Dragon Boat Association and Double Fifth Dragon Boating
Lake chosen to host 2015 Dragon Boat Championship
August 1st and 2nd, 2015 Vancouver, Washington
The Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA), the governing body for dragon
boat racing in the Western United States, is pleased to announce the
selection of Vancouver, WA as the site of the 2015 PDBA Western
Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships.
Double Fifth Dragon Boating of Vancouver, WA will host the event, which is
scheduled for August 1st and 2nd 2015. Double Fifth is a Vancouver based professional dragon boat race management company and one of the largest retailers of dragon
boat equipment in the world.
The PDBA Championships are held every two years in preparation for the
International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championships.
This regatta will select regional representative teams to represent
the United States at 2016 World Championship in Adelaide, Australia.
Elite club teams train year round to prepare for this world class
event. This year, in addition to the elite crews attempting to
qualify for Adelaide, Corporate, Community and Recreational Teams
will compete against each other in Paddle West Championship for the
West Coast. These added divisions allow all dragon boat teams a
chance to compete against crews of similar ability.
Club teams will compete in the following racing divisions: Premier (the
elite division with no age restrictions), Masters (40 and over),
Grand Masters (50 and over), U-24 (College teams) and Juniors (under
18). Within each division there are three racing classes: Open (no
gender restrictions), Women (all female crew), Mixed (minimum of 8,
maximum of 12 women) and a Breast Cancer Survivor division.
The 2015 championship winners will be eligible to represent the United
States at the IDBF World Club Crew Championships in Australia in the
fall of 2016. Club teams that are not part of the PDBA will compete
for Best in the West bragging rights.
Over 2,000 athletes, coaches and supporters, many from outside the area
are expected to attend the regatta. The host club is Vancouver Lake
Crew who has partnered with Double Fifth Dragon
Dragon boating traces its roots back over 2,300 years to China. In the
Western Region of North America over 6,000 people participate in
dragon boating and world-wide over 50 million people, most in Asia,
are dragon boat paddlers.
Races are straight line sprints over three distances, 1000 meters, 500
meters and 200 meters. The racing is fast with a top crew completing
the 200m course in under 45 seconds. That may not seem fast until
you consider the weight. A fully loaded dragon boat carries a load
approaching two tons!
Vancouver Lake was chosen for several reasons. The lake has a championship
regatta course that hosts numerous regional rowing championships.
Vancouver Lake Park is a beautiful setting just a few miles from
downtown Vancouver. The city is easily accessible by car or air and
reasonable hotel rates makes it economical. Most of all the city and
county are enthusiastically supporting the event.
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