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Penticton dragon boaters dominate Vernon festival

Local teams took multiple fastest team titles
Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)

Over the July 23 weekend, Penticton’s dragon boat teams took to the waters for the Vernon Dragonboat Festival where they dominated the competition.

Three local teams made their way up, including the top mixed team, the Peach City Dragons, the local seniors team, the Penticton Golden Dragons, and one of the local women’s teams, the Skaha Thunder.

Over the festivals races, Penticton’s teams gave a strong showing.

The Peach City Dragons won all three of their races and captured the title of Fastest Team of the Day.

The Penticton Golden Dragons took third in the mixed A-finals, with just 0.7 seconds seperating them from second place.

The Skaha Thunder also won all three races in their division, and they were the fastest women’s team at the event, finishing first in the women’s A-finals.

If you are interested in learning about the sport, the Penticton Dragonboat Festival is offering introductory lessons from August 15 to September 7.

For more information you can go to or email

READ MORE: Penticton Dragon Boat Festival ready to roar back in 2022

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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