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.
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.
The first race of the day (mixed division) is underway and the Dragonflies are assembled lake front waiting for our first race at 10:30.
It's a cloudy morning here in Kent and we're crossing our fingers that the forecasted thunderstorms for the Seattle area stay away.
On Saturday, July 14, the OWLS Dragonflies will compete in the Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races on Lake Meridian in Kent, Washington. Twenty-four Dragonflies will travel to Kent to race against teams from Oregon, Washington, Canada and Australia.
Races begin at 9:00 a.m. and we will again be posting updates as the day progresses. Paddles up!
Location update. We are actually just to the right on the end of the middle row off of SW Columbia.
Stop by for a cookie. Don't wait too long. Co-Captain Eleanor really knows her way around a kitchen.
The OWLS Dragonflies will race this weekend in the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race held on June 9 and 10 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
The Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race is unique in that each team’s flag catcher is required to pull the flag from a buoy in that team’s lane, which is what signals that the team has finished the race heat.
Saturday, June 9
Race times appear as scheduled.
It is possible that the race will run ahead or behind schedule.
Specific race times on day 2 will be determined by the results on Saturday.
Only qualifying teams from Semifinals will race in Finals.
On the Willamette River located at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, immediately South of the Hawthorne Bridge. There are several convenient parking garages off of SW 1st Avenue between Jefferson and Harrison.
The ‘Flies have been assigned to Tent 44, which will be near the intersection of SW Naito and SW Columbia.
If you are walking toward the river on Columbia, bear to your left as you enter Waterfront Park and look for our Dragonfly banner and purple jerseys.
On Saturday, May 12, the OWLS Dragonflies competed in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival on Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington. The 'Flies arrived at Thea's Park before 8:00 a.m. for their first race of the 2012 season. Most of the team drove up Saturday morning after leaving Portland at 5:00 a.m. The 'Flies took an early lead in their first round race, finishing first with a time of 02:28:30 and shaved six seconds off that time in their second round race for a second place seeding going into the semi-final round.
By afternoon, the tide had turned and race times started getting longer, but the 'Flies were ready for the longer sprints having spent the Winter training for endurance in all conditions on the Willamette River. Winter paddling paid off in the semi-final round and the 'Flies advanced to finals where they took 2nd place from the improbable lane 1 where the current is particularly challenging.
The OWLS Dragonflies will race next in the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race held on June 9 and 10 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, so please mark your calendar and plan to spend some time by the river cheering for the ‘Flies.
See you on the water!
After a 5th place finish in the women's division at the Portland Dragon Boat Race, the OWLS Dragonflies decided to do one last race in 2010 for a good cause.
On Sunday, October 3, the OWLS Dragonflies will be participating in Portland's Row for the Cure event (paddling, of course), a benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Donations may be made online here. Please indicate your team/affiliation as "Dragonflies."
Your donation helps make it possible for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to assist patients and families in Oregon & SW Washington. Of the funds raised, 75% stays local to educate about breast cancer and early detection, provide information and support to breast cancer survivors and their families, fund mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured, and fund transportation and treatment support for survivors. The remaining 25% of funds are disbursed to the Komen National Grant Program to continue funding groundbreaking research to find a cure.
Thank you for your support!
The Dragonflies will be racing in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival in Tacoma, Washington this Saturday, May 15.
Racing kicks off at 9:00 with our first race of the day in heat #3 (9:30 a.m.) against Portland teams Wasabi Fury and Sirens Paddling Club. Our second race of the day is in heat #10 at 11:15 a.m. against Portland teams Quetzacoatl and Wasabi Ferocious. Semi-finals are after lunch and the Dragonflies hope to be in the finals at 3:45 p.m.
We're already planning for next year!
The OWLS Dragonflies are planning on joining the Northwest Challenge Circuit (consisting of the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival in May, the Salem World Beat Dragon Boat Festival in June, the Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races in July, and the Portland Dragon Boat Race in September).
The team is also planning on making two trips to Canada. To the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, BC (June 19-20) and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival in Victoria, BC (August 14-15).
It's a lot of racing, but we're looking forward to it!