Pacific Reach Paddling Club, Vancouver, BC. Canada

Outrigger Canoe and Dragon Boat

Outrigger Canoe with its Tahitian, Hawaiian, Polynesian roots is a sport propelled by means of paddles. Outrigger canoeing has grown to become a very popular paddling sport with numerous Canoe Clubs established worldwide.  The 6 person OC6 canoes are commonly used for large race events.  A variety of boat types exist; OC1, OC2, OC3, OC4, OC6.


Dragon Boats have been used for spiritual and competitive purposes for over 5000 years in China.  The use of dragon boats for racing are believed by modern scholars and anthropologists to have originated in southern central China along the banks of the Yangtze. Today, the modern design of the IDBF International Standard Racing Boat has a Crew of 22, consisting of 20 paddlers, one Drummer and a Helm.  The first Dragon Boat sprint race in Vancouver, BC was held as a demonstration sport at False Creek during Expo 86′

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