorse and the first test paddle today…after doing an hour’s work sanding the shoddy repairs in the rented Epic 18x sport. One saving grace…the boat is incredibly light for this model….maybe they forgot a layer of fibreglass?
It’s a roughie but a goodie. Hire company is a bit lackadaisical but nice nonetheless.
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Putting iconic Australian paddling events into perspective - the race briefing for the YRQ includes the following snippets:-
* ''If you are lucky you will see “charismatic mega-fauna”: moose, bear, sheep, fox, etc. Nine times out of 10 they see you, you do not see them. They are not interested in the race, or the racers. Don’t make them interested in you, keep your distance.''
* ''It can be hot: Drink enough, watch your electrolytes. If you are hot, dip your hat in the water. If you run out of water, drink the river. Dehydration is an immediate threat, giardia takes much longer to affect you''
* ''The YRQ is a RACE, not a trip down the river. Be good sports! No interference with another team’s progress or you could face disqualification. Do not dawdle. Drop out and become a tourist if you have to, but do not waste safety boat and volunteers’ time. You have 14 hours to reach the end of the Lake, 35 hours to get to Carmacks, and '''84'' hours to get to Dawson.''
* ''Lake Laberge: The lake is long - 49 km. In good weather, crossings take 6-7 hours (faster teams) to 8-10 hours (slower teams). Teams must make the crossing by 2 a.m. Thursday to remain in the race. The lake can be rough with waves up to 2m (6 feet)''
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Per the official website: ''The Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon canoe, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard race. Paddlers come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night to the Klondike on one of North America’s great rivers. It is open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, solo SUP, and C4 and Voyageur canoes.''

It's summer in the Yukon which means average min/max temperatures in the 8-23 celsius range (although 36 celsius was experienced back in 2004). Summer that far North means they days are looooong with a ~4:30am sunrise and a ~11:30pm sunset. And civil twilight runs from ~11:30pm to ~4:30am which means it never quite gets dark! That's why they call the YRQ the "Race to the Midnight Sun"
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Alanna: All done! Ruby Ardren second lady home - not by much and a good record set! The relay team hammered it home after yet more rudder trouble steering them up the garden path. Although Sally Ellis said the lads didn’t try hard enough because they didn’t puke when they got out of the boat! I’m just hoping they didn’t beat our time from last year or I might have to do the race again! The big fella Tony Hystek managed yet another of the prized orange caps for fastest vet 55 in the 18x (that gave us all a bit of a giggle). Kyla Johnstone enjoyed her day 3 as landcrew. Soaking up the sun we chatted the day away as we waited at riverside checkpoints for our paddlers to come through. All in all a great club and family weekend as usual. Fabulous to have the Yates and Ellis partners and kids along again. They visited the zoo and wineries and cheered on the paddlers from the winery this morning! Thanks everyone for the well wishes and support. We’ve all had a ball.
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!! 31 May - LCRK does VIVID (as part of our normal TT)
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157696845865044|2018 Flickr Album ]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/aECXnRwFt5M|2018 Youtube footage ]]

This event coincides with Sydney's annual VIVID festival. It's an opportunity to light up your boats, yourself and the river with a bit of a light and sound show. Contributions range from the simple (recycled Christmas lights, glow sticks etc) to more extravagant programmed LED light shows and kayak modifications.

Check out the Flickr album and Youtube footage at the links above ....

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:2018vivid.jpg|Above: 2018 LCRK Vivid - the pontoon walkway - Photo: Oscar Cahill
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Ruby: Absolutely wrecked tonight because I stayed on wash rides all day that really pushed me. 69km today (7:00:05 so again about 10km/hr), running total is now 145km in 14:49:38. Have to get up again in the dark tomorrow to do another 63km and then start the drive home. I’m in the blue kayak
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!! 31 May - LCRK does VIVID (as part of our normal TT)
* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157696845865044|2018 Flickr Album ]]
* %newwin%[[https://youtu.be/aECXnRwFt5M|2018 Youtube footage ]]

This event coincides with Sydney's annual VIVID festival. It's an opportunity to light up your boats, yourself and the river with a bit of a light and sound show. Contributions range from the simple (recycled Christmas lights, glow sticks etc) to more extravagant programmed LED light shows and kayak modifications.

Check out the Flickr album and Youtube footage at the links above ....

%rfloat width=650px%Attach:2018vivid.jpg|Above: 2018 LCRK Vivid - the pontoon walkway - Photo: Oscar Cahill
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!!!Fri 8 June
Ruby: After the first day's racing I'm behind Kyla by a nose. Duncan Johnstone hasn't yet found his boat or his team and Tony Hystek is way behind because he's elected to take the scenic degustation route.

Alanna: On way to RPM, some of us on the Hay Plain, some of us in a plane over the Hay Plain and Craig Ellis just plain old waiting for everyone to arrive. Breakfast involved a few different carb loading strategies....


!!!Sat 9 June
Alanna: Kyla will get cracking soon on her RPM100. She got to sleep in unlike the full distance bunnies up before dawn. Everyone off to a good start and the sun has come up now after some very welcome rain overnight.

!!!Sun 10 June
Alanna: Day 2 catchup- all well and happy and did some great times. Tony Hystek not particularly enjoying the 18x as he can’t really race, but then it’s all about Yukon prep right??

!!!Mon 11 June
Alanna: Last day of the RPM and everyone’s feeling it. With a headwind dampening the spirits and the relay suffering rudder problems they’ve been doing it a bit tougher. Happy landcrew though with coffee cakes and brekky at The Claudo sangria winery checkpoint! Oh and Kyla is out. Pulled up sick this morning with her cold returned.
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The Australian Canoe Marathon Technical Committee and Paddle South Australia look forward to jointly hosting the 2018 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships on 18 and 20 May 2018 at Westlakes, Adelaide, South Australia.

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The Australian Canoe Marathon Technical Committee and Paddle South Australia hosted the 2018 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships between 18 and 20 May 2018 at Westlakes, Adelaide, South Australia.

Only a few LCRK members in attendance - but check out the results anyway!
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* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/sets/72157669298862781|Flickr Album from prior years]]

This event coincides with Sydney's annual VIVID festival. It's an opportunity to light up your boats, yourself and the river with a bit of a light and sound show. Contributions range from the simple (recycled Christmas lights, glow sticks etc) to more extravagant programmed LED light shows and kayak modifications.

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Hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA since 1988 the Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) is not just a marathon it is a festival of paddling marathons with 6 possible events over 3 days on 1 weekend in the chilly month of June each year. Every June long weekend paddlers from all over the country gather on the Murray River in South Australia’s beautiful Riverland to meet, greet and most importantly to paddle.

The Six events which run consecutively over the weekend include – \\
The Murray 200 – a 208 km continuous paddle over 3 days from Berri to Morgan \\
The 200 Relay – the same 208 km course from Berri to Morgan but paddled in relay with baton exchanges \\
The Murray 100 – a 93km course over 3 days covering sections of the longer Berri to Morgan course \\
The Murray 50 – a 49km course over 3 days, sharing day 1 and 3 with the Mini and day 2 with the M100 \\
Single day paddle – on Sunday of the event weekend, 26km from Devlins Pound to Waikerie \\
Mini-marathon – an opportunity to try the event by paddling 11 or 12km on any single day or on multiple days \\

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So, your options:
# If you are a serious competitor for a Division win or placing in your single, stick with your usual boat if you believe you might only get to 8 or 9 of the 13+ races; best 8 results count.However, is you think you will have races up your sleeve, try switching to a double with another LCRK paddler for the day: enter one Division higher than the highest ranked paddler in singles competition.
# Dig out and polish up your old double and If you haven’t tried Marathon paddling, email committee@ … for club advice about paddle partners and the best Division for you (20km, 15km, 10km or 5km).
# Email committee@ … to ask about trying out a club or another member‘s double. Do this soon.
# Offer your double for others to use or to share with a club mate.
# Put the date, 22 April, in your diary
# Prepare to be asked – the 22 April options are:
* Paddle a double;
* paddle a single;
* volunteer to help run our event; or
* paddle and volunteer .
* I can’t think of any other options
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In additional to the up-to 50 club points that participants can earn depending on their race position, a further 80 club points is offered for each doubles craft that finishes, irrespective of position in the race. The usual rules apply to the competition for the up-to-50 points: paddlers need to enter the correct Division – PNSW this will police this, especially for new Marathon Series combinations.
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In additional to the up-to 50 club points that participants can earn depending on their race position, a further 80 club points is offered for each doubles craft that finishes, irrespective of position in the race. The usual rules apply to the competition for the up-to-50 points: paddlers need to enter the correct Division – PNSW will police this, especially for new Marathon Series combinations.
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What does this mean for you and LCRK?
It is already clear that this year’s Series will be closely fought – really!
So, on 22 April, LCRK needs to pick up a good number of “bonus” Doubles points (a “whole swag” would be much better) to stay in the hunt.
We are a largish club with paddlers of all capabilities and experience and very strong club camaraderie so we should be able to get MANY additional doubles on the water across the Divisions, even though a few of us will need to stay off the water to run the event. This is our home race so travel time is not an issue.
A good number of our members own a double craft (maybe fast, maybe slow) to paddle or lend to other members AND the club owns a good number of doubles craft for members to use (for free that day).

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NOTE: Most of the above pairings have been optimised to give us best bang for buck in the round - and there may well be some adjustments. Master tactician Duncan is overseeing - and happy to take questions..

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[[#parking18]]
Here's the offsite parking detail for Avian Crescent Lane Cove:
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and for Magdala Road North Ryde
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Below is a list of LCRK volunteers who are helping to make this all happen. As at 12 April - still a few vacancies - please get in touch if you can help11
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Below is a list of LCRK volunteers who are helping to make this all happen.
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[[#portage18]]
Here's the portage detail:
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Below is a list of LCRK volunteers who are helping to make this all happen. As at 12 April - still a few vacancies - please get in touch if you can help11
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Meanwhile, there are the Woronora and Wyong rounds to enter.

Paul van Koesveld (temporary Doubles
rustler)
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Below is a list of LCRK volunteers who are helping to make this all happen. As at 7 April - still a few vacancies - pease get in touch if you can help11
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Paul van Koesveld (LCRK Marathon
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Points up for grabs
- 80 Club points per double that finishes PLUS
- 40 Individual points to each individual doubles paddler that finishes PLUS
- Individual place points as normal
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||Wade Rowston||4||John Duffy||5||3|| Vulcan||Club||
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||Naomi Johnson||4||Alex Brown||4||3||Vadja Tornado||LCRK||
||Richard Yates||4||Keg D'Andretti||6||3||Sladecraft SLR2||Own||
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NOTE: Most of the above pairings have been optimised to give us best bang for buck in the round - and there may well be some adjustments. Master tactician Duncan is overseeing - and happy to take questions..
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* %newwin%[[https://canoe.org.au/2018/03/27/entries-are-now-open-for-2018-australian-canoe-marathon-championships/|AC entries info]]
* %newwin%[[http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-marathon-national-championships/#1485859705460-11635b93-2a3c|Webscore entries OPEN NOW]]
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March 25, 2018, at 02:11 PM by PaulvanKoesveld -
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NOTE: Some of the above pairings do not give us best bang for buck in the round - and there may well be some adjustments. Master tactician Duncan will chat to those affected..
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March 21, 2018, at 10:40 PM by IanW - update doubles
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Here's where we are currently at - firstly the almost definitely (subject to any shuffling):
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||Wade Rowston||4||John Duffy||5||3||tba||tba||
||Don Johnstone||4||Jeff Hosnell||5||3||Stellar ski||Jack Kesby||
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||Duncan Johnson||5||Matt Swann||6||3||No Tolerance||Own||
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* %newwin%[[https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=130134|Webscorer entries - OPEN]]
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||David Young/Peter Manley||Carbonology||LCRK||?||
||Tim Binns/James Pralija||Epic V10||Ewin/Hystek||?||
||Don Johnston/Jeff Hosnell||Stellar ski||Kesby||?||
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||Naomi Johnson/Ella Beer||Vajda Tornado||LCRK||?||
||?||K2 Grey Nurse||LCRK||?||
||?||K2 Club||LCRK||?||
||?||K2 Ascent||LCRK||?||
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March 07, 2018, at 10:26 PM by IanW - add pix
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* %newwin%[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrk/albums/72157692466820071|Flickr Album - CUAD 2018]]
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[[#CUAD18]]
!!4 March 2018 - Clean Up Australia Day Report
Clean Up Australia Day 2018.
We had a great turnout for Clean Up Australia Day this year with nearly 20 folks turning up for a few hours on Sunday Morning.

Feeling empowered in my official fluoro vest, I quickly put folks to work in various different parts of the river. Double kayaks, canoes and skis were dispatched upstream as far a Wirrong Boat Ramp while Adrian Clayton towed his garbage kayak downstream for others to fill with Crudslime accoutrements.
Others took to the carpark and banks of the river on foot.

Bags were quickly filled, particularly around the carpark. More than once Jeff Collins was seen lugging a bulging bag of rubbish back to the shed, like some Anti-Santa, despite the smile. The boats returned with mother lodes of rubbish including sofas, tyres, bottles and rusty boat snaggy bits of metal. Most of it from downstream.

Oscar and Daughter Emer turned up with the widest canoe I have ever seen. Great for this type of work. It fit better sideways on the roof of Oscars car. As well as Emer, we had Dave Hammonds two kids Areti and Thomas plus Chris’s son Robert. What a good parent and child bonding opportunity!

Out of interest it seems the most common rubbish type was bottles, both glass and plastic. I was encouraged (but not surprised) to see a distinct lack of tape remnants, Gu sachets and other paddling mess around the shed and river.

Not much in the way of treasure, Oscar found most of a $5 note and has generously offered it to the person who finds the missing corner next Wednesday night. Johns number remains at large somewhere on the river.
On a barter system of 30 seconds per kg of rubbish found, the following folks should have PB’s of around 53.30 next Time Trial:

Chris Johnson, Rodrigo, Jeff Collins, Adrian, Don, Kenji, PVK, James P, Duncan, Warwick, Wade, Oscar, Dave H, John D and Pete M (55:30). Being supervisor I’ve awarded myself the course record, sorry Matt. (I told you the fluoro vest was empowering).

Thanks everyone involved. It’s a satisfying job. Well done.

Rich (Thanks John Duffy for all lead up organising work)
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1. If you are a serious competitor for a Division win or placing in your single, stick with your usual boat if you believe you might only get to 8 or 9 of the 13+ races; best 8 results count.
However, is
you think you will have races up your sleeve, try switching to a double with another LCRK paddler for the day: enter one Division higher than the highest ranked paddler in singles competition.
2. Dig out and polish up your old double and If you haven’t tried Marathon paddling, email committee@ … for club advice about paddle partners and the best Division for you (20km, 15km, 10km or 5km).
3. Email committee@ … to ask about trying out a club or another member‘s double. Do this soon.
4. Offer your double for others to use or to share with a club mate.
5. Put the date, 22 April, in your diary
6. Prepare to be asked – the 22 April options are:
• paddle a double;
paddle a single;
volunteer to help run our event; or
paddle and volunteer .
I can’t think of any other options
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# If you are a serious competitor for a Division win or placing in your single, stick with your usual boat if you believe you might only get to 8 or 9 of the 13+ races; best 8 results count.However, is you think you will have races up your sleeve, try switching to a double with another LCRK paddler for the day: enter one Division higher than the highest ranked paddler in singles competition.
# Dig out and polish up your old double and If you haven’t tried Marathon paddling, email committee@ … for club advice about paddle partners and the best Division for you (20km, 15km, 10km or 5km).
# Email committee@ … to ask about trying out a club or another member‘s double. Do this soon.
# Offer your double for others to use or to share with a club mate.
# Put the date, 22 April, in your diary
# Prepare to be asked – the 22 April options are:
* Paddle a double;
* paddle a single;
* volunteer to help run our event; or
* paddle and volunteer .
* I can’t think of any other options
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[[#LCRKmarathon18]]
!!22 Apr 2018 - LCRK Marathon Series #5 - Special Doubles Round
Lane Cove Marathon – paddler options
Our Lane Cove Marathon, Round 5 of the 2018 Marathon Series is on Sunday 22 April. This Round has been nominated as the 2018 Doubles Round with the intention of attracting additional paddlers to try the joys of competitive doubles paddling and maybe even to try competitive Marathon paddling itself while sharing the effort, risk and reward with a mate. If you haven’t tried a Marathon Series event or haven’t competed for a number of years, this is a great way to get a taste of competition AND help our club compete for the Brian Norman Club Trophy for the most successful club in the 2018 Marathon Series.

What does this offer on 22 April?
In additional to the up-to 50 club points that participants can earn depending on their race position, a further 80 club points is offered for each doubles craft that finishes, irrespective of position in the race. The usual rules apply to the competition for the up-to-50 points: paddlers need to enter the correct Division – PNSW this will police this, especially for new Marathon Series combinations.

Unlike in any other Round, a doubles combination does NOT need to have completed a ranking race beforehand to earn club points on 22 April. A combo can come together just for that day (but, hopefully, some will really enjoy the experience and continue to compete together).

What does this mean for you and LCRK?
It is already clear that this year’s Series will be closely fought – really!
So, on 22 April, LCRK needs to pick up a good number of “bonus” Doubles points (a “whole swag” would be much better) to stay in the hunt.
We are a largish club with paddlers of all capabilities and experience and very strong club camaraderie so we should be able to get MANY additional doubles on the water across the Divisions, even though a few of us will need to stay off the water to run the event. This is our home race so travel time is not an issue.
A good number of our members own a double craft (maybe fast, maybe slow) to paddle or lend to other members AND the club owns a good number of doubles craft for members to use (for free that day).

So, your options:
1. If you are a serious competitor for a Division win or placing in your single, stick with your usual boat if you believe you might only get to 8 or 9 of the 13+ races; best 8 results count.
However, is you think you will have races up your sleeve, try switching to a double with another LCRK paddler for the day: enter one Division higher than the highest ranked paddler in singles competition.
2. Dig out and polish up your old double and If you haven’t tried Marathon paddling, email committee@ … for club advice about paddle partners and the best Division for you (20km, 15km, 10km or 5km).
3. Email committee@ … to ask about trying out a club or another member‘s double. Do this soon.
4. Offer your double for others to use or to share with a club mate.
5. Put the date, 22 April, in your diary
6. Prepare to be asked – the 22 April options are:
• paddle a double;
• paddle a single;
• volunteer to help run our event; or
• paddle and volunteer .
• I can’t think of any other options
Meanwhile, there are the Woronora and Wyong rounds to enter.
February 15, 2018, at 12:10 AM by IanW - nationals
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!!18-20 May 2018 - AC Marathon Nationals - SA
* %newwin%[[http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-marathon-national-championships/|AC Marathon Nationals Website]]

The Australian Canoe Marathon Technical Committee and Paddle South Australia look forward to jointly hosting the 2018 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships on 18 and 20 May 2018 at Westlakes, Adelaide, South Australia.

Competition held on 19 and 20 May 2018
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* %newwin%[[http://lcrk.org.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.2016News#BS2016|Link to article from last crossing in 2016]]
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*[[Attach:bs18.pdf|Printable PDF download of this article]]
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*[[Attach:WeightEffect.pdf|Printable PDF download of this article]]
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!!January 2018 - Classic Bass Crossing
Nicole Bartels, Kevin Kelly and Richard Barnes (words by Rich)
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When is an expedition to the summit of Mt Everest complete? When the expeditioner reaches the summit? When this person is within 100m of the summit? Or when the party has made it safely back to Base Camp? Did Andrew Macauley make it in his kayak to NZ when he was in sight of land? These thoughts went through the minds of the Classic Bass team as we waited for windows of calm weather around Flinders Island. We had made it across the “big” crossings, from Wilsons Promontory to Flinders, via Hogan and Deal Island hops. These legs were respectively 55km, 45km and 65km, or 9.5hrs, 7.5hrs and 12.5hrs paddling time. Then there were only the shorter legs along coastlines of the Furneaux Group Islands and a final crossing of Banks Strait to negotiate.
We had waited a day on Hogan Island, as a storm with windspeeds recorded over 100kmh swept over us. It was hard even to walk up to Hogan Lighthouse, let alone be out in a kayak that day. Then we had waited 4 full days on Deal Island as winds over 20 knots kept us cosily off the water. There was plenty to see and do on Deal, including walking up to the highest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere, and sharing tea and scones with the current lighthouse caretakers, Jo and Justin and their seven year old son Murphy.
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Above: 100kmh winds at Hogan Island lighthouse ..and.. Scones with Deal lighthouse caretakers

However five days waiting meant there were few spare days left if we were to make it to Tasmania in time to catch Spirit, the ferry to get us back the easy way across Bass Strait northward to Melbourne. Could we hitch a lift on the barge that services the little town of Whitemark on Flinders, or even fly out from one of the grass strips on Cape Barren or Long Islands, and still claim to have crossed Bass Strait?

Fortunately weather forecasting is more reliable now than ever in the past. On my first crossing in 2001, we tuned in on a crackly radio with a wire aerial strung between trees, to hear someone reading a forecast for the whole of Tasmania for the next day. Now forecasts come via BOM on the internet to mobile phones, with predictive maps for windspeed, swell and wind direction, in 2-hourly increments up to four or five days into the future. For our last week of paddling, they showed generally relatively strong winds, but with small windows of calm. And so it turned out.

Ultimately, we targeted two relatively calm weather windows to make the final crossings of Banks Strait, splitting the 35km distance from Clarke Island to the NE tip of Tassie into two with our final camping night midway on Swan Island. These were to be our two hardest paddles. Our one and only team capsize occurred on the leg from Clarke to Swan, just off Swan Island. Strong counter currents slowed our pace so the weather window became too short to reach Swan Island. Just off the lighthouse, the rising wind broke the top off big steep swells, and Kevin got caught by one of these breaking giants. However Kevin has a great party trick, a re-enter and roll. Whilst his kayak was upside down, he did an underwater somersault to get back into an inverted seating position in the cockpit, then proceeded to roll up. It would be impressive at Lane Cove, but it was doubly so in rough water.
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Calm weather along Wilsons Promontory ..and.. Rough weather off Swan Island lighthouse

The very last paddle was a mere 7km direct from Swan Island to Little Musselroe Bay. The weather decided to have a final hurrah, and combined with strong adverse tide to thwart our expedition arrival. For the whole Bass Strait crossing, we covered just on 400km, in a total time in the kayaks of 76hours. That is an average of just under 5kmh. Not quite Matt, Dave, Brett or Stu’s 12km lap speed at Lane Cove, but realistic for Mirage kayaks each weighing around 200kg fully loaded. Our final 7km took 3 hours, an average just over 2kmh. As we wryly noted, we could have walked the kayaks along Musselroe Beach faster than we were able to paddle.
The moral is that the journey is never over, until we step across the finish line. For us, that was a greeting from our invaluable landcrew Dee Taylor and Andy Singh, two of the original team from Rivers Canoe Club who had planned to be paddlers on this crossing. From a starting crew of ten or so hopefuls, just two, Nicole Bartels and Kevin Kelly, had made that finish line. Both are Hawkesbury Classic regulars, so perhaps that is a key step in training for a Bass odyssey.

I had joined Nicole and Kevin only a few months before the trip. One reason was to help make sure their dreams were realised. Another was to use this crossing as a trial for a prototype Tasman sea kayak. This prototype started life as former LCRK member Ken Holmes’ Classic-completing Mirage 730.

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Above: Prototype One
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With a lot of guidance from LCRKer Tom Simmat, I constructed a pod over the front cockpit large enough to potentially be sleeping quarters. It certainly solved all issues of lack of space for equipment, but did bring its own set of steerage problems in strong winds. In the time we waited on Deal Island, I constructed a fin out of our emergency fibreglass repai