Dragon boaters change up races

The Dragon Boat Regatta is adding some new elements to their event, coming up September 12.

Dragon boaters speed through a race at Furlong Bay. The 2015 Dragon Boat Regatta is September 12.

The Dragon Boat Regatta is adding some new elements to their event, coming up September 12.

Paul Bibby, one of the event coordinators, says they are planning a new men’s tug-of-war event, and a surprise event for the guts and glory.

She says they changed up the guts and glory event to engage other racers, rather then the same top three from previous years.

The 10th annual Dragon Boat Regatta is this Saturday at Furlong Beach with eight teams competing, three from Terrace, three from Kitimat, and one each from Smithers and Prince Rupert.

Two of the Terrace teams will be new on the water. The City of Terrace and Northern Health are each entering novice teams new to the boats.

The regatta starts with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Races launch at noon, starting with heats to rank teams and seat them for the tournament, and then the tournament will wage all afternoon, ending with the final guts and glory event.

The races are broken up with fun events, including the new men’s tug-of-war, and a ladies-only, random-draw race to win champagne and chocolate.

“We will have almost 200 participants in the racing and volunteers,” Bibby said. “It’s a great sport, lots of teamwork involved and lots of fun.”