Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta: May 4th

Join the fun for the 6th annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival in Sunny Carolina Beach right on the Atlantic Ocean on May 4th, 2019.

This is the 6th annual event in Sunny Carolina Beach right on the Atlantic Ocean, New Hanover County, North Carolina!  Please join the Island Men this May for this two-day event of activities scheduled for May 4th.

Start your weekend off with a Friday night concert by Carolina’s own MACHINE GUN BAND at the Dragon Boat Team Village, located in the public parking lot on Canal Drive, behind the SeaWitch Café and TIKI Bar. Bring your friends, family, and teammates and enjoy food, beer, wine, soft drinks and a great atmosphere from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm. 

Then join us for an exciting day of racing on May 4th as our Community and Club teams from around the region take to the water and sprint down the 300m race course along the shores of the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin.  This beautiful, protected area of water is lined with beach homes, condos, and marinas. 

The Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community. Proceeds from this event will go directly to benefit Step Up for Soldiers and their programs, providing volunteer services for renovations, recreation, and recognition for recently disabled Veterans. 

Gather a group of friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers to form a team and get out on the water!  A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It’s manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter sitting in the bow. Teams are encouraged to sign up 22-25 members to cover any absences on race day.

About Dragon Boating

With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China.  The legends include warring states, radical politics and fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man – Qu Yuan.  This man was exiled from the land that he loved, and in turn, committed suicide in the Miluo River in a final form of protest against the corruption of his era.  During an attempt to save Qu Yuan, the locals took to the river in their fishing boats, splashing their paddles to keep the water demons and evil spirits away.

Modern-day dragon boating has few elements to this ancient tale remaining.  However, it has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing together millions across the globe annually.  Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race in recent years.  High-level competitions have also been organized since the mid-1970s.

But the sport’s growth has been most commonly found at the grassroots level.  Dragon boating has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising, and a tool for corporate team building.  Local communities combine these two concepts to breath new life into their waterfront areas, and to stimulate their local economy.

Teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life.  Any age, size, ability, and gender can learn to paddle on a dragon boat team.  20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers.  The paddler’s job is to paddle in unison with the entire team.  The drummer’s job is to beat the drum in sync with the paddlers and to motivate their team to the finish line.  A steersperson (provided by the festival) stands in the stern of the boat, guiding the boat straight down the race course with a 10-foot oar.

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