Dragonboat season finishes with open paddle

Teams will mix to compete in final set of races on Harrison Lake

The Fraser Valley Dragonboat Club will finish up its season soon, with an open paddle on Sunday in Harrison Lake.

Paddlers from all of the club’s teams will be mixed, in competitions ranging from a straight, 250 metre course to fun obstacles.

The open paddle runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the last time the club will have the boats in the water until the spring.

The club’s teams finished their season in strong positions at the Penticton Dragonboat Festival.

The Crusanders finished in Comp B, placing them 9th overall out of 87 teams participating in Penticton. They posted the fastest club time in Penticton followed closely by fellow FVDBC teams, the Pirates and the Thunderstrokers.

The Pirates added to their treasure chest in Diamond division with silver medals. The Thunderstrokers stepped up their performance to Diamond B division.

The FVDBC Mavericks team competed last weekend in San Francisco to end the 2011 season.

All teams will be starting the hunt for new paddlers to add to their teams as well as the Fraser Valley Dragonboat Club in starting another new team. Whether it be womens, mixed or men, the club’s media spokesperson Kathy Preuss says they’re committed to growing the sport of dragonboating.

To see paddling in action, visit the lake on Sunday. For more information about the club, visit www.fvdbc.com