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MEDIA ADVISORY: 250 Female paddlers ready to race at Women's Island Classic Dragon Boat Regatta (July 23). Victoria, BC
July 22, 2011
On Saturday, July 23, over 250 women will gather at the Gorge Rowing and Paddling Centre for an exclusive dragon boat regatta for Women only teams from around Vancouver Island. The GO Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada (GO), as a way to further develop women’s dragon boating on Vancouver Island and beyond, created the event a few years ago.

With Women's divisions now in every major festival in the region, Women’s paddling is clearly the largest growing demographic in dragon boat today. The Women's Island Classic is a great way for established women’s teams, and "throw together" teams, to come together and compete in a fun, humorous, and social environment. It is a great race opportunity to prepare for upcoming summer festivals, such as Gorge Fest (August 6 at GRPC), Victoria Dragon Boat Festival (August 12-14 at Victoria Inner Harbour) and more.

Racing kicks off at 9am with a time trial to rank all crews. Heats, semi-finals, and finals will fun until approximately 1pm. After formal racing, there will be the Choose Your Ringers Tug of War Challenge. In the Tug of War, a team will choose their ten “ringers” (1/2 the team) then face off against another team in the same boat – Teams will face each other, paddle hard against each other to push past a line to determine the winner! The Tug of War is about the bragging rights!

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EVENT QUICK FACTS:
  • Event: 3rd Annual Womens Island Classic Dragon Boat Regatta
  • Event Type: 500 Metre Dragon Boat Spring Racing, Tug of War Challenge
  • Location: Gorge Rowing & Paddling Centre
  • Time: 9am to 2pm (approx end time).
  • Event Website
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    The Women's Island Classic is one of two exclusive Women's Only Dragon Boat events on Vancouver Island. The other is the Nanaimo Women's Cup on Saturday, September 27 at Maffeo-Sutton Park, also run by GO and the Nanaimo Paddling Centre. For more information, visit www.gorowandpaddle.org/events.

    GO Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada (GO) is a non-profit Amateur Athletic Association, and Registered Charity, dedicated to developing rowing and paddling sports in Canada.

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