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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:

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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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6. How Much Will Dragon Boating Cost Me?

With Alameda Dragon Flyers, the first three outings are free. After that, you’ll be asked to join the team at an annual fee of $175. This covers the cost of the boats, insurance, paddles and personal flotation devices. Race fees are an additional but reasonable amount and are spread over the racing season.

 

3. What Equipment Do I Need to Get Started?

For that first practice, you’ll want:

  • Quick-dry clothing appropriate to the weather. (No jeans or sweats.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Sneakers or water sandals

In addition to the boats, we will provide you with paddles and PFD for use during practices and race days.

 

 

2. How Much Paddling Experience Do I Need?

None! Many of our team members hadn’t had any previous boating experience before they joined. The basic basic paddling stroke is easy to learn – and challenging to master.