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.

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.

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.

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!

2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 2 and Valentine’s Day His & Hers Race

Congratulations to everyone who raced on Saturday in the second race of the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series and well done to Gina, Andrew W, Francesca and Puss for grabbing the points in the surfski and OC1 Long Course categories.

The Valentine’s Day His & Hers results are attached (the Hot Date strategists almost got the overall prize but Cupid triumphed and showed that love is still blind) and the Race 2 results are here.

Thank you to those who volunteered and helped with registration, race timing, support boats, iPad magic, and post-race Paisano’s pizza, mulled wine and Cupid’s prizes –Ingrid, Imei, Karen, Alannah, Bao Anh and Adidas, Nick, Riitta, Tatjana, Noelle and Benny. Please do put your hands up to help with the races this year.

Race 3 is on 4 March and the Long Course will be to Murray House and back and the Short Course around Round Island (now that everyone has started training!).

See you in 3 weeks!

Download 2017 His & Hers Category results

2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 1

Apologies for the delay; a few finish line technicalities.

Congratulations to everyone who raced yesterday in the first race of the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series and well done to Lee W, Francesca, Shaun A and Puss for grabbing the points in the surfski and OC1 Long Course categories.

Results are here.

Thank you to the volunteers – Bruce, Lina, Karen, Winnie, Beck, Alana, Geoff and Niall, and YC for the support boat.

Race 2 is on 11 February and is also the 3rd Annual Valentine’s Day His & Hers Race, which will be followed by mulled wine and pizza at Cupid’s post-race prize giving.

See you in 3 weeks and Happy Chinese New Year.

2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Christmas Burnoff Race

Congratulations to everyone who raced yesterday in the pre-season race of the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series.

Results are here

Thank you to the volunteers – Jen, Bruce, Lina, Arnie, Harkin and Iona, and YC for the rib – and Zolfo Cooper for returning as the 2017 series sponsor.

 

 

 

 

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Aloha

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2016 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 11 (PFS II)

Congratulations to everyone who raced on Saturday in the last race of the 2016 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series, particularly Andy C, Shaun A, Francesca and Riitta for winning their categories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank yous

  • To those who volunteered and helped with registration, race timing, support boats, photography, catering, tunes, and iPad magic – Jen, Imei, Bruce, Nick and Mark from YC for the rib, Benny, Doan, Jeremy, Christian, Puss, Stephen A, Eva, BaoAnh, Elena, Tim, Arnie, Gary, Tats, Barbara, Aliette and Noelle (apologies if anyone has been missed).
  • To the sponsors and prize donors – particularly Zolfo Cooper the 2016 series sponsor, ASC Fine Wines, Indigo, Milawa olive oil and Walkabout Apiaries honey, and Hong Kong Beer Company.
  • To Puss and Shu for the medals and plaques.

Results including annual awards

 

Photos will be on our Facebook page soon and the VRC YouTube page

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