A big welcome to the newest club in the CORA family – Yellowknife Outrigger Canoe Club!
Club organizer, Sherry Long was introduced to the sport while living in Comox, has attended a Hawaii surf camp and she raced in the 2010 World Sprints in New Caledonia. Her husband, Bob Long, will be racing sprints this year in Calgary. Sherry’s first attempt to get an OC6 fell through but this year she purchased the old Rhino canoe from the Sproat Lake club. (Side note: Anyone know the full history of that canoe?) It was freighted to Western Canoe and Kayak to transport but wouldn’t fit on their trailer. Bob Long attended the Sprint weekend in Vancouver and chatted with the Calgary Canoe Club who then sold Yellowknife OCC their old trailer. A friend drove the trailer to Western Canoe where a fellow from Yellowknife picked it up and drove it here. That’s making it all work!
Sherry put up posters around town and an ad in a local classified magazine. She and her husband Bob did a local race in OC1′s and took the OC6 over to show people. They got enough people for a practice and word of mouth has now given them about 20 members, running practices 4 times a week.
Yellowknife is a very active community of 19,000 people. They paddle on Great Slave Lake, and with no base, just pull the canoe up in the weeds. There are plans for canoe and kayak boat storage shed sometime in the future. Funds need to be raised to pay for the Rhino and trailer before they can expand. Edmonton is the closest competition, more than 12 hours away. Next year’s plans are to do some races and then in September, do the Queen Lilli.
Best of luck to Yellowknife OCC and we look forward to seeing you at the races!