Victoria’s premiere Asian cultural festival and a world class dragon boat racing event is celebrating its 17th anniversary this weekend.
Vancouver Island paddlers will be the ones to look out for this year, as the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society has purchased a Merlin Excalibur paddle, “Fitted with special data sensors, the paddle gives athletes detailed information about how they can use their bodies to most efficiently power a boat. Teams that sign up for a clinic using the paddle will definitely have a leg up on the competition,” says Tom Arnold, coach of the Gorging Dragons.
The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival brings together 90 teams, 2,400 paddlers, and 80,000 spectators, over three days, August 12-14, hosting one of the only dragon boat races courses in North America to take place in a working harbour. M