WHAT: - The 19th annual 41-mile, women's Molokai`-to-O`ahu world championship long-distance outrigger canoe race.
WHEN: Sunday, September 28, 1997.
WHERE: - Start: 7:30 a.m. at Molokai Ranch's Hale O Lono Harbor, Moloka`i, across the Kaiwi (Moloka`) channel to a finish at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki. First finishers are expected between 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
WHO: - Approximately 55 crews from Australia, Hawai`i, New Zealand, Tahiti, Canada and the Mainland are expected to compete.
HOW: - Open division koa and fiberglass teams have 10 paddlers with six in the canoe at one time. Masters teams have 12 paddlers. Paddlers rotate open ocean changes as the race progresses across the channel while the canoe is in motion. Changes are scheduled strategically by individual coaches.
Each canoe must have one escort boat with a race official in it. Divisions include koa, fiberglass and masters.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: - OffShore Outrigger Canoe Club of California has won the race ten times. Their 1996 finish time was 6:46.33.
RECORD: 1995, OffShore Outrigger Canoe Club: 5 hours, 24 minutes, 32 seconds. The first seven teams finishing in 1995 broke the old 1990 record of 5:44.
PRE RACE DINNER: - Saturday, September 27, 6 p.m., Kaluakoi Hotel & Golf Club. For all press, officials, paddlers and coaches.
RACE DIRECTOR: - Hannie Anderson, 423 Aulima Loop, Kailua, HI 96734. 808-262-7567.
MEDIA: - For more information, contact:
Internet address: - http://www.holoholo.org/wahine/
PRESS BOATS: Are available for the crossing or at the finish. Please reserve press boat space by September 19, 1997