HAPPENING NOW: ‘Da Grind’ outrigger-canoe racing off Alki

12:01 PM: Sandy beach, blue water, Hawaiian music, outrigger canoes … it’s a little bit of aloha right now on Alki, east of the bathhouse, as the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club‘s “Da Grind” day of racing continues. The men’s long-course racers (to Blake Island and back) are scheduled to head out soon; the women’s long-course racers got going around 9:30 this morning; short-course racers (about 4 miles along Alki and back) are scheduled around 2 pm.

Spectators are welcome and are in fact lining the seawall as the canoes go by; the club has numerous tents on the sand, too.

The racing is scheduled to continue until the awards ceremony around 3:30 this afternoon.

3:31 PM: More photos added.

The races weren’t held last year because of what the club calls a racing-schedule change.

2 Replies to "HAPPENING NOW: 'Da Grind' outrigger-canoe racing off Alki"

  • WilloWisp July 30, 2017 (12:00 am)

    I was at the Alki Point Lighthouse when the racers went by.  Beautiful!  That is a long distance row and they sure looked like they was paddling hard.

  • Matt Talley July 30, 2017 (4:05 pm)

    I shot some Drone Footage of the race.  I posted it up on YouTube just a bit ago.


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