The 2018 Celebrating Life Novice Dragon Boat Festival will be held July 28, 2018 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington.  This year, it is a small-boat (10-person) dragon boat race specifically for novice teams.  Members of novice teams may not also be members of any formal dragon boat club, and can have more than two practices together prior to the race.  We hope you will join us to watch corporate and community teams compete in a fun, new kind of dragon boat race that is growing in this region.  There will be lots of surprises you won’t see at a traditional race.

Dragon boating is a sport that captivates its participants and spectators alike.  The Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival is proud to present programs that promote diversity and inclusiveness, while paying homage to an activity that has its roots in ancient China and celebrates the many unique aspects of Chinese culture.

Dragon boat racing has a rich history of ceremonial tradition, with dragons traditionally believed to be the rulers of rivers, lakes, and seas, dominating the clouds, mists, and rains from heaven.  A traditional boat is large enough to seat 20 people with a sweep to steer and a drummer pounding loudly above the thrashing paddles and cheering spectators. This race will feature the smaller boat for crews of 10, plus drummer and steer, to showcase a new trend in dragon boat racing.

Don’t miss the thrilling competition as these beginner crews in these half-size boats, flamboyantly decorated to feature the head and tail of the dragon, battle it out on the beautiful waters of Lake Sammamish.

Plans are also in progress for a small boat race on September 22 at South Lake Union that is open to traditional dragon boat teams.  Please watch the Seattle festival web site for updates on what promises to be a very fun race with an unconventional format, open to corporate as well as club teams.

This race is sponsored by: