2009 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival: Race photos

The races are really what it is all about. Getting on the water and having a fun sport event pulls all the energy and excitement together. The Saturday of the festival was really the cloudiest day I've ever tried to shoot this event and the colors aren't quite as vibrant, but this year the festival organizers let me ride in a boat for a while. Some shots are of races, some of boats positioning for the race or returning to the docks. I'm not entirely sure of my identifications of teams and would appreciate any corrections.

First Page of Photos: Teams and Teammates

Second Page of Photos: Lunch time at the festival grounds

Third Page of Photos: Races and boats in the water

Fourth Page of Photos: More races and boats in the water

Fifth Page of Photos: Festival Opening Ceremony

green boat warming up

Green boat warming up as it moves from the dock to the starting line.

go pink dc before the first race

The Go Pink DC team before the first race of the day on Saturday.

philadelphia flying phoenix before the first race

The Philadelphia Flying Phoenix team before the first race of the day on Saturday.

second race in progress

I believe this is the second race of the day in progress, maybe the Schuykill Dragons and Machestic Dragons.

two dragon boat teams in the second raced at dc

More of the second race with Against the Wind.

schuykill dragons and against the wind stretching out in the second race

Schuykill Dragons and Against the Wind stretching out in the second race's finish.

fourth dragon boat race underway

The fourth dragon boat race underway. You can see a video cameraman in the motor craft. I think this is Out 2 Paddle and Virtual Dragons 2.

youth race starting

One of the youth races, with Black Dragons, Team Rocket and Hua Fu Youth. They are stretched for stroke, waiting for the horn to sound.

youth teams racing in earnest

Youth teams racing in earnest. Hua Fu Youth with Team Rocket in the foreground.

ecs chantilly dragon boat team on the water

The ECS Chantilly dragon boat team moves to the start line as three other youth teams return to the dock. The Kennedy Center is visible in the background.

teams disembarking from the dragon boats at the dock

Teams disembarking from the dragon boats at the dock.

returning to the dock

Two teams returning to dock after their race.

green team moves out from the dock

I wish I knew who this is. Their green shirts and red life jackets look so sharp in this green boat, in front of the festival flags.

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First Page of Photos: Teams and Teammates

Second Page of Photos: Lunch time at the festival grounds

Third Page of Photos: Races and boats in the water

Fourth Page of Photos: More races and boats in the water

Fifth Page of Photos: Festival Opening Ceremony


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