Local crew nabs silver


It just kept raining but they just kept pushing on, choosing to laugh at the conditions than languish in them.
The International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club battled through torrential downpours at times to capture a hard-fought silver medal in the Competitive Final at the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival in Duluth over the weekend.
With a loaded field of 75 teams taking to the water, the local crew advanced to the final with two stellar heat victories.
Then they unleashed all they had left to turn in a runner-up time of 1:46.23 over the 400m course to edge Duluth’s Blue Water Paddling (1:47.07) and its spin-off crew, Legends in our Own Minds (1:48.07).
Only the host club, Wikiwiki Wahine Dragon Boat Team, was faster (1:43.35).
The locals ripped off a time of 1:45.41 in their first heat of the day to nip Blue Water Paddling (1:46.43), with ABD (Lakehead Canoe Club in Thunder Bay) taking third (1:50.87).
They squared off with ABD again in their second heat and again prevailed with a mark of 1:45.30.
ABD was second (1:48.34) while First City Paddlers (Bemidji Chamber of Commerce) came third (1:50.20).
That clocking also gave the local crew the division title in the Government and Non-Profits Challenge Class, with Strong Compass from the Jamar club more than 11 seconds behind in second (1:56.41).
The local club next will compete at the season-ending FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival in Winnipeg on Sept. 8-10.