Napu Outrigger Canoe Club president Ponce Rasa is asking the public’s help to locate the ama stolen from the club’s canoe at the Kilili Beach last weekend.
“I am calling the public for their assistance in helping us find the ama. If they have any information, contact us or to stay anonymous, contact the authorities,” Rasa said in an email sent to Saipan Tribune yesterday morning.
An ama is an outrigger float. Napu discovered its red canoe missing its ama yesterday morning when the club is preparing for the last long course race sanctioned by Northern Marianas National Paddling Sports Federation. Napu paddlers also joined the final tune-up sprints races last Saturday and the ama of the red canoe was still there. Then yesterday, Rasa said there was also an attempt to steal the ama of their other canoe (blue).
Napu had already reported the theft incident to the Department of Public Safety.
Rasa is appealing to the public to help locate the ama, as Napu paddlers are in the final stages of their preparation for the 2017 Micro Cup, which will be held in Guam from Oct. 26 to 29. The club will be sending a men’s team and junior men’s and women’s squads to Guam.
To reach Rasa or Napu, send email to napuoutriggercanoeclub@gmail. com.
Meanwhile, results of the weekend’s sprints and long distance races were unavailable at press time and will be reported later this week. Besides Napu, other groups that joined the final tune-up for the Micro Cup were Marianas Outrigger Canoe, Saipan Paddling Club, and Marianas Pacific Paddlers.