As of 2014 the Race Around the Hat will no longer take place in September. The event has grown and generated enough interest that we have decided to move RATH so it is in alignment with the V1 racing calendar used throughout the pacific. The next Race Around the Hat is scheduled for Sunday July 6th, 2014. Traditionally the July 4th weekend is an open weekend on the paddling calendar since the Mcfarlane regatta takes place on July 4th itself. This date avoids conflicts with long distance season and the high school athletic calendar altogether. Additionally this new date will allow us to qualify paddlers to race in the Aito races of Tahiti, generally considered the long distance world championships of V1 paddling. For 2014 the HVA will send a minimum of three paddlers from Hawaii to compete in Te Aito of Tahiti. HVA will sponsor as many paddlers as possible.
EDIT: due to our inability to find sponsorship for everyone's airfare we will not be giving away tickets to Te Aito. BUT, we did get part way to our goal so all the money we've raised thus far will be put into a super fun race, tons of prizes, AND for the first time we will offer cash prizes for the adult categories. Due to Hawai'i state amateur athletic rules we are not allowed to give away money to high schoolers as it could jeopardize your amateur athlete status. That said you'll still get lots of cool stuff if you're under 19 and you can still race for FREE!
Remember, loaned canoes are given out in the order that participants register, so get on the list right away! If at all possible please pay your entry fee online. This makes race day run much more smoothly and let's us get the racing started sooner! If you have already registered and paid your entry through the old 2012 link we have you registered. Thanks!