Summer Update from O.C. Makapo Aquatics

The Andrei Foundation funds approximately 20% of the Makapo Aquatics Project, an incredible Orange County non-profit that offers blind and visually impaired adults an opportunity to become involved with outrigger paddling in addition to conducting paddling classes for visually impaired and blind children. Here’s the latest update on some of the great events they’ve been able to organize in the past 6 months!

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April 7, 2013 – Makapo paddler Anthony Ramsey teamed with 3 members of the Newport Aquatic Center Men’s Outrigger team – Dave Kreugger, Maika Scott, and Makapo founder RJ De Rama – to become the first mixed team of sighted and blind paddlers to complete the 39.8 mile crossing of the Catalina Channel from Avalon to Dana Point.  The team of four raced a 2 person (OC2) canoe in a relay format and finished with a time of 5 hours 44 minutes and 16 seconds.

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June 2, 2013 – Newport Aquatic Center Junior Outrigger Team paddles blindfolded in one of their sprint heats at the 2013 NAC Corporate Challenge.  The NAC Junior Outrigger team works closely with the Makapo youth by racing with their visually impaired peers.   To show what is possible, the whole team of sighted youth raced blindfolded.

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August 4, 2013 – The Annual Makapo Open House is Makapo’s main fundraiser designed to educate the community about the benefits of outrigger paddling for visually impaired persons looking for an recreational activity.  Open House attendees were provided the opportunity to try outrigger paddling free of charge.

Your hard work and determination is an inspiration – keep up the great work, guys!

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