The 2019 season will start off with our 10th Annual Spring Training Camp in Maui, HI. Outrigger paddlers have the opportunity to experience the true sport of outrigger, complete with ocean paddling, voyaging, and learning about the culture. Our intent is always to bring this experience home and share with all the Club paddlers. We have a full line up of races to attend (check out the race schedule) through the season including Penticton, Kelowna, the Gorge and Harrison Springs for the National Championships.
The 2019 IVF World Distance Championships will be held in Mooloolaba, Australia in early August. We have 3 Club paddlers attending this elite event. In the fall we will host the time trials to select Team Canada for the 2020 World Sprints (to be held in Hilo, Hawaii), we expect a large Team Canada for this event. Trials will be help September 28-29, if you are not racing but want to volunteer please get in touch with us.
As usual we intend to keep developing our novice program. The best place to start is a Wednesday evening intro session with our coaches and experienced paddlers. We continue to encourage new paddlers to attend the races with us, racing a shorter distance or even with experienced paddlers if you already have a good fitness base and are up for a challenge.
First year outrigger program: $295 (membership included)
In addition, an annual fee of $25 paid to CORA, the National governing body, is required for any paddler attending a CORA race. This is self registration.
We encourage new members to participate at the Recreation OC6 sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning to learn the basic skills in the 6 man boat. Once you are comfortable in the OC6 you may move onto the 1 and 2 person outrigger canoes. An orientation session from Lynda or a volunteer coach is required. Once you sign up we will email regular updates on training sessions and all program activities to keep you updated.
May through end of September, October is weather, and sunlight, permitting.
Once you join the program we will send out regular email updates to confirm practices and other information. The general outline is as follows.
Boat priority will go to;
Newcomer and Visitors OC6: join us Wednesdays, meet for 6:15pm at panabode. First session is May 15th.
Competitive: Tuesday 6:30pm and Thursday 6:30pm. Saturday 8:30am – all paddlers are welcome.
Small Boats Training Group: no set days are in the schedule as of now. Sunday morning is a pretty regular date. Once you are registered we will confirm with the group based on events and interest.
Experienced paddlers are encouraged to join us Wednesdays to paddle with newcomers and help coach, seat priority goes to newcomers
All paddlers must be experienced or have permission to use small boats. You must be knowledgeable of; rigging, carrying technique, huli process, boat care. Please see Lynda for orientation and permission if you are new to the program.
See the race schedule posted in the panabode for a list of races we plan to attend, as well as the sign up procedure. We will set crews for the races based on the sign up numbers and specific event.
The crews will be set by the coaching team and may require a time control for seat selection in some situations.
Team race selection Guide
Everyone is encouraged to participate.
There will be a sign up sheet (and on Team Snap) for anyone who wishes to participate. A subcommittee will determine crews (mixed crews if possible). All paddlers are expected to attend regular practices to train with their crews.
Novice paddlers will receive priority in OC6 if we have extra paddlers. Experienced paddlers may be asked to race in OC1 and OC2, in order to make room in the OC6 for a less experienced paddlers.
Selection criteria for women’s, men’s, and mixed competitive races are as follows:
A tour de buoy distance (3.2 km or double loop of 6.4 km) will be used as a time trial. All paddlers wanting to race must do a time trial as part of the selection process (including steers people).
The top 5 times will be in the first boat plus the top steers person.
A team captain for that race will be chosen from this crew.
The next top 5 paddlers and steers person will fill a second boat.
A ladder will be established and people can do time trials as many times as they want before the selection deadline. In order for a time trial to count, another person from the club must be present to time the person. There will also be organized times when groups will do their time trial to encourage best performance.
For high performance races such as Nationals we will set a deadline so crews have extra time to train with their crew prior to the race.
If selected for a crew, all paddlers must commit to paddling 2x/week in an OC6 with their crew.
Alternates may exist for each crew and have first priority for small boats at races if they are not paddling on the OC6 team in these competitive races.
Years of experience are not a determining factor to be part of the competitive team.
Set crews may be formed by any group of paddlers. Boat priority will go to the men’s and women’s competitive, and novice, crews. Mixed teams may be formed with a set crew or if the male/ female ratio dictates with signed up paddlers.
Selection for novice competitive races is based mainly on sign up.
Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are greatly appreciated.
Once selected, paddlers must commit to paddling 2x/week in an OC6 with their crew. One of these times will most likely be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, but of course this depends on the schedules of the crew members.
One tour de buoy distance (3.2 km) will be used as a time trial if required to select novice paddlers, in addition to coach’s input.
Small Boats (OC1, OC2’s)
Priority goes to designated alternate paddlers for competitive races.
To race in a small boat at any of the races, one must sign up by a deadline, which will be no less then 2 weeks before the race. Boats will be first come, first serve, unless there are more paddlers signed up then boats available. In this case, we will defer to time trials.
Boat use for Racing
Those who are participating in the training program on a regular basis will get first priority for small boat choice if a Club boat is required.
OC6 boats will be determined by the subcommittee and based on the event, crew and / or previous opportunities. This may be a factor as the Club has 2 unlimited OC6’s, which are more popular to race. The race entries from other Clubs may be a determining factor as well.