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  • 21 Mar 2018 9:18 PM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    WAKEY WAKEY DRAGON BOATERS!!

    Spring is officially here and soon all the snowbirds will start trickling home from the south, and those of us hunkered down over the winter will come out of hibernation.
    It's time to think about dragon boating again!

    Our Board has been meeting over the fall and winter, and good beginnings have been made in several areas.  Committees are in place and the club's activities are scheduled. Very shortly the paddle schedule, in it's third revision by Head Coach Mary Linnett, will be available online.  The website has received significant  updates by JL Neilson, most of which are operational procedures, with one very important exception.....we think we will have a much better way for paddlers to withdraw from sessions online without resorting to phone calls, texts or emails to the session's coach.  Hallelujah!!

    Some bad news:  The Board has felt it necessary to make a modest fee increase of $10 to ensure that we cover costs.  A regular membership will be $160 and racers will pay an extra $110.  If there is any surplus it will go back into the club for new paddles or other equipment. End of bad news!!

    Following is a quick rundown of some important events for BDBC 2018:

    1.  Boat cleaning will occur in the latter part of April, exact date to be announced.  This will be done in preparation for our annual Open House, and for an early launch which will go as early in May as possible.  Docks can be installed when the way to our ramp is cleared of sailboats and other docks.

    2.  Open House will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the YMCA in Brighton.  Come out and reconnect with paddling buddies, get information on the club, and register for the season (if you haven't done so online after the first week of April).

    3.  Training Day for coaches and steers will be held on May 6th from 9 a.m. to noon.  

    4.  Try Paddling Days will take place May 26th from 9 a.m. to noon, and again on May 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have friends curious about dragon boating, bring them on out.....it's free!!

    5.  Open Paddle sessions will once again be at the heart of our club activities this year.  There will be several sessions operating through the week providing ample opportunity for members to paddle.  The exact schedule is under development and will be announced soon.

    6.  The Heat Strokes race team will once again be competing under the expert supervision of Coach Tricia Boehme, who will be looking for new ways to flog her supplicants to even greater heights.  Race team practices will be run Monday and Thursday evenings.

    7.  Technical Sessions for any BDBC paddler interested will also be offered again this year, with Coach Tricia instructing.  Tricia will be attending 2 weeks in Myrtle Beach in early April...1 week coaching and 1 week paddling with world class Coach and President of Dragon Boat Canada, Scott Murray....so will no doubt have cool new ideas to help all BDBC paddlers improve technique.

    8.  Our Brighton Community Dragon Boat Festival is back this year (We are assuming that Lake Ontario levels will be normal) and so our Festival Committee began planning and reaching out to participating teams in February.  The Festival will take place on Saturday, June 23rd.

    All events listed above occur early in the season, with others to follow, such as The Murray Canal Paddle (July 15th), Sunset Paddles, the Fall Camping Trip, a possible River Run, the AGM and the Applefest Parade.

    This is just a bare bones view of our season, but no doubt there will be several pop-up events likely to occur!

    There is fun to be had, so get thinking of dragon boating and show up at our Open House on April 28th.  Let's get  this party started!!

    Paddles Up!

    Phil Spencer
    President, BDBC


  • 2 Nov 2017 9:25 PM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    Greetings Paddlers!

    The boats and dock have long been put to bed and the Autumn leaves are pretty much all down.   I am taking this opportunity to communicate with you now and will do so a number of times before the 2018 paddling season opens.

    Your Board continues to meet in the Board Room of the Lighthouse Wealth Management Centre.  We heartily thank Gary and Dave Sharp for making their facility available to us.  It is centrally located, beautifully appointed and suits our needs perfectly.  It was during our first meeting here that we assigned roles for the 2017/2018 Board of Directors.  It follows.

    President - Phil Spencer 

    Vice President - Susan Walker 

    Past President - Doug Harrison

    Administration -  Joe Belford

    Assets Manager - Mike Hewton

    Head Coach - Mary Linnett

    Recruitment & Retention - Kim Burns

    Secretary - May Haslam

    Treasurer - Lucie Cossette

    The Board has prepared the strategic plan for the upcoming season and I will outline the highlights in a subsequent letter.  My intent in this newsletter is to inform BDBC members of fitness opportunities that exist in the area that can help paddlers actively pass the winter and attain a good fitness level by the time paddling begins in May.  Many of us think about off season exercise programs but very often the hardest part is getting started.  That's why it helps to plug into programs that already exist or are about to begin.

    Here are some ideas:

    1. Saturday Insanity:  This is a 1 hour workout currently running at the YMCA in Brighton every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. (Note the change from last year which was Sunday at 9).  Anna-Lisa Barnes organizes and leads the session which incorporates full body and cardio, with a focus on core strengthening.  The session is free after purchasing a membership to the YMCA (or you may pay $8/visit).  Show up at the Y or contact Anna-Lisa

    2.  Yoga Classes with GetYoga (Trenton):  Get a group together or go on your own.  The cost is $100 for 10 classes.  The schedule can be flexible.  Call your friends and check out the following link.  http://getyoga.ca/studio-schedule?

    Don't want to make the trip to Trenton?  The YMCA in Brighton offers Yoga Classes as well.  Phone 613-475-2887 or check out www.ymcanorthumberland.com>Brighton

    3.  Pilates Classes with Roz Gomez (Trenton):  There are several classes offered per week.  Go on your own or convince your friends to join you.  Don't have any friends?  Maybe you will find some after checking out http://pilateswithroz.com/locations/

    4.  The Gym (Trenton):  Offers a variety of fitness programs, in an individual and group context.  Contact them at 613-392-1825 or email at belong@the gym.one

    5.  Pool Paddling with PDBC:  Get wet in the winter!  You will have to organize a small group and contact the Pickering Dragon Boat Club to find out if there is space and what fee is being charged.  You would be training with racers, but you don't have to be one.  If you are keen for off season technical training, this could be for you.   http://pdbc.ca/club/ostp-specialized.html

    6.  Training Camps:  There are two dragon boat training camps offered in April, one in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and one in Florida.  These include on-water technical training,  on-water paddle workouts, gym workouts, and video review.  There are on-water sessions both morning and afternoon.  A training camp is a challenging week of training...a great jump start to your 2018 paddling season.  Here are the links:

    Pickering Dragon Boat Club (DBC) is April 8-14, North Myrtle Beach

    http://www.pdbc.ca/club/springtrainingweek.html

    Great White North (GWN) is early April, Florida (Also offers steering and coaching clinics)  http://www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=training-camp&1=1

    I hope that this list helps you find an activity that will improve your fitness for next spring and keep you looking forward to your first paddle of 2018!  If you have off-season ideas that would benefit BDBC paddlers, please share.

    My next newsletter will deal with the Club's plans for next season.

    Until then,

    Phil Spencer, President, BDBC



  • 29 Aug 2017 4:04 PM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    WELL,  HELLO PADDLERS!

    AUGUST HAS BEEN BUSY FOR BDBC......AND THERE'S MORE TO COME!!

    This will be a backwards newsletter.  First I will highlight upcoming events, then report on past events of the month.....just because! 

    COMING EVENTS:

    ANOTHER SUNSET PADDLE...WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st.  LAST ONE!!

    SHARBOT LAKE PADDLING ADVENTURE SEPTEMBER 9 & 10Doug Harrison just sent out a detailed email to members with all necessary information.  Give this another read and consider signing up.  The paddle venue is  new and will no doubt provide a unique experience, There is lots of opportunity to mix and laugh with (or at) other club members and you can paddle both Saturday and Sunday, or just one of the days.  You can camp or you can bunk in at a country inn.  There are so many options!  Choose one that works for you and SIGN UP! 

    THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGTuesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m.This year's AGM will be held at the Harbourview Cafe with lots of appetizers provided by the Club, and like previous years,  we all buy our own drinks.  

    But get this! 

    There will be a draw for a free regular membership for the 2018 paddling season.  You have to attend the meeting to be eligible and you have to be there for the draw.  Think about it....you just might get lucky!!  

    BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED:  There will be 3 or 4 board members retiring this year, so we will be looking for members to join the Board of Directors and help run the club.  If you have an interest here and would like to make a difference then please report your interest to any of our Board members as soon as possible.  If numbers warrant then there will be an election at the AGM.  Successful candidates will become part of the Board;  specific roles and positions will be sorted out at the following meeting.

    We do need your help....please think about it!!

    APPLEFEST PARADE, Saturday, September 23:  Once again we will be entering a float in the Applefest Parade.  It will consist of  Nakoma (yellow boat to those who are name resistant) perched on the trailer, all dolled up with balloons, the head and tail, the drum (complete with drummer....yet to be selected), and many happy BDBC members walking alongside.  The parade's theme is Canada's 150th, and Cathy Hewton is figuring out how we are going to do that.  Maybe she'll cook something....mmm....okay, I'm coming for sure!

    But we need lots of bodies in order to look like the healthy and vibrant club that we are....Get in touch with Cathy Hewton and get your marching orders!

    PAST EVENTS THIS MONTH

    COACH AND STEER APPRECIATION BBQ:  This past Sunday Mike and Cathy Hewton graciously hosted a BBQ for the coaches, steers and board members who volunteered their time over the season.  As usual the discussion ranged from dragon boating.....to dragon boating.  It was a merry affair, all were well fed and watered (just an expression) and arrived home safely.  Thank you very much Mike and Cathy!! 

    SUNSET PADDLE AND WATER DAY:  Both of these events went very well with approximately 46 members involved in each event.  The weather cooperated perfectly for the Sunset Paddle and 2 boat loads of paddlers watched the big red ball drop in the west.  A special prize was awarded for the best sunset photo awarded to Charlene Rivais Marcus.  Special thanks goes to JL Neilsen for organizing and promoting the event, to  Anna-Lisa Barnes and Adrian Nelson for steering, and to Mary Robertson for coaching.   It went so well that there will be another opportunity offered this Wednesday, August 31st,  so sign up to get a seat!

    Mother Nature was not so kind for Water Day, with strong winds making events very challenging.   Our gang was up for it, though, and all water and land events were completed by noon so that the serious work of chowing down on hot dogs and hamburgers could begin.  An added treat was the 10th Anniversary cake which is prominently displayed on our Home Page.  Special thanks go to Mary Linnett for organizing food and to Shirley and Duane Bach for supplying all BBQ equipment and cooking, to Doug Harrison and Barb Michno for steering, to Carolyn Campbell and Mark Penney for being captains, and to Adrian Nelson for delivering special announcements on his unicycle!   By the purest of coincidences the competition between the Piranhas and the Crusaders ended in a draw!  Go figure!! 

    HEAT STROKES EARN A SILVER MEDAL IN THE WOODSTOCK REGATTA:  On Saturday, August 12, the Heat Strokes competed with 48 other teams in Woodstock Ontario.  All teams ran 500m heats and were seeded into six different divisions.  The Heat Strokes were seeded in the Platinum Division, which is comprised of the top 8 teams in the regatta.  The team ran in the 500m final against 4 other teams and came second by mere hundredths of a second in a very close race.  All four boats finished within a very tight 1/2 second window!   

    Being one of the top eight teams in the regatta, the Heat Strokes also participated in the 2K (two kilometer) race.  In the staggered start our team began in 7th place but during the course of the race managed to move up to 5th!  5th out of 48.....pretty awesome for a community team from a small club!  Kudos to our awesome coach, Tricia Bhoeme!  Go Heat Strokes!!

    WELL THAT'S ABOUT IT...... BUT THERE IS STILL SOME FUN TO BE HAD!!  

    SIGN UP FOR THE SHARBOT LAKE PADDLE!!

    GET OUT AND ENJOY THE LAST BIT OF THE SEASON!!

    PADDLES UP!!


    Phil Spencer

    President, BDBC


  • 15 Jun 2017 10:59 AM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    “Our club is growing, with an ever growing membership standing at 94.  Welcome to new and long-standing members, alike. ”

    It has been a very challenging spring with record rainfall and records high water levels on Lake Ontario,  and it seems like ages since our Open House in April, but our paddle program has gone ahead.  We lost some paddlers from last year but signed up 26 new members so far this year for a net increase of 8 paddlers.  Our membership now stands at 94!  Very nice!  Congratulations to JL and the recruitment team for a very successful Open House and Try It events, and welcome to all new members!

    Dock Challenges

    Keeping the dock stable has been a challenge this spring but Mike Hewton has managed to keep pace with the rising water levels by raising the dock 4 times to keep weight on the legs so it wouldn't be swept away.  Just look to the west of our club’s shed and see what happens when a dock loses its footing!  This has allowed all of our coaches, steers, and paddlers to go out since early May while Belleville and other local clubs didn't get in the water until June.  Speaking of boats in the water, special mention goes to our determined 6 a.m. paddlers steered by Doug Harrison and coached by Mary Robinson, Lucie Cossette and JL Neilsen for their high attendance and dedication.  Let's hope they stay on track and keep snapping those shots of sunrises for those of us still in bed at that hour.

    Technical Sessions

    These sessions led by Tricia Boehme have been well attended by members at all levels of the sport.  Paddlers always appreciate how Tricia breaks down the stroke so that they can understand and progress.  We have intentionally loaded the Technical Sessions into the early part of the schedule so that paddlers can develop some positive technical proficiencies that they can practice all season.  There will be one more session scheduled soon so sign up early to get on the boat.

    Paddle Session Withdrawal

    If you have changed your mind about paddling please notify the coach the day before the session will take place.  This allows the coach to accurately judge whether or not to cancel the session on the Hotline.  The procedure for withdrawing from a session was sent out a couple of weeks ago, and can now be found on the Home Page of the website in the Blog Post section.  The Coach/Steer list is not reproduced in the Blog section as it is a public, not just a club, format.  Your attention in this area would be much appreciated.

    Support for Paddle Sessions

    Our Head Coach, Mary Linnett, has added sessions to what was an already very generous paddle schedule from last year.  The intent is to provide more paddling opportunities for all members in general and for people who work in particular.  Please have a look at all sessions, and particularly the Sunday session at 6 p.m. and the Wednesday session at  6:30 p.m., and support them if you can.  These are offered outside of the work day for working members and we hope paddlers can take advantage of them.  After the first week of July, the Board will decide whether or not to keep coaches and steers committed to these times or ask them to serve in other time slots.

    Boats

    Our two BUK boats will remain at our main dock, and our little boat, now named Minion, has been launched and tucked in a corner of the marina for use by small crews.  We hope that the availability of the small boat, on days where we have just 6 or 7 paddlers, will enable a paddling session to go ahead.  Our 2 newest BUK’s, Draco and Nakoma, plus our older BUK boat will be rented to the Trenton Festival to be held on Saturday, July 15th.   The big new graphics will course up and down the river proudly advertising our vibrant club and its members.  Payment will go into the BDBC account to help with future expenses and projects.


    Festival Racing - Peterborough Festival

    The Brighton Heat Strokes,  led by the intrepid Tricia Boehme, entered its first festival of the season in Peterborough on June 10th.  There were 67 teams in the competition.  Through timed heats, all teams were seeded into categories and the Heat Strokes ended up in the 400m final against the 4 other fastest teams of the day.  The Heat Strokes were in the thick of it, jockeying positions with other teams, and ended up gaining in the last few metres to capture second place, one second behind the Pickering team.....a pretty good result considering that Pickering is a Sport Club of 80 plus racers, and Brighton is a Community Team of 25 racers.  The Heat Strokes were a close second out of 67 teams......but the drama was not over!!  To close out the day, the 5 out of town teams went into a 200m knockout competition.  Teams raced and whichever team came last was out, while the rest lined up immediately to race again.  Through the first 3 heats, the Heat Strokes easily advanced to the final match race with….. you guessed it……Pickering!  IT WAS GAME ON!!  The horn went and the paddles dug in.  Heat Strokes had a great start and both teams raced neck and neck down the course.  In the final 50 meters, Pickering edged ahead slightly to take the race by .5 of a second....Brighton was second again, but with a very fine showing!  Congratulations both to the Pickering racers and the Brighton Heat Strokes!!

    “... AND NOW, IT'S TIME TO ANNOUNCE ... ”

    10th Anniversary - Water Day!!

    We are injecting some fun into our summer with a special 10th Anniversary WATER DAY celebration!  This will include any and all members belonging to our club.  It will be held on Saturday, August 19th and be a social event filled with several light-hearted competitions.  They may include events such as the Upside-down Paddle Race (you will get wet),  the Stare Down Power Match (teams of up to 10 fill half a boat and face each other…paddles up…game on!),  the Drum Competition (aspiring drummers find your beat on our dragon boat drums while team members pulse and gyrate), the Blindfolded Paddler Race, and other forms of on-the-water hijinks.  We plan to make arrangements for food on our traditional festival site east of Harbourview Café, and when all is finished, I am told that Jennie and Bill serve alcoholic beverages in the Harbourview Cafe....Who knew!?!?!

    So keep Saturday, August 19th open.  More details will follow.

    Phil Spencer

    President, Brighton Dragon Boat Club


  • 14 Jun 2017 11:27 AM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    If you are unable to make it to a paddle session for which you are registered, you are asked to inform the coach of that session by contacting him/her in one of the following ways the day before the paddle.

    A.  Use the internal message system in the BDBC website and send a brief message. (see members email sent out on June 14 AM).

    B.  Use an email address on the Coach/Steer list and send a brief message.*

    C.  Use a cell number on the Coach/Steer list and send a brief text message.*

    *  The Coach/Steer contact list was supplied previously via club email and is located under the members only page on the website.  You will only be able to see this if you are a registered member and have logged in.  Look for the link to the 2017 Coach Steer Contact list.

    Option A.  Using the Website Message System

    Firstly, if after logging in, you do not see the word DIRECTORY in the horizontal menu bar under the pictures, choose option B or C.

    Steps:

    1.  Go to the BDBC website and log in

    2.  On the horizontal menu bar under the picture click on DIRECTORY

    3.  Scroll through the names which are listed alphabetically by surname.  There are 50 names per page, so the last half of the alphabet is on page 2.

    4.  Locate your coach's name and click on it

    5.  A Send message button will appear beside the name. 

    5.  Click this button and a standard email window will appear.

    6.  Write your message and click on send.

    This process is very easy and quick to use as the email address is preloaded and so does not need not to be entered.  Your message will show up in the coach's regular email.

    To use Options B and C, consult the following Coach and Steer Contact List.  All coaches use email and most use text messaging.


  • 6 May 2017 2:17 PM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    Hi!

    So you’ve registered as a member of the Brighton Dragon Boat Club, received your welcome letter, and gone online to set up your account and reset your password. Now you’re ready to sign up for a paddling session!

    To our returning members: the website looks a little different than it did last year, so indulge us and have a look at these instructions. It might save you a minute or two of frustration. To all our new members: Welcome! We hope you find the notes below useful. As always, please let us know if something isn’t working. We want the sign-ups to be quick, easy, and efficient, so you can concentrate on having a good time on the water.

    Sign-Up Steps

    The first step is to login.  Click on the login link located in the top right hand corner of the site (outline in red in the picture below).  On the home page of the website, you will see a banner across the top of the page. Click on “Events” to see the session or activity for which you wish to sign up.

     

     You’ll be taken to a page that lists the events. To see the calendar version, click on “Switch to Calendar View” on the upper right-hand side of the page (outlined in red in the picture below), or if you prefer, use the list and scroll down to find the session want to register for.

    Note in the picture below, if you use the list you will find the registration button for the session listed.  Simply click on the registration button to start the registration process.


    Using the calendar view, click on the session that you wish to attend. You will be taken to the following page, which shows you more details about the event:


    Click on “Register”, on the bottom left-hand corner of the page (outline in red in the above picture), and the next thing you’ll see is your membership information.

    Click “Next”.

    You will be asked to confirm your sign-up details. If everything is OK, click on “Confirm”.

    You will receive an immediate confirmation and email confirming your registration.

    That’s it! You’re done!

    Notes:

    For those of us used to the “one click - you’re registered” process, the multiple steps may seem a little cumbersome. Once you get used to the process, it really is very fast, and we’re working on making it more efficient!  The extra steps provide us with an added level of security and prevent us from receiving spam mail.


  • 17 Apr 2017 7:04 PM | Brighton Dragon Boat Club (Administrator)

    Well.....Hello There Brighton Dragon Boaters!!

    I am writing to update you on our winter projects and to welcome you to the Brighton Dragon Boat Club 2017!  We have some cool new stuff to play with!

    The first thing that you should notice is our new and slick website.  It is the result of many hours of meetings and consultations, and many more hours of searching, analyzing and testing.  The Website Committee consists of JL Neilson, Jo Gray, Cathy Hewton, and me, Phil Spencer.  JL is the chair of our committee and the digital heavy hitter of the group.  She enthusiastically and methodically distilled all of our comments and website desires to find an effective and elegant solution that should very capably serve our club long into the future.  Assisting JL in shaping features and functions of the new website were Jo Gray and Cathy Hewton, both of whom provided excellent feedback and suggestions all through the process. Phil Spencer served on the committee as head cheer leader and token male.  He nodded and smiled to all comments and served refreshments.   The website will be launched bare bones to handle membership payment, session sign up, club and contact information, but will be steadily expanded throughout the season.  When you open it up you will be treated to several scrolling pictures on the Home Page.  You might well be in one of them!  Cheers to the website committee for a job very well done!

    Next, I wanted to thank all of you for your excellent response to our “Name the Boats Survey”.  We have 90 plus members in our club and the response rate to the survey were over 80 members.  Awesome!  So the boats now have names.  The white boat is Draco (pronounced Drayco, emphasis on the first syllable) and the yellow boat is Nakoma (emphasis on the second syllable sounds like Tacoma, Washington). 

    Speaking of boats, they are newly retrieved from Gananoque where they underwent significant refurbishment....and just last week both boats were tarted up with entirely new graphics from head to tail....and..... you guessed it...the new names are on the bows.   When you see the boats you will see our Club name in BIG PRINT accompanied by our club logo and surrounded in dragon skin.  On the sides near the stern is a tribute to our 10th anniversary.  To get a peek go to the club's Facebook page.  The cover photo is of the yellow boat strutting its stuff!  It has attitude!

    Lastly, you should drop in on our Open House on Saturday, April 22nd at the YMCA between 10 and 2.  You can register for the upcoming season, chat with fellow paddlers, learn details of the paddling schedule and talk to race team representatives!  You will know you have arrived at the correct venue if you see a newly dolled up dragon boat parked at the curb.

    It's spring now....so dig out your paddling gear, check out our Open House and catch up with dragon boat news from your favourite paddling buddies! 

    We're on the water early May!

    Phil Spencer

    President, BDBC


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