DRAGON BOAT PRACTICE!!! SLIGHTLY PRETTY MUCH MANDATORY

Team members and Alternates needed. We will have 3 heats on race day. We NEED TO BE PREPARED!  WE MUST BEAT THE HIKERS THIS YEAR!!!!! DRUMMER NEEDED ASAP!!! Must be high strung and passionate! PLEASE CONTACT WATERLILY DEB.

PRACTICES ARE WEDNESDAYS AT HAMILTON CREEK PARK ON PERCY PRIEST LAKE

HOOK 1 Kayak Fishing GearPaddle Adventures Unlimited HAS INVITED YOU TO........

CATCH THE FEVER! 20 PEOPLE CRAMMED INTO ONE BOAT! PLUS A DRUMMER! AND YOU GET TO WEAR COSTUMES!!!!! DRUMMER AND PADDLERS NEEDED ASAP!!! EXCITING AND IMAGINATIVE TEAM NAME UNDER CONSTRUCTION.(SEND YOUR SUGGESTIONS TO WATERLILY! A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED!)

IMPORTANT READ---Every paddler plays a crucial role. They sit next to each other,(OH BOY WE GET TO TOUCH KNEES!) and against the gunnel to balance the boat (OH BOY! HOW OFTEN CAN YOU SAY I'VE TOUCHED YOUR GUNNEL!).

The strokers occupy the front three seats of the boat, while the fourth seat is a transition place where, ideally, the paddlers have rhythm and power. Then, seats four, five, and six consist of the “engine room,” where the largest and strongest team members sit. The last four rows of a dragon boat are filled with strong paddlers who are also typically shorter and able to paddle faster. Paddlers at this location in the dragon boat are considered “rockets,” because the water is moving faster to them, from the first 14 seats since they’re scooping water back. The paddlers are taught to watch up the middle of the boat and two seats across – when that paddler has his or her paddle up in the air, ready to engage the water, it’s the cue for the person watching to get his or her paddle up, as well. While the drummer plays keeps the rhythm for most of the boat, it can be difficult to hear on race day. It’s also a very visual sport, and if everyone is watching the right person, magic absolutely can happen in a dragon boat. Teams have to follow the strategy, and then execute: the team members in the front must paddler in perfect timing as an example for the back half of the boat. When the power from the middle is mixed with the speed and capabilities of the athletes in the back, a dragon boat can glide quickly through the water like a bullet.


Dragonboat Electronic Waiver – Is Required for ALL PADDLERS, online prior to THE MANDATORY practice session, SEP 3 downtown at 5:30pm. Using this electronic waiver will help us save paper and be more sustainable. If you do have last minute changes to your roster, new paddlers can sign a paper waiver at the registration table on race day.

go to: http://nashvilledragonboat.org/ click on the Captains Corner, password is  "dragon22", select the Electronic Waiver. Eazy Breezy. Our company name is HOOK 1 Kayak Fishing Gear & Paddle Adventures Unlimited. NAME SEND IT MY WAY!

Dragon boat participants are passionate! Dragon boat participants are fun!– the thrill, the teamwork, the adrenaline, the interaction! Giving back to benefit the Cumberland River Compact! EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WREAKS "PADDLE ADVENTURES"! Thank you Hook! for being our sponsor this year!

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  • Sally Watson F.

    Which team are you? So I can cheer you on?

    September 1

  • Paulo Ernesto M.

    Traffic is so bad coming out of Green Hills...we might be a bit late. Karyn & Paulo

    August 27

  • Michael

    Slow boat to China or a Dragon Boat Race Team?

    August 26

  • Dan

    The "hikers" do not have a team this year. The only possible way you would not beat them is by paddling backwards.

    4 · August 26

  • John Michael C.

    I could maybe be an alternate, I might have to work the event. You must beat the hikers.

    1 · August 26

  • Tom

    Hi Deb have Board meet I have to attend Wed nite will miss practice - sorry

    1 · August 25

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