Dragonboats race across York Lake

The Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club (YCKC) brought its summer season to an epic close this past weekend with its fifth annual fall dragonboat race.

Four teams competed in the day-long event on Sept. 8 at York Lake. Paddlers filled their boats and squared off with their opponents in a series of round-robin-style races.

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The day got off to a rocky start when, in the first race, the dragonboats bumped into each other, causing one dragon head to fall from the boat. Luckily, thanks to a quick tape repair, the head was reattached and the races proceeded without incident.

After a long day of races, the Columbia Cougars, the YCKC home team, and YCS Royals came in fourth, third, and second place, repsectively. The Dragon Our Asses team came in first place for the second year in a row.

YCKC’s next big event will be an indoor dragonboat competition in February.

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