Dragon boats coming to Charlotte

  • Jun. 11, 2007 10:00 a.m.

By Evelyn von Almassy–Valerie Hayes’s call for people interested in Dragon Boat racing has stirred up much excitement. The Village of Queen Charlotte has $35,000 from the Millennium Fund to buy the boats. That covers the cost to have two built, the steering oar and the scale decals. With luck, they could arrive on-island by mid-July.
A Dragon Boat Society needs to be formed, (one volunteer is already looking into the paperwork that requires) which would take responsibility for these boats. Its members (one would need to be one in order to use the boats) would engage in fund-raising, and seek donations and services in kind. This would be for the insurance, moorage costs, PFD’s, paddles, and a custom rope, required to keep the people and the boats safe.
Prince Rupert, which has a boat, is already very interested in competing with us. There could be local regattas, there are competitions across Canada, and we could also participate in international regattas. Our boats would stay home and all we would need are our paddles and life jackets, as well as our energy and positive teamwork. Imagine travelling to Australia to represent Haida Gwaii? It can happen if you want it to!
It takes between 22-24 people to paddle one of these boats; the coach sets the pace and synchronizes the paddling. The sport is open to all, regardless of physical fitness or experience. I would invite everyone to check out www.dragonboatcanada. There is an international federation, and dragon boat racing has recently been accepted as a legitimate sport, on par with canoeing, rowing and sailing. Check out the Rowing and Paddling Organization of Canada at www.gorowandpaddle.org You can sign up for their newsletters there.
There could be many teams made up to use the dragon boats; work site groups, family groups, mixed groups. This is open to men, women, and youth. If you are not physically able to participate, each team needs a counter/coach.
Thanks to Valerie Hayes for her vision. Any interested people are invited to attend the next meeting, at 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 21 at Queen B’s. Tell your friends, neighbours and co-workers. We look forward to a large gathering.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Registration open for first-annual ‘NextIslandpreneur’ student business competition

Competition offers mentors, iPads, seed money, cash prizes to young entrepreneurs on Haida Gwaii

Haida Nation reminds ‘select few’ fishing lodges that Haida Gwaii is closed to non-essential travel

‘Upholding Haida law amid COVID-19’ release comes one day before Queen Charlotte Lodge plans to reopen

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Northern B.C. First Nations call for reversal of grizzly bear hunting ban

Growing grizzly populations have led to fewer ungulates and increased fear of attacks says Chad Day

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Most Read