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Pacific Paddler, August, 2017 Vol 22.3

This year I made a commitment to help coach the kids at our club and also to get back into the wa’a and race.

Our kids wanted to paddle and I wanted to be a part of that.

The last time I raced was about 13 years ago, so technically I could paddle Novice A.

Our young ‘Hammerheads’, Lahui O Ko’olauloa girls 12 and 13, waiting to race at the Waikiki Beach Boys Invitational
Lahui O Ko’olauloa

Instead of just taking photos, I was back in action and having a blast. I even forgot how old I was. Coaching is rewarding. Making sure our kids are having fun is key to getting them to try as hard as they can. Our young paddlers have been doing great. The crews that qualified for the HCRA States, held in Maui this year, are excited to compete amongst Hawaii’s best paddlers. To every paddler and coach who made it to the ‘States’, congratulations on your achievement. You’re representing the State’s best.

 

Pacific Paddler is A MAGAZINE FOR PADDLERS BY PADDLERS: to bring the excitement of outrigger paddling to a larger audience. Pacific Paddler covers all facets of paddling and outrigger racing including OC6, OC1, OC2, V1, O6, V6, OC4, SUP, Surfski, Canoe Surfing and more from all around the world! Our Focus is on paddling and the active lifestyle that goes with it. Paddling is a sport for everyone, any gender any age from 6 to 86. We want to encourage novice paddlers to join clubs and older paddlers to try it out.

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Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta

Outrigger Canoe Club hosted the 75th annual Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta on July 4th.

Clubs from the Oahu Canoe Racing Association gathered at Waikiki Beach with their fiberglass canoes.

The race was named after Macfarlane after his death in 1943. At the time, he was the Outrigger Canoe Club’s president and a Territorial Legislator for Hawaii. Outrigger Canoe Club was already planning a 4th of July race at Waikiki as part of the Kamehameha aquatic carnival and decided to name it after him.

The races are held in front of the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Beach Hotels. When the race first began, they were the only hotels in Waikiki.

The 4th of July regatta is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It’s a time to celebrate our nation’s birth date plus a chance to compete in the surf. This year the waves were manageable with few hulis or interference with tourists on floaties. Jet skies patrolled keeping people off the course and the lone starter boat avoided the small sets coming in.
The first race of the day was to honor the nation’s military. There were crews from the island’s five branches: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The winners will get their names on the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy.

About 1,450 paddlers took part in 42 events. Paddlers range in age from 8, Skylee Hashimoto in the Girls 12 from Waimanalo to Florence Apa, age 87, a Women Master (70) with Anuenue.

The winners of the most prestigious races of the day, Senior Men, will have their names added to the Walter Macfarlane Memorial Trophy, and got to drink champagne from it at the ceremony. Tradition holds that they share a round with second place finishers. This year Lanikai got to drink first from the silver cup then let Outrigger have a turn.

Now to be memorialized on the trophy are the crew of Nick Foti, Levi-Jordan Goeas, Manny Kulukulualani, Jack Roney, Igor Sobreira and Karel Tresnak, Jr. The top three finishers were Lanikai 11:07.75, Outrigger 11:31.46, and Keahiakahoe 11:40.43.

The Senior Women race for the Muriel Macfarlane Flanders Cup. The winning crew shares a champagne toast from the bowl with the second place crew at the awards.

This year Outrigger’s Jennifer Fratzke, Angie Dolan Giancaterino, Amy Lawson, Billy Lawson, Shannon O’Neill and Traci Phillips had the honors. Top 3 were Outrigger 12:14.95, Lanikai 12:26.83, and Healani 13:04.83.

Division Results

Division AAA (31-45 events): Lanikai won with 187 points, Outrigger 171, Hui Nalu 143, and Kailua 113. Lanikai took home 12 gold, 11 silver, and 28 bronze edging out Outrigger’s 11 gold, 10 silver, and 6 bronze.
Division AA (16-30 events): Keahiakahoe had 73, Healani 62, and Hui Lanakila 45.
Division A (0-15 events): Leeward Kai finished with 50, Waikiki Surf Club 39, Waimanalo 19, Anuenue 19, New Hope 17, Koa Kai 5, Kai Oni 4, Keola O Ke Kai 3, Makaha Canoe Club 3 and Ewa Pu’uloa 1.

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Pacific Paddler is A MAGAZINE FOR PADDLERS BY PADDLERS: to bring the excitement of outrigger paddling to a larger audience. Pacific Paddler covers all facets of paddling and outrigger racing including OC6, OC1, OC2, V1, O6, V6, OC4, SUP, Surfski, Canoe Surfing and more from all around the world! Our Focus is on paddling and the active lifestyle that goes with it. Paddling is a sport for everyone, any gender any age from 6 to 86. We want to encourage novice paddlers to join clubs and older paddlers to try it out.

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Pacific Northwest, Spring Into Summer

The Pacific Northwest has been coming alive this paddling season with the widespread introduction of the unlimited canoes that are now becoming more common at each race.

The 19 PNW-ORCA clubs and our Canadian friends to the north have seen a resurgence of excitement about learning a newer, more precise paddling discipline, and I can safely say that the stoke level is pretty high!

False Creek Coed at Jericho Iron Race by Kendall’s Clicks

May and June saw our paddlers intermixed in a variety of long distance and sprint races. The long distance paddlers found themselves racing in Frenchman’s Bar for the Rusty Iron Race, Jericho, British Columbia for the Jericho Iron, and Burnaby, British Columbia for the Lotus Iron Race.

Rooster Rock Race Men’s Start by Drea Park

The sprinters stayed a bit more local to the greater Seattle area and were working hard to make sure they put in qualifying times for the 2018 World Sprints that will be held in Tahiti.
Looking forward, we have a busy July and August ahead of us. The Gorge has already been rocking with massive windy days making for some epic downwind conditions. The Gorge Iron race will be held on July 15th followed by a week of downwind surfing and the Gorge Downwind Champs held in Hood River, OR. The end of July will find paddlers up in the Seattle area racing at da Grind, in Bellingham at the Bellingham Bay Classic and finally getting ourselves ready to travel to Hawai’i for the Queen’s race, Pailolo and Moloka’i.

See ya on the water, Tyler Irwin

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Pacific Paddler is A MAGAZINE FOR PADDLERS BY PADDLERS: to bring the excitement of outrigger paddling to a larger audience. Pacific Paddler covers all facets of paddling and outrigger racing including OC6, OC1, OC2, V1, O6, V6, OC4, SUP, Surfski, Canoe Surfing and more from all around the world! Our Focus is on paddling and the active lifestyle that goes with it. Paddling is a sport for everyone, any gender any age from 6 to 86. We want to encourage novice paddlers to join clubs and older paddlers to try it out.

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Ka Lei O Ka Lanakila

A fundraiser for Healani Canoe Club

The OC6 iron racing season runs from March through May. On May 7th, Healani Canoe Club hosted their Ka Lei O Ka Lanakila iron.

The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association sanctioned the race which is also a fundraiser for the club. Healani opened the event with a ‘pule’, a hula that seemed to invoke paddling, and a welcoming haka.

The club had breakfast waiting for early arrivals. After a coaches and steersmen meeting, the canoes launched and lined up between the club site and the Mokauea Fishing Village.

The first race of the day was the short course, juniors and coed. Their course was around Mokauea Island and back. The lagoon was still, no clouds and calm with a slight swell rolling in over the reef. Crews had to get across the reef through a narrow channel. From there they skirted the reef until they reached the main channel and made their way back to the starting line. The Long Course did the course twice. There were plenty of crews out to have fun, and everyone was rewarded with a delicious lunch which included fried salmon, mac salad, green salad and rice. The winners received packets of Hawaiian sea salt and trophies were handed out.

Pacific Paddler is A MAGAZINE FOR PADDLERS BY PADDLERS: to bring the excitement of outrigger paddling to a larger audience. Pacific Paddler covers all facets of paddling and outrigger racing including OC6, OC1, OC2, V1, O6, V6, OC4, SUP, Surfski, Canoe Surfing and more from all around the world! Our Focus is on paddling and the active lifestyle that goes with it. Paddling is a sport for everyone, any gender any age from 6 to 86. We want to encourage novice paddlers to join clubs and older paddlers to try it out.

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Crystal Pier Outrigger Canoe Race

Crown Point – Mission Bay – San Diego, California

photos by Chris Sylvester

Here are some photos taken by Chris Sylvester who shot The Crystal Pier race. The day-long event was hosted by Hanohano Canoe Club of San Diego, who are members of the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association.

The race attracted some 2,500+ participants. There were four races throughout the day. First a mini Iron for the ‘Keiki’, the Hawaiian name for kids.

The next race was for the novice, junior and racers in the Short Course Division, approximatly 5-miles. The couse doubled in length for the Women and Coed crews to 10-miles. The fourth and last race was the men’s race. At about the same time, Noon, the beer garden, sponsored by Kona Brewing Company, opened it’s taps. By 3:30 the awards Ceremony were held and 5:30 the Beer Garden closed.

There were planty of winners that day. For the race results head to: www.scora.org/race-results/.

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Pacific Paddler is A MAGAZINE FOR PADDLERS BY PADDLERS: to bring the excitement of outrigger paddling to a larger audience. Pacific Paddler covers all facets of paddling and outrigger racing including OC6, OC1, OC2, V1, O6, V6, OC4, SUP, Surfski, Canoe Surfing and more from all around the world! Our Focus is on paddling and the active lifestyle that goes with it. Paddling is a sport for everyone, any gender any age from 6 to 86. We want to encourage novice paddlers to join clubs and older paddlers to try it out.

http://pacificpaddler.com