Join us for this year's Aloha Races on Sunday September 19th at 8 AM. It's a super fun event. Enter a 4-person crew and we will provide a stroker, steer-person and all necessary equipment with enough instruction to get you racing.
Registration is open now until event day. Bring your family, friends, colleagues!
We extend our gratitude to our sponsors, Santa Cruz Parks & Rec and O'Neill who are making this event possible. Much Aloha and Mahalo to both.
Our distance event kicks off the return to racing in Santa Cruz after Covid-19 cancelled us in 2020. We
are continuing the spirit of good friends who loved this race: Dave Dyc and Tony Gora were best of
friends, crew mates and incredibly competitive with each other on and off the water.
We are offering a 5 mile keiki/novice/short course followed by a 10 mile women and coed course. We
will finish the day with the men's 10 mile race. Divisions will be similar to Kula Anela.
8:00 a.m. Registration - Novice & Keiki & Short Course (5 mile) Closes at 8:45 a.m.
8:30: a.m. Registration - Women and Coed (2nd race group) Closes at 9:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. 1st Event Coaches/Steersperson Meeting.
9:00 a.m. Novice & Keiki & Short Course V6 (5 mile) START.
9:30 a.m. 2nd Event Steersperson meeting - Women & Coed.
9:30 a.m. Registration - Men 10 mile, 3rd race group. Closes at 10:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Women and Coed (10 Miles) START.
11:00 a.m. 3rd Event meeting - Men will start 15 min after the last women/coed return.
12:00 p.m. Men (10 mile) Same course options as the Women/Coed.
We are offering an open division 5 mile short course which starts with the Keiki and Novices. The 10
mile course offers an Open and Masters divisions in spec canoes and open division unlimited canoes.
NCOCA Registration site will open August 22 for the event. Club coach/club secretary should complete
entries by MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY, AUG 25! Please include canoe number along with Team Name
when registering. Crews must check in on race day with canoe #, paddler ID cards and race fees
payable to Pu Pu O Hawaii.
We are offering a 3 mile course for Keiki 12 to 16 years again this time, it will run WITH the Novice &
Keiki start unless conditions warrant running them in the harbor. If you are interested, please drop
Linda a note and we will make arrangements to include this group.
Canoes available: We are coordinating canoes available to loan, please contact Linda
for assistance or to offer a spare canoe. Our goal is to make this a great day on Monterey Bay and getting everyone on the water!
Launching: Canoes may only be launched off the beach with permission of the Harbor Master based on conditions that morning. We will confirm the morning of the race if that is available - otherwise, all launches will be at the launch ramp and docks. Canoes may not be tied up at the docks due to boat traffic, crews must "launch and go". Please pre-arrange with next crew to use the canoe to meet the canoe as it finishes at the dock so it may be a quick swap and get out on the course between races.
Registration Fees: $25 per paddler ($150 per crew) and $5 per Keiki 19 & under ($30 per crew).
Car Parking: Paddler parking is available in the Harbor parking lot (meters & pay stations) or on street parking. Street parking is open with no fee and no time limit however it is limited. There is a lot at 7th and Brommer where we have contracted for overflow parking (free) so unload at the beach then park. Driver can walk down Brommer to the upper harbor and return to the beach along the path there. There is paid parking available at the upper lot also. Water Taxi runs from the launch ramp to the Upper Harbor parking starting at 11 am to 6 pm. Parking in the Crow's Nest lot at the beach is hourly - pay as you depart...
Trailer Parking: All escort boats and canoes will be launched at Santa Cruz Harbor. We will have a reserved area for trailers & tow vehicles. Please notify Linda that you are bringing a trailer (especially if arriving Friday) so that we will have enough space reserved for our use. Harbor master may park us at the upper harbor lot (there is a shuttle van for drivers). Trailer and tow vehicle parking covered by Pu Pu 'O Hawaii.
Food and Drink: Please support our harbor businesses by having a bite to eat or a beverage at one of the local shops, even rent an SUP after your race!
Crow's Nest - upstairs bar and light meals; downstairs formal dining; Beach Market on the outside deck above the launch ramp - sandwiches and snacks are available.
Cafe El Palomar - Mexican food - breakfast, lunch & dinner - full bar.
Java Junction - for your morning coffee and breakfast or snacks after your race.
Johnny's Harborside - walk up the harbor near the bridge, fresh fish and full bar service overlooking the harbor channel.
Hot dog & Popcorn cart - next to the launch ramp!
The SUP Hut is in between the Crows' Nest and the launch ramp or check out Kayak Connection on Lake Ave. as you drove toward the beach...paddling supplies and rentals.