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San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival 2015
Written by Ken Mak   
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

This year marked the Festivalís 20 year anniversary and also the last year the regatta would be held at Treasure Island. Jetstart returned to retain its title and represent amongst the Canadian teams in attendance and the team did not disappoint. In a dominating performance and a crew clearly on a mission, Jetstart went on to take Gold in the Mixed, Womens, Mens & Seniors Championship Finals and the Visitors Team Championship Final. It was another golden weekend to remember with great racing, good food and great people.

A special thank you to Creakside ABbys for helping us to form Team Jet-Creak for the Mens and Womens races and also to the Bay Area Dragons (BAD) for being such welcoming and fantastic hosts over the weekend.


 
GWN Challenge 2015
Written by Ken Mak   
Monday, 28 September 2015

Jetstart competed at the annual GWN Challenge held at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. The weekend brought flashbacks of Nationals earlier in the season in terms of weather and hard lessons for the team. Despite the cold and rainy weather all weekend, Jetstart had a great start to the regatta placing 1st in both heats on Saturday. In a tight race in the semi-finals on Sunday, the team came 3rd by 0.05 seconds- landing in the A Division Final, but assigned in Lane 1 which has never been kind to teams. In what was arguably the race with the most heart and grit of the season, Jetstart finished 5th in the 500m A Division Final giving it everything they had with no regrets. The Entre-Amis (Mens) and Entre-Amies (Womens) crews made their return at GWN, with Entre-Amis men placing 4th in the Mens Grand Final and Entre-Amies taking Gold in the Womens Grand Final.

Congratulations to all teams that competed over the weekend and a big shout out to the Canadian Senior Dragon Boat Club for winning Bronze in the A Division Final!


 
Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival
Written by Ken Mak   
Thursday, 13 August 2015

All our hard work has finally paid off! Jetstart won silver at the Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival 500m race. In 3rd spot after the 2nd heat, we knew we had to push beyond our limits to close the gap between us and the top teams in the final. An inch can make a difference, and a fraction of a second can mean victory. It took an extra ounce of grit and determination to clinch the 2nd place spot in the 500m premiere mixed final. A sweet victory indeed! Then the much anticipated 2000m race, our last test of endurance for the day... Adrenaline-fueled all the way, with the top 4 teams not budging, the race was very close with Jetstart finishing 3rd place. Despite the overcast weather and morning drizzle, it turned out to be an awesome race day!


 
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2015 Race Schedule

May 23, 2015
Milton Dragon Boat Festival
Milton, Ontario

June 13-14, 2015
Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival
Parry Sound, Ontario

June 26-28, 2015
Canadian Dragon Boat Championships
Welland, Ontario

July 25-26, 2015
Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge
Montreal, Quebec

August 8, 2015
Woodstock Rotary Club Dragon Boat Festival
Woodstock, Ontario

September 12-13, 2015
Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge
Toronto, Ontario

September 19-21, 2015
San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival
San Francisco, CA

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