The Victoria Dragon boat Festival is one of my favourites! The planning committee puts on a great event, and the whole city gets behind the festival. In addition to this, you get to race in one of the greatest venues in Canada, inside the Victoria Harbour, racing directly toward the Princess Hotel Downtown, right next to the legislative building. You couldnâ€™t ask for a better venue! In 2009 Crew Yahoo came Third in the highest division Platinum division), only to lose in a photo finish to the Canadian Navy, and a team of Portland firefighters! I think a re-match may be in order!!
Note - Replying "yes, I want to come to race in Victoria" does not guarantee you a spot on the roster, however the coaches will do their best to accommodate everyone who is interested. DO NOT BOOK ANY FLIGHTS OR HOTELS PRIOR TO HEARING FROM ME AS TO WHETHER YOU HAVE MADE THE ROSTER. Once we have a better idea of who is going, I will pass along further details on accommodations, etc.
When: August 12, 13 and 14th (Racing only 13th and 14th)
Accommodations: We have tentatively procured spacious condo-style apartments at the brand new Parkside Victoria (under "Crew Yahoo") which you will have the option of utilizing; however, you will not be restricted to this lodging. You may stay at any location of your choice, we only try and help. The rates run from $75 to $100/night per person, depending on your desired occupancy (the smallest suites fit 4 people in a 1-bedroom, and all rooms have kitchenettes).
Travel: You should arrive the evening of August 12, so that you can be at the race site early enough on Saturday, August 13. Flights via West Jet currently are $460.
Cost: The cost to paddle in the festival is $ 65/person. Please pay upfront so we can cover the cost of the registration. If you do not make the team, you will be refunded.
If you are interested and will be committed to paddling in the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival please RSVP to Claire before June 15. Because these festivals take a lot of time and money to plan, if you RSVP for the race, we will assume you have committed the time and resources to attend the festival.