March 15, 2013, Race Schedule Updated

Our dragon boat race schedule has been the only updated item for far too long, and even that has missed the attention it deserves. The schedule has been updated for the 2013 season.

September 10, 2010, Wonderful Festival in Philadelphia Starts the Summer

June 5

Article and photos by Hillary Shemin

June 5th, 2010 was the 4th annual Independence Dragon Boat Festival celebrated along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River. The Independence Dragon Boat Regatta is scheduled for the first Saturday in June each year. Philadelphia is home of The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association which is world renowned as a powerful championship team, having been founded in 1983.

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A dragon boat head from the Philadelphia Regatta. All photos for this article were shot by and are copyright Hillary Shemin. More of Hillary's photos of the regatta can be seen in her race gallery.

The IDBR is not only a training ground for new dragon boat racers, but a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association as well as its beneficiaries of US military Veterans and the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. This Independence Dragon Boat Regatta is similar to the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival held each fall, but participants the IDBR have the unique opportunity to be coached by one of the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association veteran National and World championship paddlers. This year saw a huge jump in participation. The teams had members ranging in age from 11-65 years of age. The IDBR is a wonderful opportunity for new dragon boat racers to be trained by champions.

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A race team on the water.

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Another race team on the water.

This was the first time I had ever witnessed this event and was enthralled with the thousands of onlookers who picnicked on the shore line along with the participating teams in a full day of heat after heat of races. I enjoyed photographing the paddlers as well as the crowd in what was an exciting and energized full day festival. One of the most exciting aspects was to see the inclusion of inner city kids on teams. They would never have had the opportunity to be boating on the Schulkill River if it weren't for the IDBR and the wonderful outreach of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League giving them this option for a healthy and safe activity. It was a great day for everyone!

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More racers at the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival and Regatta

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One last photo of a Dragon Boat team at the Philadelphia regatta. Photos by Hillary Shemin.

May 26, 2010: 2010 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival Photos: Positioning Boats for the Races

I was in a spot for a lot of my photos where I had a very good view of the boats approaching the starting line. I had a camera, on a tripod, and so I shot photos. Many are on the dragon boat team portrait page, but some more are here.

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A dragon boat moves toward the start line against the backdrop of the Washington Harbor building and the Thompson Boat House dock with the festival flags visible.

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The blue dragon boat moves toward the start line. This looks like it could be one of the Northrup Grumman teams.

Visit the gallery to see more boats moving into position.

May 24, 2010, The Colors of Dragon Boat Racing, Boat and Team Portraits at the DC Festival

May 15 and 16

While I was taking pictures of the races, I found myself in a position where I could take pictures of entire boat teams rowing toward the starting line. I also got a couple of portraits of teams in the assembly area.

Reserve Energy team rows the boat

Reserve Energy paddlers rowing the red boat to the starting line.

Many more team and boat portraits can be seen on our Boat Portrait Gallery

May 17, 2010, Great Weather for a Great Dragon Boat Festival in Washington DC

May 15 and 16

The weather cooperated completely for the 2010 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival held on May 15 and 16 at the Thompson Boat House. Temperatures in the low 70s, blue skies and a moderately strong breeze made for a great day of paddling on the Potomac.

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A youth race on Saturday. Hua Fu Youth in the foreground are pulling ahead, the Mason Dragons are seen at the top of the photo.

The event unfolded as usual. The main activity grounds were packed with canopies and paddlers who had a great view of the races. The course ran from the Kennedy Center in the direction of the Thompson Boat House. Early in the morning, the festival flags were seen at the boat house and dragon heads were set out for curious onlookers.

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Dragon Boat Festival Flags blowing in the stiff breeze.

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Coloful dragon heads and tails are attached to the dragon boats for races.

The festival organizers and many of the teams show connections to Taiwan. The Ambassador of the Republic of China in Washington offers a welcoming speech and the Republic of China sponsors the festival. This year, Ambassador Jason Yuan was on hand for the festival start.

ambassador jason yuan at the dc dragon boat festival

Ambassador Jason Yuan of the Republic of China. I believe that is Mrs. Yuan with him.

The races, are, of course the main point of the festival, and they came off right in order. Teams of youth and teams of adults, mixed teams and women's were to be seen in their respective heats.

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One of the DCH Youth paddlers warming up on the approach to the start line.

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A dragon boat head in the midst of a race.

The festival could not be conducted without the participation of Washington DC safety officers, including emergency services and police. Both the park service and the DC police helped make the festival a success. We are grateful for their role

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A Washington DC Police boat keeps other vessels out of the race area and stands by in case of emergency.

To see more photos of shirts visit the 2010 DC Dragon Boat Festival Shirts Photo Gallery.

May 16, 2010, The Color of Dragon Boat Racing, Team Shirts at the 2010 DC Dragon Boat Festival

May 15 and 16

The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, came off on schedule this year at the Georgetown waterfront. The races on Saturday were run next to the Kennedy Center with the viewing area and team canopies on the lawn between Thompson's Boat House and the Kennedy Center. There were a very large number of local teams. One thing that always strikes the viewer is the colorful nature of Dragon Boat festivals. Much of that color comes from the team shirts, and this year was no exception.

northrup grumman team hams it up a little and shows off their t shirts

The Northrup Grumman team hams it up a little while showing off their team shirts.

The paddlers were enthusiastic about showing off their shirts when asked to pose for photos for Dragon Boat News. Wandering around to see them also tells its own story about the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival. There are several distinct sub groups of teams. The host community of Chinese immigrants and their children (and even grandchildren) shows particular support for Taiwan. Several teams of adults sport Taiwan themed slogans and images, and the local Chinese schools send out youth teams. The ECS school in Chantilly, some of whose youth are seen in the photo below are one example.

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ECS Chantilly shows off their team shirts.

Go Pink DC, a team composed of breast cancer survivors and their families, is only one of the breast cancer survivor teams paddling in the DC festival, with Machestic Dragons also represented. This year there was also a team composed of blind paddlers, the Outta Sight Dragons.

Go Pink DC team members in purple shirts

The Go Pink DC team members showing off their purple shirts

Local college teams also make a strong showing. I only got photos of the UMUC and GMU shirts this year but usually, GWU and other local colleges have teams entered as well.

Large companies having many local employees are also in attendance. It is easy to see the attraction of a sport event which supports a worthwhile charity, and in which a team of good athletes can become relatively competitive with a few practices. Among them, I noticed Verizon (pictured below), KPMG, Bank of America, Ernst and Young, Northrup Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

the verizon team at the 2010 dc dragon boat festival

The Verizon team poses for a photo at the 2010 Washington Dc Dragon Boat Festival.

To see more photos of shirts visit the 2010 DC Dragon Boat Festival Shirts Photo Gallery.

All photos for this story by Joe Mann, all rights reserved

June 15, 2009: More DC Festival Pictures Ready

The DC Dragon Boat Festival once again proves to be the highlight of our Dragon Boat photographic season. The first page of pictures is here. Other pages can be reached from that page.

red boat poses for the camera

The red boat's paddlers smile for the camera. Their green shirts looked great with the PFDs turned to the red side.

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The tail of the gold dragon boat. Probably my favorite picture of the day.

February 4, 2009: Hartford Goes Big, Adds $20K Purse! - Thanks To The Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association

A small, non-profit organization in Hartford, CT called Riverfront Recapture has produced a one day, community-based dragon boat festival for the past eight years. The primary focus of the festival was to involve regional groups in dragon boating while showcasing the local Asian culture with a colorful ethnic festival. The event has earned a reputation for being very well-run with a light and friendly environment. For this reason, about a half dozen club teams made the annual pilgrimage to Hartford each year to enjoy the festivities, camaraderie, and competition.

May 21, 2009: First DC Festival Pictures Ready

The DC Dragon Boat Festival was again held in so so weather but was lots of fun. We've gotten the first batch of pictures ready here.

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Racers in the green boat warming up as they approach the start line for one of the races in the 2009 Washington DC Gragon Boat Festival

February 4, 2009: Hartford Goes Big, Adds $20K Purse! - Thanks To The Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association

A small, non-profit organization in Hartford, CT called Riverfront Recapture has produced a one day, community-based dragon boat festival for the past eight years. The primary focus of the festival was to involve regional groups in dragon boating while showcasing the local Asian culture with a colorful ethnic festival. The event has earned a reputation for being very well-run with a light and friendly environment. For this reason, about a half dozen club teams made the annual pilgrimage to Hartford each year to enjoy the festivities, camaraderie, and competition.

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Dragon Boats on the Hartford Waterfront. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

Well - after eight years Riverfront Recapture has decided to go big or go home. They have partnered with the local CVB (The Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau) to produce a new version of the event - the 9th Annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival has been pumped up with a $20,000 cash prize purse! The competition is sanctioned by the Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association and ERDBA members will compete for qualifying points. The event dates have been changed from a September event to August 15th and 16th. There will be two days of racing, six races in each division, and two race lengths 200M and 500M. Club Crew divisions will include Premier Mixed, Premier Open, Premier Women, Junior Mixed, and Breast Cancer Survivors. Prize money will be up for grabs in each division and for each course length. Also cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place finishes. Overall there are up to twenty individual cash prizes not to mention medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes. The race is being managed by Great White North Dragon Boat ensuring a tight, smooth, and fair competition. It is expected that over 60 teams will compete in Hartford this August and it is anticipated that there will be a strong contingent of ERDBA teams.

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Dragon Boat Racers on the Hartford Waterfront moving to the starting line. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

In addition to the race itself, Riverfront Recapture has made arrangements for great rates and three hotels - very close to the race venue. The festival will be programmed with two days of colorful Asian entertainment, great food, and of course their famous selection of Asian beers from around the world. The local community is also rolling out the red carpet for visiting teams with special entertainment, dining, and clubbing opportunities plus a huge variety of things to do in the city. The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival and Hartford is staged to be a great summer vacation option for the entire family.

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One of Hartford's big winners. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

Reformatting the Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival has been no small feat and its organizers have benefited greatly from the support and cooperation of many people and organizations. Most important to this effort was the ongoing exchange of information, advice, and guidance from the Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association. From individual consultations with the ERBDA Executive Officers to quarterly teleconference meetings - the interaction and feedback has enabled Hartford to position itself as one of the śmust go to events of the 2009 season.

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An award winning Boston team at the Hartford races. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

For more information on the Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival in Hartford, CT on August 15 and 16, 2009, visitHartford Riverfront Recapture.

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The Hartford waterfront from above on race day. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

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There are also Asian cultural activities and demonstrations at the Hartford Dragon Boat Festival. Photo courtesy of Hartford Riverfront Recapture

September 8, 2008: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, Biggest Ever!

The New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, held August 2-3 at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows corona Park was the biggest ever. More than 60,000 people attended and $10,000 in prizes was awarded. Additionally over $10,000 was raised for local charities.

At the 18th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, 150 teams and 1800 competitors participated in fine weather marred by only a little light rain. Montral Mix was the overall winner. Race results can be seen online at www.hkdbf-ny.org. Highlights included:

  • 5th annual Chef Ine dumpling eating contest. The winner ate 66 dumplings in two minutes to win the $1000.00 prize. (see www.chefonecorp.com for info)
  • Awards ceremony/team dinner held with 500 in attendance
  • First ever Metro Asian food magazine media challenge cup race run. Plans are in the works to expand this race for next year.
  • Chef One named sponsor of the year
  • Dragonfly's named team of the year
  • Metlife won the t-shirt contest
  • dock master Mike Lau acknowledged for 15 years of service

NYC parks reports that the boathouse and dock at Meadow Lake will undergo major renovation.

A colorful hong kong tradition continued in New York - the 18th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, the oldest, largest, most traditional dragon boat festival in the US - with the largest number of local teams ever entered: 150+ teams competed. In Celebration of the "Year of the RAT," the organizing committee of the 18th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF -NY) announced that this years' competition, held this Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 featured cash and prizes for competitors in the US Dragon Boat Open Championship. The Festival was held at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York.

HKDBF-NY , a multicultural celebration and sporting event, is the largest multi-cultural Festival in New York and the largest festival of its kind in the U.S. HKDBF NY keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made teak boats, virtual works of art gliding on the water. For eighteen successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 50,000 attendees from throughout North America. With more than 15 0 well-trained teams, involving more than 1,500 participants competing from across the U.S. and Canada, this year's festival is expected to be notable for both its scale and fierce competition.

July 30, 2008 National Capitol Area Youth Program Announced

The National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association (NCAWPA), the organization that has in the past trained festival teams for the annual Washington, DC Dragon Boat Festival sent Dragon Boat News an announcement of the creation of a Youth Dragon Boat Program.

NCAWPA is looking for youths, ages 13-17, interested in paddling. No experience is required. They are also looking for parent volunteers to help make this community program a success.

The first session is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd and practices will run until the end of October. Paddlers (youth and parents) can come down during a scheduled practice to give dragon boating a try. Iinterested paddlers should make sure to contacte with the Youth Program Coordinator (since consent forms need to be completed beforehand for youth). More information is available from the program flyer: http://www.ncawpa.org/ncawpa_youth_program_2008.pdf.

For more information, please visit: www.ncawpa.org or contact Sharon Hong, NCAWPA Youth Program Coordinator at ncawpa.youth@gmail.com.

June 17, 2008 Dragon Boat Racing Training Camps, New Race Announced

Dynamic Events (racedragonboats.com), dragon boat race festival organizers based in Knoxville, TN announced a series of training camps and a new one day race on Lake Chickamauga (TN) and set for September 13.

The race training, billed as mini–camps, will be held in Chatanooga's Lake Chickamauga. The training sessions will help paddlers improve their technique and timing. According to Dynamic Events Penny Behling:

'Campers get four on–the–water sessions, lunch on Saturday, video review sessions, a nutrition talk from a registered dietitian and a lot of fun! Camp registration forms are online at racedragonboats.com.

At the same location, Dynamic Events announced that it will organize the first Chatanooga Dragon Boat Regatta on Lake Chickamauga. This event, set for September 13, 2008, is a 500 meter race. More informatin can be found on the same website.

June 6, 2008 DC Dragon Boat Festival, Great Festival Turnout

May 31, June 1

The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, postponed from its original date, finally came off on May 31 and June 1. Thunderstorms during the afternoon of the 31st still played some havoc with the schedule but a great community event continued for its 7th annual running.

A race gets underway at the 2008 DC festival

A race gets underway at the 2008 DC festival

The postponement caused cancellations by about 20 teams and throughout the festival the announcer was heard soliciting replacement rowers. Still it was a wonderful 2 day community event. At the opening ceremony, the crowds were greated by Taiwan's representative in Washington, an official from the White House, and DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray and council member Jack Evans. They noted another council member wanted to address the crowd but was rowing in a Dragon Boat at the moment.

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Vincent Gray and Jack Evans address the DC Festival attendees.

Go Pink DC, a team composed of breast cancer survivors and their families, friends and supporters also participated in the ceremony, dropping pink carnations into the Potomac in remembrance of those who have not made it and in honor of those who have.

Go Pink DC team at the 2008 DC festival

The Go Pink DC team in one of their races

More than 40 teams and 600 rowers participated in the two day festival with 250 meter races on the first day and 500 meter races on the second day.

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Rowers in one of the boats at the 2008 DC festival

The festival championship was taken by Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse, second place by Hua Fu Youth, third place to UMUC Virtual Dragons.

a team in action, 2008 DC festival

A team in action 2008 DC festival

It was a great event for the city, and its Chinese community in particular. We look forward to attending next year and for many years to come.

awaiting the eye dotting ceremony 2008 DC festival

Before the eye dotting ceremony 2008 DC festival

May 20, 2008 DC Dragon Boat Festival, Best Teammates Photo Contest Rescheduled

Event Moved to May 31, June 1

Best Teammates Photo Contest rescheduled

After the original dates for the DC Dragon Boat Festival were cancelled, due to extrememly heavy flows in the Potomac, the organizers (at http://www.dragonboatdc.com/) announced agreement with the National Park Service to hold the event in the same location - at Thompson's Boathouse on May 31 and June 1.

The organizers also scheduled a practice session for new or substitute rowers who were not on the original rosters so that inexperienced rowers can get some time in a boat and get some hands on safety and paddling instruction and some experience in the water.

Dragon Boat News will hold a best teammates photo contest in conjunction with the festival. Our photographer will be on hand at various sites on May 131 at the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, including from 10-11AM somewhere near the festival event tent. Look for our photographer with a sign. Alternately, you may email your entry to john@dragonboatnews.com

All pictured teammates must be identified, whether from the same or from more than one team, and whether photographed by our photographer, or submitted to Dragon Boat News by email, and the team name must also be provided. Any photograph submitted in this contest may be published in the Dragon Boat News photo roundup of the DC Festival.

To get your teammates in a photo for the contest, you can come by the event tent at the main gathering area between 10 and 11 on Saturday, May 31 and look for our photographer, who will be nearby and outside the tent and who will have a sign (probably hand made), a tablet for getting all your info, and for the lucky few, some giveaways. Sign up there and get your teammates photo taken. You can bring your whole team, just a few of you, or even groups from different teams.

If you don't come by and get your picture taken then, you can email us your entry no later than noon, Monday, June 2, 2008. To be considered, your email subject line should read "contest entry" and email contents must indicate the first and last names of all teammates photographed and the team name. You can of course also include additional details, like nicknames, practice habits, why the festival was fun and — you get the idea. All photos must be taken on May 317 or June 1 at the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival or during team festivities that weekend. Only one photo per email will be accepted. You may send more than one email entry.

After our deadline on Monday, June 2 a best teammates photo will be chosen and the members pictured will be hailed as the News Kings and/or News Queens of 2008. What's more, their photo will head the Dragon Boat News story about the festival. So don't be shy, come on by.

May 15, 2008 DC Dragon Boat Festival POSTPONED

Potomac flooding precludes safe event, organizers say

Best Teammates Photo Contest also delayed until the DC Festival

We have decided that it is not possible to run races safely nor fairly on the river this weekend. This one highlighted sentence from the announcement by the organizers reduces it to its most important point.

After last weekend's for day blast of showers and thunderstorms, the flow at Little Falls, normally 10,000 cubic feet per second is running instead at 95,000 cubic feet per second.

The festival organizers (at http://www.dragonboatdc.com/) have tentatively rescheduled till June 14-15, but they need agreement from the National Park Service.

UPDATE June 14 weekend was scratched, the latest tentative date is May 31 - June 1.

As a result, Dragon Boat News is also postponing its best teammate photo contest. However, if you happen to send us photos from practices, with team name, names of those pictured, and permission to publish them, we might just do that!

May 9, 2008 Dragon Boat News Announces Best Teammates Photo Contest for DC Festival

Dragon Boat News will hold a best teammates photo contest on May 17 at the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival. Our photographer we on hand to photograph teammates from 10-11 on May 17. Alternately, you may email your entry to john@dragonboatnews.com

All pictured teammates must be identified, whether from the same or from more than one team, and whether photographed by our photographer, or submitted to Dragon Boat News by email, and the team name must also be provided. Any photograph submitted in this contest may be published in the Dragon Boat News photo roundup of the DC Festival.

To get your teammates in a photo for the contest, either come by the event tent at the main gathering area between 10 and 11 on Saturday, May 17 and look for our photographer, who will be nearby and outside the tent and who will have a sign (probably hand made), a tablet for getting all your info, and for the lucky few, some giveaways. Sign up there and get your teammates photo taken.

Otherwise, email us your entry no later than noon, Monday, May 19, 2008. To be considered, your email subject line should read "contest entry" and email contents must indicate the first and last names of all teammates photographed and the team name. You can of course also include additional details, like nicknames, practice habits, why the festival was fun and — you get the idea. All photos must be taken on May 17 or 18 at the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival or during team festivities that weekend. Only one photo per email will be accepted.

After our deadline on Monday, a best teammates photo will be chosen and the members pictured will be hailed as the News Kings and/or News Queens of 2008. What's more, their photo will head the Dragon Boat News story about the festival. So don't be shy, come on by.

April 28, 2008 First Orlando Dragon Boat Festival Announced

T he launch of the first Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival (OIDBF) at Walt Disney World Resort is set for October 18, 200. GWN Dragon Boat, the organizer of the event announced.

The world's fastest growing water sport joins other world-class sport-festival events hosted at the number one family vacation destination in the world. “We're very excited about this race, which will be a world class event for the entire family,” said Christine Canevari a member of the Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club.

GWN has identified an opportunity to develop a flagship event in Central Florida which can host over 5000 global participants and tens of thousands of spectators. “This is an exciting time for the global sport of dragon boating. We believe that having the event at Walt Disney World Resort will enable us to create an international dragon boat experience second to none” said Mike Kerkmann, President of GWN Dragon Boat and the International Dragon Boat Federation's Pan Am representative.

This ancient sport has been gaining popularity in North America, with Florida representing the sport's fastest growing market. Tampa Bay will host the IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in 2011. GWN Dragon Boat provides equipment and production support to festivals in Miami, Tavares and Tampa Bay and operates highly popular Dragon Boat Spring Training Camps in Tampa Bay and Melbourne, Florida.

Registration for the Central Florida event has already begun and excitement throughout the dragon-boat community is building. Interested teams can register at the event website located at:
http://www.gwndragonboat.com/default.asp?id=134&l=1

GWN Dragon Boat is North America's largest full service dragon boat event marketing company producing over 45 festivals annually.

April 25, 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival Raises $111K for Children's Hospital

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Canoe Wong Fu earned the title of Grand Champion of the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, Presented by General Shale Brick Saturday, April 19, 2008. 44 teams had a great time paddling in the event and raised $111,448.50 in pledges for the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation to fund lifesaving equipment for the hospital's pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival is organized by Dynamic Events and Management (www.racedragonboats.com), which is the host organizers of the 2010 U.S. National Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

Dragon Boat Padderss at the 2008 Chattanooga Races

Paddlers competing in the April 19 races at the Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

The top division winners in the final round were:
Gold Division winner: Canoe Wong Fu (Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
Silver Division: Northwest Navigators (Northwest Georgia Bank)
Bronze Division: Southern Champion Tray

A Drummer for the 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Races

Boat Drummer Chattanooga, 2008. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

Congratulations to the more than 1,000 paddlers who participated and for a great day on the water in front of a crowd of 7,000.

A dragon boat racing team at the 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Races

A dragon boat racing team Chattanooga, 2008. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the event incorporated Chinese cultural elements, including performances by the Organization for East Tennessee Chinese and Chinese American Organization. A kids area was be set up with temporary tattoos, a moon walk and balloon animals.

April 11, 2008 DC Festival Fully Booked, Earliest Date Ever

The 7th Washington DC Dragonboat Festival is fully booked for teams and is only accepting further registrations onto its waiting list according to festival organizers.

The festival, to be held May 17 and 18 on the Georgetown Waterfront at Thompsons Boat House and across from the Watergate, is sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Chinese Women's League Association. 1300 to 1500 novice and experienced paddlers, representing 50-60 teams, are expected to compete in 2 days of exciting and colorful racing along the Potomac River, according to the organizer's press release, which continues:

Boats will race in heats of 4 to 5 along 250 and 500 meter courses between the Kennedy Center and Thompson Boat Center. The racing is expected to begin at 9am and end at approximately 5pm on both days. Scheduled at noon on Saturday May 17th, the opening ceremonies will consist of a special Eye-Dotting Ceremony to awaken the dragon boats from their year long slumber and a Carnation Ceremony in honor of the Breast Cancer Survivors.

This year's festival features a special performance by 10 Taiwanese drummers. The group was established in 2000 and has performed more than 500 times around the world. Through an arrangement with the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Representative Office, the group will be touring the US in May and will perform for the DC Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday May 18th as a part of the closing ceremonies. As in previous years, cultural performance and exhibits by local groups are also being scheduled throughout the weekend.

March 12, 2008 Dragon Boat Race Organizer to Buy BuK Boats

Dynamic Events & Management LLC moves into a new phase as part of its “Dragon Dream” business plan. We're buying dragon boats!

dragon boat by BuK of the type to be built for DEM
photo courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management LLC

“It's been a long time coming – at times a seemingly evasive dream – but we stayed with it and now it has come true!” says Penny Behling, Partner in DEM.

DEM secured a loan through the Area Wide Development Corporation - East Tennessee district, which believed in our dream! We are buying six of the best racing boats on the market - BuK. “This puts a whole new spin on our company and the direction we have seen it going for some time now,” continued Behling.

The BuK boats (dragon.de) are considered to be the best racing boats on the market and among the lightest. They are used by many national and international competitive squads.

DEM leader Penny Behling instructing a new team on proper stroke
Penny Behling of DEM doing something she loves – instructing on proper stroke for a dragon boat team in training
photo courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management LLC

Dragon Boat News asked why DEM decided to purchase the boats. Behling replied, “we have been needing boats to grow our business – we produce a number of festivals (Chatanooga, Knoxville, Charlston) and it makes business sense for us to be able to have the boats instead of renting. It also assures availability and allows us to use them for corporate team building and give teams extra practice sessions, also it allows us to rent them and generate extra income – including renting to other festivals &ndash we are the only US company we know of with BuK racing boats, and trailers.”

Each BuK boat cost approximately $10-$13k depending on how it is equipped.

Wendy Witsoe and Penny Behling, principals of Dynamic Events and Management
Wendy Witsoe and Penny Behling of DEM. Can you tell they love dragon boat racing?
photo courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management LLC

Ms. Behling added this about her company, “DynaMic Events and Marketing is in the business of organizing races because we love it and love the community it brings. We are able to do what we love and grow both the races and our business. Besides these festivals we also do consulting to non–profit organizations, usually on fundraising and name recognition.”

November 28, 2007 Chattanooga Jumps to Top of 2008 Dragon Boat Race Calendar

Dynamic Events and Management (www.racedragonboats.com)announced the schedule of 4 festivals it will event manage in the 2008 season, up from 3 races the firm produced in 2007. In 2008, the race in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the second annual, will jump to the top of the race calendar, with a one day race festival set for April 19.

Dragon Boats at the 2007 Chattanooga Races

One of the 2007 races at Chattanooga

During a busy 2007 season, DEM produced festivals in three cities (Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities in Tennessee), 108 teams, at least 2,160 paddlers and more than $200,000 raised for charity. In 2007, DEM was granted the rights to host U.S. National Dragon Boat Racing Championships in 2010. Thanks to a reputation for producing a fair, well organized race, DEM has gotten attention in every venue.

Dragon Boat Racers embark and disembark at the 2007 Chattanooga Races

Racers embark and disembark at Chattanooga, 2007

In addition to the first race in Chattanooga on April 19, The inaugural Charleston festival will be held early in the season (May 3), the 6th annual Knoxville festival will be held June 28 and the 3rd annual Tri-Cities festival will be held September 13.

“When the Charleston Metro Sports Council is approached with a new sports event idea, we use a checklist to assess the feasibility... Amazingly, the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival scores were ‘off the page.’” commented Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director, Charleston Metro Sports Council.

drummer at the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat races

A drummer for a Dragon Boat at the 2007 Chattanooga Festival

You can see more photos of the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival at RE Smith Photo.


2008 Race Schedule Firming Up

The schedule of dragon boat races and festivals for 2008 is firming up with some changes. The Knoxville festival is moving up in the calendar from August to June, and several festivals which were 2 days in 2007 have expandd to 3 days. As always, let Dragon Boat News know about the races you are organizing or participating in!

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