Gung Haggis dragon boat team hits the water again on March 7th

Gung Haggis dragon boat practices are back in action for 2010
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The Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team in June 2009.  Red team shirts and a variety of kilts.  This is a team with a diversity of personalities and ethnicities to match our penchant for promoting cultural diversity through tartans and dragon boat racing.

First timers are welcome – Experienced paddlers are more welcome!

Sundays 11am – starting March 7th.
Tuesdays 6pm – starting March 16 (after the time change)

Meet at False Creek Yacht Club – underneath the North end of the Granville St. Bridge
See map: Click Here

In April – we will move back to Dragon Zone @ Science World/Creekside Park.

After an exciting 2009 season, where we had many exciting races!

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Lotus Sports Clubs' Bill Alley Memorial Regatta @ Barnett Marine Park- Fastest time for a Gung Haggis team 2:03.12.  It's a fun way to start off the season.  Barnett Marine Park is a beautiful location on Burrard Inlet.  The race helps raise money for the Bill Alley Scholarship for junior paddlers of Lotus Sports Club.

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Dragon Zone Regatta @ Dragon Zone – 1st in B Final. Highest finish for a Gung Haggis Team. This is a good cheap race.  3 races in 3 hours.

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Rio Tinto Alcan @ False Creek/Creekside Park, Vancouver – Fastest time for a Gung Haggis team in False Creek at 2:16.33.  For our medal race, we heard bagpipes being played and it really pumped us up.  It was an army bagpiper, who just happened to be Japanese Canadian.  Alas, we didn't medal.

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Richmond – 4th overall! This was the first time we entered the Richmond Dragon Boat Festival.  We only had 10 Gung Haggis paddlers, but supplemented with friends from other teams.  We made the A Final, and missed the bronze medal by 10ths of a second

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Vernon Dragon Boat Race @ Kalamalka Lake – Fastest 200 for a Gung Haggis team at 0:53. Our final time was 1 sec behind the A Final Bronze.  This is one of our favorite races, and we enjoy spending time on the beach, in the water, in the hot tub, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, dancing, drinking, eating… oh… and… dragon boat racing.

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Last Gasp Regatta @ Dragon Zone.  The Taiwan Dragon Boat Race was canceled, so we did this regatta.  The 200m was the warm up race and we came 3rd, pushing us out of the top half Finals – but we easily won our next two 500m races easily as we . Very exciting for the team to have such big leads.

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UBC Day of the Longboat @ Jericho Beach, Vancouver .  We ran 2 mixed teams + 1 mens team.  Our teams were competitive – getting an early lead on our arch rivals friends.  Unfortunately, the Gung Haggis Fat Choy team hit the Gung Haggis Friends team at the beach and was DQed.  But we still almost caught our arch rival friends. 

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Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta @ Ft. Langley's Fraser River Arm.  is always one of the most fun, that we have entered 2 teams for the past 3 years.  1 team made the A Final – our first time ever!  Our other team came 1st in B Final.  Everybody had incredible fun.

We are looking forward to another wonderful season of fun, friendships, fitness… and some medals!!! We deserve it!

Sundays 11am – starting March 7th.
Tuesdays 6pm – starting March 16 (after the time change)

Meet at False Creek Yacht Club – underneath the North end of the Granville St. Bridge
In April – we will move back to Dragon Zone @ Science World/Creekside Park.

Please RSVP to confirm you are coming… First timers are welcome.

email:   gunghaggisdragon at gmail.com
Todd's cell phone 778-846-7090

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