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KIOCC currently fields five OC6 canoes including three force five canoes. The club fleet also includes a number of OC1s, OC2s, and Stand Up Paddle Boards all of which are owned by individual members.
KIOCC's philosophy focuses on perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and spirit through outrigger canoeing. We work hard to combine an appreciation for family, nature, community, and competitiveness while having tons of fun.
The KIOCC club is 'Ohana (family). This is a wise Hawaiian saying to which our club adheres:
'A'ohe hana nui ke alu 'ia.
"No task is too big when done together by all."
-from 'Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings by Mary Kawena Pukui.
...and here's a cheer that KIOCC says after each practice session:
'E kahi, 'e lua, 'e kolu, imua lokahi!
"One, two, three, onward together!"
Founded in 1997, the Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club (KIOCC) is hosted by the Kent Island Yacht Club, offering the finest venue for paddling on the East Coast, with easy access to the eastern Chesapeake Bay. KIOCC offers a warm 'ohana (family) to the sport of competitive Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling.
In 1998, KIOCC entered its first season in the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA), participating in the various races on the East Coast and hosting the first annual Kent Island Cup on Labor Day Weekend. In our second season, we added a second OC6, Force Five canoe and our race weekend grew from 5 entries to 15! This was a true testament to the development of the sport, the commitment of our team, and the support of Kent Island Yacht Club. In 2001 KIOCC introduced a new race format for the Kent Island Cup-a 35-mile around the island relay. 2001 also saw KIOCC members participating in the 50th Annual Moloka'i Hoe, in Hawaii, at the Senior Masters level. In September 2002, KIOCC entered its first masters mixed crew in the Catalina Island race.
In addition to the ECORA Racing season, KIOCC participates in events like the Wye Island Maryland Regatta, the Blackburn Challenge in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and a variety of boating festivals, to promote the sport and share the spirit of aloha. The club has also received recognition in numerous publications from the Baltimore Sun to the Chesapeake Bay Magazine.