The Quality Foods Blu By U team heads back to the dock after a race Saturday during the Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival. KARL YU/The News Bulletin

Home-harbour advantage helps as Nanaimo teams win at dragonboat festival

Blu By U wins mixed platinum A final

Nanaimo dragonboat teams were fastest in their home harbour.

Many local teams fared well at the Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival this past weekend, with the Quality Foods Blu By U team winning the fastest final, mixed platinum A. Blu By U finished the race in two minutes, 4.58 seconds, about a second and a half ahead of the runners-up, Save-On-Foods Dragonslayers.

Leslie Sutton, one of the festival directors, said organizers and teams were “really happy” with how the weekend went.

“The weather was a little iffy but managed to overall be beautiful out,” she said. “By Sunday afternoon the conditions had calmed down so … there were some good time, there were some Nanaimo teams that won their categories, so there was some good times had and some proud winners.”

The Paddlers of the Fifth Moon won the mixed A diamond final in 2:15.85 and Chix with Stix took the women’s platinum A final in 2:13:30. The Sproat Ness Dragons were winners in the women’s diamond A final and Deep Cove Perfect Catch took the women’s jade A final.

The Fairway Gorge Vic Vixens won the women’s gold A final, Team Phoenix won the mixed jade A final, and the Mackenzie Mussels were first in the mixed A gold final.

Abreast With Fort-itude won the breast cancer survivors’ B final.

Other winning teams included the Red Solo Cups, the FLCC Fort Fusion, Let Her Run, Water Warriors, Fairway Gorge Gorge-Us Gals, Unsinkable Queen’s Unicorns, and Cultus Blue.

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