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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 

 

Nothin' Dragon Masters Celebrate 20 Years as a Team
 Nothin' Dragon team photo (2000) vintage racing shirts and wooden paddles (no sign of carbon fibre paddles yet). Can you spot Dan, Pat and Ann? 

Nothin' Dragon team photo (2000) vintage racing shirts and wooden paddles (no sign of carbon fibre paddles yet). Can you spot Dan, Pat and Ann? 

The idea for the Inlet Spring Regatta came off the success of the 2016 B.C. 55+ Games, which were also hosted by the Nothin' Dragon Masters dragon boat team, and this year, the team celebrates 20 years. 

The group of paddlers ages 50 to 80 years of age thought it fitting to create an event to commemorate the anniversary, and Inlet Spring Regatta was born. 

Only three of the team's first paddlers are still active with Nothin' Dragon, and they are Anne, Pat, and Dan. 

On Saturday, March 24, the team hosted an Open House at the Old Mill Boat House at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, and over 25 alumni turned up to join current team members to raise a glass, and view team memorabilia and photos. A dance was held into the evening. 

 Lotus boats were rented and hauled down to Barnet Beach (Burrard Inlet) for training.

Lotus boats were rented and hauled down to Barnet Beach (Burrard Inlet) for training.

 Barnet Beach - watching the boat head out for practice.

Barnet Beach - watching the boat head out for practice.

A DRAGON'S TALE (1998 - 2018)

The Beginning:

It all started with the excitement of Dragon Boat racing being introduced to the public at Vancouver’s Expo ‘86. A big push for dragon boating came from the former lieutenant-governor, David Lam, and his business partner, Milton Wong.

They envisioned the races as a way to celebrate cultural diversity and they initiated the first festival in 1989.

In 1998, Gwen Wong, niece of Milton Wong, began her work at Dogwood Pavilion, senior centre for Coquitlam. She enthusiastically proposed a dragon boat team from Dogwood and promoted this with the members.

Kate Zubick inspired prospective members to embrace the sport and helped organize instructional sessions for paddling technique and strength and flexibility training. Newsletters and community newspapers called for interested potential members and a team was formed by November of 1998 to start the season in 1999.

Dryland training started at Dogwood, followed by paddling practice on the inlet.

On the water training, with rented boats, was initially organized at Barnet Marine Park. The coaches were Charlie Wong assisted by Sharon Lum and Mike Younghusband with Gwen Wong as manager.

Membership:

Of the original 40 members in 1998, three are still with the club; Anne Newsom, Pat Johnston, and Dan Strain! The club has remained as an over 50’s organization, partly to maintain the benefits of an association with Dogwood Seniors.

The club grew slightly in numbers over the next few years and by 2005 there were 55 members. Membership remained relatively steady until 2011 when the numbers rose to 66.

The paddlers have always been a close-knit group and organized many activities outside of just the training and racing:

“Dragon boating gets us outside in our community, together with a diverse group of individuals, keeping fit and learning to be a team”

“Good thoughts have much to do with good paddling. It isn’t enough for the muscles of a crew to work in unison; their hearts and minds must also be as one.” - George Yeoman Pocock (leading designer and builder of racing shells)

Over the years some members organized or participated in adventure trips not directly related to dragon boating. In 2012 a small group travelled to Tanzania, Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2013 another group travelled north for a multi-day canoe trip on the Yukon river and in 2014 a small group hiked and biked the El Camino de Santiago, starting by crossing the Pyrenees into Spain. Other team members stay active and fit by participating in cycling day trips, hiking the local mountains and valleys or cross country skiing.

Regattas:

The “Dogwood Nothin’ Dragging” team entered their first race at the Alcan Regatta in June, 1999 and won gold in the master’s (senior’s event). This was followed by gold medals in 2000 and 2001 at the Alcan masters. Eventually the team name became “Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon” and then was changed to “Nothin’ Dragon Masters” in 2014.

For a number of years two teams were entered in the larger regattas with one team being a more experienced, competitive team and the other made up of more novice paddlers. This worked reasonably well until about 2011 when two equal-strength teams were formed for many of the practices and the larger regattas. The exception is the team entered in the Rio Tinto Alcan Regatta, now called the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, by selecting from the stronger, more experienced senior C paddlers who have demonstrated an ability to work as a team.

The Greystone Dragon Boat Races were held at Rocky Point Park in 1999 and 2000 during Golden Spike Days. As many as twenty teams took part in this local regatta.

After the first year the club entered teams in Richmond’s “Rip up the River” regatta and then the Victoria and Kelowna regattas were added to the racing schedule. The “Ladybugs” women’s team was formed in 2002 and raced for two years at Deas Slough before the event was moved to False Creek. The Lotus Club race (later renamed “Bill Alley Memorial”) was added to the racing schedule along with the “Cornucopia race in Kent, Washington. Kent is remembered by many team members for the fantastically clean toilets and the delicious salmon and pasta dinners (not necessarily in that order).

Nanaimo was added as a race destination in 2004 and the Harrison Lake regatta in 2005. White Rock initiated a regatta that lasted until 2007 when stormy weather capsized a number of boats and many paddlers ended up in the ocean. The Taiwanese festival started a dragon boat event in False Creek in 2006 using traditional wooden boats and unique race formats (for e.g. paddling backwards and capture the flag).

White Rock was replaced by the Deep Cove Race for Charity and one team was entered in the Kelowna regatta. In 2010 the team raced at Cultus Lake, but this regatta was short lived. In 2012, the club participated in the B.C. 55+ games at Burnaby Lake and the Penticton regatta replaced Kelowna. A team also attended the Seattle Dragon Boat Festival, which was a lot of fun due in part to the unusual format.

The Canadian Nationals were held at Elk Lake on Vancouver Island in 2013 and the team raced in a 2000 m event for the first time. Dan Strain steered the boat around the tight corners with keen accuracy and helped keep us ahead until the very last lap.

In 2014 the club started sending a team to the Steveston Regatta in place of Seattle. The next year there were enough members to enter boats in both men’s and women’s categories. The B.C. 55+ Senior Games came to Coquitlam in 2016 and both our teams held their own while helping to host the event. It was a great learning experience in preparation for hosting our own regatta in 2018.

We had a full racing schedule again in 2017 and achieved our best result in Victoria in years by winning the seniors race.

All these racing successes and challenges would not have been possible without careful preparation and training and a great deal of thanks goes to the coaches and managers who supported us over the years. The initial few years involved using rented boats with coaching by Charlie Wong, Sharon Lum and Mike Younghusband with Gwen Wong as the manager.

Jackie Webber joined us as coach in 2001 and was followed by Kate Zubick in 2003 with assistance from Jim McArthur. Jim took over as head coach in 2005 with Jack MacIntyre as his assistant. Henrietta Hamming started as manager and has been our greatest supporter ever since.

We needed a new coach in 2012 and were extremely fortunate to connect with Erica McArthur (no relation to Jim). Erica has national and international paddling experience and helped bring the whole team to a new level. She continues to coach the Riverside Rapids high school dragon boat team.

Our current coach is Pam Cornell who comes to us with a strong background of paddling and coaching experience.

With strong and consistent coaching some team members were encouraged to try racing at the national and international levels. In 2014, Brian Asselstine travelled to Ravenna, Italy to compete with a False Creek team at the World Club Crew Championships.

In 2015, Peter Newell and Roz Harrington travelled to Welland, Ontario to compete at the World Nations Championships. In 2016, Peter Newell, Terry Flynn and Roz Harrington travelled with the False Creek Senior C team to Adelaide, Australia to compete at the World Club Crew Championships.

Social Activities:

Social events have always been a way to introduce new members to the club and help everyone get to know each other better. Some key events held over the years have included:

  • Annual barbecues
  • Mardi Gras party
  • Hard times party
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Bowling
  • Christmas parties
  • Pub nights

Fund Raising:

Over the years fund raising has been an integral part of club activities to support community programs and keep the cost of membership as low as possible, while also being fun events for member involvement. Direct sponsorships from individuals and local businesses have helped the club financially and connected us to the community.

Fund raising events have evolved over the years to adapt to the needs of the club and interests of the members. Notable events include:

  • Casino nights
  • Legion nights
  • Plant sales
  • Garage sales
  • Bottle recycling
  • Trivia nights
  • Paddling experiences for clubs and businesses

Community Service:

Giving back to the community where we live, work and play has always been important and there have been unique opportunities for us to offer service by providing:

  • Team building paddling opportunities for Kateslem (youth at risk)
  • Paddling opportunities for foreign students
  • Paddling experiences for community members
  • Equipment and logistics support for Riverside High School dragon boat teams
  • Coquitlam Crunch administration and logistics support

There you have it, the tale of a dragon boat team that is greater than the sum of its parts, passionate about an active, fun and competitive sport, and invested in our community.

We have been, and continue to be, a team that exemplifies that great quote from John Wooden:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

 Training in year 1 took place at Barnet Beach with rented boats from the Lotus Club

Training in year 1 took place at Barnet Beach with rented boats from the Lotus Club

    Our original team members who still paddle with us, and who formed Dogwood Nothin' Dragon 20 years ago! Dan, Ann, and Pat!

 

Our original team members who still paddle with us, and who formed Dogwood Nothin' Dragon 20 years ago! Dan, Ann, and Pat!