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April 17, 2017

Week One is in the books at the Bow Wave Dragon Boat Training Camp.  This camp, conducted annually under the leadership of Jim Farintosh in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida is a great way to kick off the season for many dedicated dragon boat paddlers from all over North A...

March 27, 2017

Many dragon boat paddlers, from both sides of the border, have been selected to attend various training camps in early April as part of the selection process for their National teams.  These athletes have been tested physically, have had their technique videoed and cri...

May 7, 2013

At the back of this group of canoers and kayakers was a lone, young woman in a canoe.  She was a left sided paddler , struggling to steer in the right’s wind, struggling against the head wind because of her size, struggling with her balance because her own coach was pa...

June 10, 2012

It’s a blustery Sunday.  The weather channel says the wind chill is minus 2 degrees Celsius.  The wind is howling from the northwest at 40 to 60 km per hour.  Mercifully, the rain only comes in the form of light, intermittent showers. 

My hands are numb f...

August 15, 2011

The Duke and Duchess appeared suddenly walking with a military guard and various dignitaries down the road about 100 meters from where we were lined up. It was a very surreal moment. Prince William broke away from the entourage, walked up to me and shook my hand. I sai...

July 24, 2011

While Steve and Dave were preparing the boats, and I was meeting with Allison and the organizers to plan the logistics of the day, the rest of the dragon boat paddlers were traveling to the site. There were two large groups of paddlers, the 16 Dragon Beasts (Anne Galla...

July 22, 2011

This story begins with my father, who passed away almost 15 years ago.  He was a Commander in the US Navy who served in World War II in the Pacific theatre and a proud US Marine who spent 3 years fighting in hand to hand combat in Korea. My father intensely respected c...

September 24, 2009

He is only interested in the team, not the egos of the individuals on that team, so no names.

He values directness and brevity, so few words.

He only knows one way to win and he sticks to it.  Take care of the details.  Treat everyone with respect, but make them earn it....

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