Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival is coming!
Think about how nice it will feel, out on the Hudson River July 5, 2014, to be splashing and paddling with your friends in a cool-looking boat with a carved wooden dragon head on the front, a drummer pounding out a rhythm, and 19 other recreational paddlers like yourself, sharing the experience in a 200 meter race! (less than an 1/8 of a mile).

The official race registration form and website is coming next month, so start to think of your ski club (yes, even snow enthusiasts need something to do in the summer…) or church group or fitness club or service organization or neighborhood bar or your school or softball team (it is possible to do two activities for fun during the summer….) and get ready to paddle!

July 5, 2014 - The Dutchess Dragon Boat Race will be the first in Poughkeepsie- so everybody is equal - if you have never been in a Dragon Boat before- neither has anyone else!

And if you HAVE paddled in a race - tell others how much fun it was, and how relatively easy it is to get the basics of the paddling stroke to work. For now, and to get more notifications of the race details, leave a comment on this blog, or email:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Get ready to RACE- July 5, 2014

photo courtesy Doug Nobiletti, ©2013

It's official! the first Annual

Saturday July 5, 2014

we hope to see a lot of spectators, sponsors, dignitaries, and, most of all, YOU as a participant. This is your chance to be part of a team of 20 or so paddlers, or as a drummer, in a Dragon Boat on the Hudson River.

NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE? No Problem! Each team will get a practice session on the water with an experienced coach, during the week leading up to the race itself; and all equipment is provided- the boat, the paddles, the life preservers, and each boat will have a professional Steerer to safely guide your boat down the 200 meter course, and each boat will be followed by a safety motor launch. Ages 14 and up, men and women, your regular hangout, your bowling team, your charity, your workplace, your fitness gym, your church- YOUR TEAM CAN PARTICIPATE!

Lining up for the race will take place at the Hudson River Rowing Association's Community Boathouse, next to the Marist College boathouse, and a little bit north of Waryas Park at the foot of Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.

In the next few weeks, the website for team registration, with entry details and more information on the starting time and practice sign up procedure, will be available. MEANWHILE- show your interest! send an email-

and we will make sure you get fully informed about what to do.

Here is comes, everybody-   Awaken the Dragon!