Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17

Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17!

Click on Photo for Video of Launch!

DRACO was well-represented at this year’s Punkin Chunkin Colorado, a two-day, nationally-sanctioned pumpkin launching competition held in Aurora, Colorado on October 7-8, 2017.  This is an annual event for members of the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crews, providing an opportunity to gain publicity for DRACO and our breast cancer survivor (BCS) program.

We had a great competition this year. Although we didn’t have quite the distance capability of the two largest air cannons that competed (each of which set a new world record for launch distance, the last an amazing 4,970 feet), we did set a personal record for our launcher of 4,084 feet, earning us a seat in the prestigious 4,000+ Club!

Punkin Chunkin Photos / Video

Photos taken at the event can be seen at the following link.  Also included are a number of photos showing modifications to our compressed air cannon, Kamikaze (Divine Wind) to get it ready for this year’s launch.

Kamikaze – Punkin Chunkin CO 2K17

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Great Phantoms Performance at CDBF 2K17

Great Phantoms Performance at CDBF 2K17!!!  The Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms performed well at the 2K17 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  The crew placed well in every division, capturing 3rd Place in the 500-Meter Recreational Division, 3rd Place in the 250-Meter Recreational B Division, and 2nd Place in the 125-Meter Recreational Division.  Outstanding Job, Phantoms! 

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For this event, we allowed a Denver Post videographer to mount a 360 degree camera on the dragon boat during our races.  Here’s a link to one of the videos:  

Phantoms in 360°

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

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – CDBF 2K17

 

 

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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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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!

Paddles Up!

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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.  

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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:

Help MB-Team USA 8.5x11

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Phantom Dragons / Scorch Combine Forces for CDBF 2K15

CDBF 2K15 FB Composite

Team Scorch (a combined Phantom Dragons / Florida crew) brought home some bling from this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.

The team received Gold medals and a 1st Place Certificate for the 250m Rec A Division.  The team also placed 4th in the 500-meter Competitive Division, and posted the fastest time in the 1,000-Meter “Guts & Glory” race (but were forced inside by another boat, missing a buoy in that race, which was for “bragging rights only”).

Due to an improperly called start (which was protested), the crew was allowed to re-run the 125m Final (with some awesome help from their LBT friends, who ran alongside to help push them along). Even though the PD/Scorch crew had to run that race back-to-back, immediately after one of its 250-meter heats, they posted a faster time than any other team in the final heat.

It was a great weekend of racing and camaraderie.  Congrats to all!

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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!