Auger, Kjeldsen remain undefeated in Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a racing

Light easterly winds and small chop made for fast, smooth racing conditions on Sunday January 29. In a course that was supposedly longer than the last Port Allen venue on January 8, (although the long course did have a bit of a “running” start), times were consistently faster for the majority. Once again, Noe Auger and Maui Kjeldsen clearly gapped the long course division. Gregg Davis has consistently dominated the men’s short course, and a new face in the women’s division, Lilinoe Forrest, garnered the short course title.

Highlights for the day were new faces and the return of some old familiar icons.

As usual, the club has many to thank for helping out. Po‘ipu Beach Broiler generously supplied a wonderful lunch and Budweiser provided the refreshments.

Thanks also to those tireless gals at registration who also helped with the timing.

In spite of some mysterious numbers and unregistered boats, they managed to pull it off with no complaints. In the future, paddlers can help them out by clarifying what their numbers are and what boats they are on.

Thanks also to Marshall MacCready for sacrificing his race and loaning out his fully rigged canoe so he could fill in as an escort for the long course when the original escort got called in to HFD.

On the racecourse, Skip Forrest stopped to render assistance to another paddler whose cable had broken. This is what it’s all about, safety first, then fun, and then lastly, competition. Way to go Skip!

Our next race will be on February 12 at noon. Long course is from Port Allen to Wahiawa Bay to Waimea.

Short course is from Port Allen to Waimea. Registration will be from 10 – 11 a.m. at Port Allen.

Call 635-0388 for race updates. ResortQuest/ Waimea Brew Pub and Budweiser will be providing food and refreshments following the race.

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