Paddlers’ Pledge Program

Attention paddlers!  Is your team participating in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program? If you and your team are considering participating in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program, consider this – one team that takes part in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program will be drawn at random to win 50% off their 2014 registration for the Canada Dry Victoria Dragon…

2013 Festival Kick-Off Media Launch

Our 19th annual early morning Media Launch was full of energy and excitement as guests were entertained by the Uminari Taiko drummers and enjoyed a buffet of delicious food and drinks provided by The Inn at Laurel Point and Canada Dry. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from local municipalities (Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, Victoria…

Women’s Division Keeps Growing

When dragon boat racing began, there was only one division: mixed. This consisted of crews racing with up to 14 men in the boat and the rest of the 22-paddling crew being eight women. Crews commonly raced with 10 or more women, often with only a few men in the boat. As the popularity of…

Enhancing Your Paddling Experience

Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Services This year’s festival will once again feature a Sports Enhancement tent providing Registered Massage Therapy and Acupuncture services to all paddlers. Re-energize yourself by releasing muscle tension or relieve stress with these 15 minute services. These services are provided by donation (min. $10), with all proceeds going to the Victoria…

Paddlers’ Airband Contest

Don’t be shy! Unleash your inner air guitar guru and sign up your team to the Airband contest. The Goblin Empire is currently the only entry and are looking for some competition. There are still 4 spaces left, but don’t wait until the last minute, it fills up quickly! Don’t forget, you need to have…

Festival Water Safety from Neil Pritchard, the Race Safety Officer and Chief Umpire

Orchestrating a competitive sporting event in a working harbour is no easy task.  We believe that Victoria’s Inner Harbour is a spectacularly beautiful venue – and so do the Harbour Ferries, kayakers, mega-yachts, passenger ferries and commercial vessels that also use the harbour every day. Maintaining safe and fair racing standards is a high priority…