Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge

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Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge

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Watch top teams of paddlers race outriggers (a canoe with a buoyancy arm attached to one side) around New York Harbor. For the 17th annual competition, host organization New York Outrigger is throwing a free all-day affair on Pier 26 at Hudson River Park by the start and finish lines. While crews are sweating through the 15-mile course, sample traditional Polynesian culture at a lei-making class and dance lesson, or see how an outrigger handles out on the water. If that whets your appetite, head to one of NYO’s free novice sessions on weekends starting June 1 (assuming Sandy-related repairs of the group’s Pier 66 home base have been completed); visit newyorkoutrigger.org/novices for updates and registration.

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I've followed this outrigger race for several years. It's definitely one of the top races in the world. Really looking forward to the new festival component this year.