Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club

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Spring has Sprung!

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After a long and dark winter, the docks are finally in and we are ready to get out on the water! Thanks to everyone who came out to help get the docks in, the club cleaned out and the dragon boat launched. We have some new programs and membership structures for 2017 so check those out here.

We will launch the season with the first Dragon Boat practice on Wednesday May 17 from 6 to 7. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 through the rest of May and June with the hopes of racing in Parry Sound on Saturday June 17, 2017.

Youth Racing has its official start on Thursday, May 18, 2017 and we have our work cut out for us with the first regatta rolling up quickly in June!

Finally, please join us for our Open House on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10 to 1 to learn all about our programs and take a tour of the historic Watt's Boathouse.

CDBCC annual open water race - Aug. 18, 2012

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The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is hosting its fourth annual open water race for outrigger canoes, kayaks, and surfskis; this race is also part of the Nelo Ontario Surfski Grand Prix.
The cost to enter will be $25 for the open water race (approximately 13-15 km), and $15 for the shorter-distance open water race to be held in early afternoon, and a Stand-Up Paddleboard race in Collingwood Harbour.
Registration for the open water race opens at 9:30 a.m. on the 18th.
Directions to Collingwood: From the east end of Toronto: 400 north to Barrie; at Bayfield Street exit, head north/west. Turn left at Highway 26, and follow the signs to Collingwood (at Stayner, you'll turn right at the lights at the Esso Station). Once you're in Collingwood, turn right at the first set of lights (Toyota dealership on your right-hand side), and follow that road (Pretty River Parkway) until it comes around a big curve and takes you past Sobey's(on the right). At the first set of lights past Sobey's, turn right (Heritage Drive), and you'll see the boathouse just before the grain elevators... Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/6-L4RHW5cpWzr6dhPtu85l


2012 season ready to get underway

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Greetings, paddling enthusiasts!
We're just about ready to get underway with the paddling season for 2012. In the next few days, you'll see a few updates to the site, including our fee structure for this season, as well as details on our programs for 2012.
On May 13, from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m., the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club will be throwing open the doors of the historic Watts' Boathouse for our season kick-off open house. Weather permitting, you'll have a chance to try out the boats.
Also, look for us at the Collingwood YMCA the week of May 7; we'll be there in the late afternoon for a couple of hours to talk about the programs we offer.

Aug. 20 open water race - directions and info

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The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is hosting its third annual open water race for outrigger canoes, kayaks, and surfskis; this race is also part of the Nelo Ontario Surfski Grand Prix.
The cost to enter will be $25 for the open water race, and $15 for the shorter-distance open water race, and a Stand-Up Paddleboard race in Collingwood Harbour.

Directions to Collingwood:
From the east end of Toronto: 400 north to Barrie; at Bayfield Street exit, head north/west. Turn left at Highway 26, and follow the signs to Collingwood (at Stayner, you'll turn right at the lights at the Esso Station). Once you're in Collingwood, turn right at the first set of lights (Toyota dealership on your right-hand side), and follow that road (Pretty River Parkway) until it comes around a big curve and takes you past Sobey's(on the right). At the first set of lights past Sobey's, turn right (Heritage Drive), and you'll see the boathouse just before the grain elevators...
Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/6-L4RHW5cpWzr6dhPtu85l

From the west end of Toronto, and Mississauga: 400 north directions as above; alternatively, Hwy. 410 north to Highway 10. At Hwy. 89 at Primrose (set of lights), turn left toward Shelburne; at the lights just coming into Shelburne (Hwy. 124), turn right. At three-way stop in Singhampton, turn right, and follow the highway into Collingwood. At the northerly end of Hurontario Street (downtown Collingwood), turn right at the lights (Huron Street), and at the first set of lights (Heritage Drive), turn left.
Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-3V3AvD6Vf1tj41SrHH2i

You can also follow Airport Road north to Stayner, and pick up Highway 26 at the lights at the Esso Station...

Upcoming Collingwood Regatta

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CDBCC will be hosting a regatta July 9th for youth and masters sprint canoe and kayak racers from Western Ontario. Races will run from 7:30 am to 4 pm at the Shipyards. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in volunteering your time to support the event, please contact us at info@collingwooddragonboats.ca. High school students welcome.

Open House

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The CDBCC is holding another open house on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 to 4:00. Bring your family and come on down to the Watts Boathouse to learn more about the great ways you can get fit and have fun on the water.

Aug. 21 Open Water Race - Directions from Toronto

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In response to a number of queries, here's how to get to Collingwood from Toronto:

From the east end: 400 north to Barrie; at Bayfield Street exit, head north/west. Turn left at Highway 26, and follow the signs to Collingwood (at Stayner, you'll turn right at the lights at the Esso Station). Once you're in Collingwood, turn right at the first set of lights (Toyota dealership on your right-hand side), and follow that road (Pretty River Parkway) until it comes around a big curve and takes you past Sobey's(on the right). At the first set of lights past Sobey's, turn right (Heritage Drive), and you'll see the boathouse just before the grain elevators...
Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/6-L4RHW5cpWzr6dhPtu85l

From the west end: 400 north directions as above; alternatively, Hwy. 410 north to Highway 10. At Hwy. 89 at Primrose (set of lights), turn left toward Shelburne; at the lights just coming into Shelburne (Hwy. 124), turn right. At three-way stop in Singhampton, turn right, and follow the highway into Collingwood. At the northerly end of Hurontario Street (downtown Collingwood), turn right at the lights (Huron Street), and at the first set of lights (Heritage Drive), turn left.
Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-3V3AvD6Vf1tj41SrHH2i

You can also follow Airport Road north to Stayner, and pick up Highway 26 at the lights at the Esso Station...

CDBCC open water race - Aug. 21

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The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe club is hosting an open-water race on Saturday, Aug. 21 starting in the harbour and heading out into open water on Georgian Bay.

There are two races: the longer distance is between 15 and 18 km. (weather depending) starting around 10:30 a.m. The shorter race is 5 km. and starts in the early afternoon after the a.m. race has finished. There will be three classes: OC (1 and 2), kayak and surfski. If anyone wants to race stand-up paddleboard, we won't turn them away.

Races are followed by awards and a barbecue. Entry fees are yet to be determined but will likely be around $25 (same price as last year).

To register, email CDBCC commodore Brian Saunderson at bsaunderson@christiecummings.com.

Great day for a regatta

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Northwest winds made for a choppy start to the day, but the second annual CDBCC sprint regatta ended in grand fashion with a war canoe race between the Mississauga Canoe Club, and the team from Balmy Beach.
In between more than 80 paddlers, from peewee and bantam age divisions, and masters, headed out onto the waters of Collingwood Harbour to compete in singles, pairs and fours in sprint canoe and kayak.
The Balmy Beach Canoe Club would carry the day, leading the point totals to win the regatta burgee...

CDBCC sprinters fare well at Mississauga Home Regatta

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The team of Brian Saunderson, Nancy Moorcroft, Alex Filipev, John Carswell and Mark Shouldice placed fifth out of six teams competing for the burgee at this past weekend's Mississauga Canoe Club home regatta.
Shouldice won bronze in the Masters men K-1 division, and Moorcroft earned silver in the Masters women K-2 division.
Filipev and Saunderson were fifth in the Masters men K-2 division, and Saunderson and Carswell were fifth in the Masters men C-2 division.
Saunderson and Filipev also competed in the Masters men K-1 event, and Saunderson and Carswell took part in the Masters men C-1 division; Saunderson was sixth in that division.
Moorcroft also placed eighth out of 18 paddlers in the Masters women K-1 division.

CDBCC Sidelaunchers win Mississauga regatta

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The Collingwood Sidelaunchers brought home the championship trophy, June 13, handily winning the Mississauga Canoe Club's seventh annual dragon boat festival.
The Sidelaunchers posted one of the top times of the day, easily qualifying for the A Division final.
With a boat beside them that had posted a time near equal to the Sidelaunchers, the local crew weren't sure what to expect in the final. Collingwood relied on its patented start, and had built a solid lead at the 100-metre mark by the time Scoop called in the engineroom to put even more distance between the Sidelaunchers and their opponents.
With a final call of a 'Dirty Dozen', the Sidelaunchers took the final by nearly a boat-length.
Meanwhile, CDBCC sprint paddlers held their own for the annual MCC Home Regatta on the Credit River. Kayaker Mark Shouldice - the 2009 novice kayak champion at CanMas - continued to pick up the hardware with a third-place finish in the Masters Men K-1 division.
Other club sprinters who headed down Highway 10 included Brian Saunderson (K-1, K-2, C-1, C-2), John Carswell (C-1, C-2), Alex Filipev (K-1, K-2) and Nancy Moorcroft (K-1, K-2).

Paddlers wanted...

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Interested in a great workout while enjoying Collingwood's beautiful harbour and the company of other motivated athletes?
The Collingwood Sidelaunchers, the competitive dragon boat team of the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club, is looking for new members.
We practice three times a week and travel to two or three out-of-town races per summer. Equipment is provided as well as instruction by coaches with international racing experience.
Men and women aged 16 and older are welcome.

New for 2010: Performance Paddling Program for kids

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The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is offering a Performance Paddling Program for children between the ages of 10 and 15 years to introduce them to sprint paddling in a variety of boats including kayaks, canoes and outrigger canoes.
There will be two sessions of the Performance Program offered during the summer, each session will last three weeks and consist of three practices per week of approximately two hours. Practices will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5:30 pm to approximately 7:30 pm.
The first session will start the week of June 21 and end on July 8, the week of the second annual CDBCC Sprint Regatta on Saturday, July 10 and we encourage all the Performance Program paddlers to participate in the Collingwood Regatta to get a taste of the excitement of sprint racing. The second session will start July 20 and end on Aug. 8. The Club also holds an annual Club Regatta at the end of the summer with lots of fun and racing and all performance paddlers are encouraged to attend (date to be determined).
For more info, check out the Sprint Paddling section of our website...

Working on an update...

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Hullo folks,
It seems there's a password mix-up in order to connect to the club's FTP site, so in the interim, I haven't been able to post the latest fee schedule for 2010, or the club membership or paddle camp forms.
Watch this space over the next few days while I attempt to resolve the tech issues.
- Scoop

September notes...

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IN PRAGUE: Three members of the Collingwood Dragon Boat & Canoe Club returned to Canada last week loaded down with gold from the world dragon boat championships.Anne Baker, Christine Linton, and Leslie Whitton each earned four gold medals as members of the Canadian Senior Women's dragon boat team during the competition in Prague, which wrapped up last Sunday. The team won gold in the 2,000, 1,000, 200, and 500-metre races.Baker also earned a gold medal as a member of the Canadian Senior mixed crew which won gold in the 2,000-metre, and Linton won gold as a member of the Seniors' crew in the 200-metre competition.
This was the second trip to the world dragon boat championships for the three women; in 2007, they were part of the Canadian Senior Women's crew that headed to Sydney.
"The club is extremely proud and excited by the performances of Anne, Christine, and Leslie," said club president Brian Saunderson. "They were richly deserved, as we watched their hard work and preparation for this year's worlds."

IN SHERBROOKE: Six members of the club - Scoop, Brian Saunderson, Mark Shouldice, John Carswell, Nancy Moorcroft and Kelly Dory - headed to Quebec on the long weekend for the Canoe-Kayak Canada CanMas masters paddling competition. Club newcomer Mark Shouldice carried on the club's tradition of novice kayaking excellence, earning gold in the 35-44 age category, and bronze in the 25-34 age category. In the mixed K-4 event, Dory and Saunderson joined members of the Cascades to pick up a silver.
While I'm still waiting for final point totals, it's fair to say the Collingwood results were impressive given the small contingent of paddlers. More Collingwood results will be posted to the club's website in the coming days, along with pics...

IN COLLINGWOOD: The club's first ever WOD regatta, while sparsely attended, still can be regarded as a success. The club proved it had the 'clean' water and ability to set up a proper 500-metre, six-lane course, and the organizational capability to handle a larger event. The WOD representative who attended and acted as starter, Sandy Bell, generally had very good things to say about our regatta, and there were some good lessons learned by the organizing committee that can be put forward for next year.

THURSDAYS OF THUNDER: Thanks to everyone who came out and competed over the eight weeks. This year we had great conditions for the most part, and only one T of T needed to be postponed to another Thursday because of weather. The results have been tabulated using a complex mathematical formula, and the winners have been determined. Everyone is invited to the T of T season-ending barbecue, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the boathouse for the 'medal' presentations and the awarding of the official T of T trophies (right now on display on the awards shelf in the boathouse), as well as some socializing...

IN TORONTO: Good luck to the CDBCC Sidelaunchers, as they head down to Toronto this weekend to compete in the annual Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge. Just a note: on Saturday, CKC is holding its annual Mazda Knockout Challenge at Ontario Place - which will mean parking will be at a premium (as in very, very sparse) at Ontario Place and the Exhibition Grounds. The team's first race is at 11 a.m., and while it's usually recommended to be in the team's compound about 90 minutes prior to racetime, it might be recommended to come even earlier in order to grab a parking space. On a brighter note, however, the Mazda Knockout should provide some great spectating between dragon boat races, as some of the best canoe and kayak paddlers in Canada (and internationally) will be racing, including Adam Van Koeverden.

Thursdays of Thunder - July 23 update

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Leading into week four, this is the unofficial ranking for Thursdays of Thunder master paddling series:

OC-1 Men
1 - Brian Saunderson
2 - Ian Whitton
3 - Doug Linton
4 - Ian Adams
5 - Mark Shouldice
6 - James Haney

OC-1 Women
1 - Christine Linton
2 - Leslie Whitton
3 - Linda Findlay
4 - Samantha Katerji
5 - Janet Adams

K-1 Men
1 - Brian Saunderson
2 - Mark Shouldice
3 - Ian Whitton
4 - James Haney
5 - Doug Linton

K-1 Women
1 - Christine Linton
2 - Leslie Whitton
3 - Linda Findlay
4 - Nancy Moorcroft
5 - Janet Adams

C-1 Men
1 - Brian Saunderson
2 - Doug Linton
3 - Ian Adams