Saturday 15 October
Falcon Bay to Avalon for surfing, return. Helmet required (AP).
Saturday 22 October
Mindarie Marina to Alkimos wreck, return (AP).
Saturday 29 October
Hillarys Boat Harbour for club training morning (AP).
The Albany group meets on Saturdays at 1300, but with fickle
weather on the south coast there is not an advance program. More
information is on their Facebook page, where there are some excellent
...Details and more planned trips
Ian Watkins's Shark Interaction
Albany member Ian Watkins has had a brush with a very large shark. The ABC News article and video can be seen here
Photo: ABC News, Kendall O'Connor
The Club has a policy in the Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures
on what to do in the event of a shark sighting (see page 23). To reduce
the risk, it is wise to paddle with others, close enough to be able to
communicate and raft up if a large shark is spotted. Carrying a radio
could be very useful too, as Ian's experience clearly shows.
Andrew Munyard has reinstituted the WA Seakayaker, our club Newsletter,
on a trial basis. There will not be printed versions as the WA Seakayer
once was, but downloadable PDF versions instead. The new issues, plus
an archive of all the old issues are now available from the Newsletter Page
. The June 2016 is
now available there.
Cortez plastic sea kayak. 5.5m long. Metal rudder retractable and
operated with foot pedals. Fore and aft storage compartments isolated
cockpit space. A highly versatile kayak for sea, estuary, flatwater and
whitewater touring. Good condition. Asking price $1300 - contact Royd on
0407 996 739, and for more information, see
the Noticeboard page
Seabird Expedition XP 507 Kayak - $1200.
Length 507cm, width 58.5cm, depth 31cm, weight 27kg. Hybrid
carbon/kevlar, capacity 145 kg, paddler weight 60 – 95 kg.
Very stable kayak with two large and spacious hatches and a small
reachable one, where you can keep you cell-phone and keys. It also
comes with a special hatch for your fishing rod or a lantern.
Contact Yvonne 0412 827 193.
Department of Transport
The Department has produced a new boating guide for the Swan and
Canning Rivers. Check out the full list of boating guides,
Retracing Oskar Speck - Home Stretch
Sandy has completed stages 1 to 3 of the journey and is the first woman
to paddle the west coast of India. She has completed the
circumnavigation of Sri Lanka, and has made the first kayak crossing of
the strait to India since 1935. She's paddled the coasts of Thailand
and Malaysia on her way to Australia and has paddled all the
north coast of East Papua and PNG, attracting enormous interest among the locals (see picture above).
She contracted malaria after rounding the eastern tip of PNG and rested
up before the final stretch to Torres Strait, but she's back on the
water again. See
her website and blog here,
or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here.
There's also an excellent article in Wild Magazine, downloadable here (PDF 205KB), and a fine report
of her Sundarbans section in Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
The WA Volunteer Marine Rescue Service has produced
a comprehensive guide to marine radio communications. It is
downloadable as a PDF document (4.7MB) from our Safety
page. Note that the club has also produced 2 maps showing locations of
the Western Australian Volunteer Marine Rescue groups. Go to the Safety and Training
page to view or download
The April 2016 Shark Bay trip was a great success and Heidi & Pete have written up a fine report (see Shark Bay April 2016
was the 1st time that the whole contingent of an SKCWA club trip to
Rottnest paddled across, around and back. Judy Blight has written a
great report (see Rottnest 2015
Pete and Heidi Hutton did a 9 week trip down the Murray River from
Towong in Victoria to the outlet in South Australia in 2011. They've
written up a beautifully illustrated account, which has been posted on
our Members Only
page as a PDF
document (50MB) for download.
This year's Dampier trip was big disappointment to all the paddlers due
to unseasonal weather. Andrew Munyard has written up a fine account
(see Dampier 2015
Adrian Gawned has posted another excellent article, this time on his
second trip to Raja Ampat
in West Papua. One of his images is shown below.
See the Trip
Reports page for this and other reports.
The Department of Transport has recently updated their Paddle Craft
guidelines. There are 2 major changes. One is that PLBs are now allowed
instead of EPIRBs. The other is that in the 400m to 2 nautical mile
offshore zone, either
an inshore flare kit or a PLB/EPIRB must be carried. For more
information see the DoT website
, or look at our updates for the club
Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures on our
safety and training page
The Sea Kayak Forum
Tim Robinson's Forum for Sea
Kayakers in Australia is run independently of a club or business with
the idea that it would be of benefit to clubs and businesses and would
be available to kayakers world wide. There are posts on general kayak
talk, techniques, equipment etc., and if you register you can post
information yourself. See http://www.seakayakforum.com/.