2016 has proved to be challenging at best for our paddlers.  At the state HCRA regatta championships KCC qualified seven crews to compete at Keehi Lagoon.  Six crews were influenced by the “brown water” reports, staph, and reasonable worries about the after-effects of Tropical Storm Darby or individual team member decisions.  Attendance across all state championship events was significantly affected.  One KCC crew, Men40, went to states and defended their championship streak for a fourth year and bested nine other crews in 7:23:29. This same crew Keauhou Iron NK 40-49 Male took first place in 2.01.19 in the 18 mile Queen Liliuokalani Race in very rough water conditions.  At Molokai Hoe, Molokai to Oahu, 40+ miles of open ocean the crew placed 25th overall with a 5.51.22 and were  2nd out of five 40+ men  canoes.  Hearty congratulations to Bruce Ayau, Hunter Anderson, Ian Foo, Daniel Legler, Ivan Mcivor,and Theron Ogata for being models of quality performance, training regimen, and consistency in regatta and long distance all year long.


The Queen Liiiuokalani Race, 18 miles from Kailua Pier to Honaunau, had 122 international womens’ crews going down and 114 men’s crews coming back.  First place in their age group was gathered by Women 40’s in the Iron Koa –MK Female (44th overall) in 2:38. and  Mix 40 in the Double Hull 6 mile race in 34.41.  Second place in the age group were gathered by the Women 50-59 Iron Non-Koa (46th overall) in 2.38.08;  Women 60-64  Iron Non-Koa (72nd overall ); Men 55-59 Iron Non-Koa in 2:17:29 (35th overall); Women 40-49 Double Hull in 38.34; and James Hanley in the Men 50-54 Stand up Paddleboard in 30.38.  Third place was gathered by Women 50-59 Double Hull in 40.37. The KCC Women Open crew placed 21st out of 52 in their class in the 18 mile race.    In  the Pailolo Maui to Molokai  race of 26 miles, KCC Open Women paddled 28 miles in 4.14.42 to place 12th out of 21 crews in their division and 26 women canoes overall.  They were 67th out of 85 total canoes (men and women).  The crew of 9 had 6 first/second year paddlers in the canoe.   Congratulations to all the racing crews in regatta and long distance who placed competitively in their various events from week to week all season long.