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Mixed Division

Mixed boats are lots of fun, mainly because they are a mix of men and women with a maximum of 10 men.

Women’s Division

All paddlers must be female. The drummer and stern may be male, unless the team intends to qualify for Dragon Boat Canada Club/Nationals, in which case the stern must be female.

Challenge Races

All Challenge Races with the exception of the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Challenge and the Mixed and Women’s Guts & Glory have a fee of $100 including GST.

Please Note: for Challenge Races, participation will be limited to the fastest crews in each category. If a fee is paid and your team does not qualify, a full refund for each applicable race will be made after the event.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Challenge

All paddlers must be breast cancer survivors regardless of gender. The drummer and stern are not required to be breast cancer survivors and may be of either gender. Teams including cancer supporters are welcome to participate in the Carnation Toss and Paddle Arch, but are considered ineligible to win the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Challenge Cup.

Great Grand Dragon (Senior C) Challenge

These teams are our most seasoned, which means all team members must be at least 59 or older on June 1st of the year in question! The drummer and stern can be any age. The Great Grand Dragon Challenge features the top 5 fastest teams from the first 2 races regardless of division. This means there could be both Mixed and Womens teams could be competing in the Great Grand Dragon Challenge. Gender restrictions are in effect (maximum 10 males).

Corporate Challenge

Fifty per cent of the paddlers must share their place of employment and accordingly mixed division gender restrictions are in effect.

Women’s and Mixed Guts & Glory Challenges

The Women’s Guys & Glory Challenge is the final race on Saturday, and the Mixed Challenge is the final race on Sunday.  Each race will be crewed by up to 8 of the top crews. Women’s will be based on results from Saturday (Heats 1 and 2), and mixed will be selected based on the times from the Semi-Finals.  Original rosters must be used – no substitutions.  The race is approximately 1500M and involves a total of 5 buoy turns over two circuits of the course. Eight participating crews line up at and start from the Finish Line, and begin at 15 second intervals. Overlap rules will apply and be enforced by the Water Marshalls. Fastest time wins!