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Outrigger Club competes in Catalina Channel Crossing

This past Saturday a crew of nine local women from Kawaiulu ‘o Tahoe Outrigger Club set off to race in their first Catalina Channel Crossing from Newport Beach (Calif.) to Avalon, Catalina.

Established in 1958, this year marked the 49th race across the channel.

An international field of 29 women-only crews lined up across the entrance of the Newport Harbor on a partly foggy morning and set off for Avalon at 8:30 a.m. They were followed shortly after by 27 coed teams.



Paddlers fought the current, ocean swells and wind on their 27-mile journey across the channel supported by escort boats and relieved by teammates during fast-paced water changes.

The Tahoe women’s crew arrived in sunny Catalina to hundreds of cheering spectators after 6 hours and 6 minutes of vigorous paddling, finishing 23rd in the women’s field.



The Kawaiulu ‘o Tahoe men’s crew raced for their second year on Sunday from Avalon to Newport, finishing 24th in a men’s field of 41 teams in 4 hours and 46 minutes.

For more information or to join the local outrigger club, contact Paul Laudenschlager at 582-9593.


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