Originally founded in and around the islands of Hawaii, outrigger canoeing allows for some great fun and the ability to paddle the high seas of Harrison Lake. The Outrigger on its own is designed to handle more hostile water conditions, the attached "ama" is meant to add another base of support to allow the boat to be more stable. Unlike dragon boating, Outrigger Canoes usually race longer distances. Typical races can be anywhere from 5 to 10 km in a short course race to 17-25 km in a long course race.
FVDBC's has 2 OC-6 each holding 6 people. This includes 5 paddlers and 1 steersperson. When practicing or racing, paddlers simultaneously switch sides every 12-15 strokes so they can be more effective over long distances. In addition to the two OC-6s the club also has an OC-2 and two OC-1s. These boats hold two and one paddler respectively.
If either (or both) of these water sports sounds like something you might like to try please come on out to Harrison Lake and give it a go. The first three lessons are free. All equipment and coaching is supplied. For more information please contact our Recruitment Director.
FVDBC Safety Manual : On a glacial lake like Harrison, and truly on any body of water, safety is paramount. Please familiarize yourself with the FVDBC safety manual before going out. All members in an OC 6 should go through a Huli Drill and be familiar with their responsibilities in the event of a huli. CORA's website has a great page on huli recovery and a video on youtube. The FVDBC hosts multiple huli drill clinics during the paddling season.
CORA Race schedule for 2017 : For up to date racing schedules for the outrigger program please refer to the CORA website. This link will take you there! :-) . This site is a goldmine of useful information on outriggering in general and in our area in particular. Look for your own boat or conveniently register as a member to participate in a race.
2017 Echo Island Challenge Harrison will be hosting the CORA Canadian Championships in 2017. Look for updated information to come.