HANAPEPE — The Second annual West Kaua‘i Canoe Club Long Distance race unwrapped on Saturday to a field of 25 participating teams in a race that included two stages.
According to outrigger canoe paddling enthusiast Eric Shewchuk, the first stage included women and mixed teams that started just outside the Kuku‘iula Small Boat Harbor and raced to Hanapepe Bay, ending just outside the rock wall surrounding Port Allen Small Boat Harbor.
The second leg of the race departed from the beach at Hanapepe Bay and finished outside the Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor in Kekaha.
Shewchuk said conditions for this phase of the race were significantly rougher and windier than the opening phase.
Shewchuk said crews from the Kai‘ola Canoe Club, especially the mixed na ‘opi‘o division, performed well during this race.
First to finish the grueling South Shore to Westside route was the 81 Horomoana Mens Unlimited team from the Hanalei Canoe Club, which tripped the clock at 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 22 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of the second overall finishing team 84M Makaiva Mens Unlimited team from Pu‘uwai at 1:05:24.
Men 50: 88C Olkliko (Kukui‘ula) 1 hour, 12 minutes, 18 seconds (6th overall);
Men Novice: 81K Lupile (Hanalei) 1:09:08 (4th overall); Leke Iwa (Pu‘uwai) 1:39:00 (9th overall);
Men Open: Niumalu prince (Niumalu) 1:20:36 (7th overall);
Men 60: 81D HILINaimou (Hanalei) 1:21:00 (8th overall);
Men Unlimited: 81 Horomoana (Hanalei) 1:02:22 (1st overall); 84M Makaiva (Pu‘uwai) 1:05:24 (2nd overall); 84 KamaKaHiapo (Pu‘uwai) 1:07:00 (3rd overall); 79A Kamakani (Hokualele) 1:11:29 (5th overall).
No results for women, na ‘opi‘o or mixed divisions were available at press time.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Garden Island