Races and Regattas
All about racing and regattas

On Race Day

They say that the early bird gets the worm. Well the same can be said about parking spaces. The earlier you get to the regatta, the better and the closer the parking space. This can be important if you are bringing a large amount of stuff to the event. Those that are responsible for bringing the tents, paddler holders, chairs, etc will want to be able to park as close as possible to the event. Those that just show up to paddle can arrive a bit later. Always check with your coach to make sure what time they want you onsite.

What To Bring

What you bring to the regatta will depend on the location of the regatta, the weather and the regatta itself. Some events are centered around a city, town or village where there is easy access to all the amenities. Other events may be isolated with limited access to creature comforts. Most events will have washrooms and food onsite.

Make sure to pack all your equipment including life jacket, paddle, gloves and butt pad. The regattas will supply life jackets and paddles but the quality and feel of event equipment is usually quite generic and heavy. Don't forget to pack food and drinks for the day. Keeping your energy up will require that you fuel the body regularly and you keep your liquid levels topped up. Pack clothing that is weather dependent. A change of cloths is also recommended. Oh and a folding chair of some sort is a necessity.

Regattas and Racing

We practice hard to learn our craft so that we can race against other teams. The racing makes all the hard work and time put into the practices and in the gym all worth the effort. There is nothing better than the nervous excitement and the anticipation you feel while sitting at the starting line waiting for the the race to begin. The adrenaline rush that flows through your body when you here the starting horn is like nothing else in the world.

The Regattas

The sport of dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. You will find teams from all over the planet that race at events located all over the planet. Though it may be cool to travel to some exotic location to race, most racing is done locally. A large number of great events are located within BC and Washington State to the south. Some of the best racing is within a 3 hour drive from Chilliwack. Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Penticton and Harrison Hot Springs are among the larger events hosted yearly. Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Inlet Springs and Steveston are also great locations.

About the Races

The standard racing distance at most regattas is 500 meters. The average time for a race is usually between 2 to 2.5 minutes. Stronger teams are able to complete the course quicker compared to a novice team. Though the 500m race is the standard there are other venues that will offer up a shorter course (200m sprinters) or maybe a longer course (like 1000m or 2000m). Course length and equipment used will be outlined at every event before hand.

All of the larger regattas and most of the smaller events will offer 4 races per event for each team. These 4 races could be in a single day (Harrison Regatta) or spread out over two days (Victoria, Vancouver, Penticton). The results from the first two races will place your team into a division of similar quality teams. The 3rd race will place your team into the medal round or the consolation round and the 4th race is the final. Medals for the top 3 teams in the medal round and ribbons or other consolation prizes for the top 3 teams in the consolation round.