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Last practice before the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

June 24, 2015 @ 16:23 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

Both of the teams I’m steering for at the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival have their final practices this evening, so naturally the weather is shaping up to be a little more exciting that necessary:

TAF CYOW 241740Z 2418/2518 27010G20KT P6SM FEW060
FM241900 29012KT P6SM BKN050 TEMPO 2420/2424 P6SM -SHRA PROB30
2420/2423 21/2SM TSRA BR BKN020 OVC040CB
FM250200 31008KT P6SM FEW050
BECMG 2504/2506 VRB03KT
FM251500 33007KT P6SM SCT050 BKN120

Hopefully, the 30% chance of moderate thunderstorms will not interrupt the light rain showers (which, frankly, I could do without).

Perfect weather for dragonboating

June 19, 2015 @ 14:58 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

Compared to this time last week, the weather this evening looks perfect for dragonboating:

TAF CYOW 191738Z 1918/2018 30008KT P6SM FEW040
BECMG 2001/2003 VRB03KT

Almost no wind or clouds in the forecast. I think this will make three practices in a row that I won’t have needed head-to-toe Goretex. 🙂

It’s raining, so I must have a dragonboat practice this evening

June 12, 2015 @ 16:41 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

As you’ve probably noticed if you live in Ottawa, it has been raining all day today. That means the chances are high the I have a dragonboat practice this evening (which I do) and it looks like it’s going to be (another) wet one, at least for the first part of the practice:

TAF AMD CYOW 121851Z 1218/1318 VRB03KT 6SM -RA BR OVC030
TEMPO 1218/1220 3SM -RA BR BKN020 OVC050 PROB30 1218/1220 2SM TSRA BR BKN008 OVC015CB
FM122000 18005KT 6SM -RA BR SCT006 OVC012
TEMPO 1220/1302 2SM RA BR BKN006 OVC012
BECMG 1222/1224 06006KT
FM130300 05006KT P6SM BKN012 OVC090
FM130500 33005KT 3SM BR FEW015 PROB30 1305/1312 1/4SM FG VV001
FM131200 31010KT P6SM FEW025

Thank goodness for GoreTex™!

Exciting weather for dragonboating

June 10, 2015 @ 16:55 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

We’re in for some exciting weather during the next few hours:

TAF CYOW 102040Z 1021/1118 19010G20KT 6SM -SHRA BR OVC080
TEMPO 1021/1023 VRB15G30KT 2SM TSRA BKN008 OVC030CB
FM102300 19010G20KT 6SM -SHRA BR OVC080 PROB40 1023/1024 VRB15G30KT 2SM TSRA BKN008 OVC030CB
FM110100 24010KT P6SM FEW020
BECMG 1106/1108 24010G20KT
FM111400 27015KT P6SM BKN040

And there’s a severe thunderstorm watch warning in effect as of the time of this post, and up the Valley they’ve had tornado watches
A quick peek at the radar right now shows that a bunch of rain has passed south of the city, but there’s still a couple of fairly energetic cells making their way down the Ottawa River towards us:

Naturally, I’m supposed to be on the water steering for a couple of dragonboat teams this evening, when it’s probably going to be quite windy and probably rainy. Yay Goretex™!

A wee bit o’ rain

September 08, 2012 @ 10:55 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Out and about, Photography, Weather


September 08, 2012 @ 10:36 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Out and about, Weather

So, I’m at the Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival today and the weather here is rather exciting. It’s been raining almost constantly since we arrived and there have been delays because of lightning. I’ve been watching the Franktown radar and it’s not encouraging.

The aviation forecast for Ottawa is equally bleak:
TAF CYOW 081141Z 0812/0912 14010KT P6SM SCT025 OVC100
TEMPO 0812/0817 4SM -SHRA BR OVC020 PROB40 0813/0815 VRB20G30KT 1SM TSRA BR BKN008 OVC020CB
FM081700 18012G22KT P6SM -SHRA OVC030
TEMPO 0817/0821 5SM -SHRA BR OVC015 PROB40 0817/0821 VRB30G50KT 1SM +TSRA BKN015 OVC030CB
FM082100 25012G22KT P6SM -SHRA OVC025
TEMPO 0821/0901 5SM -SHRA BR OVC020
FM090100 26015G25KT P6SM OVC020
FM090400 28010G20KT P6SM OVC025
FM090900 28010KT P6SM BKN030

The 30 gusting to 50 knots winds with heavy thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon will be truly delightful.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival recap

June 25, 2012 @ 12:03 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats

This past weekend the 19th annual Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was held in Mooney’s Bay Park. With over 200 teams taking part this year, it has become the largest dragonboat festival in the world. Because they’ve increased the number of teams, they changed up the schedule a bit and moved the charity pledge challenge races from Saturday to Friday evening and changed the format of the races on the Sunday so that everyone had three races on Sunday: a 200m race, 100m sprint and 500m race. In past years, the shorter 100m and 200m races were exhibition races for the top-ranked teams. Personally, I liked the variety of races on Sunday, particularly the 100m sprint.

As in past years, I steered for the Algonquin College Singapore Slings and we’re happy with our results (even though we didn’t win our challenge cup this year):

Day Race Time
Friday Pledge challenge (500m) 2:24.47
Saturday Hospitality & Tourism Challenge Cup (500m) 2:25.19
Block 4 Final (500m) 2:32.20
Sunday 200m Mixed H Final 0:56.05
100m Mixed H Final 0:28.16
The Ottawa Citizen 500m Mixed H Final 2:28.12

The Slings were one of the top fund-raising teams again this year, so we got to race Friday evening. Many thanks to everyone who sponsored us!

I also steered one race for a women’s team called Domina. They raced well, but sadly at the end of Saturday they missed advancing to Sunday by less than one second! 🙁

This year they put together some all-men’s teams for an exhibition 200m race. Many of the men paddlers from the Slings got together with paddlers from a couple of other teams and raced against 5 or 6 other teams. The power in the boat was pretty impressive and we had a lot of fun!

Overall, the weather was just about perfect all weekend. There was a little burst of rain Sunday afternoon, but that was it.

A big thank you to the volunteers who kept the races running smoothly, but most of all a big thank you to everyone on the teams I steered for: You guys paddled well and should be proud of your results!