July 26, 2003

practice makes...far from perfect

POST #    254

today, i had practice for the "hong kong dragonboat festival in new york" (you would think they could come up with a better name) race which takes place on august 9th and 10th. it doesn't help that you only have 7 people at practice. in a typical boat, you have at least 14 people - 12 rowers, 1 drummer, and 1 steerer. we had 6 rowers and were lacking a drummer. so sad.

check out the hkdbf site for more info on the actual race. if you want to read more about the history of dragonboat racing, read here.

not our boat, but at least they have a drummer. (there are better photos on the hkdbf site.)

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:12 PM



i want to sign up. is it fun?

Posted by: el at July 28, 2003 10:45 AM

hmm...fun. it's okay. i mean, i'm doing it to help out my friend's dad who is a sponsor, so they have a boat. it's the sino radio/tv boat. you know, that chinese tv and radio station? well, maybe you don't know. i wouldn't know if it wasn't for my friend. if you're really interested, i can ask. it will tie up a whole weekend in august though, not to mention practice this sunday.

Posted by: tien at July 28, 2003 11:23 AM

so it's not fun? if it's not fun, then i don't want to do it. what weekend in august? do i have to know how to swim (aka, is it likely that i will end up in the water at any point)?

Posted by: el at July 28, 2003 11:58 AM

well, its not that much fun. i mean, if you are rowing and stuff, it's hard work. that said, this boat isn't really coming close to finishing first, so i guess it's more about having fun than about winning. nope, you don't have to know how to swim, life vests are provided. i guess all you have to know is how to kick if you go into the water, which is unlikely and advised against.

Posted by: tien at July 28, 2003 12:20 PM

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