Monday, November 26, 2007
The Lamma Men and Women participated in the Round Hong Kong Island Race 2007. Day one was sprint races around Middle Island, and we SUCKED! The men got pushed off course in the home stretch (after tailing the Hawaiians, valiantly, for the greater part of the race).
The women got pinned off the first turn and never recovered, though the bronchial barking in the canoe leads us to believe that a boat with 5 sick women and 1 healthy woman does NOT a power team make.
Next year, we're coming back with power....
Great Photos from Elo at this link: LINK TO ELO
Monday, December 11, 2006
These are images from the day, which was low in paddler numbers, but high in great weather, good water and some wonderful photo ops.No paddlers were damaged in the makings of this website. Yet.
We do so know what we are doing.It was this big and I hit it with my paddle...
the photographer: Supah-Kev.
Yung Shue Wan, looking a little bit blah for no good reason.
You! Get your ass OFF the junk and INTO this boat.
And they listened!
Happy to be resting.
Dudes fishing for local fish monsters in the traffic lanes.
"Ha ha! You think I'm paddling back here?"And yet we all survived. That is a turbo-jet.
It makes pate of paddlers
Married people with good timing. How odd.
The Western cargo yards. (freelance cargo yards...)
Calm waters outside Sulphur Channel.
Trade and Convention Centre and US!
The IFC2 and new Star Ferry Terminals
We tried, but we just couldn't catch them, and
then they started throwing crap at us...So we got Tai Nui home where she is happy and contented with her forest bower. We might by her a new wax-job for Christmas. She already has lovely new lashings and such.
Now lest you think that we were raising funds to have fun, I should explain that it is the other way around. We have fun to raise funds (tough life, no?).
So, along with many other denizens of Lamma, we got together and "sold seats" in the outriggers for the bargain price of $20HK for 10-15 minutes of paddling (most people could only really take about 10 minutes before they got tired or bored or both).
All monies went towards the Child Welfare Scheme, to improve the health, education and opportunities of disadvantaged children and youth. See their site here.
Yeah - so that was our MO for the day (that is, uhm, modus operandi, for them folks who dun't like de latinz).
This is Jon B prepping to steer a boat of charity-supporting folk (and a few regular paddlers). That is Gina, sitting on the ama and explaining the best way not to tip the boat over.
Gina-meana; the mad French juggler (collected from the beach) and Christina P.
Katie decides to support the Child welfare scheme by drowning her own child R... A sudden change of heart? No - it's cause there were witnesses. Namely, her other child, Miss Cutey Pants J.
The Lamma Outrigger-er-er-ers: A bunch of clowns.
There were two jugglers. A shark ate the other one. Lamma Fun day raised $158,000HKD for the charity. Any kids had fun. Fairly well-named event.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
- Iron-woman Katie
- CK - the mighty
- Dolphin David
- "Ouch!" Adie (great reach!)
- Jumpin' Jasper, bail captain
- Simon the powerful
- Mel the magnificent (did her own 'bailing' in the last few sets!)
- Mysterious Michelle (we have no idea where she gets her strength)
- Screamin' Gina (always working on reach exceeding grasp)
- Super-Hugh the patch master (fantastic effort all around)
All in all, it was a brilliant day of paddling, though the Hong Kong Air was absolutely disgusting! The sailing vessels had a distinctly less pleasant time of it (no wind - ouch). Two of our international guest teams: Hawaii and Poksai from Guam, did marvellously. It took team Hawaii just over 3 hours to complete the race (and they likely lapped us for giggles). Also, the IPC women made a spectacularly strong showing.
But Lamma enjoyed a fantastic first. Our first international race. Our first international marathon race, and our first international sea-change race... and what else? Ah: our first mixed team!
Looking forward to much more to come. Congratulations Lamma OCC!
Finished! Alive! Not eaten by sharks or ferries!
Front, keft to right: Jasper, Hugh, CK, David, Michelle, Gina, Mel, Adie and Katie. Back, Left to right: Mabel, Laura, Oliver, Simon, Jessica, Christina P, Greg, Claudia. Missing: Claire, who was off becoming even more terrifyingly glamorous.
Did we mention the air pollution? That ain't mist
Captain Claudia and Laura
Greg - Mr. GPS-Master
Katie assumes control of the good ship Ta Nui after the change
Lamma Lemmings Lined up for the Sea Change