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.

FLCC 2023 Fall Small River Run, Fort Langley, BC – Oct 28, 2023

Come join us for the Fall Small River Run at Fort Langley Canoe Club on Saturday October 28.

The spectacular golden colours of the fall season offer a crisp setting for your race day in historic Fort Langley BC. Fort Langley’s many establishments offer you time to eat and shop. Take your family and friends and enjoy the historic charms of Fort Langley after you post your personal best.


This is a CORA-sanctioned race and you must be a CORA member.

The Race Course is a flatwater 10-12 Kilometre loop up the Fraser and around Brae Island. It is a race for any and all paddlers.

Race Day Schedule, Saturday October 28:

  • 8:45 Registration
  • 9:30 Pre-Race Meeting
  • 10:00 Race – Mass Start
  • 11:45 Awards / Prizes


  • Small Boats: $30 per boat ($15 Juniors)
  • You will not be considered registered until you have paid your registration fee.


Questions: Ask Jim –

Canadian Outrigger Hall Of Fame 2023 Inductees

CORA recognized that there were many individuals who had made “Significant and Exemplary Contributions” to Canadian outrigger canoeing, but their stories had never been captured, and they had never been formally recognized. CORA spent January 2021 thru June 2023 tracking down this history, and fact-checking as best as possible the exploits of those individuals who founded CORA, who founded / nurtured CORA clubs, who inaugurated / perpetuated races, who excelled at IVF / Molokai / Catalina / Queen Liliuokalani events, and who designed / built / imported / distributed canoes to grow the sport.

As of the August 2023 CORA Board Meeting there were 7 individuals inducted into the Canadian Outrigger Hall Of Fame for 2023.

Lotus Sports Club had graciously offered to host a Canadian Outrigger Canoeing Hall Of Fame presentation for the 7 inductees at the Lotus CORA Cup Championship Iron event on the July 22/23 weekend to recognize these individuals, but none of the Inductees could attend. CORA will have an online Town Hall in November of this year to recognize the inductees for 2023.

CORA wishes to congratulate the 7 Canadian Outrigger Hall Of Fame 2023 Inductees:

  • Ruth Matson
  • David Hill
  • Nancy Botting
  • Len Morris Jr.
  • Lynda Roberts
  • Norman MacDonnell
  • Leanne Stanley

You can visit the CORA website and view the “Virtual Hall Of Fame” that has the names / headshots of the 7 individuals inducted this year and links to a 3-page PDF that has their contributions in 2-pages and a 1-page set of references on every online article that CORA could find where they were mentioned.