Ena Newman hangs a lantern

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival: Fiery celebration

Victoria celebrated the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival at the Inner Harbour last weekend with style

Victoria celebrated the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival at the Inner Harbour last weekend with style. The shore saw the biggest turnout in the festival’s history, while on the water, previous race records were consistently topped.

Several teams from Victoria managed to claim the top of the podium at the award ceremony on Sunday. Team Cream OC20 finished first in both the mixed and women’s platinum divisions, while the Gorging Dragons placed third in the mixed platinum division. The Gorging Dragons Sr. B (55+) Women’s team also crossed the finish line with one of the best times of the entire festival.

Last year’s record time of 1:53 was topped by six teams this year, while 20 additional teams managed to finish in under two minutes.

Even off the water, the festival managed to top last year’s numbers. While the exact attendance numbers are still being determined, volunteer coordinator Lance Shaver said spectators flooded the Inner Harbour this year thanks in part to the sport’s growing popularity, a collection of musical and performance acts and taking advantage of the province’s new liquor laws.

Volunteer numbers were also on the rise this year, as around 450 came to lend a helping hand. Shaver, who was a volunteer at last year’s festival, said he was impressed by the level of enthusiasm.

“More than a few volunteers went over and above. We had some scheduled for four hours who ended up staying for 10,” he said.

“A lot of people are seeing the Dragon Boat Festival as a good way to give back to the community. We had a lot of students volunteer this year.”

The B.C. Cancer Foundation, the beneficiary of the event, saw huge numbers as well. Though less teams took the “paddler’s pledge,” six opposed to last year’s nine, they managed to raise $32,335, comparable to last year’s numbers. Sales of carnations and lanterns were a huge draw as well, with more than 10,000 lanterns being sold.

Though numbers are still being tallied, development officer Debbie Walsh estimated that more than $60,000 was raised throughout the weekend.

 

 

Just Posted

Pandora supervised consumption site has busy first month

Site whose aim is to save lives takes on a new client-driven name: The Harbour

Project provides barrier to suicides at hospital parkade

VIHA budgets $650,000 for work at Royal Jubilee Hospital parkade

Our Place celebrates Christmas in July

Afternoon barbecue serves up turkey burgers and Santa hats under the hot sun

Pedestrian struck on Quadra Street

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Quadra Street at Hulford… Continue reading

Police respond after dog left in vehicle at the movies

West Shore RCMP determined the animal was not in distress

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Owner of fruit stand recounts ‘flames popping up everywhere’ from B.C. wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire is burning at about 200 hectares south of Peachland

Owner of B.C. fruit stand recounts ‘flames popping up everywhere’ from wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire is burning at about 200 hectares south of Peachland

Ontario, Saskatchewan premiers join together to oppose federal carbon plan

Saskatchewan is already involved in a court case over the tax

For-profit ridesharing legislation long overdue: BC Conservatives

Interim party leader Scott Anderson said the provincial government should step out of the way

After cave rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple

On Wednesday evening, the boys and coach were released from hospital

Gymnastics sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read