Banana Boat is recruiting!

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What’s up Bananas!

We hope that everyone is staying warm and enjoying the off season because spring is just around the corner!

If you’re new to the blog, Banana Boat is a recreational team based out of Toronto, Ontario with members all across the GTA. We are a lighthearted group of paddlers who are out there to share some laughs, get some exercise, and give it our all when it counts! There are a few spots available on our 2016 roster, so we invite both new and experienced paddlers to join us this season in our quest for gold.

We are still working out the final schedule, but here are the details so far:

Team Fees: ~TBD (Includes 12/13 practices)
Season: End of May until Early September
Practices: Sunnyside Pavillion on Sunday’s
Regattas: Hamilton (July 9), Woodstock (Aug 6), Toronto GWN (Sept 10/11)

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If you have any questions or if you’re interested in joining our team, then please email: and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

More information will be posted soon, so keep an eye out for updates! Paddles up!

Banana Boat takes on the GWN Challenge!

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Well folks, that’s a wrap on our 2015 season, and there’s no better way to finish it off than with gold. We returned once again to Marilyn Bell park for our final race of the year, and what a race it was!

Banana Boat took first place in the C Consolation Final with a time of 2:17.270, beating out the second place team by a mere 0.44 seconds!


Despite the cold weather, it was a great weekend of racing and we’re already looking forward to it next year.

Keep your eyes peeled for the end of season party details!

Banana Boat Wins Gold in Hamilton!

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Banana Boat’s season is well underway and 2015 marked our return to the Lively Dragon Hamilton Waterfest. It was our first race of the season and what a return it was!


We clocked a time of 2:26.37 in our first 500m heat of the year, 54.03 in our 200m heat and 2:19.63 in our final, winning the C Division gold! We also participated in the always exciting 2000m race, and finished with a time of 11:26.77.


All in all, it was a great day of racing and an even better way to start off the season. Great job team – let’s keep that momentum going!


Also, just a reminder that there will be no practice this long weekend (Sunday, August 2nd), but there will be a weekday practice on Wednesday, August 5 @ 7:30pm. This is our last practice before Woodstock, so please try and make it out.

Have a great long weekend!

We’re on the water in 3 weeks!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off our 2015 season, and we hope that you had fun throwing some axes and hanging out with the team. We’re on the water in 3 weeks, so keep an eye out for any news or announcements leading up to our first practice on the lake.

It’s time to dust off that gear and get ready for another great season of paddling!


2015 Banana Boat Schedule

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Hey, Banana Boat!

We’re happy to announce the details of our upcoming 2015 schedule! We’ll be participating in 3 regattas and practicing at The Sunnyside Pavillion on Sunday mornings, from May to September.

Sun, May 31 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #1 @ Sunnyside
Sun, June 7 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #2 @ Sunnyside
Sun, June 14 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #3 @ Sunnyside
Sun, June 21 No Practice (Toronto Island)
Sun, June 28 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #4 @ Sunnyside
Sat, July 4 Lively Dragon Hamilton Waterfest Dragon Boat Race
Sun, July 12 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #5 @ Sunnyside
Sun, July 19 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #6 @ Sunnyside
Sun, July 26 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #7 @ Sunnyside
Sun, August 2  No Practice (Civic Holiday Long Weekend)
Wed, August 5 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm  Practice #8 @ Sunnyside
Sat, August 8 Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
Sat, August 16 9:30 am – 11:00 pm  Practice #9 @ Sunnyside
Sun, August 23 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #10 @ Sunnyside
Sun, August 30 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #11 @ Sunnyside
Sun, September 6 No Practice (Labour Day Long Weekend)
Wed, September 9 6:30 am – 8:00 pm  Practice #12 @ Sunnyside
September 12 & 13 GWN Dragon Boat Challenge Toronto


As always, new and experienced paddlers are welcome, so if you have any questions or if you’re interested in joining the team then please email us a:

Also, check back soon for details on our pre-season meet and greet and some other fun stuff that we have planned.

Upcoming 2015 Season!

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Hello, Bananas!

I hope that you had a relaxing off-season because spring is right around the corner and Banana Boat will be at it again for another exciting season!


Our schedule is still being finalized but our first practice will be after May 2-4 long weekend and our season will end after the GWN Challenge in mid-September. We will be continuing with our Sunday morning practices, but we will not be doing the Montreal regatta this year.

The races that we will be participating in are:

  • Lively Dragon Hamilton Waterfest: Saturday, July 4, 2015
  • Woodstock Rotary Club Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • GWN Dragon Boat Challenge: Saturday-Sunday, September 12-13, 2015


If you have any questions or you’re interested in joining the team, please don’t hesitate to email: bananaboatdb [at] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

Also, don’t forget to check back soon because we will be posting the full season schedule and some additional details.

The 2014 season schedule is here!

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Alright folks, here it is: Banana Boat’s 2014 season schedule!

Some of you will notice a few changes in our usual routine but that’s because we’re going to Montreal this year! That’s right, thanks to everyone’s interest in a road trip we’ll be traveling to Quebec for our first regatta of the season!

June 1 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #1 @ Sunnyside
June 8 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #2 @ Sunnyside
June 15 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #3 @ Sunnyside
June 22 Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival NO PRACTICE
June 25 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Wednesday)  Practice #4 @ Sunnyside
June 29 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #5 @ Sunnyside
July 6 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #6 @ Sunnyside
July 13 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #7 @ Sunnyside
July 20 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #8 @ Sunnyside
July 26 & 27 Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge MONTREAL
August 3 or 4 TBD – Sunday@10:30 or Monday@6:30  Practice #9 @ Sunnyside
August 6 (Wednesday) 6:30 pm – 8:00pm  Practice #10 @ Sunnyside
August 9 Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival WOODSTOCK
August 17 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #11 @ Sunnyside
August 24 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Practice #12 @ Sunnyside
September 3 or 4 TBD – Wednesday@6:30 or Thursday@6:30  Practice #13 @ Sunnyside
September 6 & 7 GWN Challenge TORONTO



Also, look out for some details for our Season Opener BBQ! See you soon!


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