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.

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Paddles Up!

Paddles Up!

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

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

 

Phantom Dragons Host BlindStart Paddlers in Arizona

SubstandardFullSizeRenderThe Phantom Dragons were joined by four paddlers from the BlindStart program in the recent Arizona Dragon Boat Festival.  It was honor to have them as part of our crew, and fun getting to know them a little better at our team dinner Saturday night.

Check out this great article and video by a local news station that was doing a feature on the BlindStart Paddlers.  The Phantom Dragons were prominently featured in a good part of the video footage!

 

 

Phantom Dragons Race in Arizona

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons for their strong showing in the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held March 28-29, 2K15. Short-handed for the event (as usual), the Phantoms crew had some much appreciated help.  Its Mixed Crew was far more “mixed” than most, with three countries and eight+ individual teams represented in its ranks.

Although the Phantom Dragons didn’t quite make it to the medal round this year, they did post a team best 500-meter time of 2:17.  This year’s Arizona Festival was a very competitive event.  Check out the full Race Results

Many thanks to everyone who raced w/ the Phantom Dragons. Special paddle salute to Kamini Jain and her RAP paddlers for helping fill out our crew, and for giving the Phantoms’ female paddlers a chance to race w/ them in the Womens Division (in which her two teams won silver and bronze medals in the Women’s B)!  Also a shout out to the four Blindstart paddlers who added some incredible strength to our mix!  Thanks, too, to the San Diego Dragon Boat Team members who raced w/ the Phantom Dragons in the 250s, and allowed Captain Bligh to run w/ their Masters crew.  And lastly, paddle salute to Lady Di and Rho, who  got to run the 1000m race w/ the Golden Dragons. Fun stuff!

Here is a few photo taken at the event (courtesy of Kwok de La Luna for those he shared on Facebook – more to come on his web site soon)!

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Boyd selected for Team USA Crew

Dragon Boat 2015 BannerMichael J. Boyd (Captain Bligh), DRACO President and Captain/Head Coach of the Phantom Dragons, has been formally selected to compete on the Team USA Senior C Mixed crew that will compete in the World Championships in Welland, Ontario in August!

MB DB ShotThe selections were made based on initial physical testing, followed by two separate three-day Tryout Camps that included two-a-day practices, weigh-ins, and a variety of performance tests, both on and off the water.

Now, the only remaining hurdle that he must overcome in order to compete is financial. To help, a RallyMe crowd-funding site set up at this link:

Go Team USA!!!

PrintPlease help if you can. Even if you can’t contribute financially, you can still be of great assistance by spreading the word about this campaign to all your contacts via EMail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media.

Many thanks for your support!

 

Dragon Boats Race on Grand Lake!

Ten-man LPds SoTHR 2K14ao Buddhist and Phantom Dragons teams went head to head on Grand Lake in this year’s Spirit of the Lake Regatta, held August 23rd.  This was the first year for a dragon boat division to be included in the event (in addition to rowing shells, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards), the result of a joint effort of Infinite West and the Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado (DRACO).

The Lao Buddhist team emerged victorious, narrowly edging the Phantom Dragons in a close, best-two-out-of-three series of 250-meter races.  Congrats LBT!

Race Video

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Dragon Boats to Race in the Spirit of the Lake Regatta!

The DRACO Mini-Dragon Series has officially begun!

The Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado (DRACO) has teamed up with Infinite West to help raise funds for Colorado River Headwaters Conservation Education by including a dragon boat division in this year’s Spirit of the Lake Regatta, to be held August 23rd on Grand Lake.

This will mark the first time a dragon boat division has been included in this event (and, the first-ever organized dragon boat racing event in Colorado, apart from the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival).  Both the Lao Buddhist and Phantom Dragons teams, coming off very successful performances in this year’s CDBF, are expected to compete.  Additional information is included in the downloadable Spirit of the Lake DB Challenge Flyer.

There’s still time to register!  Come on out and join in the fun!

DRACO Teams Race Well at CDBF 2K14

Member teams of the Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado (DRACO) raced well in the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, held July 19-20 on Sloan’s Lake.

LaoAwards CDBF2K14Congratulations to the Lao Buddhist Team, placing Second in both the Competitive 500 Meter and Competitive 250 Meter divisions!

 

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 Video – Phantom Dragons in CDBF 2K14

For complete results, see CDBF 2K14 Race Winners

 

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Phantom Dragons compete in Arizona Festival

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons team for their strong showing in the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held March 22-23, 2K14. Short-handed for the event, the Phantoms crew had much appreciated help by paddlers from Wasabi Power Surge, L.A. Harbor Dragons, DragonMax and NAC.

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

Several Phantom Dragons paddlers got in quite a bit of extra racing, filling in on teams from Stanford, NAC and CRAA.

Here are a few photos taken at the event (thanks to Kwok de La Luna for those he shared on Facebook)!

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