Published on August 4th, 2012 | by danapointer
Dana Outrigger Canoe Race 2012
According to the website, “The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club is a non-profit organization that competes in the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger canoeing.” Based in the Dana Point Harbor, the group is celebrating its 40th anniversary year since its founding by legendary surfer and diver Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison.
On August 4, 2012 the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club hosts The Whitey Harrison Canoe Classic, a 20-mile, 9-person outrigger race starting outside the Dana Point Harbor, heading up the shore to the Main Beach area of Laguna Beach and back to Dana Point’s Doheny Beach.
The 2-6 hour race requires that at all times there be six paddlers in the canoe, and three paddlers on a following power boat. Racers change in and out of the canoe from the water while the canoe is moving. Fresh paddlers pull themselves from the water into the racing canoe while exiting paddlers jump out of the canoe. Changes take place at intervals of no less than 5 min and no more than 30. This results in a highly skilled, endurance race with a heavy influence of strategy.
The Whitey Harrison Classic is the KOA’s (Kalifornia Outrigger Association later renamed Southern California Outrigger Racing Association) most popular and well-attended 9-Man race.
In addition to being tied to Dana Point history through its connection with Whitey Harrison, this race was established in 1971 as part of the Dana Point Harbor’s opening ceremonies.
Registration begins at 6:30am on Aug. 4, 2012. Races begins at 8:30am, 8:40am and 12:30pm for men. Find full details about the day’s events at this website by clicking here.