Wilder LaFond and his woad-painted WaveHearts are the First Place Overall winners for Drums and Dragons 2017. The WaveHearts were also CarePartners Division winners and the judges awarded them "Best Team Name". The WaveHearts were dressed in kilts and shouted "FREEDOM" as they crossed the finish line.
In support of the CarePartners Orthotic and Prosthetic Team, The Native Kitchen & Social Pub will host an all-day fundraising event on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017. Fifteen percent of sales will be donated to support the CarePartners Orthotic and Prosthetic Department. Please bring a few friends and have lunch or dinner at Native Kitchen!
Drums & Dragons volunteer training will be available Monday, June 19th, 2017 from 7:00pm-8:00pm. We will meet at the CarePartners PACE Building, 286 Overlook Road, Asheville NC 28803. If you have questions or need directions, please contact Amanda Cantrell, Special Event Coordinator, at 828-989-5067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eblen Short Stops has sponsored a professional photo booth for the race. Leehaw's website explains that: "Our company name is based on our combined nicknames of Lee & Yeehaw, as one of us is a Tennessee native with a “nickname worthy” accent. More importantly, we are a small family business and treat all business relationships as an extension of that family. " Photo Booth pictures will be free for everyone on race day! Make sure you share your pics across social media and email accounts.
We are delighted to have FEG, Fund Evaluation Group, as our Award Ceremony Sponsor. FEG's contribution will cover the cost of engraved paddles, medals, and trophies awarded to our race and off-water competition winners.
Corporate team building activities increase trust, communication, and collaboration. Ditch the company picnic this year and sponsor a dragon boat team for your employees. They will spend the day working toward a common goal and enjoy a unique experience together.
Image 420 donated their graphic design services to help us create the Drums and Dragons event logo. Custom screen printed apparel is their specialty so keep an eye out for our event t-shirts coming soon! Visit their shop at 420 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806. www.image420.com
Paddling Terms Used in Dragon Boat Racing
- SIT UP – paddles in the relaxed position, parallel over the water pointed at 90 degrees to the side of the boat.
- PADDLES UP – paddles above the water ready to take a stroke. Commonly used for starting the movement of the boat in a non-race situation
- TAKE IT AWAY – command to start paddling.
- LET IT RUN (or EASY ALL) – paddling stops and boat coasts to a stop on its own.
- HOLD THE BOAT – bringing the boat to a full stop with the use of the paddles.
- READY, READY – race command in a start situation for paddles to be placed in position for the first stroke (submerged or out of water).
- SERIES – a combination of strokes during a race, often a set of 10 or 20 strokes that are quicker and more forceful.
COMMON INCORRECT DRAGON BOAT TERMINOLOGY
- ROWING – rowers use oars, therefore they are rowers. Dragon boaters use paddles therefore they are paddlers. You do not row a dragon boat!
- COXSWAIN – steersperson of the boat, often incorrectly referred to a coxman. In this area commonly called the “cox”.