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Inlet Spring Regatta returns to Port Moody, B.C. on Saturday, April 27
NOTHIN’ DRAGON MASTERS: Hosts of the Inlet Spring Regatta at the inaugural event to commemorate the team’s 20th anniversary. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

NOTHIN’ DRAGON MASTERS: Hosts of the Inlet Spring Regatta at the inaugural event to commemorate the team’s 20th anniversary. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The second annual Inlet Spring Regatta will take place at Rocky Point Park, in Port Moody, B.C. on Saturday, April 27 attracting dragon boaters from around the region.

The inaugural event in 2018 was a glowing success with rave reviews coming in from dragon boaters, fans, vendors and sponsors. The Inlet Spring Regatta is now a prominent fixture opening the 2019 Dragon Boat Season.

Hosted by the Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a 50 plus team based in Coquitlam, the 2019 event has already reached a capacity of 40 teams. Teams can still be wait-listed here.

“We’re moving the event to a Saturday this year in hope to assist those teams that are traveling,” said Nothin’ Dragon president, Brian Kenny. “We want teams to have a great day on the water, and then relax and enjoy an evening in our area, knowing they have Sunday to recoup or travel before the work week.”

G2G Race Management will return to handle the racing component of the event and due to the demand the event expanded to 40 teams instead of 35 in the inaugural year. Teams compete in 200 meter races in twenty-person BUK boats in mixed and women’s categories. Each team will be guaranteed four races and all those finishing in first place in ten divisions will receive a medal.

Teams from New Westminster, Abbotsford, Hope, Chilliwack, Surrey, North Vancouver, Vancouver, New Westminster, Langley, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Mission, Cultus Lake, and Richmond have registered.

K+S Potash Canada is returning as an event sponsor, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. The event attracts close to a thousand paddlers and fans. “K+S Potash Canada is thrilled to return as the title sponsor of the 2nd annual Inlet Spring Regatta in beautiful Port Moody,” said Sydney Gossard, Communications Specialist at K+S Potash Canada. “Since breaking ground on our potash handling and storage facility at Pacific Coast Terminals in 2015, we have been proud to be involved in this vibrant community. We look forward to seeing everyone come together for what we know will be another fun and successful event!”

The late Dan Strain, Nothin’ Dragon founding member and beloved captain.

The late Dan Strain, Nothin’ Dragon founding member and beloved captain.

The 2019 event is being dedicated to Dan Strain, team captain of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, who passed away in 2018. Dan was a founding member and was with the team for 20 years.

“We want to honour a man that gave so much to our team,” said assistant captain Randy Wilson. “Dan wasn’t just a captain, he was a teacher, a leader, and a teammate; and he taught us how to become a better team. Our memories of Dan are those of character, wisdom, integrity, and immeasurable courage.”

For more information on the event go to www.inletspringregatta.com.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you or your company is looking to support our diverse event that encourages water sports, camaraderie, health and fitness to paddlers ranging in age from teenagers to 50+, sponsorship opportunities are available! Email inletspringregatta@gmail.com

About the venue: Known as the City of the Arts, Port Moody is located in Metro Vancouver at the east end of Burrard Inlet and is bordered by Coquitlam on the east and south, and Burnaby on the west. The regatta venue, Rocky Point Park is known for its beautiful amenities, with The Boathouse Restaurant, Pajos Fish and Chips. and Rocky Point Ice Cream all within one to five minutes walking distance. The area is well-known for its four local breweries, also within short walking distance from the venue.  

An action photo showing the late Dan Strain in the stroke position (front right) on the Nothin’ Dragon Masters (Photo: Laura Leyshon)

An action photo showing the late Dan Strain in the stroke position (front right) on the Nothin’ Dragon Masters (Photo: Laura Leyshon)

About the Nothin' Dragon Masters: The Nothin' Dragon Masters are a 50 + team based in Coquitlam, B.C., and operate under the Dogwood Seniors Society. The team has approximately 70 members and mentors challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids Program as well as supports the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team. More information at nothindragon.ca.






Media Contact:  
Brian Kenny
604-817-5961
inletspringregatta@gmail.com







Inlet Regatta Shirts available via online order until May 15
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Thanks to Oddball Workshop, the local apparel company from Vancouver, and Inlet Spring Regatta sponsor, the regatta jerseys are available for online ordering until May 15.

You can place your order HERE

The online sale will only be available until May 15, 2018 (11:59 p.m.).

NOTE: Jerseys are custom-made-to-order therefore all orders are final – this means no exchange, no returns.

The official Inlet Spring Regatta 2018 athletic jerseys are proudly made In Vancouver, BC. Designed with the official regatta logo featuring First Nation's artwork by Glen Rabena, against the backdrop of placid inlet water, north shore mountains, and sky.

Created with an athletic fit and raglan sleeve, it allows complete freedom of movement. Ion fabric provides abrasion and velcro resistance while still being lightweight and breathable.

Features: Crew neck, Abrasion/Pill Resistant, Anti-Velcro, Quick Dry, Breathable, Static Free, 4-way stretch, Soft handle, Antibacterial, Odour-resistant, UPF 50+.

Sizing runs from 2XS to 4XL in both Mens and Womens.

Results of the 2018 Inlet Spring Regatta
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Paddlers came, the sun shone, and the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta on April 22 was a huge success. Congrats to our winners! Results from today's races can be found HERE

36 teams took part in the 2018 startup of the 200m sprint event hosted by the Nothin' Dragon Masters, originated to commemorate the team's 20th anniversary. 

It was a crisp blue sky start, but once the teams arrived and tents were set up, moods warmed with the spirit of camaraderie, and the specially selected tunes by event DJ and announcer Rod Macbeth.  Kwikwetlem First Nation opened the event with a special smudging blessing of the boats, the water and those in attendance. 

Races began on time and the event moved smoothly onward with back to back sprints. Due to the low tides, a shorter lunch break was deemed necessary, and VIP paddlers selected by every team, as well as Nothin' Dragon Masters alumni, enjoyed a boating excursion on the water. The day was certainly picturesque for it with blue skies, calm waters, and snow-capped mountains on the horizon.

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Adding to the festival-like atmosphere were entertainers, Tony Prophet and Chapter 11, with a guest performance by the Edmonton Boys' and Girl's Choir. 

Thanks to the teams who participated: FLCC FORTified, Dragon Snaps, Deep Cove Wave Crashers, Pirates, Century Dragons, Dragon Hybrids, D-Fyance, Spirit of Fraser Valley, FLCC Titanium, SDBA Chawanda, Cultus Blue, FLCC Fast & Furious, FCRCC Momentum, Draggin Divas, Dragon Zone Twisted Hips, FLCC Sundragons, SFU Shockwave, Swordfish, The Al-O-Wetters, Abreast in a Boat -DEAS, Abreast in a Boat - Rocky Point, Abreast in a Boat - FT Langley, Abreast in a Boat - Up the Creek, FLCC Chicks Ahoy, Spirit Point Dragons, Port Moody Dragons, Rocky Point Dragon Boating Womens, Grandragons, INSINK, FLCC Spirit of a Renegade (SOAR), Nothin' Dragon Masters, Cultus Lake Dragon Flyers, Concord Pacific Flying Dragons, Thunder Strokers, Deep Cove Perfect Catch, and Nothin' Dragon Masters (Black and Red).

View all our EVENT PHOTOS here taken by Joep Olthuis (please credit if used). 

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The event sponsors: K + S Potash CanadaReed Point MarinaCity of Port MoodyPort of VancouverPC UrbanBeedie LivingMarconLotus Sports Club98.7 The Point radioOddball ApparelShutter Up & ShootRotary Club of Port Moody. Thanks also to Cobs, Save-on-Foods, Flavelle Cedar, Eagleridge Tim Hortons, Costco, Save-on-Foods, and Hydrop Pop Event Services. 

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About the Nothin' Dragon Masters: The Nothin' Dragon Masters are a 50 + team based in Coquitlam, B.C., and operate under the Dogwood Seniors Society. The team has approximately 70 members and mentors challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids Program as well as supports the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team. More information at

From the Nothin' Dragon Masters, "Thanks for coming out to play with us!"

From the Nothin' Dragon Masters, "Thanks for coming out to play with us!"

Inlet Spring Regatta ready to launch on April 22
The location.  Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, on Burrard Inlet. 

The location.  Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, on Burrard Inlet. 

All systems go for the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta which will take place at Rocky Point Park, in Port Moody, B.C. on Sunday, April 22, attracting dragon boaters from around the region.  The event is being hosted by the Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a 50 plus team based in Coquitlam that trains at Rocky Point. The event coincides with the team's 20th anniversary, as well as Earth Day. 

Nothin' Dragon hosted the BC 55 + Games in 2016 and received rave reviews for the site and organization. G2G Race Management ran the water portion and will return for the Inlet Spring Regatta, which promises to be a great warm-up for the 2018 Dragon Boat Season. 

The event will consist of 200-meter races in twenty-person BuK boats. Each of the 36 teams will be guaranteed four races and all top three placements in each division will receive a medal. Teams from Langley, Burnaby, North Vancouver,  Chilliwack, New Westminster, Burnaby,  Port Moody, Squamish, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Fort Langley, Surrey, Vancouver, Mission, Delta, Saltspring Island, West Vancouver, and Port Moody will compete. 

"With Earth Day occurring on the same day as our inaugural regatta, it was felt that we should celebrate not only the water sport of dragon boating but the amazing environment we have paddled in for almost 20 years," said Brian Kenny, president of the host team, the Nothin' Dragon Masters.  

"Of all birds that use the inlet, the Kingfisher seems to epitomize the strength and speed one feels on the water. The Kingfisher propels itself stealthily to the water to catch its prize, just like a Dragon Boat team as they put all of their strength and group focus into a race, that is over in a few minutes." It was for this reason, the event logo features the kingfisher. The artwork was donated by First Nation artist Glen Rabena. 

An opening ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. with Kwikwetlem First Nation and the first races will commence shortly after. Paddlers and spectators can enjoy entertainment throughout the day from Chapter 11 (Rob Sheridan and Bob Collins), and Tony Prophet. The beer garden, operated by Rotary Club of Port Moody will serve beverages from Yellow Dog, Twin Sails, Moody Ales, and Parkside breweries.

Known as the City of the Arts, Port Moody is located in Metro Vancouver at the east end of Burrard Inlet and is bordered by Coquitlam on the east and south, and Burnaby on the west. The regatta venue, Rocky Point Park is known for its beautiful amenities. On location for the event will be Porky's, Thrifty's Foods Smile TruckIsland Time, and Bicycle BearistaPajos Fish & Chips,  Rocky Point Ice Cream and The Boathouse Restaurant are located within the park grounds. 

Arrive in an earth-friendly manner by taking the SkyTrain. The Evergreen Millennium Line to Moody Centre Station stops a mere 150 meters from the Rocky Point dock. This is a waste-free event, so paddlers and spectators as asked that if they carry it in, please carry it out. 

"We've been overwhelmed with the support we've received for this event, and our team would like to extend gratitude to those that have made our inaugural regatta possible, in particular K+S Potash Canada who have supported in a big way!" said Brian Kenny. 

“K+S Potash Canada is thrilled to be a title sponsor of the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta in beautiful Port Moody,” said Sydney Gossard, Communications Specialist at K+S Potash Canada. “Since breaking ground on our potash handling and storage facility at Pacific Coast Terminals in 2015, we have been proud to be involved in this vibrant community. We look forward to seeing everyone come together for what we know will be a fun and successful event!"

The Inlet Spring Regatta sponsors are: K + S Potash Canada, Reed Point MarinaCity of Port MoodyPort of VancouverPC UrbanBeedie LivingMarconLotus Sports Club98.7 The Point radioOddball ApparelShutter Up & ShootRotary Club of Port Moody. Thanks also to Cobs, Save-on-Foods, Flavelle Cedar, Eagleridge Tim Hortons, and Hydrop Pop Event Services. 

More information can be found at www.inletspringregatta.com
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About the Nothin' Dragon Masters: The Nothin' Dragon Masters are a 50 + team based in Coquitlam, B.C., and operate under the Dogwood Seniors Society. The team has approximately 70 members and mentors challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids Program as well as supports the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team. More information at nothindragon.ca.


Media Contact:  
Brian Kenny
604-817-5961
inletspringregatta@gmail.com