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Summer in Hong Kong is Spectacular with Canadian Teams to compete at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

All that’s great about summertime in Hong Kong is encompassed in the region’s Summer Spectacular Festival – a fun-filled, city-wide programme of events and activities that take place from 17 June until 31 August.



The exciting happenings include the ‘Summer Pop – Live in Hong Kong’ concert, the Lan Kwai Fong Beer Festival, the Summer International Film Festival and a variety of tempting privileges and discounts in the city’s various shopping malls and department stores. And then there’s what many consider the highlight: the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. And Canadian teams will be there!

Hong Kong is the birthplace of modern international dragon boat racing and the region remains the place for this exciting sport. It all started in Hong Kong back in 1976; then the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) was established there in 1991 and dragon boat racing was included as an official event in the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China, in November 2010. Now one of the key missions of the IDBF is to achieve recognition as an Olympic sport. (This requires 75 eligible countries; so far the sport is practiced in over 60 countries and regions.)

Now the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has formed a partnership with the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association (HKDBA) to organize the annual Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races (from 17 – 19 June this year) in a carnival format in Victoria Harbour. The excitement of competition, the noise, the colours … all in such a setting … it will be a spectacular event, celebrating traditional Chinese culture with competitors and visitors from around the world.

It is estimated that the event will attract over 200 dragon boat teams from the local community, and overseas countries. Dragon boating in Canada began at the World Expo in Vancouver in 1986, when the city was given six dragon boats by Hong Kong. Now dragon boating has become a popular sporting activity in major cities across Canada and has evolved beyond festivals to include community, charity and sport racing in many combinations.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, eight Canadian teams will be taking part in the Hong Kong Carnival this year. These paddlers – approximately 150 in number – all hail from the False Creek Racing Canoe Club (FCRCC). The FCRCC has been involved in paddle sport training and racing programmes for over 25 years, making False Creek one of the premier locations for dragon boat training in Canada.

The four top teams are the FCRCC Premier Men, Premier Women, Starbucks Waverunners Komodo Dragon and Creakside Masters. The remaining four teams are known as ‘recreational paddlers’ and their groups are the Lifescan, Riptide, Dragon Hearts Beat and Starbucks Waverunners Sumatra. Some groups are experienced international award-winning teams, while for others the Hong Kong competition will be their first on the international circuit. But whether experienced or not, all contestants are excited about competing in Hong Kong as well as seeing some of the region’s famous sights.

All attending the send-off reception for the False Creek Racing Canoe Club dragon boat teams in Vancouver on 31 May, and, in fact, all of Canada – will be wishing our teams ‘good luck’ and a wonderful stay in Hong Kong during the region’s ‘Spectacular Summer’.


http://www.travelvideo.tv/news/hong-kong/06-01-2011/summer-in-hong-kong-is-spectacular-with-canadian-teams-to-compete-at-the-hong-kong-international-dragon-boat-races

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DRAGON BOAT RACING & FESTIVALS 2011

Dragon boat racing is a popular sport in Hong Kong which has an estimated 30,000 active paddlers. During 2011, Hong Kong hosts major dragon boat festivals, the traditional Tuen Ng dragon boat races on 6th June at various locations and the three-day Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival which features the Sa Sa 2011 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races at East Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade at Victoria Harbour from 17th to 19th June.





HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL (TUEN NG) 6th JUNE 2011

The dragon boat races at the traditional Tuen Ng Festival on 6th June see local races taking place at several locations including Sai Kung, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun (Castle Peak Bay), Cheung Chau, Tai Po, Aberdeen, Discovery Bay and Tai O on Lantau Island and Stanley, which hosts the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships. Details of events taking place on 6th June are;

ABERDEEN - 2011 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race, 8-30am to 4pm, Aberdeen Promenade, Admission free for viewing on promenade. Free by ticket only for spectator stand (contact Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race Committee tel: 8107 3488 for information)

STANLEY - *Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship 2011, 8am to 6pm, Stanley Main Beach, Admission free

SHA TIN - Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race 2011, 7-30am to 1pm, Shing Mun River (starting near Banyan Bridge), Admission free

SAI KUNG - The Sai Kung Dragon Boat Races Gala 201, 8am to 1-30pm (and carnival 1-30pm to 5pm), Sai Kung Town Waterfront, Admission free

TUEN MUN - Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Races 2011, 8am to 1pm, Castle Peak Bay Typhoon Shelter, Admission free by ticket (contact Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Race Committee tel: 2542 6520 for information)

TAI PO - Tai Po District Dragon Boat Race 2011, 8-30am to 1pm, Tai Po Waterfront Park Promenade, Admission free

DISCOVERY BAY - Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Race and Carnival 2011, 8am to 6pm, Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Admission free

TAI O - Tai O Dragon Boat Race in Celebration of Tuen Ng Festival 2011, 10am to 2pm, Tai O Sheltered Boat Anchorage, Admission free

CHEUNG CHAU - Dragon Boat Races, 10am to 4-30pm, Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter, Cheung Chau, Admission free


The Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese Duanwu Festival) is a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and known locally by its Cantonese name Tuen Ng. This festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China and the one with the longest history. The name for the festival in China was originally the Upright Sun Festival but this was changed by foreigners to the Dragon Boat Festival, notably for the dragon boat races, held particularly in the southern provinces, Hong Kong and Macau where there are many rivers and lakes. This festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a popular poet and minister who is said to have committed suicide at the age of 35 by drowning himself in a river on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Qu Yuan was an honest and loyal minister who was held in high esteem in the kingdom of Chu (situated in the present day Hunan and Hubei provinces). When a corrupt prince vilified Qu Yuan, he was disgraced and dismissed from his office. Realising the kingdom was now in the hands of evil and corrupt officials, Qu Yuan jumped into a river. Nearby fishermen tried to save him and were unable to recover the body. Mourning the death of the poet, the people threw cooked rice so the fish would eat the rice rather than their hero. The spirit of Qu Yuan appeared in the river and said that a huge reptile in the river had stolen the rice offering and suggested that they wrap the rice in silk and bind it with threads before throwing it in the river. This later turned into the custom of eating “Zong Zi” (boiled glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) and rice dumplings to symbolize offerings to Qu Yuan. The dragon boat races represent the attempts to rescue and recover the body of Qu Yuan.

The Dragon Boat Festival at Tai O on Lantau Island is also home to a waterway praying ceremony known as the “Deities Parade” which dates back over one hundred years and which has been submitted to be included on the national list of intangible culture heritage in China. Tai O villagers take deities, in the form of small Buddha statues from four local temples, and place them three small boats, known as “God Boats”, which follow a dragon boat along the waterways of Tai O, whilst residents of the stilt houses burn incense and pray for peace and safety and to drive the plague away. After the ceremony is over the dragon boat races commence for the deities to watch.

*For more information about Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships see;

http://www.dragonboat.org.hk/en/home/homepage.html

See also;

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/events/festival-dragon-boat-racing.html








HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT CARNIVAL 17th to 19th JUNE 2011

Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Carnival, which features the Sa Sa 2011 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, is again being held at Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront at Victoria Harbour following the success of last year’s carnival. Between 2000 and 2010 the international races had been held on the Shing Mun River at Shatin but last year the organisers, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association (HKDBA), along with Hong Kong Tourism Board decided to raise the profile of the races and make the carnival a “mega event” and major tourist attraction. The three-day 2011 carnival, which runs from 17th to 19th June, will be the 36th anniversary of the international races.

The annual regatta began in 1976 as a fishermen’s boat race involving nine local and one Japanese team and was the first international dragon boat race, setting standards which have subsequently been adopted in over 60 other countries and regions. Since its initiation the regatta has rapidly expanded with last years races featuring over 100 teams from twelve countries and regions including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The exhilarating and colourful races will be held in six lanes over a 640-metre course and are expected to draw about 50,000 spectators daily. Races are held in 16 categories including open championships, women championships, mixed championships, junior championships, inter-company championships, fishermans championships and travel industry and hotel championships. About 200 overseas and local dragon boat teams and 6,000 paddlers, including 1,000 overseas paddlers, will compete in the races. Teams consist of 28 members including manager, coach, paddlers, reserve paddlers, drummer and steersman.

Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade will be decorated and there will be numerous events including San Miguel Biergarten at UC Centenary Garden, Dragon Boat Exhibition, food stalls and entertainment performances to add to the carnival atmosphere.

In the event of the races having to be cancelled owing to adverse weather they will be held at a later date at Shatin.

Last year, 2010, to coincide with the races the Home Affairs Department organised a Dragon Boat Family Carnival at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza and Avenue of Stars featuring the Dragon Boat Cultural Exhibition and Family Fun Days. Large traditional dragon boats made of wood and panels introducing various types of dragon boats were displayed to showcase dragon boat culture and the history of the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. Experts were on site to offer briefings and demonstrations for the public to learn and experience rowing. The family carnival also featured stage performances by local organisations, booth games, clown shows, a kids zone and traditional arts and crafts. It is not known at the current time whether the family carnival will take place again in 2011.

Further information to follow when available




The captain of the four Canadian False Creek Racing Canoe Club (FCRCC) dragon boat racing teams, Mr Kerry Chow (right), presents "Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival" souvenirs to the sponsoring organisations' representatives at the 2010 carnival. From left are Vice President of HSBC Bank Canada, Mr Paul Irving; District Vice President of HSBC; Ms Jocelyn Hsiung; Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, Ms Maureen Siu; and Director, Canada and Central and South America, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr Michael Lim. FCRCC won one gold, two silver and one bronze trophy in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2010



OTHER DRAGON BOAT RACES;

Dragon boat races also take place on other dates around Tuen Ng;

15th MAY - LAMMA ISLAND, Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2011, Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, 8-30am to 6pm, Admission free

19th MAY - LAMMA ISLAND, Lamma Island (South) Dragon Boat Festival Celebration for Tin Hau, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, 10-30am to 2-30pm, Admission free

29th MAY - LANTAU ISLAND, Mui Wo Dragon Boat Race Open 2011, Silvermine Bay Beach, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, 8-45am to 4pm, Admission free

29th MAY - CHEUNG CHAU, Dragon Boat Races 2011, Waterfront in front of Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College, Cheung Chau, 9am to 4-30pm, Admission free

2nd JUNE - LAMMA ISLAND, Southern Lamma Invitational Dragon Boat Race, Lok Chau Wan, Lamma Island, 10-30am to 2-30pm, Admission free

5th JUNE - CHAI WAN, Eastern District Dragon Boat Race, Chai Wan Cargo Handling Basin, 9am to 4pm, Admission free



http://www.hongkongextras.com/_dragon_boat_festivals_2011.html
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 11:31:41 AM »


Premier Womens

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Starbucks Waverunners Komodo

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Team Captains with Sponsor Michael Lim (HKTB) & Catherine Yuen (HKETO) & Karisa Liu (HKTB)

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 07:53:56 AM »

     
HKTB SENDS OFF DRAGON BOAT RACERS IN STYLE





Eight teams representing Canada at Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races receive well wishes from HKTB
Greg Klein
Less than 24 hours before game one of the Canucks’ NHL Stanley Cup Finals series, the crowd at Vancouver’s Victoria Chinese Restaurant was brimming with excitement.

But not about hockey.

The subject on everyone’s mind was quite a different sport – dragon boat racing.

The May 31 event was a send-off for eight paddling teams who are about to represent Canada at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races from June 17 to 19. To see them off in style were representatives from one of their sponsors, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).

“The reason we’re here tonight is we have eight strong Canadian dragon boat teams going off to Hong Kong very soon,” said Karisa Lui, assistant manager of marketing for the HKTB. “We wish you well and hope you bring back lots of trophies.”

Michael Lim, director for Canada

Michael Lim, director for Canada, Central and South America, HKTB , Central and South America, HKTB, explained how this relatively new sport has helped bond Canada with Hong Kong.

“Modern dragon boat racing started in Hong Kong in 1976,” he said. “We celebrated Expo 86 by donating six dragon boats to Vancouver. Since then, Vancouver has really become a powerhouse of international racing.”

Last year, Vancouver sent four teams to the Hong Kong competition, returning with one gold and two silver medals. This year, the city is sending eight teams, all from the False Creek Racing Canoe Club. That’s the highest number of teams Hong Kong will see from any overseas country.

Vancouver’s False Creek, by the way, was falsely named. It’s not a creek but a bay with lots of room for lots of boaters. But powerhouse or not, Vancouver’s just one of nearly 20 Canadian cities, including Calgary and Edmonton, where the sport has found a following.

This year’s competition takes place among a carnival atmosphere in Hong Kong, Lim explained. “It’s the anchor event of our Summer Spectacular running from June 17 to Aug. 31. This year’s theme is Hot Events, Cool Place. Visitors will also be able to enjoy summer sales, visitor shopping, the Lan Kwai Fong Beerfest, the Summer Pop Live in Hong Kong concert and the Summer International Film Festival. Following the Summer Spectacular will be our Mid-Autumn Lantern Celebration and our Halloween Treats festival. You might be surprised to hear this, but Asians flock to our theme parks to experience haunted Halloween Hong Kong style.”

October’s spooktacular is followed by November’s Wine and Dine Month and December’s Winterfest, ending with the New Year Countdown Celebrations.

Next year Hong Kong hosts the Eighth World Club Crew Championships, the world’s ultimate dragon boat competition.

“Apart from these signature events, we have new hotels, including the world’s tallest, which opened last month,” Lim added. “We have amusement parks and theme parks. Disney is in its fifth year of operation. There’s exquisite dining, fantastic shopping and unique cultural experiences. There’s always something happening every moment in Hong Kong, Asia’s World City.”

With direct flights from Vancouver, Hong Kong is also a convenient point to set off for other Asian adventures. While the dragon boat paddlers spoke enthusiastically about the teamwork, commitment and passion of their sport, they also discussed their travel plans following the Hong Kong competition.

Stephanie McLean said she and her husband would head to Shanghai. Greg Lamb said he’d spend a week in Hong Kong, then visit Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

Karina Abe said that several people on her team will go on to Thailand. Looking forward to her first Hong Kong adventure, she said, “I heard it’s like New York times 10.”

John Joe agreed: “The city doesn’t shut down. And of course there’s the shopping.”

Pam Warkentin said it will be her first trip to Asia. “I’m super, super excited,” she said.

Attendees also watched a webisode of an eight-part online video series created by CTV in partnership with the HKTB. Lim recommended the series to anyone interested in the destination. Watch Destination Hong Kong: Asia’s World City online at hongkong.ctv.ca.

http://www.hellowesttravel.com/reportages.php?sequence_no=34529
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 10:28:34 AM »

As many as you all know, we will bringing the LARGEST International Crew to Hong Kong this year. We've included novice, recreational and competitive paddlers. We hope to not only race well in Hong Kong but also support a charity in Hong Kong.

It is please to announce that all 8 FCRCC Teams will be brining donations to a local Hong Kong Charity - Po Leung Kuk  
 http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk/en/about-po-leung-kuk/our-vision-and-mission.html

 The Po Leung Kuk (Chinese: 保良局) (Society for the Protection of Women and Children) is a charitable organisation in Hong Kong that provides support for orphaned children, education and other services.
 
 We will be bringing Sun Glasses (Donated by Clearly Contacts - www.clearlycontacts.ca), books, shampoo, clothes, toys, games, stationary, pens, educational dvd and more.

There are 250 Children - ranging from ages 1 -17 years of age. These children/youth can use all the love and support we can give.

 If you want to donate any new items to the children (and we can fit in our luggage), please give it to one of the following teams in False Creek  (Riptide, Lifescan, Dragon Hearts Beat, FCRCC Starbucks Waverunners Komodo, FCRCC Starbucks Waverunners Sumatra and/or, Creakside Masters). We will not be donating any cash, only donations in kind.  



Founding of Po Leung Kuk

In the late 19th century, abduction and trafficking of women and children were widespread in Hong Kong, under the mui tsai system. On 8 November 1878, a group of local Chinese presented a petition to the Governor of Hong Kong, John Pope Hennessy to set up Po Leung Kuk to rescue the kidnapped victims and the society was officially opened in August 1882.

The stated objective of the Kuk, as it is informally known, is to care for the young and protect the innocent. In the early days, it was primarily engaged in suppressing abduction of women and children and providing shelters and education for such victims. There were some difficulties with the colonial government, as a result of cultural differences, but the overall intention of improving the lot of unfortunates was earnestly pursued.

However, it has been suggested that the arrangements the Kuk provided had the convenient effect of maintaining a supply of servants and potential concubines for the wealthy Chinese families of Hong Kong, in a "peculiarly Chinese form of patriarchy".

Over the following century, the Kuk gradually evolved into a diversified organization in line with the social and economic changes over time.
 
Here is video of the children from Po Leung Kuk
 
blondie and kids from Po Leung Kuk orphanage Hong Kong '06

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World Journal Newspaper (only in Chinese) - if someone wants to interpret it, please do...

http://van.worldjournal.com/view/full_van/13508992/article-%E8%B5%B4%E6%B8%AF%E7%AB%B6%E9%BE%8D%E8%88%9F-%E8%B3%BD%E8%89%87%E6%9C%83%E8%AA%93%E5%B8%AB?instance=bc_events


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31日晚,香港經貿辦事處為福溪賽艇會舉辦誓師大會,並且送上象徵好運的中國古代錢幣,希望他們此行能夠旗開得勝。今年將由八支加國隊伍,約150位划艇好手與來自世界各地的逾200支龍舟健兒代表隊划槳爭勝。

在八支勁旅中,最強的四隊分別為男子精英聯隊、女子精英聯隊、星巴克逐浪者哥摩多龍隊、以及福溪龍舟大隊,其餘四隊則由業餘人士組成。男子精英聯隊的萬子業表示,他與隊員自1月開始就為這次國際性比賽做準備,他說:「由於溫哥華與維港的海上波浪幅度不同,我們在訓練時甚至出動汽艇在龍舟旁製造波浪,來模擬維港海域上會遇到的情況。」他亦介紹,由於加國多元的環境,出賽隊員不僅有華裔、西人還有印度裔的朋友,大家同心協力,對此次「出征」很有信心。

香港旅遊發展局代表呂婉霞表示,「溫哥華的龍舟因緣始於1986年的世界博覽會,那時溫市獲香港送贈六艘龍舟,此後大大小小的龍舟活動蓬勃崛起,逐漸發展成集慈善與運動競技於一身的多元化盛事。」她很高興這次能夠邀請到八支加國代表隊參賽,同時她也希望土生土長的華裔移民可以借此良機踏上「尋根之旅」。



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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 02:05:06 PM »

Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, during the Dragon Boat Race is not only the traditional events in Asia, recent years have been in the east and west coasts of Canada in hot pursuit. This year on June 17 to 19, Vancouver, Canada False Creek Rowing Council (False Creek Racing Canoe Club) were invited to participate at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong "Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races."

31 evening, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office for the False Creek boat launching ceremony will be held, and brought the ancient Chinese symbol of good luck coins, hope they can hit the ground running in this line. This year will be eight teams in Canada, about 150 rowing athletes from around the world with over 200 dragon boat rowing team athletes win.

Crack in the eight, the most powerful men were the elite four-team leagues, and women's elite leagues, and Starbucks by Langzhe Gemo more Dragons, and False Creek Dragon Boat Team, the other four team returned from the amateurs personalities. Sub-elite wing of the million man business that he started with the team since January to prepare for this international competition, he said: "As the Vancouver and Victoria Harbour, the sea waves of different magnitude, and we even sent out during training at the boat launch beside the manufacturing wave, to simulate the waters of Victoria Harbour will encounter the situation. "He also, due to the diverse Canadian environment, the race team is not only Chinese, Indians, Westerners still friends, we work together, on the "expedition" very confident.

Hong Kong Tourism Board Lvwan Xia said, "began in Vancouver in 1986 cause the Dragon Boat World Expo, when Vancouver sent a gift of six of the Hong Kong dragon boat, dragon boat activities have flourished since the rise of large and small, and gradually developed into a charity and sports diversity in a competitive event. "She was very pleased that Canada will invite representatives of eight participating teams, and she would like a native Chinese immigrants can take this opportunity on a" roots trip. "

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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2011, 02:15:27 PM »

Hey everybody, this is what happens when you think you know everything by blindly using technology.  Let's see what Google comes up with in translating.  I know, this is a really bad translation, but I had to have fun with it. BTW I am interested in how the real translation reads, if anyone has the time.
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Dragon Boat racing competition will be pledging to Hong Kong
by Wang Lu (Vancouver)

Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, Dragon Boat Racing are not only the traditional events in Asia, recent years have  had crews from east to west coasts of Canada strongly compete. This year on June 17 to 19 in Vancouver, Canada, False Creek Racing Canoe Club were invited to participate at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong's "Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races."

In the evening of May 31st, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office for the False Creek boat launching ceremony will be held, and brought the ancient Chinese symbol of good luck coins, hope they can hit the ground running in this line. This year will be eight teams in Canada, about 150 rowing athletes(?) from around the world with over 200 dragon boat crews trying to win.

With eight teams, four of them competitive crews made up of men's elite, women's elite, and Starbucks Waverunners Komodo Dragon crews, make up of FCRCCC Dragon Boat Team, with another four crews are made up on recreational paddlers. (I lost the name, but I am guessing Puppy), said he started with the team since January to prepare for this international competition, he said, "As with the Vancouver Harbour, Victoria Harbour has waves varying in amplitude. During training we had a boat launch beside us to create waves, to simulate the waters of Victoria Harbour which we will encounter." He also said, "due to the diverse Canadian multicultural environment, the race team is not only Chinese, but of Indians and Westerners we work together as friends, on this Hong Kong 'expedition', and we are very confident we will do well."

Hong Kong Tourism Board Lvwan Xia said, "This began in Vancouver in 1986 because the Dragon Boat World Expo, when Vancouver was sent a gift of six Hong Kong style dragon boats, dragon boat activities have flourished in large and small ways, and eventually developed into charitable and diversely competitive sporting events." She was very pleased that Canada will invite representatives of eight participating teams, and she would like natives to take this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Chinese immigrants.
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011, 02:26:51 PM »

4PPL, you beat me to it. Sad
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2011, 03:06:11 PM »

4PPL, you beat me to it. Sad

It's ok, your translation is better lol
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2011, 04:07:57 PM »

A word from our sponsors .....

DLD Financial Group Ltd., Gibbard Hoffart Financial Group Mortgage Consultants and the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver is thrilled to be supporting the FCRCC Team Canada Dragon Boat teams in this year's Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival.

No doubt, this is another proud Canadian moment and we look forward to celebrating your successes upon your return.


DLD FINANCIAL GROUP - http://www.dldfinancial.com/ (Dave Drummond and Kelly Ho)

KIWANIS CLUB OF VANCOUVER - http://kiwanisvancouver.ca/ (Rob Spinner)

GIBBARD HOFFART FINANCIAL MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS - http://www.gibbardhoffart.com/ (Gabe Hoffart)
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011, 12:57:24 AM »

Here are all the races that we have been entered into:

Small - 250M - 10 seat boats
Standard - 500M - 20 seat boats

FCRCC Premier Open
     - International Open (Standrad)
     - Standard Round Race 2000m
     - International Open (Small)
 FCRCC Premier Women
     - International Women(Standard)
     - International Women(Small)
 FCRCC Creakside Masters
     - International Mixed(standard)
     - International Mixed(small)
 FCRCC Riptide
     - International Mixed(standard)
     - International Mixed(small)
 FCRCC Lifescan
     - International Mixed(standard)
     - International Mixed(small)
 FCRCC Starbucks Waverunners Komodo
     - International Mixed(Standard)
 FCRCC Starbucks Waverunners Sumatra
    - International Mixed(standard)
    - International Mixed(small)
 FCRCC Dragon Hearts Beat
     - international Mixed(standard)
     - international Mixed(small)
     - international Open(small)
     - international Women(small)
 
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