Brighton Dragon Boat Club

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  • 21 Feb 2019 8:50 PM | Philip Spencer

    We are getting close folks and the pieces are coming together....not by chance but by steady attention over the winter by your Board of Directors and other dedicated BDBC members!  


    This was announced in the January Newsletter, and thanks to Tom King, is now a reality!  Tom has supplied instructions on how members should register to take advantage of the discount. He worked hard to make the instructions simple enough so that even a Digital Luddite such as myself could follow.  Here they are.

    Step 1.  You need to first go to our website. Type  into your internet search to reach our website.

    If you are an existing member (your 2018 membership extends from April 2, 2018 to April 1, 2019)

    Step 2.  Click on the "Log in" button at the top right hand corner

    Step 3.  Enter your e-mail address (even Phil got this one) and your password.  If enduring the polar vortexes and bouts of freezing rain over the winter has caused you to forget your password, have no fear.  Press the "Forgot Password" button and we will send you a temporary password which you can use to get in and reset a new password of your choice.  Have some fun; you're a dragon boater so pick something adventurous as your password.

    Step 4.  Once step 3 is completed our Home Page will show up.  Click on the Tab "Join Us".

    Step 5.  The screen will indicate that you are already a member (which you are until March 31, 2019).  Click "Edit your member profile".

    Step 6. You will see a screen that reflects your membership profile.  Click on the button than says "Renew to April 1, 2020".

    Step 7.  The next screen will reflect your renewal as a regular or race member (as applicable) and your profile info below.  Make any changes to the profile info you consider appropriate and then press the "Update and next" button.  Read the waiver information by clicking on the link  If you are in agreement click on the box "I fully understand and accept the terms of the waiver agreement".

    Seventh inning stretch

    Step 8  The next screen summarizes your renewal information.  If there is an error press the "back" button and correct your profile.  If all is good you can either mail your payment in (i.e. press the button "invoice me") or make your payment online (press the button "Pay online").

    Step 9.  If you decide to pay online (which the majority of members do).  You will then be taken to a PayPal screen.  If you are a member of PayPal you can enter your information, or like the majority of us, you will want to pay with your credit card.  If the latter, press the button "Pay with a credit or Visa debit card".  If the latter a new screen will appear where you can enter your credit or Visa debit card info and make the payment.

    Congratulations, you are now a fully paid member for the 2019 season and will receive an e-mail confirming this.

    If you are just joining us for the first time (not you Phil)

    Step 2.  Click on the tab "Join us".

    Step 3.  You will see a screen which will allow you to pick from one of three options.  You can join the race team, become a regular member or if you are between the age of 13 and 17 inclusive (I can barely remember those years) you can join at a reduced rate.

    Step 4. Once you have chosen an option the next screen will request your e-mail address and to type in the box below the words/numbers appearing just below the box (apparently this is to make sure you are a real person).

    Step 5.  On the next screen enter your name, phone number, and emergency contact info (ignore the box for Avatar).  Read the waiver information by clicking on link  If you are in agreement click on the box "I fully understand and accept the terms of the waiver agreemet."

    Step 6.  Follow steps 8 and 9 above.

    Welcome to our club!  You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.


    Our Head Coach Tricia engineered this with the input and support of the Board, and the information collected through our survey.  We are reducing the number of  recreational paddle sessions per week, hoping to increase the number of paddlers per session, but making sure that as many days of the week are covered as possible.  We have rec paddles on 6 different days.  There is also a little more variety in start times. See the CALENDAR for all the details.


    Thanks to the dedication of Cathy Hewton and Jo Gray, we have all of the paddle sessions and events in the calendar for the entire season.  For those who don't know, each item has to be input manually and is a long and tedious job.  Check the website and see for yourselves.  Seeing it makes the upcoming season seem more real somehow.  Cathy and Jo also make adjustments to the calendar as needed throughout the season.  Thank you Cathy and Jo.  This is a great contribution!


    It's not brand new but pretty new.  It is a 2017 Champion from Mission Dragon Boats in Montreal.  It is a 10 person dragon boat and constructed very much like our big boats with a tunnel hull bottom rather than the flat bottom that our current small boat has. It will track much better and meets all IDBF standards.  I have just been notified that delivery will be Saturday, April 6th.  We will need 8 strong people to help unload as the boat will be on the top deck of a multiple tiered trailer.  Get doing your push ups!! 

    Everyone can see the new boat at the Open House, April 27th. 

    To see pictures of the boat use the link below and go to the 10 person dragon boat at bottom left of the 4 pictures.  Click on that and you will get several more pictures.

    This will be great for small crews!

    That is the big news for now folks.  Time to get off the couch, locate your paddle gear and do a few sit ups.  It won't be long now!

    And don't forget to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!


    Phil Spencer

  • 15 Aug 2018 1:43 PM | Philip Spencer

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    Back, by popular demand, is the SUNSET PADDLE!!

    It is difficult to plan too far ahead as the long range forecast is too subject to change.  I have had to give up on 2 prospective dates for this here is the latest!





    We picked Sunday because it is in the middle of a 3 day stretch of sunny weather.  Our hope is that this gives us a favourable buffer from any weather shift.  Fingers crossed!!




    Phil Spencer


  • 14 Aug 2018 12:40 PM | Philip Spencer

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    The Brighton Heat Strokes remain undefeated in the Trenton Dragon Boat Festival for the third year in a row!  Although the Festival included fewer teams this year, there was still stiff competition.  In previous years it came from the Ottawa Police, but this year it was from Belleville.  Nonetheless, the Heat Strokes prevailed to advance to and win the "A" Final.  The team was coached through the season by Tricia Boehme, but for the Trenton Festival, guest coach, Miles LeClair was at the helm.

    Congratulations Heat Strokes!!

    Three paddlers from The Brighton Heat Strokes missed the Trenton Festival as they travelled to Zseged, Hungary to compete in the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championship.  The paddlers, Tricia Boehme, Barb Michno and Phil Spencer paddled with Pickering Dragon Boat Club on several crews.  Each crew competed in three events: the 200m, the 500m and the 2K.  The result was outstanding as each came home with a generous assortment of gold, silver and bronze medals.  All 3 paddlers trained in Pickering for the last 18 months, but originally learned and honed their skills in our very own Brighton Dragon Boat Club! 

    Two of our upcoming events include The Murray Canal Potluck Paddle on August 12th, and the September Camping Excursion to Bon Echo Park on September 8th.

    The Murray Canal Excursion has been changed to the Government Dock Excursion due to the ongoing, and apparently unending, construction of the western bridge on the canal.  So, Head Coach, Mary Linnett, has secured permission for us to use the government dock, which suits our needs perfectly, and the route across the bay can be customized to suit the whims of paddlers, or most likely, the steers...... BUT WE NEED PADDLERS!!  Don't let the rest of the season slip by without doing something special.  Get on board!!

    Sign up, hiss.  A few paddlers have been guilty of signing up for sessions and then not showing up for the paddle.  This has resulted in the cancelling of a few sessions for small crews who needed everyone in order to go out.  The steer, coach, and some paddlers showed up, waited, and then had to go home.  SO....DON'T BE A PADDLE POOPER!!  If you can't make a session and you are past the website cancel deadline, send your coach a quick email on the website email system on the website under "Directory".  Please note that the Tuesday 6 p.m. paddle has been removed from the calendar because of poor attendance.

    Finally.....THE NEW BOARD for the 2019 will be formed at our Annual General Meeting on September 18th.  We have firm expressions of interest from 3 people and others are considering participating.  Our process is to form a group of 9 members (at the AGM) and then assign roles at the first official meeting in October.  If you feel that you would like to contribute to the running of the club, you should contact any Board member and express your interest!  There will be more information coming on this shortly.



    Paddles Up!

    Phil Spencer

  • 12 Jun 2018 5:51 PM | Cathy Hewton (Administrator)

    Festival Fun

    We are fast approaching our June 23rd Community Festival and we need your help!

    Anne Adams has offered to coordinate  and run the bake sale but she needs baking!

    We are looking for packaged items that will sell for $1.00. A couple of small muffins, 2,3, or 4 cookies (depending on the size), 2 squares or tarts, or whatever have have to offer. Use your own discretion!

    Please bring your items to Anne and her helpers under the big tent at 7:30 or 8 a.m. There will be Tim Hortons coffee and the paddlers can enjoy coffee and a treat before the races start at 8:30.

    Thanks you in advance for your contributions.


  • 5 Jun 2018 11:56 AM | Cathy Hewton (Administrator)



    It is virtually impossible to report on everything that has been done to get our season to where it is now, but I would like to thank as many people as possible for volunteering time and effort to make our club work.  

    Try It Events: Saturday and Wednesday

    People came out to give dragon boating a try and received a warm welcome from several of our club members and executive members who then organized them into boats for their first outing. There were several full boats on Saturday morning and another 3 full boats on Wednesday evening.  Estimates are that 20 or more new folks tried dragon boating over the 2 time slots.

    As a result, our Administration Director, Joe Belford, reports that we have 9 new members that have signed up.  Apparently there are more seriously considering joining, including a couple of young lads, who are keen to recruit some of their high school buddies.  Young people!  This bodes well for the future of our club!

    In running such an event, we rely on the participation of many people. 

    Club Members:  Several members from the club came out to fill seats in the boat so that new paddlers won't have to struggle to  get the boat moving.  They also welcome new people into the boat and offer helpful tips. The contribution of these members is not only essential but very community minded.  A big thank you goes out to Marion Bell, Mark Penney, Tom King, Carolyn Campbell, Steef Blom, Louise Lance, Linda Walas, Francis Bradley and Joanne Prins.  

    Kim Burns, Director of Recruitment and Retention, organized all advertising and media participation.  MY FM and The Brighton Independent were on site and MY FM intends to post pictures of the event to the station's Face Book page.  Other executive members who supported  the event include Joe Belford, Lucie Cossette, Cathy Hewton, and Technical Advisor, JL Nielsen. Thank you!

    Coach/Steer teams:  We don't go anywhere without these folks!  

    We have to thank May Haslam and Paavo Kivisto, Mary Robinson and Doug Harrison, Mary Linnett and Bob Marshall, and Cathy and Mike Hewton.  Thank you!

    Boat Preparation

    All three boats were brought out of hibernation in late April.  Each received a pressure wash by Mike and then Mary Linnet and Bob Marshall applied the bottom paint to Nakoma (the yellow boat) and Draco (large white boat).  Minion (little boat) didn't get any because supplies ran short.  She drew the short straw???

    Thank you bottom painters  (not to be confused with bottom feeders)!

    All three boats were then waxed by the determined crew of Peg Folsom, Therese Richter, and Louise Lance.  Wax On! Wax Off! Thank you ladies!

    Finally, seats in all 3 boats were sanded and treated with Thompson's Water Seal in an effort to protect them from the elements.  Volunteer workers were May and Haig Haslam.  May also gave the inside of Minion a good souring! Thank you!

    Dock Installation and Maintenance

    Mike Hewton is in charge of this and is assisted by any of us around who he can press into service.  This is always a chore; the dock has been raised once with the rising water level and is about to be raised again.  Without docks our club doesn't function.  If you bump into Mike be sure to thank him and comment on his sexy new truck!!  You might notice that he has a new swagger.  You da' man Mike!

    Mobile Clothing Store

    Doug Harrison will once again be fencing hot BDBC clothing out of the back of his car.  Read the recent e-blast and check out the blog section on the website to find out more.....and next time you are down at the docks, check out the new flag which was ordered and hoisted by Doug.  Thanks Doug!

    Technical Sessions

    Members, both veterans and new paddlers, have taken excellent advantage of Tricia Boehme's technical instruction.  It is very gratifying to see paddlers interested in getting better!  They learn to paddle with purpose, precision and power!  There are two more Technical Sessions on the calendar.

    Session Sign up and Cancellation

    As a paddler you can sign up for a session until 12 hours before is to take place.  If you are too late, you can use the Directory in the website and message the coach to see if there is still room (usually there is).  If there is, he or she will add you to the list and you can paddle.  If you want to just roll the dice and show up for the paddle unannounced, you can do that too.  If there is a bench open, you can fill it! If not, you can wave goodbye as the boat leaves the dock.

    Paddlers can cancel themselves from a session using the simple cancel process outlined in the Members section of the website, but must do so 24 hours in advance of the session in question.  If you have to cancel within that 24 hour window, then do it by finding the coach in the Directory and sending a brief message.  It is important that the coach knows.

    JL Neilsen has been back through all of the sessions on the calendar and reports that she can find no bugs which should prevent the system from operating as described.  Thank you JL!

    Community Festival

    Our Community Festival....June 23rd....It's a big deal so get in on the fun!!  

    Carolyn Globe is assembling a BDBC team, so there is still a chance for you to race!

    Many thanks go to the Festival Committee of Cathy Hewton, Sharon Caswell, Jo Gray, and Tricia Boehme which started back in February...Thanks so much!

    There are no doubt more people that have contributed and I apologize if I have missed anyone.  I will make it up to you at the bar in Harbourview!

    A final shout-out goes to all of the coaches and steers who collectively offer 10 sessions a week!  That really is awesome, so THANK YOU!!

    Paddles Up,

    Phil Spencer


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  • 31 May 2018 12:59 PM | Cathy Hewton (Administrator)


    Yes I’m doing deals right out of my trunk, and if you are interested in purchasing some BDBC apparel I have a limited inventory of Men’s & Ladies T-Shirts, Tank-Tops, Hats and Jackets.

    If I do not have inventory of what your looking for I will put together an order when there is enough demand for a minimum order.  This would be best done as soon as possible as there is a few weeks lead time required.

    Prices are as follows (for existing inventory) new order prices have not been confirmed!

    BDBC Men’s and Ladies T-shirts.   $38.00

    BDBC Men’s and Ladies Tank-tops $30.00

    BDBC Hat White or Black  $29.00 HeadSweats Label the best breathable/washable hat

    BDBC Men’s and Ladies Nylon Shell $70.00 Wind and Rain repellent with a hood

    Please note: All prices are total no additional tax/shipping 

    All items are guaranteed to make you paddle better or at least make you look like it!

    For any enquirers or size guidance, please contact me directly at,
    Or any Tuesday or Thursday @ the 6:00am paddle session.

    P/P BDBC

  • 21 Mar 2018 9:18 PM | Deleted user


    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'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 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 | Deleted user

    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.

    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>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

    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

    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.

    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

    Great White North (GWN) is early April, Florida (Also offers steering and coaching clinics)

    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 | Deleted user



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



    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 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!


    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 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!!





    Phil Spencer

    President, BDBC

  • 15 Jun 2017 10:59 AM | Deleted user

    “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.


    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!!


    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

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