NEWS FLASH:  Jim Farintosh recently announced he is running a race camp in Pickering, Ontario.  The camp runs from May 28 to June 2. 

We are excited to form a collective team of paddlers from all over North America to come together for this first-ever race camp in Pickering, Ontario (Frenchmans Bay).  This opportunity is open to anyone at the Rusty Dragons or our friends in other Canadian and American cities.  To be clear, please note that this is not the official event camp page - this is the Rusty Dragons building a collective team to take to this event.

NOTE: Jim has yet to make an official announcement on details and registration as he is still working on permits, contracts, etc for the race camp.  But he made a general announcement (Bow Wave Update 2023-3) that prompted us to start getting ready!  Based on my past camp experience, I have listed below some components of what the race camp might entail.  This page will be updated as official announcements are made.  


  • Twice-daily training sessions on the water (Monday to Friday) with a top coach assigned to us (from Canada, USA, or abroad).
  • Based on earlier camps, there will likely be about 3 to 3.5 hours of paddling per day.  This usually includes a 30 minute daily extra help session.
  • A few video review sessions are usually included (on water paddling taped from a motor boat, and reviewed later at an indoor facility). 
  • INCLUDES racing at the Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge on Saturday June 3.
  • The cost of the camp is $TBD   (I would guess it to be similar to other camps, likely in the $500 CAD / $400 USD range).

Training at a dragon boat camp is a truly amazing and rewarding experience.  You'll be getting great coaching and significant time on the water that will build your skills to the next level very quickly.   You'll also make new friends and connections to paddlers in other teams, cities, and countries.  For those who've been to camp before - you know - we're addicted to boats!  Those new to dragon boat racing and/or to camp who are thinking about it, this camp is great for you!  Don't hesitate - just do it!  Many new doors may open to you!

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Tim MacFarlane as detailed in the contact info at the bottom of this page.

Hope to see you in Pickering with us!


Pickering Race Camp "Motley Crew"

Tim MacFarlane (Barracudas - Toronto)

Chantal Marier (Barracudas - Toronto)

Freddie Tsao (Agua Libre - Denver)