Thursday, February 28, 2019

Slightly Crazy Ways To Row A Boat

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here we have the dragon boats proceeding south along the Canal skateway.

I headed along the side of the course, which was lined with flags fluttering in the wind.

The skateway went along both sides of the race course, while I took to the side of the skateway, which has a bit of snow making for more steady walking conditions.

Then I found my way down to the south end of the course, where the next race was being set up with the same boats. These would have to be the same people, by and large, who come in for the summer version (it's been going on for many years and has become a big event). And you have to be a wee bit daft to do this, but it's a whole lot of fun to watch.


  1. Where there's a will there's a way. Great post William.

  2. Reminds me of the Henley-on-Todd Regatta held each year at Alice Springs - which is in the middle of the dessert. The teams have a boat frame that they run in along the river sand. The year it rained and there is actually water in the river they cancelled the event.

  3. ...just 'slightly crazy?' The winter fun looks great with the sun and blue skies.

  4. Looks like cold fun. Love the dragon flag.

  5. That's fun ! Even I would go in the boat, don't risk to fall in the water !

  6. Well, that's the maddest thing I've seen so far this morning - though I haven't seen the news yet!

  7. Boat on ice? That is fun to watch. Very interesting event.

  8. I think, for me this will be the safest way to row a boat.
    I am afraid of deep water ... :)

  9. Devia de ter sido uma corrida bem divertida, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  10. I like your winter serie more and more, William.
    In the Netherlands we've had only a few very mild winter days in January. This week we had days with a temperature of about 18ºC.
    *crying softly about climate change ...* ;-(

  11. Not gently down the stream for sure.

  12. A bit crazy indeed!...
    But what a beautiful sunny day.

  13. love the flags, look great against the white surroundings ... the dragon is so so so cool!! someone has a great creative style! ( ;

  14. Never, never seen that before. Thank you so much for the interesting photo and text.

  15. That sun makes it look like it is warming up a bit! Optical illusion?


  16. Hello, neat photos of the ice rowers. Great series of photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  17. That looks like fun! I keep learning new things from your blog. :-)

  18. It's a really interesting idea. I've done water dragon boating, back in the day. This looks fun, too.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  19. It helps them keep fit for summer!

  20. This must be better than a horse race.

  21. Wow! Excellent shots here and last post William. It does look so much fun but I bet it's not easy and pretty exhausting.. especially if you have to participate in many races 😀

  22. Great photos of a fun winter activity ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. @Denise: thank you!

    @Joan: I'd like to see that.

    @Tom: it was a good day for it.

    @Linda: I did too.

    @Gattina: yes, you can't drown in ice!

    @John: it is quite something to see in person.

    @Nancy: it's become quite a tradition in three years.

    @Ella: row, row, row your boat, gently down the ice...

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Jan: we've had a generally cold, snowy winter.

  24. @Anvilcloud: definitely not.

    @Italiafinlandia: it was cold.

    @Sandi: I liked it too.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Aritha: you're welcome.

    @Janis: sunny days here in winter are the coldest days.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @DJan: it was fun to see.

    @Jennifer: I've never done it.

    @RedPat: quite true.

    @Sharon: or a lot!

    @Red: it has a lot of energy.

    @Grace: I expect this one is tougher than the summer one.

    @Carol: thank you!

  25. Fun times for everyone. I love the dragon flag, it's quite attractive.

  26. I clicked on the photos to enlarge them and enjoyed this post very much!

  27. @Maria: it's quite something to see in person.

    @Bill: who'd have thought?

    @Bill: so do I.

    @Jeanie: three years ago when they started it, it was the first time in North America. I think the concept has taken off, and it's a nice addition to Winterlude, and a good contrast to the summer event.

    @Lea: thank you!

  28. I does look like fun and I could even imagine when you arrive you might need something cool to drink as this seems to be a great workout!

  29. Goofy and fun...just right for winter.

  30. What an amzing thing to do. I bet it is great fun:)

  31. @Marie: it is!

    @Iris: that would be the case.

    @Dora: thank you!

    @Kay: it is!

    @Rosie: the teams look like they have a blast.

    @Klara: very much so.

    @Jan: it was!