Imagine crossing 41 miles of open ocean in a 6-person canoe!
h3. About Today’s Show
I arrived at the beach this morning with Lexi to do our walk and show and ran into my friend Gail Quitevis who is steering a crew of women in the upcoming Na Wahine O Ke Kai race. This is the premier canoe race in the world! So I am going to follow their progress for these last six weeks before the race so you can get a taste of the hard work, excitement and exhilaration that goes along with this event. I did it in 2003 and it was an amazing experience!
This is a special crew of military wives. Some of their husbands are in Iraq. And despite being temporary single moms, they are taking on this gigantic challenge of mental, emotional and physical stamina. I’ve promised them the support of our Beach Walks audience, so please call call the Conch line skype:roxannedarling or call +1-949-544-1456. with your messages of inspiration!
Men started this race in 1952, yet it took over 20 years for women to have the chance to race. Like so many things, the general consensus was that women were not strong enough to do this race. With the backing of coaches, women were refused the use of club equipment and club support. 41 miles of open ocean, across one of the deepest ocean channels. Not only can we do it, but some of our women’s crews are faster than some of the men’s crews. There is plenty of blur between men and women as we keep discovering, one prejudice at a time!
Na Wahine O Ke Kai: women of the sea
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