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In 1999/2000, the club acquired two Force 5 outrigger canoes, Ka Pueo (“owl” --- a WCC symbol) and Kaikuahine (“little sister”), and a new chapter opened at WCC. Beginning paddlers to Olympians were drawn into the outrigger program. The program has grown and matured and is now recognized as one of the most competitive on the east coast. The club regularly fields men's, women's and mixed crews in East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA) sanctioned events, and have also competed in the Catalina Crossing, Queen Liliuokalani, Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and Moloka’i Hoe. Since 2002, the WCC has won the ECORA High Points Championship trophy that is awarded each year to the east coast team with the highest standing.
In 2003, ECORA began an OC-1 racing circuit. WCC members were among the first on the beach to participate. In the past years, the number of private OC-1s at the club more than doubled. Members of the men's and women's OC-6 teams regularly cross-train and compete in the OC-1 racing circuit.
The outrigger team has a reputation of training, competing, and playing hard. Summer training sessions are often followed by breakfast or cookouts at the club. Team members are very involved in the volunteer efforts at the club; taking part in work parties, maintaining the outrigger canoes, helping with race logistics, and assisting with the various social activities at the club. The outrigger program is always looking for people who want to enjoy both a competitive challenge and to be part of the WCC extended family.
Practices for 2010
2010 OC6 Races
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