A lot has happened since my last post and really, I should have been documenting it more. In a strange way I am happy to have a bad back today, as it’s giving me some time to rest and (finally!) get around to writing a new blog. Apologies for my absence dear readers!
The last time I wrote, I was still jubilant about winning our first medal of the season. When we set out at the start of the 2011 Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (MCHCA) campaign, we wanted to win a medal. One medal, any color and we would be happy. We were and still are on cloud nine about our bronze medallions and we all gazed dreamily at them for an entire week, as they took pride of place in our respective homes. Only one problem… like the vampires you see in the movies drinking blood for the first time, we now have a taste of it and we want more!
And more we had. Just seven days later we placed again – finishing in third place to claim bronze at Napili’s Dougie Tihada Memorial Regatta. It was a close race, a really close race and our boat felt great. Hawaiian came in first with a time of 4:50.17, Kahana in second on 4:53.75 then our crew with a time of 4:58.24. Na Kai Ewalu were fourth with 5:06.83, Lae’ula O Kai in fifth on 5:16.85 and Napili in sixth on 5:30.08. Kihei had actually come in third, but they were disqualified for breaking the rules, so we took third. We were delighted, to say the least.
We were also delighted for our Boys 12B who, for the third time in as many weeks, struck gold at Napili’s regatta. Imua boys, we are so proud of you!
The next week it was back to Hanakao’o Beach for Kahana’s regatta and it was actually a tough week at Lahaina Canoe Club. We didn’t manage to get any first-place medals but took home some hardware; our Boys 12B winning silver, our Girls 15 won bronze (well done girls!), our Men’s Novice A also won bronze and I think that was just about it!
It didn’t feel so good in our boat – I think I could have gone faster and smoother up-front and, if we’d had a better lane I think we could have done better. But it doesn’t matter – we gave it everything and we’re looking forward to the next regatta on June 9!
So… we have got a taste for it now and we are chomping at the bit to have another try. We’ve got a bye week coming up, which gives us extra time to prepare for Na Kai ‘Ewalu’s John Wilmington III Regatta. Keep checking back to see how we do in Kahului Harbor in two week’s time.
Aloha for now, Laura