Outrigger canoe race Saturday at Gulf Beach
The Milford Invitational Outrigger Canoe Race, hosted by Milford’s Manu’iwa (pronounced Mon-oo-e-va) Outrigger canoe club will take place Saturday, Aug 4, at 10 a.m., at the Gulf Beach Pier in Milford.
According to Mike Smith, vice president of Manu’iwa, “Clubs from up and down the east coast will be coming to Milford to race in our annual Milford Invitational. This is a 10-mile point to point race. The women’s and novice teams will be racing from Gulf Beach to east side of New Haven Harbor and the men’s and mixed teams will race back.”
Milford is the home of Connecticut’s only Outrigger club and one of the premiere clubs on the east coast. Racers and fans will be traveling from all over the east coast to visit Milford.
Residents are invited to cheer on the racers on Saturday morning.
The local club was founded in 1995 by Milford resident Blake Conant and other marathon canoe paddlers. Ten members of Manuiwa are Milford residents and 30 are Connecticut residents.
The races Manu’iwa participates in range from 8 miles to 20 miles. The classifications are based on gender and age of paddlers in the boat.