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VIDEO: Whitey Harrison Outrigger Canoe Classic in Dana Point

The popular event is a 20-mile, 9-man outrigger canoe race that starts just outside of Dana Point harbor.

was the place to be on Saturday and that's exactly where more than 300 people gathered to watch the Whitey Harrison Canoe Classic participants depart.

The event was hosted by the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club and is a 20-mile, 9-man outrigger canoe race that starts just outside of Dana Point harbor, where paddlers head North past Dana Point through scenic Laguna Beach to the turnaround point at Main Beach, Laguna. The canoes then set their sights on historic Dana Point and head home toward the finish line at .

The race is named after Lorrin "Whitey" Harrison, and it originally started in Newport Beach in 1971 as part of the Dana Point harbor's opening ceremonies. Besides the prestigious Catalina crossing race, The Whitey Harrison Classic is the Kalifornia Outrigger Association most popular and well-attended 9-Man race, according to the event's website.

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