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WOMEN AND MEN TO COM- PETE IN U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGGER CANOE RACE The Catalina Channel Cross- ing, U.S. Championship Outrigger Canoe Race, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9. On Saturday, the women paddle the 45-foot long Polynesian outrig~ ger canoes from Newport Beach• The first canoe will cross the fin- ish line at Casino Point at approxi- mately 1 p.m. Like last year, orgaedzers ofthe event have been given city permis- sion to store the competitors' canoes at South~Beach over night, In addi- tion, this year's event will have live entertainment by the Kaiama Broth- ers and awards ceremony at Wrigley Stage on Crescent Avenue at 3 p,m. The men's race will begin on Sun- day at 10 a.m. at Lover's Cove. The Grand Marshalls this year are Bobby Puakea and his son- Johnny who are both renowned • canoe builders from Hawaii. The event started back in 1959 when a Catalina Channel paddle- board race winner, Tom Zahn, talk- ed to Hawaiian canoe race promot- er Toots Minvielle about having an outrigger race in California. It was to be the first of many crossings in these canoes. Island res- ident and merchant Reyn-Mcullough was also involved with the race. He went on to form his aloha shirt cloth- ing line Reyn Spooner. Go to ecatalina.com to view a short video of the 1959 race and catalinacrossing.org for more of this year's race information. A scene from a previous outrigger channel crossing leaving Avalon on its way to the mainland. Courtesy photo MAN TO 'FLY' WATER-POW- ERED JETPACK TO ISLAND IN HONOR OF INAUGURAL, CEN, TENNIAL FLIGHT BY DENNIS KAISER Flying across the channel to Catalina became a reality in 1912 when Glenn Martin piloted his self-built biplane to the Island. In celdbration of that original flight and in an effort to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, Dean O'Malley plans to "fly" over to the Island from the harbor at Newport Beach, via a water-powered jetpack, to Avalon on Sept. 29. O'Malley is the president Of JetLev Southwest, the firm that has been named the southwest dis- tributor of the recently developed water-propelled jetpack. No, ladies • and gentlemen, the jetpack does not turn water into some kind of hydro- electric engine, nor water into wine, but it does push enough water from a floating pump that-runs behind the "pilot" as he cruises above the water at heights of up to 30 feet. The JetLev R200 is a recre- ational jetpack designed for the novice with safety, stability, ease- of-use in mind. According to a pre- pared statement by JetLev South- west, operators of the jetpack can learn to take off, fly, turn, hover and land in a matter of minutes. O'Malley's channel .crossing will stretch the unknown limits of the device. "We will be setting a new record for distance traveled in a v~ater-powered jetpack, and potentially, time spent flying one," O'Malley said. "My goal is to cov- er as much ground as possible, as quickly as possible, while still be- ing safe." O'Malley said he hopes the trip will only take one tank of gas, about 22 gallonS. A full tank is expected tO take the pilot and the device about 80 miles - more than enough to cover the approximately 26 miles across the sea to Catalina and Avalon. However, the Crossing will de- pend on the ocean's conditions dur- ing the flight. For examplei O'Malley said the jetpack could fly up to a top • speed of 30 to 35 miles an hour•.• in the right conditions• However, he will fly at about half that speed, due to the wind and sea condition• He will also fly at a lower height to cross as quickly as possible• The trip across is expected to take about two hours, weather permitting. It could, however, take up to three hours. To that end, O'Malley has arranged to be able to re-fuel the jetpack during the crossing• Other factors that O'Malley said concern him about the flight include potential equip- ment failure, sharks, physical fa- tigue, and rough water• However, he said he's in it all the way. "It would take a lot for us to cancel," he said. "And I'm feel- ing pretty confideat." The public will be able to see O'Malley demonstrate JetLev Southwest's jetpack during the Catalina Island Air Show that will be held the same weekend. • Will he set the record and suc- ceed inhis flight, like Glenn Mar- tin did 100 years ago? Cautiously optimistic, O'Malley said, "It's an attainable feat ... But I will be happy once it is done and be- hind me." He added that he will be happy when they can move past the . ,, . , ,, unknown state to what s next. Dean O'Malley demonstrates the water-pow- ered jetpack above. 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