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PHOTOS: Dragon boaters battle wind and rain in Salmon Arm

Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival racers unfazed by weather; Okanagan and Kamloops teams go head-to-head

Wind and rain couldn’t stop determined dragon boaters in Salmon Arm.

The Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival was held at Marine Peace Park Saturday, June 24, with races starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until around 2 p.m.

Teams from Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Penticton joined the three Salmon Arm teams at the wharf, battling choppy waves and heavy winds. Fellow boaters and spectators said conditions were difficult but applauded each other for a job well done in each race.

Women’s and mixed divisions race a 500-metre course on Shuswap Lake.

The festival is hosted by the Shuswap Rowing and Paddling Club, in partnership with the Penticton Dragon Boat Society.

The last race is scheduled to hit the water around 2 p.m., but morning races did begin a little later than scheduled.

Awards will be handed out around 3 p.m.

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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