The Gibsons Paddle Club hosted the 2018 Canadian Outrigger Champs on August 18 and 19. Our club sent a men's crew and a ladies crew. Rupert, Don and Carl stayed on Sunday to race the small boat event.
Gibsons is an Idyllic setting for a weekend event like this. A quaint small town set in a picturesque West Coast setting, there is great food, nice shops, and lots explore. Although planning logistics for this event was a challenge, once we got there we quickly realized it was very worthwhile. The Gibsons crew put on a great event and the conditions and race course were perfect!
We had some wind both days, so each event presented some really fun conditions. The start of the OC6 race was a hard push into the wind to a turn a few kilometers up the coast, then a long downwind run to the bottom of Keats Island, then back to Gibsons for a 20-22km loop. Our crews really enjoyed our new Malolo in these conditions. It was fast, fun and a joy to paddle.
The wind dropped a bit by Sunday's small boat race, but gave enough of a bump for some fun runs and a course that presented some really varied conditions. The course was 10K, which gave us a shorter push into the wind, then a turn downwind, around a small island at the 5k mark, then back.
Comox and Friends (Ladies): 2nd overall and 2nd open/unlimited category.
Comox Men's: 6th overall, 4th open unlimited
Small Boat Results:
Don Irvine: 1st men's 60+
Rupert Wong: 3rd men's 50+
Carl Tessmann: 1st OC1
Last weekend's Island Iron in Victoria was an incredible weekend of racing in challenging conditions. The initial excitement for the weekend was the fact that our women's and men's masters crews got to paddle our new Malolo, and from the grins on their faces after the race, the boat did not disappoint. Our rookie men's open crew did well in their first race and by the hoots and hollers after the event, they are hooked on OC6 racing.
Saturday's OC6 races were challenging for all three of our crews. Very high winds created a race that tested the most experienced crews and each of our teams showed both their fitness and skill finishing on the podium in each of their categories.
The wind died down a bit for Sunday's small boat races. Rupert/Ron and Paul/Dustin showed off their strength in OC2's and Carl represented the club in his surfski. Conditions were relatively tame overall, but a strong tide rip presented challenges for paddlers at the half way turn and caused some to go for an expected swim.
It was an exceptional race weekend for all involved and thanks to Ocean River Paddling Club for hosting a first class event. See the photos above for race results.
Thanks to Rupert Wong, here's a look at the OC6 course.
Isn't she a beauty?? After years of drooling, talking, dreaming, scheming and planning, we finally have our first Unlimited OC6 and we couldn't be happier! Thanks to Hana Hou Paddlesports (Don and Zoe), we brought home our club's new flagship, just in time for the Island Iron race in Victoria last weekend. Both the men's masters and women's open crews got to paddle the new boat and they couldn't stop grinning afterwards.
As crews get more competitive, this super light boat will bring our club to a new level in paddling and enable us to compete with the best of the best, both locally and abroad. The two workhorse Mirage canoes in our compound will continue to be the go-to boats for practices and general training, but we have this secret weapon tucked away and ready for racing. Stay tuned, things are starting to get exciting at the Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club!
Looks like it has been a while since we have updated this site! Well despite our silence, there are a lot of very exciting happenings in our club. As the weather warms up, the club is in full swing with both OC6 and small boat training and racing. With a season full of race goals, you will see boats coming and going from the compound nearly every day of the week training for events in both the OC6 boats and various small boats.
Our membership is growing fast with both competitive and recreational paddlers joining our ranks. It is great to see so many new faces at our regular practices and a full roster headed for this coming weekend's Island Iron race in Victoria. After a few races already in the bag this year, our ladies team is looking incredibly strong with some impressive finishes; and our men's team is showing some real potential with several eager new paddlers.
Beyond racing, our club is hosting this year's Island Changes race at Sproat lake. Stay tuned for details about this exciting event on August 25, 2018.
If this Spring is any indication of what is to come, stay tuned for an exciting season!!
Another fantastic race in the books. The Comox Valley fielded 5 teams in total counting mixed and only finished second to the young guns from Victoria (Fairway Gorge) in overall time but winning every division entered. We borrowed a trailer from Nanaimo and took our two Mirages down to the Hub City in order to compete with some of the best the Island has to offer. Some of our newest paddlers got a chance to race with some of our veterans giving them a really positive 1st outrigger racing experience. I wish that I had taken a photo of the huge smiles as the women's crews were coming back to the dock. The conditions had some surprises as the day wore on. In the mixed event it seemed that the wind was blowing directly in our face for all 8 directions. In the last 100 meters as we were coming into the finish line I remember thinking,,, we must be going the wrong way,,, the wind isn't in our face.
Here are the results:
Our Victoria friends at Fairway Gorge pulled out all the stops again this year and put on the Wet Dashe relay race in the Gorge. This race is to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of prostate cancer. Susan, Heather, Koya, Michele, Lisa, Annie, Lyse, Laurel, Janine, Dean, Stan, Don, Peter, Rupert and Steve all got involved from our club and we all had a great time while contributing to a fantastic cause. Contrary to the forecast the sun came out and made for a very pleasant day. The race was a blast! The dry dock changes very chaotic with sometimes three boats at a time performing changes. With the 1 minute delay starts there was almost always someone to chase and someone chasing you over the 8 legs of the relay. Kudos to our club as we somehow managed to pull off the fast time of the day over the 24 km course. Last count the fundraising efforts managed to pull in over $6000.00 for the prevention of prostate cancer. Congratulations to all involved!
Rigging today. Not allowed out of the harbour. Yesterday 2 boats had trouble due to high waves. Jim Foti did an end over with Lanikai & a Tahitian crew broke their Iano and split their ama in two.
Forecast for race day favorable but challenging conditions.
Wish you were here.
Three of our local club paddlers went to the dragon boat club worlds in Ravenna Italy in September as members of the False Creek Canoe Racing Club. Out of 120 clubs, 29 countries and 5400 paddlers False Creek came out as the world champions. Our paddlers, Rani Johns with 4 golds, women's 200, 500, and 2000 metres and mixed 2000. Dean Doherty with Gold mixed 2000, silver open 2000 and bronze in the 500, Brian Johns silver 2000 open and bronze 500 open, all competed in the senior C (over 60). Canada dominated once again. It is not unusual for Canada to take the top 3 spots.
On behalf of the CVCRC I would like to congratulate Dean, Rani, Brian and all of the False Creek Creek Canoe Racing Club. It is fantastic to see our local paddlers so dominant on the world scale. One more reason to be proud Canadians.
Here's a couple of shots of the load that Don and I picked up in Stevenson. It included our new Club Tempest as well as 11 other boats. This load attracted a lot of attention. We even ran into a guy in the ferry lineup who runs escort boats for races in Hawaii. Below are some shots of Johnny's new unlimited 6 man. Top left shows the Vortex on the trailer in the background.