Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pre-Race schedule

Tuesday: Practice 4:00 @ the Dragon Zone. All racers should be there!
Thursday: Meeting @ lunch in rm B109. All racers MUST there.
Sunday: Race--more info to follow

Friday, May 18, 2007

Cougar Dragons on the Water

Arrival after a hard practice on False Creek. The Cougar Dragons are training for their first race, June 3rd in the Dragon Zone.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Killarney to Race June 3rd

Killarney Cougar Dragons will compete in their first race ever on June 3rd. This 500 m. race in the Dragon Zone, (False Creek near Science World), will be a good practice run for the Alcan Festival to be held later in June. Stay tuned for information.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Random thoughts on a sunny day

Sun's up, uh huh, looks okay
The world survives into another day
And I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

(Bruce Cockburn from Wondering Where the Lions Are)

Another beautiful day and it got me thinking about Dragon Boat racing and how fortunate we are to be able to do this sport in such a beautiful place. Next time you are on the boat, take the time to stop and look around. Vancouver is so beautiful. This is my first year paddling--just like you--and I am amazed how much this sport has impacted my life. I love the sport and the people who do the sport and the changes in my body, mind, and spirit that I have noticed after just a few weeks. Indeed, "some kind of ecstacy got a hold on me".

Speaking about beautiful days...don't forget to bring and USE sunscreen. 30 SPF is best, but certainly a minimum 15 SPF. On sunny days you will also want a bottle of water. Tea, cola, or other 'sugar' drinks are not good on the water. Good ol' water is the best for rehydrating.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

May Day practice

Yesterday's practice was terrific. We had 16 paddlers out. Thanks Stanley and Jordan for making the effort and getting down in time to get out on the water--it wouldn't have been the same without you. I think we all had a good time and learned lots. Dipa and Taylor were great leads, Debora and Daphne were also great first time paddlers. I hope that those of you who could not make it today will be at the next practice. We only have a few weeks to get ready for Alcan. St. Thomas More has challenged us for next week, so we might be able to have a mini race.

Thanks to Coach Todd Wong for his great teaching and inspirational speaking. Today was my first time steering, and so it was a pretty sharp learning curve for me too.

Don't forget to drop by B109 and drop off your $20.00 to me this week. I look forward to seeing all of you soon.