ITW – Sept 28th 2011

UBC REC “Day of the Longboat” Celebrates 25 Years…

….and 30 Centuries of Paddling from Jericho Beach.

The drums will be banging a little bit louder than usual on Saturday & Sunday, 29-30th Sept at the Jericho Sailing Centre as the 25th annual “Day of the Longboat” celebrates a centuries old Jericho Beach tradition.

Three thousand years ago original inhabitants of this area plied the waters of the Salish Sea from this shore in cedar canoes with perfect drumbeat rhythm.

More than 3500 modern day Vancouver natives will pick up a paddle (many for the first time) to compete in the UBC Rec Day of the Longboat event. Participants, ranging from novice paddlers to world class paddling athletes, will compete in several divisions.

The paddle is the drumstick of people powered watercraft and, will provide a splashy percussion rhythm off Jericho Beach in harmony with the mountain framed seascape that is Vancouver, as it has been here since the beginning of human time.

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