Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bark Takes 1 and 2 in the First Two Summer Paddle Races

Bark 18' standup racers took first and second place at both the Cline Mann Memorial Race on June 16th and the Summer Solstice Race on June 22nd. The Cline Mann was an 8 mile downwind race from Hawaii Kai to the Outrigger Canoe Club near Kaimana Beach. The course was very challenging with a big south swell running causing lots of water movement on the course and making it tricky to find rides. Coming in the finish line racers had to negotiate double overhead close out sets and there were a few yard sales. Guy Pere won the race in a time of 1:19:16 and Scott Gamble took a close second 1:03 behind Guy. The Summer Solstice was an even closer race comprised of a 3.5 mile sprint in windy downwind conditions and small bumps from Kukaimanini (Dead Man’s Curve next to Kawela Bay) to Ehukai Beach Park. Jeff Chang won in a time of 29:45 with Pete Johnson only 1.3 seconds back. The next race is Da Hui's July 4th Independence Day Race, 3.5 miles from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay. Wet Feet is a sponsor and entry forms can be found here:

Complete race results for the Cline Mann and Summer Soltice can be found here:

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