by David Nollsch
Hokulele Women’s team wins 1st place. The ladies (Sonna Pham, Lynn Hoang, Teddy Gray, Kila Vara-Nixon, Tracy Quon & Lynsey Boyles) had a powerful start and never looked back, paddling to an impressive victory on the gusty 10 mile course on Lake Grapevine Saturday morning, October 15. Congratulations to Hoewa’a A who came in 2nd, TOCC/AOCC 3rd place and Hoewa’a B .
The Hokulele Mixed team was awarded 1st place Mixed. Our team (Su Boone, David Nollsch, Barry Tse, Matt Sandel, Diane Thixton, and Suzanne Pham) was, however, the only mixed team and came in 3rd in the combined Men’s & Mixed race. Congratulations to TOCC’s Men’s team who took 1st place stretching an early lead throughout the race, and to the Hoewa’a Uncle Chester’s Men’s crew who took 2nd place. It was an exciting race for second with Hoewa’a and Hokulele battling the whole way. Hoewa’a reached the turning buoy first, but Hokulele came out of the turn with the inside position and soon passed them. The teams traded the lead several times before Hoewa’a out powered Hokulele in the last quarter mile. The Hoewa’a Aaron’s crew finished 4th.