Phantom Dragons


Phantom Dragons is one of the top dragon boat teams in Colorado. Our goal is to promote dragon boat racing in Colorado, and to train dragon boat teams to compete in local, national and international races.  We race in a minimum of three events each year, and our crew includes several paddlers who have raced for over 10 years (six of whom have attended week-long dragon boat training camps in Florida).

Phantom Dragons is the only local team with a certified coaching staff. Head Coach Michael Boyd (Captain Bligh!) holds Dragon Boat Canada Level II (Competitive Team) coaching certification, and also stroked for the Team USA Senior C Mixed crew in the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in 2015.  Three of Mike’s team members have also completed Level I courses.  In addition, the team has access to a relative wealth of training equipment, including two 10-man dragon boats, three outrigger canoes (an OC-2 and two OC-1s), and a pool simulator for winter training. We train hard, but we also make sure everyone has FUN!

In the summer (roughly April through October), the Phantom Dragons generally practice three times per week (Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings). We currently practice on Lake Arbor in Arvada (a northwest suburb of Denver) in two new 10-man dragon boat “mini’s”. Over the winter, we practice every Saturday morning at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center using a training platform we built that simulates dragon boat paddling in a swimming pool. We hold additional cross-training practices at the same facility on Tuesday evenings.

More details concerning our team and its programs and activities are included on the pages linked below.  For more information, or to paddle with the Phantom Dragons, please contact Michael J. Boyd (Captain Bligh), team captain and head coach, at

Phantom Dragons Team Brochure

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Team History

Phantom Dragons Team Member Bios

Membership Info