The GRPC Outrigger team from Victoria BC returned home on Tuesday evening having competed in The Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race, the worlds largest long distance outrigger canoe race, held in Hawaii.
Over 130 women's teams and 120 men's teams from around the world competed in the 3 day event.
The women's crew from Victoria were the first non-Hawaiian team across the line finishing in 14th place overall and 7th in the Open Women's long distance category. The men's crew crossed the line in 28th place overall and 12th in the Open Men's category.
GRPC Outrigger also placed 1st overall in the Woman's double hull and 1st place overall with a combined crew of False Creek and GRPC in the Mixed Double Hull race.
In the OC1 category, Mel Conard took 1st place overall followed by Andrea Pleven in 4th place overall and 2nd place in her category. On the final days event, the Ali'i challenge, a combination of 17 miles of paddling followed by land based challenges, GRPC placed first in the Open category.
I'll be writing a full race report with more photos in the next day or so. Meanwhile, check out the official race photos at Charla Photography