Fairfield Canoe Club
2019 Centenary Year
An Incident on the Yarra - Be Prepared
I have always joked with my bike friends, that when I come out of the boat at least I have a soft landing. But one of them came back to me after my ‘incident’ on the Yarra, that after he came off his bike, worked out that he was ok, he knew where his bike […]...
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The Yarra is in Flood Again
The ‘ups-and-downs’ of our beloved Yarra have created a variety of problems and opportunities over the years. 2022 sees us hurriedly lifting the tinnie and canoe polo boats to higher ground for safe keeping. This practice of “raising the boats” has been undertaken on many occasions over our ...
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Marathon Camp at Bairnsdale - September 2022
According to self-help theory, one way to a adopt good habits is to join a group with a culture you hope to emulate, where doing the right thing is normal behaviour.  What better reason could there be for attending the Bairnsdale Marathon Paddling camp.  Kayaking on the beautiful rivers of Gippsla...
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FCC Annual General Meeting 2022
FCC Annual General Meeting 2022 The Annual General Meeting of the Fairfield Canoe Club Co-operative Ltd was held on Monday 29 August at 7.30pm in "hybrid" format - in person and online via Zoom to enable as many of our members as possible to attend. The Agenda for the AGM, draft minutes and approv...
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The Mayne Game
The History Group recently received news of a former FCC member’s involvement in a North American version of dragon boat racing ….’War canoe racing’! It transpires that Jonathan & Jenny Mayne’s daughter, Samantha, has lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and works as a guide at Disneyland...
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Vale Lofty
We're devastated to let you know that FCC has lost another of our stalwart and generous members - Michael Loftus Hills passed away on Saturday, 11 June. Lofty's funeral service is on Friday, 1 July 2022 at 75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy commencing at 10.30 am.  Details and RSVP here.  We'll also h...
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“VACA – when did it first appear on the scene?”
Having acted as a volunteer scrutineer at the Paddle Victoria ‘Tay Creggan’ event several weeks ago, I wondered about the history of this association. The Paddle Victoria website indicates that: “The Victorian Canoe Association Inc., (Paddle Victoria) formed in 1930 and was incorporated in 198...
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A flatwater paddlers guide to paddling at the Penrith White Water Stadium
Paddling at the Penrith White Water stadium is like playing cricket at the MCG (although usually a bit wetter).  The greats paddle there, recent World and Olympic champions like Jess Fox and Jiri Prskavec.  Local, Melbourne heroes like triple Olympian Warwick Draper, now a teacher at Ivanh...
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National Sprint Champs 2022
FCC had a team of 8 athletes and 4 coaches who headed across to Adelaide for the National Sprint Championships 2022: U12: Axel Tan, Evla Basak U14: Anthea Tan, Mikail Basak U16: Lachlan Dal Sasso U18: Aidan Han Open: Chris Burns,  Vet: Dewi Andayani With FCC coaches: Alex Boyd, Chris Burns, Wen...
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Water’s no damper on a canoe holiday
Girls took a ducking – but they were soon paddling again in midstream. As reported in the 3rd July, 1958 “Australasian Post”. “Every year an adventurous band of young Australians set out on a water holiday that's thrilling, different and often, dangerous.  They are member...
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