Above: A video of the Na Wahine O Ke Kai, which Royal’s outrigger team will contest this autumn.
The Royal Canoe Club outrigger section has for the third time won the famous Porquerollaise Wahine (women’s) Outrigger Canoe Race in a time of 6 hours and 7 minutes, writes Suzy Hornby.
The race set off from Mourillon beach just west of Toulon and headed out round the island of Porquerolles and back. A gruelling 60km (40 mile) race in 30 degrees of heat!
Our crew comprised 12 paddlers – each taking turns to paddle in the 6 person canoe by jumping into the canoe from the water whilst the canoe keeps going! These changes are masterminded on a support launch led by the coach John (Griff) Griffiths which drops off and picks up the paddlers.
The team are off to Hawaii in September to compete in the World Championship of Outrigger races – the Na Wahine O Ke Kai where they take on the infamous Kaui channel from the island of Molokai to Oahu.
You can watch this race live on September 22nd but in the meantime the above video will let you take a peak at last year’s race to get a flavour of what the girls could face!