Winterlude saw events held at Dow's Lake again this year. I missed the Bed Race this time out, but attended a more recent addition to the festival. The Ice Dragon Boat Festival took place this year for the third year in a row. An off-shoot of the summer races that take place each year at Mooney's Bay, this one is organized and held on Dow's Lake as part of Winterlude. Teams sign up and go through a series of races to determine finalists on a 200 metre course set up on the Canal skateway. I came up from the north end of the lake and found one such race being set up. The boats are mounted onto an apparatus with a double set of long skate blades, and the paddlers are given sticks with spikes to drive into the ice as opposed to the oars they're used to for summer races. Aside from the paddlers, each boat has someone manning the rudder, and someone at the front manning a drum and yelling at everyone once the race starts.
And so they were off. I have more from this tomorrow.