With clear skies and a blazing sun the Kawaihae heat was thankfully tempered by a NW breeze and some on-shore chop which welcomed racers on Saturday.
Another clean line on the start line was achieved with both courses starting at the same time and heading north out of the main harbor into the breeze. The threat of a 5 minute penalty from HIPA for over the line early paddlers might have helped.
It was a good race for those skilled at working the waves coming at odd angles as the lead paddlers broke loose from the pack at the turns. Short course ran 7 miles and long course ran for 10.
Congrats to all the OC1 paddlers out there!
Long Course: Tyler (1st OC1 to finish), Eric
Short Course: Kyle, Grant, Greg, Gary, Loren, Jeff, Rodrigo, Kewena, Kawai, Brandi