Anuenue’s regatta season was marked again by strong performances by its senior men’s and women’s crews. Both senior master and golden master women had first place finishes while the GM men were in the top 3 consistently although unable to dislodge rival Kailua from the top spot. Emerging through the season was a continually improving Novice B men’s crew, and this group went on to qualify for the State championships. Some of the open men decided to pass on regatta electing to concentrate on OC1 training and the upcoming long distance season. However in the last two regattas, a men’s open-4 crew came together that went on to finish close to the top on each occasion – however because of their late start, they didn’t get enough points to qualify for States. Next year guys!
The annual State chanpionships held this year on home turf at Keehi Lagoon saw Lanikai hold off all challengers to claim victory. Anuenue had four qualified crews (Novice B men, 45 and GM women and GM men). The best finish was a fourth by the 45 women as the club ended up with 30 points overall in the A division good for 13th place out of 34 clubs.
Long distance season:
Besides the Oahu events, Anuenue paddlers also participated in the Kona races, the World Sprints in Australia, and Catalina in 2000. Kona saw both senior men’s and women’s crews having good days with the GM women winning their division and the GM men coming in second to a strong Keahou crew in a close finish. Catalina proved to be well worth the trip as the men garnered top honors again in the Malia division while the GM men became “the fastest old men in the world…like beef jerky, tough, sinewy and go best with beer” -KOA web site as they won the first ever GM competition for the event.
Thank you, Baywatch!
26 miles across the sea…Nappy and company head for the mainland.
Conditions were favorable for the 2000 crossing, and Lanikai surprised the favorites with not only a win but also a new record. Hoping to build on a strong fourth place finish in the Skippy race, the open men went in with high hopes. However they found themselves in fast company with strong crews from Tahiti, California and New Zealand and ended up 16th overall. The Novice men’s crew acqutitted themselves well with a middle-of-the-pack finish. Finding themselves short a paddler at the last minute, the GM men recruited the just-turned-45 driver of the Novice men’s escort boat -thanks, Darrell! Although not able to match last year’s 6:14, the end result was still another good effort as Nappy racked up crossing #44.
Home stretch for the men in lime green.