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Lahaina Canoe Club enjoys growth and renewed energy

By Staff | Jun 24, 2010

With 150 members, Lahaina Canoe Club is entering 22 races in the summer regattas.

LAHAINA — The goal of all organizational leaders is to create continuity and a feeling of accomplishment. For Lahaina Canoe Club President Adam Quinn, mission accomplished.

Now into his third year at the helm of LCC, Quinn has steered the Orange and Black into a forward course that has brought in a registered membership of 150 paddlers from age six to 60 — the highest numbers the club has seen in years.    

“We’ve had some leadership meetings to organize and plan things out and we’ve had some wonderful results,” he said from the fore deck of the rebuilt LCC hale last week.

“We’ve been able to empower more people to create club continuity… collectively find solutions and get things done.”

Quinn is joined on the LCC board of directors by Vice President Kirk Snyder, Secretary Mark Shimer, Treasurer Fred Rickert, Human Resources Director Dana Longseth and Coach Advisor Geoff Bogar.

The club’s coaching staff includes Barry Franks, Spud Lenhardt, Franklin Laborte, Mamo Hussey, Robert Bogar and Vae Maluia.

“We’re entering 22 events (out of a total of 35) at the regattas,” Quinn said. “That’s up from 14 last year, and we won a gold medal at states. We also got a new canoe and rebuilt the canoe hale here.”

“This year, we want to get another canoe — a Bradley Encore for the kids — send more crews to the state meet and create greater continuity within the club,” he continued.

“We also want to do more in the long distance season with our Open Men’s crew and our Master’s Division paddlers. We are really deep in those master’s divisions, and we have not enjoyed this luxury in decades.”

The rebuilding of the club hale is an example of the newfound energy for LCC. Quinn cited the generosity of The Whaler Condominium for a large portion of the materials that were needed to complete the project.

“Actually, it was a case where everybody helped out. We tore down the old one in late September and had the new one close to complete in October,” he added.

Pointing at fellow paddler Mardy RayRay standing nearby, Quinn commented, “You see Mardy over there? He embodies the spirit we have going with this club this year. He’s gone from 350 pounds to 220 pounds over the last year or so. He just never gives up!”

Lahaina Canoe Club will host the Keiki O Maui Regatta on July 17 at Hanakao‘o Beach Park (Canoe Beach) before the final events of the 2010 Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association races that will determine the island representatives to the state regatta at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu on Aug. 5.