We are a new competitive racing team who had a full year of training and racing in 2022 (5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).  The team is for motivated paddlers who want to step up their training and goals to another level.  We welcome paddlers to join us on our rise in the dragon boat world.  The team has qualifying criteria including basic fitness tests that are very reasonable.  New in 2023 we will use TeamSnap to manage our practices and team communications.


** Registration is OPEN for the summer program!!  We are still looking for 4-6 more team members!  Please read the details below (red section on right) and register NOW using the red button on the left side of this page).   If you don't see the button, note that we have some issues with the mobile phone version of the website so we encourage you to use a computer/laptop to register and see all details.

The team has eligibility requirements that will be communicated to prospective paddlers.  This includes prior dragon boat experience (2 years generally), a higher attendance commitment to practices and mandatory regattas, basic fitness testing, and adequate space on the team for each gender (8-12 each of men and women - required by rules for the Canadian Championships that we are racing in).  By registering, you agree to the understanding that you may not make the team, even if you meet all of the requirements.  That all being said, we encourage paddlers to join us!

Co-captains: Natalie Kassen and Graeme Kondruss

Coaches: Beth Yam and Jamie Gleason  

Team Manager: Tim MacFarlane.  Canadian Nationals Manager: Diane Gropp

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This is the fifth year for this team. Join us and spend your summer months enjoying the paddling, camaraderie, and fresh air on waterfront that comes with this team. New this year is monthly video review - where we take video of team paddling and can look at it later to identify areas where the team can improve. This is an invaluable tool to becoming a better team. We have two dedicated co-captains identified very early on to help plan for an amazing year!

Our 2023 Program

Winter indoor training program registration is still open.  See winter program details on the left panel below entitled "2023 WINTER TRAINING:".  The program is open to a limited number of non-Barracudas. We will pro-rate the fee for those joining later.  There is room!

Summer program registration is still OPEN.  It includes the Canadian Championships!  See the details on the right panel below entitled "2023 SUMMER RACING:". 



We are training twice-a-week, Mondays and Thursday evenings.  See below for pictures of our three training sites (2 winter, 1 summer).  Anyone can join this program at pro-rated fee.  To register, cliclk on the big BLUE button at top left of this page.


Mondays - 700 University. 

  > 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  Nov 21 to Apr 24.

  > Except Dec26, Jan02, Feb20, Apr10.


Thursdays - 230 Nantucket Blvd

  > Gym at 7:20 PM and Pool at 8:30 PM.

  > Nov 17 to Apr 27 (excl. Dec 22 & 29).


Jonathan Navarro

Jessica Oliver

Winter Program Cost:


2023 Summer RACING:

This is why we train!  This year we are racing at the following four competitive regattas in order to put our training to the test!  No other team has had such an abitious racing program.  To register, cliclk on the big RED button at top left of this page.

Pickering Challenge

June 3 on Frenchman's Bay.  Three races: 1x200m & 2x500m.

Toronto International

June 17-18 at Toronto Island. Two days of 200m & 500m races as final tune-up before Nationals.

Canadian Championships (premier mixed)

July 19-21 at Welland International Flatwater Centre.  Includes 500m & 2000m races (Thurs 20th) and 200m races (Friday 21st).  Practice (Wed 19th).

GWN Challenge

Sept 9-10 at Marilyn Bell Park. Four 500m races.

Practice Schedule (43 practices) at Outer Harbour

Mondays, May 1 to Oct 9 (Except July 24, Aug 7, and Sept 4).
Thursdays, May 4 to  Oct 12 {except July 20).


Beth Yam

Jamie Gleason

Summer Program Cost


Team Members 

Beth Yam
Jamie Gleason


Natalie Kassen

Graeme Kondruss


Tim MacFarlane


  • Natalie Kassen
  • Diane Gropp
  • Andrew Paterson
  • Chantal Marier
  • Lilia Marshe
  • Chandu Subramaniam 

  • Graeme Kondruss
  • Ilona Perkins
  • Oleg Paikoff
  • Kaola Baird
  • Susan Nguyen
  • Elsa Olarte

  • Tim MacFarlane
  • Sylvia Richmond
  • Jack Leong
  • Ellen Kempton
  • Hamza Shahzad
  • Iffia Wright