The Outrigger program offers both recreational and competitive ocean paddling opportunities. VCKC has three 6-seat outrigger canoes (OC6) which are used to explore the waters around Victoria, on recreational paddles, and for team training and racing. These boats will not be available while social distancing for covid-19 is in place.
The club also has two Nalu solo craft (OC1's) that are used primarily for training on the Gorge Waterway.
Competitive teams train year round for CORA (Canadian Outrigger Racing Association) races. Race distances range from 1 km, flat-water sprints to 35-km open-ocean iron races. Races are held on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and on Okanagan Lake. Some competitive teams travel as far away as Hawaii to compete.
Paddling, steering, and rigging clinics are offered through the year. Teams also regularly practice the art of righting capsized canoes: huli-pu. Program meetings are held, as needed, to plan events.
Practice Schedule and Boat Usage
When not limited by the pandemic our teams practice regularly for fitness, recreation and race preparations; the practice schedule is updated on a monthly basis. Changes to the schedule may be requested by contacting the Outrigger Director.
To learn more about outrigger paddling opportunities at VCKC, please contact the Outrigger Program Director, Michael Wheatley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Up the Gorge: When not suspended due to a pandemic our springtime event offers two heats of 1000 meters in two lanes around one buoy at 500 meters. Each team's time total will result in awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the various categories.
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