Professional Photographer Mai Duong, the most enthusiastic photographer you will ever meet.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This weekend, the Anniemaniacs are racing in the Portland Dragon Boat Festival! Come cheer us on!

Our last race was the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, where we placed 3rd in Platinum B, and 8th overall! We were the only U.S. team to make it into the Platinum division, go us!

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The team at Victoria

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is by far my favorite dragon boat race.  I love the venue.  The Victoria downtown inner harbor area is small, and cute, and nice to walk around.  This year, the paddler’s village wasn’t far from the marshalling line, and you didn’t have to cut through the festival booths (Alcan).  The scenery is great, and the spectator spot is the best.  You get to watch the teams load into the boats right in front, and also finish right in front.  You get a good clear view of the last half of the race.  There are no obstructions or boats in the way (Tacoma) and you get to watch the race go by you, not finish at you (Rose, Alcan, Kent).  The only problem is there is no shade, so on a hot sunny race weekend like this year, it’s hard on the spectators.  Also, the race seeding for the first races is based on ranking and past performance, not random (US races)!!

That being said, this year’s race had a lot of problems.  We were warned from the beginning that the race official team was 50% newbies and they were sure that things wouldn’t go smoothly.  Well, the first day had a major delay due to a boat being capsized by oncoming wakes (Hot Sake, yowsas!) but the second day was having many delays due to the disorganization.  The race schedule for the final day was never posted, and results were very slow to be posted.  The race brackets were being changed back and forth in the morning causing lots of confusion and delay.  Due to the delays, the race line ups on the water were not calm, but instead stressful.  Mme. RaceStarter and Mr. WaterReferree of Alcan need to show them how it’s done!

All that being said, I still ❤ Victoria.

My rankings of Dragon Boat Races:
1. Victoria
2. Portland
3. Alcan
4. Portland Rose
5. Tacoma or Kent, basically tied for last place.

Victoria BC Dragon Boat Festival PhotosThey’re on a boat! Part of the fun of going to Victoria is riding the ferry with everyone

Victoria BC Dragon Boat Festival PhotosFrom the ferry, you can sometimes see seals or whales

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Lights of Courage campaign

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Seafood sliders at Bard & Banker

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We are fans of having dinner on the upper floor of Bard & Banker, and hanging outside on their patio

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Empress hotel, which greets us when we arrive at Victoria, and when we cross the finish line at the race

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Parliament Building

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Due to the nature of the race course, Victoria has history of collisions, thus they use cloth dragon heads and tails.

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Our awesome, 3rd race of the weekend, semi final of the Platinum division

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“Pirate” ship

Victoria BC Dragon Boat Festival PhotosStill hanging out on the way home.  After the Kent debacle, the goal for this weekend’s race was boosting team morale via team bonding.  Me and 2 others were delegated to the “Victoria Social Committee” and decided to have a game night.  It didn’t really go quite smoothly (apparently, taboo can get hostile), but hey, they’re playing games here at least.

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