Lakelse Regatta produces a thriller

It was a fitting finale to the dragon boat racing season as the Lakelse Regatta provided the most thrilling finish of the year.

It was a fitting finale to the dragon boat racing season as the Lakelse Regatta provided the most thrilling finish of the year.

That came in the A final when the ever-dominant Rio Tinto crew faced the Tragically Quick, who have lived up to their name since first appearing on the scene.

Prince Rupert’s Rainbow Warriors were the third boat in the final and were in with a chance based on times in the heats and subsequent qualifying races that set the line up for the three finals.

Although the Warriors put up their best time of the competition, 1 minute 10.5 seconds, they were no match for the other pair who fought it out bow to bow over the 250 metre course.

And in the end only the electronic timer could separate them, RTA prevailing by just five one-hundredths of a second in a time of 1:06.40.

The RTA Young Dragons, winners of the A event at the Kitimat races in July, found themselves in the B final this time after a less than stellar performance in their qualifying race.

But they took some compensation, beating the Northern Spirit boat by nearly a second and a half in a time of 1:15.4.

And in the C final KMP (Bechtel) had little trouble, finishing in 1:17.9, just shy of three seconds clear of Tyee Lake Dragons.

In the special Ladies of the Lake race the Rainbow Warriors had a great duel with the Northern Spirit team, coming home in 1:15.9, two-tenths of a second ahead of the Kitimat crew.

The regatta ended with the aptly named Guts and Glory race, a 1,000m endurance race.

RTA once again showed they had what it takes when it comes to stamina, cruising home in 5:28.3.


That was fully 15 seconds faster than the RTA Young Dragons with the Tragically Quick wallowing in their wake at 5:54.6.



Just Posted

Kitimat resident is Conservative choice for fall election

Claire Rattée is a former Kitimat councillor

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

LNG Canada sponsors driver’s license training in Terrace, Kitimat

The $80,000 contribution is part of the company’s commitment to hire locally

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Market volatility, mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canada’s big banks

Central bank interest hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins

Hearings into SNC-Lavalin affair start today, but not with Wilson-Raybould

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.

Tears, flowers at impromptu memorial for Syrian children killed in Halifax fire

The family had only lived in the Quartz Drive home for a few months

NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls

Rod Taylor reflects on 2019 federal election

The Christian Heritage Party is aiming to run 100 candidates in upcoming election

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Most Read