It was the fastest third place of the semi-finals, so we advanced to the Diamond division finals this afternoon.
The first place crew was a runaway winner, but it was a photo finish for second place in the Flies first race, with the Flies coming up just a hair short.
Well, we didn't win the women's small boat division 250 meter sprints, but combined with a mixed crew called Skittles with paddlers from all over (Long Beach, Montana, and Victoria) we brought home the fist place trophy (and gold medals to boot) in the Guts and Glory race at the end of the day for the in the mixed large boat division. Guts and Glory, you ask? 2000 meters total on a 250 meter race course. 7 turns. Props to Nancy our tiller for that one!
We had four new paddlers paddling in their very first race that weekend, our race times and confidence improved throughout the day, and spectators said our timing was right on.
The Paddle for Life Festival focused on fun and charity. The event is put on by a 501(c)(3) that is currently raising money for the disabled veterans water sports program at Vancouver Lake, a venue that boasts a fabulous crew facilty and a growing dragon boat program.
Your OWLS Dragonflies are racing at the Paddle for Life Festival at Vancouver Lake (that's Vancouver, WA, not BC) this weekend. 250 sprints, 10 and 20-man boats, lots of Portland teams. We won gold last year at its inaugural event. Hoping for a repeat performance.
Paddle for Life is a non-profit organization that helps raise money and awareness for community causes through the fast growing sport of dragon boating.
We placed third in our last race of the day versus two mixed teams and another women's team.
This was a really fun venue for us. The rain stayed away for most of the day and we even saw some sunshine.
There's only so long we will wait for official results. We will update this later with times if they become available.
Looks like we're not the fastest women's team after all. We raced a few of the others in the last race and came in third in a close one. Another race in a couple of hours!
Well, that was exciting! We're now off the water after first race of the season. Well, first and second. Due to a collision (not our fault, we were in the middle) with two other boats about halfway through, we had to turn around and rerace. We were racing three other mixed teams, so our time was the slowest of the heat, but overall it looks like we have the fastest women's time of the morning. We'll be racing again shortly, probably within the hour.