Spectators let out a cheer as dragonboats cross the finish line in the fifth annual Race the River regatta in Campbell River June 27.

Dragons breathe drama into regatta

Contributor J.R. Rardon on a dramatic dragon boat race

In a race decided by just three-tenths of a second, the Dragon Riders of Comox edged top-seeded Namax’sala of Port Hardy to win the fifth annual Race the River dragon boat regatta in the Campbell River estuary June 27.

Seeded third in the final, the Dragon Riders, a youth team, posted the day’s fast time of 1:48.7 to claim the gold. Angels and Demons of Nanaimo placed third behind Namax’sala to earn the bronze.

In the women’s division, Nanaimo’s Chix with Stix won the gold. The Dragon Slayers of Port McNeill followed to win the silver, while Campbell River’s River Spirit team brought home bronze for the host club.

The regatta was run with a brisk northwest crosswind, which was exacerbated by an incoming tide from the same direction as the heats went on through the late morning. The starts of several races was delayed slightly as crews fought to hold their starting positions while being pushed off-line.

The event drew 19 crews from across Vancouver Island and Powell River.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alert Bay resident carves tribute to his community kicking COVID-19’s butt

‘Our little village crushed the curve with love and commitment’

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Port Hardy called in record number of black bear sightings last year

Conservation Officers attended 74 of the 314 calls made

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Ruined picnic tables are the main damage

Port McNeill’s outdoor swimming pool will stay closed this summer

The Town of Port McNeill typically hires 12-13 staff for the pool every year.

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Most Read