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Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival , June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver
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Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-22, 2008 - False Creek, Vancouver - Photos:arrWee
 

Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007. The finals were called due to high winds and waves. Blubyu team were the winners - Photos:Steve Fagan Jet Addiction surf rescue

Photo slideshow & video of the dragon boat races available from Steve on dvd for $20.00 Call 250-885-8677

Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan

Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan

Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan

Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan
Nanaimo Paddlefest dragon boat races, June 23, 2007 - Photo:Steve Fagan

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

It's funny that about 2 weeks ago at the Dragon Boat Regatta, I wrote about how we somehow bypassed Spring and into Summer. Well this past weekend, we slipped right back into the damp and wetness that we unfortunately have become accustomed to. I suppose Spring has arrived in a different order as April showers are now in June in one of the wetter Junes in recent history.... what the heck is Mother Nature smoking?

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

Yes, it was somewhat a wet weekend but that didn't deter the 100,000 or so visitors and 160 plus Dragon Boat teams from jamming the East end of False Creek for the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. On shore, there were numerous booths and activities for all to see and do, including a beer garden, live music and plenty of games to play. With all the electrifying energy from the dragon boat teams, everywhere you looked people were packing their huge 200 plus zoom lens cameras aiming at all the action.

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

On the water, I was driving the referee and marshalling boats and witnessed most of the events. The races included many close exciting finishes, some blow outs and a few collisions resulting in smashed up dragon heads that we had to fetch. One of the race was dedicated to women with breast cancer ending with a moment of silence to those who were lost by it. At the height of the excitement were the last 2 races named "Guts and Glory" where up to 16 teams are racing around a circuit in an attempt to finish first and trying not to crash. There was even one drummer multitasking at the sound of the drum beat.... smiling.... and flashing her bare butt.... all at the same time in front of my lens!

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Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival - June 16,17, 2007 - Photo:ArrWee

Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta

Started at Expo 86, the Dragon Boat Festival has grown into a world class event that celebrates multiculturalism that draws about 90,000 people from around the globe. Not only approximately 180 teams are to race, it's a great family event that include children/family activities, live music and the "Taste of the Festival" where you can experience different types of food around the world. From satay skewers from Thailand to sashimi from Japan and of course, ice cold beer, all I can say is I can't wait!

Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee

With that said, I volunteered this past weekend to drive the referee and marshalling boats at the Dragon Boat Regatta to prepare for the actual Dragon Boat Festival on June 16-17. It was a crazy hot weekend when somehow the long, long Winter became Summer in a hurry with the absence Spring. Anyhow, Vancouver welcomes everyone and I should mention that this year for the first time, THE ADMISSION IS FREE so make sure you be there!

Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee

Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee

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Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee

Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee
Vancouver Dragon Boat Regatta, June 2nd 2007 - Photo:arrWee

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