Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers for Monday, May 22nd at the Alvinston to Watford Road Race.  You need to report to the arena by 645 am and they will take you to your water station at 7.  You will be filling and handing out cups of water to runners.  Easy one!  Super Strokers – bring along a friend and they can get some volunteer hours for school!


Also, we are still in need of two drivers to take the two boats and equipment to and from St. Mary’s on Sunday, May 28th.


Please let Brenda VanBree know if you can help with either of these volunteer activities.  pbvanbree@gmail.com

Season Startup Up

Hi everyone!
It looks like we will be starting our season on WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD. So Super Strokers and Bolting Turtles will hit the water first this year.
We need to get out the two big boats first though and we need some help!
If you can make it to 2599 Katesville Rd near Kerwood on Wednesday at 430, we need you! The small boat needs to be picked up and moved so we can take the two big boats out. That means we need some help! Please let me know if you can come. No help, no paddling.
Thanks to Barry Arnott who is coming to take one of the boats to his place for the Long and Hard Practices until May 23rd when we can leave it at the marina!!

Monday – practices at 530 for Juniors
Tuesday – practices at 630 for Long and Hards and Dirty Oars –
Wednesday – Juniors 530 and Bolting Turtles at 7

If you have a life jacket, please bring it. We do have some for those of you who don’t have your own. Also if you have your own paddle, bring it along as well, but again, we do have some available.
It is advisable to dress in layers as it may be chillier at the marina than at home. Bring a towel and dry clothes and shoes for after. You WILL get wet.
Bring a water bottle and a hat !

On TUESDAY, May 16 – we as a club, have been invited to Fanshawe Lake for a practice paddle from 630 – 730 and then a meet and greet with Chloe Greenlaugh from Dragon Boat Canada. This is a pretty big deal and we would love to have as many people from our club there as possible. There will be drinks and snacks available after for everyone. done at 830.

First races:
Sunday May 28th – the ladies will be at Heart Lake and the kids at St. Marys. Looking for drivers to take the boats and equipment to St. Marys. Thx! (Volunteer Hours for this one!)
Saturday, June 3 – Wallaceburg

Travel race: Dubuque Iowa – Sept. 7 – 11. We will be having a meeting for anyone interested in going to this race at 630 on Wednesday, May 24th at the pavilion at the marina. Please bring a cheque for $250 with you for any paddlers who are planning to go. We need to book rooms and the bus asap. Thx. This trip is for adults and juniors who want to race on the Mississippi.

Junior Race Dates:
Sunday May 28 – Wildwood Conservation Area – St. Marys
Saturday, June 3 – Wallaceburg
Saturday, July 29 – Guelph
Thurs – Sun August 3 – 6 – Welland (or Friday morning by 8am)
AUG race – TBD
Thurs – Monday Sept. 7-11 Dubuque Iowa

Adult Races:
Check with your team manager:

Long and Hards – Aaron Cassidy cassidyaaron@gmail.com
Dirty Oars – Connie Stephenson connieyyz@yahoo.ca
Bolting Turtles – Jen Veeke jenveeke@gmail.com
Super Strokers – Sandra White whitesandra@me.com
– Cathy Johnson cathyjohnson48@gmail.com

2016 Pictures

Check out a few pictures from 2016. Just click on Photos under News and Events


Sydenham River Canoe and Kayak Race

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Registration at 10:00 am.

Race Start – Mosside Line (Euphemia Sideroad 30-31) (42 44’ 00.80” N, 81 55’ 50.15” W) Race Finish – Shetland Conservation Area (42 42’ 34.72” N, 81 58’ 26.40” W)

Registration $5.00 per person all canoes must have a whistle, bailer, 50 feet of rope and approved PFDs for each paddler

CONTACT: Sharon Nethercott, Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area 519 882-2399; snethercott@scrca.on.ca or visit our website at www.scrca.on.ca and click on Events 4 21 79 2 2 40 402 401 Bentpath Line Race Start Race Finish Shetland CA Mosside Line Petrolia Line Wyoming Petrolia Alvinston Dresden Nauvoo Road onservation St

Click on the link for more information

Canoe Race flyer 2017

Anual General Meeting (AGM)

Hi All,

We have the AGM scheduled for Wednesday March 22nd at 7:00 at the Thetford Legacy Arena Hall

We will discuss the following:

Review the minutes from the Executive Meeting February 8th, 2017

2017 race times and locations

Volunteer signup sheets

Vote for executive positions

See you there.

Executive Meeting

Hi All,

We will be having an Executive meeting on Wednesday February 8th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Jenny and Ed Veeke’s

The Annual General Meeting date has not been set but will be held in the last half of March. Stay tuned for the actual date, time and location

Three area dragon boat clubs are practicing together ahead of the inaugural Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival



Ottawa Ice Race Team


PETROLIA  – There was a strange sight for users of Petrolia’s pool Tuesday night.

About 30 people were lined up along the sides of the swimming area at the Oil Heritage District Community Centre armed with paddles, practicing different movements as coach Cathy Johnson barked out instructions.

These paddlers – don’t dare call them rowers – are gearing up for a rather unique event, the inaugural Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival. It’s the first time ice dragon boat racing will be held in North America, Johnson said.

“It’s only been held in Europe and Asia,” she said. “This is just unheard of in North America.”

Which means none of the 58 teams attending from across the continent will have a competitive advantage.

“It’s a blank slate, we’re all even,” said Johnson, a Petrolia resident.

The Feb. 17-18 event will coincide with Winterlude and Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Three area clubs were practicing together Tuesday in anticipation of the frigid water including the Lambton Shores Dragon Boat Club, the Breast Buddies, a group of breast cancer survivors from Lambton and Kent counties founded in 2001, and the Raging Dragons – established in 1996 – from Chatham. A collection of paddlers from the two counties have combined to create a team for the festival called the Ice Pix.

After arriving in Ottawa Feb. 16, they’ll practice Friday and race Saturday. The festival, held on the Dows Lake section of the Rideau Canal, originally slotted 48 teams.

“And that sold out in 10 minutes,” said Collette Johanson, captain of the Ice Pix. “So they opened up another slot of 10.”

There will be four or five lanes per race, Johanson said, with boats seeded into divisions based on time. Each dragon boat – essentially a large canoe featuring one steersperson, a drummer and eight to 10 paddlers – is guaranteed three races.

The boats will be provided at the event.

“Brand-spanking new boats to North America just coming from China,” said Charlene King of the Raging Dragons. “It’s pretty cool.”

Dragon boats have a Chinese background – they’ve been around for about 2,000 years, Johnson said. The concept came to Canada initially as a breast cancer survivor and support activity, but has since spread to all sorts of participants regardless of their medical history.

Ice dragon boats are smaller than traditional versions used in warmer weather.

Pool Practice for the Kids

Hi All,

Pool practice will start on February 17th at 3:00pm at the Forest Golf Course.

New Paddlers are welcome so convince your friends to try it.