Among the noteworthy events of 2008 was the blessing of a new racing canoe in April. Club members gathered at our site on a classic Waikiki morning to for the occasion as the new Bradley canoe Namoanaokekua joined the Anuenue fleet.
August saw Anuenue paddlers competing in the 13th World Sprints held on Lake Natoma in Sacramento. Conditions were perfect especially for the Tahitians who dominated the races with 71 total medals (Hawaii had 21 in third). Although we didn’t make it to the podium this year, it was a memorable experience as always to get together with fellow paddlers from many different countries.
Regatta Season: Competing in the “A” division, Anuenue consistently finished in the money during the season. States were held at Keehi, and the club finished 13th out of 42 with the best final finish being a sixth by the Golden Master men’s crew.
Several crews raced at the 2008 edition of the Lilioukalani event in Kona. Grand master crews had first and second place finishes and also won the V12 event. For Moloka’i, we entered three men’s crews including the 55s as Nappy made it crossing number 51 with the open crews finishing in the top half of 105 crews. The open women joined 66 other crews for the Na Wahine race.
Wrapping it up for the year was another trip to Rarotonga for the Vaka Eiva races where our golden paddlers had the challenge again of racing in the 40+ division. However this celebration of paddling features a variety of races from sprints to the final event around the island and once again it was a highlight trip.