With a time of 1:59:45, the Flies finished second from lane 1 to qualify for finals in Heat #78 at 1:20 p.m. Third fastest time in Women's Division A Semifinals. Way to go 'Flies!
In seeding round 2, the 'Flies finished first and posted a time more than seven seconds faster than the first round to earn a spot in Division A. After the first day of racing, the OWLS Dragonflies are seeded 7th overall as the fastest team to place 1st and 2nd on the day.
Heat #31 OWLS Dragonflies 02:07.99 1, Sirens 02:11.89 2, WOW 02:20.07 3, BYE 10:00.00 4
We will be racing again in lane 1 for Semifinals at 9:10 on Sunday morning: Heat #53 with Wasabi Power, Scattered Paddles, and Peace Dragon Warriors. Women's Division A will race a second time on Sunday afternoon in Heat #77 or Heat #78, scheduled at 1:10 and 1:20 p.m.
Photo by Marisa Moneyhun
In the seeding round 1, the OWLS Dragonflies finished 2nd with the 5th fastest time overall for a women's team in the morning races.
Heat #3: Scattered Paddles 02:12.03 1, OWLS Dragonflies 02:15.40 2, Sisters in Sync 02:30.71 3, Central Coast SurviveOars 02:33.85 4
We will race in lane 3 against the Sirens and WOW this afternoon in Heat #31, scheduled at 1:50.
The morning races began a little over an hour behind schedule, but we expect that the fabulous race volunteers and paddlers will help to make up the time delays. Don't be late!
The OWLS Dragonflies will race this weekend in the Portland Dragon Boat Race held on September 8 and 9 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Please come by to cheer for us during races or to say hello between races.
The Portland Dragon Boat Race is in its sixth year and is expertly organized by Dragon Sports USA. Official race results will be reported real-time at Portland Dragon Boat Race on Facebook or @pdxdragonboat on Twitter.
The ‘Flies have been assigned to the middle section of Tent 10, which will be near the intersection of SW Naito and SW Columbia; look for our OWLS Dragonflies banner and purple jerseys as you enter Waterfront Park.
Our first race is at 8:50 on Saturday morning. Check back here for updates and race times for the second race on Saturday and the races on Sunday. If you are unable to attend the races, please feel free to show your support in the comments.
Over the weekend of August 18 and 19, the OWLS Dragonflies competed at the 2012 Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, their first international dragon boat competition since 2010, on the Victoria Inner Harbour, British Colombia. Thanks to some of the fiercest competition that the Pacific Northwest has to offer and the busy waters of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the OWLS Dragonflies had a great racing weekend.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the competition took place on Saturday, August 18. The Dragonflies took the first round by storm by winning with a time of 2:19.90, the second fastest time of any women’s dragon boat team for that round. The Flies dominated again in Round 2 by winning with a time of 2:22.16. By winning the first two rounds with such fast times, the Flies advanced to the top division, Platinum.
The semi-final round of the Platinum Division took place on Sunday, August 19. The Flies once again dominated by winning with a time of 2:24.35 (once again, the second fastest time of any women’s dragon boat team), which secured the Flies a spot in the Platinum Division Championship.
The Championship round proved to be the toughest of the weekend. In the closest race of the festival, the Flies were competitive, but ended up placing 5th overall. With a time of 2:20:64, the Flies came in 1.52 seconds behind the gold medal winners and 0.33 seconds behind the bronze medal winners. It was a tough race ending with 5 boats together at the finish line, but the Flies proved they were worthy competition for any Pacific Northwest team.
The OWLS Dragonflies would like to thank our coach Laura Ricker, our generous sponsors, as well as all of our friends and family who made the trek to Canada to watch us race. In addition, we would like to thank the Portland Fire Dragons, who took time out of their race preparation to cheer us on.
Fifth place = keychain
We'll try and get a pics of the final times later, but all five teams were within about one second. Great race!
We did it again! In a super-close semi-final race for the women's platinum division, the 'Flies came in first!
We race again at 3:48 in the championship race.
First place in our first race. Second fastest time for women this morning!
We race again at 3:55 this afternoon.
On Friday, August 17th, the OWLS Dragonflies will travel to Canada to compete in the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival on the Inner Harbour in Victoria, B.C. The races take place on Saturday and Sunday, and the first round race for the ‘Flies will be Saturday morning at 11:55 a.m. We hope to post live updates on Saturday and Sunday, international data plans permitting.
We know our fans will miss cheering for the ‘Flies in person, but we will be back in Portland racing again on September 8 and 9 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Until then, we would love to hear from our supporters in the comments.