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In the early hours of Sunday, October 5th fire swept through the Dragonzone trailer and storage containers on the south shore of False Creek.
We were relieved to learn that no one was hurt in the fire, nor did we lose any dragon boats. We did however suffer some big losses.
Most significantly, we lost all ten of our single-person outrigger canoes (OC1). This was a new and popular fleet and one we had been building for a few years so is a blow to our club and the paddlers.
We also lost dozens of paddles, two generators, several small tents, flags and other event equipment. The medals and trophies which we stored in the containers are also gone.
The dragon boating community in Vancouver and elsewhere has been swift to offer support and assistance for which we are enormously grateful. We are slowly taking inventory and starting to rebuild. We do not yet know the cause of the fire and will keep everyone informed as we learn more.
We were already looking forward moving in to our new boathouse later this spring – this fire makes that prospect even more attractive!
Thanks to all for their support and offers to help us replace what we have lost. We are very grateful for the strength and generosity of the paddling community. Please join us at our fundraiser!
“Wind, waves… fire. Nothing keeps a Paddler down!”
Join us @ the Dragon Zone “Fire to Fabulous” Fundraiser and End of Paddling Season Celebration at Steel ToadPub on November 25th from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.
Spend time with paddlers and their friends and family and other Dragon Zone supporters as the paddling season winds down for the season. $30 gets you delicious firewood pizza and a beverage (wine, beer, or non alcoholic).
Enter to win fabulous door prizes including a GoPro camera and an entry into the 500M Dragon Zone regatta, a $150 Starbucks gift package and more.
Proceeds will help replace paddles and life jackets recently lost in the Dragon Zone fire.
Thanks so much for your support!”
Dragon Zone Paddling Club is a full service sport and social club operated by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, offering paddling programs for both small boats (canoe, kayak and outrigger) and dragon boats. The Dragon Zone Paddling Club features a large and modern fleet of 20 person and 10 person dragon boats, marathon canoes, six person outriggers, one person outriggers and kayaks.
***Important Notice*** ATTENTION ALL PADDLERS: Dragon Zone is closed when there is a small craft warning, if there is any thunder or lightening, if fog limits your ability to see or be seen, when the temperature is 0 degrees celsius or below, or if there is ice or snow on the docks. PLEASE BE SAFE AND ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.