Charity Beneficiary: the Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Foundation
Race Organizers: Pan Am Dragon Boat Association and Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Foundation
The Neuse River Day Dragon Boat Festival is a SRDBA (Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association) Race Circuit event. SRDBA club crew teams can accumulate race circuit points that will go toward their seeding at SRDBA Regional Championships in Sarasota Oct. 27-28.
Dragon Boat racing has its origins in China over 2,000 years ago...this year, we're bringing it to New Bern!
Each event is a little different but, in general, here's what you can expect the day of the race...
Arrival - The team captain reports to registration early for the team captain's meeting. In this meeting, the captian wil recieve a copy of the schedule and the first round of heats for the day, and exchanges the registration paperwork, and recieves the wristbands for the teams.
Setup - You and your team will be assigned an area for the day. You can set up a tent for shade, a table for food, and chairs to relax in during the day. Teams very often decorate (and over-decorate) their tent with a theme. Go wild!
Marshaling - When it is time for your team to race, your captian will be notified. You will report to the marshaling area to obtain your PFDs (life vests) and paddles. You will be escorted to your boat at the appropriate time.
Racing - The race course is 250 meters long. You'll paddle out to the starting line and race against one other team in a 2-lane course. Your steersperson will keep you on course, you just have to paddle and drum. You should expect to complete the course in under 90 seconds...it's more of a sprint than a marathon.
Each team will race 3 times during the day. Special "grudge match" heats may also be organized by the race organizer. Each team will generally have 30-90 minutes between heats they will race in. There will also be a break during lunch.
Food & Beverages - We will have food and beverage vendors onsite. However, you may bring your own food, snacks, and beverages too.
Awards Ceremony - After the day's racing is over there will be a short awards ceremony. We will announce the team placements for each division and give awards to the top performing teams.