One Month To Go
Hard to believe but our first race of the 2012 season is now less than a month away. We’ve been practicing with more regularity for the last four weeks, working on our timing, our technique and getting our shoulders back into paddling shape. We’re getting there…
The first race of the 2012 MCHCA season is Hawaiian Canoe Club’s John M. Lake Regatta, to be held at Kahului Harbor on June 2. The first of three regattas to be held at the Harbor this year.
In the coming weeks, the girls and I will be working on our sprints and getting ready for that first race but it’s going to be a busy few weeks for us outside of the boat too.
As we have a bye this year, Lahaina Canoe Club will not be holding a regatta. This makes for a nice break, as staging a regatta is a big task. A very enjoyable task but with very small numbers of club members, it can be tough. So, our main fundraiser is going to be the 32nd Annual Restaurant Races, to be held on May 12. (for more info please contact RRC2012@lahainacanoeclub.net)
Hopefully we’ll raise lots of much-needed funds this year and sign up some new Novice Bs for the 2012 season. New members are what we need to bolster our ranks! Until then, all hands are on deck – signing up restaurant crews for the races, helping them practice, hustling to find silent auction items and much more.
In other club news, the Master Men crew has signed up to compete in the 2012 Liberty Challenge race, hosted by New York Outrigger. Yes, New Yorkers paddle too. To quote from their website: “Each summer crews from across the country, Europe and the Pacific travel to New York City to compete in its kinetic waters. Crews not only have to gauge the strong tidal currents with their dramatic and sudden shifts, but they must also negotiate the vast number of ferries, cruise ships, tour boats, barges, tankers and pleasure craft that fill New York Harbor, the East River and the Hudson River.”
Sounds like an adventure. A chilly adventure. For more info, check out the New York Outrigger website. Can’t wait to see pictures from this race!
Well, that’s an update on what’s happening at LCC right now. I’ll be back soon with news about the up-coming season and our ups and downs along the way.
Keep paddling! Aloha, Laura