Teams from Hong Kong, Japan, Palau, Guam, and the CNMI are expected to turn out for the 14th Micronesian Cup Outrigger Canoe Series that Saipan will be hosting next month.
The event, which will be held here for the fifth time, will take place on Oct. 27 and 28 with Kanoa Resort serving as the host venue.
“Saipan has a bit of a reputation to uphold when it comes to organizing the Micro Cup and we are working hard to make this another successful event. We would like to invite everyone to come out and watch the races and share in the excitement,” said Saipan Outrigger Canoe Club's Richard Sikkel in an email to Saipan Tribune.
Sikkel added that over 200 participants or between 25 and 30 teams are expected to participate in the two-day event, which will feature competitions in the men's and women's open, mixed open, and boys and girls juniors (U18). Paddlers will race in the 500-meter sprint, 1,000-meter sprint, and a long distance trek, which starts and ends at Kanoa.
The Top 3 placers in each division will receive trophies and teams from the five participating countries will also battle for the coveted Marianas Cup championship. Winners will be honored in an awards banquet, which Tan Siu Lin Foundation is sponsoring and will be held at Kanoa Resort.
Last year's Micro Cup was held in Guam with the host's teams dominating the short and long distance races. The Saipan Outrigger Canoe Club, on the other hand, took the overall men's championship in 2009 when Palau hosted the competition.
Founded in 1999, the Micro-Cup's intention remains to reinvigorate the sport of outrigger canoeing around the region. Notably, other teams from Australia and Singapore have also turned out for the event in the past years.
For more information, contact event coordinator Richard Sikkel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit microcup2012.blogspot.com.