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  • 18 Aug 2019 7:15 PM | Philip Spencer


  • 18 Aug 2019 3:06 PM | Philip Spencer

      *****SUNSET PADDLE*****

    You don't want to miss the BDBC SUNSET PADDLE!!  The weather forecast is for bright sun (until it sets)!  Bring your smiles, your cameras, and good humour.  We will take 2 boats, and there is still lots of room, so get signed up if you haven't already and bring a friend.  Let's fill the boats with 2 big, happy BDBC crews!!


    * This Tuesday, Sept 20

    * Arrive at Harbourview by 7:15; leave the dock at 7:30

    * Sunset is at 8:07

    If a weather change forces the postponement of this event another e-blast will be sent out, so stay tuned and check your email, the calendar, and blogs on the website.

    Paddles Up!

    Phil Spencer

  • 18 Aug 2019 8:43 AM | Philip Spencer


    GREAT NEWS:  We have the opportunity to take 2 boats to Sharbot Lake for our Fall Excursion.  We presently have 22 registered + 1 guest and others waiting to hear of the 2nd boat.

    It is critical to receive...


    to determine that 2 boats make sense. 

    The plan is to have available a Saturday afternoon casual paddle, depending on numbers, then our scheduled 10 a.m. Sunday paddle and lunch at the famous Maples Restaurant overlooking Sharbot Lake.

    There will be a follow up email with additional details.  This event  was VERY well received 2 years ago so don't miss out.  REGISTER NOW!!

    Any questions should be directed to:

    Doug Harrison at:     or  613-968-1232


  • 5 Aug 2019 10:48 AM | Philip Spencer


    2 New Open Sessions have been added on:

    Monday, August 12, 9 a.m. and Monday, August 19, 9a.m. with Shawnee and Phil.  The Board has added these  sessions at   the request of members to provide another 9 a.m. weekday paddle.  Come on out and show us that this is a good idea!

    Sunset Paddle:  Tuesday, August 20th at 7:45 p.m.  This popular event is returning and will include guests free of charge (please register guests on the website).  A maximum of 2 boats will go out. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear sky!

    We meet at 7:45, we are on the water at 7:55 and in station on the bay for the sunset at 8:14.  Bring your cameras/phones and high spirits.  Chatting on the boat is encouraged! 

    Nature/Marsh/Photo Paddle:  Monday, August 26 at 9 a.m.

    We will tour the shoreline, marshes and coves looking for photo opportunities.  Bring your phones and cameras and take your best shot(s)!  You may bring a guest free of charge (register on the website)  and once again, chatting is encouraged on the boat!  Up to 2 boats will go out.

    August is the height of our summer folks!  Get out on the water and enjoy your dragon boats and your dragon boat buddies!

    Paddles Up!!

    Phil Spencer


  • 5 Jul 2019 12:51 PM | Philip Spencer

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    WHAT'S UP??

    The season is in full swing now and the weather for the last 2 weeks has been a giant improvement!  I have even heard a few complaining that "It is too hot!  It's the Canadian way, lol.  Following are a few announcements for events coming up  shortly and a few catch up reports for club events which have already taken place.

    NEW MEMBERS:  As of the July long weekend, new members can join for the remainder of the season for $125.00.  There are 2 and a half months of paddling left and these are by far the most popular months for club paddlers.  The water is warming, the flood waters are abating (although slowly) and the weather is warmer. It is the kind of summer weather we all dream about as we sit inside during the winter time.

    Make sure you get out and paddle, and if you wish to bring friends, then register them on the website and they can come too.  They will, however, be expected to pay a fee of $5.00.

    MURRAY CANAL PADDLE AND POTLUCK LUNCH:  This is to take place on Sunday, July 14th.  Departure time is 10 a.m. and it is a great way to get in some relaxed paddling as we work our way to the Brighton Road Bridge over the Murray Canal.  Chatting in the boat is encouraged and the food is always great!   If Mary Linnett stays on her schedule of recovery, we will have her on the coach's seat (no pressure Mary)....and if that weren't enough, the food is fantastic!  For more detail, see the e-blast sent out earlier this month, or find it in the Blog section of the website.

    TECHNICAL SESSIONS:  There will be 2 more sessions coming up soon, as advertised in the recent e-blast sent out by Tricia Boehme.  Take advantage of this  friendly opportunity to improve your stroke!

    HEAT STROKES COME UP BIG!!:  On June 8th, Coach Miles LeClair took the Heat Strokes race team to represent BCBC in the Peterborough Festival.  The team acquitted itself well as it worked it's way through the qualifying heats.  In the semi-final the team was edged by Fleet of Foot, but in the final, Coach Miles called a perfect race plan and the racers did exactly as they were told.....go figure!!  The Heat Strokes defeated Fleet of Foot by a few benches and Cobourg by almost a boat length to take first place in the Open Mixed Divisionl.  The medals and ribbons were handed out and the trophy (a carved wooden paddle) is in the shed over the car key tray. CONGRATULATIONS HEAT STROKES!!

    REMINDERS FOR SIGN UP AND CANCELLING OUT OF SESSIONS:  Paddlers have done a great job getting signed up for sessions and the Board congratulates you for being diligent with this.  If you need to cancel, please refer to the "Members" section on the website.  It is just 3 steps and very easy.  If you want to sign up or cancel within 24 hours of the session, go to the "Directory" and send your coach a brief message. 

    ON THE WALL:  On the shed wall, to the left of the door, you will notice a new mission statement and schedule in the red framed box.  It is in BIG PRINT in order to better the serve the predominant demographic of our club!

    ON THE POLE:  It is late arriving (supposed to be here this week) but a new flag will be hoisted shortly to replace the one which is now tattered and tired.  Keep your eyes peeled.  There will be a difference (.....tease)!

    ON THE HORIZON:  The Board will look at keeping one boat in the water for an extra 2 weeks after the paddling schedule is officially over so that members have the opportunity to organize their own outings.  More on this later!

    That's all for now!! Get out and enjoy the best part of the season!

    Phil Spencer


  • 26 Jun 2019 8:40 AM | Philip Spencer

    Brighton Dragon Boat Club – Murray Canal Pot Luck Lunch  & Paddle

    The annual Pot Luck Lunch Paddle will be held on Sunday, July 14.

    Those who have participated before know that we have a great 1 hour paddle (slowly and with lots of stops) to the first bridge on the Murray Canal. There we disembark for a pot luck lunch at the picnic tables.

    There are indoor washrooms at the canal stop.

    Your food, whatever you decide to bring, will be transported for you in cars and will be waiting at the canal stop.

    After lunch and some down time, we get back in the boat(s) and paddle home.

    The whole outing starts at 10:30 at the clubhouse, and is usually finished by 1:30 latest.

    We have room for 40 paddlers in the two boats, so please sign up online for the Sunday, July 14 session if you are interested in participating.

    This is a great social.....a friendly paddle and a great lunch...don't miss it!

  • 10 Jun 2019 9:08 AM | Philip Spencer


    The Brighton Dragon Boat Club invites you to "come and try it" on Saturday, June 22nd at 9 a.m.

    This session is open to all club members and any friends, relatives or acquaintances who have expressed interest in this sport.  If you are a member of the public seeing this, we welcome you as well!! 

    This 1 hour session will focus on technique and will not require any previous experience, expertise or fitness level. 

    We ask that you register for this session by contacting an existing member or by going to and using the "Contact Us" button located at the right of the top menu bar.

    Hope to see you there!!


  • 6 Jun 2019 10:12 AM | Philip Spencer


    Good Day Paddlers,

    As many of you know, but many may not, Mary Linnett underwent hip replacement surgery on June 4th.  She was due home yesterday and today will receive flowers from our club to help cheer her as she begins her recovery

    Mary has been a valued and active member of our club for 12 years as Head Coach, race team paddler, and coach of the Sunday Open Paddle. 

    On behalf of the entirety of Brighton Dragon Boat Club we wish Mary a full and speedy recovery, and hope to see her out on the coach seat before too long.

    Phil Spencer


  • 27 May 2019 5:58 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    We want all paddlers to have a great experience with our UNIQUE club. Please review the calendar and determine which sessions you wish to join. When you click on the session, it will allow you to register for it and secures your seat. You will receive an email confirming your booking which gives peace of mind that it was successfully done. You can book sessions a month in advance and as many as you like. Please note the session is locked the night before it occurs which will prevent you from registering. If you see it isn't full, consider showing up anyway.

    Open Schedule


    Tuesday 6:00am

    Wednesday 8:00am

    Thursday 6:00am

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00am

    Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about our club programs or website. We want HAPPY paddlers!!

     Paddles Up!

  • 15 May 2019 4:06 PM | Philip Spencer


    When you arrive at Harbourview for a paddling session, please avoid parking anywhere in the parking lot to the west of the cafe.  This is reserved for cafe patrons only and it is part of our agreement with Harbourview that we do not use this space.  Please park on the grass boulevard on the north side of Bay Street, or on the side of Baldwin Street.

    Thank you and happy paddling!

    Phil Spencer



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