Gather a group of friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers and make plans to field a team and get out on the water. A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It's manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter seated in the bow. Teams are encouraged to signup 22-25 members to cover any absences on race day.
Teams can be made up of people of all ages, genders and skill levels. No experience is required. The key to successful and fun dragon boating is the ability for a team to paddle your boat in sync. Teams must be set up with a minimum of 8 female paddlers (drummer doesn't count). The races are fast and furious. Each race lasts about two minutes, and all teams are guaranteed 3 races, there is NO ELIMINATION.
Everything participants need will be provided: boats, paddles, lifejackets, professional coaching and each team will get a professional steersperson. A 90-minute practice session on the water will introduce you to the basic elements needed to race in a dragon boat. Team practices with the High Five Dragon Boat coaches will be scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 14th, 15th and 16th between 4 and 6:30 PM. Each team is encouraged to get in one practice run if possible. Once your team has registered and paid, we will contact you to schedule your practice time.
Race day is set for Saturday, September 17th. Racing begin at 9 AM and will be concluded by 4 pm. Your team will be competing for trophies with awards for the Fastest time, Slowest time, Most Spirited team, Best Costumes, Match Race Winners and more. The “Award Ceremony and Celebration Party “will begin at 6PM on Saturday evening at the Marina.
Teams can raise money for their registration just like a charity walk or run where each member of a team raises $50 to compete. Or a team can choose to secure a corporate sponsor. Team registration is $1,000.00 per boat allowing up to 25 participants. Discounted rates apply for Club teams traveling from outside the Wilmington area.