- Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:00
- Written by Super User
The first Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival is scheduled for October 25 and 26, 2013 on the harbor and is hosted by the Town of Carolina Beach, Got-em-on Live Bait Club, Carolina Beach Fire Department, and Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee.
This event brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the Carolina Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Got-Em-On-Live-Bait Club to help fund the club’s annual Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournaments. Team Practice runs with coaching are on Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th between 3PM – 6:30PM. Each team is encouraged to get in one practice run. Race Day is Saturday, October 26th starting at 8am.
Gather a group of friends, customers, family or co-workers and make plans to field a team and get out on the water. A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It's manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter to set the pace. Teams are encouraged to signup 22-24 members to cover any absences on race day. Teams can be made up of people of all ages, genders and skill levels. No experience is required. The key to successful and fun dragon boating is the ability to paddle in sync. Race teams should be setup with equal amounts of males and females participating. The races are fast and furious. Each race lasts about two minutes, and all teams will have at least two heats during race day. Substitutions with signed up alternates are encouraged.