Once you hear about dragon boat racing and become involved in this world of sport, community and fun, there is no turning back from it. There is much more to it than a great day on the water. There are different and interesting ways to experience the sport for both team members and spectators. Whether you’ve paddled in a festival or regatta, or you paddle regularly in a dragon boat, you feel connected to it. That’s the beauty of it - from the moment you pick up a paddle, you’ll love dragon boat racing!
Hong Kong style dragon boats are 46-feet long, with 10 seats and 20 people. A drum seat arranged above the first two paddlers (seated beside each other) holds a drummer - you want the smallest, loudest, most rhythmic person you can find. A provided steerer guides the boat with the steering oar in back. These 22 people make up a dragon boat team. The stroke is unlike any other (the most similar is outrigger canoe) and taught in practice.
“It’s the ride of your life.”
Festival starts at 8 AM!
Your team to-do list:
-Recruit at least 10 rowers in order to form your team online here.
-Use your team page to recruit the remaining rowers you need to have a full team (20 rowers and 1 steerer). Having 2-3 alternates is a good idea.
-Personalize your page with pictures and videos.
-Let your friends and family know with the email options on your page.
-Fundraise to meet your team donation requirement ($2,000 for community team, $2,250 for corporate team) using your great team page.
-Sign-up for your hour-long practice session that will take place between June 7-10. All teams are strongly encouraged to participate in a practice session.
-Get ready to have a blast on the water for a great cause on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park!
More info: Adrienne@FuseProject.org or 251-377-3484.