Hon Pearl Novice B Women 1st Place

Novice B Women Laulima 2011 Race

Novice B Women

Koa Kai Canoe Club held its annual Laulima pre-season race on April 16th Saturday.  It was a successful day for Honolulu Pearl Novice B Women team.  Hon Pearl ladies one more time made us proud, this time, by coming in first place in their division.  Novice B Women crew paddlers were Aimee Bailey, Adrienne Hopper, Brandi Brickler, Lydia Munger-Little, and Jill Bass. The race had a long and short course. Short course started at beautiful Magic Island and stretched to Diamond Head and back.  The long course had a similar course to begin with, but crews had to paddle pass Magic Island to the West coming back from
Hon Pearl Paddlers at Koa Kai Race 2011

Hon Pearl Paddlers

Diamond Head before they paddled back to the finish line at Magic Island. In addition to the Novice B Women team, Honolulu Pearl had 2 other Novice B Men teams,  and an Open Mix crew paddled at the race.  All teams successfully finished the race. It was the perfect day to be on the beach, but not necessarily the best conditions to paddle long distance.  There weren't much wind and the water was pretty flat all the way to and from Diamond Head.  But it turned out a lot of fun, and we definitely enjoyed the ocean, sun and the breathtaking Honolulu skyline. You can find the Laulima 2011 race result here. Also Alan Kang was again busy taking photos of all the action.  You can find his article and photo album here (Candid photos,  Women and Mixed Divisions and  Men's Division Photos). Note:  Group photo of Honolulu Pearl paddlers is courtesy of Alan Kang at Alan K Sports Hawaii.  

Congrats Hon Pearl Hons !!!

Novice B Women with their awards

Novice B Women

On April 2, 2011, Hon Pearl participated in the 5th Annual POCC Iron Challenge with 3 crews.  Hon Pearl paddlers competed in Novice Women and Men, and Open Men categories.  The race was sponsored by Pu'uloa Outrigger Canoe Club and it was in honor of Kammy VeraCruz.

The race had a short course and a long course and was held at Keehi Lagoon.  The short course was similar to previous week's Kahiau race.  Teams paddled out of the Keehi Laggon and back in.  The long course was little different and went out side of the harbor, and came back to lagoon from Sand Island side.  The conditions were calmer and there weren't much wind or surf.

Hon Pearl Novice B Women came in second place and finished seconds behind the first place Kamahao team.  Olelo o Ke Ola team came in 3rd place after Hon Pearl team.  Paddlers in the Novice B Women's team were Patricia Russ Lee, Andrea Dolera, Brandi Devall Brickler, Adrienne Hopper, and Erica

Honolulu Pearl Novice B Men and Women

Honolulu Pearl Novice B Men and Women

Entz. Congratulations Novice B Women, we are proud of you!

The Novice B Men team also performed incredibly well.  They started the race full speed and they were heading for the lead position and going strong.  But an unfortunate and "undeserved" huli brought them to a stop.  But it didn't deter them.  They quickly recovered from the huli and went back paddling full speed.  In spite of the "undeserved" huli, they finished the race only 8 minutes after the 1st place Kamehameha Novice B crew.  They are the number one in hour hearths. Good job Novice B Men, keep up with the good performance.

Hon Pearl Open Men competed in the long course.  They came in 9th place overall, and only 4 minutes short of the Open Men 3rd place.

Here is the 5th POCC Iron Challenge Official Results.