Port Alberni’s Sproat Ness Dragons paddle hard during the annual Ladies Regatta at Sproat Lake Provincial Park. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Sproat Lake dragon boat regatta filled to the max

Sproat Ness Dragons place first in Diamond division

The Annual Ladies Spring Dragon Boat Regatta was organized by the West Coast Dragon Boat Society and held at Sproat Lake Provincial Park on Sunday, June 9. It was filled to the max with 15 teams that came from all over the Island to compete.

The weather was optimal for competition, with no wind and a minimal amount of rain. The Blue Marlin Inn provided both a breakfast and a lunch for the hard working participants.

The emcee for the event was new for this year, but not new to the sport—John Robbins was one of the first members of the West Coast Dragon Boat Society and once held the president position. He has since retired, but came out to help on Sunday.

Participants from all over the Island could be heard complimenting the regatta and how well it is run.



Let Her Run (Ladysmith) in first with 4:31.25

Warrior Chicks (Port Hardy) in second with 4:33.75

Nusa’lon Dragons (Nanaimo) third with 4:34.92


Sproat Ness Dragons (Port Alberni) in first with 4:42.10

River Spirit (Campbell River) in second 4:44.04

CV Dragonflies (Comox Valley) in third 4:45.92


FGPC Gorge-us Gals (Victoria) in first with 4:48.46

Flying Dragons (Comox) second 4:50.04

DieHard Dragons (Port Alberni) third 4:55.87


Angels Abreast (Nanaimo) in first with 4:57.91

Welly Wave Riders (Nanaimo) second 4:59.8

Hope Afloat (Comox) third 5:01.13


QB Hot Flash (Qualicum Beach) first 5:02.82

Abreast of Life (Lantzville) second 5:07.10

Paddling 4 Life (Powell River) third 5:10.70


Port Alberni’s Die Hard Dragons placed third in the gold division at the annual Ladies Regatta at Sproat Lake Provincial Park. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Just Posted

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District approves one cannabis store, denies another

Stores would have been located across the street from one another in Cherry Creek

UPDATED: Taylor Flats wildfire in the Alberni Valley under control

Fire is located close to Highway 4 near Sproat Lake

EDITORIAL: Plastics ban needs to start from the top

The more people talk about the plastics ban, the more it may catch on elsewhere…

West Coast Amateur in Port Alberni a success

Top overall winner, with a gross score of 140, was Derek Reid from Arbutus Ridge

ARTS AROUND: Last call for cruise ship vendors

Last cruise ship arrives in the Alberni Inlet on July 6

VIDEO: Sproat Lake Fire Department demonstrates sprinkler safety

Demonstration only took 3-5 minutes to create a deadly scenario where no one could survive

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Air Canada expects Boeing 737 Max to resume flying by September or October

Air Canada isn’t worried about safety of the planes, says vice-president

‘The Fonz’ gives thumbs up in letter to dyslexic students at B.C. school

Students in Maple Ridge reached out to Henry Winkler after reading one his Zipster books.

Late-night summer sailings to Horseshoe Bay won’t connect with buses

B.C. Ferries advises passengers on 10:40 p.m. sailings to look at other transportation options

PHOTOS: MP Mark Warawa loses brief battle with cancer

The Conservative Member of Parliament and long-time community advocate died in hospice this morning

Chinook fishery not ‘closed’ in area is message from guides

Conservative MP holds town halls on Vancouver Island to hear stakeholders’ concerns

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Commercial fishers in B.C. now required to wear life-jackets on deck: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC reports 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry between 2007 and 2018

Most Read