Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club

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Open House

Open Housescoop1968

Coillingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is hosting an open house on May 1 from 1:00 to 4:00. Come on out and see what programs are available to you and your family, whether you are a seasoned paddler or brand new to the sport.

Aug. 21 Open Water Race - Directions from Toronto


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...

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.

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


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

Great day for a regatta


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


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


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...


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


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...


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

Thursdays of Thunder - 2009 champions and runners-up

Thursdays of Thunderscoop1968

On Thursday, the winners of the 2009 Thursdays of Thunder Masters sprint paddling series were recognized.
Men's OC-1
1st: Brian Saunderson
2nd: Ian Whitton
3rd: Doug Linton

Women's OC-1
1st: Christine Linton
2nd: Leslie Whitton
3rd: Kelly Dory

Men's K-1
1st: Mark Shouldice
2nd: Brian Saunderson
3rd: Ian Whitton

Women's K-1
1st: Kelly Dory
2nd: Christine Linton
3rd: Leslie Whitton

Men's C-1
1st: Brian Saunderson
2nd: Doug Linton
3rd: John Carswell

September notes...


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


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

Results of July 19 OC Race


15 km racers: Mens Kayak - Brian Heath (1st), Ron Coulson (2nd)
Womens Kayak – Iris Schmidt
Mens OC – Brian Saunderson
Womens OC – Allison Penn
Mixed OC-2 - Rob & Estella Prosser (1st), Mike Fekete & Beryl Green (2nd)
5 km racers: Mens OC – Alex Vandenham (1st), Bill Ford (2nd), Kevin Morris (3rd), Ian Adams (4th)
Womens OC – Leslie Whitton

July update


Summer is in full swing, and things are pretty busy down at the boathouse; so busy, in fact, that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and bang out this month's edition of The Paddler.
However, there are still a number of things to update you folks on.

Paddle Camp: This week is the first week of our popular Paddle Camp for kids, and it appears as though we have a great group of kids for the first week. If you haven't already, be sure to enroll your child for a fun and exciting week on the water, as spots tend to fill up fast. Please note: there is no Paddle Camp the week of Aug. 5 due to the Wakestock event happening in the harbour. For more info on the camp, contact Doug Linton at

Equipment: If you've been down to the boathouse lately, you may have noticed some new boats. Thanks to a grant from the Village at Blue Mountain Foundation, the club has been able to purchase five new boats: three stable kayaks that are accessible for all members of the club, and two Hody OC-1s, which should come in especially handy with the kids program - though the boats can be paddled by anyone!

July 19 OC Race: The club is hosting its first outrigger race on July 19. There are two races: a 17.5 km , and a five-km, bothl start from the historic Collingwood Harbour. The race will start at 10 a.m., with registration at the boathouse starting at 8:30. Race fee is $25 for the 17.5 k, or $10 for the five-k - includes post race barbecue. Categories include men's and women's OC-1, OC-2 and mixed OC-2. For more information contact Brian Saunderson at

Aug. 22 Sprint Regatta: The club is also preparing to host its first WOD-level sprint regatta on Aug. 22, and we'll be needing volunteers for both this and the July 19 race. If you'd like to help out, contact Brian or myself...

High School Dragon Boat Team: Do you have a high-school-aged youth? The CDBCC is organizing a high school dragon boat team, to practice late Wednesday afternoons until Aug. 12. The cost is just $35, plus a $50 add-on if you would also like to participate in the club's open paddle sessions on Sunday afternoon, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Christine Linton at

Thursdays of Thunder: Thursdays of Thunder, the weekly Masters paddling race series, starts this Thursday at 6 p.m. Races in C-1 and C-2, K-1, and OC-1 in mens and womens categories. This year, the race fee is a toonie per night, and the races will be run every Thursday until the last week of August. Challenge your fellow club members in a friendly night of competition on the road to glory and fame (well, at the club, anyway). For more information on this program, feel free to contact me...

Harbourlands: Nothing new to report on the Harbourlands project; the engineer is still working on the third draft. More info will go out to club members as soon as something is presented.

June 28 Open House & Barbecue: Thanks to everyone who came out; it looked like we had quite the turnout, with a lot of folks enjoying the boats. Special thanks to Ian and Leslie Whitton for supplying the hamburgers and hotdogs for the barbecue.

Sidelauncher coach comments on Harbourlands plan


Sidelauncher coach Chris Linton submitted a letter to the editor, published in Friday's Enterprise-Bulletin:

Re: Harbour plan goes for public input I wonder how many citizens of Collingwood and area have really thought about what it will be like to have a parking lot for boats in our harbour.

As an area resident, an athlete, a coach and a mother, I am alarmed about the plans for the harbour. Over the last few years, our once industrial harbour has been cleaned up and is now enjoyed by many people for many uses. I am worried that it will become not only boater-centric, as stated in your recent article, but exclusively set up for motorized boats.

My family and I are members of the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club. Although I grew up in the area, it wasn't until a few years ago that I began to get out on the water.

Now I and my family paddle dragon boat, outrigger canoe and kayak. Our club has a burgeoning kids program, offering war canoe, flatwater paddling and dragonboat. Other communities in Ontario like Mississauga and Sudbury have thriving canoe clubs with a rich history that have produced Olympians like kayaker Adam Van Koeverden.
Collingwood has a similar jewel developing in our very own harbour.

But that is now threatened by a plan to rapidly introduce almost 200 new boat slips, which would dramatically affect the potential for shared use. The plan has made allowance for non-motorized boats to use the west side of the harbour, which frankly isn't realistic (there is nowhere to put our facilities and no potential to move the restored Watts Boathouse, our clubhouse, to that side of the harbour). This would mean crossing potentially busy boat lanes to get to our designated area. I can tell you this could mean the end of our kids' programs; as a mother I would never send my children out in a kayak to cross through lanes of motor boats.

I am concerned that your article gave significant air time to one spectator from the open house, someone who may have meant well but whose ideas just are not feasible.
Don't get me wrong -- it's not that motorboats and non-motorized boats can't coexist. Our club has made suggestions to the Harbourlands Committee that would see minor alterations to improve safety and to promote sustainable shared use.

I urge council to carefully consider how changes to the harbour can be implemented without jeopardizing the potential of what our club, the rowing club and the sailing school have to offer the community.

Don't it always seem to go...that you don't know what you got 'til it's gone?


CDBCC members represent at Mississauga regatta


Four members of the Collingwood Dragon Boat & Canoe Club headed to Mississauga on Saturday for MCC's annual Home Regatta.
Scoop, Commodore Brian and J.C. took part in C-1 races (only J.C. stayed dry!), and Nancy Moorcroft took to the water in the K-1; she also lept in the K-2 with a member of the West Rouge team.
Brian and J.C. also hopped in the C-2 - but were late to the starting line and ended up paddling about 300 metres rather than just the 200-metre course. In the K-2, Brian and Bill Trayling did make it to the start line (just in time!), and were able to cross the finish line mostly dry!
All-in-all the four say it was an excellent experience, and gave some insight for when the club runs its own regatta on Aug. 22.