We continue to make minor improvements to DRACO’s new, second-generation pool paddling simulator (Sinker), and it is proving to be a great hit with our Phantom Dragons and new BCS paddlers. Below are photos taken during recent practice sessions.
Design and construction of DRACO’s new, second-generation pool paddling simulator (Sinker) is complete, and winter practices have now resumed. Based on initial testing on January 30 and February 6, the new simulator is greatly improved over the first generation prototype! See video from her maiden voyage at First Practice Video.
Happy New Year everyone! DRACO and it’s member Phantom Dragons Team joined forces to see in the New Year w/ an event featuring MegaScorch, the Fire-Breathing Dragon, at the Colorado Plus Brewpub. It was a very fun celebration, and helped raise funds to support a worthwhile cause – DRACO’s Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Program.
The Phantom Dragons, a member team of the Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado, reacted quickly to the announcement, and is the first team to enter the Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival to be held August 27th, 2016. We hope to see you there!
Michael J. Boyd, Captain and Head Coach of the local Phantom Dragons team, raced in the coveted right stroke position on Team USA’s Senior C Mixed crew in the 12th IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships, held in Welland, Ontario this August. For dragon boaters, this is the pinnacle event – the equivalent of what the Olympic Games represents for more conventional sports. Notably, Boyd is the first paddler from Colorado to try out for and be selected to race on a World Championship level dragon boat team. Needless to say, he considered this experience to be the event of a lifetime!
The Team USA Senior C crew paddled with determination and heart in the 2000-meter, 500-meter and 200-meter divisions, setting a National Record for their time in the 200 meter races. However, the combined time for their two fastest (of three) heats in that division left them a scant 0.22 seconds behind Germany in the race for third place – heartbreakingly close, but just off the podium and out of the medals. Here is a video of their Final Race in the 200-Meter Division.
Also check out Mike’s interview with Richard Smith of Belief Sport TV that provided live online coverage of the event . . .
In less than two weeks, Michael Boyd, Captain and Head Coach of the local Phantom Dragons team, will be racing in the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in Welland, Ontario.
Those wanting to follow the racing action can do so at the following site:
If you’re in a position to contribute to this effort, see the documents linked to the image below: