This summer the Shakabuku OC6 team has been mostly focusing on open water, long distance paddling. Venturing out of English Bay into the Burrard Inlet and circling the tankers around Jericho Beach has become a regular practice run.
We therefore thought competing in the 500m sprints at the North Vancouver OC6 Regtta would be a proverbial walking the park – Cates Park. It however turned out to be tougher undertaking than what we had expected.
This was mostly because we were no longer accustomed to the dragon boat-style short-distance racing. By the time other teams were looking at finishing the race at around the 400m mark, we were just starting to get going and steadily gaining on the competition. So, in longer (1k to 2k) races we would have been serious contenders. None the less, our best time of 2:24 was fairly respectable when compared to the fastest run time of 2:17 by one of the top local OC6 teams.