Winter Time Trial Series – 2020 Results

All individual time trial results are available on Webscorer.

Time Trial 1

Time Trial 2 27 May 2020

Series Standings

Series results to be announced in July 2020.

Learn more about the Winter Time Trial Series, or if you haven’t registered yet and are keen to get involved refer to the Event information.


Boat Shed Works and Temporary Closure

Structural remediation is required on the boat shed and Town of Mosman Park have advised today that this will be undertaken during the week of Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May. To facilitate these works ALL BOATS MUST BE REMOVED from the OLD SHED by SUNDAY 17th MAY and ACCESS TO ALL BOAT SHEDS WILL BE LIMITED

Members with Boats Stored in the Old Shed
If you have a boat stored in the OLD SHED – ie the eastern shed – you can assist in the following ways:
1. Ideally remove your boat by Saturday 16th May and store at home until Saturday 23rd May
2. If you can not remove your boat, please mark your boat with your name and boat space allocation so that it can be stored and returned to the correct place

All Members
To enable the work to be completed in a safe and efficient manner access to the whole boat shed (including NEW – ie western shed) will not be possible between 7am and 5pm Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May

If anyone is available to assist with boat moves, or a working bee to clean up the Old Shed while it is empty please get in contact on admin@swancanoeclub.org.au

Further Update 11th May – Boat Shed Works
Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd May

You will have received an email late on Friday advising of the remedial structural works required on the boat shed. Thank you to those that have moved their boats and those that have volunteered to assist.

Following is the roster of assistance required, if you can help please email the date and your mobile phone on admin@swancanoeclub.org.au :
Sat 16th afternoon – moving boats
Sun 17th morning – moving boats / clean out
Thur 21st afternoon – clean out / moving boats (hopefully if work is completed or near completed)
Fri 22nd afternoon – moving boats
Sat 23rd morning – (hopefully we won’t need this session)

OLD Boat Shed (east) NOT accessible NEW Boat Shed (west) NOT accessible during works
7am to 5pm Monday 18th to Friday 22nd May


Pandemic Paddle # 2

By Geoff Emery

Coronavirus isolation shows that some paddlers thrive and others, well others struggle. Some turn inward and withdraw from paddling society, but others are like caged lions. They have to get outside. Get in the boat. Get in the water. Push the boundaries, push themselves, push their friends, until exhaustion brings everyone some relief. My friend Colin is perhaps a good example of the caged lion. People see the calm exterior, oozing paddling wisdom through his beard, but they fail to see the beast within!

Recently the inner beast reared its’ head again. Colin seemed to think a paddle to the Kent St Weir coffee shop, on the Canning River was a good idea. He forgot to mention that it was a lazy forty-kilometre round trip from the club in Mosman Park. As a friend I went along in an attempt to keep the beast under control. After a lumpy crossing to the Canning Bridge, conditions settled down. The Mt Henry Bridge, Rossmoyne and Shelley slid by fairly painlessly, although there seemed to be more river bends than I remembered.  At each bend I kept looking for the pipeline across the river, knowing that Shelley Bridge was just around the next bend. With Shelley Bridge behind us, we paddled under Riverton Bridge into the Canning River where we meandered through the various tree lined channels to Kent St Weir. Once out of the kayak I tottered about on numb legs for a few embarrassing moments before going to the café to get coffee. On my return, having queued at a social distance, I considered giving Colin a coffee-shampoo when he asked; “Did you put sugar in?”

Instead I deleted the expletive and watched two Swans fight over territory or females or both, while Colin took a walk back to the café. The twenty-kilometre return trip was pleasant until we hit the open water around Point Heathcote and discovered the sea breeze had arrived. The fetch created, made for a wet, bumpy return for tired paddlers.

For a time, I thought my sacrifice and pain had cured Colin of his long-distance death wish. You can imagine my surprise and dismay when he suggested a longer, fifty-kilometre paddle from the club to Ascot Kayak Club! However, friendship is a like marriage, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, in kayak or in the water, so I couldn’t in good conscience abandon him. So one Wednesday at dawn, we set off again from the club. The water was like a mirror as we went by Pt Resolution, Pelican Pt, Matilda Bay and arrived at the Narrows where we could see the city gleaming in the rising sun. The easterly was also rising by the time we reached the Causeway and Matagarup Bridge. After Windan Bridge we paddled a loop around Belmont Park Racecourse, took a short-cut behind an island and got back into the main river just downstream of Garratt Rd Bridge. The easterly was pumping by now and it was a bit of a slog up to Redcliffe Bridge past the beach where I’d completed a few Avon Descents. Finally, Ron Courtney Island hove into few and we landed at the Ascot Kayak Club.

The coffee shop was closed of course so we sipped flask coffee, ate a sandwich and chatted to John and Louise, a couple of Ascot paddlers. Once back on the river, the twenty-five-kilometre return journey wasn’t too bad until the Narrows, where the Easterly was blowing hard from our left making us rock and roll until we turned for home at Point Resolution. After seven hours of paddling I can only hope that the pandemic is over before Colin comes up with another long-distance coffee paddle.

Committee Update # 6 COVID-19

Dear Members

Following is the latest update from the Town of Mosman Park in regard to the use of our facilities:

Following the most recent updates from the State Government regarding social distancing rules I can update you, in relation to your facility, the following :

  1. Non-contact sports are permitted however 10 persons only
  2. Maintain social distance of 1.5m from each other
  3. Outside sport only
  4. No equipment shared
  5. Not allowed to use the associated club rooms or community buildings
  6. Toilets and change rooms are not permitted, however, public toilets in parks (not within facilities) are permitted to be used and remain open

The Town hopes that this brings you some means of a small easing back into your community groups activities and begins to ease the difficulty of the isolation this time has bought us all.

We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we hear of any changes.

Our updated status is therefore:

  • Access to the Club is only to the boat shed via the roller door.
  • Access to the Club can only be by members for the purpose of collecting craft and equipment for their personal use (no non-member use allowed).
  • Social distancing must be complied with at all times – in the boat shed, on the boat ramps and on the water.
  • Paddling can be in groups of 10 whilst maintaining social distancing, or with your household. Double craft can only be used within households. Groups of 2 or more is encouraged for water safety reasons.
  • All craft and equipment is to be washed down before and after use.

Stay safe.


Pandemic Paddle April 2020

By Geoff Emery

April 2020, the year of Covid-19 saw Colin Priest and Geoff Emery maintaining social distancing as they set off from Palm Beach, Rockingham for a paddle to Penguin Island. They paddled west under the Garden Island causeway, past a pod of dolphins to John Point where they usually turned south through the reef behind Mushroom Rock, but not today!

Ten knots of West wind combined with a two to three metre swell, caused large waves to break over the reef. Down at kayak level it wasn’t inviting with waves close to two metres, but neither Colin nor Geoff would call quits before the other. They agreed they would have to get out behind the wild surf and Geoff elected himself as crash-test dummy. He took off between two outcrops of reef as if a white pointer was on his tail and paddled up and over the next wave before it broke. Colin lost sight of him and wisely decided to wait for a lull in the waves. Meantime Geoff was calling on all his skills from a misspent youth surfing, to pick a route through the wave sets. Once through the gauntlet he looked back for Colin but could only see white water and breaking waves. Finally, Colin’s helmet came over a wave with the rest of his body close behind. Geoff thought he looked just a bit too relaxed and decided he was faking the stiff upper British lip.

With both paddlers shaken and possibly stirred, they headed south behind the breakers, bypassing Bird Island as there was a lot of white-water action happening near there. The sea was dancing with crazy clapotis, giving the paddlers hips and lower body a serious work out and requiring a lot of concentration and the occasional brace. After about seven kilometres of shimmy and shake they pulled in behind Seal Island for a breather and a one-sided conversation with a sea lion who swam out to visit. Big brown eyes stared curiously at the paddlers and implied that anyone without a thick brown coat and flippers was crazy to be out on the water. After a bit of stretching and a drink our intrepid paddlers pressed on to Penguin Island which was holding a large convention for Pelicans. In the lee there was a chance for cake, a chat to another sea kayaker and an opportunity for a bit of communing with nature but the toilets were unlocked anyway.

Ever intrepid, Colin and Geoff paddled south two kilometres from Penguin Island to The Sisters where there was more reef and more waves, before turning north for home. Back behind Seal Island once more, their friend the sea lion jumped into the air three times being so happy to see them. After a bit of cavorting he left the paddlers to pick their way back along the coast inside the line of surf. A brief reconnaissance at Point Peron confirmed that the route inside the reef and behind Mushroom Rock was still a no-go zone. Discretion being the better part of valour our weary paddlers headed out to sea and back to John Point. Turning east the sails came-up, but the wind wasn’t a lot of help. With twenty kilometres under their hulls by Palm Beach, Geoff and Colin packed up, had a drink, ate lunch at a good social distance and exaggerated their exploits and the wave heights. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of the dynamic Pandemic Paddling Pair.

Committee Update # 5 COVID-19

Dear Members

Based on recent announcements we can expect the current COVID-19 restrictions to be in place for at least another 4 weeks. At this stage we are not aware of any changes that will specifically affect paddle sports or our Club.

To ensure our ongoing ability to enjoy paddling exercise please ensure you comply with all directives which are necessary to meet Government and Town of Mosman Park requirements.

To recap the current status:

  • Access to the Club is only to the boat shed via the roller door.
  • Access to the Club can only be by members for the purpose of collecting craft and equipment  for their personal use (no non-member use allowed).
  • Social distancing must be complied with at all times – in the boat shed, on the boat ramps and on the water.
  • Paddling can be in groups of 2 whilst maintaining social distancing, or with your household that may be more than 2 people. Double craft can only be used within households. Groups of 2 is encouraged for water safety reasons.
  • All craft and equipment is to be washed down before and after use.

Stay safe.



Committee Update # 4 COVID-19

Dear Members

With the Department of Health amendment of the Preventative Restrictions of Activities Direction and issue of the Prohibitive Gatherings Direction it is now possible to paddle in groups of up to 2 people whilst maintaining social distancing of 1.5 metres. Households may also continue to paddle together.

Please ensure that social distancing is practised within the boat shed, and by moving on from the shed after you have finished paddling, as well as during your paddles. There has been some speculation that paddlers and general water craft will be watched closely over the coming weeks by police enforcing social distancing. Please take care and do the right thing to enable us to continue paddling over the coming months.

Access to Club

  • Access is only to the boat sheds and is via the roller door.
Events and Training
  • There will be no Club events until further notice.
  • Members may still access craft and equipment for private use with adherence to social distancing as per the Prohibitive Gatherings Direction.
  • All craft and equipment is to be washed down before and after use.
Wishing you a happy and safe Easter.

Rod Fry Memorial Race 2020

24 x Club volunteers
1 x first time Race Director and Safety Officer
3 x Fremantle Surf Rescue volunteers
2 x 6km competitors
58 x 12km competitors
55 x craft – K1, S1, double and sundry
U16 to over 65
48:36.5 fastest male
5.4 seconds between 1st and 3rd competitor
52:16.6 fastest double
57:21.8 fastest female

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Fastest Male: Brendan Rice (48:36.5)
Fastest Female: Aya Okano (57:21.8)


New Member Welcome Evening – March 2020

To take our mind off the radical changes that are happening at the club and elsewhere, I thought I’d go back in time to an idyllic Friday night paddle with our new (and old) paddlers. We had not only seven new paddlers out on the water but three people for their wet induction beforehand. It was really lovely to see Ralph Burton, Wendy Meggison, Sally Wilson, Emma Casim, Natalie Ghosh, Lou Hains, Mary Sullivan out on the water patiently supported by more experienced Swannies. In total we had 15 on the water and since a number of our ’new’ paddlers were already looking very competent, I felt comfortable to lead from the back.

The ‘old’ new paddlers, with all of about three weeks experience, Sally, Lou and Wendy are absolute stars and it really is hard to believe that some of them had never paddled before they attended an Introduction to Kayaking in February. They’re really keen cyclists too and they love to have a laugh.

There was no wind. It was a lovely summer’s evening and a real joy to be out on the river watching the pairs and groups of three, chatting and getting to know each other. It’s easy to forget what a thrill it is for new paddlers to make it to Chidley and back and learn that they’ve paddled three kilometres!

Quite a few people weren’t able to paddle but they came along later.

Here’s Grace Paton’s description of the evening:

“We enjoyed a lovely evening on the verandah last Friday night, meeting some of the new members of our club. We all had a great chat, getting to know a bit about each other & answering a few questions about the river, where to paddle to & where to find a good coffee shop to paddle too. The weather was perfect, the wine was good & the meat cooking on the barbie smelt delicious.

Thanks to the organisers. What a good idea for us to welcome & encourage the new paddlers to join us on the water & enjoy the great facilities of our club.”

Finally, thanks to Andy Hewlitt for providing the birthday cake for the lovely Lisa and also thanks to Emma Kasim for some great photos.