Wanna Dragon Boat? …

Okay, my friend V, has been pestering me for 3 years about Dragon Boating … and for three years I’ve politely said ‘no’.

After Ironman I was not keen on doing much, especially anything competitive. And the main team V paddles with is quite competitive.
 However, this summer, V is organizing a ‘recreational’ dragon boating group.

And you know what? …. I’m gonna floor him and say “Sure, I’m in!”
If any other Toronto xangsters are interested, here’s the details. I can link you to V if you wanna join.

We would like to invite you to join us for a summer of fun out in the lakes of Ontario paddling for our yet to be named dragon boat team.  The first task of the team is to vote on a team name so start thinking up ideas…  The details are as follows:

12 practices in total on Wednesdays from 7-8pm at the Balmy Beach Club Canoe Club.  The first practice will be June 21, 2006.

2 regattas for the season; Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival (August 12) and Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge (September 9-10).

Coached by two experienced paddlers with coaching experience and a total of well over 10 years of paddling experience.

Level of Competition:
The goal of this team it to promote the sport of dragon boating at a beginner level and establish the passion of the sport to new and returning paddlers.  This team will primarily be recreational, BUT once in a while, we’ll kick it up a notch or two – we’re sure you’d like to go home with a medal around your neck. 

A boat has 20 paddling at one time, but the goal is to field a team of 24 in case of conflicting schedules.  Each paddler is guaranteed at least 2 races on a regatta day (3 races per day).

Cost per paddler =  $120.75
With this you get:
10 Practices at Balmy Beach Club Canoe Club = $750
Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival = $650 (if booked by May 1st)
Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge + 2 free Practices = $1498 (if booked by May 1st )
Total Cost = $2898.00

A lot of dragon boat teams out there charge well over $300-$500 so we feel that this price is quite reasonable especially with what you’re getting.  This team is non-profit team, hence, the price of membership per paddler is directly dependent on the costs for the season.  If the team at anytime in the season would like to get a sponsor or do a fundraiser then any revenue collected throughout the year will be equally divided and refunded to the members of the team.     

Ideally, we would like to get commitment from prospective members by April 24th, this way we can qualify for the early bird prices (the cost for regattas increases after May 1st).  Since, we only have 24 spots available, it is on a first-come-first-serve basis, please let us know ASAP if you’re interested.

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15 Responses to Wanna Dragon Boat? …

  1. Dragon Boaters are undeniably HOT!  Good luck…    Wait til you get an eyeful of the competitors… it’s like one has died and gone to hunk heaven… hahaha

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dragon Boat sounds like fun! But…err doesn’t fit my budget.

  3. tomatoboi says:

    now, i gotta ask u… what does “in vogue” mean?

  4. tomatoboi says:

    i dont think i’ve ever seen a zara at eatons before… mayb i just didnt noticed it before..what does “chic” mean?
    thanks for compliment.

  5. orchidgrass says:

    dragon boat? also in canada too? the tuen ng festival (what you call dragon boat festival) is coming soon in near summer (hmm.. june i think) in hk.

  6. Anonymous says:

    RYC: i don’t know if i am at phase two yet ….

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh no, dragon boat!!! hahaha.. I did it last year, peer pressure from some of my very active friends. It was VERY hardcore, team work, definately. (Although I think my friends won’t ask me to join this year! haha.. )

  8. kunhuo42 says:

    i’ve never dragon boated before, but i have paddled other things like kayaks and outriggers…  very fun! 

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…if I’m rowing with hot men, then I would want to participate.

  10. abcyeung says:

    Dragon Boat…I do think about join it, but too lazy for all the partice…hee..hee.. I rather stay on my bed.

  11. m3galomaniac says:

    It will need lots of team work huh, and you get to tone up a lil ;)

  12. bennykan says:

    I learned rowing before. Such a technical sport! If you have one form doing wrong and you will be screwed…

  13. Len_Q says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing dragon boat. I debated about it in university, and again about joining the team from work, but I don’t think I could handle the intense training.

  14. yay *splashes you with hot water*heheheoh crap…the water cant hide erections now……hahaha

  15. Fatcat723 says:

    That sounds like a great idea —-but I have to work. Am I finally expressing my Easten Philosophy. I guess no one has noticed before. Thanks

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