On October 10, 2010, I participated in the Bankoh Moloka'i Hoe as the sole Connecticut paddler with the New York Outrigger team. The“Moloka’i” as it is known is the world's premier outrigger race and held in Hawaii. This was the 59th running of the race. The course runs from Hale O Lono on the island of Moloka'i to Waikiki on the island of Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel. These are very rough waters, very rough waters, indeed.
There were 121 entries. The boats were OC-6s (six man outrigger canoes). Each boat has six seats, nine male paddlers, an escort boat, and weighed three-quarters of a ton when fully manned. Change outs occurred periodically and were performed while moving, pony express style.
For our team, the race lasted just under seven hours. I never took my SeaSpecs off from start to finish, even during change outs.