DRAGON BOAT RACES
- Sat: Dragon Boat Practice 10am – 5pm
- Sun: Dragon Boat Races 10am-6pm
Why Dragon Boat racing? Dragon Boat Racing is the ultimate team building challenge and one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Imagine 20 paddlers trying to move as one, all in a 41 foot dragon boat! It’s a blast. It takes focus, timing, communication and cooperation. Long after the ride is over, the pride and purpose remain to become building blocks for the future.
What is a Dragon Boat?
The boat is about 41 feet long and holds a team of 22 people, of which twenty are paddlers. You provide a drummer to keep the pace and we provide the steer person to keep you on course.
Is any prior experience needed? No experienced necessary. People of all ages and fitness levels can participate in Dragon Boat Racing. It’s a low impact, full body workout that leaves you enthusiastic and energized. If you enjoy working with a team and having fun on the water, Dragon Boat racing is for you.
In this video, a Dragon Boat Team Captain will show you the paddling technique, stroke technique and sitting position that gives you a basic idea for how to paddle in a Dragon Boat as a team.
Do we get a practice run? Absolutely. During the Saturday training session, teams will have the opportunity to work together and learn proper paddling techniques.
The Race? The race is 300 meters and takes between 2 to 3 minutes to complete by a team working in unison. Each team will have the chance to race three times on Sunday. Loading and staging of the boats takes place in Green’s Park, Lake Orion. The objective is not necessarily to win, but to have fun and create new connections by working together with your team.
Can I use my Dragon Boat experience as a fundraiser? Yes, many teams raise funds and awareness for their own special cause by collecting pledges and holding team fund drives. Dragon on the Lake also has a division for Cancer Survivors to support the cause.
2019 – Champion – The Birney Directive
2018 – Champion – The Birney Directive
2017 – Champion – Building Your Temple Crossfit
2016 – Champion – The Birney Directive
2015 – Champion – Anahata Dragon Boat Team
2014 – Champion – Island Bombers
2013 – Champion – Island Bombers
2012 – Champion – Island Bombers
2011 – Champion – Island Bombers
2010 – Champion – Orion Sports Bar
RULES & REGULATIONS
Paddles up, let the race begin! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for race day:
- The Race Rules follow the “Official International Dragon Boat Regulations.”
- There’s a required minimum of 8 (eight) women paddling in each Dragon Boat in each heat.
- The minimum age for paddlers is 14 years old.
- Each team will include 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steer person (provided).
- Dragon Boats, life jackets and paddles are provided by Great White North.
- Race goes on regardless of rain, postponed during lightening and thunderstorms.
- Team captains must attend a mandatory meeting Sunday at 8:45am in Green’s Park.
- Team waivers will be signed on Saturday at registration.
- Teams can set up a 10×10 tent in Green’s Park and bring food and beverages. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
- No alcohol is allowed in Green’s Park.
On Sunday at 12:15 at Green’s Park, we’ll have a special flower ceremony to celebrate the lives of survivors, offer hope to those still battling the disease, and honor those who have lost their fight.
At Dragon on the Lake, we’ve given special attention to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The cancer survivor division at Dragon on the Lake allows teams to raise awareness and funds for the cause. We believe that working as a team can have a powerful impact on healing to provide emotional support and wellness. The Orion Art Center, which produces Dragon on the Lake, has been proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Dragon Boat Races to Cancer research and awareness.