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Howling in the Rain

Howling in the Rain

In the Bay Area, the dragon boating season wraps up with the Halloween Howl, a race put on by the Oakland Renegades, our neighboring team. Like the others, this race was held and Lake Merritt, and since it is a more casual event, we were able to stake out our...

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Bring on the Bling!

Bring on the Bling!

The Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival was the race I had gone out to see at Treasure Island before I joined the team. In 2016, this event became homeless when it’s long-time venue at Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove became unavailable due to...

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It’s a Racing Sport

It’s a Racing Sport

Nancy, the attendance tsarina for Alameda DragonFlyers, is the team’s liaison with would-be paddlers. She told me recently that she has to emphasize that our objective is to race, not just paddle around the estuary. I must say, if I had connected with the team through...

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Paddles Up!

Paddles Up!

The biggest financial commitment you can make to dragon boating is buying your own paddle. That is unless you decide to buy your own boat. There aren’t a lot of dragon boat superstores. Nor is there a dragon boat section at REI or even West Marine. So dragon boat...

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Off to the Races!

Off to the Races!

From my bench in the middle of the boat I was getting to know some of my fellow dragons. David taught me how to avoid hyperventilating and recounted the history of dragon boating. I won’t attempt to retell that history here, but it reminded me of the Iliad. Simon...

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The Big Girl Boat

The Big Girl Boat

Dragon boat season gets underway in each year in March. Once Daylight Saving Time kicks in, evening practices are back on the schedule – even if Saturday mornings are colder. Returning to practice in March, I immediately realized my six weeks or so of practices in the...

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