Story and Photos by Douglas Bain (ISN)

September 4, 2013, HAWAII (ISN) – The GRPC Outrigger team from Victoria BC returned home on Tuesday evening having competed in The Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race, the worlds largest long distance outrigger canoe race, held in Hawaii.  


Over 130 women’s teams and 120 men’s teams from around the world competed in the 3 day event.

The women’s crew from Victoria were the first non-Hawaiian team across the line finishing in 14th place overall and 7th in the Open Women’s long distance category. The men’s crew crossed the line in 28th place overall and 12th in the Open Men’s category.

The GRPC Women’s Team from Victoria, Canada paddling to 7th place in the 18mile long Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race, Hawaii. (Photo:Douglas Bain/Island Sports News)

GRPC Outrigger also placed 1st overall in the Woman’s double hull and 1st place overall with a combined crew of False Creek and GRPC in the Mixed Double Hull race.

In the OC1 category, Mel Conard took 2nd place overall and 1st place in her category followed by Andrea Pleven in 6th place overall and 2nd place in her category. On the final days event, the Ali’i challenge, a combination of 17 miles of paddling followed by land based challenges, GRPC placed first in the Open category.