CORA Town Hall October 2023 – The Wahines In The Boat

CORA Town Hall virtual sessions return in Autumn 2023. The Canadian Outrigger Hall Of Fame 2022/2023 Inductions will happen mid-November. All CORA members and friends are invited to join our regular Off-the-Water Video Forum Series. Opportunities for questions will be provided in the latter half of the 90-minute session and through the “chat” function. The presentation will be recorded and posted for those with scheduling conflicts.

However, the October 2023 CORA Town Hall virtual session (HERE) on Saturday Oct-14 at 4PM (Pacific) will feature a reunion of the all-Canadian Womens 1985 Molokai Na Wahine Crew that placed 5th overall in that race for the best ever showing by an all-Canadian Womens crew for at least 38 years.

Please join us for a roundtable of what it was like to build an outrigger racing crew in 1985 with Canadian Outrigger Hall Of Famers Ruth Matson and Annie Boulding, Canadian Olympians Sheila Taylor and Joanne Woods, and all of the stellar crew members that CORA has been able to locate including Cathy (Nixon) New, Sheila (Chadwick) Cupp, Kathy Gallagher, Gail Timmer, Janice (Henderson) Kyle, and Diane Chippindale. We are looking forward to a special guest appearance by legendary Molokai Na Wahine Board Member “Auntie” Rosie Lum Kekai, with recognition of legendary Waikiki Beach Boy Albert “Rabbit” Kekai, who coached the all-Canadian Womens crew for the 1985 Kaiwi Channel Crossing.

CORA member clubs and member paddlers to be given opportunity to support devastated Maui outrigger clubs

In response to tragic and devastating fires on the Hawaiian Islands this week (August 2023), CORA’s board is developing a fundraising window for Canadian paddlers and CORA clubs to contribute funds to Lahaina-based outrigger clubs. The paddling community of Lahaina is certainly dealing with the shock of multiple tragedies affecting their community, their infrastructure, as well as livelihoods and devastating personal and family loss.

For CORA members who want to contribute immediately to a reputable fundraising campaign, consider the Hawaii Community Foundation, and specifically the Maui Strong Fund, which is being directed to island communities devastated by recent fires. Click HERE to contribute through this reputable source.

For CORA members who want to assist through a CORA-managed campaign to direct support to outrigger clubs affected by recent fires, CORA will provide links to a directed campaign over the coming weeks and will notify CORA members when donations can be responsibly accepted.

On behalf of Canada’s outrigger community, CORA’s thoughts and compassion are with the people of Maui. We are working on an initiative to provide meaningful assistance in the near future.

Bridges 2023, Victoria, BC – Oct 21-22, 2023

Join Latitude 48 Paddling Club for Bridges 2023, a fast paced 5km race on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria, BC.

On Saturday, OC6 heats will run throughout the day (9:00am to 3:00pm) with divisions for novices, men, women, mixed and junior crews. Gender and mixed crews will run separately, allowing paddlers to race in multiple divisions. The race goes up the Gorge Waterway, with a turn just before Tillicum narrows to head back to the start/finish line. Canoes for the OC6 race are provided, just bring your crew, paddles and pfd! PFDs must be Canadian Coast Guard Certified.

On Sunday, the small boat Inny Race (short course, protected waters) will run first, followed by the Outty Race (long course). This event is BYOB (that’s right Bring Your Own Boat as they are not provided for the small boat event).

The Inny Race is a 5 km race in protected waters ideal for new racers, marathon canoes and even experience paddlers that want a shorter “sprint” distance. The race goes up the Gorge Waterway, with a turn just before Tillicum narrows to head back to the start/finish line.
The Outty Race is a 12 km race that heads out of the Victoria harbour to run along the island’s coast. There may be course modifications on race day should conditions be too big for most.

CORA Membership is required.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Register soon, space is limited!

OC6 Registration:
OC6 Registration closes: Friday, October 13, 2023 11:59 PM

Small Boats Inny Race Registration:

Small Boats Outty Race Registration:
Small Boats Registration closes: Saturday, October 21, 2023 9:00 PM

WETDASHE CHALLENGE 2023, Victoria, BC – Nov 18-19, 2023

Welcome to the 12th annual FGPC Wetdashe, November 18 and 19, 2023

Click here to register

Location: Fairway Gorge Paddling Club (FGPC), 2940 Jutland Road, Victoria BC

Race Distance: Three distances to choose from: 12km (4-Lap Short Course) OR 24km (8-Lap) OR 48km – 16 lap (running concurrently based on advance crew registrations for one of these three distances).

Race Categories: Classic women’s and/or mixed (no less than three women must be in the canoe at any one time); or exhibition crews (e.g. all-male crews or crews with over-quota males) can register and race along with mixed crews with results logged in the “exhibition” category.

THIS IS A “DRY” CHANGE RACE, which means 6-person crews hotswap on the dock with their team mates at the end of each lap. Dock-change times are included in your team’s aggregate time, so efficient changes get the best results.

Boats: Both Spec & Ultralight options are available and supplied by FGPC (and included in the registration fee). FGPC’s outrigger fleet of boats is supplied to registered teams by FGPC. Ultralight requests are allotted to 48km teams. Spec hulls (Mirages and Advantages) are assigned to 12km and 24km distance racers. Spec and ultralight results will be calculated separately. Grid assignments/start positions may change on race days. Boat allocations will be confirmed on race day.

Schedule Saturday / Sunday (Teams pick their race day / first come, first served)

  • 8:00am Registration and Check in
  • 9:00am Steering meeting Morning Heat
  • 9:15am Heat 1 boats load
  • 9:30am 12 / 24km and 48km AM Course RACE START
  • 12:00pm Heat 1 Medals and Prizes
  • 12:30pm Steering meeting Afternoon Heat
  • 12:45pm Heat 2 boats load
  • 1:00pm 12 / 24km and 48km PM Course RACE START
  • 3:30pm Heat 2 Medals and Prizes

Grid assignments/start positions may change on race day.
Boat allocations will be confirmed on race day.


Registration fee is $40 per paddler (including GST)

Tech racing shirts are included in the registration fee with sizing available on a first-rostered, first-served basis.

Click here to register