Here are the Lakelse Dragons from Terrace taking part in the sixth annual Kitimat Community Dragon Boat Festival.

Dragon boaters hit the water

More than 240 dragon boaters from Terrace and Kitimat pulled together in the sixth annual Kitimat Community Dragon Boat Festival July 2.

More than 240 dragon boaters from Terrace and Kitimat pulled together in the sixth annual Kitimat Community Dragon Boat Festival July 2.

Paddlers came from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat to enjoy the fun and friendly competition on the calm waters of Minette Bay where the log sort yard was transformed into a festival ground with music from the Terrace Pipes and Drums and DJ “Giggy with Liggy”.

There were a variety of food vendors on hand as well as beer gardens and a kid’s zone complete with a visit from a clown.

Ruth Mills was an event organizer and estimates this year’s competition to be the largest one yet.

“I’m very excited about the growth of the sport in the region, I think that the paddle connect people of all ages and all fitness levels,” Mills said.

She said one of the best parts of the day was seeing the reaction of people who had never tried dragon boating before.

“(There were) big smiles on their faces, they really enjoyed it,” Mills said, adding many of the new participants would like to keep their teams on the water.

There were 12 teams of 20 people who took part, with three boats at a time on the water, two of which were brand new for the event.

She adds that the team aspect to dragon boating is huge. Along with rowers, boats are manned by a steer person as well as a drummer, who keeps a beat for the team to row to, something she said is essential.

“If everyone is in time the boat becomes one paddle and you can go really fast,” Mills said.

In the A division battle in the 250 metre races the RTA Young Dragons left the venerable RTA Dragons toiling in their wake.

But when it came to the 1,000 metre race, the senior dragons turned the tables comprehensively, crossing the line nearly four seconds clear.

“It was a wonderful festival,” said Mills. “A perfect day – showery in the morning with glassy water and sunshine brought out by the Terrace Pipe band just in time for the races to begin.”

 

Full results are:

Division A

1- RTA Young Dragons 1:10:83

2- RTA Dragons 1:13:23

3- Revenge of the Dragons 1:15:97

 

Division B

1- Free Spirit 1:16:95

2- Wasabi Warriors 1:18:91

3 -Tragically Quick 1:23:47

 

Division C

1- KMP Crushers 1:19:13

2- Lakelse Dragons (Terrace) 1:22:84

3- Hawkair (Terrace) 1:25:42

Division D

1- Regatta Warriors 1:23:44

2- Motley Crew 1:27 :35

3- Wellness Warriors 1:30:35

With files from the Kitimat Sentinel.

Just Posted

TDCSS to end on-campus daycare service

NWCC committed to finding licenced provider to fill space

Terrace teen honoured at Commonwealth writing competition

Ariadna Sullivan among 12,000 entrants vying for top awards

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

Rent continues to rise in Prince Rupert, drops in Terrace

A report from Canadian Mortage and Housing Corporation shows the average rent has risen by $132

Cops targeting risky behaviour, auto crime

Holiday campagaigns aim to keep roads safe, valuables protected

Pool upgrade on budget, slightly behind

Completion is set for March 30, and opening will likely be late-April, early-May

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Most Read