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Katy
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« on: July 14, 2009, 08:43:11 AM »

Does anyone know how many teams will be at Richmond this year?  Just wondering if there are any more than last year, although it was quite fun not having long waits between races!
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 02:16:36 PM »

Has the race grid come out yet?

Thanks
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 02:23:23 PM »

Not that I'm aware of.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 05:59:40 AM »

Never mind, just came out!

http://www.ubcboathouse.com/documents/2009RipuptheRiverSchedule.pdf
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 09:40:36 AM »

Nice 29-30 teams, with a great party after...enjoy!
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 12:20:53 PM »

Who's "Bring Me My Brown Pants"?

AWESOME name!!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 01:42:55 PM »

Who's "Bring Me My Brown Pants"?

isn't that the lovechild of swordfish and banana fusion...

manda, did you just toot your own horn for that name? lol  Whistle
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009, 02:21:22 PM »

isn't that the lovechild of swordfish and banana fusion...


I just threw up a lot...
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 02:40:12 AM »

Think of it as Banana Fusion with a large patch of hair.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 10:31:28 AM »

Is it bad that I ignored the 'Fusion' part and went straight to 'banana with a large patch of hair'?

I second Swordfish on the throwing up part.
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2009, 03:39:00 PM »

The words Swordfish & lovechild should never be used in the same sentence.....
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2009, 06:15:20 PM »

Great day. Great paddlers. Great venue and beer.

But definitiely not on our schedule for 2010. Anyone have comments on the rest of it?
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2009, 07:29:41 PM »

Agreed. Great venue, great beer. But like you, it is not on our schecule for 2010. Tides, river currents, fast teams getting faster water. The difference between the AM heats and the PM heats is ridiculous and the starts with one person yelling GO! and the finish line with one person checking four boats times and blowing an air horn. Not rowing guys, or outrigger sprints, but dragonboat paddling! No numbers, no lanes, no credibility. Never again...
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2009, 09:19:59 PM »

Madcap: You guys did a great job and have come a long way over the years. Congrats to all the teams who finaled and enjoyed the day. We practice there so we knew that going in (river plus tides) - it certainly is different and adds an exciting challenge for the team as well as to maintaining fairness due to the fluctuating flow. This was our 4th Richmond festival attendance. The conditions add more than enough advantages and disadantages to all the teams, both competitive and novice, to just let everyone race all day and have fun, rather than try to select a top 16 (full disclosure: we were not one of the 16). The tide could have worked the other way, too, and propelled us into a final. Still, we would want to race everyone and expect that finals included everyone.

Kicking myself for not seeing the writing (or grid) on the wall - new this year - that only the top 16 out of the 30 teams would get to do finals - I had "16 mixed teams = 16 teams in finals" in my head. Dummy. So when I clued into reality that we were done for the day, I was surprised. Wasn't expecting eliminations of that sort in a small festival - and had never before in Richmond. The poor Sunshine Coast team who ferried here waited 3 hours to find out their finals fate (not in 16). We just wanted to race again, whether A final (right!) or Z final (more likely).

This is now just hindsight, no sour grapes ... but for next year, just makes more sense to let everyone do 3 races. I'm not an event planner but slightly tighter intervals, 3 additional heats of 4 (even add an additional boat or two) and you're done less than one hour later. Instead, 12 teams ... about 300 people ... were dismissed. Down went tents, attendance, and beer and vendor sales ...

So, shame on me for not noticing it and bringing it up with UBC earlier. Lesson learned. Harrision 2010 instead anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2009, 12:32:24 AM »

Richmond was all fun for us... but here are my two cents.

The Could-Be-Better:

- Some fast teams got faster due to seeding, and slow teams had a disadvantage for the same reason. True that this is the case for all festivals, but because this is on a river and is such a small festival, could maybe take this into consideration?

- Recycling bins.

- Congestion to get in line for burgers after the races... perhaps the burger stand could be outside of the building?

- After looking at a bunch of teammates' burgers, I wasn't hungry anymore... they looked a bit like hockey pucks.

- Not everyone racing in 3 races. It wasn't very long ago when Banana Fusion was the last of the boats. I'd be horrified if I had to wait hours for the results, and then be told to go home because we didn't qualify. I totally agree with IronGiant on this one.

- 20 minutes between heats? Granted there are only 4 boats to race with, but 20 minutes? and 50 minutes break between sets? The whole festival could've been cut down by hours if it was condensed a little.

- My team went into this festival wanting to have a good time. We were there to win something, but definitely weren't planning to ruin the day for anyone else. I was wearing a retro 80's workout outfit [think Jennifer Beals in Flashdance] for team spirits.

My team and all of the familiar teams from Vancouver were joking with me, laughing and taking photos with me. But right before the Awards Ceremony, LITERALLY while getting ready for the photos, I was "censored" and "strongly suggested" to wear someone else's very ugly XL basketball shorts. Apparently I had "quite a number of complaints", she says.

Why did that person wait until the awards ceremony to censor me? It looked exactly like a one piece bathing suit. So, I'm thinking some people don't have a sense of humor, or that person would go out on a regular basis and report anyone wearing less than a tank top?

Oh well, I kept those shorts.

- One person timing 4 boats.


The Lets-Do-It-Again:

- The medals were pretty, and engraved on the back unlike Alcan's.

- Venue was very pretty. Everyone had a superior view of the entire race course.

- Good draw prizes, I heard.

- Pretty well organized festival for something that isn't run by the dragonboat specialists.



Overall I had a great experience up until the point someone told me to wear someone else's clothes and handed me a pair of random shorts.
Finally, this isn't Richmond Festival organizers' faults, but it was disappointing to overhear some teams smack talk us, that we cheated/stacked etc.

Richmond 2010 is a maybe, verging on a No. Smile


Congrats to all the teams who raced today, and hope to see you at Harrison, Kelowna, or Last Gasp!!!
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