Bartlett, Dolan have record run on Kaua'i
The tandem of Kai Bartlett and Patrick Dolan won the one-person canoe division of the 4th annual Expedia.com Kaua'i World Challenge in record time Saturday.
Bartlett and Dolan completed the 34-mile course from Wailua Beach to Salt Pond in 3 hours, 35 minutes, 27 seconds, beating the previous course record set in 2003 by more than six minutes.
The race featured one-person canoes, but each team could use two paddlers. The course was divided into four separate legs along the southeast coast of Kaua'i, and each paddler had to complete two legs.
Steady trade winds and moderate ocean swells contributed to a fast race.
Bartlett is 30 and from Maui; Dolan is 17 and a senior at Maryknoll School. They received $2,000 for the victory.
New Zealand paddlers Maui Kjeldsen and Woogie Marsh placed second in 3:40:51, followed by the tandem of Mike Judd and Greg Long in 3:42:18.
Kaua'i paddlers Noe Auger and Alana Goo won the women's division in 4:25:37. Jill Schooler and Jeane Barrett finished second in 4:29:28.
Punahou School senior Eric Abbott teamed with South Africa's Clinton Pretorius to win the surfski division with a time of 3:37:40.
There was also a division for two-person canoes, and the team of Brian Amanitad, Glen Williams, Bonga Perkins and Charlie Tantog won in 3:55:55.
Nearly 100 teams participated in the race. A $20,000 prize purse was distributed to the division winners.
The next big race is the Kona Brewing Co. Moloka'i World Solo Canoe and Surfski Championships on Sunday. That course covers 32 miles from Kaluako'i Beach, Moloka'i, to Koko Marina, O'ahu.