Going into Sunday’s Na Wahine O Ke Kai race, Team Bradley was tied with the Offshore Canoe Club for the longest winning streak in race history. The team of Hawaiian wahine paddlers had won the past six consecutive races of the unofficial world championship for outrigger canoe races.
But 42 miles and almost five-and-a-half hours after paddling out of Hale O Lono Harbor, it was the rival Waikiki Beach Boys team that crossed the Kaiwi Channel and landed at Duke Kahanamoku Beach first.
The Waikiki Beach Boys won the Molokai-to-Oahu race in a time of 5 hours, 25 minutes, 2 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of Team Bradley (5:26:58).
Last year, Team Bradley found the strength to overtake the Waikiki Beach Boys in the last five miles of the race. This year, the course was about half an hour faster, favoring the Beach Boys.
The Waikiki Beach Boys missed the course record set by Team Bradley in 2008 of 5:22:05.
A total of 72 teams from California, Australia and across the South Pacific competed in the 32nd crossing from Hale O Lono to Waikiki.
OffShore Canoe Club, out of Newport Beach, Calif., had claimed six straight wins from 1986 to 1991.
Go to www.pseresults.com for a complete list of race results.