2016 RACE TEAM NOTES: At the DC Festival, on rainy May 21st, our dedicated BCS team came in 2nd in the Breast Cancer Survivor race against DC Pink and 4th in the all Women's final heat. GO TEAM! At the Baltimore Challengeon June 25th the race team maintained great timing and positive attitudes during the first 500 meter race for several members! On July 9th, the team participated in the inaugural Atlantic City 200 meter race where time trials placed the team in the festival's A-division, placing 4th in the final heat by only 1 second! Now THAT was a race!! The 500 meter Women's Race in Richmond resulted in a Bronze Medal and the Cape May, NJ festival resulted in a Gold Medal!
OTHER: Local artist, Nancy Hammond, has painted her rendition of "The Paddles of the Dragon" which is currently displayed in the breast center of Anne Arundel Medical Center. That same painting is available for purchase on notecards and on a rolled print. SEE MERCHANDISE PAGE FOR ONLINE PURCHASES.
The mission of the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club is to promote the development of healthy bodies and spirits for men and women, to support recovery from breast cancer and all other cancers, and to grow friendships and teamwork. The club promotes and develops the sport of dragon boating as a means of building physical strength, endurance and confidence with an emphasis on recreation, synchrony, and harmony while on the water...the beautiful Spa Creek of Annapolis.
Legend of the Dragon Boat
The roots of dragon boat racing go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China.
Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.
Today, dragon boating is the fastest growing international team water sport. Each year, race festivals are held around the world in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States
"The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong."