Pa'a Eono Hoe 2012
Pa'a Eono Hoe 2012 Molokai to Oahu. Team Pacific Wahine races under a new name for the first time. Team members: Tee Felgate, Mei Tuicolo, Nohea Hirahara,Camille DeCarmejane Vesc, Anna Mathisen and Katies Stephens. One of the most fun crossings any of us have ever had. And as a bonus, we won.
Mei Tuicolo , who travelled from Australia for the race writes about her experience:
It’s hard to explain the experience of my first iron crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel. Certainly, for me, it stands as the pinnacle of my race experiences and the trigger to what I call, “addictive water”.
The conditions that day were howling, 25 to 30 knot Easterlies with 10-foot swell. I had spent the week before the race up at Hawaii Kai and the night before all I could hear was the rattling of the window as it shook in the wind. It made me nervous but, boy, I was buzzing to get out there.
For the women of Pacific Wahine, this would be the first time we had paddled together as a crew so in terms of results the only expectation we had of ourselves was to have fun. What else can I say; from beginning to end we did just that.
The race started as a tussle between the three women’s crews for the pole position and stayed that way for the first half hour until Katie got us on a series of runs, which broke us away from the pack.
One hour down, two hours down, three hours down, approaching the fourth, we had China Walls clear in our sights. Through the continued brilliance of Katie were we able to get on some of the best set of screamers of our journey, carrying us closer to Hawai’i Kai. By this stage, we knew we were in the winning position, looking to break five hours and come in ahead of a men’s crew. Still at this point, the vibe amongst the women was as full of fun and adrenaline as it was when we launched from Molokai. We were buzzing.
In terms of spirit, the race finished as we started. Physically I was drained, happy for it to be over but still buzzing over the crazy experience I just shared with an amazing crew of ocean warriors, crossing the channel and winning. What a rush. "