In the interest of protecting our paddling ohana and the fact that social interaction is a core element of CROCC‘s Race Around the Island, RATI 2020 has been cancelled due to pandemic. This was a difficult decision for CROCC and we are disappointed that we have to cancel the race.
Please be safe and take care of yourself during this time of global change. We look forward to hosting RATI in 2021 and offering a great race for all to enjoy and celebrate why we love this sport so much.
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.