The Coffees of Hawaii Pailolo Challenge has been scheduled for September 14th 2013. For updated information and registration please visit: http://www.pailolo.com
Canoes of all types have, for years, been enjoying the downwind run from West Maui to South Moloka’i.
For a time, there was only one race — for 0C-1s and Surfskis but, in 2007, the Pailolo Challenge was inaugurated so that finally, Hawaii’s 6-person outrigger canoe paddlers could enjoy one of Hawaii’s best downwind runs.
One of windiest channels in the Hawaiian islands, the Pailolo Channel takes the trades that funnel between Maui and Moloka’i and transforms them into perfectly spaced bumps that offer rides virtually all the way from the start at D.T. Flemings Beach Park to Kaunakakai Pier, 26 miles away.
The race is open to HRCA approved fiberglass six-person outrigger canoes AND Open Class Canoes.
Divisions: Men’s open (9), Master 40 (9) , Master 50 (10), Iron (6). Women’s open (10), Master 40 (10), Master 50 (12), Master 60 (12) and Iron (men, women, or mixed 6)
No escort boat required for iron crews however, all iron crews are encouraged to have a VHF radio on board.
• Registration is on Friday, September 13 from 11:00am-5:00pm at Maui Brewing Company Brew Pub. Paddlers receive 25% off food and $3 beers till 5pm.
• Intent to Participate form due Friday, September 6. All other forms due at Registration on Friday, Sept 13. Register online at http://www.pailolo.com
• All women’s and mixed crew start at 9:00am. All men’s crews start 15 minutes later.
2010 Pailolo Challenge video