Penticton’s 22 in Sync racers cross the finish line at the 11th annual Okanagan Super Sprints.

Penticton’s 22 in Sync racers cross the finish line at the 11th annual Okanagan Super Sprints.

Dragon boat sprinters make a splash

Annual dragon boat sprint races on Skaha Lake

When the spray finally cleared it was a pair of out of town teams collecting the hardware in the A division finals of the 11th annual Okanagan Super Sprints Saturday.

The event takes place on a 250-metre stretch of Skaha Lake and is a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and is part of the Penticton Dragon Boat Society race schedule.

In the women’s mixed A division final race it was the ODBRC Flowriders of Kelowna winning in a time of one minute 9.19 seconds, just ahead of Penticton’s Despirit Housewives, 1:12.67. KDBC Stroke of Luck was third, 1:18.49.

Kamloops’s Kamodo Dragons was first in the mixed A division championships in a time of 1:06.05, beating out Thunderstrokers at 1:06.70 and FLCC Fortified, 1:13.15.

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Penticton’s Survivorship breast cancer survivor team was first in the women’s B event at 1:17.97, ahead of two other local teams, Hidden Dragon Crouching Cougars, 1:20.70, and 22 in Sync, 1:21.31.

Women’s C division champs were KDBC One Fun Crew, 1:25.79, ahead of Golden Dragons Women, 1:28.17. Golden Dragons Mixed were the D winners, 1:22.75, beating out Skaha Underdogs, 1:25.41.

As part of the weekend there was also the third annual Senior Sprint.

Kamloops Interior Dragons won the mixed A final, 1:13.70, ahead of FLCC Fortified, 1:05.71.

Women’s A winners was Golden Dragons Women, 1:19.03, ahead of Survivorship, 1:15.37, while Golden Dragons Mixed won the B mixed final at 1:13.19, in front of second-place 1:19.94.

The next event locally is the 18th annual Penticton Dragon Boat Festival Sept. 8 and 9.

 

Jennifer Monai of the Despirit House Wives dragon boat team waits her turn on the sprint course.

Jennifer Monai of the Despirit House Wives dragon boat team waits her turn on the sprint course.

Crew members of the Penticton 22 in Sync entry in the 11th annual Okanagan Super Sprints event ply the waters to a second place in the heat race.

Crew members of the Penticton 22 in Sync entry in the 11th annual Okanagan Super Sprints event ply the waters to a second place in the heat race.

Crew members of the Penticton Survivorship team take a pause after a race on Skaha Lake.

Crew members of the Penticton Survivorship team take a pause after a race on Skaha Lake.