Dragon Boat Israel

Dragon Boat Israel

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May 22nd, 2012, 2:29 pm #1

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.

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May 22nd, 2012, 2:49 pm #2

Actually, it's been in Iran and Dubai for years, so not the first event in the Middle east.

Would be great to see an Iran/Isreal showdown.
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May 22nd, 2012, 3:15 pm #3

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
After almost 20 years of paddling all over the world I didn't think I could feel so emotional and excited about dragon boat but this was a bucket list experience for me. It was fabulous. Thanks to all who had the vision and determination to put this festival together and I hope those who could not get on the ticket this year will be there next year. I really want to thank one person especially but I know this person would not want me to mention here.
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May 22nd, 2012, 3:31 pm #4

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
Sounds like a success. Wouldnt mind checking out Israel one day - DB would be a convenient excuse
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May 22nd, 2012, 4:28 pm #5

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
What was the race distance?
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May 22nd, 2012, 5:06 pm #6

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
how many teams?
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May 22nd, 2012, 5:10 pm #7

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
The race distance was a sprint 350 meters. That was the only way to get through all the heats. The races started at 7am and we had to be off the water by 1 to 2 pm.

There is a daily afternoon wind that whips up the lake with white caps. Our team dropped by the day before the event at around the 2-3pm time and the wind had pushed the portable docks onto the land. Fortunately practice and race days kept calm but at 44 degrees, a breeze would have been nice.



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May 22nd, 2012, 5:17 pm #8

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
Got caught up with a little hyperbole about the Mid East reference.

A race between Israel and Muslim states would really be a milestone. From what I saw over the couple of weeks, both sides stay armed to the teeth and the tension is palpable. So that would require a lot of real politic to have that happen.

The event was sold out with 39 teams and the heats were three teams each, 6 boats in total.
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May 23rd, 2012, 2:41 am #9

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
This is why our sport is considered a joke in the competitive sporting world. "A dragon boat FESTIVAL"

No - it is not a festival with bright colours and a go for everyone, it's a competitive sport where people should be steered towards competition. If they want to act like losers and dress up and do stupid stuff then they can join in a mardi gras somewhere.
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May 23rd, 2012, 11:45 am #10

Israel held its first ever Dragon Boat Festival last week May 17th and May 18th. http://www.dragonboatisrael.com/ Canadian teams went to compete and help coach and steer the boats over the 2 days. The excitement and enthusiasm for this new sport in Israel was infectious. Few paddlers were experienced;one brought her dog, another wouldn't take her handbag off her shoulder, a whole team came dressed in their period dress and dance outfits (they also flipped their Champion boat); but all had a great time.

Dragon Boating in the Middle East was born on the Sea of Galilee last week. It will be exciting to watch it grow and hopefully compete against a much stronger and experienced Israel regatta in the coming years.
I heard that, once again, the Champion boats had issues. True?
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