It’s 2014 and we’re off!

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What’s up Bananas?!?

Once again dragon boat season is quickly approaching and we’re gearing up for another great year of excitement and fun!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about participating in the Montreal festival this year and we’ve had enough interest to tentatively put it on our schedule. Normally Banana Boat participates in the Lively Dragon Hamilton Festival (which is also the same weekend in 2014) but it looks like we’re going to switch it up. Our captains and coach are still finalizing the schedule but expect practices to be on Sundays @ 10:45 – 12:15 just like previous years.

The three regattas that we will be participating in are:

  • Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge: Saturday, July 26 & Sunday July 27
  • Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday, August 9
  • GWN Challenge: Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7

There are still a few spots left on the roster and we’re always happy to welcome new recruits!

If you have any questions or you’re interested in joining the team them please don’t hesitate to email: bananaboatdb@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

Also, check back soon because more details about the upcoming season will be posted shortly!

UPDATE: Thanks everyone! We’ve had a lot of interest this year but as a result the girls sign up is now on WAITLIST. Feel free to email if you’re still interested in joining and we’ll contact you if a spot opens up. Guys registration is still OPEN!

Banana Boat wins Silver Division gold at Woodstock!

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Banana Boat vs. Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival 2013 from Justin Chang on Vimeo.

One down two to go!

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As usual, Banana Boat’s 2013 season started off in Hamilton where we put together a solid effort to get the season started!

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We returned to Bayfront Park for another shot at that Lively Dragon Gold. The weather was fine, everyone was in high spirits and that made for a great day of racing.

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We threw down a 2:22.80 in our first 500 metre heat, 0:53.00 in our 200 metre heat and that placed us in the D Division Final.

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It was a close finish but we came in 2nd, losing by about half a second, with a time of 2:20.17. We’ll get ‘em next time!

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We also participated in the 2000 metre race and finished with a time of 11:16.10 while pulling some gnarly turns.

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It was a great day of racing we’re off to a great start!

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Woodstock is our next regatta and we can’t wait to see you there!

It’s time to hit the water!

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Hello Bananas!

With the weather warming up, it makes for a perfect time to finally get wet!  Our first practice is coming up this Sunday and we can’t wait to get started. We’re continuing our tradition of post-practice runs so don’t forget your running shoes.

When:  Sunday May 26th, 2013

Time:  10:30am (sharp) - Please be changed and ready to go by 10:30am!

Itinerary:  30 mins stroke technique + 1 hour in-water practice + Post workout run (remember to bring your shoes)

Where:  Sunnyside Pavillion – Meet by the docks where the dragon boat are docked

If you haven’t already, please complete the online waiver before Sunday (email should have been sent by Sunnyside Paddling Club) and prepare to pay your fees for this season.

What to bring & wear:

  • Regular workout clothes that you’d be comfortable in (you will get wet so best to avoid cotton)!
  • Flip flops, sandals or waterproof shoes + running shoes
  • Water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc.

What’s provided:

  • Paddles
  • Life jackets
Sunnyside also has paid parking, lockers (25 cents), change rooms and washroom facilities available. The forecast looks good but we practice rain or shine (except in the case of a thunderstorm) so dress for the weather. Check your emails for more details and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
See you guys on Sunday!

The 2013 season schedule is here!

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Hello Bananas, it’s finally here!

Spring is upon us and we can’t wait to hit the water! This season will include 3 races and 12 practices spanning from late May until early September, and there will also be some social events thrown into the mix as well.

Please have a look at the schedule below and let our captains know if you won’t be able to make an of the dates.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:30 am Practice #1 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, June 2, 2013 10:30 am Practice #2 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, June 9, 2013 10:30 am Practice #3 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:30 am Practice #4 @ Sunnyside
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:30 pm Practice #5 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, June 30, 2013 Long Weekend No Practice
Saturday, July 6, 2013 All Day Hamilton Waterfest Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:30 am Practice #6 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:30 am Practice #7 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, July 28, 2013 10:30 am Practice #8 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, August 4, 2013 Long Weekend No Practice
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:30 pm Practice #9 @ Sunnyside
Saturday, August 10, 2013 All Day Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:30 am Practice #10 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:30 am Practice #11 @ Sunnyside
Sunday, September 1, 2013 Long Weekend No Practice
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:30 pm Practice #12 @ Sunnyside
Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8, 2013 All Weekend GWN Challenge
PARTY TIME!

Thanks to everyone who was interested in signing up for 2013!

We still have a couple of spots left so if you’re interested then please send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Early Season Details for 2013

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Hello Bananas!

I hope you’re all excited because it’s just about that time of the year again!

It’s 2013, a new season is upon us and as usual we are looking for both new and experienced paddlers to have some fun, enjoy the sun and do some paddling with. If you’re interested in joining then please send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. There are limited spots so once the initial roster is filled you may also be added to the waiting list.

Here’s an overview of the season to come:

Team Fees: ~$250 (Includes 12/13 practices)
Season: End of May until Early September
Practices: Sunnyside Pavillion, Sunday’s @ 10:45am
Regattas: Hamilton (July 6), Woodstock (Aug 10), Toronto GWN (Sept 7/8)

We’ll be posting a full schedule soon so please check back for more details.

If you have any questions or if you’re interested in joining please send an email to bananaboatdb@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

See you on the water!

Keeping it fresh in 2013!

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We hope that everyone is having a great off season because it’s almost that time of the year again!

We’re currently working out the details for this upcoming season so keep your eyes peeled on this website for the latest news and information for 2013.

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As always, please feel free to contact us at bananaboatdb@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in joining.

See you soon!

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