Saipan is set to host the Micronesia Cup in 2021 after two cancellations due to major typhoons that have devastated the island.
Saipan Paddling Club president Justin Andrew said that after two years of failing to hold the Micronesia Cup on Saipan, the event will be held on island in October 2021. The last time Saipan hosted the annual outrigger canoe competition was in 2012.
Saipan was supposed to host the event in 2015, but due to Super Typhoon Soudelor, the event had to be cancelled. Three years later, in 2018, the island had to call off the competition again because of Super Typhoon Yutu.
“Saipan was supposed to host the annual Micronesia Cup last year but unfortunately, Super Typhoon Yutu hit us and the tournament had to be cancelled. In 2015, we were also supposed to host the event, but Typhoon Soudelor hit us and we had to cancel. Our next hosting turn will be October 2021 and we look forward to that,” said Andrew, who is also the president of the Northern Marianas Paddle Sports Federation.
Andrew added that SPC will be participating in this year’s Micronesia Cup that will be held in Palau in October. He said that SPC has 12 paddlers on the team and they have been training tirelessly in preparation for this year’s Micronesia Cup.
“The Saipan Paddling Club is training to send men’s and women’s teams to Palau this year. We plan to send six women and six men,” he said.
Also, in preparation for the competition in Palau, the club will be hosting fundraisers. Andrew said that their fundraising events include a 5K run, bake sales, car washes, and a happy hour.
The Saipan Paddling Club 5K Sunset Fun Run is scheduled for Aug. 31. For registration and additional information, visit SPC’s Facebook page.
Then in September, SPC will host multiple bake sales and car washes. Flyers will be made available on the club’s social media page. For October, the club is planning to have a happy-hour fundraiser. The venue, date, and time will be announced later.