Paddlers Are You Ready?
Are you looking for an exciting sport with opportunities for exercising, socializing and competing, with optional fun-filled travel? Then dragon boat racing may be just the sport for you.
Generally 50-feet long from head to tail, dragon boats are powered by 20 paddlers working in unison with a drummer to help set the pace and motivate the crew. A steersperson in the back of the boat controls direction and makes sure the boat and crew cross the finish line in the correct lane. Races are 250, 500 or 1,000 meters in length. Teams typically complete the 500 meter races in between two and three exhilarating minutes.
Dragon boat racing started in China some 2,000 years ago and is now enjoying widespread popularity throughout the world. Teams are often comprised of men and women of different ages, body sizes and races. Winning teams reach the finish line first by synchronizing their strokes, making timing and teamwork as important as strength and endurance. Dragon boating is also very affordable.
Alameda DragonFlyers are members of the California Dragon Boat Association. CDBA organizes several regional races and the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, one of the largest dragon boat events on the West Coast. For more information on dragon boat racing, visit the California Dragon Boat Association website at www.cdba.org.