I joined an international Dragon boat team in Beijing. Every Saturday
we peddle on lake HouHai, unless its frozen that is. Sometimes
we are invited for a Dragon boat race somewhere in China and thats
really cool. Usually we are treated as famous international athletes
and almost all expenses are covered by some Chinese sports organization,
which is highly appreciated.The most important technique in dragon
boating is timing. There are up to 24 people peddling in a boat and
all their peddles must hit the water at the same time. The longest
race in which I participated was 10 kilometer which took about 55
minutes and the fastest race was 500 meter in 2:41 minutes (traveled
a 1000 kilometer for that one). Our team consist of local Chinese,
oversees Chinese and a couple of foreigners living in Beijing.
Recently I joined an international
Dragon boat team in Shanghai.
We did 2.28 for the 500 meter and little
over two hours for the 35 km on the Yangtze
River. Although I volunteered for an all farmer girls local team instead
of our Shanghai team since we had one to many peddlers on the boat.
on the Yangtze River
Early start with local pancakes
Getting ready for a peddle
Close to perfect timing
Now we got it!
A well deserved BBQ after the peddling
Shanglong Dragon Boat Club, Shanghai