Aaron cruising on his Blade
Canoes at the ready: Hawaii Kai
Led by Aaron Napoleon, Anuenue’s OC1 competitors turned in some solid performances during the Kanaka Ikaika season. Aaron was consistently near the top of the open division while brother Joey, Norm Bradley, and the brothers Solmssen represented Anuenue well week after week. Aaron and Joey teamed up in the Kaiwi Channel Relay (4th) while Aaron finished 6th overall in the individual event two weeks later and first in his age group. Nappy and Gaylord Wilcox were consistently in the top 3 in the 50+ long course division and also joined up to take top honors in the Catalina Relay and the Kaiwi Channel Relay. Pete Caldwell carried the flag for the club in the kapuna short course division along with Randy Fernley in the open category. On the wahine side, Reina Garcia was second overall in SC Novice A Poai Puni points for the season.
Aaron just before the finish in the Molokai Challenge
Nappy + shades head for the line (first in the 60+ for the Challenge)
OC6 Ironman events:
Open crew dominates
Two Anuenue crews made especially strong showings in the 2001 ironman events. Most notable was the mixed open crew steered by David Napoleon. This group absolutely walked away from the opposition in every event they entered. Also for two events, the Beach Boys race and the Kala Kukea, a group of open men got together that really clicked. This crew (Aaron Napoleon, Andy Penny, the Solmssen brothers, Norm Bradley and Joey Napoleon) scored two very convincing wins and brought up thoughts of possible future success during long distance season. In addition, various combinations of Nappy’s prime time crew produced wins and top 3 finishes in senior masters and golden masters divisions in the various iroman season events.
They’re off and running at Nanakuli
It was a good day for Anuenue at Waikiki with a lot of good waves ,strong finishes., and steering by David Napoleon and brother Joey filling in for Nappy who was still in Rotuma on movie assignment. David especially got an idea of what his Dad routinely has been doing all these years steering race after race and proceeded to crash later that afternoon.
The club ended up tied with Surf Club for top honors in the “A” division and if it hadn’t been for a somewhat questionable decision about the winner in the ladies GM race, it would have beeen an outright win. Led by the Novice A women’s victory, other crews with good races were the 12 mixed (second), 18 girls (second), GM women (second ??? but many thought won the race over host Outrigger), and open-4 men (second). The sophomore women scored a third as did the GM men.
How sweet it is!
Training for the next race!
Flash: After recalculating the points, Anuenue ended up on top after all to claim the undisputed win for the A division! Way to go, officials!
Now it’s time to crank it up for the stretch run with two more Keehi regattas to nail down qualifying spots for Kauai.
These shots tell it all. End of the regular regatta season at Keehi Lagoon. On to Kauai and long distance season!
Part of the fun of the Catalina Race is hanging out on the island before the race (and after for the women)!
Faith and Catalina tile award
Dr. P: Cross training in the street
Nappy serenades the town from the roof
Gaylord: Ready for action on race morning
Nappy & Gaylord in sync and headed for the mainland
Defending champions repeat
Malia champs again
Moloka’i Hoe50th crossing: GM men on the way to a second in the division and 58th out of 104- not bad for the prime time crew! The open crew finished 10th overall with a solid effort in spite of a mid-channel huli thanks to a big rogue wave. Anuenue 2 (the up and coming not-so-novice young guys) nosed out their elders in 52nd. The women’s crew also battled rough channel conditions with a strong, middle-of-the-pack finish.