Learn about Outrigger Canoe Club Tuesday at Gulf Beach

The Milford Recreation and the Manu’iwa Outrigger Canoe Club will hold an open house for those wishing to learn more about the sport of outrigger canoeing and the opportunity to exercise in the beautiful surroundings of the Sound and Charles Island.

There will be an open house, designed for kids ages 10 & up, Tuesday, July 25, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Beach.

Participants should meet at the information tent on the beach.  Lifejackets will be provided, however, if you have one please bring it with you.  Remember to dress to get wet and sweaty and bring some water to drink.

For more information about the Manu’iwa Outrigger Canoe Club go to Facebook/Manu’iwa Outrigger Canoe Club.

Manu’iwa Outrigger Canoe Club is based at Gulf Beach.  It is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization and the only outrigger canoe club in Connecticut. Founded in 1995 by a group of paddling enthusiasts with the intent of representing the Greater New England area in local and international paddling events.   The club is named after the Hawaiian Manu’iwa bird that travels great distances off-shore before returning home each day.  Our membership has always consisted of paddlers with vast experience who have moved to Connecticut and wish to continue to compete at the highest levels together with novices who have joined the club and grown into the sport and is now equally experienced and enthusiastic about passing on their knowledge to new members.

As a club, our goal is to offer paddling challenges appropriate to the ability of anyone wishing to join us and help perpetuate the ‘aloha spirit’.  We aim to host/participate in paddling events on the East Coast with the intent of being the nucleus of a growing community of paddling clubs.  We enjoy being part of the local community and aspire to interest all ages in a wonderful sport that helps to blend real athletic commitment with the need to work closely with others in a team environment.  Manu’iwa is a founding member of ECORA  (East Coast Outrigger Racing Association) which consists of teams from all the major cities on the East Coast.