Big mahalo to everyone who came to RATI this year! It was a beautiful day on the Columbia River and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. See the race results here.
Watch a recap of the day produced by Cascade Video Productions!
View all the photos from RATI posted in real-time on our Facebook Page.
The day started with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and blessing to honor the Great Spirit of the land, the indigenous peoples of this land, the Columbia River, and our paddling community and guests in attendance.
Mahalo to Kaleinani O Ke Kukui for facilitating our opening ceremony.
The Long Distance Women’s and Mixed-crew races were the first race of the morning. Congrats to Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club for placing First in the Women’s Long Distance and Hui Heihei Canoe Club for placing First in the Mixed Long Distance!
Meanwhile on land, we had an awesome salmon lunch provided by CRUSH BAR in Portland. As the day progressed, we had clearer skies and the sun came out.
We’re feeling envious of the lucky buggahs who won the two homemade quilts made by CROCC’s Coach Liz and Bobbie! Another CROCC tradition is making “Huli Ale” beer every year to give away as raffle prizes.
Next were the Mens and Short Course races. Congrats to Kikaha for placing First in the Mens Long Distance and Wasabi Burn for placing First in the Short Course race!
Again, check out all the race photos from RATI posted in real-time on our Facebook Page.
Mahalo to our super volunteers and in-kind sponsors who helped make RATI a great success. We couldn’t have done it without your dedicated support. See you next year at RATI! A hui hou!
Beginner and long-time paddlers gathered on October 13th to learn the basics of outrigger canoe paddling from Ann Yoshida and Cris Trimble. This was the first (as best we can tell) time that an adaptive outrigger canoe clinic was offered in Oregon. Athletes from around the metro region participated, along with representatives from partners Adapt Training and University of Oregon. The event was made possible in part from sponsorship from Metro.
Ann Yoshida (background) leads a group of paddlers seated as if in an outrigger canoe to learn the basic stroke. Ian Jaquiss sits in “seat 1,” and Vicky Aubry-Rayburn sits in “seat 2” as they begin to picture paddling in a canoe.
Following land based instruction participating athletes had the opportunity to, well, paddle! CROCC team members helped to steer and set the stroke for the boats, to give athletes the opportunity to feel all that outrigger paddling has to offer.
Thank you to our sponsor Metro, and all the amazing volunteers that made this event possible!
Contact Arwen Bird if you’re interested in Adaptive Paddling or would like to know more information about CROCC’s efforts in increasing accessibility. See our Adaptive Paddle Program page.
Come learn the basics of Outrigger Canoe paddling with Ann Yoshida, Founding Athlete of Access Surf Hawaii, a 2016 Paralympian, World Adaptive Surfing and Paracanoe World Champion. We are looking forward to sharing our love for Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddling with people of all abilities.
The club members will provide the equipment, instructions, and snacks! The location has wheelchair accessible parking, restrooms, and accessible docks. If you would like to come and try, please bring some water, a towel, and plan on meeting us at the top of the boat ramp located near the Sheriff’s office. There is a $5 Metro parking fee.
Did you know that we consider the Wa’a (canoe) is considered our 7th member of the crew? What about the fact that many the Hawai’ian terminology that is used for the human body are also used to describe parts of the Wa’a? Have you ever wanted to just get out and try paddling an Outrigger Canoe? Well here is your opportunity to learn about some of the Hawai’ian Wa’a Traditions and to get out on the water.
CROCC is hosting an Intro to Outrigger Paddling event on Sunday, August 6th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Come down to Gleason Boat Ramp and meet up with members of the Club, learn about the sport and get out and have fun on the water.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are able to attend. Not to worry if you are not able to make this Intro to Outrigger Paddling event there will be many more to come.
Thanks Jeanine for taking the lead in designing and crafting this years beautiful RATI awards. She collaborated with her sister and organized a Saturday work party to get them created and fired. CROCC would also like to thank the folks at Village Glass Studio (http://www.villageglassstudio.com/) for the use of their space and kiln. Thank you also to Bobbie and Doug for volunteering a afternoon to getting these done with the guidance of Jeanine.
The awards are made from blue or clear glass which was hand cut, drilled, and washed in order to prep it for the stenciling process. Each piece was hand stenciled with one of the following designs: outrigger paddle, a plumeria flower, an ocean wave, and the Makau (Hawaiian fish hook) and glass medium called “frit”, We used two different colors of frit to come up with unique looks to each set of awards.
Once the piece was stenciled it was placed onto trans and it was put in to kiln to be fired. The process of firing melted the stenciled pattern into the glass and smoothed all of the rough edges creating the final awards.
November is upon us and that means it’s time for elections of the CROCC Board. As always we would like to thank our outgoing Board Members for their time and dedication to the Club.
Your 2017 Board Members are as follows:
President – Kate Dilworth
Vice President – Noa Rubin
Past President – Doug Keeney
Secretary – Jeanine Potts
Tresurer – Cris Trimble
Sargent at Arms – James Jackman
Head Coach (Board Appointed) – Liz Nelson
Congratulations to the new Board and a huge thanks to those who have joined the board!
Sunday June 5 was pretty hot, but CROCC stayed cool. Old friends and new came together to try outrigger canoeing and to play in the river. Check out the complete photo gallery. Thanks to Sheryl Bruno for taking the pictures, and thanks to everyone who came!
If you weren’t able to make it, consider coming to our next party on July 3. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or you’re not even sure what an outrigger canoe is, you are welcome to join us on the water.