Facts About Dragon Boating

Facts About Dragonboating

Where did Dragonboat racing start?
Dragonboat racing originated in Southern China over 2000 years ago. Interest in the sport started gathering in the western world during the 1970s. It is both a recreational and a highly competitive sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages spanning 50+ countries and territories worldwide.

Dragonboat racing is increasingly popular as a component in corporate team building retreats and charitable fundraising events—particularly for promoting breast cancer awareness.

Is it a competitive water sport?
Today, Dragon Boat Racing is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. The World Championships of Dragonboat Racing have been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976.

In 1991, the International Dragonboat Federation (IDBF) was formed in response to the explosive growth of the sport. Based in Hong Kong, the IDBF boasts over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries. Since 1995, World Championship events have been awarded to Canada, China, New Zealand, England, Australia, and the United States. In a short period of time, North America emerged as an international Dragonboat Racing powerhouse, shaking the foundations of a sport that historically was dominated by Asian countries.

What comprises a racing team?
Dragonboat races are typically 500 meters, but occasionally they are 250m, 1000m, 2000m, and marathon races. A mixed team consists of at least 8-female and up to 12-male members. A steersperson stands in back to guide the boat and issue commands. During races, there is a ceremonial drummer, which brings the total number to 22 people on the racing team.
Who typically participates?
What’s most exciting is the growth of the sport at the grassroots level. Dragonboat Racing is great fun for anyone, young and old. Participants of any fitness level can quickly adapt to and develop a passion for this sport. Although most international crews are either all male or female, national and regional events attract primarily mixed teams from corporations, public service groups, and clubs sponsored by small businesses, high schools, and communities.
How can I get involved?
The MiraBay Dragonboat Club is forming now.

For more information, please contact inquiries@mbdbc.org