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Good luck to our Fraser Coast outriggers who are off to National Sprint Titles

Seven Local News - Wide Bay

Fraser Coast Outriggers dominate at National Sprint titles


Welcome to the Fraser Coast Outriggers

The sport of outrigger canoe racing is steeped in Polynesian traditions and culture.

The va'a is a Polynesian outrigger canoe with a slender hull connected to an ama, which provides ballast and lift, by two wooden spars (iako).

Outrigger canoes have been travelling the Pacific Ocean for 4000 years. The earliest outrigger craft are thought to have originated around 2000 BC when ancient Polynesians ventured into the Eastern Pacific Ocean and settled the remote islands of the Pacific Rim.

The first outrigger canoe race was in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917 and has grown as a competitive sport in Australia, starting in the Whitsundays as a competition between staff on the resort islands.

The first outrigger canoe was bought to Hervey Bay by Linus Bagley after he was introduced to the sport by Keith Williams at Hamilton Island.

Fraser Coast Outrigger Canoe Club today has some 100 members, six OC6 racing canoes, a storage compound, canoe trailer and an attitude to the sport which balances a healthy competitive spirit with a fun, social environment.

There are two types of outrigger canoe racing, sprint races and marathon races, and a variety of canoe types from single paddler (OC1) to six paddler (OC6)

Fraser Coast Outrigger Canoe Club competes in zone, national and international events with very successful results across all divisions from juniors to platinum masters.

In polynesion culture the Whale Tail, symbolised in the Fraser Coast Outrigger Canoe Club logo, is a totem of good luck, speed, strength, freedom and joy within.