No Regrets: 2017 Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

What. A. Weekend.

On the weekend of June 24, we raced at the 29th annual Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, the biggest dragon boat festival in North America hosted by Dragon Boat BC, with approximately 200 teams and over 150,000 paddlers! The festival kicked off on Friday night, June 23, with an opening ceremony and charity races. Along with the races throughout the weekend, there was non-stop entertainment on the main stage, vendors from various companies, and activities all around Concord Pacific Place and Creekside Park.

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)

 

The UBC Thunderbirds Dragon Boat SC got up early on Saturday morning, mentally focused for a full-day of racing. We were participating in the Mixed Division as UBC TSC, and merged with our AMS team, UBC Thunder, for the Women’s and Open Division. We met at the racers village of the event, unpacked, and warmed up for our first race of the day. On Saturday, we had a total of 2 Mixed Division races, 2 Women’s Division races, 1 Open race, and 1 Women’s Guts & Glory race (2km). Teams would have to qualify for the Women’s Guts & Glory by being the top 12 Women’s teams of the festival. Similarly, mixed teams would have to qualify for the Mixed Guts & Glory by being the top 18 teams of the festival.

On Sunday, we kicked off with a Women’s Semi-finals heat, which everyone in the team (including guys) showed up early for! Sunday was the day that mattered the most, the day of “final” races. We qualified for the Mixed Division Competitive A Championship, Women’s Competitive Championship, Open Championship, and the Mixed Guts & Glory (2km).

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)

 

The Mixed Division Competitive A Championship, was one of the most exhilarating races of the weekend with the top 6 teams finished within 1 second, where we came in 4th overall. Our Women’s crew came in 3rd place overall in the Women Competitive Championship, and 2nd place overall in the Women’s Guts & Glory. Our Open crew came in 5th place overall in the Open Championship. Finally, we came in 4th place overall in the Mixed Guts & Glory.

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)

 

It was stated before, and it is going to be stated again: What. A. Weekend. We gave it everything we got, and paddled our hearts out. With that being said, this is not the end, the road to the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships continues!  Next up: Harrison Dragon Boat Festival on July 22nd!

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)

 

Saturday Results

Mixed Division Qualifiers Heat:

1. UBC Thunderbirds SC 2:03.151
2. Pemberton Bald Eagle 2:10.024
3. Dragon Hybrids 2:19.233
4. ShangLong Dragon Boat Team 2:20.968
5. Bridge City Blitz Gold 2:21.219
6. EDBRC River Rats 2:30.845
7. MT Promises 2:44.976

 

Mixed Division Heat 2:

1. FCRCC Premier 1:55.151
2. UBC Thunderbirds SC 1:55.218
3. DZ Premier 1:55.551
4. UBC Thunder 2:01.324
5. Northwind 2:02.658
6. Cal Dragon Boat 2:04.076

 

Women Division Heat 1:

1. UBC Thunder Women 2:11.695
2. VIP GD 50+ Women 2:17.267
3. VIP GD 60+ Women 2:21.938
4. Despirit Housewives 2:30.247
5. Abreast with FORT-itude 2:31.364
6. Northern Spirit 2:31.581
7. Oyster Point Dragons Women 2:31.748
8. SAINTS PRESERVE US 2:44.661

 

Women Division Heat 2 (Competitive):

1. CIBC OWL 48 2:09.151
2. FCRCC Premier Women 2:09.535
3. UBC Thunder Women 2:09.602
4. Wasabi Force 2:11.821
5. VIP GD 50+ Women 2:15.875
6. Pemberton Hens & Chicks 2:16.308
7. FCRCC Sr C Women 2:18.210
8. FLCC Fast & Furious 2:19.612

 

Open Semi-Final:

1. Jose’s Taco Truck 1:56.992
2. UBC Thunder 1:57.542
3. Jose’s Burrito Boat 2:04.082
4. Huge Fish 2:04.532
5. Dragon Zone DH Thunderbreaker 2:04.683
6. Los Angeles Racing Dragons 2:06.551
7. Ripple Effect Dragon Boat Team 2:10.855
8. Concord Pacific Flying Dragons 2:12.524
9. Dogwood Nothin Dragon Red 2:18.546

 

Women’s Guts & Glory (2km):

1. FCRCC Premier Women 10:46.183
2. UBC Thunder Women 10:52.852
3. CIBC OWL 48 10:55.214
4. Wasabi Force 11:13.245
5. Pemberton Hens & Chicks 11:32.273
6. VIP GD 50+ Women 11:43.924
7. FLCC Titanium 11:46.099
8. FCRCC Sr C Women 11:46.446
9. EDBRC – TSUNAMI 11:49.909
10. WAM Women 11:53.386
 11. FLCC Fast & Furious 11:55.192
 12. Bridge City Team Velocity Blue 11:57.086
 13. Wasabi Impact 11:57.501
 14. VIP GD 60+ Women 11:59.510

 

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)

 

Sunday Results

Women Division Semi-Final (Competitive/Recreational A):

1. CIBC OWL 48 2:11.028
2. UBC Thunder Women 2:12.896
3. FCRCC Sr C Women 2:21.555
4. FLCC Titanium 2:24.141
5. Bridge City Team Velocity Blue 2:25.042
6. Pemberton Hens & Chicks 2:25.409
7. VIP GD 60+ Women 2:26.076
8. Saggin’ Dragons 2:32.866

 

Mixed Divison Semi-Final (Competitive A/B/Recreational A):

1. UBC Thunderbirds SC 2:01.294
2. Dreadnought 2:01.644
3. Cal Dragon Boat 2:10.420
4. San Francisco Dragon Warriors 2:10.636
5. Bridge City Blitz Blue 2:12.121
6. Team LifeScan 2:13.423
7. Save on Food Dragonslayers 2:13.773
8. VIP GD 50+ mixed 2:18.845

 

Open Championship:

1. Jose’s Taco Truck 1:54.505
2. FCRCC Premier 1:55.623
3. LATITUDE 48 PADDLING CLUB OC20 1:55.757
4. DZ Premier 1:55.807
5. UBC Thunder 1:56.824
6. Jose’s Burrito Boat 1:57.792
7. EDBRC Got Gainz 2:01.829
8. Cal x UCSD 2:02.707
9. Huge Fish 2:03.614

 

Women’s Competitive Championship:

1. CIBC OWL48 2:02.213
2. FCRCC Premier Women 2:04.032
3. UBC Thunder Women 2:04.933
4. Wasabi Force 2:08.520
5. VIP GD 50+ Women 2:12.006
6. FCRCC Sr C Women 2:12.690
7. FLCC Titanium 2:15.143
8. FLCC Fast & Furious 2:15.844

 

Mixed Division Competitive A Championship:

1. DZ Premier 1:54.774
2. FCRCC Premier 1:55.008
3. CIBC One West 1:55.058
4. UBC Thunderbirds SC 1:55.625
5. Dreadnought 1:55.675
6. LATITUDE 45 PADDLING CLUB OC20 1:55.759
7. UBC Thunder 2:00.080
8. EDBRC Got Gainz 2:03.366

 

Mixed Guts & Glory (2km):

1. Dreadnought 9:51.780
2. FCRCC Premier 9:54.890
3. LATITUDE 45 PADDLING CLUB OC20 9:56.260
4. UBC Thunderbirds SC 9:57.030
5. CIBC One West 9:57.420
6. DZ Premier 10:05.770
7. UBC Thunder 10:44.990
8. Pemberton Bald Eagle 10:51.290
9. Team LifeScan 10:55.430
10. EDBRC – TSUNAMI 10:55.910
 11. Dreadnought II 10:57.990
 12. EDBRC Got Gainz 10:58.800
 13. Dragon Zone DH Thunderbreaker 11:00.090
 14. Cal Dragon Boat 11:00.220
15.  Starbucks Waverunners 11:08.890
16.  San Francisco Dragon Warriors 11:24.570
17.  Northwind 11:28.730
18.  AeroDragons Dragon Boat Club 11:44.120

 

PC: (Ed Nguyen Photography)