Captains will recruit and register 20 to 24 paddlers and one drummer. You’ll want to race with a team of enthusiastic paddlers that are able to commit to a full day of racing on July 21, as well as to the required one-hour practice session. Be sure that each team member is at least 16 years old. The Planning Committee wants to make team recruitment easy. Please consider registering your team members with the Eventbrite Recruitment Page.
Energize your Team Tips
Collaborate on a team identity, including name, team description, team cheer or song and team tent.
Every team also needs to bring their team spirit! Your enthusiasm, look, sound and spirit may even earn you an award at the closing ceremony.
The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival will provide each team a 10’ by 10’ space in the team village on race day. Each team needs to provide its own tent/canopy, seating and decor. This is where your team will relax and get psyched up for your races.
Feel free to bring water to keep your team hydrated. The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival will have plenty of food and drinks available for purchase. Remember to bring cash to purchase food and merchandise.
No tobacco and/or alcohol is allowed at Copeland Park.
Practice and Race Day Tips
All paddlers must know the basics of dragon boat safety:
Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Inflatable PFDs aren’t allowed in our event or at practice.
Always listen to and promptly obey your steersperson’s commands.
Be sure all paddlers are at practice to listen to the safety briefing and orientation before getting on the water.
No alcohol is allowed before or during practices. On race day, intoxication is grounds for disqualification. Socializing and competing are both a big part of this sport, so be responsible.
Captains should prepare a boat lineup before your first practice. Select a drummer that is small in stature (someone under 125 lbs. is ideal) and has a loud, enthusiastic voice. Put lighter, more experienced paddlers or paddlers with good timing and self‐control in the front; heavier, stronger paddlers in the middle; and lighter, taller paddlers with good endurance in the rear. Balance the boat side‐to‐side and front-to‐back as best possible. The steersperson and/or coach will also help you, if needed.