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Recreational DragonBoat Team

1. What is Dragon Boating?

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.

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.


9. Do the Dragon Flyers Participate in Races & Regattas?

Yes we do! We have a full schedule from early spring each year until the annual Treasure Island event in San Francisco each fall.

Dragon boat regattas are exhilarating to watch — and even more exciting when you join in the competition! That’s why we regularly start novice teams so more people can enjoy this sport.

And many members of the Alameda DragonFlyers team travel the world for competitions each year. See our current list below:

Spring Sprints, Lake Merritt, May 20, 2018

It was a blustery Sunday on Lake Merritt in Oakland, but spirits were high when we fielded two teams for ...
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2015-09-19/20 Treasure Island

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival  Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 For two days each year Treasure Island ...
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2015-09-12/13 Montana

Montana Dragon Boat Festival September 12-13 Details ...
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2015-07-18/19 Long Beach

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 18-19 ...
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2015-07-12 Alameda

CDBA Sprints Sunday, July 12, 2015 Seaplane Lagoon, Alameda Point 2151 Ferry Pt., Alameda ...
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2015-06-07 Alameda Point

2015 CDBA Regional Regatta Postponed from May 16, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Redwood Shores  to June 7, ...
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2015-03-28/29 Tempe

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival March 28-29 ...
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2014-06-05/6 Venice, Italy

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a distant trip, That's starting from a Venice ...
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2015-04-25 Yard Sale April 25

Don’t forget ADF’s annual yard sale, coming up on Saturday, April 25 between 1015 and 1019 Sherman Street, starting at 7:00 a.m. If you’re able to come help out and haven’t yet signed up, go to the ‘Availability’ tab on TeamSnap and commit to the early shift, the middle shift or the late shift — and let us know if you can help price items the afternoon before, April 24, starting at 3:00.
Sale coordinator Rudy has provided us with a preview of just a few of the items we’ll be selling.
Don’t you need a set of golf clubs? And how about that changing table for your new grand daughter? For sure someone is going to want that beautiful Trek hybrid bike. The perfect thing to get you to and from practice. And when you’re not at practice, how about swinging from those rustic chandeliers? The table and lamps look pretty sedate after all that, but they might be just what your home needs.
Plan a shopping spree for next Saturday, or, just like on eBay, you can BUY IT NOW! Call Rudy (282-5541) for prices and to arrange a time for a test ride/swing/change/etc. He’ll also receive your donations at practice or at 1015 Sherman Street. There’s always room for one more set of BBQ tools, kitchen chairs or costume jewelry. Clean out and ADF will clean up!

2014-06-05/6 Venice, Italy

Venice Dates


Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of a distant trip, That’s starting from a Venice port, Aboard their tiny ship, aboard their tiny ship.

Corinne and Scott put together the crew, Coach Dan has made them strong, For months they practiced and prepard themselves, For a trip 5 hours long, a trip 5 hours long.

The start is from the Grand Canal, With water and food to snack, If not for the strength of the entire crew, They’d never make it back, they’d never make it back.

They came together from far and near,  To paddle for 17 miles, With ADF, and Portland, too, And also…Australia, One from BAD, A country up north called Canada, Paddling the Vogalonga!