Join the UW-Parkside Dragon Boat Team for a day
UW-Parkside is looking for interested and excited staff, faculty, and students to join the Dragon Boat Team for a day. The UW-Parkside team has participated in the event for many years and rowers are needed this year on Saturday, July 20, at Prairie Springs Park and Lake Andrea.
Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson race in authentic Hong Kong-style, 46-foot dragon boats. All ages and skill levels can paddle making it the ultimate team-building sport. Paddling in sync is more important than power to win. Most paddlers have no previous experience in a dragon boat, so let this be your first!
The upcoming 2013 festival is expected to attract more than 1,000 racers and thousands of spectators from all over the area. This is a great way to meet other students, staff, and faculty and engage with the local community.
If you are interested in participating in this year's event contact Chris Zanowski or call 262-595-2108.
THE DRAGON BOAT:
Sport stems from an ancient Chinese legend
Each Dragon Boat is 42 feet long
10 rows seat 20 paddlers
A steersperson uses a 9-foot oar as a rudder, standing in the stern
A drummer sits in a seat at the bow, facing the crew
20 Paddlers, minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 female paddlers must be in the boat at all times
Five alternate paddlers allowed
All participants must be 14 years of age or older
Registration includes one practice
Practices will include the basics of paddling, and the basics of racing
Each registered team receives a 10'x10' space in the Athlete's Village at Lake Andrea.
Paddles, life vests, boats, drums, and steersperson will be provided to each team at practice and on the day of the race
Teams that bring their own equipment must use the regulation equipment mandated by the International Dragon Boat Federation
RACE DAY: Saturday, July 20 PRACTICE DATE: Sunday, July 14 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Each team will race in three heats
The course is 300 meters in a straight line with four lanes market by buoys
Each team will have 60-90 minutes between heats
An optional 2000m race will be offered to the top 6-8 teams at the end of the day
For more information go to the Kenosha Dragon Boat Festival website