Road2Molokai Campaign by Taliscrew

Our Sponsor Taliscrew has launched the Road2Molokai Campaign and VRC is proud to be part of it.

Join us over the next 4 months as we count down the race with our supported Talis Crews from around the world. The 2017 Moloka‘i Hoe is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2017.

Since 1952, Moloka‘i Hoe – the world’s most prestigious outrigger canoe race – has perpetuated one of the most important and historic cultural traditions in Hawai‘i and Polynesia. The Molokai Hoe honors outrigger canoe paddlers from around the world. Paddlers will test the limits of physical and mental strength, endurance, courage, determination and teamwork, all while battling nature’s most extreme elements. Follow Talis Crew’s Road to Molokai, follow our blog on medium.com, as we share their stories and journey on achieving greatness.

 

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Full interviews:

Head Coach Scott Dale shares his thoughts on the challenges faced on this epic race

Head Coach Rod Wyse along side Team Cronulla President Brendan Tynan-Davey share their thoughts on team work and dedication

Head Coach James Gonzalez shares his thoughts on how to not only survive the race but to attack it

Tupuria King’s success at IVF Va’a World Distance Championship 2017, and learning the Tahitian way

As he prepares for his 7th Moloka’i Hoe, veteran paddler Tevita Moce talks about why this race is so special

Men’s crew Captain, Stephen Stanton sits with Talis Crew and shares his thoughts and experiences heading into Moloka’i Hoe

Captain of the Team Cronulla open men’s crew, Josh Casemore breaks down the crews preparation for Moloka’i.

Double strike at Aberdeen Dragon Boat Festival

Winning the mixed competition and coming 2nd in the open division in 2016 – our target for 2017 was very clear…defending our mixed title and aiming for the open champion as well.

Aberdeen is always tricky and a death match already in the first heat. Not winning your heat usually means silver or bronze cup and unlike other events there is also no lucky lane draw with just 4 lanes on the race course.
 
We managed to win our heats and went straight into the gold cup finals with a long break and plenty of time to join the 50 men event together with our friends and hosts from Hop Sing Dragons.
 
Just after lunch, the finals started (a bit earlier as expected) but we managed to keep the focus on and probably did the best start in the open division we had the whole season, keeping us neck to neck with the competition and unleashing the chug down the course what granted us a clear win, ticking of goal 1 – Open Championship.
The mixed race was on afterwards with only a short break and with less aggression and focus at the start the race turned out into a long battle with Buzz Dragons all the way down the course till we hit the finish line but still made it first over the line. Title defended = CHECK!
 
Thanks to the organisers, our hosts Hop Sing and all the other teams for such a great event. Also a hugh congrats to South Eagles (winning the 50 men division) as well as to Hoi Fu Jai (2nd) for such an outstanding performance.
The VRC / Hop Sing powered boat came 3rd in the Silver Cup what gave us the chance to watch the final from our home base.

VRC Outrigger Open Day 2017

We invite all interested Paddlers to join our Outrigger Open Day 2017.

It will be held on June 10th, right after the Dragon Boat season is finished.

Details can be seen on the flyer. Please use our Facebook Page or the QR Code to sign up what will help us to plan in advance.

2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – St Patrick’s Day Downwind

Congratulations to everyone who raced yesterday in the first St Patrick’s Day Downwind and well done to Messan, Andy W, Shaun A & Shawn B, Shaky & Iwona, Jess, and Scott for wining their respective categories. The results are ONLINE.

There were reasonable conditions with some good bumps but navigation from the Nine Pins to the White Paint at Tung Lung was one of the main challenges.

Thank you to Benny and Shaun A for the boat transport, and to those who volunteered and helped with registration, race timing, photography, and iPad magic – Jen, Barbara, Aliette, Lena, Christian, Gary, Imei, Alice, Lee W, Martha, Julie D, and Steve T. 

Race 4 of the 2017 series for Division A paddlers only is on Saturday, 1 April, followed by the 4th Hong Kong Coastal Relay on the Public Holiday on Tuesday, 4 April.

Dude, Where’s My Canoe ?

This probably was the question when Paddlers showed up at the Hong Kong Indoor Rowing Championship & Charity Rowathon 2017 but still achieved some great results:

Men’s Open Individual 2000m – 06:54.3 – SILVER – Jeremy Burton

Men’s Masters Individual 2000m (Age 30-39) – 06:36.8 – SILVER – Nick Scott

Men’s Masters Individual 500m (Age 30-39) – 01:27.0 – BRONZE – Nick Scott

Official Results

2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 3

Congratulations to everyone who raced this morning in the third race of the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series and well done to Gina, Shaun A, Erin and Alex for grabbing the points in the surfski and OC1 Long Course categories.

The Race 3 results online now. If there are any corrections please let me know.

It was a good run to (near to) Murray House and back on the Long Course and thank you to Emily and Eelco for identifying a moored boat to turn on to avoid Buoygate.

Thank you also to Nick, Niall and YC for the ribs, Puss, Benny, and James for the new buoys, Puss and Christian for the new super banner, and to those who volunteered and helped with registration, race timing, photography, drones and iPad magic – Imei, Karen, Alannah, Alice, Jennie, Beck, Julia, Olivia, Eric, Franck, Steve and Paddy. Please do put your hands up to help with the races this year.

The St Patrick’s Day Downwind is on Saturday, 18 March, and Race 4 of the 2017 series for Division A paddlers only is on Saturday, 1 April, followed by the 4th Hong Kong Coastal Relay on the Public Holiday on Tuesday, 4 April.

DWB Dragon Boat Regatta is approaching – Details here!

The 18th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Regatta 2017 is approaching fast.

All Teams can find useful informations here – we will update this page together with our Newsletter.

The 18th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Regatta 2017 – Invitation

ONLINE REGISTRATION and RACE INFO

Who is already registered & your sign up status

Newsletter 1 – Prize Information

Newsletter 2 – Early bird fees will end soon

Newsletter 3 – Final call

Newsletter 4 – Lane Draw Results

Newsletter 5 – Final details

Newsletter 6 – DWB Regatta App on PikaPage

Newsletter 7 – Thank You

VRC returns with the Thunder from Down Under

VRC Women return form the Sydney Harbour Challenge held on February 24th, with a 4th place in the Women’s Open, and 13th place overall among the all women categories. This successful result was the outcome of intensified training over winter, the dedication and support of the entire paddle team, and the addition of Alex De Miranda as the Women’s Coach to the coaching team that is led by Scott Dale, Head Coach.

The Race was set as a target race by the 2016 Womens Captain Julia Washbourne, who wanted to continue the momentum of the progress made last year.

Sydney Harbour Challenge, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, is 22 kilometres which starts in Manly Beach, Australia, heads toward the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for a hairpin turn, then back pass Sydney Opera House, and back to Manly Beach. There were 58 canoes on the beach, the majority of them transported by trailer from clubs throughout Australia. The increase in canoes over the years shows the race has become increasingly popular since it started 5 years ago. Race day brought delays, fog, rain and wind, even though this time of year is the end of the Australian summer. However, the VRC crew trained throughout the Hong Kong winter, so the race day weather worked to their advantage in dealing with choppy waters and larger waves. Hong Kong winter training created less than ideal conditions, and that ended up being the best training ground. Sydney Race crew included Tatjana Baehr, Barbara Morel, Julia Washbourne, Lina Zapata, Noelle Gahan, and Jennie Chao. VRC congratulates their fellow Hong Kong teams at the race which included Lamma’s mixed crews and a HKOCC womens crew. VRC also thanks Pacific Dragons Outrigger for loaning us their beautiful Kamanu for the race.

While in Sydney, our paddlers connected with our legacy HKIPC founder, Des Mabbott, who continues to paddle with Noosa Outrigger. Des gave our crew some tips, wished the VRC all the best for 2017 and hopes to visit for a paddle with the VRC team again when him and his wife Wendy visit.

On Sunday Feb 26, a few VRC paddlers entered the 11 kilometres Bridge to Beach race that started from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and ended in Manly Beach. VRC teammate Tatjana Beahr and Julia Washbourne raced in surf ski, while Jennie Chao raced in OC1. There were over 380 paddlers in the field that took off just after sunrise and headed into fairly large waves. The Hong Kong teams were proud to see Gina Miller from Lamma took 3rd place in the ladies surf ski division!

Although only one OC6 crew was sent, winter training with Coach Alex also paid off for many who are experienced or ending their rookie year. Joining in on most of the difficult trainings was Maia Marin, Edith Terry, Julie Devine and Doan Weber. Some of experienced team members helped provide additional training and boat rigging review – thanks Jen and Mark Pollard, Julie, Lee Wong and Lee Mussi.

The team looks forward with more to come in the Dragon Boat season and for Outrigger in 2017. Womens Captain Noelle Gahan will be leading the ladies through a busy year!