Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- I spy




I SPY

This week's theme seems whatever you want it to be. So I SPY, with my little EYE, something beginning with D. A Dragon Boat, in amongst all the other boats in this area. Well, it's probably a practice boat and we see teams practicing here in False Creek regularly. Click to enlarge the photos.



Dragon Boat racing is very popular here in Vancouver where the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival is held in June every year and over 180 teams from here and all over the world compete. This year will be the 20th anniversary of the Festival.


The red boat rendezvoused with a white boat a little
later and challenged them to a race.


World championships are held every two years with different host countries and local teams usually fare very well. In fact the Canadian team won the World Championship Nation's cup three times in a row, defeating the very shocked favourite Chinese team.

A word about the Pink Paddlers. All are survivors of breast cancer and they have formed dragon boat teams all over the world. The first world championship meet for Pink Paddlers was held in Singapore in 2006 and a documentary was made about the event.

More about the history and legend surrounding dragon boat racing can be found here, should you be inclined to look further.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

45 comments:

Sanni said...

Very good managed!

Dragon Boat racing is very popular in my part of the world, too. I love to spy, but I ever participated myself!

Happy Hunting!

Barbara H. said...

It's always neat to spy boats in the water!! That's neat about the pink paddlers.

Carver said...

Great shots. I didn't know about the origins and significance of dragon boat racing so I enjoyed learning about it at the link you provided. That's an interesting history. I like your take on the theme. The dragon boat in the first shot is very unexpected amidst all the other boats.

Criz Lai said...

Cool entry. It's very obvious that the RED boat is the main eye capturing object there :P

Sarge Charlie said...

No nothing about dragon boats but it looks cool

Jersey - The Furry Diva said...

I like your take on the theme! Very creative!

pelfy said...

Great shots! Dragon Boat racing is very popular in my country too. Usually, the race will fall on the 5th day of the 5th month (in the lunar calendar). Happy weekend (=

eastcoastlife said...

We hold Annual Dragon Boat races in Singapore. Right now our national team is training hard. hehe....

maiylah said...

very interesting! i haven't watched them, but i know that they are quite popular. wonderful shots!

JC said...

Interesting post... love the photos!

ellen b said...

Nice take on I spy. The photos are beautiful. Happy weekend to you...

Napaboaniya said...

Dragonboat races are fun to watch. There's Dragonboat festival in Singapore as well, but it's sometimes associated with some Chinese festival :P

julie said...

Watching a dragon boat racing is fun. The energy is exhilarating.

Have a great weekend, jmb :)

byrningbunny said...

I saw the documentary about the pink paddlers and the dragon boats. Incredible women.

I enjoyed your pictures. How nice to watch those colorful boats.

leslie said...

I felt right at home in the photos!

Jen said...

I liked learning a lil bit about dragon boat racing. I know nothing of it! Great post!

Pato & Pearl said...

Nice one. Dragon boat is popular here too but I don't think I have the stamina to participate.

Pearl

Janice Thomson said...

An excellent and informative post for the theme Jmb.
That's tough slugging - don't know if I could ever do it. I love watching them though :)

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

As I think you know, dragon boats and dragon boat racing is pretty popular in Hong Kong as well... ;)

Dragonstar said...

Lovely post, thank you! I'd never heard of Dragonboat racing outside of Hong Kong, so I found this very interesting.

jams o donnell said...

Great shots jmb. I really should spend more time in boats (ie more than no time at all!). I've never tried a dragon boat though.

Have a great weekend

LibertyBelle said...

Dragon boat racing - well ya' learn something new everyday! A great photo!
Happy Weekend
L

Colin Campbell said...

We have Dragon Boat racing here in South Australia. No real interest personally. Too much like hard work.

Sweeta said...

Great shots of the dragon boats and yah it's very interesting history!

keeyit said...

Dragon boats is famous in chinese population..

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Is there a large Chinese community in Vancouver?
It suppose it would make sennse.

the teach said...

This is great, jmb! Here in the US we have crew teams - the boats are called...can't think of what the boats are called (senior moment!) Thanks for all the info about dragon boats! :D

Huey said...

Oh we have dragon boat here too. I remember one of my brother's friends was in it, long ago. :D

Heather said...

Those are great!

Liz said...

I'm sure the sun always shines in Vancouver! Your photos always make it look wonderful anyway.

Smalltown RN said...

Those are great! I have a couple of gals at work who dragon boat race called Boat afloat...it to is for breast cancers surviours...great post

The Mama Bear said...

Wonderful photo for this week. We have one Dragon boat race a year here in Oshkosh, and it is becoming a big event.
Great hunting this week, my effort can be found at: http://cafeendofuniverse.blogspot.com/2008/03/photo-hunters-i-spy.html
if you are interested.

everydayhealy said...

Oh! We in Penang will have dragon boat competition every year at the lat day of Chinese New Year! :)

Sabine said...

A great and educational post! I really like the lake contrasting with the city scape. Beautiful! :)

liza said...

great i spy photos! thanks for dropping by.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'd never heard of dragon boats before! And well done, the pink paddlers.

JesieBlogJourney said...

My cousin and brother were participants of dragon boat races. I'm only a spy. Thanks for sharing your great and clear shots.

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, jmb: I never heard of dragon boats before! Well, there are lots of things I never heard of before! You're a good teacher.
Donnetta

PowersTwinB said...

Very very cool sweetie! I was shocked how many apartments/condos face the water! I didnt think of a big city, instead thought of pristine beaaches and beautiful trees...makes me look dumb! lol..My hunt is up, come take a look, I always appreciate your visits

PrettyLifeonline said...

cool catch!!! Hope you'll visit mine too...

Heart of Rachel said...

Great photos! I wanted to join our college rowing team but I couldn't fit it in my schedule back then. Sometimes I wish I made time for it.

Aisha said...

This is really cool!

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Those are great shots! Did you get to watch the challenge? I did the same thing and forgot the link here,..lol. Have a good week.

ipanema said...

Oh, the regatta is always fun to watch. My sister is a member of her multinational company's rowers. They take part in Singapore's annual event.

Thanks for the visit and have a great Sunday! :)

Tokenhippygirl said...

I'm a bit late checking in this week. Great photos! It's very popular here in Portland as well. We have big races every year during our Rose Festival.