2023 puerto rico - Jan. 26-28

In late 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rusty Dragons had a crew of Canadians and Americans planning to go to this dragon boat festival just north of Ponce on the south side of Puerto Rico.  Then a series of strong earthquakes hit very close to the race site at Ponce and the event was cancelled.  And then further cancellations came due to the pandemic.  They finally ran the festival again in March 2022 but this time in the capital city of San Juan (Condado Lagoon).  We didn't go then as it was uncertain to occur and we were still in the pandemic.

 

  • The date has been set to Saturday, January 28, 2023 (with a practice on Friday 27th in afternoon). 
  • These are 10-person boats with each person being able to join 1, 2, or 3 teams (mixed, women, open teams). 
  • Races will take place at the 500m (x 2) and 200m (x 2) distances.  Time permitting, there will be 2k races at the end of the day.
  • The location is San Juan in the north, and NOT Ponce in the south where it was for many years.
  • Travel and accomodations will be coordinated among participants.  
  • Everyone is responsible for their own bookings, but we share what others are doing to help make it easier, better, and less expensive.
  • Intended for experienced paddlers who want to paddle competitively at an international event (and race in small boats).
  • A WhatsApp chat group will be created for communications before and during the trip.
  • The base plan is to arrive by Wednesday evening so we can practice Thursday evening and Friday during the day.
  • Team dinners will be arranged for Thursday and Saturday evenings. 
  • Side trips (optional) include...
       > 
    El Yunque National Rainforest and hike up mountain trails.

       > Bioluminescent Bay near Fajardo where we paddle at dusk in glass bottom boats (water glows when you paddle).
       > San Juan Fort historical tour (and downtown San Juan).

Use the registration button below to register for this event.  Don't miss the boat!


The cost is $85 CAD / $65 USD for first team you register for, plus $55 CAD / $40 USD for each additional team joined.
Payments can be made via Interac in Canada to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." or via PayPal invoice for our American athletes.

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

 Mixed Team

(tentative)

 1.  Tim MacFarlane

 2. Will Bober

3. Thomas Hull

 4. Diane Gropp

 5. Lilia Marshe

 6. Tosha Harry

 7. Judy Vye

 8. Estelle McCalmont

 9. Laurie McVey

10. Debbie Young-Hermanns

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Womens Team

(tentative)

 1. Alice Turner

 2. Cynthia Russe

 3. Diane Gropp

 4. Estelle McCalmont

 5. Judy Vye

 6. Laurie McVey

 7. Shida Yari

 8. Tosha Harry

 9. Debbie Young-Hermanns

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Open Team

(tentative)

 1. Tim MacFarlane

 2. Will Bober

 3. Thomas Hull

 4. Estelle McCalmont

 5. Judy Vye

 6. Tosha Harry

7. Laurie McVey

 8. Diane Gropp

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San Juan, Puerto Rico 8 Dec. 2022 26 °C
Wind: 5.26 mph
Humidity: 70% Pressure: 1015 hPa
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Tue 21 °C 22 °C