Dragon Boating – Facts About This Little Known Sport

Most people of the United States would never have heard of this unless they are of the Asian decent. So if you are Asian then you might know about dragon boating.

The dragon boat is narrow, long and powered by manual strokes. It is used in paddling sports that long before originated in China. Some people mistake dragon boating as a pre-cursor to the Ivy League teams. During racing events these boats are normally decorated with heads and tails of dragons as part of the Chinese tradition. A huge drum is taken along onboard so that the oarsmen move together efficiently.

Races in dragon boats are traditional and is performed to commemorate Qu Yuan?s death as he was a true patriotic poet. This day is the one sport event that gets declared as public holiday. The calendar in Chinese has just 18 common paddlers. Dragon boats vary in their lengths and crew sizes.

The person who does the drumming in the dragon ship is the vital link. He has the responsibility of leading the entire team through the course of the race with beats that are rhythmic and in tune with the paddle strokes. He can also pick up or make mellow the pace as it is required. The normal thing done is matching the beats with the actual movement of the oarsmen.

The new age dragon boating is being conducted at the global level by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). This federation identifies 2 types on the dragon boating activities, they are festival racing and sport racing. The former is more in line with the original dragon boating.

The long endurance events like the Ord River marathon held in Australia that covers around fifty kilometers or the Green Dam Rally that is situated in China along the Yangtze river and covers around 100 kilometers, both these events are supported by IDBF.

In the present day the dragon boating has been listed as among the fast growing water sport where thousands and thousands of people participate and that has organizations and clubs world over in sixty countries. This sport is known for the friendship endurance and strength that the participants have in them. This sport has grown in its popularity as a charitable and corporate sport.

Lastly dragon boating is not just a sport in Asia. It is well known even in North America. The sport is not just beautiful to watch but also has a varied history and here the sport keeps in line of with Asian tradition and the message is conveyed in a very unique manner!