Wednesday, January 27th was a special day for Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club. It marked the day that Cynthia, Julie, Felix, P.J. and myself were inducted into the Ithaca Kiwanis Club. It was an important step for the club as we begin to develop positive relationships with our community as well as give back to the people who have and will continue to support our club. Last August Kiwanis was instrumental in hosting the 1st Annual Cayuga Ho’e lu’au and helping us raise money for paddling activities at the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Together the two clubs will continue the positive relationship as we support and assist in their fundraising efforts and they continue to cook some tasty food at the end of our long paddle. Congratulations to all!
January 9th found P.J., Julie and me at the Kent Island Yacht Club for the annual meeting of ECORA (East Coast Outrigger Racing Association) at the Kent Island Yacht Club in Maryland. This was P.J.’s second meeting and Julie and I were there to learn as much as we could about the past and future of East Coast outrigger canoe.
On our club’s last visit we competed in the Kent Island Cup but the cold temperatures and ice in the Chesapeake made us think twice about asking to go paddling. This time awards were handed out to the best paddlers in OC-1’s and OC-6’s and left us wanting to get in shape for the upcoming season. There was some discussion of where stand up paddling (SUP) fits in ECORA’s plans for the future but no one will be doing the KIC again anytime soon.
Talk then turned to the race calendar which turns out to be extremely full. The season starts with an OC-1 race June 5th in Kent Island, with the Washington Monumental being our first chance to paddle the OC-6 in a competition. Some possible changes to races include the Toronto Harbor Challenge, which is currently not a definite and may be cancelled on July 10th, as well as the Liberty World Outrigger Competition, which is currently awaiting a final date. Liberty may become part of the much larger Mayor’s Cup, a paddling race around Manhattan, this year which has led to the delay in scheduling of this race. Inclusion in this race will be great for outrigger as it will give us a larger audience that will be able to witness our sport. Check out the club calendar for more race dates and start planning for races you may want to attend.
From today’s Ithaca Journal (9/19/09):
Laurel: Raymond Craib of The Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of our 39-mile lake paddle to raise money for our club and for youth paddling programs in Ithaca: Kiwanis Club of Ithaca-Cayuga for the wonderful luau at Stewart Park; Wade Wykstra for donating his time and providing the sweetest chase boat around and to everyone who sponsored us including Sparrow’s Fine Wines, Sheldrake Point Winery, Greenstar, Willcox Service Centers, Puddledockers Kayak Shop, Ludgate Produce Farms, EMS, Ithaca Beer, Power and Paddle, Tamara Loos, Sandra Crandall, Ray and Julia Craib, Meredith MacLeod, Cory Giroux, Jamel Perkins, Marion Boratynski, Nicholas and Barbara D’Alleva, Louise Buck, Karen Edgars, Pete Angre, Elizabeth Wolff-Nagel, Christa and Kyle Downey and Linde Gohn.
The Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club traveled to Kent Island, Maryland to take part in the Kent Island Cup on the Chesapeake Bay. Arriving late Friday night the crew quickly set up tents and had a wonderful dinner at the Kent Island Yacht Club.
An early wake-up call had everyone paddle ready as the 35 mile race started about 7:30 am. The race was broken into 4 sections with one crew doing the first and third legs while the other crew picked up the even legs. Our crews had to drive from change out to change out hydrating and eating as we went. Conditions were reasonable but both canoes battled surface waves and strong tidal currents. We were all extremely hungry so the kaluha pork, mac salad and other delicious treats hit the spot at the luau.
We all tried to stay up and celebrate our success but sleep was much to enticing to ignore but we did manage to see a beautiful KI sunset
The next morning found us all headed in different directions but a small group of use hit a local diner called Holly’s that will become a Kent Island tradition. It also left us wondering……what is scrapple?
Thanks to everyone who made this trip a success especially our crew of paddlers, P.J.,Paul C., Nina, Blair, Felix, Dave, Charlene, Julie, Mike, Iori and our friend from Boston Outrigger, Carol. A special thanks goes out to the Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club for allowing us to use their beautiful canoe.
The IthacanOnline (Ithaca College’s paper) made a pronunciation pun with their ‘Ho’e Down’ video of the Cayuga Ho’e (pronounced hoy, as in boy). We’ll give them a break – because they put together a great video of the Ho’e called ‘Ho’e Down’. Check it out:
Yesterday we paddled 38.41 miles from the north end of Cayuga Lake to Stewart Park on the south shore. Undaunted by strong head winds, storms, curious boaters or a dwindling supply of chocolate cake we soldiered on. Here is but a tiny excerpt of our journey, starting from shore at Cayuga Lake State Park and covering our run with the wind to the railroad trestle, a quick turn, and then the start of a five hour upwind run. There are two crew changes in there, look for the heads on the right of the movie frame. The music is On Fire! by The Ka’au Crater Boys.
[qt:http://cayugaoutrigger.com/files/firstHour/firstHour_OnFire.mov 640 480]
The big day is finally upon us so get you Lu’au tickets and donate sooner rather than later. Remember a portion of your donations will go towards the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s paddling programs. As well as a delicious meal, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ithaca-Cayuga, you will have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative t-shirt.
We have again received great press from the Ithaca College “Ithacan” in Kerry Barger’s article “Going the Distance.” Thanks again to everyone who has donated and assisted in making the Cayuga Ho’e a successful event.
Make sure you have purchased your tickets to this Saturday’s Cayuga Ho’e! The raffle has just received the following donations from some awesome sponsors.
- Ludgate Farms and Gourmet Country Market
- $25 gift certificate to be used at the market
- Power and Paddle Outdoor Products
- $25 gift certificate
Again the Cayuga Outrigger Club is extremely grateful to all of the outstanding businesses that are supporting this event. Please show them your appreciation by visiting them often.
The Cayuga Ho’e is drawing near and we have started to get media coverage. The latest was the article “Hawaii Comes to Ithaca” that appeared in the Cornell Chronicle and explains the purpose of the Cayuga Ho’e. The event was also featured in the Lansing Star, “A 39 Mile Paddle to Ithaca” with again some great photos as well as full reporting on August 29th’s event. Thanks to all how have helped us to promote this worthwhile event!
Many local businesses are make donations to help us support a youth paddling program at the Ithaca Youth Bureau!
Here is the list of the sponsors so far!
- Eastern Mountain Sports
- 2 Complimentary Equipment Rental Certificate for 50% off of a total retail value of $80 for a period of 3 days.
- Greenstar Cooperative Market
- Basket full of wellness skin care products for those sun loving water fans.
- Sheldrake Point Vineyards
- Sponsored a seat on the wa’a
- Willcox Tire and Services
- Certificate for NYS Inspection; Rotate Tires; Check Fluids & Add. Labor Included.
- Certificate for Lube; Oil Change plus Filter; Rotate Tires; Check Fluids & Add. Labor Included
The Cayuga Outrigger Club is extremely grateful to all of the outstanding businesses that are supporting this event. Please show them your appreciation by visiting them often.