The traditional Hong Kong style dragon boats used in our festival are 46-feet long, with 10 seats and 20 people. A drum seat in front of the first two paddlers (seated beside each other) holds a drummer – you want the smallest, loudest, most rhythmic person you can find. A steerer guides the boat with the steering oar in back. These 22 people make up a dragon boat team.
Once you and your team pick up paddles, you’ll love dragon boat racing. You’ll thrive on the adrenaline and the teamwork in the boat. People who never thought of themselves as athletes often perform well in the sport of dragon boat racing which requires that paddlers, drummer and steersperson work in unison to cross the finish line.