Ottawa Ice Regatta
Team Name: Rusty Dragons
Saturday February 10, 2018 in Ottawa (Dow's Lake)
Rusty Dragons logo - view of Toronto skyline in black silhouette, with orange sky and blue water.

We participated in the first ever Ice Dragon Boat Festival in North America in 2017, and we are returning again this year as we had a lot of fun last year.  Last year there were 60 teams and it was sold out - this year there are 100 teams and it is sold our again - but WE have a full team berth this year. The event also takes place during Ottawa's Winterlude (Feb 3 to 20).

Each team consists of 10 "paddlers", a steersperson, and a drummer. The boats are rigged with skis and we will use special ice stick "paddles". Practices will be held Friday so we can get used to the boats. Each team gets 3 races and competes in divisions like a regular festival. Check out this video from Hungary. Check out this news article from last year hinting about this event coming.  Click the red button below to register.

Cost: $90 per person  (team registration fee of $847.50 / 10 paddlers plus $5).  
Latest News (Jan. 11):  We had a great time at the event, punctuated by us being interviewed by Rick Mercer and racing against his team.  We all received participation medals and made new friends at the event.  Pictures are still being gathered, so stay tuned for more!

See the Rick Mercer video to the right - at the 3:42 mark, you see one boat swerve towards Rick and then crash into the back of our boat (that is me steering with the Motley Crew jersey on).  We had a blast and were interviewed by Rick but it didn't make it past the cutting room.

Mixed team of 12, with an even 6 women and 6 men on the boat. 

Coach/Steer: Tim MacFarlane  (Rusty Dragons)


Left side paddlers:​
Right side paddlers:​
Picture of three of the participation medals from the event, with background being red souvenir jersey that has every participant's name on it.
2017 Team paddlers:​

   1. Una Gould
   2. Melodie Mortensen
   3. Diana Johnson-Santos
   4. Jeff B Santos
   5. Bob So
   6. Lise McKay
   7. Scott Jenkins
   8. Michael Warwick 
   9. Michael Carsell
 10. Marleah Corbin

Coach: Tim MacFarlane
Drummer: JoAnn Moore