The Ohana Wa’a Outrigger Canoe Club of Napa has completed its most successful sprint season in 12 years.
With two regattas left in its racing season, Ohana’s novice women didn’t disappoint. In Regatta 4 in Alameda, their crew captured gold with an impressive lead over the competition. At the championship in Monterey, with some new members filling in due to absences, they pulled off a second-place finish.
Ohana’s novice women, “keikis” – Hawaii for kids – and experienced crews all contributed to the team awards.
As a team, Ohana won overall podium placements in three of the five regattas, had a second in Regatta 3, a win in Regatta 4, and a third in Regatta 5.
These standings work into cumulative points, and Ohana placed second out of nine teams for the season.
Ohana members will continue to practice downtown on the Napa River as they transition into the long distance racing season, which as competitions around Alcatraz, Santa Cruz and Angel Island.
Ohana will host a free community paddle day with the Napa Valley Yacht Club and Napa Valley Paddle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 on the Napa River at the Riverside dock. Those who have ever thought about trying outrigger canoeing, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking might want to check it out.