It's the final dragon boat regatta of the 2009 season in Vancouver
Last Gasp dragon boat regatta Sep 5 Saturday @ Science World/False Creek
This will be the first public dragon boat race in Canada that features 10 person dragon boats. These boats were first used in Vancouver for the World Police and Fire Games in August.
The Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team started their racing season with practices in the last week of February, the first race on May 2 in Burnaby's Barnet Marine Park, the Dragon Zone regatta on June 7th, and the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival on June 20 and 21st.
We entered the Richmond Festival for our first time, and came 4th in the A division. We traveled to Vernon for July 25/26, as it is our favorite race of the year on beautiful Kalamalka Lake.
We will next enter the UBC Day of the Long Boats and the Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Regatta, to race in voyageur canoes.
But first…. we have to race Saturday Sep 5th at the Last Gasp regata.
Dragon Zone beside Science World, at Creekside Park, Vancouver BC.
Please come cheer us on!
Here's the message from our magnificient manager Tzhe Lam:
I have finally received the race grid from Dragon Zone and it looks like the first races of the day start at 9am.
first race of the Day will be at 9:55am so we will need to marshall at
9:35 if they are on time which means I would like everyone to be at
Dragon Zone at 9am at the very latest.
This is so that we have
enough time to setup tents and get organized as well as make sure we
get the final roster into the Officials so that we can race.
If you have not signed the roster yet make sure you arrive early so that you can do so.
Also bring me your $20 race fee if you have not yet paid me!!!
Our second race will be between 12pm and 12:45pm depending on our placing in our first race
Race 3 will be most like between 2:15 and 3pm depending on our times
Race 4 1000m will be between 3:20pm – 4:20pm again determined by overall time.
These are rough estimates of time and can and will change on race day depending how quick/slow they get the races out.
As always bring food and drink of your choice to the event. Preferably something that won't make you sick while paddling.
Fans and supporters are welcome.
| James Johnstone, House Historian is leading walking tours in Strathcona, and will reveal Jimi Hendrix connections to Vancouver.
Here's the message from James Johnstone, House Historian.
In doing some extra research to prepare for my upcoming walking
tours of Strathcona this Saturday I stumbled on a new Hendrix family
connection to Strathcona. Everyone knows about 827 East Georgia, the
house where Nora Hendrix lived for a number of decades in the 1940s and
1950s but this evening while researching something totally unrelated to
the Hogan's Alley I found another house where Ross and Nora Hendrix
lived in 1911. This second, or should I say first Strathcona Hendrix
home, will be revealed on the tour.
Departures are at 10am and 2pm from the Heatley Block on the SW
corner of East Hastings and Heatley Avenue. Parking is ample and free
on Hastings and nearby.
Cost is $15 per person
for those who can't make it this Saturday, these tours will be
offered periodically on a request basis whenever there is a minimm of 6
people wanting to go on a tour.
Yours in history,
703 Hawks Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6A 3J2
Vancouver's Strathcona neighborhood is one of the oldest and most historied.
And yet… there are houses and buildings being demolished or threatened – like the Heatley Block
My grandmother, my great-grandmother and my great-great-grandfather all lived in Strathcona. And while the Chinese United Church is no longer here, because the buildings were demolished to make way for townhouses, some of the houses are still very well preserved!
There are many many historic houses in Strathcona. Heritage markers are placed in front of the buildings such as this one. Below is a picture of the Jane Wilks House – which my grandmother lived in.
This is the Jane Wilks House at 732 Princess Ave. My friend James Johnstone, house historian, recently discovered that former BC Premier David Barrett's parents lived here. My grandmother lived here from WW2 to about 1957.
Across the street is this very contemporary style town house development, with very post-modern Smart Cars in front. What a contrast from the early 1900's when my granduncles Art and Gordon started the first Chinese Canadian taxi service.
See more of my Strathcona pictures + Strathcona Community Gardens:
Doolin's Irish Pub
Kilts Night at Doolin's has been a tradition since January 1st, 2005.
That's when Terry “Bear” Varga and I joined Raphael at Doolin's Irish
Pub, when we discovered that the Atlantic Trap and Gill was closed on
New Year's Day. Kilts Night had been the first Saturday of the month
for awhile… long before me, anyways.
Now we meet at:
Doolin's Irish Pub
Nelson & Granville St.
8:00pm to Midnight
Wear yer Kilt to receive a Free Pint of Guinness
I have 3 kilts + 1 mini-kilt available for 4 people wanting
a FREE PINT of GUINNESS
LIVE Music w' Halifax Wharf Rats.
The August Kilts Night was GREAT!
We were also invaded by the World Police & Fire Games
What happens when Kilts meet Police athletes from around the world?
We met Spanish female pentathletes and Norwegian male hockey players + a Pub Crawl “from the Troller to the Raven”.
Raphael, Todd and Stuart with Spanish pentathletes for World Police & Fire Games