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Belltower
01-07-2009, 12:29 PM
Sup PSB.

It's coming around to that time of year again, when the river gets high and the water starts flowing at a much quicker pace. The rains fill up the Valley, and a whole bunch of mad craftsmen gather their gear to scoot down the rapids to the finish.

https://console.clubsonline.com.au/gallery/images/188.JPG

https://console.clubsonline.com.au/gallery/images/298.JPG

https://console.clubsonline.com.au/gallery/images/1810.JPG
All photo's courtesy of the Avon Descent Gallery 2008.

For those that are interested, the '09 Descent Kicks off on the 1st & 2nd of August. Entries close on the 9th of July. Volunteers and spectators are welcome anytime, providing you bring a cheer squad and a responsible attitude. River levels are reported to be as high as last year, and are expected to rise. Gonna be going for a quick blat to check on Bells Rapids tomorrow to confirm.

Anywho, to the real question...is anyone in PSB involved in the Avon, racing or otherwise? Does anyone want to do it or have an interest?


Your friendly neighbourhood red-head,

Koola.

Slice
01-07-2009, 05:42 PM
Would freakin love to do the paddle course but can't find the time for training.

chance
01-07-2009, 07:02 PM
#021 is Glen Dicarlo his deckies vary

#037 is Tracey and Steve

If my boat was ready for this #299 would be there tooo.

Will be at our usual spot at cobblers with the multi coloured Leyland Panther bus, come say gday !!

Belltower
01-07-2009, 08:07 PM
I'll try to do that! :) If you want to join in mate, we're a few operators short in the rescue department.


I'd put money on Toddie and Ian winning the powercraft again, though i've been out of the PDRC loop for a while now...though things rarely change on that front :rolleyes:

potato
01-07-2009, 08:48 PM
and its raining every day up in 2j, extracts is swollen now and under the west 2j bridge she's filled and flowing well, still needs another foot or two to sort it though.

MattstaZX10r
01-07-2009, 10:17 PM
Anyone got a open class p/b hull for sale in good nick?

Eukanuba
02-07-2009, 03:12 PM
Matt, should have bought the one I just sold for $500...

I'm in.. here's my sled.. ( I'm driver )

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47264/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/boat_2.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47265/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/IMG_3720.jpg

Chance, come have a beer bro - We'll be at camp - come look for the black jeep with #234 on the side.. we'll be around reece and mciver racing ( 176 i think )

You cant miss our new paintjob, It'll be finished shortly - I'll post some pics up :)

dugy
02-07-2009, 03:19 PM
I hope to check out the action and get some photo's over the weekend's racing. :)

Eukanuba
02-07-2009, 03:20 PM
dugy, I've got a helmet cam.. I cant wait to get the footage from the start line - show y'all what it's like out there... gonna be great - I'm already buzzin :awesome:

Belltower
02-07-2009, 03:52 PM
^Rightfully so, sir. Cheers for the info Tato, that's gonna make things interesting down the Chute!

Just got back from Bells, the water level is higher than '08 July. So allowing for rainfall this month, levels should be higher than last. Gonna be a hoot! :laugh:

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47269/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0330.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47271/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0331.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47272/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0333.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47273/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0338.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47274/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0351.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47275/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0378.jpg

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/47276/The-Official-Avon-Descent-Thread/rimg0399.jpg


Matt if you want a boat, come down to the PDRC on a race day and ask around politely. I'm sure there'll be somebody there with one looking to sell.

Eukanuba
04-07-2009, 09:38 AM
Omg, those pics are avon porn ! :awesome:

chance
04-07-2009, 10:31 AM
Only us ""chain smoking, beer swelling aqua bogans"" understand the thrill of being in ice cold water, being battered n bruised then and at the end of the day telling everyone what fun we had.

Fonzy
04-07-2009, 11:13 AM
wow - bells looks full. used to be there every year to watch the boats go by.

Out of interest - anyone know how good a paddler should by be before you enter?
my dad did it twice in the 70's/80's but stopped each time around the west swan rd bridge.
I want to beat his attempt:D

Eukanuba
04-07-2009, 11:14 AM
aqua bogans, hehehehe that's the funniest boat ever...

all bashed up lookin with a couple boys hangin over the side.. hahahah

Marty MOOSE
04-07-2009, 11:53 AM
wow - bells looks full. used to be there every year to watch the boats go by.

Out of interest - anyone know how good a paddler should by be before you enter?
my dad did it twice in the 70's/80's but stopped each time around the west swan rd bridge.
I want to beat his attempt:D

Depends on where you want to place ?? Go join a club like ascott or Swan kayak clubs and get hooked up.

Bare min would be three 1-3 hour sessions a week mixing up speed and endurance work.
And then you have to pick the right boat to suit. If you have not done much paddling get as many valley runs in as possible ad try to train on the ocean if you have the right type of craft. Its not that hard but does take a little bit of "i'm not giving up for anyone". Go see Terry at canoeing down under he puts his money where is mouth is at all levels of the sport not just the top end like some of the other players out there.

MM

ScratchPervert09
05-07-2009, 02:03 AM
If only I had a wooden barrel and some balls.

Marty MOOSE
05-07-2009, 08:24 AM
LOL if you wnat to play that caper forget the avon it has no rapids go to the lower Murray :) :)

chance
05-07-2009, 08:33 AM
LOL if you wnat to play that caper forget the avon it has no rapids go to the lower Murray :) :)


The Blackwood 250 is a longer event than the Avon, just not as much white water.


Eukanuba have you done this race also ??? Il take you up on the beer offer also. When the event gets closer we can chat. I have trailer so can help out with support crew duties if needed. Il be following boat 011, 021 and 110 but whats one more hey :D

Marty MOOSE
05-07-2009, 09:20 AM
If only I had a wooden barrel and some balls.

I was refering to this post. I've never heard of the Blackwood 250 is it a paddle event as well ?? I don't get into powerboats just paddling. There is a race soon from Northam to Toodyay as a pre run of the avon start. I'm pretty sure its for paddlers only but.

The Murray is not a race its just playboating. The rapids are much larger than the Avon. There is a race of sorts held on the lower Murray as part of the Murray river white water festival but its a pretty closed event due to the size of the rapids most of the guys paddle playboats or creek boats.

MM

Belltower
05-07-2009, 10:02 AM
Nah the Blackwood Classic 250 is the longest river race of the year: a timed race from Bridgetown to Augusta. As Chance said, not much white water but it's still got one hell of a current, no paddlecraft.

Ozboy
05-07-2009, 10:12 AM
I was refering to this post. I've never heard of the Blackwood 250 is it a paddle event as well ?? I don't get into powerboats just paddling. There is a race soon from Northam to Toodyay as a pre run of the avon start. I'm pretty sure its for paddlers only but.

The Murray is not a race its just playboating. The rapids are much larger than the Avon. There is a race of sorts held on the lower Murray as part of the Murray river white water festival but its a pretty closed event due to the size of the rapids most of the guys paddle playboats or creek boats.

MM

You wouldn't have a date for that race would ya Marty ? :)

ScratchPervert09
05-07-2009, 02:33 PM
haha I was actually only joking, so serious tut tut ^_^

Marty MOOSE
05-07-2009, 02:36 PM
You wouldn't have a date for that race would ya Marty ? :)


I will search through my emails could take a bit :) :) Do you have a play boat ??


haha I was actually only joking, so serious tut tut ^_^

There are races around like that the Murray river Marathon over east comes to mind :) :)

MM

Marty MOOSE
05-07-2009, 02:45 PM
Was easier than I thought :) :)

Murray Whiter Water Festival Galleries (http://www.murraywhitewaterfestival.com/)

Ozboy
05-07-2009, 02:54 PM
I will search through my emails could take a bit :) :) Do you have a play boat ??
MM

No boat MM, just a camera. :D

Marty MOOSE
05-07-2009, 03:01 PM
They would love to have you there I'm sure! But its a rugged place to take pics from. Get in contact with Mike the fella who owns the site he's ok.


MM

Ozboy
05-07-2009, 03:02 PM
They would love to have you there I'm sure! But its a rugged place to take pics from. Get in contact with Mike the fella who owns the site he's ok.


MM

Cheers MM

Lolly
05-07-2009, 04:39 PM
Anyone that needs a ballast for their speed boat - just give me a hoy! :woot:

Belltower
05-07-2009, 05:07 PM
Could always do with more rescue crew?

Lolly
05-07-2009, 10:46 PM
Mmmm - well not being the strongest swimmer around, I'm not sure how useful I'd be. I have some experience at pulling people out of the water though having been at the right spot at the right time to rescue a capsized boat of burqa wearing women, kids and a few men in Banjarmarsin (none of whom could swim at all). The water was so festy I lost my hearing in one of my ears for nearly a week :(.

So if being a uber strong swimmer is not a criteria, let me know as I'd be keen to get involved.

I have only been involved with paddlecraft in the past, so the motor variety is all new to me.

Eukanuba
05-07-2009, 11:13 PM
The Blackwood 250 is a longer event than the Avon, just not as much white water.


Eukanuba have you done this race also ??? Il take you up on the beer offer also. When the event gets closer we can chat. I have trailer so can help out with support crew duties if needed. Il be following boat 011, 021 and 110 but whats one more hey :D

Done many blackwoods, tho i didnt do the sunnyside the other weekend - I just cant justify going up a rapid.. that's just hooliganism.. frank berloth was organising that one..

I'd like to have all my gear in 1 piece before i get to the avon, I do enough damage as it is :)

Been ASU for many years, and done lots with the PDRC - this is the first year I've put my boat in tho.. so it's completely different when you're in the race for your self.. ( not to pull others out )

I'm finishing the trailer at the moment, and putting the last licks on the final to my painted masterpiece de sled :awesome:
( will post pics, if anyone's interested )

11,21 and 110 hey ? I've got the missus following on her first years duties.. she cant go too wrong.. I've got all the maps for her..

Feel free to come say hi at camp matey, we're camping up with reece and the boys from mciver.. no idea if we'll be near the rest of em.. but we're hoping to get somewhere decent that's not in the back paddock :)

Belltower
23-07-2009, 02:20 PM
Next week people. Gearing up atm.

russkigreg
23-07-2009, 02:28 PM
If anyone sees a red Ace 515, race number 969 downstream of Bells somewhere let me know... It's got a pelican dry-box tied to the back seat and a break-down paddle in the bow. Well, it did at the time.

One of my mates lost it yesterday and is desperate to get it back to compete.

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 02:17 PM
How's ya training going boys ? ( and grrrls )

We managed a quick pass from northam to katrines, checked at 57k/h and passed through for a run to dumbarton.. then on to glen-avon where i promptly launched over the weir and onto a big ass mofo rock someone left there.. ( I swear it wasnt there last year.. )

fixing the hull tonight, all good.. anyone got any pics up yet ?

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 02:27 PM
If anyone sees a red Ace 515, race number 969 downstream of Bells somewhere let me know... It's got a pelican dry-box tied to the back seat and a break-down paddle in the bow. Well, it did at the time.

One of my mates lost it yesterday and is desperate to get it back to compete.

How desperate is your mate ?

For a price, a rescue crew could deploy and search for said ' lost vessel ' :)

potato
27-07-2009, 03:13 PM
water levels are going down, lost about a foot under the west toodyay bridge :huh:..........down worry, there's still plenty there!

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 03:16 PM
that's orrite, as long as i dont hit those bastard pylons that were covered on saturday :)

Thread is pointless without hardcore action pics...
( my boat, sunday at 11:30 - approaching Katrines )

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/50677/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/6120_122430068523_549138523_3078523_7261143_n.jpg

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 03:18 PM
tl:dr

Where is a good spot for me to pitch up on the Saturday with a DSLR, a bit of white water and a desire to rampantly shoot?

potato
27-07-2009, 03:18 PM
top pic :D

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 03:24 PM
depends what you're chasing mate.. if you want some airborne pics.. and crashes... great place is just below the northam weir.. you can go along side the bank, near the rocks.. like this one.. always good crashes..

if you're looking for high speed passes, like the above.. go to katrines bridge..

you could make your way out to extract's - which is where the ' vinidex chute ' is - and there's always humungous spills and crashes there too... that's where most come to grief, and to be honest - I might portage around there, cos i wanna finish the race.. not spend it on the riverbank waiting for my recovery team :)

here's my sexytime, from sunday - over the northam weir...

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/50678/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/6120_122430073523_549138523_3078524_368742_n.jpg

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 03:27 PM
depends what you're chasing mate.. if you want some airborne pics.. and crashes... great place is just below the northam weir.. you can go along side the bank, near the rocks.. like this one.. always good crashes..

if you're looking for high speed passes, like the above.. go to katrines bridge..

you could make your way out to extract's - which is where the ' vinidex chute ' is - and there's always humungous spills and crashes there too... that's where most come to grief, and to be honest - I might portage around there, cos i wanna finish the race.. not spend it on the riverbank waiting for my recovery team :)

here's my sexytime, from sunday - over the northam weir...

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/50678/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/6120_122430073523_549138523_3078524_368742_n.jpg


Is it feasible to incorporate a couple of those into a ride/shoot/ride/shoot or is it all over pretty quickly? And what sort of time of day are we talking?

Complete Avon Descent n00b, always found it interesting, but have also always had football on.

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 03:37 PM
if you wanna ride and shoot, you gotta be a ninja - it takes us about 2 mins less in car to catch the boat.. so once you snap, and the boats over - you best haul a55 to the next bridge to catch em coming through..

I'd suggest a run from northam weir on the start grid, then down to katrines.. and then bypass dumbarton bridge - aka 'dumb bastards' and go straight to extracts..

paddlers, you'll be all day there for *yawns*..

the power craft are over real fast, while we're sinkin beers and repairing boats - they've still got hours to go... :awesome:

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 03:41 PM
Mmmm... ok.

What time does it start? Are the paddlers/motorboats off at the same time? Maybe catch the motorboats at one of the bridges then get the paddlers at another/several afterwards..? Is that feasible?

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 03:45 PM
power boats always leave first starting grid 1 leaves at 0800.. then they're 30 seconds apart..

there's 55 power boats this year, so it should take about 30 mins to launch the entire grid..

paddlers take ages, and usually come to grief in the chute.. tumbling and falling out of their boats.. it makes for some great drama watching them run over each other.. :)

Belltower
27-07-2009, 03:45 PM
Extracts is safe and fun :awesome:

Bendito
27-07-2009, 03:45 PM
Extracts Weir

Extracts Weir is considered to be the most dangerous obstacle of the river on Day 1.

Spectators must park in the designated parking areas and not on the road verges in the vicinity of the Weir.

Power craft arrive from about 8.30am, paddlers from 10.30am.

Please respect this private property.

A spectator fee applies at this vantage point.

From https://www.clubsonline.com.au/customdata/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&ItemID=2388&OrgID=1629&count=1&cfid=466821&cftoken=30012324&dts=277200944541

I'd like to head up somewhere for a look I think :)

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 03:50 PM
Wanna ride up and have a picnic Ben? Shoot the motors and the paddlers, then go home?

/fonzy

Belltower
27-07-2009, 03:51 PM
Pfft, for powerboat's it's a piece of piss...even though Scotty and Coatsy managed to ram the pylon last year. However as Euk said, some paddlers do struggle planning routes down the chute, we were forever pulling out blokes last year. Plus the white wash gets messy and it's easy for a paddler to be trapped underneath. It all depends on water levels.

Bendito
27-07-2009, 04:03 PM
Wanna ride up and have a picnic Ben? Shoot the motors and the paddlers, then go home?

/fonzy

:wub:


if you wanna ride and shoot, you gotta be a ninja - it takes us about 2 mins less in car to catch the boat.. so once you snap, and the boats over - you best haul a55 to the next bridge to catch em coming through..

I'd suggest a run from northam weir on the start grid, then down to katrines.. and then bypass dumbarton bridge - aka 'dumb bastards' and go straight to extracts..

So catching the powerboats at the Weir and Extracts will be pushing it?

If I had to pick one, I'll take the cheap one ^_^

Maybe up to Northam, watch them all go, then take a scenic route home?
Early lunch in Toodyay p'raps?

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 04:05 PM
I was thinking Northam Weir for the start, then down to Extracts with some tucker while we wait for the paddlers?

Eukanuba
27-07-2009, 04:06 PM
Koola, I know.. I was sweep 2, sitting at the bottom of northam chute.. ( I'm ex-ASU )

That's me, with my camel back on.. in the zodiak :awesome:

https://console.clubsonline.com.au/gallery/images/140.JPG

Bendito
27-07-2009, 04:08 PM
I was thinking Northam Weir for the start, then down to Extracts with some tucker while we wait for the paddlers?
Gotcha :thumbsup:

Sounds good :)

Belltower
27-07-2009, 04:18 PM
Gotta love Avon Photographer's eh mate? :D

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/50682/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/4655_1116367082526_1627443113_289358_1946308_n.jpg

How does the camelbak fare?

darth lefty
27-07-2009, 04:20 PM
from:perth to:Great Eastern Hwy to:Great Eastern Hwy to:northam - Google Maps (http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=perth&daddr=Great+Eastern+Hwy+to:Great+Eastern+Hwy+to:no rtham&geocode=%3BFcT-G_4d2AHyBg%3BFXItHP4d5o7yBg%3B&hl=en&mra=ls&via=1,2&sll=-31.774878,116.50177&sspn=0.286614,0.617294&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=10)

Ben, leave at 7am to get to Northam by 8:30?

Bendito
27-07-2009, 04:26 PM
Site says boats start at 8:00
I'd say meet in Midland to leave at 6:30, in Northam by 7:30.
Might post a separate thread later tonight.

Emu Falls on Day Two sounds pretty awesome, care to comment Euk or Koola?

Barfridge
27-07-2009, 04:33 PM
Just remember everybody else will be on the same timeframe as yourselves, and traffic gets pretty bad out that way. I'd leave even earlier myself.

Belltower
27-07-2009, 05:03 PM
Emu Falls on Day Two sounds pretty awesome, care to comment Euk or Koola?

FULLA BLOODY ROCKS! :laugh:

Seriously; river forms a choke point as the falls progress where a hell of a lot of noobs come unstuck. Confident powerboaters a la Toddy/Homer get air or raise the nose down the tail end...so if i was a photographer that's where i'd be...

potato
27-07-2009, 06:22 PM
From https://www.clubsonline.com.au/customdata/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&ItemID=2388&OrgID=1629&count=1&cfid=466821&cftoken=30012324&dts=277200944541

I'd like to head up somewhere for a look I think :)

when you get to extracts look for the biggest shed in the industrial area, thats were i work :), im contemplating going up and sitting on the roof:rolleyes:

Eukanuba
28-07-2009, 09:49 AM
Oh yes, emu falls.. good carnage there..

Toddy's the man for air pic's.. i - however, will be praying to my god to get me to the end with minimal damage..

Super Chute is a good place too, nice quick left / right hander over the chute makes good pics if people come through no matter good or bad..

I'm just hoping my glassing is dry by the time i get home tonight.. I've still got more work to do putting handles in for my deckie.. *sighs*

Eukanuba
28-07-2009, 09:51 AM
Gotta love Avon Photographer's eh mate? :D

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/50682/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/4655_1116367082526_1627443113_289358_1946308_n.jpg

How does the camelbak fare?

The camelbak isnt too bad, good for places like the blackwood - and recovery.. havent used it racing.. havent really had time to get thirsty out there yet :)

Is that you in the rescue boat ? you're not travis's bro are you ?

Belltower
28-07-2009, 10:26 AM
Righteo then, i might employ one this year... cheers for that mate!

Yeah that's me up front, and lol i'm not T's bro but thanks for asking. I like to think i hold an IQ over 40 :awesome: pretty sure Scotty is racing again this year...

Eukanuba
28-07-2009, 10:02 PM
Koola, we have met - thought you looked familiar..

that was you boys that took off to northam last year while i was cookin dinner and drinkin my bourbon under the tarp where the ASU boat crews had set up.. and ya didnt get back till hell late :P

Belltower
28-07-2009, 10:10 PM
Oh god lol good times man, i'll defs keep an eye out for #234 and be sure to stop in to share a cold one :D

chance
29-07-2009, 05:25 AM
heres a few when the river was low

Extracts, Super Shoot, some deeper water and Syds Rapids

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http://www.aussiesinaction.com.au

russkigreg
29-07-2009, 07:49 AM
How desperate is your mate ?

For a price, a rescue crew could deploy and search for said ' lost vessel ' :)

Euk ol mate,

Unfortunately rescue crew was already deployed this weekend and recovered the boat wedged underwater in a ti tree. Good times.

Belltower
29-07-2009, 05:46 PM
Not in anymore, have just broken my collarbone.

Eukanuba
30-07-2009, 08:56 AM
Not in a dinghy, i take it ?

You alright mate ? so i guess you wont be coming up then ? not even in a chicken wing sling ?

Belltower
30-07-2009, 11:18 AM
Yeah pretty peeved cheers mate, but that ain't gonna change the facts any time soon :( Had planned to serve in the tea room, but with all other things going on i'd only do more harm than good.

Eukanuba
06-08-2009, 10:43 PM
hey chance, I see your missus is going deckie...

What a co-incidence.. mine offered the same ( after my current deckie capsized us 5 times through poor deck position and managed to do it right under the channel 7 chopper )..

We should meet to compare notes..

pjay
27-12-2009, 10:54 PM
i planned to enter that avon :( maybe one of you guys could help me out... know where i could get a hull from? i tried to get a hold of #176 last year but it didnt really happen. might see some of you down at this aus day thing...

Eukanuba
28-12-2009, 09:46 AM
pjay, that boat from 176 might be our rig..

Are you wanting to run a motor or go up front ?

I'm seriously looking for a deckie for 2010 - have everything.. literally.. you just need a helmet, wetsuit, lifejacket ( which I have if you're an XL ), booties and gloves..

If you're upto - and around 80-90 kilo's - then i might have a ride for you..

PM me, and i'll hook up a time.. I'm planning on doing the january races, and I've been working on the boat over the last few days..

chance
28-12-2009, 10:08 AM
Pfft, for powerboat's it's a piece of piss...even though Scotty and Coatsy managed to ram the pylon last year. However as Euk said, some paddlers do struggle planning routes down the chute, we were forever pulling out blokes last year. Plus the white wash gets messy and it's easy for a paddler to be trapped underneath. It all depends on water levels.


Didnt know you know Coatsy, I was his support crew a few years back when he raced with Adrian. The the bug bit me and got my own boats now.


When are you starting practise Chris? Im keen to come down to "compare notes" no fonzy

pjay
28-12-2009, 11:05 AM
i was kinda hoping to get my own for something to do on and off the water. me and my mate were gonna alternate going deckie and skipper. We're going to be a seriously light boat, i'm only 60 myself, he's about the same. nah, going by the pic i have of it and your dp, dont think it is its flatter up on the bow. cheers for a quick, let alone a reply at all :D

Eukanuba
28-12-2009, 06:47 PM
When are you starting practise Chris? Im keen to come down to "compare notes" no fonzy

I'm ready to roll, and reece and his decky ( McIver Racing ) are up for a bit of a play run.. if yanno what i mean :)

Really, my boat can go in the water right now - I've got a huge box of prop's and the boat's ready to go.. ( just for my own piece of mind, I'd like to paint it.. but it's gonna float :) )

Anytime you want mate, I'd love to put it out in the water.. and get some speed testing on the go.. ( no fonzy either )

I'd appreciate the time in the water to get my turning practice ( at speed ) refined.. and I'm gonna need a 'counter weight' to practice getting it up on the plane.. ^_^

pjay
28-12-2009, 10:44 PM
hey eukanuba, how long are they? just off the top of your head. i've gotta clear some space for when i eventually get one.

Eukanuba
29-12-2009, 01:13 AM
every boat is different bro, the width too - depends on the crew..

I'm running one of the ' homer boats ' - also known as a u-cart concrete boat... it's quick, and far more than what I'm really capable of at the moment - but i'm growing into it.. aparently it's quite a short boat.. but she fair fly's :)

chance
29-12-2009, 08:00 AM
Mine just shy of 3.3mt in length and 1.25mt wide if that helps

Eukanuba
29-12-2009, 10:37 AM
I have a few props that just arrived... ( Retail = $160 aud EACH )

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/73544/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/10217_153114298523_549138523_3508991_3099171_n.jpg

Gonna make em look something like this...


http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/73536/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/10217_153114683523_549138523_3508992_1721173_n.jpg

Oops, I mean - like this..

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/73537/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/10217_153114003523_549138523_3508985_1508250_n.jpg

from this...

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/73543/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/10217_153113773523_549138523_3508984_6494220_n.jpg

And you think bike racing is expensive :)

chance
29-12-2009, 10:46 AM
^^^

That amount would last me 2 seasons, dude your doing it wrong :P

Eukanuba
29-12-2009, 11:50 AM
I'm planning on 'onselling' additional prop's below retail to assist us in our 2010 season :P

Eukanuba
29-12-2009, 03:59 PM
^^^

That amount would last me 2 seasons, dude your doing it wrong :P

Always happy to learn a way to save on my prop bill ^_^

pjay
23-01-2010, 12:20 PM
are any of you guys pdrc members? just wondering when the aus day thing starts so that i can go have a look see.

Lolly
23-01-2010, 12:30 PM
I'm seriously looking for a deckie for 2010 - have everything.. literally.. you just need a helmet, wetsuit, lifejacket ( which I have if you're an XL ), booties and gloves..

If you're upto - and around 80-90 kilo's - then i might have a ride for you..

PM me, and i'll hook up a time.. I'm planning on doing the january races, and I've been working on the boat over the last few days..

Pick ME Pick ME!!

Okay I'm a tad underweight. But I'll happily eat more :)

Eukanuba
23-01-2010, 08:46 PM
are any of you guys pdrc members? just wondering when the aus day thing starts so that i can go have a look see.

I'm a pdrc member, so is chance.. he races also.. ( he might even put his boat in the water this year.. :D )

There's nothing up on the website yet, havent recieved any emails about it...

My boat's still on the horses, I've spent the last couple of days sanding and priming ready for a fresh coat of paint - after the brutality that was the 2009 descent.. we got absolutely battered..


Pick ME Pick ME!!

Okay I'm a tad underweight. But I'll happily eat more :)

heheheh... no worries :)

I've got caillin trying out on the deck to see if his knees can hold up.. but I'll pencil you in for a backup should he pull out :awesome:


http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77189/The-Avon-Descent-Thread/19154_279558243523_549138523_4434178_2340186_n.jpg

pjay
24-01-2010, 09:24 AM
okay :( if you hear anything about it reckon you could post it here? cheers :D

Belltower
24-01-2010, 09:46 PM
are any of you guys pdrc members? just wondering when the aus day thing starts so that i can go have a look see.

Scrutineering usually starts at sparrows mate, 7-8am iirc. If you're an observer it usually kicks off much later.

Line up is usually:
- Juniors
- Bath Tubs
- 8's
- 10 standards (fuck all of them anywho)
- 10 sports

pjay
24-01-2010, 10:15 PM
so 10ish? just need to know coz my mates starting the uh.. celebrations early.

Eukanuba
12-02-2010, 05:00 PM
Pick ME Pick ME!!

Okay I'm a tad underweight. But I'll happily eat more :)

Lolly, are you still keen ?

Caillin is trying out to see how his knees will handle the ride... but you're more than welcome to come along too to see if u like it.. ^_^

Eukanuba
02-04-2010, 11:52 AM
Near Enough Cup - 18th April
Swan Marathon - 16th May
Nannup Cup - 5th & 6th June
Sunny Side Sprint - 4th July
Avon Descent Time Trials - 25th July
Avon Descent Practice Day - 31st July / 1st August
Avon Descent Race - 7th and 8th August...


It's approaching !

Eukanuba
14-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Ok, 2011 is upon us..

Who's in ?

Is anyone interested in sponsoring a race team for this year ?

Jimbo
24-06-2011, 10:11 PM
In. Paddling though.....
Could you do me a favor and try not to mow me down on day 2 :-)
Will be on a big blue spirit prs.

Cheers
Jimbo

Eukanuba
03-07-2011, 06:31 PM
Jimbo, here's my new solution to the ' paddler problem ' and those pesky kayak's you all insist on leaving floating in the river..

So i've devised a way to get them to go down a bit easier..

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262258_10150296691748524_549138523_9139457_8304455 _n.jpg

Jimbo
05-07-2011, 09:50 PM
Har har......
Wrong end of the boat though isn't it. By the time you've gone past i'd have thought it was too late.
Perhaps a little paddle modification is required, something like this maybe
Turn Your Kayak Paddle into an Effective Zombie Weapon [How To] - PaddlingInstructor.com - Canoe and Kayak News, Paddling News, Free Kayak and Canoe Teaching Resources (http://www.paddlinginstructor.com/gear/turn-your-kayak-paddle-into-an-effective-zombie-weapon-how-to-1903.html)

Zombies, power boaters, can't see much difference in it :-)

Newaje
06-07-2011, 02:04 PM
Jimbo, here's my new solution to the ' paddler problem ' and those pesky kayak's you all insist on leaving floating in the river..

So i've devised a way to get them to go down a bit easier..

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262258_10150296691748524_549138523_9139457_8304455 _n.jpg

Chris I do believe you have to catch the paddlers before they become a problem :P ....just sayin

And that prop looks like it might work better than the last one you used trying to get up Glen Avon rapids

Fonzy
06-07-2011, 02:33 PM
Hey Eukanuba what paint scheme you using this year? that grey and white cammo was very easy to spot on tv ;)

Jamathi
06-07-2011, 06:38 PM
any of you have a spare Mariner 2 cilinder lower leg that you want to offload?

Eukanuba
06-07-2011, 07:20 PM
Zombies, power boaters, can't see much difference in it :-)

Nah, the nose tends to bounce over them pretty easy.. it's just that the bits left over tend to float - even when they're full of water.. so you've gotta make smaller pieces :)


Chris I do believe you have to catch the paddlers before they become a problem :P ....just sayin

And that prop looks like it might work better than the last one you used trying to get up Glen Avon rapids

Oh, that's gotta be AJ from McIver's boat - always a smart ass aincha :)

Well, we'll have some fun this weekend bro - after you boys put your pink washing up gloves on :lol:


Hey Eukanuba what paint scheme you using this year? that grey and white cammo was very easy to spot on tv ;)

You liked that huh ?

If this new sponsor doesnt come through, it'll be a camo scheme - definitely.. might be urban, could be something more ' zing '.. suggestions ?

Maybe i should paint the bottom too?

But here's a question - did you make channel 9 ? cos i did :P

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/263928_10150293703258524_549138523_9106264_7375000 _n.jpg

Eukanuba
06-07-2011, 07:28 PM
Jamathi, can you give more info ?

How many horsepower is the head, do you need the trunk - or just the gearbox ?

I have a couple of spare 8's sitting in the shed..

Phildo
07-07-2011, 05:22 AM
Jimbo, here's my new solution to the ' paddler problem ' and those pesky kayak's you all insist on leaving floating in the river..

So i've devised a way to get them to go down a bit easier..

http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/biggerbattlewagon/battle_boat8.jpg

Marty MOOSE
07-07-2011, 07:35 AM
Not for me again I've been too busy riding my pushy again no paddling. I am going to do a lower murray trip on Saturday in the play boat though :) :)

Eukanuba
08-07-2011, 09:10 PM
Just got an email, aparently entries close next thursday ( 14th )..

Sucks to get paid monthly.. my pay goes in on the 15th.. looks like I'll be taking a 24 hour loan from the folks :)

Eukanuba
14-07-2011, 11:14 AM
Well, we completed the sunnyside last weekend - finished the race.. no damage to the boat.. just 1 slightly folded propellor.. all sweet..

Now to scrutineering, a speed trial to burswood from west swan.. then the big day.. ohh yeah !

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270399_10150305594198524_549138523_9247205_8028333 _n.jpg

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/264286_10150304123928524_549138523_9230301_4743436 _n.jpg

timmay
14-07-2011, 11:57 AM
Good stuff. Was talking to my mate last Sunday and he said he had something on that day.

Newaje
14-07-2011, 06:03 PM
Have taken the gamble or is it the plunge...either way hope we get a bit more water....huhu bring it :P

Eukanuba
14-07-2011, 07:28 PM
too late to pull out now AJ, race fee's are paid - you line up on that grid and race for the wall :)

Marty MOOSE
14-07-2011, 08:19 PM
It was 0.5 at the park today on the wooden gauge :) Hope it keeps going up.

MM

Eukanuba
30-07-2011, 12:52 AM
Boat's back from the shop.. this is what to look out for next weekend... Boat 234

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/282594_10150320857833524_549138523_9408206_3496940 _n.jpg

Skelly
30-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Check out what those cold fronts dumped in the Avon. More to come leading up to next weekend too.

Department of Water - Avon Descent (http://kumina.water.wa.gov.au/waterinformation/avon/avon.cfm)

Levels are now average/better than average with Avon region reaching its June and July average rainfall. Much better than last year's diabolic levels.
I'll be there snapping a few photos

Jamathi
30-07-2011, 11:02 AM
Is the river course on the second day towards bayswater open for other boats to go up and down river or is the river closed?

Eukanuba
30-07-2011, 08:35 PM
Skelly, if you can - please snap pics of us.. I'm keen to see how we look at full speed ! :)

Jamathi: river is open to all boats, we must obey all navigational rules relating to vessels, but we are not speed restricted to 8 knots..
( so watch these boats come barrelling through at 30+ knots) :)

Jamathi
30-07-2011, 11:29 PM
are there many "floating Gin palaces" moored along the banks watching this event in past years?

Eukanuba
31-07-2011, 01:51 PM
plenty of spectators watching along the river jamathi..

More so on day 1, day 2 is a bit of a non event until we reach bells.. then we disappear into the tree's again.. come out on west swan road.. and then the massive straight down the river - to the finish at garrett road bridge..

that last section is a real test.. it's a flat out charge to the finish line.. and it's really tiring on the crew because you're trying to maintain race speed while keeping a good line through the river.. dodging normal river users..

I get drivers arm quite badly and numb hands.. so I am shattered when it's all finished..

Skelly
31-07-2011, 03:02 PM
Skelly, if you can - please snap pics of us.. I'm keen to see how we look at full speed ! :)

I'll keep an eye out for #234, especially in the leg before Toodyay. Where's a good viewing spot for high speeds on day one?

jimmy
31-07-2011, 09:07 PM
I'll be paddling a green spirit PRS #720, some one has to make it hard for the power guys in the last 30kms :-)

Eukanuba
01-08-2011, 02:59 PM
Hey Jimmy... did you see that prop I made especially for kayak's ? :D

jimmy
01-08-2011, 09:38 PM
Haha, no but I can give you some numbers to use it on if you want to help a brother out :-)

Eukanuba
02-08-2011, 03:10 PM
might pass them quite quickly.. so we'll aim for them all.. just wear something distinctive so we dont accidentally mow you down too :)

jimmy
02-08-2011, 07:19 PM
haha how about a bright orange stripe on my helmet, yes that's right i'm an avon virgin :o

Newaje
02-08-2011, 08:29 PM
haha how about a bright orange stripe on my helmet, yes that's right i'm an avon virgin :o

Not a bad year to lose your virginity then, lots of water...gonna be a great weekend :)

Eukanuba
02-08-2011, 11:06 PM
I still have my stripe on my helmet.. they're a bastard to get off..

I ended up buying another one :)

( I'll keep the one with the stripe for my bashing helmet )

Jimbo
04-08-2011, 08:25 PM
Well, two days to go and it's looking good.

1 to 1.1m predicted at walyunga, weather on our side as well.

Looks like a great year to lose my Avon virginity (yes I will also be wearing that glamorous orange stripe).

Good luck everybody, see you at the line.

Oh, and don't forget there'll be live tracking this year (see the Avon descent website).

Jimbo
(Blue Spirit PRS #700)

Jamathi
05-08-2011, 09:07 AM
Hope all will have a great lottaa fun aand no accidents.
Lotsa water flow will maake it faster and.. more dangerous as the water can trap you aand your craft against the rocks!
Like to know more about the dinghy racing set ups , how it works protecting the props/legs from the rocks.

Desmo
06-08-2011, 11:47 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/desmogod/CRW_9297.jpg

darth lefty
06-08-2011, 11:49 AM
Skelly, if you can - please snap pics of us.. I'm keen to see how we look at full speed ! :)




http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/desmogod/CRW_9297.jpg

:mellow:

Desmo
06-08-2011, 11:50 AM
How did the kayakers go?

darth lefty
06-08-2011, 11:55 AM
How did the kayakers go?

They were awesome. I have so much admiration for those guys. We saw a three kayak pileup that looked like something escher would draw, there were a half dozen people behind us that were being led by someone who could only be described as a prize cockholster though. Y'know how at the cricket there is some guy with a belly full of piss who heckles the shit out of the opposition and while it's embarrassing and awkward to be near him it doesn't really matter because they (the players) can't hear you?

That guy was there this morning, only he was twenty feet from the action and didn't have forty thousand people drowning out his idiocy. And he was sober.

But yeah, loved the kayaks.

Daise
06-08-2011, 11:59 AM
Just leave Bendito at home next time ;)

darth lefty
06-08-2011, 12:04 PM
Here we go, Escher kayaks.

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/attachments/f20/57934d1312603250-avon-descent-thread-escher1-jpg


http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/attachments/f20/57935d1312603366-avon-descent-thread-escher2-jpg

Andeh
06-08-2011, 06:46 PM
Hey Lefty, were you wearing a PSB jacket and walking around with another guy, both holding helmets? I think I may have recognised you from one of the fish n chip rides.

darth lefty
06-08-2011, 08:41 PM
That was me. :bye:

Jamathi
06-08-2011, 09:17 PM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8231.jpg
Aftermath repairs in the quest of going "fast" by Euky
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8227.jpg
"panelshop area" with lotsa happy fumes!
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8230.jpg
Wonderfull conditions for a paddle of epic proportions!
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/CopyofCopyofCopyofDSC_8222.jpg
Happy 3some!
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/CopyofCopyofDSC_8226.jpg
Redun being beaten, again!

Pinkee
07-08-2011, 03:42 PM
yeah yeah Newaje... we saw ya!!!

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/attachments/f20/58022-avon-descent-thread-_dsc9764-version-2-jpg

Jamathi
07-08-2011, 04:26 PM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8243.jpg
Winnah's

Visitor
07-08-2011, 05:22 PM
yeah yeah Newaje... we saw ya!!!

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/attachments/f20/58022-avon-descent-thread-_dsc9764-version-2-jpg

eh sweet!
If I wasn't working all weekend I woulda stopped by.. sigh

edit: WTB new job

Eukanuba
07-08-2011, 08:31 PM
was nice to meet you jamathi, sorry i was busy trying to get it all back together before this morning.. :)

timmay
07-08-2011, 08:51 PM
Any pics of my mate? #144 Branson/Jane ?

Rich...
07-08-2011, 08:57 PM
You are getting a bit of air time Euk...

Jamathi
07-08-2011, 09:02 PM
Any pics of my mate? #144 Branson/Jane ?
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8265.jpg
wILL THIS DO?

Bendito
07-08-2011, 09:02 PM
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13721912/PSB/P8064429.JPG

Pardon the crapness, but there it is :)

Jamathi
07-08-2011, 09:05 PM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc302/jamathi05/DSC_8264.jpg

timmay
07-08-2011, 09:07 PM
Cheers boys.

Jamathi
07-08-2011, 09:18 PM
I have got to say that this international event is cruely mismanaged from a spectators point of view!
It can be sooo much more and better!
A cruel shame when local shire's are getting the gong!
Potential a plenty but sadly not achieved!
Only interesting from a participating point of view!

darth lefty
07-08-2011, 09:51 PM
I have got to say that this international event is cruely mismanaged from a spectators point of view!
It can be sooo much more and better!
A cruel shame when local shire's are getting the gong!
Potential a plenty but sadly not achieved!
Only interesting from a participating point of view!

How/why so?

Jamathi
10-08-2011, 07:51 AM
581452011 Peel region Canoe week 27 August-11 september 2011;
Saturday 27-8-2011; Murray Whitewater Festival!
Lower Murray river Dwellingup!
Mismanagment,
No info how to posibly participate, no info on race results nor who is who for the average spectator, no related trade shows, no decent facilities.
Bull dust OH&S signs declaring foot bridge in Bayswater park capacity of max 80 people WTH!
you could not fit 30 hungry skeletons on it!
typical local goverment waste of a great event!
Never mind the commercial sponsors are not getting involved (Very sad)
Very dissapointed for average spectator as you cannot get "Involved" nor close to the show at all!

Eukanuba
11-08-2011, 01:32 PM
Jamathi: are we talking about the descent, or a paddling event in Dwellingup ?

Most of the details are on the avon descent website on how to get the best vantage points.. how to join, or how to compete..
If you're talking about paddling - most of the kayak shops like Finn or the kayak shops have heaps of brochures up..

Unfortunately, the Descent is only publicised in a very narrow window every year.. by the time you hear about it - most guys have been practicing for months..
This is why it's so hard to get sponsors - because people are only interested when they hear about it.. the other 11 months of the year are almost dead..

You're best to set up 12 months in advance..it'll take you that long to get race ready..

Desmo
11-08-2011, 01:53 PM
You are getting a bit of air time Euk...

Repair time.
How far did you get from the start before you crashed and burned euk?

Rich...
11-08-2011, 02:45 PM
nah..footage of Euk nearly drowning...

Eukanuba
11-08-2011, 03:53 PM
Desmo, 1/2 way into day 2.. emu falls.


On a different note..

Thought I would let you know I contacted Channel 10 and they have scheduled a slot for the highlights

Channel 10 Saturday 20/8/11 @ Midday
Channel 1 Sunday 21/8/11 @ 7.30am
Saturday 27/8/11 @ 7.30am

Jamathi
12-08-2011, 07:28 AM
Desmo, 1/2 way into day 2.. emu falls.


On a different note..

Thought I would let you know I contacted Channel 10 and they have scheduled a slot for the highlights

Channel 10 Saturday 20/8/11 @ Midday
Channel 1 Sunday 21/8/11 @ 7.30am
Saturday 27/8/11 @ 7.30am
Thank you very much for these times!

Who here is already planning/training for next year's event?
It will be the 40th Avon Descent event!

xphread
12-08-2011, 09:28 AM
Hopefully next year I will be on our block watching everyone go past! :) (maybe even from the living room with binoculars :D)

Not sure how exciting a vantage point it will be as its on the flats - but its towards the end, so if you want you can see the contenders for the lead - then drive off to the Garrat Rd bridge to see the finish?
Might organise a PSB (WTF) BBQ for this if anyone is interested.

Will be buying some Kayaks since its a short drag to the river, and have done 3/4 of the course (over 3 days)... but don't think I'm up for the race! :D

Eukanuba
13-08-2011, 11:29 AM
I'm planning on the 40th.. should be good fun !

Jamathi
13-08-2011, 04:25 PM
Gummy has got 3 Avon descent boats for sale!

Jimbo
20-08-2011, 09:06 PM
Aww euk, just saw the footage of you guys getting hammered at emu's. Painful to watch, bet it felt worse. Hope everyone pulled up ok...... You never did catch me with that prop of yours. Better luck next yeah, eh?

Eukanuba
21-08-2011, 08:12 AM
Jimbo: best way to do anything.. is get back in and have another crack at it.. yeah, I'll be in again next year..

Just hope the sponsor gets the airtime.. that's what it's all about - promoting the sponsor.. look after them, and hopefully they stay onboard for another year.. :)

We've got another race next weekend in bridgetown, then there's another 5 weeks after that.. so a fail in the descent isnt a fail in our racing season..

Our main boat's almost finished patching, 2 spare boats are ready.. and I have another motor ready to go... preparation for the win :)

stromrider
04-03-2012, 08:58 PM
So, who is in training for this years event?

I've just bought a kayak, with a view to competing in 2013 rather than this year. I had heard that each kayaker needs a buddy to register, can anyone confirm or deny this?

Jimbo
05-03-2012, 09:32 AM
Activeman - no buddy required, but you will need to demonstrate experience in marathon events (check out the canoeing wa website for the WA marathon season - enter as many of those as you can get to) &amp; need to do a whitewater competancy course (1 day once the river levels rise &amp; we get some white water).

Eukanuba
05-03-2012, 10:07 AM
Power Dinghy's go all year round.. we dont have an ' off season '..






EVENT

DATE











Australia (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/oz-day.html) Day Race

26th January




Burswood

19th February




Near Enough
Cup

18th
March





Dawsville
Dash



22nd April





Swan Marathon (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/swan-marathon.html)

06th
May




Nannup Cup (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/nannup-cup.html)

03rd
June




Sunnyside Sprint (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/sunnyside-sprint.html)

08th
July




Avon Descent Scrut./Time
Trials (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/time-trial.html)

22nd
July




Avon Descent Practice
Days (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/practice-days.html)

28th /
29th July




Avon Descent (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/avon-descent.html)

4th /
5th August




The River Race (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/river-race.html)

26th
August




Blackwood Classic
250 (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/blackwood-classic.html)

29th,30th Sept & 1st
Oct.




North (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/pedders-race.html) vs South Challenge

TBA




Burswood
Bash

TBA

Mr_Mike
05-03-2012, 08:39 PM
A mate and i were talkin about entering the avon in a powerboat on the weekend. Yes we were a bit drunk at the time but it is something that i have thought about doing for a long time, and its on his bucket list to do the race in a kayak. There isnt much chance of us being ready this year due to time/money/fitness and previous boat experience being nil but 2013 would be an achieveable goal.

What would be are first step in prep and a realistic expected cost/budget to go racing next year?

Eukanuba
07-03-2012, 08:29 PM
The amount you spend is directly proportional to the amount you break :)

I would suggest, if you are keen - getting a ride on the deck of an experienced driver.. it'll make you better - and besides, who know's if after you drop $4000-5000 that you still want to race ?

You'd be better to put your hand up - do a couple seasons, then expand ( if you decide you want to ) into your own boat.. but if you get a good driver - and you're prepared to put your hand in your pocket to help pay some of the bills.. that you may be happy to stick with a driver.. and you'll be able to race a season or 2 for a lower cost...

Pricings estimated -

$500 pp insurance fee and club fee
$1500 boat ( should be enough there for fuel tanks etc )
$1500 motor ( second hand )
$ 150 helmet
$ 150 wetsuit
$ 100 Life jacket
$ 50 gloves
$ 50 booties
$ 1000 propellors ( you probably wont have anything, so you'll need plenty to get you started )
$ 500 trailer ( you need one to get your stuff around )

You'll need camping gear too... if you havent already got the stuff you need...

My only condition from this point on - is that if I'm going to invest in a decky - then I want a decky that WILL attend for training, WILL come to repair the boat - and WILL put the hand in the pocket to help pay a share in boat fuel, oil and race fees..

I'm sick of continually putting my hand in my pocket to pay - and then having the decky pull out after 1 season.. so from now on - it's a minimum 2 year contract on my decky's.. :)

That being said... I have 3 boats, 4 motors - and I fully expect my decky to become a skilled driver - incase I am injured and they need to take the stick..

Mr_Mike
08-03-2012, 04:01 PM
i assume its pretty physically demanding being a decky?

Bare with me cos i am a complete n00b as far as this is concerned, but i assume the deckys main role is to weight shift about the boat when cornering etc?

Belltower
08-03-2012, 06:32 PM
That, and to pick the bitch up when the water levels are too damn low.

Eukanuba
09-03-2012, 10:55 AM
the role of the decky is very important.. if the decky isnt paying attention - it's very easy to end up, upside down - and throughly smashed up..

A good decky is worth their weight in beers.. easily :)

Eukanuba
06-05-2012, 09:21 PM
Ok, I need a decky - someone that's going to commit for the training and time it will take to get them upto speed.. I need someone that can definitely commit to the race and to doing the next 2 events on the racing calendar so they can get their race licence and entry points.
You will be expected to 1. help fix shit, 2. commit to training

You will have to camp and enjoy a campfire.. and when we finish this 40th year race.. celebrate like it's 1999 :)

Fozzy
06-05-2012, 09:39 PM
Has anyone ever worked/vollied on the Support team for the Avon..

I've always wondered about putting my name down to give it a bash. Would it be suitable for someone who is a noob to this sort of racing but has pretty good smarts when it comes to staying calm and doing what needs to be done when it matters?

Eukanuba
09-05-2012, 09:17 PM
I started in the ASU ( Avon Support Unit ).. I got my boat skills there, learned to drive.. and did my RST through the ASU.

I have been a sweep driver for ASU for 3 descents - and I'll gladly put my hand up to go in a boat again if my plans dont come through this year to race my rig..

there are plenty of role's in the ASU from cooking meals to being a recovery diver.. communications, 4wd crew.. the list is huge.. and they're all volunteers..

Without the ASU the race wouldnt happen, period..

I have gone over every year to see my old crews - and we have a beer.. even though I went over the fence to being a racer.. I'll put my hand up and help train new boaties..
I appreciated them being there last year when I almost drowned at emu's..

Fozzy
09-05-2012, 09:46 PM
4wd crew sounds right up my alley haha..

I will send an email off to see if they need people for this year. Im not working so might aswell make use of my time.

Newaje
10-05-2012, 11:15 AM
I started in the ASU ( Avon Support Unit ).. I got my boat skills there, learned to drive.. and did my RST through the ASU.

I have been a sweep driver for ASU for 3 descents - and I'll gladly put my hand up to go in a boat again if my plans dont come through this year to race my rig..

there are plenty of role's in the ASU from cooking meals to being a recovery diver.. communications, 4wd crew.. the list is huge.. and they're all volunteers..

Without the ASU the race wouldnt happen, period..

I have gone over every year to see my old crews - and we have a beer.. even though I went over the fence to being a racer.. I'll put my hand up and help train new boaties..
I appreciated them being there last year when I almost drowned at emu's..

Almost drowned at Emu's, learnt to drive with ASU.....im seeing something here :P

Mat.G
10-05-2012, 07:21 PM
Just a quick note on the ASU. I am about as useless as a useless fat bastard can be but for the last two years i have started with the ASU. If you can throw a rope and lift stuff you can be of use and even though i am a very quiet and frankly shy person it has been easy to learn and meet people.
I am hoping to be of more use sometime soon however i have to actually manage to get to some of the training session and learn some stuff.

If you have any interest in the race and want to see it up close and from spots normal people dont get to go join the ASU, you wont regret it.

flanno
10-05-2012, 07:45 PM
I'm keen to do this but unfortunately due to work commitments of long FIFO rosters, I'm out for any help in relation to this. For many years I have bared the cold up there to watch my father do it in a kayak but never done it myself. This truely is a challenge of strength, commitment and stamina. And then there is the warmth of the other crews lending a hand where they can, at the end of day 1, to get everyone's crafts up to a workable condition to put to the test on the second day. This truely is a great experience, whether it's part of a support crew for an entered vessel, the volounteer support, or a participant themself. I would love to do the Avon one day but that won't be anytime soon. Maybe next year with less workload but I'll wait and see what next year brings.

All the best finding someone to go with you Euk.

Jimbo
12-07-2012, 08:57 PM
Ok, so with entries for this year now closed - who's in?

And who can recommend a good walking shoe (c'mon rain !!!)


Jimbo (long plastic #700)

Texm78
17-07-2012, 07:42 PM
Texm78 #740 long plastic..

Might need new boots...

SPman
18-07-2012, 12:22 PM
Yeah, she's looking a bit...........shallow.

Eukanuba
21-07-2012, 11:02 AM
Ok, so with entries for this year now closed - who's in?

And who can recommend a good walking shoe (c'mon rain !!!)


Jimbo (long plastic #700)

#234 is in again for the 40th..

However we are a guaranteed no-start due to my driver needing injections in his spine for an injury he had at work..

Unless there's someone in here, that's got enough points in Power Boat's to be able to jump in and go standard or sports ?

Chances are, we'll roll the boat to the start line - then put it back on and go home..

Either way, we dropped about $1600 getting in.. nothing we can do for a lack of water..

Texm78
02-08-2012, 01:06 PM
Still in- going the long course. Figure if I finished the short course I'd regret not having a go at the long course...

Eukanuba
02-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Nup, we're back in - 234 ftw !

Eukanuba
05-08-2012, 07:10 PM
Successful finish here - and a fantastic entry through bells... who else finished ?

Texm78
05-08-2012, 07:48 PM
Timed out at bells by 10 minutes.... Still pretty happy with the weekend, boat's a little worse for wear after doing a pretzel imitation on one of the rapids..

Jimbo
12-08-2012, 01:07 AM
Bad Luck Texm78 - you did bloody well to get through to Bells, so don't feel too bad.

I pulled out this year - low levels just didn't look like fun to me.

Eukanuba - What number were you racing this year. I ended up with quite a few photos from Bells, but can't see #234 in the results ?

Eukanuba
11-10-2012, 05:13 PM
racing number 234 as always.. bells was awesome !

Checkout the drop :)

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Desmo
11-10-2012, 05:15 PM
Successful finish here

Congratulations! That's your first finish isn't it?
What did you place?

Eukanuba
11-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Nope, I've finished 4 times now - dont know the place.. I know it wasnt last..

Spent a lot of it doing this...

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