Gung Haggis dragon boat team practice for Easter Sunday with Easter Egg hunt

It's an Easter Egg hung for the Gung Haggis dragon boat team Easter Sunday practice!

Gung Haggis dragon boat team in September 2009 – Since then 4 babies have been born to our paddlers – photo T. Wong

We will
have a paddle practice this Sunday for the Gung Haggis dragon boat team practice, and combine it with an Easter Egg Hunt.

11am – meet at
Creekside Community Centre (water side)
quick cardio and stretching for warm-up for 10 minutes.
on water soon after…
return by 12:25pm

being a holiday weekend, we know that some people will not be able to attend…
but some people really want to paddle.

Granville Island – We will paddle to Alder Bay, and stretch our legs.

Coaching emphasis:  We've learned timing, we've learned race starts,
now… it is time to get more from your paddle. 
How to be an effective paddler with paddle position.

We have had 13 Veteran paddlers + 3 2nd year paddlers who were new last year + 2 paddlers who did Junior dragon boats before.  New to dragon boating this year have been 15 people, 5 of whom are from France. 

We hope that you all come back and join the team, we will paddle throughout the Summer,
entering races at least once a month, and finishing with one of the most fun events on
Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday October 8th
– the Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta.

We have unlimited team registration to join our “paddling and social club”
– but race events are limited to 24 paddlers + drummer + steers.
(20 paddlers in a boat + 4 spare paddlers) – we rotate everybody fairly, and nobody
sits more than one race (unless they choose, or special circumstances).

$110 Team registration includes practices, boat rental, coaching + equipment. 

Each race event will have a varying price depending on the cost.  From $40 to $20,
as the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival team entry
is $1800,
and Lotus Regatta in Burnaby is $500. 
RTA is 2 day event with 2 races per day + special races,
one day regattas are usually only 3 races.

Looks like
we will have a strong team for 2011. 

This is the 10th year of the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team,
which actually started in 2002 under then name Celebration. 

We have really enjoyed meeting lots of new paddlers
and welcoming back our veteran paddlers.  Everybody has such a great positive spirit.
We want 2011 to be lots of fun, filled with new friendships + race results to rival last year:

In 2010, we placed Rec B @ Rio Tinto Alcan DB Festival and won silver in Senior B.
We won silver 2nd overall at Richmond and won the steering challenge
We went to Banff and won silver in C division.
We placed 2 teams in the A Finals at Ft. Langley.

Our teams over 10 years have raced in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Burnaby, Richmond, Steveston, Vernon, Harrison, Cultus Lake, Ft. Langley + Banff AB, Kent
WA, and Portland OR….

You don't have to paddle every race. 
Pick and choose where and when you want to race.

We are now looking for race events to fill our
summer, and are currently looking at:

May 7 – Lotus Sports Club, Burnaby – Confirmed
May 29th – Dragon Zone regatta – Confirmed
June 11/12 – Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival – Confirmed
July 16th Saturday – Richmond BC (UBC Rowing Centre) – Confirmed
July 23 Saturday -Harrison BC @ Harrison Hot Springs

Aug 13 & 14 – Vernon or Victoria – RECOMMENDED

Aug 20 – Steveston Last Gasp

Aug 27 & 28 – Kelowna DBF

Sept 10 & 11 Penticton – RECOMMENDED

Oct 9 – Ft. Langley – RECOMMENDED

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