The Cumberland YMCA is hosting the Basic Spirit Dragonboat Challenge on Aug. 9 during Pugwash HarbourFest celebrations.
AMHERST – The dragons are coming back to Pugwash.
The popular dragonboats are returning to HarbourFest in Pugwash with the Cumberland YMCA organizing the event as a fundraiser.
“Last year we had a team in the event and had so much fun. This year we were asked if we’d be interested in organizing the event and using as a fundraiser for the Y,” Laura Coleman said Wednesday.
The Basic Spirit Dragonboat Challenge takes place on Saturday, Aug. 9 beginning at Dinghy Beach in Pugwash Harbour. Each team will get a practice run and two races with the top teams qualifying for the final.
“We’re accepting registration for both teams and individuals. It’s a great setting to bring your group or organization together in a friendly competition and we’ll be able to place individuals on teams as well,” Coleman said.
Each team is made up of 20 paddlers, plus a drummer, while the company supplying the boats will supply someone to steer the boat.
Participants must be at least 10-year-old (and have a waiver signed by a parent if they’re under 18). Paddles and lifejackets are provided.
Coleman said the races last for about a minute and involve a lot of furious paddling.
“You can’t look at it as hard work, it really is a lot of fun and I know when we did it last year we felt so energized afterward,” she said.
Registration is $500 for a team or $25 for individuals.
While the registration deadline is Friday, Coleman some late registrations will still be accepted.