Category: Dragon Boats


Today was Dragon Boat Racing. The yearly Hospital Foundation charity drive to raise funds for different equipment. This year it was for Men’s Health and they exceeded their goal of $235,000 and raised $253,000. Another great year and the excess money goes to purchasing smaller things like new Blood Pressure cuffs, equipment/supplies for long-term care patients or various other things that hospitals require.

My team from Xerox named Xerox Gung Ho did not expect to do much this year, namely due to poor participation and lack of a full team for the two practices. The team Xerox entered last year did not perform well and ended up in 2nd last place. My wife and I needed a team as we were left hanging this year. Insert us into the work team and you will surely get the expectations up from lets participate to we can do better than what they did last year.

My last post was on commitment and this group does not have the same zeal for winning that my wife has. A few wish to do well but others just want to be in the boat for the day. Next year a new commitment to this race will be required as I think I can get them to focus on doing well if they want to. I don’t think anyone wants to just compete. Always doing poor breeds the same results and changing the team’s personnel all the time like this year does not help improve that performance. When you have poor performance no one wants to participate. That is why when diets, gyms and fitness regiments don’t work or fail to get the results you expect most people will stop doing them.

Next year I am going to change that for the team at work. I am going to be the lead for this Team. They will be in for a shock as I want to separate the fundraising from the race team. We can help out the fundraising team but we will not get that involved that it takes the focus off the race.

Dragon Boats take only one thing to do right, have everyone in unison and you can make the boat go fast. Once someone is out of sync you lose momentum and that is hard to get back in a short race. Practice is the key and having everyone understand that all you need is go all out for one minute. I already have a bunch of people from today wanting the defeatist attitude to move somewhere else. The group will also be expected to practice the technique of paddling and drumming, yes drumming is very important, as todays big winner won the race because their drummer helped with the momentum of the boat the other team’s drummer was only a passenger and dead weight.

Here are some pics of the race:

Teams racing at the Saint John Dragon Boat Festival

More teams racing – this is at the finish line

The winning team for 2012 – Dragon Boat East Beasts

And to paraphrase the words of Bette Davis “fasten your seat belts, we’re in for a bumpy ride”.

Till next year Dragon Boats Race.

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Today was our company’s first practice for the Annual Dragon Boat Fundraiser. While we did not have a full complement of people to fill the boat due to commitments to family (children’s soccer, basketball, baseball, ect) or baseball playoffs for the adults we did have great time. As other teams had the same issues we borrowed some people to make up the 5 people we were short tonight.

We did pretty good all things considered. To put it in perspective, last year our Crossfit box entered a team. No one knew what to do however we had fitness, strength and endurance  to supposedly make up that difference. As a first time team we did real well coming in fourth overall, with more time in the boat we probably would have been 1st or 2nd, as our times for the race were close to 55 seconds. Last year the company we work for had a poor performance with the two times from their heats being 1:06 and 1:10 as you can see they had nowhere to go but up. For this practice the team managed not to injure each other with the paddles and during a mock race with two other team managed to beat them as well. Confidence was up and I think for one of the few times the company team did pretty good.

I want to finish this post by saying that my wife loved the practice last year and would have loved to race however commitments of spots to other people prevented her from getting in the boat on race day. She was really down about that for a long time. This year she is guaranteed a seat for the race and is really pumped. While I will miss the workout at the gym for the next few days, we had beautiful weather, calm water and had fum with a lot of co-workers. Pictures on the day of racing will be posted either Saturday or Sunday night.

Just for the record we did do an hour of Dragon Boat practice plus I have an excited and pumped up wife.

Can life get any better?