16th Annual Vancouver: June 19-20
2004 Race Grid Format (**NEW**)
This year’s race grid will have some exciting changes:
Ninety percent of the teams will get a minimum of 4 races this year with the addition of repechage* and tail races
*Repechage is a practice amongst ladder competitions that allows participants that failed to meet qualifying standards by a small margin to continue to the next round.
There are 7 Division Finals of racing (Comp. A, Comp. B, Comp. C, Rec. A, Rec. B, Nov. A, Nov. B)
There will be Consolation Finals for Comp. C, Rec. A, Rec. B, Nov. A, Nov. B
The 2000 meter Guts & Glory race will take place again this year
Junior Division race format will remain as before
1st race is seeded and based on placing will dictate what division you will be in for the 2nd race:
1st to 3rd place teams to Competitive Division 4th to 6th place teams to Recreational Division 7th to 9th place teams to Novice Division
2nd race will be a ranking heat and determine which semi-division you race:
Repechage will take place on Saturday after the 1st and 2nd heats and will allow teams from Rec to move up to the Comp Division and teams from the Nov to move up to the Rec B division.
3rd race is a semi-final heat
-Vancouver Race Update
Paddler's Corner: George Toy
How did I join up with LARD?
I joined the Space Dragons when it was just a seasonal team. After the LB tourney in 2003 our coach, Joe Kurihara, told us that if we got bitten by the paddling bug and want to train year round, he can get us onto LARD. I joined LARD in 2003 as they were still training for San Francisco. I went up to Vancouver with LARD in 2004. Also, I did double duty in SF that year by bouncing between LARD and Space Dragons. Finally, I realized that I was too old to be on 2 teams and decided to just be with the Space Dragons. By that time Space Dragons became a year round team.
LARD was a great experience for me....... I met a lot of good fun people there...... Learned a lot about dragon boating and working out.
Was this your first time at the Vancouver race.
Yes. I've never seen so many people and teams at a DB race before. It was kind of overwhelming with all the festivities.
The races were exciting! I just remember getting on the LARD boat, being focused and paddling very intensely. Being a participant in a race was a blur however watching other teams race was exhilarating. Watching the 2000m Guts & Glory race on Sunday was awesome as all the boats try to make the tight turns.
Can you think of any stories about what happened at that race or at the dinners?
One of our paddlers was barely a teenager but looked like she can pass as a college sophmore. I'll let you figure out what we did since there was a minimum age issue.
I met a few paddlers who live in Vancouver and they told me that they would practice everyday after work at False Creek. Now that's dedication and love for the sport. Then I thought how convenient it is for them since downtown is so close to False Creek. I wished Mother's Beach was close to everyone's workplace and we didn't have to deal with the crazy LA traffic.
Another thing I remembered was that all the women on LARD talked about how great the shopping was in Vancouver.
When you think of LARD, what is the first thing that pops into your head?
A very energetic, fun, focused and competitive dragon boat team.
How do you think the sport has changed since you've joined into it?
The workout has changed a lot. There's more focus on being fit and strong, hence the land workouts. People are encouraged to train with weights to get stronger and get their cardio conditioning up in order to keep up. I think every team in LB is trying to get their members in the same tip top conditioning so that no one gets tired in the middle of a race.
Troy Eldrige (guest)