Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Compete in Arizona

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their strong showing in the 2017 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held March 25-26, 2K17. Short-handed for the event (as usual), the Phantoms crew had some much appreciated help from a wide variety of paddlers from other areas.  Many thanks to everyone who joined forces w/ us to race in this event!

Results and Photos

This year’s Arizona Festival was a very competitive event.  Check out the full Race Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional photos of the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Arizona 2K17

 

 

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Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Race in Arizona

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms, who raced in the 2016 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held October 1-2, 2K16. Always short-handed for the event, the Phantoms crew received some greatly appreciated help from a wide variety of paddlers from other parts of the US and Canada.  Many thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to race in this event!

Results and Photos

The Arizona Festival is always a very competitive event.  Check out the full Race Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Race in Colorado Springs

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their outstanding performance in the 2K16 GWN/Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. This was a great event, very professionally organized and run, and featuring a higher level of competition than the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  A highlight of the day was the Cancer Survivor Ceremony. It was great to see the two cancer survivor groups, including our own Pink Phantoms, get some well-deserved recognition. 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Colorado Springs 2K16

 

 

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Phantoms Win CDBF Bling

Phantoms Win CDBF Bling!!!  The Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew raced to a strong finish at the 2K16 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  The crew performed well in every division, capturing 3rd Place in the 120-Meter Competitive Division, 2nd Place in the 500-Meter Recreational Division, and 1st Place in the 250-Meter Recreational Division.  Congratulations Phantoms! 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – CDBF 2K16

 

 

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Pool Simulator a Hit with New BCS Paddlers

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.

Pool Simulator Practice Photos

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Paddles Up!

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Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for "Sinker's" maiden voyage!

Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for “Sinker’s” maiden voyage!

 

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Winter Practices resume with New Pool Simulator

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.

Pool Simulator Photos

Our New Simulator arrives at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center

Our New Simulator arrives at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center

Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for "Sinker's" maiden voyage!

Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for “Sinker’s” maiden voyage!

Paddles Up!

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DRACO Heats Up NYE w/ Fire-Breathing Dragon to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Team

Happy New Year everyone!  DRACO and it’s member Phantom Dragons team joined forces to see in the New Year w/ an event featuring Mega-Scorch, 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.

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Colorado Paddler Strokes for Team USA in Dragon Boat World Championships

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!

Michael J. Boyd / Team USA Senior C Mixed 2015

Michael J. Boyd / Team USA Senior C Mixed 2015

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.  

Photos / Video

Here is a video of their Final Race in the 200-Meter Division.

Senior C Mixed 200-Meter Finals

Also check out Mike’s interview with Richard Smith of Belief Sport TV that provided live online coverage of the event . . .

Michael J. Boyd Interview – IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships

Additional Photos are posted here:

2015 IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships

 

 

 

 

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Michael Boyd to Race on Team USA in Dragon Boat World Championships

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:

BeliefSport TV

If you’re in a position to contribute to this effort, see the documents linked to the image below:

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