Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dragon Boat regatta, False Creek June 19 - 20 2010

I spent a good portion of the past weekend working as a volunteer for the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon boat festival.

Once again I worked on the docks helping to load and unload the participants into there boats.

It is a physically challenging task but well worth it as you get to meet the younger high school teams, the special needs teams - ie - breast cancer survivors, kidney transplant teams, people with mental challenges - there were teams from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, Houston to name a few. The MS Society also has a special team as well but they loaded from a different dock.

Saturday was sunny and warm and I was able to grab a few images with my blackberry during a break in the action. Generally as one boat is unloading the next group is lined up awaiting to board so you need to move everyone along quickly.

We are nicknamed " the deck squirrels" by our chief Nut Jennifer who barks out the orders with her megaphone - she is a real pro and while very much in charge has a good sense of humor and is respected by all of us on the docks.

Many of the volunteers are high schoolers who are doing this volunteer work to satisfy requirement for credits for community service in order to graduate.

I was stiff and sore by the end of my day on Saturday which was cloudy and cooler - this was actually preferred by the paddlers.



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