A very special canoe

The canoe named after Hamilton Island founder - Keith Williams (Photo: Jenni Shah)

The canoe named after Hamilton Island founder - Keith Williams (Photo: Jenni Shah)

Blessing of the Canoe - 'Keith Williams' (Photo: Jenni Shah)

Blessing of the Canoe - 'Keith Williams' (Photo: Jenni Shah)

There was a healthy dose of canoe envy at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event.

The very handsome timber veneered OC6 canoe was commissioned by the Outrigger Australia Club in memory of the club founder, and Hamilton Island Cup creator, Keith Williams.

Williams, who started construction of original Hamilton Island Resort in the early 1980’s, passed away late last year.

The canoe was blessed during the opening ceremony by legendary Hawaiian paddler Kamoa Kallani in a traditional ceremony that was both moving and an honour to watch.

I’m sure Keith would have loved it.

 

 

 

 

The Canoe 'Keith Williams' in action (Photo: Jenni Shah)

The Canoe 'Keith Williams' in action (Photo: Jenni Shah)