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Nipples on Ripples in Kayaks

Tasmanian Canoe Club and the Dragons Abreast paddlers shared paddling experiences and skills last Saturday on the Mersey River.

The Dragons Abreast paddlers tried to master a range of different kayaks, using double bladed paddles for the first time. Following this, Tasmanian Canoe Club paddlers attemtped to become a well-coordinated group in the Dragon Boat. Both groups thoroughly enjoyed the session and look forward to meeting gain on the water soon.

Many thanks to Canoe ‘N’ Surf who donated the use of their hire kayaks for the session.

Carl Clayton Classic Results

Ben Maynard stormed home to win the Carl Clayton Classic on the Forth River by 24 seconds from his training partner Stewart Bennett, of Hobart. Ben and Stewart were using the race as a lead-in event to the Australian Wildwater Team selection races to be held in early December and they both showed their determined and focussed approach during the race.

Jake Pierce won the junior category by one minute, demonstrating just how much he has improved during this year. Andy Shaw came second in effortless style using his superb technique.

The Carl Clayton Classic is held each year in memory of Carl Clayton who was a founding member of the Tasmanian Canoe Club. Carl’s son Stewart took to the water this year with his daughter Rhiannon in a K2.

Full results are below:


Liquid LifeTasmanian Schools Whitewater Championships Results

Wild weather and changing water levels failed to dampen the enthusiasm of young paddlers from around the state in the Liquid Life Tasmanian Schools Whitewater Championships.

Devonport High School proved itself again to be the best whitewater kayaking school in the state by winning the Champion Schools Trophy at the Liquid Life Tasmanian Schools Whitewater Championships this weekend.

The Friends School, of Hobart, finished a close second with Don College third. The Friends School proved that it will be one of the strongest schools in the future with a large number of enthusiatic, talented younger paddlers.

Ruby Hodgetts – Grade 10 Devonport High School – dominated the girls events and achieved the Champion Girl Trophy for the event.

Andrew Eckhardt – Grade 7 The Friends School – set down the fastest slalom times on his way to winning the Champion Boy Trophy, beating paddlers several years older than himself.

Top individual performances in the downriver race came from Devonport HighÕs Ruby Hodgetts and Jake Pearce who set the fastest girls and boys times respectively.

In the slalom, Ruby Hodgetts again dominated the girls events, with Andrew Eckhardt of The Friends School and Patrick Rushton of Taroona High excelling in the slalom event..

 TIS Rapid Slayer girls from The Friends School dominated the grade 7 event with Erin McGilvray narrowly finishing ahead of Elsa Gales.

Other notable performances came from some of the younger competitors, with 11 year old Locheil Cameron, of Hillcrest Primary, winning both the downriver race and slalom for grade 6 boys.

Kate Eckhardt of the Cottage School was the youngest competitor on the weekend, showing great style in the slalom event.

THIS EVENT WAS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:      Kayak4Play and Liquid Life.




Forth River Canoe Course Open

The Forth River Canoe Course has been cleared of flood debris and inspected at very low flow. It is now considered to be safe for normal paddling activities.

Central Coast Council have provided excellent assistance with rebuilding the road and river features as well as clearing fallen trees and other debris.

Hydro Tasmania have also assisted in providing water flows that have enabled the clearing and inspection of the course as soon as possible after the flood.

Slalom Course Closed to Paddlers

Tasmanian Canoe Club recommends that paddlers do not paddle on the slalom course section of the Forth River until an inspection of the river bed has been carried out following the Forth River flood last weekend. It is possible that debris may be lodged in the slalom course and that rocks may have shifted, altering the water features in the rapids.

Flood causes major damage to Tasmanian Canoe Club course

The Tasmanian Canoe Club site on the Forth River has been decimated by last weeks flood.

The canoe course is recognized as the best whitewater course in Australia for teaching and junior level kayaking competitions. First established in 1972, the course has been the venue of the Tasmanian and Australian Schools Kayaking Championships on a regular basis.

The course was to be the venue for the Tasmanian Schools Championships again in September and a statewide education and training weekend in October.

Destroyed in the flood were the slalom courseÕs infrastructure, the compiling shed, walkways and viewing platform and the picnic facilities. In addition to this, many large trees were up rooted, leaving a scene of devastation. Club members now face the daunting task of cleaning up the site and rebuilding the facilities.


Introduction to Paddling

Introduction to Kayaking


The Tasmanian Canoe Club is offering introductory kayak sessions to people interested in white water, flat water or sea kayaking.


The sessions will cover:

  • Entering and exiting a kayak
  • Strokes – forward, backwards, turning, bracing, sculling
  • Capsize drills
  • Kayak selection
  • Safety equipment and correct clothing
  • Use of a throw bag


The program consists of two 1.5 hour pool sessions followed by a day out kayaking.


The cost for the program is $100.00 which covers:

  • Insurance Ð covered under the Australian Canoeing Inc insurance scheme
  • Membership of Australian Canoeing and the Tasmanian Canoe Club until the end of September
  • Boat hire
  • Accessory Hire Ð (PFDÕs paddle etc)
  • Instruction (Australian Canoeing qualified instructor).
  • Venue Hire



  • The pool sessions will be at the East Ulverstone pool
  • The day out kayaking will be on the Forth River



  • 1st pool session Sunday 12th August 2007, 7.00pm Ð 8.30pm
  • 2nd pool session Sunday 19th August 2007, 7.00pm Ð 8.30pm
  • The day out kayaking is to be decided


If you are interested please register by calling Tony Wilson on 6428 3964


Places are limited so please hurry.

Pool Sessions

Pool Sessions for 2007



The Tasmanian Canoe Club pools sessions for 2007 will all be held at the East Ulverstone Swimming Pool located at Swimming Pool Lane which is off Leighlands Avenue, Ulverstone


Dates and times are as follows:


  • Sunday 12th August 7.00pm Ð 8.30pm
  • Sunday 19th August 7.00pm Ð 8.30pm
  • Sunday 26th August 7.00pm Ð 8.30pm
  • Sunday 2nd September        7.00pm Ð 8.30pm


Participants must be current members of the Tasmanian Canoe Club.


Cost is $20.00 which covers all 4 sessions


There will be 2 nights of rolling instruction. Which nights this will be on is still to be confirmed and this will be organised by Annette Wilson and Cassie Arnold. If you would like to participate in the rolling sessions you will need to contact Annette or Cassie before attending. There will be no cost associated with this.


We will not be allowed to enter the pool building before 7.00pm and we have to be out of the building by 8.30pm sharp, which means we have to be out of the pool about 10 Ð 15 minutes prior to 8.30pm. Due to the tight time constraints it is advisable to arrive at the venue prior to 7.00pm and be ready to go.




Post Box Race 3 postponed

Post Box Race 3 has been postponed due to too much water flow in the river.

Want to join the club?

Club membership forms can now be downloaded from here.

1.Complete both the Australian Canoeing and the Tasmanian Canoe Club membership forms, downloadable from the links below.

2.Return with payment to:

Tasmanian Canoe Club

PO Box 333

Ulverstone 7315

3. Check our calendar of events and join us on the water