Pacific Paddler December 2015 - (Page 28)
PHOTOS BY CHRIS SILVESTER
The Catalina Crossing of 2015 saw record
times for the women's 26 mile race from
Newport Beach to Avalon. It also displayed a
great battle among the top finishers of the men's
30 mile race back to Newport Beach.
Glassy conditions and an outgoing tide
greeted the women's and coed race on Saturday
September 12th. This made for a record
crossing with 1-2-3 women finishers, Dana
Point Outrigger (3:46:12), Lanakila of Redondo
Beach ( 3:48:54), and Hanohano of San Diego
(3:57:33), all finishing under the four hour mark.
Newport Aquatic Center (NAC) and Hui Wa'a
from the Bay Area rounded out the top five.
NAC also had the first coed finisher.
The men's race on Sunday saw mild conditions but had to go against the outgoing tide for
most of the day. Paddling Connection/NAC
from Tahiti (4:03:58) took a more Southern line
on the course and efficiently built a lead they
never gave up.
A great battle developed for second place
with Na Koa Kona of the Big Island and
Lanakila of Redondo Beach finding each other
early. Shortly, NAC joined the same line and
the three crews went back and forth across the
The men of NAC (4:12:01) established a gap
before the harbor entrance to take second place.
Na Koa Kona (4:15:00) took third and Lanakila
(4:16:04) finished fourth. Team California
(Masters 40) came in fifth.
The adoption of the unlimited canoes
continues to grow in Southern California as
almost 50% of the crews raced in these lighter
and sleeker designed canoes. Also, five 19 and
under crews raced this year, all in unlimited
Along with Tahiti, Hawaii, and California,
teams came from Canada, Australia, Arizona,
Washington D.C., and New York.
A big thank you to Offshore Canoe Club and
the gang of SCORA for their hard work hosting
DECEMBER / JANUARY 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler December 2015
Na Wahine Cancelled
Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe
Greater Montreal Outrigger Challenge
Na Holo Kai:Oahu to Kauai
American Samoa in the Channel
3 stretches every paddler should know
Ikaika Hawaii rowing program
Canoes are “Whos”
Pacific Paddler December 2015