Originally posted to the O Kalani Outrigger Facebook Group by Liz Bachman-Grechi – January 11 at 1:38 PM
O Kalani comes through! In less than a week, together we raised over $600 to help our local Coast Guard families.
Proceeds went to Chevron gas cards so they can get to work and get back on the water. Also, our Costco run was a success consisting of non-perishable goods. Today, all items were delivered to The Local Coffee Shop in Alameda. Otto Wright is the coffee shop owner (shown in pictures) and one of the organizers of this community effort. The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club will pick up items and distribute them among the families. I spoke with Nicole Lauer, VP of the EBCGSC to share our gratitude for the USCG services. Nicole expressed how much this means to their families and send a whole hearted thank you to O Kalani. Special thank you to Jody Cox for her helping hand.
What a great way to share our aloha and start off 2019! Way to go O Kalani!
Over the last 6 months, Paul Martin has been hard at work planning and constructing O Kalani’s new trailer. The trailer’s slimmer and more open configuration will accommodate up to six OC6s and make it easier to get boats on and off. It will also have integrated braking, LED lighting, and a simple strapping system. Below are some shots of the work in progress. Thank you, Paul!
On May 12, join O Kalani Outrigger and kick off the 2018 NCOCA racing season with the Viva Aloha Long Distance Race! Navigate through the challenging currents and wind by Alameda Island and set course to San Francisco. Be prepared for some screaming surf to the finish line! After the races, reconnect with our paddling ohana and enjoy food, drink, and live music in O Kalani’s garden at the Viva Aloha Fiesta.
- 3 Mile Course – 16 and Under
- 5 Mile Course – 19 and Under, Novice, and Ohana
- 10 Mile Course – Open, Master (40), Sr. Master (50), Kupuna (60). Unlimited division offered for Open and Masters paddlers.
Schedule of Events
|07:00 AM||Unload and Weigh Canoes – Event Parking Lot|
|07:30 AM||Registration open for All Events – O Kalani OCC|
|08:45 AM||Coaches’ and Steerspersons’ Meeting – O Kalani OCC|
|09:30 AM||3 Mile and 5 Mile Courses|
|10:30 AM||10 Mile Course – Women and Co-Ed|
|12:30 PM||10 Mile Course – Men|
|03:30 PM||Viva Aloha Fiesta After-Party|
Courses subject to change on the day of the race depending on weather conditions.
Aloha O Kalani,
Our community flourishes thanks to the indefatigable coaches, volunteers, and board and the aloha spirit that graces us on and off the water. New boats, large and small, have made their home at our club site, and there will be room for even more with the undergoing expansion. Here’s a briefing of a few things that are going on with the off-season:
Official evening practices during the weekdays are not being held at this time. It’s cold and too dark too fast. Men’s and women’s weekend practices have been combined and are run Saturdays at 9:00 AM. Co-ed paddling is still Sundays at 9:00 AM. The water is pretty cold nowadays, but morning weather is generally calm and mostly cloudy at worst. The weekends in October and first half of November have actually been pretty warm. Even though most of us are taking it easier (or even just totally hibernating) during the off-season, many are still coming out and getting some miles in here and there on the weekends. Don’t become a couch potato – keep moving, keep paddling!
If you’ve been to the site recently you’ll notice a bit of the east fence has been peeled away and new posts freshly installed. Our lot is about to grow almost 50% larger. The site’s eastern border is going to be pushed over into the firefighter’s practice parking lot as we’re making room for additional OC1 storage and making room for an upcoming kayaking business. The project is coming together a little at a time almost every weekend morning. If you’re around, walk on over to check it out or even lend a hand when Ben, Tim, or Diego are working on it. There is debris to carry off, sweeping to do, and equipment to move.
Offsite a new trailer is under construction. While the current trailer has gotten our OC6s and OC1s safely to and from races, we are in need of a better, safer setup for loading and unloading. Paul’s busy procuring materials, putting plans together, and welding a new trailer that would accommodate up to six OC6s. It will have an integrated braking system, LED lighting, idiot-proof strapping system and may be powder coated O Kalani Red to make it look badass!
Parked by the unlimiteds are two club V1 canoes that have been patched up in good working order. The third is currently under repair by our youngest members. Despite their weight, these traditional, rudderless canoes are quickly becoming the most popular canoes in the club as they can make for a technical challenge on flat, surfless mornings. They’re also a great way to hone steering skills.
On the site you’ll notice that there’s a third, blue unlimited under covers. We’re providing temporary storage for a budding outrigger racing program in Tahoe as cold weather passes through. This unlimited is not for club or personal use.
End of the Year Party
An end of the year party is in the works. Date is still to be determined, but it will be either on the first or second weekend of December. A survey was sent out to gauge the best date. Don’t forget to fill that out and submit it!
See you on the water,
O Kalani Board
O Kalani and Benicia Outrigger present the first NCOCA sprint regatta of the season! Join us June 3, 2017, at O Kalani’s site by the Encinal Boat Ramp, Alameda. The first race is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM. Beer garden after party starts immediately after race is officially over. Parking is free. Trailers will have priority in the parking lot by the beach. More parking is available by the Alameda Point Recreation Center.
There is no running water at the site. Please bring your own water for rinsing and cleaning equipment.
Race Day Schedule
|8:00 AM||Coaches’ Meeting|
|8:30 AM||Registration opens for 1st event check-in|
|8:45 AM||Opening Ceremony / Introductions by host|
|9:10 AM||Back to club area for meeting|
|9:15 AM||First race of the day starts|
|Mid-Day||Distribution of keiki awards|
|End of the day||Overall award point trophy presentation for the day|
|Post Race||Beer Garden at O Kalani Canoe Center|
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Every two years in November, paid O Kalani members nominate and vote for positions on the Executive Board of Directors. Results from the voting held at the end-of-the-year quarterly meeting for 2016 are as follows:
Congratulations to Diego Robinson who was elected as President, Stacy Wilson who was elected Vice President, Justin Beutel who was elected Treasurer, Jessica de Robinson who was elected Secretary, and Tim Herring who was elected Sergeant-At-Arms.
To contact the Board, you can do any of the following: email the specific Board Member directly, email the entire Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Executive Board of Directors:
- President, Diego Robinson: email@example.com
- Vice President, Stacy Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer, Justin Beutel: email@example.com
- Secretary, Jessica de Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sergeant-At-Arms, Tim Herring: email@example.com
2017 Paddling Coaches:
- Head Coach & Men’s Coach: Ben McNeil
- Women’s Coach: Enav McNeil
- Coaches: Tim Herring, Clarence Peralta
First time? Join us Sundays at 9 AM
O Kalani is a recreational and competitive outrigger canoe center located near Encinal Boat Ramp in Alameda, CA. We're open to paddlers of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. During the season, many of our members take part in long distance races and sprints at home here in NorCal, and away in SoCal, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest.
Interested in trying out OC paddling? Join one of our Sunday open practices at 9 AM. More info »