Sad to say, it was necessary to cancel this year’s Dragon Boat Race. This is a disappointment for us, and for Smoke on the Water attendees. Smoke on the Water, which is a fantastic event all by itself, will continue as planned. We were counting on several teams from cities seriously affected by the severe flooding, and those teams won’t be coming now.
Dragon Boating is a modern twist on a Chinese tradition thousands of years old. The dragon has a very symbolic meaning for the Chinese, according to the Website of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China’s ‘Dragon’ culture, with each boat having an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail in the stern, according to the federation site. The hull is painted with the Dragon’s scales. The paddles symbolically represent the claws. To an American, the boats might resemble oversize canoes large enough for 20 paddlers to sit side by side, with the drummer at the bow and the helmsman, standing and steering at the stern. Races are 300-meter sprints that take a little more than a minute. Join us for the Third Annual Dragon Boat Races in Washington, NC. We will have 24 teams competing in this year’s event and have room for you to join! You can put together your own team of 22 friends, co-workers, or family members. If you are unable to put together an entire team, you can join the Sound Rivers team and help us win the trophy!