August 25th - A hot, beautiful day in Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa. Our premier mixed team, Verdun Force arrived en masse in the early morning to take part in the RCC festival hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club. We were joined by our friendly rivals RBC Comets under the coaching of Ira’s brother, Jode. As this … Continue reading Verdun at the Rideau Canoe Club dragon boat festival
We are proud to announce that Verdun is expanding! With many of last year’s Impact paddlers joining the Force sports team, there has been active recruitment for Impact, the Men’s, and the Women’s teams. Bringing together a crop of new athletes, some with paddling experience, others brand new to water sports, we were curious to … Continue reading Meet our Paddlers! Verdun Vignettes
Photo: Mission Dragon Boat A sunny day greeted paddlers as we headed to the Olympic Basin for the Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge (July 6-7) - a welcome change from the previous year of torrential rains and thunderstorms! Verdun geared up its four competitive teams – V- Force (formerly Verdun Women), Brute Force (the men’s team), … Continue reading Gold, Silver, Bronze! Verdun Cleans Up at the Montreal Challenge
Paddling season has started back in full force (pun intended ;)) with the Verdun Dragon Boat Club’s four competitive teams gearing up for the first trifecta of the Triple Crown; the H²0 Open! As weather forecasts fluctuated between inclement weather, rain showers and sporadic clear skies, we all crossed our fingers that the dragon boat … Continue reading H²0 Open: Back on the Water!
Just imagine. It’s -30 degrees Celsius. You’re strapping on your boots, zipping up your parka, grabbing your paddle, and getting ready to face winter head-on… the canal? One of the many misconceptions of dragon boating; especially in Canada is that once the outdoor training facilities closed up for the season we stop paddling. Though that … Continue reading What?! You still paddle in the winter?
“Paddles to the Left, Paddles to the Right!” This past weekend, the dragon boat deities smiled down upon Verdun’s Impact, Force, and women’s teams as we competed at the 22D Dragon boat festival in gorgeous wild Rawdon! Legendary for the beach are their unorthodox race lengths, featuring a deceptively difficult small bend at the finish … Continue reading Verdun Rocks on at Rawdon!