Making waves at Woodstock

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Over the weekend, Banana Boat made our way down to Woodstock, Ontario for our second regatta of the season.

Despite the journey, it’s always a great event to be a part of, and the 4 boat races are a nice change.


Our team finished with times of 2:18.89 in our first heat and 2:19.87 in our second heat, securing a spot for us in the Gold Consolation Final.


In the Final, we crossed the line with a time of 2:21.88, but it wasn’t enough to bring home any hardware this time – it was a great effort and another step up in divisions.


Now our eyes are now on our last (and biggest) race of the season: GWN. We can’t wait to see you there! Paddles up!


Off to a great start!

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Once again, Banana Boat returned to Hamilton for our very first race of the season. Lively Dragon always puts on a great event there, and this year was no exception.

It was a beautiful day – the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and the competition was fierce.


We finished with a time of 02:18.57 in our first 500m heat and 00:53.48 in the 200m heat, which landed us in the B Division Final.


The final race was a competitive one, but we managed to finish with a time of 02:13.57, coming in second place. We’ll get ’em next time!


It was a great day of racing and there’s more to come. Next up, Woodstock! Paddles up!

2016 Season Schedule

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Hey Bananas!

Our 2016 season is officially underway! It was great to see everyone out on Sunday, and we had a great first practice!

If you missed it, here are the season details. We’ll be sharing a Google calendar as well, but for now, go ahead and mark down the dates!

See you on the water!




Sun, May 29 10:00 am  Practice #1 @ Sunnyside
Sun, June 5 10:00 am  Practice #2 @ Balmy Beach
Sun, June 12 10:00 am  Practice #3 @ Sunnyside
Sun, June 19 No Practice (Toronto Island)
Sun, June 26 10:00 am  Practice #4 @ Sunnyside
Thurs, July 7 8:00 pm  Practice #5 @ Sunnyside
Sat, July 9 Lively Dragon Hamilton Waterfest Dragon Boat Race
Sun, July 17 10:00 am  Practice #6 @ Sunnyside
Sun, July 24 10:00 am  Practice #7 @ Sunnyside
Thurs, Aug 4 8:00 pm  Practice #8 @ Sunnyside
Sat, August 6 Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
Sun, Aug 14 10:00 am  Practice #9 @ Sunnyside
Sun, August 21 10:00 am  Practice #10 @ Sunnyside
Sun, August 28 10:00 am  Practice #11 @ Sunnyside
Thurs, Sept 8 7:00 pm  Practice #12 @ Sunnyside
September 10 & 11 GWN Dragon Boat Challenge Toronto


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!


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