The Penticton Golden Dragons celebrate after winning the 55-plus mixed sprint race on Skaha Lake on Friday at the Okanagan Super Sprints annual seniors challenge. Teams will also be racing on Saturday.                                Kristi Patton/Western News

The Penticton Golden Dragons celebrate after winning the 55-plus mixed sprint race on Skaha Lake on Friday at the Okanagan Super Sprints annual seniors challenge. Teams will also be racing on Saturday. Kristi Patton/Western News

Okanagan Super Sprints on Skaha Lake

For the 11th year the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival is hosts sprint races

For the 11th year the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival is hosting the Okanagan Super Sprints on Skaha Lake.

“The sprints are short, 250-metre, dragon boat races which take place on Skaha Lake. Half the distance of September’s Penticton Dragon Boat Festival (500-metre) leaves little room for error during competition,” said Thyra Carroll, race organizer. “With seven teams racing in Friday’s third annual seniors (55-plus) challenge, and 16 teams racing this Saturday, spectators can expect to see an intense battle on the water.”

Racing starts around 9 a.m. on Saturday, and ends just after noon with some fun challenge races.

This event is a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“The fundraising focus remains and we are looking to add to the nearly $30,000 we have raised so far. This event is free to all spectators, and you are invited to come out and have fun watching top-notch racing,” said Carroll.