Divers Paradise Paddling Club Represents Bocas in “Chasing the Pearl Islands”

Angie Whittemore Correa

A fun exhibition race and the first of its kind took place on March 30th in the Pearl Islands and of course Angie Whittemore Correa and Julie Lanouette were invited. Angie and Julie make up one half of the 2017 CREBA Open Category championship team, Cayuco Paunch. They recently traveled to Brazil to represent the Divers Paradise Paddling Club and the only team representing Bocas del Toro at the “Chasing the Pearl Islands” race. This friendly and highly eventful competition was 40 km from Isla Chepillo to Isla Contadora and was, apparently, full of fauna. Hundreds of dolphins were swimming along throughout the course and there was a mid-race bee attack, causing  many paddlersn to drop out.. “It was crazy, man. I had a needlefish that jumped in right into my boat,” recalls Angie.  She and Julie finished 3rd, which is a highly commendable outcome considering they were competing using an OC-1, an outrigger canoe they had never raced with before. Great job Angie and Julie and thank you to Divers Paradise Boutique Hotel for your  continued support of sports in Bocas del Toro.

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Julie Lanouette

Una divertida carrera de exhibición y la primera de su clase se dio el día 30 de marzo en el Archipiélago de las Perlas y claro que Angie Whittemore Correa y Julie Lanouette fueron invitadas. Angie y Julie son una mitad del equipo de campeonato 2017 CREBA de Categoría Abierta, Cayuco Paunch.  Recientemente viajaron a Brasil para representar al Divers Paradise Paddling Club (Club de Remo Divers Paradise) y fueron el único equipo de Bocas del Toro presente en la carrera “. Esta competencia amistosa era de 40 km desde la isla Chepillo a la Isla Contadora y aparentemente estaba llena de fauna. Cientos de delfines estaban nadando alrededor a lo largo del curso y hubo un ataque de abejas en el medio de la carrera, haciendo que muchos abandonaran la carrera. “Era una locura. Un pez espada saltó justo dentro de mi bote,” cuenta Angie. Ella y Julie terminaron en 3er lugar, lo cual era un resultado encomiable considerando el hecho de que ellas estaban compitiendo con un OC-1, la cual es una canoa con estabilizador que ellas nunca habían usado antes en una carrera. Buen trabajo Angie y Julie y felicidades al Divers Paradise Boutique Hotel por apoyar los deportes de Bocas del Toro.

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