The Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Races were held in Porpoise Bay on Saturday September 19 with sunshine and a brisk breeze to challenge the many racers who competed. Teams from Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Club included Sunshine Coast Dragons Abreast, McKenzie Mussels and Sea Gals, and the other teams consisted of Dragontinis from Pender Harbour, along with Pearl Warriors and Paddling for Life from Powell River.
Each Coast community takes turns holding the races, and this year the fun was hosted by Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Club from Sechelt.
The races include numerous heats and then an obstacle race, and the results from these events determine the winning team. The second heat of the day had Sea Gals winning by less than a second over Paddling For Life. Two of the teams, S.C. Dragons Abreast and Paddling For Life teams are made up exclusively of breast cancer survivors, organizers noted.