Dragon Boat Racing!

*** If you are interested in joining the 30s & 40s team instead, please click here ***

UPDATE #15: It's race weekend this Saturday and Sunday!! Please arrive by 7am. We will check in and warm up, before our team gets called to the marshaling area one hour before our first race. Note the location is at the Thompson Boat Center as listed at the top of the event posting (not where we have been practicing). Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. Our tents will be on the grassy part of the park, facing the water. Space is first come first serve, so I’m going to check out some prime real estate before 7am. If you see our tents but don’t find me, it’s because I am at the captain’s meeting. So just settle down at the tents so our coach Carlo can go through logistics with us. Please take a look at the "Race Day FAQs" section for what we can expect on race day. I still need the festival waivers and copy of IDs from a few people. PIease get them to me no later than end of day Friday. Click here. You can email it to me at jt [at] goingoutgroup [dot] com or fax to 703.991.7098. Also, make sure to fill in the Race Day Food List, with what you are going to bring to share for the two day event. Click here. Make sure you have your red shirt (and black bottoms if you have them), to coordinate for race day, and feel free to get creative with accessories! Since the festival runs the full day, make sure to bring either blankets to lay on or lawn chairs to sit. I would highly recommend bringing sunscreen because we will be in the sun all day. This is going to be a great race. I hope you all invite your friends to come and watch. The festival is open and free to the public to watch. I will email my cell no. to the yes RSVPs first thing in the morning of the first day. Paddles up! 

UPDATE #14: For any new paddlers (only) joining us since the event got rescheduled from the original May 17th / 18th dates, the festival organizers have added additional practice dates for you! They are as follows: Sat. May 31st @ 8:30 - 10am (click here to sign up). Sat. May 31st @ 10:30am - noon (click here to sign up). Sat. May 31st @ 11am - 12:15pm (click here). Sun. June 8th @ 8:45 - 10:30am (click here). You'll need to fill out and bring the training waiver with you (click here). For all team members, I still need the festival waivers (different than the training waivers) and copy of IDs from a few people (click here). You can email it to me at jt [at] goingoutgroup [dot] com. Also, don't forget to fill in the Race Day Food List, with what you are going to bring to share for the two day event (click here). Thank you, I'm looking forward to it!

UPDATE #13: Some spots have opened up since this event has been rescheduled! For any new sign ups, please attend one of the beginner's practices Sat. May 24th or Sat. May 31st @ 8:30 - 10am, offered by the DC Dragon Boat Club. Ask for our coach, Carlo Veloso. Click here to register on their site, and from there you can sign up for the beginner practice. For the remaining original Dragon Boat team members, no new practices will be scheduled. Just review the "How to Paddle" video section, and practice at home, and we'll be ready to go! Looking forward to it!

UPDATE #12: Due to the volume of rain we've received recently, the Potomac River has reached flow rates and flood stages that are unsafe for racing. As such, the festival organizers have rescheduled this event to the weekend of June 14th / 15th. If you are unable to make the new dates, please email me NO LATER THAN end of day Tues. May 20th for a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. If you are still able to join us on the new dates, please send me an email (through my Meetup profile) letting me know if you can race both days, or just Sat. or just Sun. See you there!

UPDATE #11: Get pumped! It's race weekend this Saturday and Sunday!! Please plan to arrive by 7am, if you can, to help me settle in and set up. You must arrive absolutely NO LATER THAN 8am so we can check in and properly warm up, before our team gets called to the marshalling area before our first race. Note the location is at the Thompson Boat Center as listed at the top of the event posting (not where we have been practicing). Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. Our tents will be on the grassy part of the park, facing the water. Space is first come first serve, so I’m going to check out some prime real estate before 7am. If you see our tents but don’t find me, it’s because I am at the captain’s meeting. So just settle down at the tents so our coach Carlo can go through logistics with us. Please take a look at the "Race Day FAQs" section for what we can expect on race day. I still need the festival waivers and copy of IDs from a few people. PIease get them to me no later than end of day Friday. Click here. You can email it to me at jt [at] goingoutgroup [dot] com. Also, make sure to fill in the Race Day Food List, with what you are going to bring to share for the two day event. Click here. Make sure you have your red shirt (and black bottoms if you have them), to coordinate for race day, and feel free to get creative with accessories! Since the festival runs the full day, make sure to bring either blankets to lay on or lawn chairs to sit. I would highly recommend bringing sunscreen because we will be in the sun all day. This is going to be a great race. I hope you all invite your friends to come and watch. The festival is open and free to the public to watch. Paddles up!

UPDATE #10: Some DC Dragon Boat Club staffing issues aside, we had a great final practice. We were able to take everything we've learned thus far and tie it all together for a complete race from start to finish! If you were not able to make / stay for the final practice (or make any of the 3 team practices), please sign up for the DC Dragon Boat Club's beginner practice Sat. May 10th from 8:30 - 10am. Click here to register on their site, and from there you can sign up for the beginner practice. Please remember to get me the signed waiver and copy of your photo ID before race day, and also add to the food list of what you can bring (see "Race Day FAQs" for full details). I'm looking forward to seeing you on race day!

UPDATE #9: We are just over 2 weeks days away from a fun and exciting weekend of Dragon Boat racing! Our 3rd and final practice session is Sat. May 3rd at 1:30pm. We will again meet for practice at the Gangplank Marina (see the "Practice Sessions" section of the event posting for full details), not the Thompson Boat Center (which is race day only). This is going to be the toughest practice, so be ready and be on time. Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. Be aware that street parking along the dock is metered on Saturdays. So if you are driving, give yourself plenty of time to park. If you are unable to attend this session, please send me an email (through my Meetup profile) and let me know. In preparation for race day(s), and in the true Rockstar spirit of individuality and creative awesomeness, the 20s & 30s Rockstars team is going to wear red tops and black shorts. You can wear any style shirt (whether you have a tank top or cotton t-shirt) but let's stand out in our best bright red. Feel free to wear funky rockstar sunglasses, do face painting, or add any other accessories to give us that extra edge on the water. Let’s have fun with it! For race day, please complete the following: 1) Waiver for the race (2 pages), including a scanned copy of your photo ID. Click here. You can email it to me at jt [at] goingoutgroup [dot] com. This is mandatory and I need to have it before race day. 2) We will need water and fuel for two days of intense racing. Please review the food list and jot down what you are able to share with the team. Also include whether you can bring a cooler and ice to keep our goods cool (multiple people can sign up to bring water and other items). Click here. As always, you can email me directly if you have any questions. Thank you all for joining.  I am having a great time practicing with and getting to know you!

UPDATE #8: Our last practice session went great! We reviewed basic commands / paddling mechanics, and we were able to practice our start sequence, and hone in on our race pace. We learned a few more terms at this last practice, and I've updated the "Dragon Boat Commands" section of the event posting as such. I am convinced we are going to perform very well at the festival. Let's get excited!

UPDATE #7: We are 4 weeks away from race day, and Sun. Apr. 20th is our 2nd practice session! We will again meet for practice at the Gangplank Marina from 1:30 - 3pm (see the "Practice Sessions" section of the event posting for full details). Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before our scheduled practice time and please account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are late, you will not be able to join us on the water. If you are unable to attend this session, please send me an email (through my Meetup profile) and let me know. Review the "Clothing" and "Equipment" sections for tips on what to wear and bring to practice, and review the video in the "How To Paddle" section on the basic stroke mechanics. This practice will focus on teamwork, timing, and practicing the 500 meter races. We'll also be trying out anyone who is interested in being the drummer for the boat. We need a loud voice who feels comfortable enough to sit at the bow of the boat. Also, please review the commands we learned at our last practice. We will need to practice and memorize these commands by race day (see the "Dragon Boat Commands" section). Lastly, I forgot to get a group photo for the official race day program at the last practice, so I'd like to do that at this one. I'm looking forward to another great practice. Please feel free to email me if you have ANY questions. Paddles Up!

UPDATE #6: We still have a few spots left for our team roster! If you are able to make at least one of the two (preferably both) remaining practices (please see the "Practice Sessions" section of the event posting), please sign up and join our team!

UPDATE #5: What a great first practice session! The 20s & 30s Rockstars (our team name) learned basic commands and showed great improvement in timing through the one hour practice. We came together cohesively and we are off to a fantastic start! Now that we've got actual paddling experience under our belt, please take a moment to review the video in the "How to Paddle" section of the event posting as a recap. Can't wait for the next practice!

UPDATE #4: For our first practice, please plan to arrive 30 minutes before our scheduled 12 noon practice time as we have housekeeping items to take care of. Please account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are late, you will not be able to join us on the water. Please note street parking is limited, and strictly enforced. Personal items may be left in the check-in area, tho the DC Dragonboat Club is not responsible for the security of those items. Dress appropriately for weather 10 degrees below the forecasted temperature for your training time. I suggest wearing multiple thin inner layers, and one water-repellent / wind breaker shell outside. People with health conditions must inform the coach and bring appropriate medications and emergency supplies (insulin injectors, candies / sugar, asthma inhaler, etc.). I'll be the one with a red flag. See you there!

UPDATE #3: Our first of 3 practices is this Sun. Apr. 6th, 12 - 1:30pm! Please bring a copy of a completed Training Waiver form... click here. We are going to have an awesome time getting fit and having fun paddling. Please see the "Practice Sessions," "Clothing," and "Equipment" sections of the event posting for what to expect from each practice, some tips on what to wear, and how to prepare for race day. Also, note the location for our practices is at the Gangplank Marina (600 Water St SW, DC, Waterfront Metro, Green line, is just a block away), not the Thompson Boat Center (which is race day only). Lastly, I'd like to get a group photo for the official race day program at this practice. See you there!

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $60. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are 5 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $50 to $60 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sat. Apr. 5th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Sun. Mar. 23rd. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot. I hope to see you there!

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Spring is here, so let's get together and form a dragon boat team to compete in the 13th annual DC Dragon Boat Festival!

We did this last year and it was a blast! Attended by thousands, this festival is a 2 day event (Sat. May 17th AND Sun. May 18th) complete with cultural exhibitions, lion dances, eye dotting ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and of course... dragon boat racing, at the Thompson Boat House, in Georgetown, along the Potomac River. For those that don't know, dragon boat is a traditional Chinese water sport, where 20 people, sitting in pairs, paddle towards the finish line, while a drummer in the front of the boat drums to the race pace.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2mxGKuOm5s

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Based on the 2300 year old legend of Qu Yuan, Qu Yuan was a Chinese poet and statesman, who in the ultimate form of protest, committed suicide in the Mei Lo river. Local fisherman who witnessed the act quickly paddled their boats to the river and thrashed the water in order to scare the fish away from eating his body. This act of thrashing the water has now evolved into the sport of dragon boating which honors Qu Yuan's sacrifice. Check out the video above for an overview!

We are privileged to have Carlo Veloso from the DC Dragon Boat Club as our coach and to train us for the festival. We need 30 or more fun people to sign-up and form our team. No experience necessary! We'll start to practice on Sun. Apr. 6th and we will have three practice sessions in dragon boats, during the weekends, leading up to the race (see Practice Sessions section below). Please do your best to attend all 3, or at least 2.

We've got an early bird special for this event of $50. The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sat. Apr. 5th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $60. Secure your slot by RSVP'ing yes *and* making payment!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment. When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

Tell your friends, and come join us as we prepare to kick some butt. Paddles up!

- J.T.

P.S. Please note this is a joint event with the 20s & 30s Asian Going Out Group.

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Metro and Parking

The closest Metro is Foggy Bottom (Orange & Blue line). I recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment (if payment by smartphone doesn't work, please try your computer). Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"

2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "Finish RSVP"

3. Click "Pay Now" at the top of the event posting near the ticket price per person

4. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button

5. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"

6. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

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Practice Sessions

The practices are on weekends leading up to the event on the following dates at the Gangplank Marina (600 Water St SW, DC, Waterfront Metro, Green line, is just a block away). It's located between the Channel Inn hotel and the marina's parking lot, I'll be the one with a red kayak / ACK flag (12" x 12")! I recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. Please bring a copy of a completed Training Waiver form... click here. If you don’t sign it, you will not participate. Only one signed waiver per person is necessary for all 3 practices. Personal items may be left in the check-in area, tho the DC Dragonboat Club is not responsible for the security of those items. People with health conditions must inform the coach and bring appropriate medications and emergency supplies (insulin injectors, candies / sugar, asthma inhaler, etc.).

• Practice Session 1 (Sun. Apr. 6th, 12 - 1:30pm) -- First 30 minutes are to warm-up, discuss safety and technique, and set assigned seats for the boat.  One hour of training on the water, where the focus will be safety and technique basics.

• Practice Session 2 (Sun. Apr. 20th, 1:30 - 3pm) -- First 30 minutes are to warm-up, discuss safety and technique, and set assigned seats for the boat. One hour of training on the water, where the focus will be teamwork, timing, and 500 meter races.

• Practice Session 3 (Sat. May. 3rd, 1:30 - 3pm) -- First 30 minutes are to warm-up, discuss safety and technique, and set assigned seats for the boat. One hour of training on the water, where the focus will be timing, race starts and race finishes, the 250 meter sprint, and 500 meter race.

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Clothing

There is no need to go out and get a whole new wardrobe, but I recommend the following:

• Dry-fit or water repellent clothing

• Multiple thin inner layers (dress for weather 10 degrees below forecasted temperature)

• Flip-flop sandals or water shoes

• A windbreaker jacket, in case there is rain, or to help you stay dry

• A cap to shield your head from the sun

• Sunglasses, to help block the sun reflecting off the water

Equipment

The DC Dragon Boat Club will be providing the life jackets and paddles. However, you are required to bring your own bottle of water. You will be working hard and it is imperative that you stay hydrated. Even on a cold day, you are responsible for bringing our own bottle of water. Sunscreen is also recommended. It is not mandatory to make it to each practice session, but you will feel better about your performance the more sessions you come to. The best piece of equipment you can bring is an open—a willingness to try something new and stick with it till the end.

How to Paddle

Here is a good How To Paddle video that illustrates the set-up, catch, and drive motion that produces the most power.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7lRbj3K8c4

Some things you'll notice is her posture and how she holds the paddle.

• Notice she keeps her outer arm (the one closest to the blade) very straight through the set-up and drive. The straight arm anchors the paddle in the forward angle, allowing you to catch further in front of you.

• Her exit is at mid-thigh, with just a slight pull with her top arm (hand holding the handle) and a full rotation.

• Every time she is at the set up position, to catch the water (same as “paddles-up” call), her back is completely turned to the water. She’s not just showing off her back muscles here. She is turning her back, shoulders, and arms to get the best reach forward.

• Lastly, her head is always looking up to the person in front of her. The only way her team will be successful is if they couple technique with perfect timing. So always keep your head up. Keeping your head up also opens up the airway in your throat, making I easier to breathe—also important.

The only thing I would change from this video is that we want to avoid bobbing our bodies up and down when we lean forward. We prefer you sit with your body leaned forward at all times. If she were able to stabilize her body by remaining in the forward motion when she makes the catch, she wouldn't have to work harder to move her torso forward and back. Take a look at the video and practice this motion while sitting on a sturdy chair.

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Dragon Boat Commands

We'll learn these commands during our practice sessions.  =)

• Paddles Up - Get to the ready position: paddle blades out of the water

• Take It Away - Begin paddling at a normal clip (not too hard, not too gentle)

• Let it Run - Stop paddling and allow the boat to glide

• Hold Water - Insert your paddle vertically in the water (to "put on the brakes")

• Hold Hard - Quickly, hold the boat WITH a little push forward -- generally used if the boat is about to hit something!

• Back Paddle - Paddle backwards to put the boat "in reverse"

• Paddles On The Water or Stabilize the Boat - Hold your paddle firmly and flat against the surface of the water. This is done when a coach or crew member needs to change positions on the water.

• Heads in the Boat - Used to get the attention of all paddlers and that the next instruction or command is important. Note that whenever you turn to look toward the back of the boat, look down the CENTER of the boat to maintain stability.

• (Front / Back) Draw (Left / Right) - Instructions could be to a combination of people in the boat, to move the boat laterally by pulling toward the side of the boat or pushing water away from the side of the boat.

• Attention -  Part of the starter’s calls just before “Go!” in a race. Your blade is buried in the water, ready for the first stroke, top arm high and straight.

• Sit Ready - After a rest, this is your caller’s warning to prepare yourself. “Paddles up!” is usually next.

• Power (Power 10) – A sequence of 10 strokes at 100% of power but maintaining the same stroke rate.

• Catch – The beginning of the stroke, where the paddle is poised above the water just before the drive.

• Pull – This part of the stroke delivers your power into the water. Picture yourself unrotating and pulling the boat through the water.

• Exit – Extracting the paddle from the water at the end of the pull. The exit should happen before your thigh. Do not let the paddle drag behind you.

• Recovery – The in-the-air part. The paddle floats forward over the water to prepare for the next stroke.

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Race Day FAQs

Q: What colors will our team wear? -- A: In preparation for race day(s), and in the true spirit of individuality and creative awesomeness, we are going to wear red tops and black shorts. You can wear any style shirt (whether you have a tank top or cotton t-shirt) but let's stand out in our best bright red. Feel free to wear funky rockstar sunglasses, do face painting, or add any other accessories to give us that extra edge on the water. Let’s have fun with it! 

Q: Do I need to fill out a waiver for race day? -- A: Yes, please complete the following waiver for the race (2 pages), including a scanned copy of your photo ID. Click here. You can email it to me at jt [at] goingoutgroup [dot] com. This is mandatory and I need to have it before race day.

Q: Should I bring any food and drinks? -- A: We will need water and fuel for two days of intense racing. Please review the food list and jot down what you are able to share with the team. Also include whether you can bring a cooler and ice to keep our goods cool (multiple people can sign up to bring water and other items). Click here. 

Q: What are the actual scheduled times that we will race? -- A: Captains are assigned the race schedule on race day, so we'll know when we get there. The time for the first race is determined when captains check-in. The time for the second race is determined after EVERY team races their first heat. The time for the third race is determined after the second heat.

Q: How many times will we race? -- A: Our team can expect to race up to three times on each day. The first race is a time trial that determines what division you are placed in. The second race (semi-finals) is the first time you get to paddle with the teams that are roughly at your skill level. The final race consists of the fastest teams from each division, where we race just the fastest in our division.

Q: We have 30 teammates but the boats only seat 20 people. What are we going to do? -- A: We will rotate paddlers so everyone gets to race at least twice. If another team needs an extra paddler I may ask who would like to volunteer to help a team out. Boats are really hard to move when you are missing teammates. (Before doing this, we need to make sure that they are not in our division and their next race does not interfere with you getting back in time to race with us)

Q: Agh! I don’t want to be there all day. What are we going to be doing? -- A: Seriously, you need to get more Chinese friends, because we can party. The DC Dragon Boat Festival is a fun festival full of music, dance shows, crafts, and other cultural activities and ceremonies celebrating Chinese culture.

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Event Check-in

We will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation as a backup. When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the Paypal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your Paypal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please take a moment to log into your Paypal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.

Refund Policy & Ticket Resell

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer an email through their Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. You must notify us of your ticket resell by Sat. Apr. 19th, and your replacement must be able to attend 1 of the remaining 2 practices. Thanks for understanding. =)

Special Needs

If you have any special needs, let us know in advance (a week or more before the event) and we will do our best to accommodate. If you let us know the day of the event, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate. Thank you for understanding and we appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

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  • J.T.

    I sent an email to the yes RSVPs, but just a reminder for anyone that participated in any of the heats for the 250m race, but was unable to come Sunday, to send me an email. I have your bronze medal!! Thanks again everyone, this event was absolutely one of my favorites!

    June 17

  • Peter

    Here is the race video I edited. I will upload the rest of the videos to Onedrive later.

    1 · June 17

  • Peter

    i have uploaded the group selfie photos. will edit the video and upload it later.

    1 · June 15

    • Nathan G.

      Hay this is Nathan Gillis, Nate for short. Has J T picked up my medals at the end of the races? I had a family emergency I had to go to and couldn't attend and I was hoping to show people at work the medals I won. Can you please find out for me. Thank you.

      June 16

    • J.T.

      Nate, I responded to your email!

      June 16

  • Nephtus K.

    Thanks Peter.

    June 15

  • J.T.

    Our navy blue tent is in the same area as yesterday but to the LEFT of the DC Dragon Boat Club as you are facing the water

    June 15

  • Peter

    we waited at the ceromony, but wedidnt find our team, a
    so are heading back to the tent

    June 14

    • Rahul

      Hey where is the tent. I am headed to the tent

      June 14

    • Peter

      its by the river where there are a lot other tents. my.no is[masked]

      June 14

  • Peter

    sorry i am late circling for parking

    June 14

    • Peter

      i have finally.parked my car. be there in 10mins

      June 14

    • Rahul

      Anyone still at the tent? I just arrived

      June 14

  • J.T.

    We are set up right in between the 2 DC Dragon Boat Club tents (big red tents, you can't miss it). We are the navy blue tent.

    June 14

    • J.T.

      *navy blue tent to the right of the red DC Dragon Boat Club tents as you are facing the water.

      June 14

    • Tam N.

      cant find it.. trapped inside

      June 14

  • Bryn

    Im not feeling well this morning either. I hope its not the flu. I'm going to rest today and try for tomorrow

    June 14

  • Diane

    Would anyone be interested in going one or even both days for free or have a friend who'd like to go? I just started antibiotics tonight and am not feeling great. Wish I could go entire time but don't want to slow team down as well. Please email me [masked]

    June 13

  • Saranya

    Hi. I deleted my earlier post saying I was selling my ticket. I will be coming for the race on saturday

    June 13

  • Aaron

    Before the race was rescheduled I booked an out-of-town event that coincides with the race date. I am willing to give up my spot for FREE. PM me and I will work out the rest with J.T. I want to make sure the event gets support and my boat will be have enough people, so let me know.

    June 7

    • J.T. [20s & 30s G.

      Aaron, please make sure you send me an Email with the full name of the person taking your spot and can you please pass along the link to their Meetup profile so I can add them to the RSVP list. Thanks!

      June 12

    • J.T.

      Sophia, please see the most recent UPDATE in the event posting for forms I need. I also sent you an email a couple of days ago via Meetup. Aaron, ignore my previous post above, I had you confused with another member.

      June 13

  • Bryn

    A co worker of mine asked if there will be food venues at the festival. Does anyone know?

    June 5

    • J.T.

      I don't recall there being food stands in years past, I suggest that your coworker bring some snacks to munch on. See you there!

      June 11

  • Zheng H.

    Can anyone tell me again the time and place to meet? Is it 7:00am on Saturday? At the dock? How to recognize out group? Thanks!

    June 10

    • J.T.

      Zheng, please see UPDATE #15 I just posted to the event posting, and also sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. Again, I will email my cell no. to the yes RSVPs first thing in the morning on the first day of the event. See you there!

      June 11

  • Diane

    Does anyone have someone who'd like to participate Sunday only who knows dragon boating? Let me know please. Thanks.

    June 11

  • Jayshree

    same here I have two spots and m willing to give up for free

    June 10

    • Jayshree

      Yuly and Tam can you pass your Frds names to JT

      June 10

    • Yuly

      I will, thank you so much!!!

      June 10

  • Zheng H.

    What is the name of our boat?

    June 1

    • Zheng H.

      I thought every boat has a name, and that's how we going to meet on the racing day. How do we know if that's our team since there will be so many people?

      June 2

    • J.T.

      We'll have tents set up for our group to meet and congregate during the event. Please see UPDATE #11 in the event posting for full details. I'll also send out my cell no. the morning of the event to the yes RSVPs. See you there!

      June 3

  • Bryn

    What time do the races start on Sunday?

    May 13

    • Bryn

      Thanks Daniel. There isn't a link for the Sunday schedule on the website, however it notes that the races start at 0800HRS. Does anyone know when we race on Sunday. I am trying to rally some fans to cheer us on! :-)

      May 13

    • J.T.

      I just posted UPDATE #11 and also sent it in an email to the yes RSVPs. Please plan to arrive at 7am for Sat. Note the organizers have already changed our race time once, and they said they may do so again. Sunday's schedule has not come out yet. See you there!

      May 15

  • Jayshree

    Hi .. I paid for two spots but looks like we will not be able to participate. If possible I would like to sell my spots. email me on [masked]

    May 5

  • J.T.

    There's a dog festival going on here, but we're still in the same place next to the water

    May 3

    • Aaron

      Is the fog event close to the parking lot or down the boardwalk?

      May 3

    • Aaron

      Nevermind. I think I'm at the wrong place entirely. I'll see if I can make it over before you all leave.

      May 3

  • Joshua L.

    Stuck in bad traffic so looks like I will miss too. Sorry guys!

    May 3

  • Bryn

    Hey guys I have to miss as well. Gotta go into work and put out fires on one of my jobs.

    May 3

  • Daniel

    Hey all, I have to help my brother with some urgent issues today so sadly have to miss practice. Will definitely be at the races though!

    May 3

  • Steph

    Hi everyone, I tore my ACL and cannot participate. If possible, I'd like to sell my spot. If you're interested, please email me - [masked]. Bummed I can't be there!!

    April 29

    • Aaron

      Hi Steph. Sorry about your ACL ... :(. Hope you get better soon. I am interested in the ticket - I've sent you an email.

      April 29

    • Steph

      Sold! Thanks Aaron!! :)

      May 1

  • J.T.

    FYI, the location where we're meeting is right between the marina's parking lot and the Channel Inn Hotel. See you soon!

    April 6, 2014

    • Rahul

      I am already there. Anyone else there yet?

      April 6, 2014

  • Jen

    For practice sessions- is there somewhere we can leave bags? Or should we plan to just take what we bring no the boat (so pack light)?

    April 4, 2014

    • J.T.

      Personal items may be left in the check-in area, tho the DC Dragonboat Club is not responsible for the security of those items. See you there!

      April 5, 2014

  • J.T.

    I've removed the final remaining people that never made payment, and included in my headcount the RSVPs from the 20s & 30s Asian Going Out Group

    April 5, 2014

  • Lindsey

    Super excited for this!! The second practice session is on Easter Sunday though- is that correct?

    March 24, 2014

  • Candice

    Doing the happy dance. Woo hoo.. Can't wait!!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Arianna

    so awesome! but can't afford that right now :(

    March 14, 2014

    • Arianna

      also can't make any of the practice sessions

      March 16, 2014

  • Nathan G.

    Hey - it says last training session is Sunday, May 3rd but May 3rd is a Saturday. Can you clarify? I'm really looking forward to it!

    March 15, 2014

    • J.T.

      Nathan, nice catch. Yes, correct, it's for Sat. May 3rd. I've updated the date. Thank you!

      March 16, 2014

24 went

  • J.T. +6
    20s & 30s Head Organizer - 4045 Going Out Points!, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Tim
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 108 Going Out Points!
  • Natasha y. +1
    20s & 30s Superstar 2! - 375 Going Out Points!
  • Saranya
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Jen
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Candice
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Diane
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Yuly
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 118 Going Out Points!
  • Peter
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 119 Going Out Points!
  • Bryn
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Zheng H.
    20s & 30s Rockstar 1! - 61 Going Out Points!
  • Nathan G.
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 265 Going Out Points!
  • Rahul
    20s & 30s Rockstar 2! - 83 Going Out Points!
  • Joy
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 246 Going Out Points!
  • Jayshree +1
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 122 Going Out Points!
  • Nephtus K.
    20s & 30s Superstar 1! - 108 Going Out Points!

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