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:
Dragon Boat on Display for National Cancer Survivors Day
As part of its effort to promote Colorado Cancer Survivor (BCS) Dragon Boat Program, DRACO had a pair of dragon boats on display at this year’s Race 4 Research on Sunday, August 15, 2K21. The annual event was hosted by the Cancer League of Colorado, and is a major fund-raiser for that organization.
Additional photos taken at the event can be seen at this link:
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
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.
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.
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.
Phantoms Place Second in Mixed “A” Consolation Division Finals!!!
Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their outstanding performance in the 2K19 Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. In spite of missing several of their top paddlers (who were at the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in Thailand), the crew put together a series of outstanding races, capturing second place in the Mixed “A” Consolation Finals. Great job, Phantoms!!!
Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:
Great Phantoms Performance – Silver Medals at CDBF 2K19!!!
The Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms performed well at the 2K19 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The crew placed well in both divisions, capturing 2nd Place in the 250-Meter Recreational B Division, and winning Silver Medals in the 500-Meter Recreational Division. Outstanding Job, Phantoms!
Photos / Video
Additional photos and video clips of the Phantoms in action are posted here:
On June 29, 2019, DRACO hosted a dragon boat race on Lake Arbor for Epic Experience, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor adventures for cancer patients and survivors. The event was well-attended, and everyone had a wonderful time.