The annual ECORA meeting was held in snowy Philadelphia where the state of East Coast outrigger paddling was discussed as well as the calender for the 2011 race season decided and set. Discussion revolved around strengthening outrigger racing, assisting clubs in becoming larger and stronger as well as providing great experiences from the novice to experienced paddler. Many other issues were discussed and Philly Outrigger proved an outstanding host. If you are interested in reading the ECORA Minutes please feel free or contact COCC for more information.
Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club partnered up with Cayuga Compost to provide Ithacans with quality compost this October while supporting our club. Cayuga Compost is a local company that who, “provide a food waste collection and composting service to local businesses to divert their food scraps from the waste stream and turn it into high quality compost. With 10 years of commercial composting experience, we guarantee prompt professional service.”
Thanks again to Cayuga Compost for helping us fundraise which allowed us to purchase a new canoe and expand our awesome club!
As paddling season approaches it is important to remember that Cayuga Lake and other waterways are extremely cold and there are a few rules that can help us to stay safe while on the water. First would be the use of PFD’s is you are out paddling. Cold water paddling can be defined as anything less than 68º F. As we move forward into the spring season not to wear cotton but have wool, fleece or other synthetic clothing and dress in layers that can be shed as you heat up or cool down. Also be sure to get some good wool or neoprene socks to keep your toes warm. Looking forward to getting together and paddling very soon!
Finally, let’s look at the cold, hard facts about cold water immersion. Many studies have been done to determine why so many drowning deaths occur as a result of falling into cold water. If you look at the statistics below, it seems that in a lot of cases these tragedies should not have happened given the fact that most were good swimmers and were within a short distance from safety – the shore, a boat, a dock, etc. You can find more information at Cold Water Boot Camp.
Also check the Cayuga Lake RUSS site to see conditions on the lake when it is deployed.
YeeeeeHaaaaaaa! September 3rd proved to be a great day to travel south, toward a hurricane and 35+ miles of paddling. That was our plan as we headed toward Kent Island, Maryland in the Chesapeake for a team outrigger race. In our way was Hurricane Igor, missing members and some severe surf that caused the normal circumnavigation of Kent Island to be altered.
Our team arrived in Kent Island and had a wonderful meal together at the Kent Island Yacht Club. After that it was off to sleep as we rested for the big day ahead.
Race time was scheduled for 7:30 am with boats hitting the water at 7.
Our first group of Julie, Liz, Heather, Paul, Dave and P.J. headed south as the winds increased in velocity and the waves responded by growing ever larger. Our team was in the front of the pack as we circled the bouy but was soon surprised by an ama that chose to move to the other side of the boat! HULI!!!
Some great work by the team had the boat upright and bailed before the entire field had passed us. The next 4 miles where a bit dicey as we traveled back to Kent Island with the waves hitting our ama straight on. The team quickly made it back and changed out with our second leg team. Blair, Cookie, Tracey, Cynthia, Bill and Paul where excited to be paddling but did not realize what awaited them when they left protected water and ventured out into the Chesapeake Bay. The water in the bay was gnarly with 3 to 4 foot swells that, again, were hitting the ama broadside. The crew struggled mightily in these conditions of high wind and swells and where more than happy to make the turn. The downwind run was fantastic and fast as we passed 2 boats and came in for the change out with a third. Team 2The crew hit the beach and were glad to be on dry land but also concerned as the first group headed out into the same water. The third and fourth legs went off without a hitch and we were all soon sipping cold beers and preparing for the luau.
The next morning all tents were packed and we made an annual breakfast stop at Holly’s and then a small group headed into Annapolis for some sightseeing and a snack a McGarvey’s Saloon.
Huge thanks to all team members especially Matt for climbing in and doing a leg which was his second time ever in an outrigger. Also a big mahalo to Blair’s parents for the blue crabs and a place to sleep as well as the Kent Island Outrigger Club for throwing such an outstanding event.
July 31st marked the day that Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club was hoping to erase the events that occurred the previous year at Liberty World Outrigger Competition. What were those events? Four COCC members headed to New York City and met up with Ben (steersman) and Ray(paddler) to take on some extreme conditions in New York Harbor and the Hudson River. After more than 2 hours of paddling it was discovered that the boat had missed a turn, ended off course and was given a DNF. The crew was tired and dismayed and wondered if it was worth ever coming back.
Saturday morning found our team of Julie, Dave, Cookie (Paul C.), Paul W. and P.J. walking across the Brooklyn Bridge for an 11 o’clock race time. Our canoe, courtesy of the Washington Canoe Club, need to be rigged and a portion of the morning was spent lashing the the ama, iakos and wa’a together. A nervous morning was spent getting in some last food and water as we waited for the women’s race to end and for our Men’s Open to start.
Finally at 10:30 we launched our boat and paddled to the starting line under the Manhattan Bridge. The current was flowing strong against us with considerable chop but we were more than ready for the challenge. The race start was crazy but with some masterful steering P.J. kept us upright and ahead of another boat which was a cause for excitement. We quickly made our way to the tip of Manhattan, avoided getting run over by the Staten Island Ferry and were headed into some of the roughest water of the day.
As we headed north on the Hudson we faced a slight tidal current behind us the flow of the Hudson in our face and massive boat wakes that were reflecting off the shore. Our ama spent some time in the air but due to an awesome team we were soon making the turn at W 29th Street and heading to the west side of the Hudson. Padding was almost enjoyable as we headed toward Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. At the Statue of Liberty things again grew interesting as tourist gawked from the Circle Line Cruise Boat and wakes again threatened the seemingly inevitable huli. After what seemed like forever, it was actually only a mile, we found safe haven behind Govenor’s Island and were paddling our way to the finish line. Not only had we finished the race but we came in ahead of another crew!
We were greeted at the shore by MHanh offered us relief in the form of PIZZA and BEER, are you kidding me, she is invited to all events from here on out!! A big Mahalo to her.
We finished off our day with the luau at the Frying Pan and ate to we could not fit any more. The luau also had women performing hula, a raffle and many great recaps of an awesome and exciting day.
We have been talking after practice about paddling strokes and the first video is the one that P.J. is referencing that shows Team Livestrong during a practice. It is an amazing team and a beautiful thing to watch so check it out.