We practice hard to learn our craft so that we can race against other teams. The racing makes all the hard work and time put into the practices and in the gym all worth the effort. There is nothing better than the nervous excitement and the anticipation you feel while sitting at the starting line waiting for the the race to begin. The adrenaline rush that flows through your body when you here the starting horn is like nothing else in the world.
The sport of dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. You will find teams from all over the planet that race at events located all over the planet. Though it may be cool to travel to some exotic location to race, most racing is done locally. A large number of great events are located within BC and Washington State to the south. Some of the best racing is within a 3 hour drive from Chilliwack. Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Penticton and Harrison Hot Springs are among the larger events hosted yearly. Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Inlet Springs and Steveston are also great locations.
The standard racing distance at most regattas is 500 meters. The average time for a race is usually between 2 to 2.5 minutes. Stronger teams are able to complete the course quicker compared to a novice team. Though the 500m race is the standard there are other venues that will offer up a shorter course (200m sprinters) or maybe a longer course (like 1000m or 2000m). Course length and equipment used will be outlined at every event before hand.
All of the larger regattas and most of the smaller events will offer 4 races per event for each team. These 4 races could be in a single day (Harrison Regatta) or spread out over two days (Victoria, Vancouver, Penticton). The results from the first two races will place your team into a division of similar quality teams. The 3rd race will place your team into the medal round or the consolation round and the 4th race is the final. Medals for the top 3 teams in the medal round and ribbons or other consolation prizes for the top 3 teams in the consolation round.