13th Biz Canoe Race ready to go

HANAMA’ULU – Kaiola Canoe Club and FM 97 will again present the fun and

exciting Kaua’i Business Canoe Race on Sunday, April 16.

The races will be

held at Hanama’ulu Bay and teams sponsored by local businesses will paddle and

compete in less than 1/4 mile events. Events will start at 8 a.m.

The

purpose of this event is to promote friendly competition between members of the

Kaua’i business community and give people an opportunity to experience a great

state sport.

Each team will consist of five paddlers and one alternate.

Organizers will supply the canoe, paddles and a steersperson. Paddlers do

not have to work for the sponsoring business.

There will be three

categories: Men, Women and Mixed. Classifications are: Novice B, Novice A, Open

and a Mixed Open Master Crew (age 40 and over). Entry fee is $100 per crew

entered.

Novice B: Persons entered must have no prior paddling experience

other than in a business race. A crew entered in the B division cannot have

placed first in any business race.

Novice A: Persons entered in this

division must also have no prior paddling experience other than in a business

race but may use not more than two persons who have paddling experience not

currently involved with any canoe club.

Open: The open division is open to

experienced paddlers, including a steersperson. If a crew does not have one,

one will be provided.

Mixed crew: Crews entered in any of the mixed

categories must be made up of three wahines and two men or vice-versa. A

steersperson will be provided (kane/wahine) depending on the crew set-up.

Mixed master crew (age 40 and over): The same rules apply as mixed crew

but paddlers must be 40 or over. (Age verification will be needed if a

paddler’s age is questioned). This category is considered an open

event.

Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place crews will be given for

each category and individual awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd

placers.

Kaiola Canoe Club facilities will be available for use upon

request by appointment so practices don’t overlap.

Practices are limited

to three 30 to 45-minute sessions each to give everyone equal practice

time.

Entry forms and other information are available by paging 644-1061.

Deadline for entries is April 12 at noon to lock-in sponsoring business names

on shirts.

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