In addition to heats in the 500-, 200- and 100-metre distances, Summer Splash features the only Flag-Catching Race in Montreal dragon boat competitions. “By adding a flag-catching element in the final 500-metre race, Summer Splash has adopted a tradition rooted in Taiwanese festivals,” said Festival Director, Dan Levine. “As the boat crosses the finish line, the drummer must reach out and catch a flag that rests on a floating platform. It adds more excitement for participants and spectators.”
Summer Splash is an event geared toward recreational and community teams from Montreal and the surrounding areas. This year’s event will welcome three teams from Ottawa and one from Sherbrooke. The event has experienced significant growth since Levine took over the reigns as Festival Director three years ago. In addition to planning dragon boat competitions and team-building events for youth and corporate groups, Levine is also the captain of Montreal Mix, a highly-competitive dragon boat team. He’s also an experienced coach for other teams. “I guess you can say that the sport has helped to shape me into the person I am today. It’s a privilege to be part of such a vibrant and supportive sporting community,” added Levine.
The Montreal Summer Splash Dragon Boat Festival takes place on June 25 at the Olympic Basin on Ile Notre-Dame, home of various water sport events at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Races begin at 8 h 30 and the day’s event is capped off with a post-race BBQ and Beer Tent, featuring great music, prize draws and plenty of fun for all! Accessible by car and public transit via Bus 167 (Casino) and métro Jean-Drapeau, admission to the Festival site is free, with parking fees in effect. In addition, representatives from Leave Out Violence (LOVE) will be on site to promote the organization and join in the fun atmosphere. For details, visit www.montrealsummersplash.com