What a great way to start the 2015 paddling season with an Outrigger Canoe race! What makes this race different then other races in the area is, they put two OC6’s together to make a V12 (a 12 person canoe) by removing the amas off the OC6’s and lashing a wooden beam/post between both boats.
On Friday night, I was asked to fill in on friends outrigger crew (a teammate who is sick). I of course said yes, as it is a race that I have always wanted to do but never got a chance to do. Saturday morning after meeting up with the crew, we went over their calls and what they expected to place in their heat/overall in the event.
Once we climbed into the boat from shore (from the last seat), we got ourselves settled wished each other good luck and paddled out the start line. The race official waved the final flag and all six teams were off paddling towards Boulder Island, which felt like it was taking forever but once we did our 1st left turn around the island we felt like we were flying home thanks to the wind. As we were heading towards the 2nd left turn we got hit with a big wave from one of the tub boats that was going by (All I could think of was the Hawaii 5-0 theme song at that point).
Once we finished the race, I was happy that I was able to keep up with this crew and paddle non-stop for 34 minutes after not paddling for a while. We all went out to lunch afterwards, I can’t wait to see these guys again.
Yes that’s fireball in my friend’s hand, for most teams here on the west coast, it’s a tradition to have a shot of fireball after the event.
Sorry for the crappy cellphone pics – I didn’t want to bring my camera to the event.
How was your weekend?