The boats are about 40 feet long and weigh 2,000 pounds. Each fits 22 people: 20 paddlers two to a seat, a drummer and a steersperson.
A good dragon boat team has all 20 paddlers paddling in sync and can move relativley fast in the water. A sucky boat will look like a catepillar going down the river and won't move fast. At all.
The paddle speed ranges from 70-90 strokes per minute, give or take a bit.
Crew teams generally think they are better than dragon boats because they go faster. Big whoop. Not our faults they call power 10's when we're paddling light.
And we are more man. We get splashed like crazy and have water constantly in our faces.
There is a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Summer 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. A lot of the world will be there.
Crew Kid One: WOAH! DIDJA SEE TEAM USA GO DOWN THE RIVER!?
Crew Kid Two: YEAH! They looked super sexy.
Crew Kid Three, thinking to himself: I should have joined Dragon boat. It's so beast.
Crew Kid Four: I do BOTH, therefore I am amazing. And I have time.
Crew Kids 1 2 3: *glares at dragon boat-er*
Coach: Alrightey guys, 30 minute piece today. We're training for the 2000 meter.
Dragon boat kids: OHNO I MEAN YAY.