1999 Regatta and Long Distance Season
Regatta season ’99:
Anuenue’s ’99 regatta season was marked by several first place “A” division finishes thanks to consistently strong performances by both senior men and women paddlers. In addition, a solid women’s novice B crew picked up valuable points along with a steadily improving men’s novice A group. This year also featured an 18 girls crew who quickly proved to be competitive in their division and finally broke through with a win at Waikiki in the annual MacFarlane event. Anuenue took first place honors in the MacFarlane with Coach Nappy doing his usual ironman performance steering for all the crews. Qualifying 6 crews for the State championships on Maui, hopes were high for a high scoring day. Both senior and golden master women finished well but their male counterparts ran into trouble with an outside lane late in the day which victimized a number of the top crews. Wind with increasing current and chop turned outside lane assignments into no-win situations, and over half the winning entries drew lanes 1-4. Eventually because of the worsening conditions and a late start, the regatta was not completed before dark, and the last HCRA regatta of the century ended in controversy with no team championships being awarded.
18 girls celebrate at MacFarlane
Golden master women come back to the beach with a first
Long Distance Season
Hale O Lono, Moloka’i
Following an active year of successes in preseason ironman races as well as New York’s’Liberty Cup, Tahoe and Catalina events, Anuenue paddlers finished off the season with stong efforts in this year’s Moloka’i Hoe and Na Wahine O Ke Kai races. Of particular note were the senior masters women’s second consecuitve first in their division, the open men’s 12th place finish, and the senior masters men finishing in the top half (48th) which was good for a fifth place in a very competitive senior master men’s division. This year was Nappy’s 43rd consecutive Moloka’i event , and he later went on to compete in Tahiti’s Hawaiki Nui race plus finished off 1999 racing in New Zealand.
Anuenue Open Men celebrate their 5:14:57
Senior Master men “paddling down the blue Pacific highway”