So.. You want to compete in the Greater Green Bay Dragon Boat Races… But you’ve got questions… Let’s Chat! What is Dragon Boating? Equal parts sporting event and spectacle, dragon boating is a team sport that roots back 2,000 years to ancient China. This sport originated from superstitious beliefs that the boat racing would ensure prosperous and bountiful crops. Now, it’s one of the fastest growing water sports in the world, holding many different competitions throughout the world that emphasizes the importance of collaboration, hard work, and efficiency. See it to believe it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4RDrdA6FDg&feature=youtu.be What does a team consist of and who can participate? Teams consist of a 20 paddlers, a drummer, a steersperson (provided by the event), and up to four alternates. Of the 20 paddlers, eight must be women, and all participants must be at least 14 years old. Remember, this is not a sport of extreme strength; it’s about working together and being in unison to with your team. The result… One. Fast. Dragon. What’s a “Drummer”? Being the team drummer is a fun and important job. Think of it as the “heartbeat” of your boat! The drummer leads the paddlers by beating the drum to help with synchronization and pacing, so that everyone isn’t paddling to the beat of their own drum… if you know what we mean! The drummer can be as young as 12 years old and will sit at the head of the boat as they help lead the team to victory! Can my team’s drummer count as one of our eight women? No, you must have 8 women paddling at all times. Therefore, a female drummer will not count as one of your eight members. Do I need to know how to swim? Short answer… no. However, we do encourage everyone who participates to be comfortable in and around water. Personal Floatation Devices are provided to all participants as part of the race fee and must be worn at all times during practices and races. So, no need to run to your nearest convenient store to purchase those hot pink, polka dot water wings you’ve had your eye on… but, who are we to say that wouldn’t make for a highly recognizable team costume? Will there be a practice? Yes. All teams are highly encouraged to participate in the team practice that will take place on your choice of July 17th or July 18th in Green Bay. Time slots will be scheduled once your team registration has been paid and is on a first come first serve basis. This session will cover everything you need to know to ensure you have a safe and FUN experience! How many heats will take place event day? Each team will race at least three times on event day! Are there different divisions? Yes. Divisions will be announced once the event approaches. I prefer to stay on land, how can I help? We thought you’d never ask! We are always looking for sponsors, volunteers and donors. These people and groups are at the heart of the success of this event and, most important, its fundraising efforts. Click on the links above to find out how you can get involved and be a part of this exciting tradition! Why are we doing this? The Greater Green Bay Dragon Boat Races were created to support local youth through the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. All young people, regardless of background or circumstances, should be equipped to reach their full potential. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay offers a safe, inviting, place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. We offer a variety of insightful programs aimed at enhancing the lives of our members in the areas of academic success, the arts, career exploration, character and leadership development, health and life skills, and sports, fitness and recreation. However, no matter the focus, the secret recipe is in providing enriching educational opportunities by cleverly disguising them as fun. By taking part in this event, you are changing the paths of young people throughout Brown County. Thank you for helping us impact Club Members’ lives!
What should my team bring? Each team does have the opportunity to bring their own 10 x 10 pop-up tent to be placed in Paddlers Village on the City Deck. This will give you a change to catch some zzz’s, get out of the sun, and rejuvenate for your next race. Otherwise, if you wish to work on those tan lines, City Deck boasts some pretty cool benches that overlook all the action in the water. Closed-toed, light-weight shoes, water, camping chairs, some snacks and sunscreen are all great ideas. Glass and “carry in” alcohol is not allowed on City Deck. I want to participate, but don’t have a team. Can I still register? Yes. A limited amount of individual spots are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register! Does my team have to design and make a team uniform? Does a boat need water to move?! Well… I guess not. Therefore, you don’t have too, but it’s highly encouraged! What brings out team spirit more than matching t-shirts, super hero capes, or headdresses?! Plus, best dressed team gets a prize! How are team members distributed in the boats: The 20 paddlers are divided 10 on each side, and the drummer sits in the bow facing the paddlers. The steersperson (provided by the event) serves as a rudder, standing at the back of the boat steering with a long oar. For maximum speed, the lightest people should be seated in the front and very back of the boat. The heaviest people should be placed in the middle. Team captains will receive a “seat my boat” form to help pre-arrange their teammates. Do I need to bring any equipment to race? Nope! Dragon boats, paddles and personal flotation devices are all included in your race fee. But, if you hear your mom in your ear right now… I would grab the sunscreen. How do I sign up? Visit our registration page for more details! Who should we contact for answers to additional questions? Email us at Events@bgcgb.org!