Dragon Boats are Coming!
October 31st, 2015 Festival
Welcome to Punta Gorda's 4th Annual Dragon Boat Racing Event, sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and the CHYC Harbor Dragons.
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Harbor Dragons, a local dragon boat club, have partnered with the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) to bring WAR ON THE PEACE back to the Punta Gorda waterfront for a 4th time.
Start your Halloween Festivities at the War on the Peace Dragon Boat Festival!
Racing starts at 9am on October 31, 2015.
Awards Ceremony at the end of racing, with trophies and medals as well as prizes for the Best Halloween-themed Team.
Where: Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda. Click here for directions.
What's it all about?
War on the Peace benefits CLEF, the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, and its "Take Stock in Children" program, which provides mentoring and a scholarship program for Charlotte County Students. Every dollar donated to CLEF is matched by the Florida Prepaid Foundation through state funding. Please visit their website HERE. We invite local teams to participate in fundraising for CLEF. Get an individual paddler pledge form here: RAISE $ FOR CLEF
In addition, Breast Cancer Survivors in our area are forming teams. Let us know if you are interested in joining one. Contact Eileen Wein at 914 443 4744 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
War on the Peace is an "official SRDBA points race", bringing Dragon Boat paddlers from all over the state of Florida and beyond. Here's a great way to start the new Winter season.
Dragon Boat Basics
- Dragon Boating stems from an ancient Chinese legend
- Each Dragon Boat is 42 feet long
- 10 Rows seat 20 paddlers
- A steerperson uses a 9-foot oar as a rudder, standing in the stern
- A drummer sits in a seat at the bow
What Registered Teams Receive-
- Two "on the water" pratice sessions the week of the event
- Steer person and all equipment provided, including paddles and PFDs (life jackets)
- Tent for your team on race day
- 3 adrenaline-packed 350 meter races with an optional 2000 meter race
- Training assistance from the Harbor Dragons
This War on the Peace Dragon Boat Festival is a Punta Gorda Community event!
All you need to participate are 20 coworkers, good friends or fellow students. Dragon boating is a team sport, 20 people paddle the 40' long dragon boat 350 meters (in approximately 2 ½ minutes!) to a fast and furious finish.
It's fun and rewarding!
Included in your entry fee are two practice sessions, one hour length each, during the week before the race. Then, on Saturday you are ready to compete.
Are you an individual wanting to join a team - simply click here and we'll get you on a boat
These Businesses are Supporting the Dragon Boat Festival!