Investigator Canoe Club is the Sea Kayaking club in South Australia. Named after HMS Investigator, the ship used by Matthew Flinders for his survey of the coastline in 1801Ð1802, the club paddles in waters explored by the first Europeans to visit the area.
(Of course the Aboriginal people had lived here for thousands of years, and used bark canoes along the River Murray. Many of the places we visit feature in stories from the Dreaming.)
Club meetings are held in membersÕ homes every two months. The club owns no boats, but privately owned boats are available to visitors on request.
President: Phil Doddridge (08) 82295 8812
Secretary: Peter Carter (08) 8443 4298
The ClubÕs newsletter is allegedly published every two months. Recent issues are available in Acrobat format. TheyÕre printable.
The membership form is available from Canoe SA. Membership is $53 per year, including the Canoe SA/Aus Canoeing levy.
If you want to paddle with the club as a visitor you will need to complete the Event Waiver Form and pay a $6.50 insurance fee: a requirement of the Aus Canoeing insurance policy. (After your third visit you are expected to become a member.)
Lunch time on South Page, looking beyond North Page to the mainland, December 2000.
Approaching Haystack Island, en route to Althorpe Island, January 2002. Pic by Neil Richardson.
Returning from Althorpe Island.
Unusual traffic seen on the October 1999 expedition to Flinders Island: an ex-AMF LARC carries wool from Flinders Island to the mainland. L to R: Paul Beltrame, Mark Sweeney, Martin Minge, Phil Doddridge. Note the dolphin visible between Paul and Mark.
The first two-way crossing by kayak of Backstairs Passage from the mainland to Kangaroo Island.
Nearer the camera, Joe Lamb, and David Forster (then aged 14), both in Nordkapps, with Cape Coutts beyond, on the return from Penneshaw to Cape Jervis. Photo by Peter Carter, in Sea Hawk.
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