2009 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival: Races, part 2

The races are really what it is all about, and this year for the first time I was able to ride in one of the chase boats to get some shots from different angles and from much closer to the crews. I pretty much lost track of teams and so will just identify the boats by color.

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

The eight dragon boats used in the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival were donated by enterprises and organizations on Taiwan. You can see the names of the donors on the boats. Each boat is 45 feet long, including the head and tail, 45 inches wide and 45 inches deep. They are made of glass reinforced polyester and weigh 1550 pounds. The boats are equipped with a drum and steering paddle. They are crewed by 20 paddlers, a steerman or steerwoman in the rear and a drummer in front. The donors are: Evergreen Marine Corporation; the National Women's League of the Repulbic of China; Shin Kong Life Insurance Company; Mitac Incorporated; the Chinese Petroleum Company; Taiwan Industrial Bank (Pacific Holdings); Taiwan Bureau of Tourism; and Four Star International.

yellow boat retires

Yellow boat returning to the dock after the race.

blue boat advances to start line

A blue boat advances to the starting line.

dragon boat tail

The tail of the gold dragon boat with the team visible disembarking.

red dragon boat crew smiling for the camera

The crew of the red dragon boat smiles for the camera.

blue dragon boat at roosevelt island

A blue dragon boat after their race, seen in front of Roosevelt Island.

red dragon boat with key bridge

The red boat is still moving at a good clip just after winning their race. They are seen in front of the Key Bridge.

yellow boat with a chase boat

The yellow dragon boat is just crossing the finish line, followed by the chase boat.

green boat at washington harbor

The green dragon boat returning to the dock, the crew is paddling past the Washington Harbor complex on the Georgetown waterfront.

red dragon boat returns to dock

The red dragon boat returning to the dock.

pilot of a chase boat

The pilot of the other chase boat.

chase boat pilot

The pilot of my chase boat. He kindly cruised around for quite a while helping me set up shots.

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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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