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21st Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - Atlanta SATURDAY, SEPT 10, 2016 OLYMPIC PARK, LAKE LANIER


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Greetings from our Presenting Sponsor

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Greetings from the Organizer

1123 Bluffhaven Way  Atlanta, Georgia 30319­4820  Tel 404.788.8818 • Fax 404.252.5140  Web: http://www.dragonboatatlanta.com    Email: gene@hongkongatlanta.com      

September 10, 2016    Dear Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Participants, Volunteers, Spectators and Friends,    Welcome to our 21​st​ Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.  Our purpose remains one which exposes  everyone to Asian culture in an atmosphere of fun and harmony.  We still insist that ours is ​“the best  hands­on cultural diversity event”  ​ in the area.  Where else do you actually participate in the culture as you  do here in dragon boats?    This is an exciting event whether you come as a serious or a recreational team.  Once the start gun goes off  there is a certain competitive edge that takes over as we watch each and every team participate.  And the  beauty of this venue is that we can see every part of this action from teams boarding their boats and going to  the start line to the actual race to the finish line.      This is an incredible venue and one which 20 years ago was used for Rowing and Paddling events in the  1996 Summer Olympic Games.  And it is the only venue from those games that remains intact.  We thank  Gainesville­Hall ’96 for their vision and efforts to keep this venue operating and to Morgan House for his  work in overseeing those efforts.    We are very grateful for everyone’s participation and sponsorship.  Enjoy today and our celebration of Asian  culture!    Best wishes          Gene Hanratty  Festival Director  Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival   


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21st Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Schedule of events 6:00 am

Registrar opens for team check in

6:20 am

Team captain’s meeting / followed by Steerer’s meeting

7:00 am

Blessing of the boats by Buddhist monks

7:05 am

Marshalling opens for Race 1

7:15 am

Star Spangled Banner - National Anthem

7:25 am

Dragon Boat races begin

12:05 am

500 meter races for open division teams

12:05 pm

Opening ceremonies

- Fire Crackers - Lion dance performance - Remarks by Steve Barclay, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York - Remarks by Jerry Liu, President of HiSense Corporation - Remarks by Delta Airlines, Harrahs, PepsiCo, & AT&T - Eye Dotting Ceremony - BCS Ceremony Cultural performances:

- Beautiful Water Ribbon Dance by Eve Hao Dance Studio

- Salavan Dance by Laotian American Society (LAS)

- Bhangra Bollywood Dance by Moksha - Sao Lao Muan Sern by Habersham FOP Team - Omni School of Atlanta 1:23 pm 1:45 pm 3:40 pm 4:15 pm 4:45 pm

Raffle Drawing Finals begin Awards Ceremony 2000 Meter Race 2000 Meter Award Ceremony

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Awaking the Heavenly Celestial Dragon

The dragon plays the most venerated role within the Chinese mythological tradition. For example, of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac the only mythical creature is the dragon. The rest are not mythical (e.g. dog, rat, tiger, horse, snake, rabbit, rooster, monkey, sheep, ox, pig - all of which are familiar to agrarian peasants.) Dragons are tradition-ally believed to be the rulers of rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and the rains of heaven. There are earth dragons, mountain dragons and sky or celestial dragons (Tian Long) in Chinese tradition. It is believed sacrifices were involved in the earliest boat racing rituals. During these ancient times, violent clashes between the crew members of the competing boats involved throwing stones and striking each other with bamboo stalks. Originally, paddlers or even an entire team falling into the water could receive no

assistance from the onlookers as their misfortune was considered to be the will of the Dragon Deity which could not be interfered with. Those boaters who drowned were thought to have been sacrificed. That Qu Yuan sacrificed himself in protest through drowning speaks to this early notion. Dragon boat racing traditionally coincides with the 5th day of the 5th Chinese lunar month (varying from late May to June on the modern Gregorian Calendar). The Summer Solstice occurs around 21 June and is the reason why Chinese refer to their festival as “Duen Ng”. Both the sun and the dragon are considered to be male. (The moon and the mythical phoenix are considered to be female.) The sun and the dragon are at their most potent during this time of the year, so cause for observing this through ritual celebrations such as dragon boat racing. It is also the time of farming year

when rice seedlings must be transplanted in their paddy fields, for wet rice cultivation to take place. This season is also associated with pestilence and disease, so is considered as a period of evil due to the high summer temperatures which can lead to rot and putrification in primitive societies lacking modern refrigeration and sanitation facilities. One custom involves cutting shapes of the five poisonous or venomous animals out of red paper, so as to ward off these evils. The paper snakes, centipedes, scorpions, lizards and toads - those that supposedly lured “evil spirits” - where sometimes placed in the mouths of the carved wooden dragons. Venerating the Dragon deity was meant to avert misfortune and calamity and encourage rainfall which is needed for the fertility of the crops and thus for the prosperity of an agrarian way of life. Celestial dragons were

the controllers of the rain, the Monsoon winds and the clouds. The Emperor was “The Dragon” or the “Son of Heaven”, and Chinese people refer to themselves as “dragons” because of its spirit of strength and vitality. Unlike the dragons in European mythology which are considered to be evil and demonic, Asian dragons are regarded as wholesome and beneficent, and thus worthy of veneration, not slaying. Another ritual called Awakening of the Dragon involves a Daoist priest dotting the bulging eyes of the carved dragon head attached to the boat, in the sense of ending its slumber and re-energizing its spirit or qi (pronounced: chee). At festivals today, a VIP can be invited to step forward to touch the eyes on a dragon boat head with a brush dipped in red paint in order to reanimate the creature’s bold spirit for hearty racing. Credit: wikipedia.org


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TEAM CHEERS

SACA Golden Dragon Suncoast Asian Cultural Association, SACA, is a dragon boat team from Tampa, Florida. SACA Golden Dragon is built on fun, food, family, and fitness. United in their spirit and strengthened by their diversity, SACA becomes a dragon in the air and on the water with their eye popping dragon dancing and race performances. Go SACA! Watch out they’re are here to take GOLD!

Wells Fargo Asian Connection of Georgia Members of Wells Fargo’s Asian Connection of Georgia Team Member Network are ready to paddle up at the 21st Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. This is the team’s second year participating in the festival. The spirit of diversity and inclusion drives Wells Fargo’s team members, business and Culture of Caring. Our team is passionate about participating in the races and experiencing the cultural events at the festival. Let’s go Wells Fargo team! Together we will go far! Georgia Tech Chinese Student Association The Pandragons are also known at Georgia Tech as the Chinese Student Association and is composed of students from various backgrounds and majors. They are the reigning champions of the college division and are determined to rack up more gold medals than the great himself, Michael Phelps. They’re here to show that Ramblin’ Wrecks aren’t just good at engineering and coding, but can demolish the rowing competition too!

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MALL OF GEORGIA

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SOUTH LAKE MALL COBB TOWN CENTER MALL

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TEAM CHEERS

Dragon Boat Atlanta Dragon Boat Atlanta has participated in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival since the team began in 2004. We are a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters who want to increase awareness of breast cancer, to show there is quality of life after breast cancer and to promote dragon boating within the community. “We are Dragon Boat Atlanta … we travel near and far ... we are young and old … we are all winners on the water.”

SunTrust Bank and SunTrust onUp are two dragons teamed up with employees, friends, and family from SunTrust, a nation’s leading financial company. Being a reigning champion of the Financial Division, we’re ready to shine again! SunTrust’s launched the onUp Movement to inspire millions to financial confidence. With the spirit of onUp, we’re paddling strong as One and fleeting towards victory, because together there’s only one way to go — onUp!

SCUF Gaming is a Global Leader & Innovator in eports, providing Tactical Gear for Elite Gamers. SCUF willbring that same quality, control & agility to the water; Which ensures maximum performance & a competitive edge to WIN this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.

Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian professional organization in North America. Ascend’s vision is to enhance Pan-Asian business leadership, serving as a collective voice for their communities. The Atlanta Chapter is pleased to participate in the festival, an exciting day of cultural celebrations and team spirit! We won the T-Shirt Contest and placed 2nd in the Financial Division last year. We look forward to a fun 2016 Event!

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2016 Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Gainesville, GA

Start List: 200 Meter Heats (Rounds 1 & 2) & 500 Meter Race, Saturday, September 10, 2016 Marshalling Race Time Race Length Lane

Team Name

Team Captain

Division

200 Meter Heats (Round 1) 7:05 AM

7:25 AM

1 200 m

7 7:12 AM

7:19 AM

7:26 AM

7:32 AM

7:39 AM

7:46 AM

2 200 m

3 200 m

4 200 m

1 3

NAAAP/Siemans 1

Daming Ng

Recreational

5

MOL America Katana Dragons Team 1

Jill Prager

International

7

Team F.O.B.

Be Vorasam

Southeast Asia

Wells Fargo

Howard Cheong

Financial

2 4

DHL Dragons

Bee Intakanok

Recreational

6

Lac Hong/VAC GA

Jasmine Minh Nguyen

Open—Mixed

8

Longstreet Dragons

Olga Valdez

Recreational

1

Taiwanese American Dragon Slayers

Michael Wang

Recreational

3

Confucius Institute at KSU #1

Jan Strydom

Collegiate

5

Wun Fun Cru

Linda Harris

Grand Masters

7

Newellbrands.com

Ernita Goh

Manufacturing

2

GT & Emory TASA

Ethan Jen

Collegiate

4

Blazing Paddles

Will Murphy

Open—Mixed

6

Cambodia Phnom Penh - C.A.A.G.

Sorin Yen

International

1

Survivors in Sync

Pat Van Stedum

BCS

3

EY

Olivia Clark

Financial

5

Cargill

Kyle Ozaki

Manufacturing

7

World Language Academy

MeiShan Spradlin

Recreational

2

Longstreet Power Dragon

Renee Ward

Recreational

4

Suntrust ONUP

David Moye

Financial

6

Georgia Insititute of Technology

Robin Lam

Collegiate

8

Intercontinental Hotel Group #1

Stephen Tran

Recreational

1 3

The Y Speed Dragons

Emily Young

Recreational

Khmer Angor Wat - C.A.A.G.

Ra Pei

Southeast Asia

5

Agnes Scott College Scotties

Kristian Contreras

Collegiate

7

Paddles and Pearls, Dragon Boat Charleston

Noreen Powers

BCS

2

Clemson University

Sydney Harding

Collegiate

4

World Affairs Council - Young Leaders

Valerie Ibarra

International

6

SACA Golden Dragons

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

1

Vietnamese Student Association - KSU

Qui Ho

Collegiate

3

Be Vegan Make Peace

Steve Won

Recreational

5

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Open—Mixed

8 7:33 AM

7:40 AM

7:47 AM

7:54 AM

7:53 AM

8:00 AM

8:07 AM

8:14 AM

5 200 m

6 200 m

7 200 m

8 200 m

8 8:01 AM

8:08 AM

8:15 AM

8:22 AM

8:21 AM

8:28 AM

8:35 AM

8:42 AM

9 200 m

10 200 m

11 200 m

12 200 m

7

Jackson EMC

April Sorrow

Open—Women

2

AT & T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

4

NAAAP/Bank of America

Julien Li

Recreational

6

Chinese Student and Scholar Union at Emory

8

Dragon Boat Atlanta

Qingyang Xiao Geri Faust

Collegiate BCS

1 3

Confucius Institute at KSU #2

Dr. Ken Jin

Collegiate

Zhejiang Association of Georgia

Jin Jin

International

5

Wesley International Academy

Anthony Chung

Recreational

7

TBDBC - Tampa Blade Runners

Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

2

Dragon Boat Z

Liz French

Collegiate

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8:29 AM

8:36 AM

8:43 AM

8:50 AM

8:57 AM

8:49 AM

8:56 AM

9:03 AM

9:10 AM

9:17 AM

13 200 m

14 200 m

15 200 m

16 200 m

17 200 m

Intercontinental Hotel Group #2

Stephen Tran

Recreational

6

Kimberly-Clark Focus Asia

8

National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA)

Kamal Gola Jin Lian

Recreational Recreational

1

AT & T No Texting While Paddling

Manny Skaris

International

3

Mercer ASIA

Hyun Lee

Collegiate

5

Home Depot Orange Dragons

Carrie Hsu

Financial

7

Open—Women

Blazing Paddles Wenches

Will Murphy

2

Harrah's LCKC Super Dragons

4

SACA Jade

Buddy Parton | Ben Hefner & Chris Miller

6

9:24 AM

9:11 AM 9:31 AM

9:18 AM

9:38 AM

18 200 m

19 200 m

20 200 m

Open—Mixed Open—Women

DirecTV

Kaleigh Korhs

Recreational

8

PepsiCo

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

1

Nighthawks (University of North Georgia)

Chris Jespersen

Collegiate

3

ASCEND Pan Asian Leaders

Elizabeth Nunes

Financial

5

GT CSA Pandragons

7

Charlotte Fury

Julie Bu John Chen

Collegiate Open—Mixed

2

Hapag-Lloyd

Jacqueline McDevitt

International

4

NAAAP/Siemans 2

Daming Ng

Recreational

6

ORIGINAL Wun Fun Cru

Grace Genetia

Open—Mixed

8

UPS Expedited

Hwa Lew

International

1 3

Mekong Dragons

Sam Sith

Southeast Asia

McKesson PAVE-ATL

Jacqueline Tseng

Recreational

7

Team SCUF Gaming International #1 AT & T Internet of Things

Sandra Atherton Manny Skaris

Manufacturing International

2

MOL America Katana Dragons Team 2

Todd Roy

International

5 9:04 AM

Kitt Noythanongsay

4

Newell Brands

Ernita Goh

Manufacturing

6

Wat Lao Sattha Dhamma

Seng Thammavongsa

Southeast Asia

8

Cricket Wireless

Yakun Gao

Recreational

1

PepsiCo Purpose

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

3

Hisense #1

Maryann Heiberger

International

5

Accenture

Dara Thach

Recreational

7

SunTrust Bank

Mark Sutcliffe

Financial

2

Delta

Rebecca Keng

Recreational

4

Hisense #2

Maryann Heiberger

International

6

Dragon Boat Beaufort

Doreen Pierce

BCS

UPS Express

Tuan Pham-Gia

International

8

200 Meter Heats (Round 2) 9:25 AM

9:32 AM

9:39 AM

9:45 AM

9:52 AM

9:59 AM

21 200 m

22 200 m

23 200 m

1

Dragon Boat Atlanta

Geri Faust

BCS

3

Wells Fargo

Howard Cheong

Financial

5

Taiwanese American Dragon Slayers

Michael Wang

Recreational

7

GT & Emory TASA

Ethan Jen

Collegiate

2

NAAAP/Siemans 1

Daming Ng

Recreational

4

DHL Dragons

Bee Intakanok

Recreational

6

Confucius Institute at KSU #1

Jan Strydom

Collegiate

8

Blazing Paddles

Will Murphy

Open—Mixed

1 3

MOL America Katana Dragons Team 1

Jill Prager

International

SACA Jade

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Women

5

Lac Hong/VAC GA Wun Fun Cru

Jasmine Minh Nguyen Linda Harris

Open—Mixed Grand Masters

7

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2016 Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Gainesville, GA 9:46 AM 10:06 AM 24 200 m

2

Longstreet Dragons

Olga Valdez

Recreational

4

Newellbrands.com

Ernita Goh

Manufacturing

6

Cambodia Phnom Penh - C.A.A.G.

Sorin Yen

International

8 9:53 AM 10:13 AM 25 200 m

10:00 AM 10:20 AM 26 200 m

10:07 AM 10:27 AM 27 200 m

1 3

Survivors in Sync

Pat Van Stedum

BCS

Longstreet Power Dragon

Renee Ward

Recreational

5

The Y Speed Dragons

Emily Young

Recreational

7

Clemson University

Sydney Harding

Collegiate

2

EY

Olivia Clark

Financial

4

Suntrust ONUP

David Moye

Financial

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Khmer Angor Wat - C.A.A.G. World Affairs Council - Young Leaders

Ra Pei Valerie Ibarra

Southeast Asia International

1

Cargill

Kyle Ozaki

Manufacturing

3

Georgia Insititute of Technology

Robin Lam

Collegiate

5

Agnes Scott College Scotties

Kristian Contreras

Collegiate

World Language Academy

MeiShan Spradlin

Recreational Recreational

7 10:14 AM 10:34 AM 28 200 m

10:21 AM 10:41 AM 29 200 m

10:28 AM 10:48 AM 30 200 m

10:35 AM 10:55 AM 31 200 m

2 4

Intercontinental Hotel Group #1

Stephen Tran

6

Paddles and Pearls, Dragon Boat Charleston

Noreen Powers

BCS

8

Vietnamese Student Association - KSU

Qui Ho

Collegiate

1

Be Vegan Make Peace

Steve Won

Recreational

3

AT & T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

5

Confucius Institute at KSU #2

Dr. Ken Jin

Collegiate

7

Dragon Boat Z

Liz French

Collegiate

2 4

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Open—Mixed

Wat Lao Sattha Dhamma

Seng Thammavongsa

Southeast Asia

6

Team F.O.B.

8

NAAAP/Bank of America

Be Vorasam Julien Li

Southeast Asia Recreational

1

Jackson EMC

April Sorrow

Open—Women

3

Chinese Student and Scholar Union at Emory

Qingyang Xiao

Collegiate

5

Zhejiang Association of Georgia AT & T No Texting While Paddling

Jin Jin Manny Skaris

International International

2

Hisense #1

Maryann Heiberger

International

4

Wesley International Academy

Anthony Chung

Recreational

6

National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA)

Jin Lian

Recreational

8

Hyun Lee

Collegiate

1

Mercer ASIA TBDBC - Tampa Blade Runners

Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

3

Intercontinental Hotel Group #2

Stephen Tran

Recreational

5

Home Depot Orange Dragons

Carrie Hsu

Financial

7

Dragon Boat Beaufort

Doreen Pierce

BCS

2

Kimberly-Clark Focus Asia

Kamal Gola

Recreational

4

Blazing Paddles Wenches

Will Murphy

Open—Women

6

DirecTV

Kaleigh Korhs

Recreational

8

Nighthawks (University of North Georgia)

Chris Jespersen

Collegiate

1 3

PepsiCo

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

ASCEND Pan Asian Leaders

Elizabeth Nunes

Financial

5

Hapag-Lloyd

Jacqueline McDevitt

International

7

Charlotte Fury

7 10:42 AM 11:02 AM 32 200 m

10:49 AM 11:09 AM 33 200 m

10:56 AM 11:16 AM 34 200 m

11:03 AM 11:23 AM 35 200 m

Open—Mixed

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2016 Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Gainesville, GA 11:10 AM 11:30 AM 36 200 m

11:17 AM 11:37 AM 37 200 m

11:24 AM 11:44 AM 38 200 m

2

GT CSA Pandragons

4 6

Julie Bu

Collegiate

ORIGINAL Wun Fun Cru

Grace Genetia

Open—Mixed

SACA Golden Dragons

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

8

Mekong Dragons

Sam Sith

Southeast Asia

1 3

NAAAP/Siemans 2

Daming Ng

Recreational

McKesson PAVE-ATL

Jacqueline Tseng

Recreational

5

MOL America Katana Dragons Team 2

Todd Roy

International

7

PepsiCo Purpose

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

2

UPS Expedited

Hwa Lew

International

4

Team SCUF Gaming International #1

Sandra Atherton

Manufacturing

6

Newell Brands

Ernita Goh

Manufacturing

1

AT & T Internet of Things

Manny Skaris

International

3

Cricket Wireless

Yakun Gao

Recreational

5

Accenture

Dara Thach

Recreational

7

Delta

Rebecca Keng

Recreational

2

SunTrust Bank

Mark Sutcliffe

Financial

4

Harrah's LCKC Super Dragons

Buddy Parton | Ben Hefner & Chris Miller

Open—Mixed

6 8

Hisense #2

Maryann Heiberger

International

UPS Express

Tuan Pham-Gia

International

SACA Golden Dragons

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

3

Harrah's LCKC Super Dragons

Buddy Parton | Ben Hefner & Chris Miller

Open—Mixed

5

TBDBC - Tampa Blade Runners

Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

7

Blazing Paddles Wenches

Will Murphy

Open—Women

2

Jackson EMC

April Sorrow

Open—Women

4

AT & T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

6

Lac Hong/VAC GA

Jasmine Minh Nguyen

Open—Mixed

8

ORIGINAL Wun Fun Cru

Grace Genetia

Open—Mixed

1

SACA Jade

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Women

3

Charlotte Fury

John Chen

Open—Mixed

5

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Open—Mixed

7

Blazing Paddles

Will Murphy

Open—Mixed

8 11:31 AM 11:51 AM 39 200 m

11:38 AM 11:58 AM 40 200 m

11:45 AM 12:05 PM 41 500 m

11:52 AM 12:12 PM 42 500 m

11:59 AM 12:19 PM 43 500 m

500 Meter Races (Open Divisions only)

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Opening Ceremonies & Lunch: 12:30 PM 200 Meter Finals and 2,000 Meter Race Start Lists will be distributed on Saturday. They are determined by your best time in the heats (for 200 Meter Finals) and your time in the 500 Meter Races (for the 2,000 Meter Races).

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Fun Facts on Dragon Boat Racing Dragon Boat Racing is over 2000 years old - making it one of world’s oldest sports. The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Because of this, it’s also known as Double Fifth. In China, the festival is called Duanwu. The literal translation of Duanwu is Solar Maximus festival. In the Chinese lunar calendar, Duanwu is the time when the sun is at its maximum strength. In China, the sun (yang) is considered male, as is the mythical Chinese dragon (long), so the festival honoring the dragon is held when the sun is at its peak. Although we refer to Duanwu in the West as Dragon Boat Festival, this name actually refers to only one part of the celebration, dragon boat racing. European visitors to China in the 19th century were so impressed with the dragon boat races that they saw during the festival that they took the name with them.

Whether it’s shipping cargo across the world or paddling a Dragon Boat across the finish line. Good luck to the MOL Katana Dragons!

It’s also considered the world’s fastest growing team water sports and one of fastest growing team sports, second only to soccer. Nearly 50 million people competed last year and there is a movement to make Dragon Boat Racing an Olympic sport. Modern dragon boat racing is organized at an international level by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). The biggest dragon boat festival racing events outside of Asia are in Europe, in Malmo, Sweden and in the USA and Canada. San Francisco, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal each host races featuring more than 180 teams with 25 person crews. Dragon Boat Racing teams in North America typically paddle at rates of 60 to 85 strokes per minute. In Asia, top teams can pull water at stroke rates above 100 stroke per minute! It is common for four or more teams in a race to finished close together and only split-second apart. A modern dragon boat is usually 10 to 12 meters (about 40 feet) long. The most popular dragon boat set-up consists of 10 rows of seats for 20 paddlers sitting side-by-side, a drummer (caller) in the front and a steersmand (sweep) in the back. The drummer controls the stroke pace and makes sure that all of the paddlers synchronize with each other while the steersman navigates the boat. Dragon Boat races are typically 500 meters, but occasionally there are 250 meters, 1000 meters, 2000 meters, and marathon races.

Dragon Boat Racing is enjoyed by people of all ages in over 50 countries or territories around the world. On October 30th, 2009, the Dragon Boat Festival was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. HK Dragon Boat Festival Atlanta has consistently field the maximum of 72 teams in the past 8 years. 21st HK Dragon Boat Festival is the largest ever festival in its history with 80 registered competing teams.


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