Flight of the KONA

On the weekend myself and paddlers of the Mandurah Outrigger Canoe Club had a fantastic adventure. “Kona” the 1st Hawaiian Sailing Canoe to sail in the Indian Ocean took flight on the ocean off Mandurah in Western Australia in a perfect 20 knots of Freo Doctor wind. We’d towed the canoe down the inside of the estuary from Mandurah, then put the rig up and sailed it out through The Cut and into the ocean then pointed it north and hung on!

White water was flying everywhere as we were dropping down the front of swells and burying the canoe before leaping out and taking off again. After a while we started to take a bit of water so started bailing, whoops first bailer gets dropped, okay we’re fine and keep going. Okay need to have a bail again taking on more water, start bailing with the call “don’t drop this bailer or we’re stuffed”, yep second bailer goes swimming! We had a small electric bilge pump but it wasn’t coping. It was then just a matter of time before we were swamped!

Always good having a support boat when learning how to play with these babies. Lessons for next time, better fitting covers, venturi in the hull and more wind please!!!!

So here is a quick video shot of our adventure from the support boat.

Enjoy (we did!)


2 Responses to “Flight of the KONA”

  1. Rookie says:

    Kona Gold! Looks great, almost enough to make a ski paddler have a go.

    Let me know next time you attempt such crazy antics, and I’ll try to get a leave pass to come help bail. Ski paddlers might even be able to bail with two bailers 😛

  2. Barts says:

    You’re welcome to come out anytime Rookie (BYO bailer)! And yes we are a crazy bunch, crazy enough to welcome ski paddlers to join in the fun.

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