January 17, 2018
Honour Earth Day at the Inlet Spring Regatta in Port Moody, April 22
The Nothin’ Dragon Masters celebrate 20 years as a team in 2018 and will play official hosts to the Inlet Spring Regatta at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, B.C. on Sunday, April 22. The Inlet Spring Regatta is open to all dragon boaters far and wide.
The inaugural event coincides with Earth Day, a fitting tie given that Rocky Point Park is located on the Burrard Inlet, an ocean inlet teaming with marine wildlife.
“With Earth Day occurring on the same day as our inaugural regatta, it was felt that we should celebrate not only the water sport of dragon boating, but the amazing environment we have paddled in for almost 20 years,” notes Brian Kenny, president of Nothin’ Dragon Masters.
In keeping, race categories will be named after birds found in the area, including the eagle, osprey, and hawk. Brian continues, “Of all birds that use the inlet, the kingfisher seems to epitomize the strength and speed one feels on the water. The kingfisher propels itself stealthily to the water to catch its prize, just like a dragon boat team as they put all of their strength and group focus into a race.”
First Nation artist Glen Rabena donated his rendering of the kingfisher that has been incorporated into the regatta’s logo.
The Inlet Spring Regatta will include 200-meter races in 20-person BuK dragon boats. Each team will be guaranteed four races and all winners will receive a medal. Teams from Langley, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Chilliwack, Delta, New Westminster, Burnaby, and Salt Spring Island have already registered. Invitations are going out to other Canadian provinces, as well as to teams in Washington, Oregon, and California.
The Nothin’ Dragon Masters are a 50+ team based in Coquitlam, B.C., operating under the Dogwood Seniors Society. The team has approximately 70 members, supports the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team, and mentors challenged youth through its Kateslem Kids Program.
Rocky Point Park on Burrard Inlet will be the location of the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta on Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Photo credit: BC 55+ Games 2016.)
The Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Masters will celebrate 20 years as a team in 2018 and play official hosts to the Inlet Spring Regatta on Earth Day, April 22.