By Steve Breazeale
Heading into the final week of competition, all eyes will be on the Dana Point Outrigger Canoe Club to see if they can capture the Outrigger Iron Perpetual Trophy for 2013.
The Dana Point group currently has a 19-point lead over two-time defending champion Lanakila in the Iron Man standings. The Iron Man trophy is awarded to the canoe club that accumulates the most points over the short, two-month season, and is usually won by the club that shows the most depth, according to Dana Point Outrigger member John Yamasaki.
The final race of the year takes place in San Diego on June 29, with the Iron Man trophy presentation set for later in the evening.
The Iron Man season runs from May until the end of June and Dana Outrigger has accumulated their league-leading 87 points from all of their age divisions. According to Yamasaki, Dana Outrigger has teams ranging from 12U to Golden Masters (55+) that have been racking up points.
The club’s mens team competed in the famous Olamau race, located on the Big Island of Hawaii from June 12-14. It was a three-day marathon event that covered roughly 100 miles of the Hawaiian coastline. The Dana Outrigger team, which partnered with Riviera Paddlesurf, finished seventh overall in the elite 14-team competition.
For results of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club’s final Iron Man race in San Diego, visit www.danapointtimes.com.