GT dragon boat crew back on the water

Watching the water dragon skim through the water was exciting for this spectator.

The GT Dragon Boat Society team departs from Blind Bay’s Sunset Cove Marina.

The GT Dragon Boat Society team departs from Blind Bay’s Sunset Cove Marina.

Watching the water dragon skim through the water was exciting for this spectator, considering the craft has been unreachable for a while due to high flood waters.

An impromptu team, the GT Dragon Boat Society crew managed to get out of the slip at Sunset Cove Marina in Blind Bay without mishap.

The GT Dragon Boat Society has a little different philosophy on membership compared with other more regimented clubs.

Considering everyone is busy, especially in the summer, and that life exists outside of dragon boating, the club is more open to changing up crew members.

Individual paddlers head down to the marina for 4:30 p.m. during the week, starting Monday and Tuesday, forming the crew for that shift. Depending on numbers, another crew departs at 6 p.m.

Life-jackets and paddles are stored onsite with boat moorage and accessory storage donated by the owners of Sunset Marina.

After having no access to their own boat for three weeks during excessive flooding, the GT Dragon Boat Society kept busy at meets, and borrowed some time on boats in Salmon Arm.

Dragon boats are supplied at races, rather than transporting crafts from location to location over land.

“It’s important for everyone to know Annette and Kirby Woodhead, owners of the Blind Bay Village Grocer, donated the boat to the GT Dragon Boat Society, open to everyone, not just employees of the store,” said Gord Henderson.

For more information on the GT Dragon Boat Society, call Margo Hall at 250-675-2318, Todd McDonald at 250-835-2386 or by email to Gord Henderson at ghenderson@lakecable.ca

Marina re-opens

No one knows better what impact a flood can have on a foreshore business, than the Sunset Cove Marina and Restaurant, who have opened again after a three week closure

Along with a new gift shop, Alison Durr and co-owner Allen Radford, acquired the adjacent campground, complete with 64 serviced sites this spring. Durr and Radford purchased the marina and restaurant in January.

The gift shop is full of different items for home décor, indoor and out, and supplies for lake living and a day at the beach.

Located at 2001 Eagle Bay Road in Blind Bay, the marina has 80 seasonal slips and boat gas is available.

The restaurant is as popular as ever, continuing to be known for their fish and chips, so reservations are a good idea. Call 250-804-3169.

For reservations in the Sunset Marina or campground, call 250-675-3222.