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boat traffic, the women from False Creek Racing Canoe Club’s (FCRCC) distance program won handily in a time of 1:16:06.
though luckily the current was nearing slack;
The wind blew up more for the men’s race,
25 knots on the ama was no picnic, however.
Island Iron Rips
hosts Island Iron, an OC6 race around a small Every second year, Ocean River Paddling Club group of islands near Victoria, British Columbia. Bearing some strong similarities to the 16 km iron race of Hamilton Island Cup fame, this is the most technically demanding and often Association (CORA) Cup circuit. roughest race on the Canadian Outrigger Racing The islands lie off the southeast tip of
The Canada 1 Open sprint crew (racing under the FCRCC banner) prevailed with a time of
1:06:25 followed closely by the FCRCC distance men thirty seconds behind. The mixed crews Awaited with eagerness along with trepidaReach with a 1:24:14 finish. raced with the men, and honours went to Pacific Paddlers were very conscious of the poten-
tion, the June 9, 2012 race brought everything to the table. Crews from the mainland and Vancouver Island swerved, rocked and slogged to complete a 12 km circuit, shortened from the usual 17 km due to safety concerns - not challenging location.
tial for ending up in the cold water and many
expressed to race organizer, Cindy Wright, how safety boats escorting them. Three hulis and
happy they were to see numerous well-equipped two DNFs were a testament to the challenge
the first time the course has been altered in this In the women’s race, southwest winds of 20
of Island Iron 2012. Winning steersperson Rick
Vancouver Island, exposed to southerly and westerly winds funneled from the open Pacific down the Strait of Juan du Fuca and anything blowing in from the north and east via Haro Strait.
knots with an ebb tide maxing at 5 knots made for wind against tide. There was an enormous
Nu’u summed it all up back on the beach, “That course effectively took seats 4, 5 and 6 out of the mix for half the race.”
rip in Plumper Pass, the last crossing in the race. Despite that and the tricky ama-side wind and
By Laurel Archer
Beginning with a beach start (lemans-style) at so no matter what direction the wind is blowing from, you are going to get it on all sides.
Cadboro Bay, the race course is a circular one,
And if that isn’t interesting enough, the chan-
nels between and around the islands are riddled with tidal rips. In Baynes Channel, the ebb tide opposing, the water is just downright nasty. can max at 6 knots. When wind and current are
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler magazine - August 2012
Cover Liberty Challenge 2012
Contents August 2012
Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge
Gold Coast Cup
MacFarlane 4th of July tradition
Waikiki Beach Boys Regatta
OHCRA Regattas 1,2 & 3
Na Ohana O Hui Waa
Island Iron Rips
I can't run, my knees hurt
OHCRA Champs photos
HCRA State Program
Pacific Paddler magazine - August 2012