Sept 28 - Mooloolaba OCC wins 2003 Na Wahine O Ke Kai

update:[Pacific Paddler Photos] courtesy Ropati / boat driver Karel
[Australian paddling team breezes to crown] Honolulu Advertiser
[Y2Kanu Photos] courtesy Rick Leton
Mooloolaba OCC OPEN 5:26:37
Outrigger CC OPEN 5:36:20
Kai Opua (Hawai MASTERS-35+ 5:44:31
[OCPaddler Poll Results]
[Na Wahine O Ke Kai traverses channel for 25th time] Star Bulletin pre race article

Contact: Diane Fujii Johnson, Johnson LLC
Email: DianeFJohnson at aol.com

With a record 72 crews entered, Australians take the title of the Silver Anniversary Hawaii Modular Space Na Wahine O Ke Kai
Mooloolaba finishes the 25th Molokai crossing with second fastest time -
misses record by just over 2 minutes

Honolulu, HAWAII (September 28, 2003) - Determination is what drove Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club from Australia to dominate today's Hawaii Modular Space Na Wahine O Ke Kai. From the 7:30 a.m. start time, Mooloolaba who came in third last year - held a dominant lead over the rest of the 72 entered crews. Off the start line, they quickly gained an 8 minute spread ahead of Honolulu's Outrigger Canoe Club and held the one-mile gap the duration of the race.

NCOCA: Uncle Bob Memory Page

I am sure word is getting out but I just wanted to let people know that Uncle Bob of Hui O Hawaii of Sacramento (husband of Marilyn Steele, president of the NCOCA) passed away quietly on Thursday, September 18, 2003.

I have created a small memorial page at: outriggercanoe.com

If you have a cherished photo you would like to see posted there, I will be more than happy to do so. Email it to me. My email address is on the website.

Take care and paddle safe.

Michael Nyberg
Hui O Hawaii of Sacramento

Sept 21 - NZ/HI wins Henry Ayau Mens's International - Oahu

update:[Pacific Paddler Photos] courtesy Ropati
Team NZ/HI 1st, Outrigger, Kai Opua, Lanikai follow.
[Official Results]
[Y2Kanu Photos] courtesy Rick Leton
[NZ/HI Sets Race Record] Honolulu Advertiser Article
[Ayau race turns into no contest] Star Bulletin Article

Sept 13th - E `ilau Hoe Kakou - Maui

[Photos] courtesy Sharon Balidoy
One of the greatest Channel tune-ups you could ever participate in is Maui's E `ilau hoe kakou long distance race. The course is 32 miles. With the first stroke of the race you are out in deep ocean, surfing whatever mother nature has in store for the day. The race starts at Maliko on Mauis north shore, you cut straight across to Kahakuloa, aound the point finishing in the calm waters of Lahaina. It is sponsored by Lae`ula O Kai which means the race is organized and fun, the awards are unique and the food is ono (kalua turkey and pork for all).

In addition to Hawaiian, Lahaina, Napili, Kahana, Wailea and Na Kai Ewalu canoe clubs of Maui Lae`ula O Kai thanks the Eyecatcher women and the men of Kukui O Molokai for their 2nd year of support and Wa`akapaemua for making the trek to Maui.

Watch for next season's schedule so you can plan for it and make it over. Maui welcomes you all.

September 6th - 2003 Great River Race Report - London, England

This year's Great River Race saw 211 boats start, of all classes: 7 outrigger canoes, numerous dragonboats, Thames Cutters, Cornish Gigs, Celtic Longboats, Whalers included.

As usual this is a handicap race, so the outriggers start 66 minutes behind the leaders. A lot of ground to make up but a lot of boats to pass. This is what makes the race so exciting.

Sept 6-7 - NZ/HI & Offshore win Catalina Crossing - California

update:[Mudbrook Paddles Catalina News]
***Offshore 1st Womens
***NZ/HI 1st Mens
[KOA Results]
[Photos] by Luke Evslin
check [koa.org] for aritcle

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