Phantoms Coach/Captain Michael J Boyd is the subject of a feature article in the latest edition of Wheat Ridge Living magazine. Check it out!
Congratulations to the Phantoms crew for another strong showing at this year’s Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, held March 26-27, 2K22. Many thanks to the CODA and LA Harbor Dragons paddlers who teamed up w/ us to compete in this event, and special thanks to Connie Flesuras for drumming for us!
A huge congratulations to our Pink Phantoms paddlers who raced w/ the Central Coast SurviveOars crew, winning Gold Medals in the BCS Division. A generous grant from the Cancer League of Colorado helped make participation in this event possible for our BCS paddlers.
Results and Photos
As always, this year’s Arizona Festival was a very competitive event. Check out the full Race Results
Additional photos of the event are posted here:
After having all of their competitive events canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew finally have another race on their calendar. The crew is registered to race in the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, to be held March 26-27, 2K22. In all likelihood, several of our Pink Phantoms paddlers will also participate as part of survivor crews in the BCS Division races and ceremony. Wish us luck!
Additional information concerning this event can be found at the following link:
Dragon Boating Events Canceled this Summer due to COVID-19; Practices Uninterrupted
This season’s dragon boat events were all canceled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t stop us from practicing, initially by holding “socially-distanced” training sessions in outrigger canoes. After we determined (via anonymous polling of our paddlers) that we could address COVID-19 concerns by requiring that everyone be fully vaccinated, we resumed our training in dragon boats. At the conclusion of the summer practice season, we moved back inside, holding dragon boat pool simulator practices.
Miscellaneous photos and video clips of our practices can be found at the following links:
Matt Norfleet was recently selected to the Team USA Senior A Open and Mixed crews that would have competed in the Dragon Boat World Championships in Hong Kong this past November, had the event not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being named to a Team USA crew is an awesome achievement! Congratulations Matt!
Much Needed Maintenance on Dragon Boat Gunwales Completed
Our dragon boats gunwales were badly in need of repair. We decided to try a novel approach – encasing them in PVC pipe to protect the existing wood structure, and hopefully provide a more maintenance-free surface moving forward. More photos of the project can be seen here: Dragon Boat Gunwale Repair
No Dragon Boating this Summer due to COVID-19 / Paddlers Trained in OCs
This season’s dragon boat events were all canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and appropriate social-distancing making training in the close quarters of dragon boats inadvisable. Consequently, our summer training was restricted to one- and two-man Outrigger Canoes (OCs). An album at the following link includes miscellaneous photos and video clips taken during our practices: OC Practice Excerpts 2K20
DRACO Hosts Shining Stars Dragon Boat Race
On September 26, 2020, DRACO hosted the fourth annual dragon boat day on Lake Arbor for the Shining Stars Foundation kids and their families. Proper social-distancing was carefully observed, and the event proved to be a great success, and everyone had a wonderful time again this year.
More photos can be seen here: Shining Stars Dragon Boat Races
The event was so successful that planning is already underway for another Shining Stars dragon boat race next year!
DRACO Adapts Trailer to Haul Outrigger Canoes in Wake of COVID Outbreak
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of this season’s dragon boat events, and appropriate social-distancing making training in the close quarters of dragon boats inadvisable, DRACO is gearing up to train in OCs (one and two-man outrigger canoes) this season. To facilitate these practices, Head Coach / Team Captain Michael Boyd (Captain Bligh!) acquired a Yakima Trailer, and converted it to haul four boats, along w/ an inflatable dock. Coupled with the capacity of his rooftop rack, a maximum of six boats can now be staged for safe practices.
More photos of the trailer conversion can be seen here: OC Trailer Conversion
Phantoms are 500-Meter “C” Division Silver Medalists at Rose Regatta!!!
Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms, 500-Meter “C” Division Silver Medalists at the Rose Regatta held October 12-13, 2K19 in Henderson (Las Vegas). Pink Phantoms paddlers also participated in the special BCS races and ceremony.
Photos / Video
Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here: