October Social Paddle
A pleasant morning was had by the small group of AKC paddlers in the lower waters of the Swan on Sunday. Pic below shows, from left, Barbara, standing, Sally and Al (rear) and Helen, Lorraine, Siew and Robyn at MiLo Beach, part of what I have just discovered is now called Garungup Park (in Mosman Park).
No one got lost trying to find the hidden entry to The Coombe which was a relief as I wondered if my directions were adequate. At the start of the paddle we checked out the sometimes opulent residences of mining and building magnates en route to Chidley Point. Then vegetated limestone cliffs line the channel to North Fremantle and the ocean on the north shore. MiLo Beach at Rocky Bay had plenty of room for our lengthy kayaks and ski whilst we overate the copious quantities of morning tea delights – like savoury meatballs, lemon syrup cake, pineapple bread, gourmet brownies, crunchy crunchers and more. You can see Helen (in the pic below) about to consume her third helping of lemon cake, captured by a passerby.
Our paddle, however, was dominated by the lookout for river traffic and not morning tea, owing to the seemingly mountainous wash produced by ferries and cruisers! No, I am exaggerating, handling the wash just made the paddle more interesting! Most did about 12km, returning via the cliffs of Blackwall Reach on the other side of the channel.
Here are some photos showing how much fun everybody had especially Alan Morbey wetting his whistle !
Next Social Paddle
Planned for Dawesville Cut, Port Bouvard canals and the Harvey Estuary, Sunday, 26th November. About 12km. Picnic lunch at Point Grey. With the longer journey to the location this is an all-day paddle outing. The boat wash is not an issue on this paddle as there are far fewer craft, but there may be a gentle swell from the ocean passing up the Cut, diminishing in size (not an issue, either). There may be a sea-breeze headwind on the return to the put-in. So, beginners, if you can handle all of the above we welcome you to join the next paddle.
Our president, Leonie, has informed us that one may borrow a club boat for club sanctioned events. You need to contact Mark Sedgwick, email@example.com , to arrange this and it is not guaranteed that the boat you would like will be available. You then need to be able to transport the boat, requiring appropriate roof racks.