Santa Barbara Fog Chaser Race


The Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club hosted the 27th Annual State Sprint Championships on Saturday…and followed it up today with the 5th Annual Fog Chaser Race…newly added standup paddle division…turned out to be a 6 miler, instead of 5, because somebody’s GPS unit was off…;-)

Conditions were quite challenging with lots of sideways bumps and a head wind…the nasty current wasn’t showing anyone any love…but, nothing like the 32 mile Molokai to Oahu race today…20+ kt winds and 7′ seas were predicted…incredibly, early reports are that Jamie Mitchell wins for a 7th time at 4:57:14…20 minutes ahead of 2nd place…and Duane Desoto won the standup division at 6:47:06…

Here’s part of the start line of our little race…

Rich Schroeder showed that his world class Olympic competitive swimming skills transferred well to standup paddling by taking 1st place on my 14′ custom Sean Ordonez…

A smart tactical move at the start kept Brian Fernandez at bay on his new 14’8″
Starboard …

The wifey won the women’s division on a stock 12′ Hobie…

More pics of the event here

WARDOGSanta Barbara Fog Chaser Race

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