Race Preparation

Seat Responsibilities

  • Seat 1: is in charge of registering the crews on race day
  • Seat 6: attending the steers meeting

Every one's responsibilities

  • Get the crew together early... make sure your boat is set-up up, which means check you have enough, Life Jackets, and Bailers, Tie a spare paddle on the ama, wax the boat (surgical tubing and wax are in the rigging kit).
  • Discuss race strategies, feedback from crew members that have done the race before, thoughts on water currents & conditions, (what to do in waves or if its flat) talk about the type of calls(or signals) for different situations
  • Have the crew ready so right after the steers meeting you can get out and start the warm-up.
  • On the warm-up in work on blend and try to get any last minute quirks out.

Huli Recovery

Sooner or Later, You Huli and it is good to know what to do. So here is some info I found on the web modified to what we usually do.

ALWAYS BE READY TO SWIM. DO NOT CARRY ANYTHING IN THE BOAT THAT YOU ARE NOT READY TO LOSE TO THE WATER (including wallets, pagers, jewelry, watches, clothes, cell phones, etc). Make no mistake about it, at some point in time you will find yourself in the water!

  1. First and foremost, do not panic.
  2. In most cases you can feel that the canoe is going over. Put your hand on the head to protect your head when you get up to the water. Try to hang onto your blade, it's particularly important to do this in rough or windy conditions.
  3. The steersperson will instruct you to call out your seat number to make sure everyone is ok, usually we start with seat 1.
  4. Pass your paddles to seat 1 or seat 6 depending who is closer.
  5. The steersman is in charge!
  6. In parallel do the following
    1. Seat 1 and seat 6 hold on to the bow or stern to steady the canoe and point one end into the swell. These two will have to keep swimming to keep the canoe steady and in that position.
    2. Seat 2 and seat 5 go outside the ama to get ready to help push it upwards
    3. Seat 3 and 4 position themselves over the hull on the opposite side of the iakos (the non-ama side) in preparation of flipping the canoe over.
  7. Seat 3 and 4 reach over the hull and grab either the gunwale on the opposite side or the iako with their torso laying across the hull and feet on the iako stubs and pull the canoe towards them, see picture* below. At the same time seat 2 and 5 on the outside of the ama should simultaneously push the ama up into the air to help swing it over.
    1. *picture taken from Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club (KIOCC)
  1. Once the canoe is righted, seat 3 and 4 get in and start bailing like crazy. Use the big bucket stored in front of seat 3. When bailing, lean towards the ama and throw the water over the ama side to avoid another huli.
  2. Everyone else swim to the ama side of the canoe. In rough conditions, seat 2 and 5 may want to hand on the ama or iako to hold it down.
  3. Everyone gets in once some of the water has been bailed out. Once all paddlers are in the canoe, those that are not bailing can begin paddling (and get back into the race.) The bailing paddlers need to be sure to bail the canoe as dry as they can before they start paddling. Water up to ankle height weighs about 70 pounds. If your huli happens at a race, you need to do all the above and get back into the race as fast as you can unless a race official tells you otherwise.

Water Changes

coming soon...