Photo Gallery: Seven Wonders Cup dragon boat races at Wallowa Lake

Two Wallowa teams collect six medals overall
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on August 29, 2018 8:46AM

Amy Gulzow and the Dragons in the Wallowas team shoves off from the dock for their first race Saturday morning in the Seven Wonders Cup on Wallowa Lake.

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Amy Gulzow and the Dragons in the Wallowas team shoves off from the dock for their first race Saturday morning in the Seven Wonders Cup on Wallowa Lake.

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Standing in the stern, Sweep Dennis Kolb  helps steer the Dragons in the Wallowas Grand Masters team through the Slalom races during Sunday morning’s heats of the Seven Wonders Cup.

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Standing in the stern, Sweep Dennis Kolb helps steer the Dragons in the Wallowas Grand Masters team through the Slalom races during Sunday morning’s heats of the Seven Wonders Cup.

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Like the rest of the Dragons in the Wallowas crew, Drummer and caller Amy Gulzow planned on keeping warm when cooler weather set on Sunday morning.

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Like the rest of the Dragons in the Wallowas crew, Drummer and caller Amy Gulzow planned on keeping warm when cooler weather set on Sunday morning.

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Members of the grand masters and mixed team (many do double-duty) for the Dragons in the Wallowas celebrate their amazing six-medal win at the Aug. 25-26 7th Wonder Cup Dragon Boat Races: Tiller Denny Kolb, left, Sybil Berkey and Bob and Gina Barstad.

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Members of the grand masters and mixed team (many do double-duty) for the Dragons in the Wallowas celebrate their amazing six-medal win at the Aug. 25-26 7th Wonder Cup Dragon Boat Races: Tiller Denny Kolb, left, Sybil Berkey and Bob and Gina Barstad.

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Coach Julie Bryant gives her Salem-based Kaiser Permanente  “Unsinkables” team some advice just before their Saturday race in the Seven Wonders Cup at Wallowa Lake. “If you can still breathe when you cross the finish line, you are not paddling hard enough,” she said. The team is composed of cancer survivors.

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Coach Julie Bryant gives her Salem-based Kaiser Permanente “Unsinkables” team some advice just before their Saturday race in the Seven Wonders Cup at Wallowa Lake. “If you can still breathe when you cross the finish line, you are not paddling hard enough,” she said. The team is composed of cancer survivors.

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Standing in the stern, Sweep Dennis Kolb  helps steer the Dragons in the Wallowas Grand Master’s team through the slalom races on Sunday morning during competition in the Seven Wonders Cup.

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Standing in the stern, Sweep Dennis Kolb helps steer the Dragons in the Wallowas Grand Master’s team through the slalom races on Sunday morning during competition in the Seven Wonders Cup.

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The Wasabi Kraken team from Portland crosses the finish line in the Slalom on Sunday morning.

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The Wasabi Kraken team from Portland crosses the finish line in the Slalom on Sunday morning.

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A team paddles hard for the finish in the 200 meter race of the Seven Wonders Cup on Saturday.

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A team paddles hard for the finish in the 200 meter race of the Seven Wonders Cup on Saturday.

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The “Dragons in the Wallowas” dragon boat club members were wild with joy at the medal awards ceremony after the Third Annual 7th Wonder Cup dragon boat races on Wallowa Lake last weekend.

“We just keep getting better and better,” said Race Organizer Mike Lockhart. “Our Grand Master’s boat is especially competitive — but our mixed team is not that far behind them.”

The team took home six medals, including a gold medal for the Grand Masters Team’s running of the 250-meter slalom race. The slalom remains a favorite addition to regular dragon boat racing offerings and the crowd of boaters gathered in the Edelweiss Inn at the head of the Lake for awards roared their approval of the decision to keep the slalom a regular part of upcoming races.

Eleven teams hit the lake Saturday and Sunday including two teams fielded by the Dragons in the Wallowas. Last year the Dragons in the Wallowas fielded a Mixed Team and a Women’s Team.

As usual, many of those top middle-aged members of the grand master’s boat also shouldered double-duty by joining younger team members on the mixed boat.

In addition to their gold medal in the grand master running of the slalom, the team took silver medals in the Grand Master’s 500-meter races (combined total of three times); the Mixed Team’s 500-meter races; the grand masters total combined scores of 500-Meters and slalom; the mixed team’s total combined scores of 500-Meters and slalom; and the mixed team’s run of the slalom.

The overall winner of the 7 Wonders Cup was Team Dragon Fuel, a Portland group with a combined time for all events of 10:22.99. The Dragons in the Wallowas mixed team was just behind them with a time of 10:52:12.















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