DDRA (OPS) CANADA DAY REGATTA
Saturday July 1, 2017 on Toronto's Centre Island.

Welcoming all OPS teams across the province, as well as any other interested teams.  Part of the one of the world's longest running mixed regattas, involving canoe clubs and rowing clubs since 1884, with dragon boats added in 2003.  The event is run by the Dominion Day Regatta Association (DDRA), for which Tim MacFarlane is the Dragon Boat Coordinator and general committee member since 2007.  Ontario Public Service (OPS) employees have volunteered to coordinate the dragon boat portion of this event since the start, hence the reference to being the unofficial OPS Canada Day Regatta (Tim works for the OPS).  There are many other OPS volunteers helping organize this event.  The event is limited to 18 teams due to the canoe, kayak, and rowing races also on the race card.  Any teams are welcome to register for this event, not just OPS teams.  It is a small recreational regatta located on scenic Toronto Islands on a very special day, Canada Day.  Join us for this special event!  There is lots of BLING up for grabs...
Divisions: 
 > Community Division - Racing in three 500m races.
 > Spirit Challenge Division - Racing in one 250m race, for teams of paddlers with developmental disabilities.
 > Women's 250m Sprint Challenge - **NEW** to be confirmed - A single bonus race for up to 3 women's collective teams.

Race Day: 
 > Date:  Saturday July 1st (Canada Day).  The day starts at about 8:00am and ends about 5:00pm.
 > Location:  Allan A. Lamport Regatta Course on Toronto's Centre Island (Centre Island ferry).
 > Objective:  Experience the thrill of racing other crews and having FUN with fellow paddlers, with family and friends cheering from shore and the grandstands!

Registration Details:
 > Team registration will open here on about February 15, 2017 via a red Survey Monkey "Click Here to Register" button above.
 > Registration fees will not be finalized until January, but are estimated to be about $800 for Community mixed teams and about $200 for women's sprint teams.
 > The cost for a Spirit Challenge Division team is FREE (sponsored by the Rusty Dragons and their members).

Contact for team managers / coaches / captains: 
 > Tim MacFarlane, E-mail - Tim@RustyDragons.ca, cell - 647-971-7332
Latest News (January 10, 2017): Congratulations to the OPS Diversity EANG Dragons for their hard-fought win at the 2016 Canada Day Regatta.  Now we are preparing for the biggest and best regatta ever at the 15th annual regatta on July 1, 2017 - which is Canada's 150th birthday!    If your team is interested in racing at this regatta in 2017 (ANYONE is welcome, especially OPS teams), please contact the Dragon Boat Coordinator for the event, Tim MacFarlane, at Tim@RustyDragons.ca.    This event is especially open and welcoming to public service teams who have been attending and managing the event since 2003.   See the list of past and present OPS teams and others at the bottom of this page.

Team registration for the event will open here on about February 15th, 2017.  Stay tuned for some changes that are being planned to make this the biggest and more importantly BEST Canada Day regatta to date!

NEW in 2017 (more still in works):
 - A separate sound system will be used for the dragon boat teams (for better communications to teams).
 - The addition of a women's 250m sprint race (hosted by the Pink Crusaders breast cancer survivor team).
 - An improved event headquarters with printed signs, race schedule, and results.
 - A charity will be identified that the event is supporting.
 - Anniversary souvenir event T-shirts will be sold to promote event and raise money for the charity.
OPS Civil Dragons (2003 / 2011 Champs)
OPS Diversity EANG (2016 Champions)
MTCS Oars to Discover (2013 Champions)
Motley Crew (2009 & 2012 Champions)
OPS Great Lake Paddlers
OPS Two Twenty Two
Harbord Village Dragons
York Quay Dragons
Barracudas (2014 & 2015 Champions)
One Gorgeous Boat
Rise Up and Paddle!
NG Dragons / Community Wave
Rusty REDs (Senior team)
Sight Unseen (blind / partially sighted team)
Team Dangerous (2005 Champions)
Outer Harbour Dragons (2010 Champions)
Lively Dragon Hodge Podge Crew
Auto Pilots (D.H. Carter Architects)
Combo Squad (Lively Dragon)
OPS Fire Dragons (Office of Fire Marshal)

 Previously Registered Teams (2003-2016) - Teams in BLUE were most recent teams who were registered in 2016
 Event Details...

Logo for the Dominion Day Regatta Association (DDRA) - It is a crossed oar and paddle with a maple leaf in the middle with the year 1884 on leaf.  The tag line is "The oldest and largest combined Rowing and Paddling regatta, Since 1884".
Rusty Dragons banner logo - Toronto skyline is black silhouette, with orange sky above and blue water below.

OPS Dragonflies
Pink Crusaders (breast cancer survivor team)
UofT - Library of Conquest
Spirited Away - Spirit Challenge (SC)
The Dukes (2014-2015 SC Champions)
Elections Ontario (2004 Champions)
Transport Canada
OPS Jade Dragons
OPS Green Dragons
Huron Swift Scales (Parents and Kids)
Are We There Yet? (Parents and Kids)
OPS Red Dragons
OPS Blue  Dragons
Kraken Krew  (Parents and Kids)
OH Jade Dragons (2006 / 2007 Champions)
Diversity Dragons (2008 Champions)
Tough on the Water
GBAH (Balmy Beach Canoe Club)
OPS.PDB Collective