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!!