Apr 25 2009 8:30 am
Apr 25 2009 6:30 pm
Event Description: 

Dear Clubs, Associations and Paddlers

Benicia Outrigger Canoe Club (BOCC) is pleased to announce the annual BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC, the first ever double hull adaptive canoe race. The BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC will be held on April 25, 2009 starting at 9:30 am at 810 west 9th street, Benicia CA 94510.

The BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC is the first canoe race where disabled and able bodied paddlers will compete on the same playing field. If possible each crew should have an adaptive paddler in the canoe.

The BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC encourages all paddlers to attend. The race will also feature a OC-1, OC-2, Standup Paddle Board, Paddle Board, Kayak, Race commencing at 8:30 am.

The BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC is a non-sanctioned event therefore all paddlers must sign a waiver form.

Proceeds from the BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC will be donated to medical facilities that focus on the rehabilitation of individuals suffering various forms of paralysis.

Early registration is recommended and if anyone has questions please contact BASIL at (707) 745 8206, cell: (707) 567 8206 or Email:

                                                                   Barry’s Biography by Basil

Barry McKeown was raised in Lanikai and developed a reputation as a world class surfer, paddler and open ocean swimmer. He has paddled the Molokai Channel both on a surf ski and a member of a OC-6 crew. He also has coached a number of crews that have competed in the Molokai race.

A number of years ago Barry was in a severe auto accident, was in a coma for a period of time and as a result was paralyzed from the waist down. Once he recovered from his injuries he completed nursing school and continued to bike, snow ski, and paddle both in an OC-2, and OC-6. Barry is currently the head coach of Benicia Outrigger Canoe Club.

We hope everyone comes out and participates in the BARRY MCKEOWN CLASSIC.

Posted by BOCC on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 6:39pm

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