The SCC Committee met in late August 2020 to develop a Strategic Plan to assist in guiding the direction of the Club. This is intended as a first attempt and is open for feedback.
The process for developing the Plan included notification to members and an invitation for input in the August Newsletter, the Committee Strategy session and final review and approval.
The Strategic Plan will now form part of the broader planning and reporting framework at SCC. The budget will be developed with alignment to the strategic objectives, actions taken to meet those objectives will be reported at the AGM and each year the new Committee will update the Plan and incorporate new objectives for the coming year.
SCC is a Club of members and as such member input is always welcome. Please feel free to pass on your thoughts to a Committee Member whether for the current Strategic Plan or preparation for future plans.
While low water levels might have meant the official Avon Decent was cancelled this year this didn’t stop Andrew Hewlett 333. Andrew completed the full course from Northam to Garret Road Bridge being his 32nd Avon Descent. Day one was finished at Cobbler Pool and day 2 was completed in the dark. An amazing effort!
This is an early opportunity for members to buy used craft from the club via an online auction with reserve.
Auction Opens – Friday 3rd July 9am
Auction Update – Monday 13th July 7pm
Auction Closes – Thursday 16th July 12noon
Kayaks and skis can be viewed upstairs in the clubrooms.
Craft may be tested on the water on the condition that they are washed, dried and replaced in the upstairs clubrooms immediately after.
Bids can be placed via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Auction Open to Auction Close, any bids received outside this time will not be accepted.
A new bid from the same person for the same craft will supersede their previous bids.
The current bid will be disclosed on Monday 13th July at 7pm (Auction Update) on this webpost to enable bidders an opportunity to rebid if they wish.
The winning bidders will be notified via email including payment instructions by 3pm on Thursday 16th July.
Bidding will be restricted to current financial members only.
Craft are sold ‘as is’, the club takes no responsibility for any defects or repairs which may be required.
Payment by the winning bidder must be made via direct deposit by Friday 17th of July. Details will be provided with notification of winning bid.
Craft do not come with any rights to boat storage and must be immediately removed from club premises (ie by midday Sunday 19 July), application for storage can be registered however there is no current availability.
Any craft that doesn’t meet reserve will be negotiated with the highest bidder or sold to the public via Gumtree or similar at the Boat Officers discretion.
Lot 1: Barracuda Interface
Popular and lightweight plastic touring kayak suitable for use on river. Yellow deck, white hull. Recent repairs.
Lot 2: Barracuda Interface
Popular and lightweight plastic touring kayak suitable for use on river. White hull and deck. Recent repairs.
Lot 3: Spirit PRS
Great fast plastic ski, great first Avon descent craft (convert to trailing rudder, or fast river cruiser). Strong plastic construction, 5.6m length, green.
Lot 4: Spirit Ski
Green, with trailing rudder, 5.0m length, beginner – intermediate river cruising or for the family. Could also use as first Avon Descent craft.
Lot 5: Fluid Druid
Avon descent plastic racer. 5.2m, trailing rudder, good condition, has seen little use.
Lot 6: Phantom
Composite construction marathon /Avon descent K1, very stable, fast river cruiser or Avon bash boat, Old but watertight.
Lot 7: Mission Tandem Eco / Contour 490
Double touring/sea kayak, ideal for families, schools or youth groups and would also great as first time Avon descent craft. Good condition, 4.9m length, very stable, roomy and sturdy craft, storage hatches, new rudder.
Annual General Meeting of Swan Canoe Club (Inc.) will be held on Tuesday 23 June 2020 at 7.00pm at the Swan Canoe Club. Prevailing requirements and guidance relating to COVID-19 will be adhered to at the meeting.
Members will be offered the option of attending the AGM remotely by video conference (Zoom). Details will be sent to members prior to the meeting.
RSVP. Members must indicate whether they will attend in person or via Zoom. Those attending via Zoom must provide an email address.
Papers relating to proposals will be uploaded here for review by Monday 15th June.
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org : 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
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.
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 :
Non-contact sports are permitted however 10 persons only
Maintain social distance of 1.5m from each other
Outside sport only
No equipment shared
Not allowed to use the associated club rooms or community buildings
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.
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.