Monday, June 24, 2013

RBYC Inaugural Juniors Kayak Races

On Wednesday 19th June 2013 the Royal Belau Yacht Club (RBYC) launched a new annual community initiative 'Juniors Kayak Races'.   Prior to the event a small media campaign was sent out encouraging children ages 4-18 for participation.  The RBYC received a terrific response for the inaugural races with 35 official contestants and an additional 15 kids just along for the fun.  The event was hosted at Sam's Tours with a course mapped out from the end of the docks to marker buoys and back to the finish line.  Both single and double kayak races were held and prizes were awarded for three age categories; 6-9, 10-14 and 15-18, with a combination of younger and older kids teaming up for the doubles races.  RBYC would like to congratulate all participants on a tremendous effort and a special mention to the following children who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in their age divisions: Jake McKaskle, Thomas Iyker, Nisha Johnson, Mimokl Scott, Noel Keane, Means Ngirmeriil, Iziah Adachi, Carson Sumor, Rhys Betz and Devon Fox.  The doubles races were a hot contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places being won by Maximus and Mimokl Scott, Carson Sumor and Jacque Scott, and Arianna Ngirmeriil and Iziah Adachi.

The event wouldn't have been possible without the proposals support by the RBYC Board and a host of local businesses also committed to sponsoring this fun kids day.  RBYC would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations of prizes, goods and services which has made the event possible; Planet Blue Kayak Tours, Neco Plaza and Payless, Surangels, The Palau Shop, M/V Pacific, Shimbros and Sam's Tours.  In addition to the business sponsors the Juniors Kayak Races also wouldn't happened without the fantastic team of volunteers who attended the event including Planet Blue staff, RBYC Members and the participants parents assisting with marshalling, safety, photography and logistics on the day.  More race photos and video can be viewed on the RBYC Facebook group  Big smiles all around show a fun day was had by all, congratulations again to all those who participated in the Juniors Kayak Races.  Follow RBYC on the net for more community events coming up later in the year.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

The happy participants still elated after a big day on the kayaks!

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