Our Story

BOCC 42km change-over crews x 3_2012.JPGBrisbane Outrigger Canoe Club (BOCC) was set up in 1989 and is located at Vic Lucas Park, Bulimba. The club caters to all levels and has experienced local, national and for some members, international success.

The first outrigger canoe landed on Australian shores in 1978, with the first regatta being held in 1981.

Races are held over distances from 250 meters right through to marathons. In Australia, marathons are generally held over distances from 15kms to 21kms, with teams in the Hamilton Island Cup completing races up to 42kms.

As part of the Brisbane Riverfestival in 2001 and 2002, BOCC hosted the ‘River Race Outrigger Challenge’, a race of 18kms with crews of 3 men and 3 women, one of the first mixed competitions held in Australia. This event has now evolved to the Resi River Race, is still a mixed crew format, offers thousands of dollars in prize money, and is now part of the Southern Zone Regatta Calendar. This race, and our club, is proudly sponsored by Resi Mortgage Corporation.

BOCC members train almost every day of the week, mornings and afternoons, and welcome any new members to our club.

We endeavour to hold ‘Come and Try’ days and Novice Programs toward the end of the calendar year to introduce new paddlers to our sport.

Our Sport

Master CrewOutrigger canoes feature one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers or “ama”, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. The outrigger gives a canoe greater stability and seaworthiness.

The sport is also known as wa’a, waka, vaka, va’a racing in some parts of the Pacific and waka ama in New Zealand.

Outrigger races vary in length from 500 metres for sprint events, eight kilometres for “short course” events, 16-18 kilometres for “long course” events, and up to 42 kilometres for marathon events.

The crew consists of one to ten people, depending on the type of race, canoe and division.

As a standard outrigger canoe contains six seats, crew changeovers during longer races involve exit and entry to the canoe directly from the water while the canoe is underway. Longer races are typically conducted in the open ocean.