Author Topic: Start of the Season Postponed - and what we can do in the meantime  (Read 1232 times)

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Aloha everyone,

The start of our Marina Outrigger 6-man outrigger canoe racing season is still ON HOLD, because of state and county regulations related to the managing the spread of the Corona virus.

The Southern California Outrigger Canoe Association (SCORA), which oversees our club, along with dozens of others across SoCal, has NOT called off the ironman, sprinting or 9-man seasons.

But we ask for your patience and understanding as we all comply with government imposed social distancing and size of gatherings requirements.

The Marina Outrigger Board of Directors met virtually last night, with all 6 board members and 6 guests. The board meetings are always open to all members.

Thanks to our treasurer, Ryan Field, we have financial scenarios outlined for all possibilities, including the club having no season in 2020, the club having just a 9-man season and off season, the club having no annual Kahanamoku Klassic race (our main fundraiser for the year), and the club having an abbreviated annual race.

Realizing that many of our members may be unemployed, and may not be able to afford seasonal dues, be assured we have cut our expenses to the absolute minimum for mandatory maintenance and insurance.

While we are in this holding pattern, there are some things the club can still do for you.

Many members, while practicing social distancing, are still going out on their one man canoes and surf skis on the weekends around 7:30 am, as well as in the week day afternoons. Mother’s Beach parking remains open at this time.

The club members have a core group of volunteers who can assist members unable to leave their homes because of health and safety reasons. Should you need assistance, please email Malia Zimmerman at or call her at 808-306-3161.

The board is creating a business member directory, and encouraging all business owners in the club to send in their information about their business so other members in the club can support your business. Members can email their name, business name, services provided, contact information, and any promotional materials to Malia at

If you have a small business, please also email information about your products or service to so you can be featured on Marina’s social media including Facebook and on the Forum.

If you are a physical trainer or health coach, of any sort, and offering services online, please email Malia that information as well.

If you have any ideas of how we can support each other, please feel free to share them with the members of the board or head coach Lindsey Richman. Their contact information is included in this post.

We also ask that you keep in touch with other members of the club, by phone, email or social media, so we can all help to keep up each other’s spirits. There is a contact directory of all members on the Forum and there also is a Marina Outrigger FB page, where we can communicate with one another.

This article from One Medical has some good ideas to beat back depression and keep a positive, healthy outlook as we face this challenge:

We can, and will, get through this crisis.

We will get back to club paddling and racing when this is all over.

Let’s continue to support each other, care for each other, motivate each other to stay in shape, go to the ocean for its healing powers, and remember our club slogan that we each wear on the back of our jerseys, “He ‘ohana kakou…. We are all family.”


Malia Zimmerman, president,
Kathlene Francis, VP,
Alapai Kanamu, Secretary,
Ryan Field, Treasurer,
Mary Sloane, SCORA Rep.,
James Hillis, race secretary,
Lindsey Richman, head coach,
« Last Edit: March 25, 2020, 07:21PM by MaliaZimmerman »