Fort Frances Ice Regatta
​Saturday, February 17, 2018 (Family Day weekend)

This night-time ice regatta is the next planned unique adventure for the Rusty Dragons! We plan to field one or two teams of 10. Each team is 5 men and 5 women.  The cost is $50, and we will coordinate travel and accommodations for the group.
Rusty Dragons logo - view of Toronto skyline in black silhouette, with orange sky and blue water.

After last year where some of us attended the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival but many were shut out due to a sold out event, we have decided to attend this new Ice Dragon Boat event instead this year in Fort Frances (west of Thunder Bay).  The event is limited to 20 teams and we would like to fields two teams.

Ice Dragon boats are specially rigged boats with skis underneath and an arm at the back that the steersperson can turn the skis under the back of the boat. Paddlers use special poles with spikes on them instead of paddles.  Otherwise it is similar to regular dragon boating with synchronization, except weight balance is not as important and its also a wee bit colder.  Side benefit - It's way easier to load and unload the boats!

Registration is now open for participants.  There is no restriction on who can register to join these collective teams (anyone from Canada, USA, or beyond). 

Cost: $50 Canadian or $42 US Dollars.   Flights are about $350 return (Porter flies from Toronto Island to Thunder Bay daily).  It's a 18 hour drive or more, so one option is to dive and sight-see there (Canadian northern side), then take USA southern route on way back (abound Great Lakes.

Each team consists of 10 "paddlers".  No drummer is needed and the event organizers supply the steersperson.  Click the red button below to register.

The official web page for the event is HERE.
      
Latest News (September 21, 2017):  We have contacted the Fort Frances organizers ((Annely Armstrong-Thorstad) and announced our intention to field up to two teams at this special event.  We have a close connection to this group from last year's Florida training camp.  It's a small world!  We are now at 9 of 20 participants registered, and are especially looking for men as the definition of mixed teams is 5 men and 5 women (and this sport is 75% women so it is not easy to find guys).   

Sept. 18:  We just opened registration for this event.  If you are interested, please click the registration button above ASAP to reserve your seat (space is very limited).  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  We will also coordinate transportation and accommodations to save money and share planning.  

Lolita has already reserved some hotel rooms, and we are working on transportation.  Information will be posted on this page as it becomes available - expect much more information shortly.  Registered members will receive more information as detailed plans are made.
TEAM #1 - MOTLEY CREW
Mixed team (6 women / 6 men)
TEAM #2 - GUNS n ROSES
Mixed team (6 women / 6 men)

Registration is now OPEN!
Our female athletes...

1. Lolita Uy
2. Anitha Cyriac
3. Wendy Auger
4. Estelle Rulton
5. Melanie Bissett
6. Janelle Rose
Our male athletes...

1. Tim MacFarlane
2. Mike Carsell
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Our female athletes...

1. Anita Leonne
2. Christina Gallucci
3. Estelle McCalmont
4. Nancy Martin
5. Judy Vye
6. Ingrid Schurr
Our male athletes...

1. Raymond Martin
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